September 26

Good Boy in Chief, Bark Twain, explains the day!

Well, now, September 26, let me tell you, it’s a day that’s danced its way through history, and it’s got a few stories to tell.

First and foremost, there’s Johnny Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, born on this day in 1774. That fella wandered the frontier planting apple trees like there was no tomorrow. He’s the reason we have apples aplenty in the United States, and every time we take a bite of a crisp apple, we owe him a nod of appreciation.

But there’s more to this day. In 1960, the first-ever televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon happened on September 26. They squared off, and Kennedy’s charisma and a bit of makeup magic gave him an edge. It was a turning point in politics, and TV became a new battleground for politicians.

And for all you European history buffs, on this day in 1580, Francis Drake sailed the Golden Hind into Plymouth, England, after completing his circumnavigation of the globe. Quite the feat, I must say.

Now, let’s talk about the feast days. You see, September 26 is the feast day of Saints Cosmas and Damian, the patron saints of doctors. They were twin brothers, skilled physicians, and they didn’t charge a dime for their services. That’s right, free healthcare back in the day!

So, whether you’re munching on an apple, tuning into a political debate, or giving a thought to those selfless doctors, September 26 has a little something for everyone. It’s a day to remember the past, savor the present, and maybe plant a seed for the future.