April 19, 2015 – NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY – NATIONAL GARLIC DAY – NATIONAL HANGING OUT DAY – NATIONAL OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY

18 Apr National Amaretto Day - April 19

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National Amaretto Day - April 19

National Amaretto Day – April 19

NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY

National Amaretto Day is celebrated each year on April 19.  Amaretto is a popular Italian liqueur with a strong almond flavor.  It is made from a base of apricot pits, almonds or both.  Amaretto is served by itself, with mixed drinks, in coffee and is also found in many food recipes.

CELEBRATE

Enjoy this recipe for Almond Amaretto Bars and have a Happy National Amaretto Day!
http://homecooking.about.com/od/cookierecipes/r/blcookie47.htm

HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator of National Amaretto Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

 

National Garlic Day - April 19

National Garlic Day – April 19

NATIONAL GARLIC DAY

National Garlic Day is celebrated annually on April 19.  This day is about the awareness of the many uses of garlic, known as nature’s wonder drug.  Garlic is a species in the onion family.  Used by humans for over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.  Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart diseases and certain cancers.  It is also thought that it might help to fight off coughs and colds.  Some believe garlic will ward off evil spirits.  (http://www.nationalgarlicday.com/)

CELEBRATE

National Garlic Day can be celebrated by cooking a mean that contains garlic or possibly attend one of the many garlic festivals around the world.  (http://www.nationalgarlicday.com/garlic-festivals).

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Garlic Day and is considered to be an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Hang Out Day - April 19

National Hang Out Day – April 19

NATIONAL HANGING OUT DAY

Each year on April 19, Project Laundry List works with hundreds of other organizations to sponsor National Hanging Out Day.  This day was set aside as a day to encourage communities to learn about the benefits, both financially and environmentally, of using a clothesline for drying laundry.  According to Project Laundry Lists’s website, clothes dryers account for an astonishing six to ten percent of residential energy consumption.  Hanging your clothes out has several benefits:

  • Good for the environment.
  • Saves you money
  • It is therapeutic because being outdoors in the fresh air has benefits to your health.

(http://laundrylist.org)

CELEBRATE

Celebrate National Hanging Out Day by hanging out your clothes and sharing your pictures on Social Media using #NationalHangingOutDay.

HISTORY

National Hanging Out Day is an “unofficial” holiday, but has been sponsored by Project Laundry List along with other organizations since 1995.  Project Laundry List is a New Hampshire-based group that wants to encourage outdoor drying of clothes, “making air-drying laundry and cold-water washing acceptable and desirable as simple and effective ways to save energy,” as quoted from their mission statement. (http://laundrylist.org/about/history/)

National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day - April 19

National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day – April 19

NATIONAL OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY 

National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is on April 19 of each year in memory of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.  The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.  It remained the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The blast in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of 6.  More than 680 people were injured.  (http://www.history.com/topics/oklahoma-city-bombing)

National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is a day of remembrance for those who perished and for those who were injured.  If you would like to learn more about this awful day in Oklahoma, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum website at https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin of National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day and is not an “official” National holiday.

 

 

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April 18, 2015 – NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY – NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY – NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY

17 Apr National Animal Crackers Day - April 18
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National Animal Crackers Day - April 18

National Animal Crackers Day – April 18

NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY

National Animal Crackers Day is celebrated on April 18.  This day brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers that we shared with our friends.  Animal Crackers refer to a type of small cookie baked in the shape of circus or zoo animals, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant.  The most common variety are light-colored and slightly sweet, however there is chocolate and frosted varieties also available.  Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough-like crackers, they are sweet like cookies.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_cracker)

CELEBRATE

National Animal Crackers Day is the perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again.  Pick a some animal crackers at your local grocery store and share them with family and friends.   Share your photos of your Animal Cracker celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay.

HISTORY

National Animal Crackers Day is an unofficial holiday and our research was unable to find the creator of the day.  We did find that it was in the late 1800′s that animal shaped cookies were imported to the U.S. from England.  In 1902 animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and evoked the familiar circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Later that year, the now-familiar box was designed for the Christmas season made with a string to hang from the Christmas tree.  They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today. (http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/04/18/national-animal-crackers-day/)

 

National Lineman Appreciation Day - April 18

National Lineman Appreciation Day – April 18

NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY

April 18 has been designated as National Lineman Day.  This day was first recognized on April 10, 2013, by the U.S. Senate by Resolution S Res 95.  The resolution recognizes “linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.” (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/sres95/text)

CELEBRATE

You can celebrate National Lineman Day by thanking your local lineman by using #NationalLinemanDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.

HISTORY

National Lineman Day is an “official” holiday in the U.S.  For more information, visit (http://www.linemanappreciationday.com/nladbill/)_

National Columnists Day - April 18

National Columnists Day – April 18

NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY

National Columnists’ Day is celebrated each year on April 18.  On this day we honor all newspaper columnists and recognize their importance and value of the literary works they provide us.  It is also a day for columnists to get together, tell war stories, commiserate about editors and  talk about many other things.  (http://www.columnists.com/2010/04/national-columnists-day-april-18/)

CELEBRATE

Celebrate National Columnists’ Day by acknowledging all the people who do the research and write the columns that we rely on reading each day.  Share your favorite columnist or newspaper writer on Social Media using #NationalColumnistDay.

HISTORY

National Columnists’ Day is an “unofficial” holiday.  However, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977,  sponsors and promotes this day annually.  April 18 was chosen as the annual date for National Columnists’ Day in memory of well-known columnist and 1944 Pulitzer Prize winner Ernie Pyle.  If you would like to learn more about National Columnists’ Day or Ernie Pyle, visit (http://www.columnists.com/2010/04/national-columnists-day-april-18/).

 

National Auctioneers Day - Third Saturday in April

National Auctioneers Day – Third Saturday in April

National Auctioneers Day

Going once……..Going twice……..SOLD!!

National Auctioneers Day is celebrated every year the third Thursday of April. According to the National Auctioneers Association it is estimated nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in goods and services are sold by professional auctioneer’s each year. (http://www.auctioneers.org/)

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Auctioneers Day take part in the National Auctioneers Foundation’s annual National Auctioneers Day drive or simply share your thoughts about auctioneers using #NationalAuctioneersDay on Social Media.

HISTORY

National Auctioneers Day is an “unofficial” holiday.  Our research was unable to find the creator or origin of the day.  We did learn that auctioneer’s reflect back on one of history’s oldest professions.  For more information visithttp://www.auctioneers.org/events/view/national-auctioneers-day.

 

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April 17, 2015 – NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY – NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY – NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE – NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

16 Apr National Cheeseball Day - April 17
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National Cheeseball Day - April 17

National Cheeseball Day – April 17

NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY

April 17 celebrates a food holiday as it is National Cheeseball Day.  There are two ways a person can celebrate this day.

  • cheese spread in the shape of a ball, (Cheeseball) often served around Christmas in the United States as well at parties with crackers throughout the year.  They are often made with softened cream cheese.
  • Cheese puffs:  A puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese flavored powders.  They are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape.  They may be ball shaped. (CHEESE BALLS)

Serving size for National Cheeseball Day: unlimited

BACON NUT CHEESEBALL

2 – 8 oz pkgs cream cheese (softened)
2 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans

In medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers. 

NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Cheeseball Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Ellis Island Family History Day - April 17

National Ellis Island Family History Day – April 17

NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY

National Ellis Island Family History Day is held annually on April 17th.  ”Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of Immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1924.”   April 17, 1907  is the day when more immigrants passed through this gateway than on any other day with  just under 12,000 names recorded.  During all of  1907, over one million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island.

On April 17, 2001, the first National Ellis Island Family History Day was observed.   It was by official proclamation of our nation’s governors that April 17 be designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day”.

For complete information, go to http://www.ellisisland.org/Eiinfo/Press_HISTORY_DAY.asp

National Bat Appreciation Day - April 17

National Bat Appreciation Day – April 17

NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY

National Bat Appreciation Day is observed annually on April 17th.  This is the best time of the year to celebrate bats as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation.  National Bat Appreciation Day is also a good time to learn about bats roles in nature.

One reason to celebrate bats is that the “insectivorous” bats rid our world of many bothersome insects.  In one hour, they can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes.

Fun Bat Facts:

  • Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
  •  Can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
  • Are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
  • There are over 1200 known species of bats.
  • The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
  • About 70 % of bats are insectivores.
  • One of the largest bats is the giant golden-crowned flying fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 ft. 7 in.
  • Bats are very clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
  • North America’s largest urban bat colony is the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas.  It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats, which eat approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night.  Annually around 100,000 tourists visit the bridge at twilight to watch the bats leave the roost.
  • One colony of 150 big brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more root-worms each summer.
  • Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline with some already listed as endangered or threatened.
  • Three U.S. states have an official state bat.  The Mexican free-tailed bat represent Texas and Oklahoma and the Virginia big-eared bat represents Virginia.

NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Bat Appreciation Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

National Day of Silence - Changes Annually

National Day of Silence – Changes Annually

NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE

The National Day of Silence has been observed each year in April since 1996.

“The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters.  Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.”  (Wikipedia) 

Students are encouraged to gain permission from their schools before organizing an event for National Day of Silence.

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE: GLSEN.org 

 

National Haiku Poetry Day - April 17

National Haiku Poetry Day – April 17

NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

Observed annually on April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day encourages all to try their hand in creativity.  Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is generally non-rhyming and normally consist of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5.  Haiku poems are usually inspired by an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty or a special experience or event.  Sensory language is used to capture a feeling or image.

Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.

Geese resting on sand
The old fence needs some painting
Everything is quiet.

English haiku does not always follow the strict syllable count that is found in Japanese haiku.  The typical length of haiku found in main English language journals is 10-14 syllables.

Now, using your imagination, create a haiku poem of your own and have a great National Haiku Poetry Day.

NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY HISTORY

National Haiku Poetry Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012.

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/national-haiku-poetry-day/

 

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