Unofficial Holiday of September 23rd: Checkers Day

While it sounds like a day honoring the classic board game, Checkers Day got its start from a 1950s political speech from a man who would go on to be president of the United States.

On September 23rd, 1952, then-hopeful candidate Richard Nixon gave a speech that would later be called the “Checkers” speech. This speech was to address campaign contributions that some suspected he used personally.

He addressed the public saying that he did not use the funds, but would keep one gift personally—a dog named Checkers that his daughters had been given.

However the origin, Checkers Day can also be a day to play the classic board game of Checkers, known as draughts in England, is typically played on an 8x8 board and involves two players attempting to rid the board of the other player's pieces completely.


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