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APRIL 23, 2014 – NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL PICNIC DAY – NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY – TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY – NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY

23 Apr

 

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NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY

The first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD) is being celebrated today, April 23, 2014.   NLDAD was created a day to bring attention to all of the dogs that are lost each year and to celebrate the thousands of dogs that had been lost and successfully  reunited with their families.

For complete information regarding National Lost Dog Awareness Day, see:

http://www.lostdogsillinois.org/lost-dogs-of-america-announces-the-first-annual-national-lost-dog-awareness-day/

NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

National Lost Dog Awareness Day is an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL PICNIC DAY

National Picnic Day is celebrated on April 23.   There is something special about having a picnic and on National Picnic Day it is the time to have one.  For many people in the United States, it might be the first picnic of the year.  If you live in a climate where the weather does not allow for an outdoor picnic, an indoor picnic will be an okay substitute.

The word “picnic” dates back to 1692 where “piquenique” was used in reference to a group of people eating together and bringing their own wine.  The word picnic did not enter the English language until 1748.  The concept of a picnic long retained the concept of a meal to which everyone contributed something.

People have been eating picnics outdoors for centuries.  Thomas Cole’s, 1846 “The Pic-Nic” , is an early American illustration of  a picnic.  The Brooklyn Museum of Art is home to this painting in which a guitarist serenades the genteel social group in the Hudson River Valley with the Catskills visible in the distance.  ”Cole’s well-dressed young picnickers having finished their repast, served from splint baskets on blue-and-white china, stroll about in the woodland and boat on the lake.”

It may be that the most famous depiction of a picnic is Edouard Manet’s 1862 painting: Le dejeuner sur l’herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass).

In the United States, The 4th of July celebration of American independence is a popular day of picnicking       

 

Enjoy a fun picnic on National Picnic Day!

NATIONAL PICNIC DAY HISTORY

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

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NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY

Each year, April 23 celebrates National Take A Chance Day.  On this day, take a chance on your dreams and your goals.

As quoted by Mark Twain:   ”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

One can not attain a goal or experience a dream unless they take a chance and get started.

NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Take a Chance Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY

Celebrated annually on April 23, it is National Talk Like Shakespeare Day.  April 23 is the accepted birth and the death anniversary of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare.

Born in 1564, Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 at the age of 52.  This year, 2014, celebrates his 450th birthday.  On National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, everyone is encouraged to talk, in Shakespeare-like dialogue. for the day.

William Shakespeare was regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and also called England’s national poet.  His plays have been translated into every major living language and they are preformed more often than the plays of any other playwright.

Hamlet,  King Lear,  Othello and  Macbeth are considered some of the Shakespeare’s finest works in the English language with Romeo and Juliet to A Midsummer Night’s Dream as classics.

Today talk with some: thee’s, thou’s and ye’s and for an example:
“methoughts I lay”  or “leaning toward the nayward”

http://www.talklikeshakespeare.org/

NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY HISTORY

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, is sponsored by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater as a day on which everyone is encouraged to express themselves through the incorporation of Shakespearean language and dialect.

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NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY

April 23 celebrates National Cherry Cheesecake Day, an annual food holiday.   The perfect way to finish off a nice dinner would be with a delicious piece of cherry cheesecake.

There is a large variety of recipes for cherry cheesecake that can be found on-line and in recipe books.  The main ingredient is cream cheese and the crust is usually made of graham cracker crumbs.  Some cherry cheesecake recipes call for the cherries to be mixed within the batter where other’s place the cherries on top.  You will find the use of fresh cherries, frozen cherries or canned cherries as well as cherry pie filling.

Which ever recipe you choose to make, enjoy each bite and make sure to share!

Following is a link for a quick and easy Cherry Cheesecake:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cherry-cheesecake/

NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Cherry Cheesecake Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-cherry-cheesecake-day-april-23/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-talk-like-shakespeare-day-april-23/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-picnic-day-april-23/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-take-a-chance-day-april-23/

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APRIL 22, 2014 – EARTH DAY – NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY

22 Apr

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EARTH DAY

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22,  is filled with events that are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.   

 John McConnell pioneered the name and concept of Earth Day in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco.  His thought, for Earth Day, was to have it be the first day of spring, March 21, 1970 and that day was sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.  One month later a separate Earth Day, focused on the United States, was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson.  This day was created to be an environmental teach-in to be held on April 22, 1970.  The original national coordinator in 1970, Denis Hayes, launched an organization and took it international in 1990, organizing events in 141 nations.

In 2009, the April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations.  The Earth Day Network now globally coordinates Earth Day and it is annually celebrated in more than 192 countries.

A one-hour Prime-time CBS News Special Report titled “Earth Day: A Question of Survival”, narrated by Walter Cronkite covered the first April 22, Earth Day and included correspondents reporting from a dozen major cities across the country.

HAPPY EARTH DAY FROM nationaldaycalendar.com

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NATIONAL JELLY BEAN  DAY

Celebrated each year on April 22, it is National Jelly Bean Day.   Jelly beans were, at one time, associated specifically with Easter, however that has changed and jelly beans are now a favorite, of many, any day of the year.

* Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat. *

William Schrafft, a Boston confectioner, urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War.  This was in 1861 and it is thought that this is when jelly beans were first surfaced.

According to “The Century in Food: America’s Fad and Favorites” ,  On July 5, 1905,  jelly beans were advertised  in the Chicago Daily News as being sold for 9 cents per pound.

* In the 1998 film “Babe: Pig in the City”,  jelly beans were handed out to the animals. * 

 Enjoy a handful of your favorite flavor today!

 NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Jelly Bean Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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Celebrated around  the world on April 22:

GIRL SCOUT LEADERS DAY

April 22 is designated as Girl Scout Leader’s Day.  Girl Scout volunteer leaders have been positively impacting girls lives since the beginning of Girl Scouting in 1912.     Today is a day to thank them for all of their work, dedication, kindness, selflessness and many other wonderful qualities that these leaders have. Today, the membership is Girl Scouts, is more than 3.2 million girls and adults.

For more information regarding Girl Scout Leaders Day, please  refer to the Girl Scouts website:

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-jelly-bean-day-april-22/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-earth-day-april-22/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-girl-scout-leaders-day-april-22/

APRIL 21, 2014 – NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CASHEWS DAY

21 Apr

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NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY

The very first kindergarten was started in Germany, in 1837 by Friedrich Froebel.  National Kindergarten Day annually celebrates and honors Froebel on April 21,  the date of his birth.

Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel (April 21, 1782  - June 21, 1852), a German teacher and a student of Pestalozzi, laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities.  He created the concept of the “kindergarten” and also coined the word “kindergarten”  now used in German and English.  He also developed the educational toys known as Froebel Gifts which included geometric building blocks and pattern activity blocks.

Friedrich Frobel created a play and activity institute as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school.

 ”His goal was that children should be taken care of and
nourished in “children’s gardens” like plants in a garden.”

Frobel’s thought was to recognize the importance of the activities of the child in learning.  He introduced the concept of “free work” into his methods and established the “game” as the typical form that life took in childhood and also the game’s educational worth.  In his first kindergarten, the activities consisted of singing, dancing, gardening and self-directed play with the Froebel Gifts.

  •  Watertown, Wisconsin had the first United States kindergarten in 1856 – Opened by a student of Frobel’s, it was conducted in German.
  • Boston, Massachusetts held the first English-language kindergarten in 1860. Poppenhusen Institute is still in existence today.
  • College Point, NY was home to the first free kindergarten in 1870.
  • St. Louis, Missouri is where the first publicly financed kindergarten in the United States was established in 1873.

Today, most states in the United States offer free kindergarten to children ages five and six however do not make it mandatory  while other state require all five-year old’s to enroll.   The states vary within their school districts on providing half day or full day kindergarten options.   Kindergarten is a fun and memorable time in the “social experience of the transition from home to school”.

NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY HISTORY

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

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CASHEWS DAY

National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day is celebrated each year on April 21.  A bowl of these delicious nuts, covered in chocolate will definitely not last very long.  They are a well-known favorite during the holidays but can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year.

The cashew is a tree from the tree family, Anacardiaceae.  It’s English name comes from the Portuguese name for the fruit of the cashew tree “caju”.  This tree is originally native to Northeastern Brazil however it is now widely grown in tropical climates for it’s cashew fruit and nuts.

The cashew nut is a very popular snack with a rich flavor.  The nut is often eaten roasted, on it’s own, lightly salted, sugared, or covered in chocolate as we are celebrating it today.

The shell of the cashew nut is toxic, which is why the cashew is shelled before it is sold to consumers

You can buy chocolate covered cashews by the pound or you can make them yourself.

Enjoy the following “tried and true” homemade Chocolate Covered Cashews recipe:

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1729,148163-225201,00.html

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CASHEWS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-kindergarten-day-april-20/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-chocolate-covered-cashews-day-april-20/

APRIL 20, 2014 – NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY- NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY – NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN DAY

20 Apr

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NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY

At one point in time, most all of us have heard one of the following sayings:

  • Hey, I saw someone at the concert that looked just like you, I think you have a twin out there.
  • You remind me of someone.
  • You look just like (insert name).

Maybe you often have people tell you that you and your cousin look like you could be twins?  There are impersonators and some people even say that there are those that look like their pets.

All of the above have, in an unknown way, prepared you for the April 20th celebration of National Look Alike Day.

This day is  celebrated by people, across the nation, spending the day with their look alike, mailing them cards or sending them flowers or others are getting dressed up to look like another person, most typically a famous celebrity.

One of the most popular “look alike’s”  is Elvis Presley ”The King of Rock N Roll”.

Whoever you look like or whoever looks like you, Have a GREAT day! 

NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National Look Alike Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY

National Lima Bean Respect Day is celebrated on April 20.  Lima beans are a good source of protein, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.  Lima beans can increase energy levels by helping to restore more iron

This day is a day to have Lima beans with your dinner as they are an often forgotten about vegetable.  Most of us have grown up with the memory of not liking Lima beans as a child and do not give them a second chance as we become adults.  They are delicious in soups, stews, salads, casseroles, by themselves or mixed with other vegetables.

NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Lima Bean Respect Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE DAY

Each year on April 20, it is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day.  This spring time cake has been enjoyed since the early 1900′s.

In 1925 a pineapple recipe contest was held.  More than 60,000 recipes were entered and of those, 2,500 were for Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  It is apparent that this cake was very popular then and still is today.

To make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake, the bottom of the pan is lined with pineapple rings.  A cherry is then placed in the center of each ring followed by a butter and sugar mixture.  Cake batter is then poured on top and it is baked.  The cake is turned upside down, onto a cake plate, before serving, revealing a delightful and delicious masterpiece.

Following is a link to one of the many delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipes:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pineapple-upside-down-cake/a1c9a639-0748-4f2c-89f5-fd33cf138986
NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-pineapple-upside-down-cake-day-april-20/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-look-alike-day-april-20/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-lima-bean-respect-day-april-20/

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