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September

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    Carnation Evaporated Milk first rolled off the production line in Kent, Washington State, USA on this day, 6th September, in 1899. You might be interested in brushing up on your terms and history today.
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    The patent for the first hand-cranked freezer was awarded to Nancy M. Johnson of Philadelphia on the 9th of September in 1843.
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    So closely are Hot Cross Buns associated with Easter, and in particular, Good Friday, that at first blush you're quite tempted to think why would you want Hot Cross Buns in September? It appears, though, that some people so love them that they squeal with delight at learning they can have them again, only a short 5 months or so after Easter, when normally you have to wait a whole year to have them again. Now, you can usually find some grocery store bakery somewhere that sells them just about year round, Even if you can't find them in your area today, you can learn all about their history, fin
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    Not every apple is so lucky as to have its own official birthday, but this one does. The Empire Apple apple was developed in New York State (the Empire State) at Cornell's Experimental Station in Geneva, NY over two decades of selective breeding.
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    The Egremont Crab Fair is a fair held in the town of Egremont, West Cumbria, England to celebrate the Crab Apple harvest. The fair is held on the third Saturday of September.
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    In Spanish, the Mexicans refer to this day as El Grito de Independencia, which means the Cry of Independence. It is a big celebration in Mexico, bigger than the Cinco de Mayo.
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    Oktoberfest -- a time for sausages, tubas, and hairy guys in leather shorts. Though popularly seen as a German festival, it's really a Bavarian festival, as evidenced by the traditional colours of Bavaria, blue and white, everywhere at the festival.
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    Rosh Hashanah is the start of the New Year in the Jewish calendar, a period of holidays that ends 10 days later with Yom Kippur. The day is a festive holiday; a day of no work, except for cooking, carrying or making fire.
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    The 21st of September is traditionally the day in the fall to go off nutting and gather fall nuts. Nutting also afforded an occasion for teenage boys and girls to go off into the woods unsupervised.
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    The 22nd of September is a day for fans of the English writer, J.R.R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973.) It marks the birthday of both Bilbo Baggins the hobbit and Frodo Baggins (Bilbo's first cousin once removed through his mother.) It is not, as some think, J.R.R.
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    The 24th of September is Cherries Jubilee Day. Who really invented Cherries Jubilee, and when? There are conflicting tales, but today, you can read all about it right here, and decide what you believe.
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    The 26th of September is Johnny Appleseed Day. Johnny Appleseed was a nursery grower who is credited with doing more than anyone else to spread apple trees throughout America.
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    The 28th of September is Strawberry Cream Pie Day. There are many different types of Strawberry Cream Pie.
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    On the night of the 29th of September, the Devil is said to spit on blackberries. Some versions of the tale say it's to curse them because when he was kicked out of heaven, he landed in a prickly patch of blackberries.
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    The 29th of September is the feast of St Michael the archangel, who, among other things, is the patron saint of grocers. The feast day was known as Michaelmas.
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    Pumpkin Day is the 29th of September. Perhaps Pumpkin Day is held in September for those for whom the Pumpkin Pie season would otherwise be too short, to allow them to get an early jump on the season.
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    Yom Kippur is a day of atonement and repentance in the Jewish calendar. It is the end of a period of holidays that starts 10 days earlier with Rosh Hashanah.
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