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APRIL 18, 2019 | NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY | GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY | NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY | NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY | NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY

NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – April 18
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NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY

April 18 has been designated as National Lineman Appreciation Day.  If the power is on where you are reading this article, you likely have a lineman to thank.  

From the power plant, the grid crisscrossing the country both above and underground and right up to the meters on our homes, these men and women build and maintain the system that keeps our nation running.

Regardless of the source, the electricity has to be transported by employing transformers and other equipment. Due to the dangerous conditions power poses, safety is of utmost importance for both the lineman and the consumer.

When mother nature destroys what our linemen have built up, they are on call to build it back up again as quickly as possible. These men and women work tirelessly to get emergency systems back in working order and urgently return service to remaining areas.

Even when there is no crisis, they work under dangerous conditions on a daily basis. Whether they are working in trenches, near water or on high towers, the risks are extreme.

HOW TO OBSERVE

You can celebrate National Lineman Appreciation Day by thanking your local lineman by using #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.

HISTORY

This day was first recognized on April 10, 2013, by the U.S. Senate by Resolution S Res 95.  For more information on National Lineman Appreciation Day visit www.nationallinemanappreciationday.com.

NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY – Third Thursday in April
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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.

The #High5Challenge provides arts and athletics for kids impacted by chronic illness through an amazing organization called:   http://www.nationalhighfiveproject.org/

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate with a high five! Use #NationalHighFiveDay or #High5Challenge to post on social media.

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.

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

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

When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about 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. They typically knew what you wanted to buy, and 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, 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 and make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. You’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.

NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY – Changes Annually
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NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY

National Poem in Your Pocket Day is observed each April.  This day was created to share the joy that poems bring by carrying one in your pocket and sharing it throughout the day with others.  

Across the country, businesses, libraries, schools, and individuals have shared a poem on National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  A short poem might appear on your lunch receipt, or perhaps the mailperson will recite one in exchange for the outgoing mail.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Memorize a poem or two to share with the people you meet throughout the day. National Poem In Your Pocket Day is the perfect day to share your poem on Social Media using #PoemInYouPocketDay or #PocketPoem.

HISTORY

National Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated as part of National Poetry Month since 2002.  The Office of the New York Mayor, along with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, initiated the annual city-wide Poem In Your Pocket Day.  The Academy of American Poets took Poem In Your Pocket Day national in 2008.

For more information on National Poem In Your Pocket Day visit http://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/poem-your-pocket-day

NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY – April 18
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NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY

National Animal Crackers Day is observed on April 18.  

This day brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers we shared with our friends.  Animal Crackers refer to a type of small cookie baked in the shape of circus or zoo animals, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant.  The most common variety are light-colored and slightly sweet. However,  chocolate and frosted varieties are also available.  Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough much like crackers, they are sweet like cookies. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

National Animal Crackers Day is the perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again. Pick up some animal crackers at your local grocery store and share them with family and friends.   Share your photos of your Animal Crackers Day celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day.  It did locate information confirming in the late 1800s animal shaped cookies were imported to the U.S. from England.  In 1902 animal crackers officially became known as “Barnum’s Animals” and evoked the familiar circus theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  Later that year, the now-familiar box with a string was designed for the Christmas season made to hang from the Christmas tree.  They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today. (http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/04/18/national-animal-crackers-day/)

NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY – April 18
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NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY

National Columnists’ Day is observed each year on April 18.  On this day, we honor all newspaper columnists and their contributions to the truth in black and white.  

Columnists have the ability to inspire a plethora of emotions that often result in action. What many may not realize is that is their intent.  If their readers are not moved by their column, they have not done their job.

With their own flavor of humor or satire, some columnists lighten the mood or play a role. Others strictly provide us with a different perspective, hard facts and solid research.

Whatever their style or approach, each columnist’s hard work connects them to the world.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Columnists’ Day by acknowledging all the people who do the research and write the columns that we rely on reading each day.  Share your favorite columnist or newspaper writer on Social Media using #NationalColumnistDay.

HISTORY

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977, sponsors and promotes National Columnists’ Day annually on April 18. On this same day in 194, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, died while on assignment in Okinawa, Japan. If you would like to learn more about National Columnists’ Day or Ernie Pyle, visit (http://www.columnists.com/2010/04/national-columnists-day-april-18/).

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