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International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Today, if you love dressing up as a pirate and talking like one, today is your day because it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  This day is observed annually on September 19th.

Yarr, harr!  One of the best costume to be on a costume party or Halloween day is the Pirate costume.  I love dressing up for Halloween and one of my favorite costumes was to dress up like a Pirate because I am a big fan of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, who proclaimed September 19 of each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

It is fun to play along and celebrate this day and pretend to talk just like a pirate with your friends and greet them with a pirate way of talking “Ahoy, maties!” or “Ahoy, me hearties!”.

According to Summers, this day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury when playing racquetball and bursting in pain word “Aaarrr”!  From there it just kind of took on the life of its own and celebrated the holiday and people all over the country celebrates this auspicious fun holiday.

Well mate, celebrate this day and have fun with your friends by talking like a pirate, and it would be really fun if you will dressed and equip yourself just like a pirate.  Share on social media some photos of yourself if you celebrated using #TalkLikeAPirateDay.

1777 Arnold and Gates argue at First Battle of Saratoga

In the early morning hours of September 19, 1777, British General John Burgoyne launches a three-column attack against General Horatio Gates and his American forces in the First Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Freeman’s Farm.

Coming under heavy cannon fire from the approaching British troops, General Gates initially ordered the Northern Army to be patient and wait until the British neared before launching a counter-attack. General Gates’ second in command, American Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, strongly disagreed with Gates’ orders and did not hesitate to share his opinion with his superior. After arguing for several hours, General Arnold was finally able to convince Gates to order American troops onto the battlefield to meet the center column of the approaching British and to dispatch a regiment of riflemen to intercept the British right flank.

Although the Americans were able to inflict severe casualties on the British, the delay in ordering a counter-attack forced the Americans to fall back. During the five-hour battle, the Americans lost approximately 280 troops killed, while the British suffered a more severe loss of more than 550 killed.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/arnold-and-gates-argue-at-first-battle-of-saratoga)