Sept. 18: Cheeseburger Day, POW/MIA Day and More

Written by Angela Atkinson

There’s always a reason to celebrate and that’s why we post our HolidayEveryday: Celebrate Life column each day. For September 18, we’re celebrating some fun holidays and some important ones. Take a look.

National Cheeseburger Day

“Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.” ~Matthew McConaugheySeptember 18 is National Cheeseburger Day

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! According to National Day Calendar, “there are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920′s. One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, ‘The Rite Spot.’ During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”

There are other claims the invention of the cheeseburger:

A cheeseburger appeared on a 1928 menu at O’Dell’s, a Los Angeles restaurant, which listed a cheeseburger, smothered with chili. for 25 cents.
Kaelin’s Restaurant – Louisville, Kentucky says it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
1935 – A trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado.
According to it’s archives, Gus Belt, founder of Steak n’ Shake, applied for a trademark on the word “cheeseburger” in the 1930′s. (NDC)

Visit the National Cheeseburger Day Page on Facebook

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This day was established by an Act of Congress, by the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. It is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown. The POW/MIA flag was first recognized by Public Law 101-355 in 1990. Read more about what you can do to honor our veterans and celebrate this day. 

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day:

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) is celebrated every year on September 18 and focuses attention on the needs of people 50 and older living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, from prevention and testing to treatment and care. Learn more.

More Reasons to Celebrate September 18

September 18 is also the day to observe the following:

And, according to WikiPedia, the following h0lidays are also observed around the world on September 18. 

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