OCTOBER 13, 2018 | NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE DAY | NAVY BIRTHDAY | NATIONAL TRAIN YOUR BRAIN DAY | NATIONAL NO BRA DAY | NATIONAL CHESS DAY | NATIONAL COSTUME SWAP DAY | NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY | I LOVE YARN DAY

NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE DAY

The Registrar of National Day Calendar has designated the second Saturday in October of each year as National Motorcycle Ride Day. This day is designated to get all motorcyclists in the USA and the world out and on their motorcycles for a united day of riding.

The month of October is significant not only because this is toward the end of the riding season for a lot of motorcyclists in the USA, but it is also the month that John B. Dunlop developed the first practical pneumatic tire in 1887. Without this development in tire technology motorcycles would not perform as they do or be as enjoyable as they are today. That being said, this day is also dedicated to John B. Dunlop and his invention of the first practical pneumatic tire.

Use this day to escape on your motorcycle, have some fun, relieve some stress and really enjoy the thrills and freedom that riding a motorcycle offers. This is a day for riders of all motorcycle disciplines. No matter what type of motorcycle you own or what type of rider you are, use this day to enjoy the camaraderie that comes along with owning a motorcycle. If you own a motorcycle, you will understand what this day is about.

National Motorcycle Ride Day is not only designed to celebrate and promote motorcycle riding but also encourage motorcyclists to support the motorcycle industry. Show your support by not only going for a ride but by also visiting your local motorcycle dealer. Supporting your local dealer and other businesses while you are out on your ride will help spur growth in your local economy.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Go for a ride with a friend and enjoy the fall weather. While you are out on your ride or at your local dealer take a picture and post on social media using #NationalMotorcycleRideDay and @nationalmotorcyclerideday

HISTORY

National Motorcycle Ride Day was submitted in August 2015 by Chad Geer of Dunlop Tire N.A. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Motorcycle Ride Day to be celebrated annually on the second Saturday in October.

MEDIA CONTACT: info@nationalmotorcyclerideday

NAVY BIRTHDAY

The United States Navy observes its birthday every year on October 13th.

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #HappyBirthdayNavy to post on social media.

HISTORY

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force.  Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy. Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy’s birthday was celebrated on October 27th, the date of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. Designated by the Navy League of the United States for Roosevelt’s foresight and vision in elevating the U.S. Navy into a premier force, the celebration of the Navy’s birthday has always been one of pride.  The change to October 13 was seen as a more relevant date in line with the first official action legislating a navy.  Since 1972, October 13 has been the officially recognized date of U.S. Navy’s birth. 

NATIONAL TRAIN YOUR BRAIN DAY

National Train Your Brain Day is observed annually on October 13.

This day was created to encourage everyone to expand and exercise their brain and use more of its potential capacity.  There are many different ways to train your mind and improve your cognitive skills such as reading, word puzzles, number games, brain teasers, trivia games, riddles and word games.  Learning something new is another practice that is a benefit to everyone’s brain on National Train Your Brain Day (as well as any other day).

When the question is asked to American scientists as to how much of the brain is used, the answer varies. However, many of them believe that it is only a small percentage and that there is room for expanded learning and knowledge within everyone.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Do some logic puzzles, brain teasers and riddles to train your brain. Or you can head over to the Trivia Page for some brain exercises! Use #TrainYourBrainDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Train Your Brain Day.

NATIONAL NO BRA DAY

National No Bra Day is observed annually on October 13. This is a day to leave your bra at home.

This National Day is meant to promote breast cancer awareness and to help raise money for research. Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to go without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis after surgery. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and No Bra Day should serve as a reminder for all women to be screened for breast cancer.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make an appointment for a mammogram. Use #NoBraDay or #NationalNoBraDay when posting on social media.  Make a contribution to the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origins of National No Bra Day.

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NATIONAL CHESS DAY

National Chess Day is observed on the second Saturday of October.  

Chess is a strategic game between two competitors played on a checkered board containing 64 squares. Each player makes moves with 16 pieces each.  The objected of the game is to capture the opponent’s king through a series of strategic moves. When a king is captured, the game ends with checkmate.

The origins of chess are uncertain, but modern chess gained popularity during the Renaissance in Europe.  As complex as the game of chess is from the perspective of a checkered battlefield, it is even more so when considering the nuances of the social underpinnings of privilege, power, trust, rank, and advantage. Each maneuver plays out pawn by pawn, rook, and bishop until the last knight is standing. Until…checkmate!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Play a game of chess.  Use #NationalChessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Chess Day was declared by President Ford on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. More information can be found on this day due to the work of David Heiser.  You can find his investigative work here.

For both professionals and amateurs, chess is a game that sharpens the mind, tests human faculties and encourages healthy competition. It has captivated the attention of players and specators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind. ~ President Gerald Ford ~ October 1976

Our founding fathers played chess, including George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Franklin was exceptionally skilled and wrote one of the earliest books on chess.

NATIONAL COSTUME SWAP DAY

National Costume Swap Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in October.

Homemade costumes may be a rarity these days but finding a unique and quality get up can still be achieved. By swapping with family and friends, making alterations and adding a few bits of your own genius, your kids can have a new costume. You’ll save money, and their old costumes go to good use, too!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Swap an old Halloween costume for a different one and use #NationalCostumeSwapDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Costume Swap Day started in 2010 with GreenHalloween.org.

NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY

National Yorkshire Pudding Day is observed across the United States each year on October 13.

Not to be confused with a dessert, Yorkshire Pudding is a traditional English dish similar to a popover made from a batter and usually served with roast meat and gravy.

Cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pans to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted in the oven.  A recipe for “A Dripping Pudding” was published in 1737 in The Whole Duty of a Woman

Make a good batter as for pancakes: put in a hot toss-pan over the fire with a bit of butter to fry the bottom a little then put the pan and butter under a shoulder of mutton, instead of a dripping-pan, keeping frequently shaking it by the handle and it will be light and savoury, and fit to take up when your mutton is enough; then turn it in a dish and serve it hot. ~ From The Whole Duty of a Woman.

In 1747, similar instructions were published in The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse under the title of ‘Yorkshire Pudding’. It was Glasse that re-invented and renamed the original version of ‘A Dripping Pudding”.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate National Yorkshire Pudding Day, enjoy a Yorkshire Pudding recipe:

Quick and Easy Yorkshire Pudding
Yorkshire Pudding

Use #YorkshirePuddingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to locate the creator of National Yorkshire Pudding Day.

I LOVE YARN DAY

I Love Yarn Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in October.

Yarn lovers and crafters around the world rejoice! I Love Yarn Day embraces the opportunity to share your craft with someone new. Teach someone to knit, crochet, weave or enjoy any yarn craft. Explore the variety of yarns, their vibrant colors, their soft textures and warm tones. Expose your stash to the daylight and break out the scissors. Needles optional!

Yarn Bombing is creatively covering objects with knitted or crocheted material in an artistic manner.

Crochet uses a hooked needle to loop strands of threads together to make garments or artwork.

Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn together using two needles. The loops or stitches develop fabrics for sweaters, blankets and other materials.

Weaving creates textiles by interlacing threads at right angles.

String art creates an image by stringing yarn or string between pins placed on a surface. The concepts can be geometric, abstract or representational.

Doll making uses yarn to create soft dolls and animals by wrapping yarn and shaping fiber, using pom poms made from yarn and trimming it to form features.

Needlepoint uses yarn by placing colored knots and crosses in fabric or canvas to create an image or pattern.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Teach someone about the love of yarn crafts. Share your story on social media using #ILoveYarnDay.

HISTORY

The Craft Yarn Council founded I Love Yard day in 2011 spreading the love of yarn crafts for generations to come. The Craft Yarn Council is a nonprofit comprised of leading yarn companies, manufacturers, publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry.  “A survey conducted by the council affirms the numerous health benefits of yarn crafts like knitting and crocheting,” Jenny Bessonette, Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council said. “We invite all of our followers to participate by posting and talking about how yarn has affected their lives.”

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