Welcome to Worldwide Weird Holidays, where you’ll find a new reason to celebrate every day of the year.

presidential debate day

September 26 is Presidential Debate Day

Today is Presidential Debate Day. It commemorates the first televised debate, which aired on September 26, 1960, and changed the way American citizens select their leaders. Democratic senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon met in a Chicago studio to debate domestic policies. Kennedy, telegenic and seemingly at ease in front of […]

Checkers Day

September 23 is Checkers Day

Today is Checkers Day, also known as National Dogs in Politics Day. On September 23, 1952, Senator Richard M. Nixon addressed the nation to dispute allegations he had taken $18,000 from a secret campaign slush fund. His speech became known as the Checkers Speech because of his reference to the family dog. General Dwight D. Eisenhower […]

Hobbit Day

September 22 is Hobbit Day

Today is Hobbit Day, the longest-running holiday celebrated by fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth Cycle books, The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings. It originated in 1973 after Tolkien’s death on September 2 of that year. It honors the birthdays of characters Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, which occurred on the same date in 2890 […]

Miniature Golf Day

September 21 is Miniature Golf Day

Today is Miniature Golf Day. The first miniature course was created in 1867 on the grounds of St. Andrews Links in Scotland. Legendary golfer Thomas “Old Tom” Norris laid out the nine-hole course over land that frequently flooded and was riddled with rabbit holes. The course was designed for the newly-formed St. Andrews Ladies’ Putting […]

National Gibberish Day

September 20 is National Gibberish Day

Today is National Gibberish Day, which celebrates seemingly meaningless speech or writing. Unlike International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), there’s no need to learn any jargon or speak with a funny accent. Although we were unable to identify the source of this unofficial holiday, we feel like Paul Krueger deserves some credit. In the […]

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. On June 6, 1995, John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball when one decided it would be amusing to shout encouragement to the other using pirate slang. Soon the two were trading pirate-speak with every swing. Afterward, they agreed the game had been especially entertaining and that […]

International Eat an Apple Day

September 17 is International Eat an Apple Day

Today is International Eat an Apple Day. So, eat an apple. That is all.  

world play-doh day

September 16 is World Play-Doh Day

Today is World Play-Doh Day. On September 16, 2006, Hasbro created National Play-Doh Day to honor its 50th anniversary. In 2015, it kicked the unofficial holiday up a notch by going global. Today we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Play-Doh and the second World Play-Doh Day. Noah McVicker of Cincinnati-based soap manufacturer Kutol Products invented the […]

Google.com Day

September 15 is Google.com Day

Today is Google.com Day. On September 15, 1997, Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the domain. Page and Brin met at Stanford University in 1995. The following year, they collaborated on a search engine they named BackRub because it analyzed websites’ backlinks to determine their relative importance. It ran for a year but eventually took up so […]

national cream-filled donut day

September 14 is National Cream-Filled Donut Day

Today is National Cream-Filled Donut Day. We don’t know who created this holiday and first celebrated it. We aren’t even certain who invented the cream-filled donut, but who cares? Take a look at this: It is an edible work of art meant to delight the senses in its fleeting existence. There are millions like it right […]