On Wednesday, residents of San Diego’s Normal Heights area experienced an event that happens only once per century: the date – 9/21/16 – matched the community’s zip code.
To celebrate the very rare “Date Meets Zip” occurrence, the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) John Adams Station on Adams Avenue planned to hold a celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Residents and businesses were invited to bring postcards or letters to the post office to have the items stamped with the commemorative “92116” postmark to mark the special occasion.
The USPS said the limited-edition postmark will be available for the next 30 days.
The next “Date Meets Zip” occurrence in San Diego County will be next year – on Sept. 21, 2017 – when the date matches the 92117 zip code in the Bay Ho and Clairemont areas. Last year, on Sept. 15, 2015, the date matched the 92115 zip code in San Diego’s Rolando and College East and West areas.
Meanwhile, a few popular bars and restaurants in Normal Heights will also celebrate Wednesday's date with drink specials served in commemorative 92116-branded pint glasses.
Rosie O'Grady's Pub on Adams Avenue is among the participants, pouring cocktails in the limited-quantity glasses from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.