NATIONAL FIND A RAINBOW DAY
Each year on April 3rd, National Find A Rainbow Day challenges us to look to the sky and find a colorful ray of hope cast across it.
There are people that see rainbows as an artistic masterpiece in the sky, to others it is a sign of hope and to many a sign of promise.
It can be all three; beauty, hope and promise. (Jill Magnus)
A spectrum of light in the form of a multicolored arc, appearing in the sky, is caused by both reflection and refraction of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere. These rainbows always appear directly opposite of the sun. The light is refracted (bent) when it enters a droplet of water, then is reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.
Red is the color that is visible on the outer part of a rainbow and violet on the inside of a primary rainbow. Children learn in science class the mnemonic ROYGBIV to help them to remember the sequence of colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Many forms of airborne water can cause rainbows including, rain, mist, spray, and dew.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FindARainbowDay
Find yourself a rainbow or use the garden hose or a prism to make one yourself.
Families, students, and classrooms, create a rainbow from the colorful hearts on this printable. There’s at least one for every color in the rainbow. Take out your color crayons and finish what we’ve started. Then cut them out and put them in a cheerful, sunny window to brighten the day of someone passing by.
Use #NationalFindARainbowDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FIND A RAINBOW DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this bright and colorful holiday.
NATIONAL LOVE OUR CHILDREN DAY
National Love Our Children Day on the first Saturday in April focuses on raising awareness on child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This day honors all children and encourages us to develop loving, respectful relationships with our children.
Child abuse and neglect affect an estimated 700,000 children each year in the United States. Of these, the youngest are the most vulnerable. In 2015 in the United States, statistics from the U.S. Administration for Children & Families estimate that 1,670 children died as a result of abuse and neglect.
Prevention of child abuse is vital to the mental and physical health of every child. Any abuse they experience carries life-long consequences and impacts their quality of life as adults. The day focuses on the prevention of child abuse and violence against children. It also is a day to bring awareness, resources and support tools to communities.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoveOurChildrenDay
Every child deserves to live in a safe and supportive environment. Take time to make the life of a child better. Educate yourself on the prevention of child abuse. Use #NationalLoveOurChildrenDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LOVE OUR CHILDREN DAY HISTORY
Love Our Children USA sponsors and promotes this day annually. The first annual National Love Our Children Day was held on April 3, 2004, by Love Our Children USA. For more information visit www.loveourchildrenusa.org.
NATIONAL HANDMADE DAY
National Handmade Day on the first Saturday in April recognizes all those who put forth their creative talents into gifts warming the heart and leaving us awed.
Whether its baked goods, beauty products or woodcraft, quilts, toys, or artwork, those who create handmade gifts do so with an eye toward craftsmanship. Some carry on traditions from one generation to the next, and others transfer skills learned in a trade, making it an art form. From artisans to craftsmen, tinkerers, and those with eclectic style who create beautiful, functional works of art and scrumptious delights, each shares a bit of their passion.
For anyone who has ever received a handmade gift, we delight in these one-of-a-kind treasures. We savor baked goods, bath, and skin products, and we can’t wait for more. Pottery, jewelry, and other designs become heirlooms, handed down from generation to generation, gathering history wherever they go. We marvel at each stitch in a quilt or notch in a carving, the care taken to make just the right cut, or to pair scents or colors. Custom pieces carry even more meaning.
From inspiration to finished piece, those who have a passion for handmade crafts delight in their projects. It brings pleasure to their lives, and they enjoy bringing them to you.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHandmadeDay
Shop your local handmade artisan stores and see their latest offerings. Share your favorite finds and use #NationalHandmadeDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL HANDMADE DAY HISTORY
From Scratch Farm founded National Handmade Day to celebrate all the passion handmade businesses put into making their products and running their businesses.
In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Handmade Day to be observed annually.
About From Scratch Farm
Established in 2013, From Scratch Farm is a family business owned and operated by Amy Bierstedt. In her own words, “It started as a family business, with a dream of helping everyone make better, healthier, more organic choices for their body and home.” Their products include lip balms, healing salves, body scrubs, bath salts, vapor rubs, warmer melts, laundry detergents, and wool dryer balls, plus custom-designed postcards and t-shirts. Visit their website or follow them on their social media channels.
NATIONAL FILM SCORE DAY
On April 3, National Film Score Day recognizes the musical masterpieces called “Film Scores” and, more specifically, the very talented composers who create them.
Imagine your favorite film without a few well-placed notes enhancing the emotion of a dramatic on-screen exchange. Or a chase scene without rousing orchestral music elevating the intensity. Would Star Wars, Jaws, The Lord of the Rings films, or the Harry Potter films be the same without their complementary musical scores? Without the film score, would we cower so easily in fear from our seats. Would our imaginations so eagerly suspend from reality? Music heightens emotions. It also sharpens our senses and focuses our attention. Without a doubt, the film score is the fiery soul of a film.
Throughout film history, we quickly recognize our favorite movies merely by a few notes of a film’s orchestral soundtrack. Perennial classics and modern-day blockbusters call to us when we hear the Film Scores we love most. Despite years or decades, those chords often ignite a rush of fond memories. And with each new film released, a talented composer creates another magnificent work of musical art. Each one eliciting a new set of lasting movie memories.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFilmScoreDay
NATIONAL FILM SCORE DAY HISTORY
Jeffrey D. Kern from Movie Scores and More Radio founded National Film Score Day to celebrate and highlight the talented composers’ tireless achievements. The day also honors their treasured musical masterworks that bring so much joy to moviegoers around the globe!
Why April 3rd?
On April 3, 1942, United Artists released Alexander Korda’s film The Jungle Book. The legendary composer, Miklós Rózsa, created the orchestral score. The following year, they published a recording made directly from the soundtrack in its entirety on a 78-RPM record album with Sabu’s narration, the film’s star. The Jungle Book soundtrack became the first commercial recording of a non-musical U.S. film’s orchestral score ever to be released. The album experienced phenomenal success.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Film Score Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018!
WORLD PARTY DAY
World Party Day on April 3rd encourages a coordinated effort of joyful human celebration around the globe.
The world gathers to celebrate for many reasons. Forming a party often includes food, beverages, music, games, and other festivities. Hosts often create a theme or the theme generates the party. Several common modern-day party themes include bachelor and bachelorette, birthday, retirement, anniversary, graduation and welcome home. Many other party themes focus on specific foods.
In our modern world, parties can also be virtual. We don’t always have to gather in the same location to celebrate a specific event or day. Technology brings us together through video and the internet allowing us to connect long-distance and celebrate all our favorite ways.
The novel Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel, by Vanna Bonta published in 1995, which concludes with a synchronized worldwide celebration that occurs on April 3, 2000, is the inspiration for World Party Day. Gatherings can be small or large organized festivals.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPartyDay
Where ever you are, celebrate with friends and family. Pick a theme that best fits the day. We’ve created a list of fun ideas to invite friends to join you virtually. Go online and create a video chat or an event on social media to share your party.
- Make your own pizza party – Everyone makes their own creative pizza. Share the recipe with other party participants.
- Movie night party – Pick a movie that all your party invitees will be watching. Pop popcorn and grab your drinks. Everyone starts the movie at the same time and let the comments fill the online event page.
- Trivia party night – Play online trivia in a video chat with friends and family.
- Dance party – Challenge friends to record their best dance moves and share them with each other.
- Game party – Hook up the gaming systems and invite friends and family to join you in the virtual world of games.
- Art party – Do it Bob Ross style and invite a local artist to demonstrate techniques for a group of your friends all through the power of the internet. Many artists, like our Ambassador Joe Wos of Mazetoons, are offering tutorials and more online. Schedule your events around their already scheduled ones to show your support and appreciation!
- Take-out party – Pick your favorite restaurants and do a take-out party. Pick just appetizers or your favorite desserts. Everyone meet back at your respective homes and tune in to the event to share where you ordered from. Celebrate good times and good friends while giving a shout-out to the restaurants you love the most!
Join the crowd and use #WorldPartyDay to share on social media.
WORLD PARTY DAY HISTORY
World Party Day was first observed in 1996 after the publication of Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel by Vanna Bonta. Since then, the sentiment explored by the novel has spread around the world.
NATIONAL TWEED DAY
On April 3rd each year, National Tweed Day focuses on all things tweed. This day has a couple of approaches to celebrating the day, so you decide which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day.
Some people think the observance celebrates the senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed. Tweed was born on April 3, 1823. He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time. While being considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history. He died in 1878, in jail, after being caught with millions of dollars of stolen public money.
Others believe that National Tweed Day celebrates the fabric. Originally produced in Scotland, the durable textile was initially handwoven. While the rough, woolen cloth is sturdy, it is also known for being lightweight. The traditionally earthy colors blend well with the Scottish landscape, too. Different families of tweed fall into various categories and styles. The estate the tweet represents, the sheep from which the fabric is woven and the patter all determine the particular kind of tweed it becomes. Famous characters who wore tweed include Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones (aka Indiana Jones).
Combining the Tweeds
Several actors have portrayed Boss Tweed in film, too. You may recognize Jim Broadbent for his portrayal of Tweed in Gangs of New York. The actor’s wardrobe may also contain a few pieces of tweed, too. One of his more notable tweed-wearing characters was Professor Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter films.
While Vincent Price may be more well-known for other sinister characters, he also portrayed the notorious politician in the musical Up in Central Park. The woolen textile didn’t make much of a stage presence, though. However, Price also voiced Professor Ratigan in the animated film The Great Mouse Detective. Based on the evil nemesis, Moriarity, from the Sherlock Holmes stories, we circle back to all things tweed.
Boss Tweed shows up on screen two other times. The actors who portrayed him were Philip Bosco and Edward Andrews. Neither the film (Liberty) or the television series (The Great Adventure) are available for viewing.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTweedDay
Wear a tweed hat, vest or suit. While wearing your tweed, learn more about William “Boss” Tweed. Discover more about his impact on New York. Watch one of the movies mentioned above.
Read a book about textile or about Boss Tweed. May we suggest, Boss Tweed’s New York by Seymour J. Mandelbaum?
Use #NationalTweedDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TWEED DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this textile holiday.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MOUSSE DAY
Every April 3rd National Chocolate Mousse Day recognizes the decadent dessert that gained popularity in France in the 1800s.
Mousse is prepared by beating eggs or cream or both to a frothy, airy consistency and then folding the ingredients together to create a light, creamy delight.
While mousse can be either savory or sweet, for this day, we will focus on that all-time favorite, chocolate.
The words mousse and chocolate are derived from the French language, so it isn’t difficult to believe France is where to begin looking for the beginnings of this versatile creation. While we have no exact point in time when this might have been, we do know chocolate was introduced to the French around the year 1615, and they fell in love.
Then a century later, the French developed a method for making a mousse. Savory led the way, but it couldn’t have been long before the same approach was applied to chocolate.
In the United States, an advertisement in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1887 included classes on how to make chocolate mousse offered by a Miss Parloa. She also advised how to make potato soup, larded grouse, potato timbale, and corn muffins.
From dark chocolate to milk chocolate, bittersweet, or any combination, there is plenty of variety when it comes to chocolate mousse.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateMousseDay
Give this recipe a try: Ghirardelli Chocolate Mousse recipe.
Use #ChocolateMousseDay to post on social media.
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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MOUSSE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet dessert holiday.
On Deck for April 4, 2021
- National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day
- National Hug a Newsperson Day
- Jeep 4×4 Day
- National School Librarian Day
- National Vitamin C Day
- National Walk Around Things Day
- Easter – Changes Annually April 2020
- Geologists Day – First Sunday In April
April 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Relay teams on horseback begin delivering the first post as part of the Pony Express. The private enterprise consisted of over 80 riders and hundreds of stations along the east-west routes that stretched from St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. While the Pony Express only operated for 18 months, during that time it was a success. With the incorporation of the Overland Telegraph Company of California and the Pacific Telegraph Company of Nebraska, the Pony Express’ days were numbered.
Due to the absences of Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justice John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to preside over the highest court in the land.
Apple Inc. releases the iPad, its first-generation tablet computer.
Recipe of the Day
Fresh Cranberry Salad
Recipe submitted by Ellen W. of North Dakota
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 Cook time
1 Bag of Fresh Cranberries
2 Whole Oranges
2 Whole Apples
Sugar (or another sweetener of your preference)
Fill a large bowl with water.
Add cranberries to water. Let sit in water bath for about 10 mins.
(FOOD TIP: Once cranberries are in water, dispose of any that sink. Sinking cranberries are an indication they are bad).
While cranberries are bathing, wash apples and oranges.
Dice both apples and oranges into cubes. Set aside.
Add cranberries, apples and oranges to food processor or chopper.
Process until thick and chunky. Consistency will be similar to a relish
Add sugar/sweetener to taste.
Cover put in fridge until chill.
Serve and ENJOY!
This dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until served.
- National Integrated Respiratory Care Week – Week of April 7th
- National Cancer Registrars Week – April 5-9, 2021
- National Library Week – April 4-10, 2021
- National Wildlife Week – Changes Annually – April 5-9, 2021
- International Pooper Scooper Week – First Week in April
- National Public Health Week – First Full Week
- National Window Safety Week – First Full Week
In the Classroom
April 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Washington Irving – 1783
The American short-story writer brought us the classic tales of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Marlon Brando – 1924
One of Hollywood’s most memorable actors, Marlon Brando created a string of rebels, villains, and crooks. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards and earned only one.
Virgil “Gus” Grissom – 1926
One of the Mercury 7 astronauts, Grissom would become a pioneer at NASA. He became the second American to fly in space on July 21, 1961 aboard the Mercury-Redstone 4. When Grissom flew to space a second time on March 23, 1965, aboard Gemini III, he became the first person to fly in space twice. He would tragically die when a fire erupted during a pre-launch test for the first manned Apollo 1 flight.
Jane Goodall – 1934
In 1960, Dr. Jane Goodall first observed chimpanzees creating tools. Before her observance, it was thought only humans created tools.
Sandra Boynton – 1953
The American illustrator and author is best known for her children’s board books including The Going to Bed Book, Barnyard Dance, and Belly Button Book! She’s also a songwriter, producer, and director.
Eddie Murphy – 1961
The award-winning American actor and comedian gained popularity in the 1980s as a regular on Saturday Night Live. He continued to earn his comedy reputation on the big screen in films such as Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America and Nutty Professor. In 2006, he played the role of James Early in the romantic musical Dreamgirls and received critical recognition.
Picabo Street – 1971
In 1998, the downhill skier earned Olympic gold in the Super G women’s skiing event at Nagano, Japan.
William Alexander Anderson “Big Foot” Wallace – 1817
William Marcy “Boss” Tweed – 1823
Bud Fisher – 1885
Henry Luce – 1898
Doris Day – 1922
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