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APRIL 25, 2019 | NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY | NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY | NATIONAL EAST MEETS WEST DAY | NATIONAL DNA DAY | NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY

NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY – Fourth Thursday in April
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NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY

National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is recognized on the fourth Thursday in April each year.  This annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day.  It is the successor to Take Our Daughters to Work Day which, in 2003, was expanded to include boys. Most companies allowed both girls and boys to participate since the beginning, renaming the day “Take Our Children to Work Day.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Employers are encouraged to invite employees to bring their children to work. For more information visit daughtersandsonstowork.org.  Share your story on social media using #TakeOurChildrenToWorkDay

HISTORY

Our research found that National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day was founded by Gloria Steinem and the MS Foundation for Women in 1993.  National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is an unofficial national holiday.

NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY – April 25
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NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY

On April 25th, we observe National Telephone Day.  

The correct answer to a trivia question like “Who invented the telephone?” is the name on the patent. In this case, the whole world knows the answer is Alexander Graham Bell. Had his attorney been delayed by foul weather or poor planning, the answer may be a different name.

It was February 14, 1876, when Marcellus Bailey, one of Bell’s attorneys rushed into the US Patent office in Boston to file the patent for what would be the telephone.

Later the same day, Elisha Gray filed a patent caveat for a similar device. A caveat is an intent to file for a patent.

There is also a third contender. Antonio Meucci filed a caveat in November of 1871 for a talking telegraph but failed to renew the caveat due to hardships.

Because Bell’s patent was submitted first, it was awarded to him on March 7, 1876. Gray contested this decision in court, but without success.

Born March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Bell was an instructor at a boys’ boarding school. The sounds of speech were an integral part of his life. His father developed a “Visible Speech” system for deaf students to communicate. Bell would later become friend and benefactor of Helen Keller.

Three days after the patent was approved, Bell spoke the first words by telephone to his assistant. “Mr.Watson, come here! I want to see you!”

By May, Bell and his team were ready for a public demonstration, and there would be no better place than the World’s Fair in Philadelphia. On May 10, 1876, in a crowded Machinery Hall a man’s voice was transmitted from a small horn and carried out through a speaker to the audience.

One year later, the White House installed its first phone. The telephone revolution began.

Bell Telephone Company was founded on July 9, 1877, and the first public telephone lines were installed from Boston to Sommerville, Massachusetts the same year.  By the end of the decade, there were nearly 50,000 phones in the United States.  In May of 1967, the 1 millionth telephone was installed.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Telephone Day by calling someone and telling them Happy National Telephone Day!  Share your vintage telephone pictures on social media using #NationalTelephoneDay to show the different phones that have been used!

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed around National Telephone Day.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Telephone Day.

NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY – April 25
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NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY

National Hug A Plumber Day is observed across the country on April 25.  

Whether it is a minor leak to a major clog, a plumber will have the right tool for the job.  They have been keeping the water flowing since ancient Rome. 

Consider how plumbers improve our lives and health in the modern world.  Their contributions could be inventions the human race would have a difficult time living without. Given a choice between using only a flush toilet or a smartphone for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Hug a Plumber Day by thanking your plumber using #NationalHugaPlumberDay on Social Media

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Hug a Plumber Day.

NATIONAL EAST MEETS WEST DAY – April 25
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NATIONAL EAST MEETS WEST DAY

National East Meets West Day is observed annually on April 25th.  Also known as Elbe Day, this day commemorates the day the Eastern front of the Allied forces met the Western front on the River Elbe. 

World War II had been raging for over six years. During the previous year, several events had begun to turn the tides of the war against the Axis powers. In April of 1945, the Allies were marching toward peace, but it would require a coordinated effort from both American troops in the East and Soviet armies from the West.

The units were not supposed to make contact with each other. They were given orders to remain on their eastern and western banks of the river while officers from each division formalized occupation of Berlin.

However, when the two armies met on April 25th south of Berlin outside Torgau on the River Elbe, patrols were sent across the river in a small boat. The first to make contact were American First Lieutenant Albert Kotzebue and Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Gardiev along with their commands.

Two days later, photographers commemorated the event of the Eastern front meeting the Western front.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Learn more about World War II history.  Visit a World War II history museum.  Use #EastMeetsWestDay or #ElbeDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

On the 65th anniversary of this historic event, U.S. and Russian presidents issued a joint statement commemorating Elbe Day.  In Torgau, Germany, Elbe Day events are held annually.

NATIONAL DNA DAY – April 25
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NATIONAL DNA DAY

On April 25,  people across the nation observe National DNA Day.  

The science journal, Nature, published a short letter written by James Watson and Francis Crick on April 25 announcing their discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

Fast forward to 2003 and The Human Genome Project whose goal was to map the nucleotides contained in human DNA was declared complete on the same day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Each year on National DNA Day, students, teachers and the public are encouraged to learn more about genetics and genomics.  Share your ideas about National DNA Day using #NationalDNADay on social media.

 

NATIONAL DNA DAY HISTORY

National DNA Day was first celebrated in the United States on April 25, 2003, by proclamation of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as a one-time celebration.  Each year after 2003, National DNA Day celebrations have been organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute.  Since this time, several groups have also declared April 25 as “International DNA Day” and “World DNA Day.  (http://www.genome.gov/)

NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY

We observe the food holiday National Zucchini Bread Day on April 25th.  

Many explorers who came to the Americas brought back what they considered strange foods, including the zucchini.  The zucchini eventually found its way to Italy where it was named zucchino.  Native American referred to zucchini as “something eaten raw.” However, we all know that zucchini tastes best cooked, especially in bread.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Zucchini Bread Day by making a fresh zucchini bread for yourself. Enjoy this delicious recipe: Mom’s Zucchini Bread recipe.

Use #NationalZucchiniBreadDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Zucchini Bread Day.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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