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National Sandwich Day is observed annually on November 3. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.  This day honors one of America’s most popular lunch items. 

While the modern sandwich is believed to be named after John Montagu, the exact circumstances of its invention and original use are the subject of debate.  There is a rumor in a contemporary travel book titled Tour to London, by Pierre Jean Grosley, that formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table.  It is said that Lord Sandwich was a very conversant gambler and did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table.  When hungry, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread.  This practice was a habit which was well known to his gambling friends who soon began to order “the same as Sandwich,” and from this, the sandwich was born.

N.A.M. Rodger, who wrote Sandwich’s biography, suggests that because of Sandwich’s commitment to the navy, politics and the arts the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his work desk.

Before being known as sandwiches, the food seems just to have been known as bread and meat or bread and cheese.

Some of the most common sandwiches include BLT – Cheese Sandwich – Philadelphia Cheesesteak – Club Sandwich – Dagwood – French Dip – Hamburger – Monte Cristo – Muffuletta – Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – Pilgrim – Po’boy – Reuben – Sloppy Joe – Submarine – Tuna Fish Sandwich – Veggie Sandwich – Deli Sandwich


Go out for a sandwich with a friend or enjoy one of the following sandwich recipes:

California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
BBQ Pork for Sandwiches
Real N’awlins Muffuletta
Shrimp Po’ Boys

Use #NationalSandwichDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Sandwich Day.


Each year on November 3, millions of people across the country observe National Housewife’s Day.  This day was created to make the day a special one for the stay-at-home mom. Taking care of the children and the home is a 24/7 job that sometimes does not get the thank you that is much deserved.

The term housewife is an old term stemming from the days when most families were supported by one income.  The father worked, and the mother stayed home to take care of the house and the children.  Times have changed, and it is not always possible for one parent to stay at home, even though it is still preferred by some.  Typically, in today’s society, two incomes are needed to support a household.   If a mother can stay at home, the term stay-at-home mom or domestic engineer is favored over the term housewife.


Honor the housewife in your family or a housewife that you know. Use #NationalHousewifesDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Housewife’s Day.


Each year on the first Saturday in November the country honors one of the most majestic beasts to roam the land on National Bison Day.

The official National Mammal of the United States, the iconic North American Bison has played a cultural, economic, and environmental role in the history of the country. Central to the livelihood of Native Americans, they are a healthy food source and vital to religious ceremonies.

The once giant herds that covered the plains were nearly decimated. Now, bison populate all 50 states living in national parks, refuges, tribal and private lands.


Compare your beard (real or faux) to a bison’s! Take a picture and post on social media using #BeardsforBison or #NationalBisonDay to share on social media.


Since 2012, a movement for officially recognizing the American bison as the national mammal of the United States. Organizers included making National Bison Day the first Saturday of November.  The United States Senate signed resolutions yearly supporting the passage of such a proclamation and on May 9, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the law making the American bison the national mammal of the United States.

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