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APRIL 15, 2021 | PURPLE UP! DAY | GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY | NATIONAL BANANA DAY | NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY | NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY | NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY | NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY | NATIONAL TAX DAY | NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY

Purple Up Day - April 15

PURPLE UP! DAY

During the Month of the Military Child, Purple Up! Day on April 15th recognizes some of the military’s most unsung heroes – their children. The day encourages everyone to wear purple representing all branches of the military and showing unity with each other.

All across the country and around the world, military children play a significant role in their schools, youth organizations, and communities. When we wear purple in their honor, we let them know we support them in all branches of the military – Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force. Whether they are a part of the military family for a short while or their entire childhood, the military child deserves to know they have the support of their community.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PurpleUpDay

Wear purple to show your support for military youth. Schools and military installations also host events recognizing the sacrifices military children make. Local businesses and organizations also hold celebrations throughout the month of April, especially when the 15th lands on a weekend. Consider some of these events for your school or organization:

  • Invite your former and current military employees to share photos of their children.
  • Change your social media profile to a purple frame.
  • Recognize military children during events.
  • Feature a military child on a school, organization, or club website.
  • Invite a military parent or child to speak at your school, business, or organization.

PURPLE UP! DAY HISTORY

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program initiated the Purple Up! for Military Kids in 2011. They selected April 15th during the Month of the Military Child as a way to honor military children from all branches of the military. Purple represented the colors of each branch of the military as one. Since then, other organizations and communities spread the word, giving the celebration momentum. 

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 

When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about what you need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you.

With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, unfortunately, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

Tips to Knowing Your Customer:
  • Ask your customers questions. Find out what services and products they need.
  • Use social media. Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
  • Follow up on a purchase. Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
  • Network with other businesses. Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media. Read about these 7 Ways to Know Your Customers to learn more. 

 

 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY HISTORY

We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.

National Banana Day - April 15

NATIONAL BANANA DAY

On April 15th, take a bite of the fruit that also makes an excellent prop for jokes on National Banana Day!

The day focuses on the nutrition of the fruit as well as the way comedy has used the banana in its acts. This low fat, low-calorie snack offers a boost of fiber, potassium, and vitamins, with B6 and C leading the way. It also provides a healthy gram of protein, too. Add a banana to your morning cereal or grab one to go with your granola. They also add so much delicious flavor to baked goods. Many bakers know that when those bananas turn brown to toss them in the freezer for baking muffins and breads later.

As far as the humor goes, anyone goes a little bananas when they slip on a peel. Or is it the peel of laughter that makes them go bananas? Hold up the banana like a phone and get your comedy routine going.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBananaDay

Write a little message on a banana and tuck into your loved one’s lunch. Add bananas to your lunch routine. They’re inexpensive and delicious. Children and adults love them, so you just can’t go wrong. Use #NationalBananaDay to share how you #CelebrateEveryDay on social media. Try these recipes below:

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas
Frozen Banana Cereal Pops

NATIONAL BANANA DAY HISTORY

The word is still out about who created this national holiday. However, we’ve sent out several bananas to track them down.

NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY – Third Thursday in April

NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY

Each year on the third Thursday in April, we observe National High Five Day.  This is a fun day where you can “High Five” everyone that you see.

Folklore fills the hallowed halls of sports stadiums concerning the origins of the high five.  From the basketball to the volleyball court and baseball stadium, the sports metaphor has been well worn on this topic.

The two most well-known claims take place in less than a two-year time span.

During the last 1977 regular season Dodgers’ game, Dusty Baker hit the home run that made the team the first in history to have four players with at least 30 regular-season home runs each.  As Baker rounded third and headed home, Glenn Burke waited at home plate to congratulate him. In a moment that is Dodgers history but never televised, Burke greeted his teammate by raising his hand, and they slapped hands in a victorious high five.

On the Louisville Cardinals basketball court during the 1978-79 season, the team switched up their regular low-fives thanks to Wiley Brown and Derek Smith.

Out of all the triumphant sports gestures, such as the fist bump, fanny slap, fist pump,  end zone dance, and chest bump, the high five stands in a class all its own.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHighFiveDay

Celebrate with a high five! See if you can find all the fives in the High Five hidden picture. Once you’ve tried, check out the key. If you’re looking for ways to get children involved in sports, check out Project Play which encourages sports activities for all. That’s a High Five in our books!

Use #NationalHighFiveDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY HISTORY

In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia, Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR) and Wynn Walent (New York, NY) together created National High Five Day.

NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY – April 15

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

#TitanicRemembranceDay to post on social media.

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 TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY – April 15

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. 

Use #TakeAWildGuessDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY HISTORY

National Take a Wild Guess Day was created by Jim Barber (TheBarbershop.com).

NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY – April 15

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 TAX DAY – April 15

NATIONAL TAX DAY

Due to Covid the IRS again Tax Return Deadline – Word of precaution, not every state is the same – Details Here.

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 GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY - April 15

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.

Dijon Honey Glazed Ham recipe

Use #GlazedSpiralHamDay to post on social media.

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.


April 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1841

Chief Menominee dies in Kansas a year after his removal from an Indiana reservation. The chief and religious leader of the Potawatomi tribe on a reservation near Plymouth, Indiana, Menominee, refused to willingly give up lands in 1838 as part of the 1836 Treaty of Yellow River. Indiana Troops forcefully removed the village to land in Kansas, during which 42 members of the tribe died. The removal of the Potawatomi Tribe became known as the Trail of Death.

1865

President Abraham Lincoln dies of his wound to the head. Vice President Andrew Johnson took the oath of office at Kirkwood House from Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase.

1912

Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. More than 1,500 people lose their lives in the icy seas.

1924

The United States mapmaker, Rand McNally, publishes its first edition of the Rand McNally Auto Chum. It would later be renamed Rand McNally Road Atlas. At the time, the book of maps contained no numbered roads and included no index.

Recipe of the Day

Easy Bacon Cheese Ball
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans or veggies.

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, smooth cream cheese.  Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese and bacon into cream cheese.  Shape mixture into a ball shape.  Roll into nuts or veggies until covered.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers. 

If you are a cheese lover like us, discover this wonderful twist on a traditional sandwich: Baby Swiss And Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

 

April 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Leonardo da Vinci – 1452

The Renaissance polymath is known for his genius in several disciplines. An inventor, artist, scientist, mathematician who influenced the generations that followed him. Da Vinci designed human flying machines including a type of helicopter. Some of the world’s most treasured works of art include da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Henry James – 1843

“It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.” ~from Henry James’ short novel The Europeans (1878)

The American-born author is known for spinning tales that depicted an early realism in literature. Some of his best-known novels include The Turn of The Screw, Daisy Miller, and The American. On January 1, 1916, James received the Order of Merit for his work in literature from King George V.

Emile Durkheim – 1858

The French philosopher devoted his career to sociology and developed the first academic focus in its study at the University of Bordeaux and later the Sorbonne.

Asa Philip Randolph – 1889

In 1925, the civil rights activist organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. He served as the president of the union, which represented thousands of Pullman Porters and maids employed by the Pullman Company.

Bessie Smith – 1894

In the 1920s and 1930s, the Empress of the Blues topped sales for Columbia. And yet the talented jazz and blues singer made her money performing since Columbia paid her no royalties. Smith was often paired with the greats including Louis Armstrong.

Norma Merrick Sklarek – 1928

In 1954, Norma Merrick Sklarek passed her architect license on the first try. Some of the major projects she worked on include The United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan (1976) and the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1992).

About National Day Calendar

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