NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY
Is it a calculated risk to celebrate National Take A Wild Guess Day each year on April 15th? It might depend upon how you observe the day. Will you guess how many jelly beans are in a jar? Or will you be estimating your taxes? The day could be full of hunches and guesses depending on how you spend it.
As a contestant in the game of life, sometimes our only option is to venture a guess at what’s around the corner. Our inklings or premonitions may never come to be. However, if the future keeps you awake at night worrying, it’s a good bet that worrying never paid a bill. Another good wager about worrying is that it costs you more in time and the space in your head than it will ever give back to you. But that’s just another estimate.
The day challenges us to take a stab at making wild predictions. They may be way off or right on target. Sometimes we get better at guessing as we go, or we have a knack for it right away. No matter the case, it’s just a wild guess. Don’t take it seriously.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TakeAWildGuessDay
While most of us are not statisticians, we understand the basics of averages. Assess your options and take a wild guess about something, anything. How many pennies are in the penny jar? How many National Days over 1500 are there on National Day Calendar? Your wild guess might just be spot on.
You can also download and print this Wild Guess card game. See if your family can guess which National Day you drew or if you can stump them.
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NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY HISTORY
National Take a Wild Guess Day was created by Jim Barber (TheBarbershop.com).
NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY
Each year on April 15th, National Titanic Remembrance Day is dedicated to the memory of the lives lost when the Titanic sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. We remember the more than 1,500 people who died that day.
Known as the “the unsinkable ship,” the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm on April 14, 1912, on her maiden voyage from England to New York City. Later, in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, on April 15, the Titanic sank. Those who perished did so mainly due to an insufficient number of lifeboats onboard the ship.
There have been a few movies made about this subject, too, most recently Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TitanicRemembranceDay
Learn more about the Titanic’s history. Read about the building of the Titanic and follow its timeline. Discover the survivors’ stories. Watch a documentary, movie or take a virtual tour of the ship.
- A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
- Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines
- Waking the Titanic (2012) directed by Francis Delany
- Secrets of the Titanic (1986) by National Geographic
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NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORY
The day commemorates the date of the Titanic’s sinking in honor of those who lost their lives aboard the Titanic in 1912. While each year since its sinking, memorial events dedicated to remembering the tragic loss, no one person or entity has proclaimed the observance.
NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY
Correcting mistakes since 1770, National Rubber Eraser Day on April 15th commemorates the date the invention first began making written errors disappear.
Tablets of rubber (or wax) were used to erase lead or charcoal marks from paper before there were rubber erasers. Another option for the eraser was crustless bread. A Tokyo student said, “Bread erasers were used in place of rubber erasers, and so they would give them to us with no restriction on amount. So we thought nothing of taking these and eating a firm part to at least slightly satisfy our hunger.”
- April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestly founded a vegetable gum to remove pencil marks. He dubbed the substance “rubber.”
- 1770 Edward Nairne developed the first marketed rubber eraser.
- 1839 Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization (a method that would cure rubber and make it a durable material) This method made rubber erasers standard.
- 1858 Hyman Lipman (Philadelphia, Pa.) patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.
We all make mistakes while holding a pencil in our hand, but thanks to the inventions by these men many years ago, we can erase those mistakes away.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRubberEraserDay
It’s ok to make a mistake or two. Find your favorite eraser to fix them. Whether you’re an artist, writer, student, or accountant, an eraser comes in handy. Use #NationalRubberEraserDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY HISTORY
April 15, 1770, marks the founding of the rubber eraser. Our research was unable to find the creator of National Rubber Eraser Day.
NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY
National Glazed Spiral Ham Day on April 15th each year celebrates an innovative and delicious food. This gourmet looking dish often found at a holiday feast, originated in the basement of Harry J. Hoenselaar.
In 1952, the Detroit, Michigan entrepreneur patented not only his spiral slicer but the ham glaze as well. His innovative device made it possible for the entire bone-in ham to be sliced in one continuous and even spiral. The result was not only perfect for baking but for serving, too. The resulting slices presented a beautiful main course meal. Then in 1957, Hoenselaar founded HoneyBaked Ham.
Since the patent expired in 1981, many companies offer glazed spiral hams. However, we continue to thank Harry J. Hoenselaar for making them a possibility.
A traditional glazed ham is baked with a glaze consisting of sugar, honey, or orange juice. Spices to taste are often added.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GlazedSpiralHamDay
Pick up a glazed spiral ham and cook up a big meal. The leftovers will make amazing sandwiches, too! If you’re in need of a recipe, try the one listed below.
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NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this deli holiday. No matter how you slice it, though, it’s quite the tasty holiday.
NATIONAL TAX DAY
2020 tax filing deadline is July 15 for 2019 tax returns due to the impact of Covid19.
April 15th of each year is National Tax Day. In the United States, the term “tax day” refers to the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. The day may also refer to April 15th for state tax returns.
The Federal income tax filing deadline is midnight on April 15th of every year, with extensions occurring when the 15th lands on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday. In those circumstances, the returns are due the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday.
These dates can differ depending on the residence as well. Some years, due to extenuating circumstances such as natural disasters, more significant extensions have been granted by the Federal Government.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTaxDay
Complete and file your taxes. Whether you prepare your taxes yourself or have a professional prepare them for you, only a couple of things are certain in life – death, and taxes. Or so Benjamin Franklin once said. Use #NationalTaxDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TAX DAY HISTORY
Income tax was first collected in The United States in 1862 to fund the Civil War. It was deemed unconstitutional due to not being apportioned with conformity across the states. The United States once again enacted income tax with the 16th Amendment in 1913. At that time, the filing deadline was March 1. In 1918 the deadline was changed to March 15, and then in 1955, for the most recent change, the filing deadline was moved to April 15th. The day has come to be known as Tax Day.
- National Bean Counter Day
- National Eggs Benedict Day
- National Healthcare Decisions Day
- National Orchid Day
- National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
- Get to Know Your Customers Day – Third Thursday of Each Quarter
- National High Five Day – Third Thursday in April
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.
Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.
Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.
Bake for 35 minutes until set.
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