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APRIL 18, 2014 – NATIONAL COLUMNISTS DAY – NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKER DAY

17 Apr

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NATIONAL COLUMNISTS DAY

Newspaper columnists are recognized and honored today, for their importance and value, as across the nation we celebrate National Columnists Day.  This special day of honor, is celebrated each year on April 18.

As a large part of our daily lives, we want to acknowledge the people who do the research and write the columns that we read each day.

NATIONAL COLUMNISTS DAY HISTORY

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977,  sponsor and promote National Columnists Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.  It was created by, them for columnists to get together, tell war stories, commiserate about editors and  talk about many other things.

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.

Ernest Taylor Pyle was born on August 3, 1900 and died on April 18, 1945.  Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, he was an American journalist known for his columns as a roving correspondent for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, especially during World War II, reporting both from Europe and the Pacific.  Enjoying his following in some 300 newspapers, Pyle was among the best-known American war correspondents in Europe.

Ernest Taylor Pyle was born on August 3, 1900 and died, in combat on
a Pacific Island, on April 18, 1945.

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NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY

Celebrated on April 18, it is National Animal Crackers Day.  This day brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers that we shared with our friends.

Animal Crackers refers 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 are  chocolate and frosted varieties available also. Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough like crackers, they are sweet like cookies.

It was in the late 1800′s that animal shaped cookies were imported to the United States from England and they very quickly grew in popularity.  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.  At that time, these boxes of Animal Crackers sold for five cents a box.  They were a big hit and are still sold today.

The most recent addition to the Barnum’s Animal Crackers is the Koala bear which was added in September 2002.

NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY HISTORY

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

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NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY (April 18, 2013)

April 18 has been designated as National Lineman Day.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES on April 10, 2013 ……

“Resolution (S. Res. 95) recognizing 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

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NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – 2014

Resolution H. Res 512 designated
National Lineman Appreciation Day was on March 31, 2014.
http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-resolution/512


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RESOURCES:

http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-resolution/512

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-columnists-day-april-18/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-animal-crackers-day-april-18/

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APRIL 17, 2014 – NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY – NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY – NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY

16 Apr

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NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY

Each year, in the United State, on the third Thursday of April, we celebrate National High Five Day.  This is a fun day where you can “High Five” everyone that you see.   High five those you pass on the sidewalk, those in the subway line, people in the movie line, office workers by the water fountain, strangers in the elevator and everyone that will “High Five” you back!

NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY HISTORY

In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia, Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR) and Wynn Walent (New York, NY) together created National High Five Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

The National High-5-A-Thon For Cancer Research:   http://www.nationalhighfiveproject.org/

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NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

Celebrated on April 17, it is National Haiku Poetry Day.  This special 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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NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY

April 17 celebrates a food holiday, it is National Cheeseball Day.  There are two ways a person can celebrate this day and you get to choose which one you would like to celebrate with.

  • A cheese spread in the shape of a ball, (Cheeseball) usually served around Christmas in the United States however often served 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.

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-high-five-day-april-17/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-haiku-poetry-day-april-17/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-cheeseball-day-april-17/

APRIL 16, 2014 – NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY – NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY – NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY – NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY

15 Apr

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NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY

Each year, the day after taxes are due in the United States, it is time to let go of the stress, wear your pajamas to work and celebrate with millions of others on National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day.

What some people are calling “the best holiday of the year”, this day was created as a fun (yet somewhat unusual) holiday.  It is a day to celebrate and unwind from the long hours and hard work of those whose job is preparing taxes and the anxiety of the last minute tax filers.  National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day allows you to sleep in a little later than you normally would.  Once you get up, you do not have to take the time getting dressed as you are already ready for your day at work.

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day has been catching on across the nation.  To see pictures of participants and more information, visit:

http://nationalwearyourpajamastoworkday.com/

Have a FUN and comfortable pajama day!

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day History

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY

National Bookmobile Day is an annual event celebrated each April.  On this day we honor the access to information and resources our nation’s bookmobiles have made to our communities and the professionals that work diligently to provide these services. For more than 100 years.  Bookmobiles have brought a library to those that otherwise may not have access to one.

“A bookmobile is a large vehicle designed for use as a library.  It holds books on shelves in such a way that when it is parked, they can be accessed by readers.  The bookmobile may also carry other information and computer equipment.” 

For more information, you may visit the American Library Association website at: http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/nbdhome
and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services at: http://abos-outreach.org/news/national-bookmobile-day/

HAPPY READING!

NATIONAL BOOKMOBILE DAY HISTORY

National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the American Library Association, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

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NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY

April 16, 2014 celebrates the 7th annual National Healthcare Decisions Day.    NHDD was created as a day to inspire and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

Emphasizing the spotlight on the importance of advance directives, National Healthcare Decisions Day, as a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations, works to ensure that the information, opportunity and access needed to document  health care decisions, is available to all decision-making capable, United States adults.

For complete information regarding National Healthcare Decisions Day, see:

http://www.nhdd.org/

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY HISTORY

National Healthcare Decisions Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was founded by Nathan Kottkamp, McGuireWoods LLP.

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NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY

National Eggs Benedict Day is celebrated annually on April 16.   Today is a day, set aside,  to enjoy poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon or ham on English muffin halves.

There are two different stories as to how Eggs Benedict came to be.

  • In  1894 stock broker Lemuel Benedict, ordered “buttered toast,, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a side of Hollandaise”  at the Waldorf Hotel.  They were so impressed with the dish that they put it on the menu substituting  ham and English muffins in place of the bacon and toast.
  • In the early 18th century, Pope Benedict XIII liked an egg dish so much that he requested it time and time again.  It is also believed that Pope Benedict XIII had an illness which added to his desire for this particular egg dish.  (now known as Eggs Benedict)

Following, you may want to try one of the following “tried and true” Eggs Benedict recipes:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/eggs-benedict-recipe.html

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/eggs-benedict-casserole/

To celebrate National Eggs Benedict Day, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict at home or at your favorite breakfast restaurant.

NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY HISTORY

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

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-eggs-benedict-day-april-16/

 

APRIL 15, 2014 – NATIONAL TAX DAY – NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY – NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY – NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY – NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY

14 Apr

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NATIONAL TAX DAY

To help fund the Civil War, federal income tax was introduce with the Revenue Act of 1861.  It was subsequently repealed, re-adopted and held unconstitutional.  Early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns.

The due date of the tax payment varied by act. The first year of federal income tax was 1913 with a filing deadline for individuals of March 1.  In 1918, the deadline was changed to March 15 and then again to April 15 in 1955.

In the United States, Tax Day is a term used for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.  The term, Tax Day, may also refer to individual state tax returns.

Each year since 1955, for those living in the U.S., Tax Day has typically fallen on April 15.

When Tax Day (April 15) falls on a Friday, tax returns are due the following Monday; when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tax returns are due the following Tuesday.

  • In 2016, Tax Day will be Monday, April 18

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NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY

Celebrated each year on April 15, it is National Take a Wild Guess Day.  This day is a day you may want to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar or how many coins are in the tube…it is a day about hunches and guesses.

NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY HISTORY

National Take a Wild Guess Day, an “unofficial” national holiday,  was created by Jim Barber (TheBarbershop.com)

Web: www.thebarbershop.com/wildguessday

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NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY

Annually celebrated on April 14, it is National Rubber Eraser Day.  This day celebrates, recognizes and appreciates the invention of erasers.

Tablets of rubber (or wax) were used to erase lead or charcoal marks from paper before there were rubber erasers.  Another option for the eraser was crustless bread.  A Tokyo student said: “Bread erasers were used in place of rubber erasers, and so they would give them to us with no restriction on amount.  So we thought nothing of taking these and eating a firm part to at least slightly satisfy our hunger.

  • April 15, 1770 Joseph Priestly founded a vegetable gum to remove pencil  marks.  He dubbed the substance “rubber”.
  • 1770 Edward Nairne developed the first marketed rubber eraser.
  • 1839 Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization (a method that would cure rubber and make it a durable material)  This method made rubber erasers common.
  • 1858 Hyman Lipman (Philadelphia, Pa.) patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

We all make mistakes while holding a pencil in our hand, but thanks to the inventions by these men many many years ago, we are able to erase those mistakes away.

NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY HISTORY

This day is celebrated on April 15 in commencement of April 15, 1770 and the founding of the rubber eraser.  Our research was unable to find the creator of National Rubber Eraser Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY

On April 15, 2014, National Library Workers Day will be celebrated by the American Library Association, together with millions of Americans across the United States.

This is a day, for everyone, to recognize and appreciate the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

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NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY

Today celebrates National Glazed Spiral Ham Day, a food holiday celebrated annually on April 15.   This gourmet looking dish, often found at a holiday feast, originated in the basement of a home back in 1957.

Working out of his basement, Harry J. Hoenselaar of Detroit, Michigan, developed a special way to cook, slice and glaze ham.  It was in 1957 that he invented the spiral slicer leading to the starting of his own store and company, HoneyBaked Ham.

A traditional glazed ham is baked with a glaze consisting of sugar, honey or orange juice.  Spices, to add additional flavor are often added.

Now you can find hundreds of recipes from Pineapple Honey Glazed to Dijon Maple Glazed Ham.  Search through different recipes, find your favorite, turn on your oven and enjoy a delicious ham dinner today.

NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY

The creator of National Glazed Spiral Ham Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was not found.

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REFERENCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_day

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-take-a-wild-guess-day-april-15/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-rubber-eraser-day-april-15/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-glazed-spiral-ham-day-april-15/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-tax-day-april-15/

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