APRIL 26, 2019 | NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY | NATIONAL ARBOR DAY | NATIONAL KIDS AND PETS DAY | NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL AUDUBON DAY | NATIONAL HELP A HORSE DAY | NATIONAL RICHTER SCALE DAY | NATIONAL DISSERTATION DAY | NATIONAL SOUTH DAKOTA DAY
NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY
National Pretzel Day is observed annually on April 26. A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day. Either one is an excellent choice.
There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel. Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were developed by the monks. According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers. He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”
Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France. The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago. In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.
The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century. At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania, and their popularity quickly spread.
It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels were very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.
- Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
- Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
- The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
- The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
- Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
- Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy some pretzels or even make your own. Try this soft pretzel recipe to share and enjoy this yummy beer cheese dip from @HolidayFoodies on the side. Use #NationalPretzelDay to post on social media.
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National Pretzel Day began in 2003 when Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.
NATIONAL ARBOR DAY
National Arbor Day is observed each year on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.
Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife.
They also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel and office supplies.
Trees beautify our environment, provide shade on a sunny day and improve our quality of life. National Arbor Day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to come to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate National Arbor Day by planting a tree today and share it using #NationalArborDay on Social Media.
On April 10, 1872, journalist and newspaper editor J.Sterling Morton established Arbor Day in the state of Nebraska with hopes that it would spread across the country. This first Arbor Day challenged the people of Nebraska who were pioneers and missed the trees and forests of the east.
The challenge was to plant as many trees as they possibly could. The citizens of Nebraska answered the challenge by planting more than 1 million trees that first Arbor Day.
To learn more about the history of National Arbor Day visit the website at www.nationalarbordayfoundation.com.
NATIONAL KIDS AND PETS DAY
National Kids and Pets Day is observed annually on April 26th.
National Kids and Pets Day is both a day to celebrate the bonds children and pets can share and a day remember safety where our pets and children are concerned.
There are many benefits of having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a lifelong impact on a child’s development.
It is also important to remember that small children as well as the pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Help kids and pets learn to be good companions to each other. Use #NationalKidsAndPetsDay to post on social media.Show your pride for your pawsome pets and kids with a pair of socks. Check out our complete selection in our store, here.
Colleen Paige, Celebrity Family and Pet Lifestyle Expert, founded National Kids and Pets Day in 2005.
NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY
National Hairball Awareness Day is observed annually on the last Friday in April. This day is listed as one of the Pet Health Awareness Events of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The formation of hairballs is a common feline condition that is brought on by self-grooming and the associated ingestion of hair.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Observe National Hairball Day by becoming educated about this condition. Visit http://www.hillspet.com/our-company/national-hairball-awareness-day.html to learn about things you can do to prevent your cat from developing hairballs. Share your love for your cat using #HairballAwarenessDay on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Hairball Awareness Day.
NATIONAL AUDUBON DAY
April 26th is designated as National Audubon Day. This day is set aside to honor the birth of John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851).
Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his extensive studies of American birds and his detailed illustrations of the birds in their natural habitats. Audubon’s greatest work was The Birds of America which is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. His work in this book contains more than 700 North American bird species with 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Grab the binoculars, the bird book and see how many birds you can identify. Use #NationalAudubonDay or #Audubon Day to post on social media.
National Audubon Day is sponsored by the National Audubon Society. For more information visit www.audubon.org.
NATIONAL HELP A HORSE DAY
National Help a Horse Day is observed annually on April 26th. Equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country hold events celebrating the horse. The events are designed to raise awareness and advocate for abused and neglected horses across the country.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalHelpAHorseDay to post on social media.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals founded National Help a Horse Day to bring awareness and promote intervention of abandoned, neglected and abused horses across the country.
For more information and to learns ways that you can help a horse, see:
NATIONAL RICHTER SCALE DAY
National Richter Scale Day is observed annually on April 26th. This day honors the birth of the Richter Scale inventor, Charles F. Richter (April 26, 1900 – September 30, 1985).
Richter was an American seismologist and physicist most famous as the inventor of the Richter magnitude scale, which quantified the size of earthquakes. While working at the California Institute of Technology, with Beno Gutenberg, Richter first used the scale in 1935.
After the Richter Scale was published in 1935, it immediately became the standard measure of earthquake intensity. Since 1935, there have been other magnitude scales developed. Depending on what data is available, different ones are used however most are not as popularly known as Richter Scale.
The United States Geological Service records show that the biggest earthquake since 1900, was in Chile in May 1960. Measuring 9.5 on the Richter Scale it is known as the Great Chilean Earthquake.
Following is a link of the ten largest earthquakes: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0763403.html
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalRichterScaleDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Richter Scale Day.
NATIONAL DISSERTATION DAY
National Dissertation Day on April 26 creates an annual reminder to continuing education students to maintain their focus and complete the pinnacle of their education.
The first doctoral degree was awarded in Paris in the mid-12th century. The doctorate of philosophy was conceived in Germany some 500 years later and is the direct precursor to the modern Ph.D. Today, there are multiple research-based doctoral degrees awarded in the U.S. Many of those degrees are specific to a discipline of study. For example, the D.B.A (business), Ed.D. (education), D.N.P. (nursing), and Psy.D. (psychology) are all quite popular among professionals in industry, business, and private practice as opposed to traditional academia.
The one thing these degree programs all have in common is the doctoral dissertation. Born of the master-apprentice relationship of the medieval trade guilds, the dissertation is the masterpiece of the doctoral process. To graduate, every doctoral student has to complete an independent research project and write a dissertation – a book-length paper detailing every aspect of the project.
Each year in the U.S., over 50,000 people earn their doctoral degrees, successfully completing the grueling dissertation process. However, only about 50% of those who enroll in doctoral programs ever graduate. That leaves another 50,000 students each year who withdraw from their doctoral programs (or are compelled to do so) without finishing their dissertations.
Tuition for most doctoral programs across the country exceeds $20,000 per year and can be significantly higher. Students spend 5-7 years pursuing their doctoral degrees, and often much more. And, the money spent on tuition pales in comparison to the costs associated with postponing the increased earning potential enjoyed by doctoral graduates. Individuals with their doctoral degrees typically earn at least $20,000 more per year than those with their master’s degree.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you’re a doctoral student approaching the dissertation phase of your program, you should use National Dissertation Day as an opportunity to develop a mindful approach to the dissertation process so that you can graduate and make your impact on the world as soon as possible.
If you’re a doctoral candidate stuck on your dissertation journey, National Dissertation Day is the perfect day to eliminate any bad habits you’ve developed and put your dissertation back on track.
And, finally, if you know a struggling doctoral student, ask them how they’re celebrating National Dissertation Day. It could be just the push they need to develop a mindful attitude toward their dissertation and help them leave the confusion, stress, and frustration of the dissertation process behind as soon as possible.
Visit NationalDissertationDay.org for more information about celebrations planned each year, and encourage your university to host their own celebration.
Use #NationalDissertationDay to share on social media.
HISTORYDr. Russell Strickland, founder of Dissertation Done, LLC, created National Dissertation Day as a way to highlight the importance of adopting a professional, even mercenary, approach to completing one’s dissertation. With each year in the dissertation process costing a student $40,000 or more in real dollars, it’s hard to rationalize delaying graduation for 2, 3, or more years by wasting time on the dissertation.
Please Read: In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL SOUTH DAKOTA DAY
On April 26, National South Dakota Day recognizes the 40th state to join the union.
The Mount Rushmore State keeps its doors open all year round. After exploring the mountain, visitors can also enjoy Thomas Jefferson‘s vanilla ice cream while gazing at his likeness. And these sculptures are not the only ones South Dakota proudly displays, either. While there are several man-made displays, Wind Cave, the Missouri River, and the badlands remind us that mother nature still carves out her own.
As part of the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark established Fort Pierre in 1804. Yankton was named the territorial capital in 1861 when the Dakota Territory was organized. However, Pierre would later be named the state capital when South Dakota is granted statehood in 1889 along with North Dakota.
The Black Hills of South Dakota hold tall tales, high trails, and deep valleys. From Deadwood to Sturgis and all points in between, the winding roads are breathtaking. Visit Spearfish Canyon for a hike or a relaxing drive.
The entire state is rich in history from corner to corner. The landscape changes dramatically from north to south with plenty of snow for skiers in winter and tons of sunshine in the summer.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar® as we explore the beautiful landscapes and rich history of South Dakota. Take in the fantastic sculptures, breathtaking vistas, and legendary personalities. Share where you explore and use #NationalSouthDakotaDay to post on social media.
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