NATIONAL PET DAY
April 11 is National Pet Day. While loving our pets is something we do every day, National Pet Day encourages us to pay special attention to pets who may not get that extra attention. Helping out orphaned pet companions will improve their health and enhance their opportunities for adoption.
Sometimes their human companions aren’t well. Making sure their forever furry friends are receiving the best of care will help relieve stress and worry.
National Pet Day is an excellent time to do a few checks for your pets.
- Go through your furever family member’s toys. Throw away any items that are no longer safe.
- Maintain your pet-friendly home. Keep cords and toxins secure from your four-legged friends. This includes phone chargers.
- Verify when vaccinations are due and schedule an appointment to update if they are due.
- Check collars to ensure tags are secure and numbers are current. We sometimes forget to update this information when we move or change numbers.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take supplies to those pets in shelters. Help a friend with pets who is recovering from an illness. Adopt a pet. Use #NationalPetDay on social media.
Founded by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige in 2005. More information on National Pet Day can be found at www.petdayusa.com.
NATIONAL ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY
Every year, National Alcohol Screening Day raises awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency can have on a person. By bringing an opportunity for education, referrals, and treatment to those with alcohol dependency issues, screening is a large part of the outreach program.
Screening centers will be located at colleges, military installations, designated business, and selected government agencies.
Sponsored by Screening For Mental Health, National Alcohol Screening Day is held each year on the Thursday of the first full week in April offering anonymous and confidential screenings online or in-person at NASD events.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #AlcoholScreeningDay to post on social media.
First held in 1999, National Alcohol Screening Day is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health.
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NATIONAL SUBMARINE DAY
The United States Navy acquired the Holland VI, the Navy’s first modern commissioned submarine, on April 11, 1900. Each April 11th honors this day as people across the nation celebrate National Submarine Day.
– The U.S. Navy’s first submarine was the Alligator, 1862. –
The first known U.S. Navy submarine was the USS Alligator, the fourth United States Navy ship of that name. The Alligator was active during the American Civil War. America’s very first submarine, the Turtle, was built in the Revolutionary War era. However, the United States Navy did not exist when theTurtle was operational.
Designed by Irish-American inventor John Phillip Holland in 1896, the Holland VI was launched on May 17, 1897, at Navy Lt. Lewis Nixon’s Crescent Shipyard in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It was later purchased by the United States Navy on April 11, 1900, becoming the United States Navy’s first commissioned submarine and renamed USS Holland (SS-1).
Elsewhere in the world, “Submarine Day” is celebrated on March 17th.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalSubmarineDay to post on social media.
Within our research, the origin has been discovered; however, we were unable to find the creator of National Submarine Day.
NATIONAL CHEESE FONDUE DAY
Observed annually on April 11 is National Cheese Fondue Day. Fondue is a dish of melted cheese or other ingredients, served in a communal pot (caquelon) over a small portable stove (réchaud). Bread is then dipped from long-stemmed forks into the cheese. Cheese fondue consists of a blend of cheeses, wine, and seasoning.
A 1966 book published in Zurich, under the name “Kass mit Wein zu kochen” is known for having the earliest known recipe for cheese fondue. It calls for grated or cut up cheese to be melted with wine and for the bread to be dipped in it.
The first known recipe with cheese and wine was published under the name “Cheese Fondue” in 1875.
The success of fondue may be contributed to the introduction of cornstarch to Switzerland in 1905, which made it easier to make a smooth and stable emulsion of the wine and cheese.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this delicious Creamy Cheese Fondue recipe.
Use #NationalCheeseFondueDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Cheese Fondue Day.
NATIONAL EIGHT TRACK TAPE DAY
National Eight Track Tape Day on April 11 recognizes an era that was here and gone in a short 20 years. It is a day to remember listening to great music of the sixties and seventies on eight-track tapes.
Popular from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s, eight track tapes are a magnetic tape sound recording technology.
Eight track tape, also called Stereo 8, was created in 1964 by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation along with Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola and RCA Victor Records and released in 1965.
It was in September of 1965 that Ford Motor Company introduced factory installed and dealer installed eight track tape players as an option to buyers on three of its 1966 models, the Thunderbird, Mustang, and Lincoln. All of Ford’s vehicles offered this tape player upgrade option on the 1967 model. Through the 1980s optional eight track players were available in many cars and trucks.
Eight track cartridges were phased out in the retail stores in the United States by late 1982. Some titles were still available as eight track tapes through various mail order clubs until late 1988.
Many of the late period eight track tape releases are highly collectible today.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #EightTrackDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Eight Track Tape Day.
NATIONAL BARBERSHOP QUARTET DAY
National Barbershop Quartet Day is observed annually on April 11. Barbershop quartets have a way making the heart flutter. Very often they transport us back to a simpler time or at the least make it stand still.
Barbershop quartets are a style of a cappella or unaccompanied vocal music. Their music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.
Between 1900 and 1919 barbershop music found its popularity. In the 1920s, it began to fade into obscurity. However, the barbershop quartet saw a revival when the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America was founded. This tongue twister of a men’s organization grew quickly as did other similar organizations promoting barbershop music as an art form. Today, just under 25,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of the SPEBSQSA.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #BarbershopQuartetDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Classroom for more information designed for the classroom.
The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America is April 11, 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded by Rupert I. Hall and Owen Clifton Cash, prospective members were not even required to be able to sing. According to an article in a June 13, 1938, issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cash was quoted as saying, “All we ask is just that said prospective member THINK he can sing.”
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