A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 28, 2019
“30 days hath September…” (January and February joke)

An old calendar rhyme is:

“Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
And that has twenty-eight days clear
And twenty-nine in each leap year.”


However, January and February are cold months that seem even longer. “Thirty days have September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except January and February which drag out forever” was printed in the Indianapolis (IN) News on January 23, 1979. “Love Mack McGinnis’ update: ‘Thirty days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except January and February which have 80’” was printed in the Detroit (MI) Free Press on February 22, 1982. “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except January and February which have 80. — William C. Hopkins“ was printed in The Reader’s Digest in 1988.

The saying has been popular on Twitter, where January is often given an especially long number of days.


Wikipedia: Thirty Days Hath September
“Thirty Days Hath September...”, or “Thirty Days Has September...”, is a traditional verse mnemonic used to remember the number of days in the months of the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It arose as an oral tradition and exists in many variants. It is currently earliest attested in English, but was and remains common throughout Europe as well.

23 January 1979, Indianapolis (IN) News, “Quips,” pg. 1, col. 2:
Thirty days have September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except January and February which drag out forever.

13 February 1982, San Francisco (CA) Examiner, “On ‘wintry spirituality’” by Roy Larson,pg. B16, col. 1:
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31 --
Except January and February,
Which hath 48 or 19.
(Or so it seemeth.)

22 February 1982, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Monday moanin’” by Bob Talbert, pg. 7C, col. 4:
Love Mack McGinnis’ update: “Thirty days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except January and February which have 80.”

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 132
1988
Pg. 100:
Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except January and February which have 80. — William C. Hopkins

28 January 1988, Evansville (IN) Press, “Getting Out” by Sara Ann Corrigan with Keith Pice, pg. 14, col. 1:
Here is an interesting commentary from a recent edition of The Reader’s Digest:

Thirty days hath September
April June and November.
All the rest have 31,
except January and February
which have 80.

Google Groups: misc.kids
Breastfeeding a generation ago
Lynda Seehusen
1/25/95
(...)
“30 days hath September, April, June and November.  All the rest have 31 except January and February which appear to have 80.” source unknown.

Twitter
topher1kenobe
@topher1kenobe
Thirty days hath November, April, June and September.  All the rest have 31 except January and February, which have 80.
9:31 AM - 26 Dec 2010

Twitter
Neolesmiserablesism
@hoodedman1187
30 days hath September, April, June & November. All the rest have 31, except January which has 7,562 all of which involve being skint & cold
4:16 AM - 17 Jan 2012

Twitter
broke barbie.
@Ninanyce
30 days are September, April,
June& November.The rest have 31 except February which has 28 but 29 days in a leap year.And January with 66.
8:19 AM - 24 Jan 2013

Twitter
Fiona Perrin
@fionaperrin
30 days have September, April, June and November and all the rest have 31 - except January which has about 80 (or that’s what it feels like)
2:24 PM - 28 Jan 2013

Twitter
Becci Nadin
@BecciNadin
30 days in September, April June and November. All the rest have 31, except for January all alone, which has 5,386.
7:09 AM - 29 Jan 2013

Twitter
Emma McCabe
@emjmeehan
Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
Except for January,
Which has 474987469.
10:25 AM - 14 Jan 2014

Twitter
Wayne Todd
@iamkrackerjack
30 days in September, April, June and November, All the rest have 31 except for February with 28, oh and January which has 500 at least.
1:17 PM - 15 Jan 2014

Twitter
Lavina Gallagher
@GallagherLavina
30 days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except for January, which has 162.
7:56 AM - 16 Jan 2014

Twitter
Jay Taylor
@Jaytaylormusic
30 days in September, April, June and November… all the rest have 31, except January… which has like 75.
3:05 PM - 30 Jan 2018

Twitter
Jft96ynwaxxjhuuuur
@Johnjohano1983
30 days In September April June An November all the rest have 31 except February which has 28 an 29 on a leap year an also January which seems to have about 80
5:00 PM - 22 Jan 2019

Twitter
Steve Patterson
@patterballs
Handy phrase I use when trying to remember how many days are in each month: 30 days have September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except for January which feels like it has 47. And February obviously.
9:42 AM - 22 Jan 2019

Twitter
Alyssa
@lyss_rook
30 days has September, April, June & November...all the rest have 31 except JANUARY which has at least 300
10:30 PM - 24 Jan 2019

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