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NATIONAL ASTRONAUT DAY - May 5

National Astronaut Day on May 5th each year celebrates Astronauts as true heroes, with a mission to inspire ALL to "reach for the stars" by sharing "out of this world" Astronaut stories and experiences.

National Day Podcast

Hear the stories behind why we celebrate each National Day!

National Egg Month | National Devil's Food Cake Day

Welcome to May 19, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate colorful alternatives and sinful desserts. Buying eggs at the grocery store is a fairly bland affair when it comes to color—everything is either brown or white. Most of the eggs we buy come from a variety of chicken known as the Leghorn. But there are plenty of other chicken breeds that lay much more colorful eggs. There’s a breed called the Cuckoo Blubber that produces blue-green colored eggs. If that’s not your hue, a Maran chicken will lay you some red eggs. But perhaps you want even more color variety. Then check out the hybrid breed called the Easter Egger. This bird lays pink, green, and blue eggs and it’s totally random. May is National Egg Month, when you can enjoy a variety of new colors and delicious recipes.  No one is quite sure where the name Devil's Food Cake came from. But these light, moist chocolate cakes made quite a stir when they popped up in Indiana. One of the first recipes appeared in the 1898 edition of the Hagerstown Exponent. Right in the heart of the heartland, folks were swooning over the rich results made from boiling water and cocoa powder. Perhaps they took off because they appeared side by side with Angel Food Cake recipes and offered a tempting alternative. On National Devil’s Food Cake Day, celebrate taking a walk on the naughty side with a dessert that’s sinfully delicious. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

National No Dirty Dishes Day | National Cheese Soufflé Day

Welcome to May 18, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the crafty cleanup and puffed up cheese. Cooking and then sharing a meal with loved ones is one of the best things in life. The cleanup afterwards…not so much. So thank goodness for socialite Josephine Cochrane. Her household staff had broken too many pieces of her good china during cleaning, so she came up with an idea for washing the dishes mechanically. Cochrane enlisted the help of George Butters to build the first practical dishwasher. Her invention debuted at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois and has been a mainstay in kitchens ever since. It doesn’t matter if you use liquid or powdered detergent–or even whether you put the utensil handles up or down, on National No Dirty Dishes Day put that dishwasher to use! The word soufflé is a French word meaning to puff or to breathe. And many Americans hold their breath while making a soufflé, because frankly they can be hard to master. This is probably because there are so many ways to fail when baking one. You might whip the egg whites too much or too little. And don’t even think about opening the oven door too soon or making a loud noise while they bake. The first recipe for soufflé appeared in 1742, and this culinary masterpiece is still regarded as a worthy challenge. On National Cheese Soufflé Day, celebrate by breathing new life into an old recipe that’s sure to win over a crowd. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

National Idaho Day | National Cherry Cobbler Day

Welcome to May 17, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate stunning stunts and sweet substitutions. Shoshone Falls in Southern Idaho is known as the Niagara of the West, and boasts some pretty amazing views. But a little past the falls is one of the coolest attractions in the state. In 1974, Evel Knievel, the world’s most famous stuntman attempted to jump the Falls. People around the world watched on TV as he launched off the ramp on a steam-powered rocket that he called the X-2 Skycycle. Unfortunately, Knievel didn’t make it to the other side because the parachute deployed too soon and he crashed into the Snake River. If you’re in the area, check out the Evel Knievel Jump Site, and on National Idaho Day, celebrate the Gem State in all its glory. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and in the case of cherry cobbler that need was for a pudding. I’m talking about British settlers in the American colonies who were longing for a taste of their hometown favorite, suet pudding. The problem was a lack of ingredients and the rudimentary ovens which most people had in the New World. But this episode of Dessert Impossible had a very happy ending. Clever bakers opted for stewed cherries instead of suet and when topped with biscuit dough, the substitutions were quite delicious!  On National Cherry Cobbler Day, celebrate the ingenious results of making due with what you have on hand.  I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

National Love A Tree Day | National Barbecue Day

Welcome to May 16, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate living history and a legacy of barbecue. In a country with as much history as Great Britain, you’d think the oldest thing there would be some sort of ruin. But oddly enough, there’s a tree in Somerset County that outdates just about anything else in England—even Stonehenge. The Ashbrittle Yew has been around for over 3,000 years and was very important to the Ancient Celts. There is a burial mound beneath the tree that, according to legend, is the final resting place for the heads of invading Roman soldiers. Today, the tree is still going strong in the churchyard of the St. John the Baptist parish. On National Love a Tree Day, celebrate the natural world that will probably outlive us all. When you walk through the door of Floyd & Company Real Pit Barbecue, the smell of smoke triggers your appetite. Bubba Floyd left Tennessee and headed West with his family eventually landing in Kingman, Arizona. Like all transplants, he discovered a longing for home that was satisfied by building the Red Neck’s Southern Pit BBQ trailer. Now there is a permanent home that carries the Floyd name along with “& Company,” which stands for all the folks who supported them these past 18 years. When you sample the perfectly smoked meats and sides that taste like family recipes you’ll understand why. On National Barbecue Day, follow your nose to Kingman Arizona and discover a place that feels like home.  I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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See what other's have to say about National Day Calendar.
On #ApplePieDay, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
Carl Sagan
"One of the most complete and underrated crafts is celebrated today, as it is National Bartender Day. Part janitor, part charmer, part shrink, part recipe encyclopedia, all grind. My people. Cheers!"
Ryan Prominski
“What I found useful was the discovery of an even higher power, if you will, of national calendar days: an organization called National Day Calendar”
Beth Golay
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