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NOVEMBER 8, 2018 | NATIONAL S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. DAY | NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY | NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY | NATIONAL PARENTS AS TEACHERS DAY

 

NATIONAL S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. DAY

Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!  November 8 is a day meant to inspire kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Inspired by the Project Mc² brand, created by MGA Entertainment, the S.T.E.A.M.- based franchise features four super smart girls who are part of a super-secret spy organization called NOV8 (that’s “innovate”).

      Fun fact:  The November 8th date is a play on words for same as that super- secret organization, NOV8, making it the perfect date to inspire innovation!

Why is S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. so important, now more than ever before?

·         S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. is all around us and shapes our everyday experiences

·         Of the U.S. Labor Department‘s predicted 10 fastest growing occupations, nearly all of them are S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. careers; therefore an interest in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. early on can lead to success later on in life

·         The U.S. has fallen behind other nations in science and math education; we need to motivate young kids to pursue these subjects to keep up with the rest of the world

·         We must close the gender gap that exists in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. related-careers. Building interest in girls is critical to their future earning potential.

HOW TO OBSERVE

You can celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M Day by tuning into the Netflix original series Project Mc², or by visiting www.projectmc2.com where you can become an honorary member of NOV8 and go on super-secret spy missions with the Project Mc² characters; McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden and Camryn.  Use #STEMSTEAMDay to post on social media.

Let’s innovate together and prove that Smart Is The New Cool!™

HISTORY

 National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day was submitted by MGA Entertainment. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed it will be celebrated annually on November 8.

NATIONAL CAPPUCCINO DAY

National Cappuccino Day is observed annually on November 8. A nice hot cup of cappuccino is perfect on a frosty morning, meeting with friends or just to enjoy a creamy cuppa.

Traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam, a cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink.

The word cappuccino comes from the Capuchin friars and is the diminutive form of cappuccio in Italian, meaning hood or something that covers the head. This popular coffee beverage got its name not from the hood on their habits but from the color of the hooded robes that the friars wore.  (The Capuchin friars is an Order of friars in the Catholic Church, among the chief offshoots of the Franciscans.)

  • In 1945 Achille Gaggia invented the modern espresso machine which further popularized the cappuccino.
  • The Mid 1990s – Cappuccino was made more widely available to North Americans as upscale coffee houses sprang up.
  • Late 1990′s to Early 2000′s – Cappuccinos became popular in the United States concurrent with the boom in the American coffee industry.
  • The start of 21st Century – A modified short-cut version of the cappuccino started being served at fast-food chains.
  • While steaming the milk you must pay close attention to attain the correct ratio of foam, thus making the cappuccino one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly.
  • A skilled barista may create artistic shapes while he/she is pouring milk on top of the espresso coffee.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit your favorite coffee shop to enjoy a nice hot and delicious cup of cappuccino and use #CappuccinoDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

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

NATIONAL HARVEY WALLBANGER DAY

National Harvey Wallbanger Day is observed annually on November 8th. A Harvey Wallbanger is made with 3 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 6 parts orange juice, poured it into a highball glass and garnished with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

A story circulating at a chili tasting in 1968 in San Diego where Harvey Wallbangers were served explained the origin of the cocktail as the result of a party in Laguna Beach where the only remaining supplies were vodka, Galliano and orange juice. When the party goers left, Harvey remained, banging his head against the wall.

However, accepted lore credits the invention of the cocktail to the three-time-world-champion bartender, Donato ‘Duke’ Antone who operated Duke’s Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Antone over the years collected quite a few credits for famous beverages. The bartender’s resume’ speaks volumes as the inventor of the Rusty Nail, White Russian and Flaming Russian. According to the bartending wizard, in 1952, a surfer named Tony Wallbanger inspired the cocktail. Perhaps, the party in Laguna Beach is a version of the Antone’s, but no one has been able to identify the inspirational surfer.

Harvey Wallbanger remained a quiet little secret in the San Diego area until around 1968 when William Young and George Bednar launched him (or it) onto the international scene. Marketing director for McKesson Imports Company (maker of Galliano), Bednar alongside graphic artist Bill Young, developed a successful marketing campaign around the Harvey Wallbanger character that exploded in late 1969 and the early 1970s.

Harvey Wallbanger is the name and I can be made! ~ 1969 Galliano marketing slogan

The drink’s name has become a metaphor to describe someone who goofs off or makes mistakes.  Often attributed to politicians or sports figures, it’s interesting to note, Harvey Wallbanger was frequently a write-in vote at election time.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Call some of your friends to get together, have them meet you at your local bar, everyone order a Harvey Wallbanger, raise your glasses and toast a Happy National Harvey Wallbanger Day!!  (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive). Use #HarveyWallbangerDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Harvey Wallbanger Day.

NATIONAL PARENTS AS TEACHERS DAY

National Parents as Teachers Day is observed annually on November 8. On this day Parents as Teachers Organization offers educational services to parents across the country.  These affiliates give all parents of young children support, and it also provides information so all children learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

The concept for Parents as Teachers developed in the 1970s when Missouri educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness.  Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child’s development of learning skills, including reading and writing.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take some time to teach your children something new. Use #ParentsAsTeachersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis, Missouri declared the first Parents as Teachers Day in 2001 supporting community events spreading awareness of early childhood programs.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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