International Sudoku Day falls on September 9. This day is all about the popular number puzzle that you see in newspapers and logic puzzle books. The exact date is actually something of a pun: 9/9 is written the same way in all dating nomenclatures. Additionally, Sudoku is played on a nine by nine grid, which makes the 9/9 date a symbolic occurrence.
September 9 is also National Wiener Schnitzel day in the US! If you’re a fan of this renowned Austrian delicacy, then today is your day. The veal cutlet, which is breaded and pan-fried, is one of the most well-known aspects of Austrian cuisine.
International Sudoku Day
In 1979, Indiana architect Howard Garns published a puzzle called “Number Place”. The puzzle was printed in Dell Magazine and found its way to Japan, where it became a sensation and earned the name Sudoku.
Sadly, Garns passed away before he saw his game become an international favorite. However, through the 1980s and early 90s, the puzzles were primarily popular in Japan and parts of China. In 1997, a Hong Kong judge named Wayne Gould created a program that could write Sudoku puzzles.
When Gould pitched the program to UK newspapers as a daily puzzle, editors were thrilled. Sudoku quickly became the numerical companion to the long-running crossword-style puzzle. Thus, the game’s popularity extended to the Western world, introducing it to millions more enthusiasts and puzzle fans.
National Wiener Schnitzel Day
Wiener schnitzel is a very popular dish in Austria and other countries around the world. The origins of the dish seem to come from the Middle East, where records show Arabian merchants would sometimes bread their food before cooking it in the Middle Ages.
In 1134, a Roman record describes a dish made from veal, breadcrumbs, and lemon. This dish likely survived in some form through to the 1800s, when an Italian in Milan gave the dish its name: Wiener schnitzel.
In 1905, the popular Figlmüller restaurant opened in Vienna. The restaurant claims to be the original home of the dish, and remains popular with tourists.
Notably, “Wiener Schnitzel” is also a name used by an American chain restaurant that opened in 1961. The American restaurant serves hot dogs, primarily, but does not serve the breaded Austrian dish.
This has since caused some Americans to confuse the name “Wiener Schnitzel” for hot dogs, instead of the traditional Austrian dish! This is why many Americans call hot dogs “Wieners” or “Schnitzel”.