APRIL 13, 2018 | NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY | NATIONAL MAKE LUNCH COUNT DAY | NATIONAL BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY | NATIONAL DONATE LIFE BLUE & GREEN DAY | NATIONAL PEACH COBBLER DAY | NATIONAL THOMAS JEFFERSON DAY
NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY
National Scrabble Day is observed annually on April 13th. Originally named Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words, Alfred Mosher Butts eventually settled on the name Scrabble. The amateur artist and unemployed architect developed the word game in the midst of the depression. Still, it wasn’t until 1948, a final name change and a trademark that Butts finally began to produce the game.
Scrabble is played with two to four players who score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a game board marked with a 15 x 15 grid.
In the United States, the name Scrabble is a trademark of Hasbro, Inc. Scrabble is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Worldwide, over One hundred and fifty million sets have been sold with sets being found in nearly one-third of American homes.
- 1984 – Scrabble became a daytime game show on NBC
- 2004 – Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
- Some cities sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend closest to National Scrabble Day
- The word “scrabble” means to “grope frantically.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Call your friends and play a game or two of Scrabble! Use #NationalScrabbleDay to post on social media.
The creator of National Scrabble Day was not found. However, it is celebrated April 13th in honor of the birth of Alfred Mosher Butts, born on April 13, 1899.
NATIONAL MAKE LUNCH COUNT DAY
On April 13 we have an opportunity to break a trend that has been occurring around the country by joining in National Make Lunch Count Day.
According to a recent study commissioned by TGI Fridays, the majority of U.S. workers suffer from “FOLO” – otherwise known as a “Fear of Lunching Out.” Many workers eat lunch at their desk at least twice a week (73%) while one-third have lunch at their desk every day of the week. Don’t fear lunching out any longer!
National Make Lunch Count Day is here to remedy FOLO and help American workers increase their creativity and productivity.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Break the cycle of FOLO. Get away from your desk. Join your co-workers and enjoy a real lunch with stimulating conversation. Use #NationalMakeLunchCount to share on social media.
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TGI Fridays founded National Make Lunch Count Day to remind American workers to get away from their desks for lunch. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.
NATIONAL BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY
The way to celebrate is self-explanatory in the name, and not much more needs to be said. If you do not want to blame someone, put the blame on something (remember, it is all in fun!)
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #BlameSomeoneElseDay to post on social media.
National Blame Someone Else Day was invented by Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan in 1982. One day, her alarm clock failed to go off, hence creating a domino effect of bad luck events throughout the day. The day happened to be Friday the 13th.
NATIONAL DONATE LIFE BLUE & GREEN DAY
National Donate Life Blue & Green Day is observed annually in April.
Every April, we are encouraged to wear blue and green and promote organ donation. According to Donate Life America, nearly 124,000 people in the United States are awaiting some type of organ transplant. Organ donor registration is critical. There are many types of organ donation. National Donate Life Blue & Green Day is a day to find out more.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn more about organ donation and use #DonateLifeBlueGreenDay to post on social media.
Donate Life Blue & Green Day was founded by Donate Life America. For more information on their organization and organ donation visit their website at donatelife.net.
NATIONAL PEACH COBBLER DAY
National Peach Cobbler Day is observed annually on April 13. It recognizes a delicious dessert that originated during the 19th century.
Unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, the settlers instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together. When the dish is fully cooked, the surface has the appearance of a cobbled street. The name may also derive from the fact that the ingredients are “cobbled” together. Some cobbler recipes resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both top and bottom crust.
In 2007, the world’s largest peach cobbler was made at the Georgia Peach Festival. It consisted of:
- 90 lbs of butter
- 150 lbs of sugar
- 150 lbs of flour
- 32 gallons of milk
- 75 gallons of peaches
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy the following tried and true peach cobbler recipes.
Use #NationalPeachCobblerDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Peach Cobbler Day.
NATIONAL THOMAS JEFFERSON DAY
National Thomas Jefferson Day is observed annually on April 13. This day honors the birth of the third President of The United States, Thomas Jefferson, who was born April 13, 1743.
Most known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a stalwart of democracy. While not much an orator, his pen cut quite a swath of ink through correspondence, documents, journals and manuscripts.
Those who write, tend to read. Jefferson was no different. He had a vast library of 6,500 volumes.
Jefferson was not only a lawyer but a scientist of agriculture, paleontology, and astronomy. Immensely curious, he kept detailed records of the weather and eventually established weather observers across his home state of Virginia.
Jefferson served as minister to France, Secretary of State in President Washington’s Cabinet and ran for President for the first time in 1796 only to be elected Vice President to his opponent, John Adams due to a flaw in the Constitution.
Four years later the same fault in the document caused a tie within the same party between Aaron Burr and Jefferson with Jefferson assuming the Presidency.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalThomasJeffersonDay to post on social media.
By Presidential Proclamation 2276 on March 21, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed April 13 as a day to celebrate the birth of Thomas Jefferson. Then again on April 11, 2007, Presidential Proclamation 8124 by President George W. Bush commemorated the same day at Thomas Jefferson Day.
Presidential Proclamation 2276, of Mar 21, 1938, covers all succeeding years. (Pub Res No 60 of Aug 16, 1937.)
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