APRIL 5, 2020 | FIRST CONTACT DAY | GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY | NATIONAL GO FOR BROKE DAY | GEOLOGISTS DAY | NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY | NATIONAL READ A ROAD MAP DAY | NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY | NATIONAL NEBRASKA DAY | NATIONAL FLASH DRIVE DAY | NATIONAL RAISIN AND SPICE BAR DAY
FIRST CONTACT DAY
First Contact Day on April 5th commemorates a fictional date in the future when an alien species visits Earth and makes contact with Earthlings for the first time.
While the fictional date of 2063 is less than half a generation away, mere humans contemplate the possibilities the further we explore space. Not only do the modern explorers keep our interests piqued, but the science fiction genre continues to pour out stories that thrill and excite us.
One of science fiction’s common themes depicts the first meeting between humans and extraterrestrials. Conspiracy theories surround Area 51, but a popular one speculates that first contact was made there. UFOs often stir up theories about the first contact, too. The earliest documented sighting of a UFO took place in 1639 and was recorded by the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop.
While celebrating the first contact could mean many things, this celebration focuses on one kind – the Vulcan/humankind meeting. That’s right. It’s a “final frontier” kind of celebration.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FirstContactDay
Brush up on your Star Trek history before you board the U.S.S. Enterprise. Actually, in this case, you’ll need to study a little more recent history of sorts. In any case, here are some ideas for your celebration.
- Attend a first contact re-enactment party
- Practice your Vulcan greeting
- Watch the film Star Trek: First Contact
- Visit Boseman, Montana
- Share your first contact stories
- Participate in online celebrations
- Play the song “A Magic Carpet Ride”
- Download and print the day’s coloring page.
Use #FirstContactDay to share your experiences and to join the conversation on social media.
FIRST CONTACT DAY HISTORY
In 1996, Star Trek: First Contact was released in theaters across the nation. Starfleet and crew travel through time and encounter historical figure Dr. Zefram Cochrane. His spacecraft, the Phoenix, launches and becomes first in human history to reach warp drive. Moments after the launch, Vulcans appear at the base near Boseman, Montana.
The date is April 5, 2063, and throughout 300 years of future history, First Contact Day honors the achievements of Dr. Cochrane and the historic first interactions between humans and Vulcans. Present-day sci-fi fans celebrate the event as well.
GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY
Gold Star Spouses Day on April 5 honors the surviving loved ones of military service members killed in the line of duty.
The day is a time of remembrance for the spouses and their families and a time of recognition of their sacrifices. Many communities and organizations hold events showing support for Gold Star families on this day. Through ceremonies, teas, memorial races, and luncheons, they honor and remember fallen warriors.
The loss of our service members extends beyond the battlefield. They leave behind grieving wives and husbands who become members of an exclusive community no one asks to join. As a nation, our support, understanding, and respect are the least we can provide in return.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GoldStarSpousesDay
Attend a local event or volunteer with a veterans group. If you know a Gold Star family, stay connected. Attend memorials near you in honor of fallen warriors. Support Gold Star families by including them in memorial decisions. Find out more about Gold Star spouses by visiting goldstarwives.org. Use #GoldStarSpousesDay to share on social media.
GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY HISTORY
World War I and Army Captian Robert L. Queissner paved the way for Gold Star families. National Gold Star Mother’s Day was designated on June 23, 1936, by a joint congressional resolution to occur on the Last Sunday in September. In 2011, President Barack Obama amended the day to “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.”
In 2010, the first Gold Star Wives Day was observed in December. Then in 2012, the U.S. Senate designated Gold Star Wives Day to be recognized each year on April 5th. The language was later changed to be more inclusive of all spouses, and the name of the day is often used interchangeably.
The nonprofit organization Gold Star Wives, Inc. welcomes all spouses.
NATIONAL GO FOR BROKE DAY
National Go For Broke Day on April 5th encourages us to give it our all. No matter our goal, there’s a reason to persevere despite all the odds.
The phrase “Go for broke” has roots in Hawaiin Pidgin, meaning “wager everything.”
Our strongest research points to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army as the reason for this day. The 442nd RCT was a regimental size fighting unit composed mainly of American soldiers of Japanese descent. They selflessly volunteered to fight in World War II. The 442nd RCT is considered to be the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the United States Army. “Go for Broke” was the 442nd Regimental Combat Team motto.
The story doesn’t end there, though, and the date of April 5th is significant. On that day, the first Medal of Honor recipient from this regiment died in action near Seravazza, Italy, in 1945.
Private First Class Sadao Munemori sacrificed his life for the men in his unit when they were pinned down by enemy fire near Seravazza, Italy. The unit continued in battle near Serravezza, Carrara, and Fosdinovo, Italy, until April 14, 1945. As a result of their actions, they received the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding accomplishments in combat. The unit would earn seven more Presidential Unit Citations during their service.
Not only were they the most decorated unit for its size and length of service, but they were also awarded 21 Medals of Honor. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team also earned 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 1 Distinguished Service Medal, 560 Silver Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 4,000 Bronze Stars, and 486 Purple Hearts.
Go for Broke Day truly signifies giving it your all regardless of the obstacles ahead.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGoForBrokeDay
Take a risk and Go for Broke. To learn more about the men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, visit www.goforbroke.org. You can also watch the 1951 movie Go for Broke, which depicts the story of the 442nd RTC for the big screen. Use #NationalGoForBrokeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GO FOR BROKE DAY HISTORY
While the day likely commemorates the date Private First Class Sadao Munemori died in service for his country, we continue researching the founder of the day.
From the earth’s crust to deep into its core, we recognize Geologists Day on the first Sunday in April.
Geologists study the history, structure, and impact of other processes on the earth. Their discoveries and research play an essential role in our daily lives. Geology blends well with other sciences such as chemistry and physics. In fact, they are necessary for agriculture, architecture and weather prediction.
Those who pursue a geology degree open up a wide range of careers. From oceanography to NASA, education, government, and research, geology offers a worldview to applicants.
Hobbyists and enthusiasts have a place in geology, too. Even amateur geologists contribute to the science from time to time. That’s part of the intrigue of geology and why we celebrate the day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GeologistsDay
Learn something from a geologist or about one of their discoveries. Visit a museum to learn about paleontology or how our earth is changing. If you’re a geologist, share your knowledge and skills with someone interested in geology.
Families and educators, challenge students to identify these rocks and minerals.
Down load and print the worksheet or view it on the web. When you finish, discover other rocks and minerals and keep the fascination alive.
Use #GeologistsDay to share on social media.
GEOLOGISTS DAY HISTORY
The USSR first declared Geologist Day in 1966. From there, the observance spread around the world.
NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY
On April 5th, National Deep Dish Pizza Day gives pizza lovers a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite varieties of pizza.
Whether it’s dine-in, delivered, take out or homemade, deep-dish pizza satisfies pizza lovers all across the country. Pick whatever toppings you like. This day focuses on the deep crust that holds an amazing amount of sauce and toppings. Like other styles of pizza, the deep-dish menu offers a variety of combinations to choose from. If you prefer an all meat pizza, the deep-dish makes it. Top it with vegetables galore. Or order extra mushrooms, the deep-dish can manage.
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese which some people believe is the beginning of the pizza.
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
- A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
- The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the area surrounding Naples.
- It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 in New York’s Little Italy.
- Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DeepDishPizzaDay
Order (or make) your pizza a deep dish one. Top it with any toppings you like, too! Use #DeepDishPizzaDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food holiday.
NATIONAL READ A ROAD MAP DAY
Annually, National Read a Road Map Day on April 5th challenges us to test our skills.
The earliest road map, Britania Atlas, was drawn by cartographer John Ogilby in 1675. Fast forward a few centuries, and my how things have changed! With satellites, GPS and voice commands do we know how we get anywhere anymore?
Road maps are still a useful tool. Should batteries run low or a satellite connection becomes lost, we will need to rely on a current road map to keep us on course. The day reminds us to take some time to sharpen those map reading skills. Take notice of your surroundings. Do you know north from east? If not, it’s a good time to learn.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalReadARoadMapDay
Reading a road map takes some practice. Understanding the different symbols, exits and distances are helpful and planning your course. Put away the electronic devices and unfold a traditional road map. Familiarize yourself with it and take a little trip. Do you have a knack for using a map? Teach someone else to read a map. Or maybe you can build a road map like Meg Duguid, Michael Thomas, and Thomas Duguid did below! Share your fun projects with us, too.
Use #NationalReadARoadMapDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL READ A ROAD MAP DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this national day. No one left a map behind for us to follow. If they did, no one can find it, either.
NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY
Caramel lovers celebrate their favorite treat on National Caramel Day each year. Observed on April 5th, this versatile confection adds delicious, creamy flavor to desserts, pastries, and candies.
Caramels are made by adding milk and fat to a sugary syrup that has been heated and continuously stirred until it reaches a light brown color. As early as the seventeenth century, American women were using caramelized sugar and water to make candies. Since it was an economical candy to produce, it found its way into many recipes. Around the year 1850, someone discovered that by adding milk and a fat product to the cooked sugar mixture that a soft, chewy candy would be produced. It should be no surprise how quickly soft caramel became popular.
Bakers and pastry chefs use caramel to make a variety of desserts either as a featured ingredient, flavoring or topping. Depending on the consistency it can be used as a syrup or as the glue holding together nuts and popcorn. In a more pliant form, it makes great caramel apples. Cooked to a higher temperature the caramel can become brittle and is perfect for just that kind of candy making.
The longer caramel cooks, it takes on a deeper color and a darker flavor until the sugar becomes bitter and is no longer palatable.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCaramelDay
The following are a few yummy caramel recipes for you to enjoy:
Use #NationalCaramelDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Caramel Day.
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 NEBRASKA DAY
On April 5, The Corn Husker State gains recognition for its wide open spaces and scenic byways.
Nebraska joined the union as the 37th state on March 1, 1867. Pioneers migrating westward along the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails would mark on their journey by the sights they could recognize along the way. One such landmark was Scotts Bluff.
“A Pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves.” ~ Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
Those who put down roots in Nebraska likely homesteaded thanks to the Homestead Act of 1862. https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm
Nebraska’s landscape contributes significantly to the ranching and farming industry still today.
The barren plains of Nebraska have J.Sterling Morton to thank for the shade they receive on a hot sunny day. The Nebraskan proposed a day to plant trees and beautify the state. Arbor Day was first celebrated on April 10, 1872.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNebraskaDay
Explore the history and people of Nebraska. Follow the trails of the pioneers and visit the cities on the prairies. Use #NationalNebraskaDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL FLASH DRIVE DAY
National Flash Drive Day on April 5 commemorates the date inventors filed their patent for the first USB Flash Disk. Their invention revolutionized the way we store and manage digital data!
As information flowed from our fingertips, the flash drive became the go-to storage device. Called by many names, the USB (universal serial bus) drive makes digital data more accessible than ever before. Today, we effortlessly store photos, transfer files and upload gigabytes. Not only that, but flash drives contribute to making the world a better place.
Making a Difference
By stretching budgets and services, these super functional devices make virtual classrooms possible. They provide access to information to parts of the world many of us take for granted. In third world and oppressed countries, flash drives go where the information superhighway cannot. Despite being classics to a majority of the population, books considered contraband become windows to the world around them. Comparatively, movies and radio recordings provide the same information to people in underdeveloped countries. In homeless communities, flash drives keep people connected by giving them access photos and a resumé; these items may be a lifeline of hope.
Tuck a few bytes into your pocket and celebrate with a few new ways to appreciate the USB drive.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FlashDriveDay
Whether you save pictures or back up files, consider how versatile the thumb drive is. Play a retro game or if you have extra devices, donate them to a good cause. Charities across the country deliver your donations to schools, homeless shelters, and nations in need. Use #FlashDriveDay to join the excitement and spread the word.
NATIONAL FLASH DRIVE DAY HISTORY
In 2018,USB Memory Directestablished National Flash Drive Day to bring awareness to the significant impact flash drives have made on our technological lives and to shine a spotlight on the broader good the technology can do.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Flash Drive Day to be observed on April 5th, 2019 and annually thereafter.
NATIONAL RAISIN AND SPICE BAR DAY
Observed annually on April 5th, National Raisin and Spice Bar Day celebrates a baked treat that’s easy to make.
Sometimes comfort foods come in the form of raisins and spice fresh from the oven. Bakers offer a variety of ways to make these delicious bars. If you like nuts, add nuts. If you don’t like nuts or are allergic, leave them out! For those who love vanilla, accidentally tip the bottle a second too long. Someone might think your bars are the best.
You can add a little powdered sugar or a drizzle of icing over the top of these bars for added sweetness. However, most would agree, these bars with the naturally sweet raisin complemented by cinnamon are terrific as they are. The warm spices in this dish fill our homes with welcoming scents like no other. For generations, cinnamon along with nutmeg and allspice have elicited fond memories of holidays with family. They pair well with raisins in many recipes and raisin and spice bars are no exception.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRaisinAndSpiceBarDay
Bake up some yummy raisin and spice bars. We even have a recipe for you to try.
Use #RaisinAndSpiceBarDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL RAISIN AND SPICE BAR HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this food holiday.
On Deck for April 6, 2020
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3-5 minutes
Total Prep: 5-10 minutes
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup half-and-half cream or evaporated milk
¼ cup butter, cubed
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.
Add remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes.
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