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.
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.
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.”
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NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – 2014
Resolution H. Res 512 designated
National Lineman Appreciation Day was on March 31, 2014.