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April 18, 2020 - NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY – NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY - NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY – NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY

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APRIL 18, 2020 | NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY | NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY | NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY | NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY

NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY – April 18

NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY

National Animal Crackers Day on April 18th each year celebrates a childhood favorite. A box of these sweet animal-shaped crackers not only provided a delicious snack, but they also offered a little entertainment, too!  

The celebration 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 is light-colored and slightly sweet. However, makers also offer chocolate and frosted varieties, too. Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough, much like crackers, they are sweet like cookies. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAnimalCrackersDay

It’s a 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. Make your favorite dessert using animal crackers. They’re great for dipping or adding to a fruit tray, too. Share your photos of your Animal Crackers Day celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay.

Do you want to play with your animal crackers? Play a little Animal Cracker Bingo at snack time. Download and print as many of the blank cards as you need. Most brands of animal crackers have 13 different kinds of animals. To play bingo, everyone will need about two of every kind of animal. (Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?) Then they randomly place their animal crackers on their bingo card. As the animals are called, they take the correct cracker off the card and snack! The empty space represents the called animal. The first person to get a bingo wins! Add yogurt for dipping while the game plays on.

NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKER DAY HISTORY

While National Day Calendar’s research was unable to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day, we did locate other fun facts. Animal crackers first came to the United States in the late 1800s when the U.S. imported animal-shaped cookies from England. In 1902, animal crackers officially became known as Barnum’s Animals and evoked the familiar circus train theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Later that year, Nabisco designed the now-familiar box with a string for the Christmas season 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/)

In 2018, Nabisco (the current maker of Barnum’s Animal Crackers) released the characters from the cage of the train and set them free. The images on the side of the boxes now show the animals roaming freely in nature.

NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – April 18

NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY

National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th honors the men and women who work around the clock to keep the power going.  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 #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay

You don’t have to know a lineman to celebrate this day. Give a shoutout on social media to lineman everywhere. You can celebrate the day by thanking your local linemen by using #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.

NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

On April 10, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 95 recognized linemen across the country by setting April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY – CHANGES ANNUALLY

NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY

On National Record Store Day, owners, employees, and music lovers gather in the place that created a culture of its own.

From vinyl to digital and back to vinyl again, the brick and mortar store celebrates a love of not just the music, but the art of jacket covers, words, and style. Through a variety of events, record stores across the country and the world hold one day events and promotions.

Even though independent record stores have dwindled in the last decade, around 1,400 still remain in operation in the United States. Most of those are operating in major metropolitan areas like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Seattle. However, other smaller metro areas also cater to vinyl and disc, too. Think Duluth, Fargo, Des Moines, and Terre Haute. They all have record stores full of classic albums waiting for you to discover your favorite cover.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRecordStoreDay

Visit your favorite record store online and give them a shoutout or buy a gift card to show your support. Play your favorite vinyl record find. Visit www.recordstoreday.com to find a record store event near you. Use #NationalRecordStoreDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY HISTORY

Founded in 2007 by a gathering of independent record store owners, the first National Record Store Day included Metallica meeting fans at Rasputin Music in San  Fransico. Since then, the celebration spread globally encompassing all genres of music and fandom.

NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY – April 18

NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY

National Columnists’ Day on April 18th honors 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 it 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.

Well-known columnists have certainly inspired ire and laughter at many a breakfast table. They poke fun and holes at political leaders while commenting on today’s gossip. Depending on their area of expertise, they may also share a little bit of gossip. Whether it’s about fashion, movies, politics, sports, business or family matters, columnists like Walter Winchell, Molly Ivins, Maureen Dowd, William Safire, Dave Barry and Ernie Pyle engaged readers with their wit and insight. Columnists spur debate and cause us to consider our positions. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalColumnistsDay

Celebrate 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.

NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY 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 1945, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, died while on assignment in Okinawa, Japan.

NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY – Third Saturday in April

NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY

Each year on the third Thursday in April, National Auctioneers Day recognizes those who hold auctions and take our bids all year long. According to the National Auctioneers Association, it is estimated nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in goods and services are sold by professional auctioneer’s every year.  

Going once! Going twice! SOLD!!

A sales method over 2,000 years old, the rhythmic cadence used in The United States is uniquely American. Thought to have developed during the Civil War, the rapidly punctuated chatter of these auctioneers not only gets the job done but makes it entertaining as well. Elsewhere in the world, auctioneers take a more sedate approach. Both styles get the bids and sell the items on the auction block to the highest bidder. 

Auctioneers provide a service to both the buyer and the seller. They must maintain high standards to stay competitive. These knowledgable business professionals know the products they sell. They recognize quality and a deal when they see it, too. Auctioneers also provide services in times of great need, too. Often a family needs to sell an estate or land to alleviate debt. An auctioneer provides professional guidance during a difficult time.

Across the country, a variety of auctions platforms take place. Whether auctioneers sell livestock, art, automobiles or surplus, an auction can be found near you. Left to the imagination, just about anything can be put up for auction.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAuctioneersDay

To celebrate National Auctioneers Day take part in the National Auctioneers Foundation’s annual National Auctioneers Day drive. Share your memories of auctions you’ve attended or give a shoutout to an auctioneer you know. Or simply share your thoughts about auctioneers using #NationalAuctioneersDay on Social Media.

NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY HISTORY

While the founder of National Auctioneer Day is unknown, according to the National Auctioneers Association, the observance has been celebrated for over 25 years.  

Recipe of the Day

Garlic Gazpacho

Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  This soup is served cold
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic
6 large tomatoes, peeled
1 large tomato, unpeeled
1 large onion
1 each green bell peppers
2 small cucumbers
½ cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice, chilled
1 dash salt
1 dash cayenne pepper

Instructions:

In a food processor, blend peeled tomatoes and garlic.

Add 1/4 of peppers and 1/4 of onions and 1/2 of cucumber and blend. Chill mixture for 1 hour.

Chop the remaining tomato and julienne the remaining vegetables. Cover and chill.

Just before serving, blend olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, and tomato juice in blender. Combine with chilled mixture.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with remaining vegetables.

Serve with crusty bread, such as a baguette.

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