Category: April 14

  • INTERNATIONAL LAVERBREAD DAY – April 14

    INTERNATIONAL LAVERBREAD DAY

    On April 14th, discover a nutritious ingredient that comes from the sea. International Laverbread Day celebrates this food with a long history made from seaweed.

    Laverbread is the cooked version of ‘laver’ – porphyra seaweed – a diaphanous red algae found abundantly along Wales’ rocky coastline. For centuries, the Welsh have traditionally cooked laver to make laverbread, also called bara lawr and Welshman’s caviar. Not to be confused with sliced bread, laverbread is prepared by cooking the seaweed and creating green gluey sludge. So what’s appetizing about that? Well, for some, laverbread is considered a delicacy. For others, it may be an acquired taste. And still, for others, it’s neither acquired nor a delicacy.

    However, laverbread can be added to various recipes. Despite the long cooking time, (8 hours!) laverbread enhances the flavor with a salty sea taste. Add laverbread to soups, dried and crumbled over vegetables, salads, eggs, and even baked into bread. Traditionally, the Welsh roll laverbread in oatmeal before frying or spreading it on toast.

    Humans have been consuming seaweed for thousands of years, including laver. Since laver contains more vitamins and minerals than any land-based vegetable, it makes a healthy addition to any meal.

    Future Food

    Laver also produces 80 percent of the world’s oxygen, earning it the nickname “Lungs of the World.” So this “future food” checks all the boxes for sustainability, too.

    • Requires no land
    • Requires no freshwater
    • Grows up to 20 times faster than traditional crops
    • Requires no pesticides

    What more could you ask for when shopping for Earth-friendly food? On International Laverbread Day, celebrate the history, heritage, and benefits of laver.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LaverbreadDay

    • On April 14th experience the joys of laverbread and incorporate it into your cooking.
    • Make laverbread at home. Try this recipe for 5 Beans on Toast with Welsman’s Caviar.
    • Ask your local deli to include fresh laver in the deli case.
    • Share your laver recipes.
    • Learn more about laver and the ways to use it.
    • Share the day using #LaverbreadDay.

    INTERNATIONAL LAVERBREAD DAY HISTORY

    laverbread-day-logo-2022The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company founded International Laverbread Day in 2021 to share its love of laver and all its benefits. Jonathan Williams established the company in 2011, creating various seaweed-based products. But the company’s true love is Laver Seaweed. If seaweed is the core of its business infused with Welsh Heritage, then Laver seaweed is Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company’s champion.

    Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company puts local food producers and the environment first. Their mission includes using biodegradable packaging and disposables, sustainable power where possible, and applying sustainability principles at every level across the company.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first International Laverbread Day to be observed on April 14th and annually thereafter.

    About Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company

    Jonathan Williams founded his award-winning business on a passion for laverbread. Quitting a desk job in Swindon in 2010, he returned to Wales to run a food stall dedicated to Welsh seafood delicacies, particularly laverbread foraged from his local coastline.

    Over the years, the business grew from a pop-up market stall to a permanent van at Freshwater West, where people queued to buy treats such as lobster rolls, crab rolls, and breakfast buns stuffed with bacon, egg, cheese, seaweed butter, and laverbread patties. Now Jonathan has taken on the lease at The Old Point House, an iconic old smugglers’ inn reached across a tidal causeway on Angle, Pembrokeshire. Work is underway to give the venerable pub a new lease of life – and it will include a permanent Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company presence via a repurposed boat selling street food in the pub garden. The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company also has an online shop selling deli goods such as dried laver (Welshman’s caviar), Môr Ketchup (seaweed ketchup sauce), seaweed butter, seaweed pesto, and more. In 2017, Jonathan launched Barti Rum, a seaweed spiced rum.

     

  • NATIONAL GARDENING DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL GARDENING DAY

    National Gardening Day on April 14th encourages gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel, plant some seeds, and kick off a beautiful year of homegrown bounty.

    Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades.

    Growing your own food also provides fresh and natural nourishment for your family and saves you time and money at the grocery store.

    As many gardeners know, the benefits of gardening come from more than the produce. Spending time in the garden also provides physical activity and an opportunity to join with nature.

    The day is a call to action to get out and grow flower or vegetable gardens. No matter how you garden, plant in the ground, in containers, in straw bales or in a square foot gardening box. Just garden!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGardeningDay

    There are many ways that you can celebrate the day, including:

    • Find the right book, guide or resource for your needs at Cool Springs Press, county extension service, the local bookstore or library.
    • Sign up for a gardening course in your area, or find a Square Foot Gardening course with a Square Foot Gardening Certified Instructor.
    • Look for a community garden in your area.
    • Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends.
    • Join a garden club. There isn’t one near? Start one!
    • Visit your local nursery or garden center—you will be amazed and excited by all the beautiful options
    • Visit Quarto Homes on Facebook and Instagram for more gardening information
    • While you’re gardening, be sure to share your experience with others on social media using #NationalGardeningDay, #garden and #gardening.
    • Educators and family, check out the National Day Calendar Classroom for fun projects designed to #CelebrateEveryDay!

    NATIONAL GARDENING DAY HISTORY

    Cool Springs PressCool Springs, an imprint of The Quarto Group, founded National Gardening Day on April 14 to celebrate gardening and to encourage home gardeners and students to learn more about how to garden.

    In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed annually on April 14th.

    About Cool Springs Press

    Celebrating over twenty-five years of inspiring gardeners, Cool Springs Press is a leading publisher of best-selling gardening books with titles that cover all facets of plant cultivation and gardening techniques, both indoors and out.

    Gardening FAQ

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Gardening Day?
    A. Yes! Anyone can celebrate the day, even apartment dwellers. Container gardening and cooperative gardening make it possible for people without a yard to garden too.

    Q. I don’t have a green thumb. How can I learn to garden?
    A. Green thumbs are not required to learn to garden. Attend gardening seminars to gain knowledge. Read up about the plants that thrive in your zone. Start with some easy plants to grow such as:

    • Radishes
    • Lettuce
    • Potatoes
    • Herbs
    • Zinnias
    • Pansies
    • Bachelor Buttons
    • Marigolds

     

  • NATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY

    Each year on April 14th, National Dolphin Day recognizes the social and intelligent mammals of the water. 

    Dolphins are cetacean mammals that are related to whales and porpoises. They range in size from 4 feet to up to 30 feet; dolphins are among almost forty species in 17 genera. Found worldwide, they prefer the shallower seas of the continental shelves.

    As carnivores, their diet consists of mostly fish and squid.

    • Male dolphin – bull
    • Female dolphin – cow
    • Young dolphin – calf
    • Group of dolphins – school or pod
    Social, Swift, and Intelligent

    Dolphins are known to have acute eyesight both in and out of the water. They also have a well-developed sense of touch, with free nerve endings densely packed in the skin. Since they additionally have such acute hearing, they can hear frequencies ten times or more above the upper limit of what adult humans can. Dolphins are also capable of making a broad range of sounds using nasal air sacs located just below the blowhole.

    Living in pods of up to a dozen dolphins, they are highly social animals. Pods do merge in areas where there is an abundance of food, forming superpods. These pods may exceed 1,000 dolphins. Dolphins can, and do, establish strong bonds within their pods. Even when one is injured or ill, they will stay, helping them to breathe by bringing them to the surface if needed.

    You will see the dolphins frequently leaping above the water’s surface. They do this for various reasons; when traveling, jumping saves them energy as there is less friction while in the air. Their leaps even have a name called porpoising. Some other explanations for leaping include orientation, social display, fighting, non-verbal communication, entertainment, and attempting to dislodge parasites.

    The United States National Marine Mammal Foundation conducted a study revealing that dolphins, like humans, develop a natural form of type 2 diabetes. This discovery may lead to a better understanding of the disease and new treatments for both humans and dolphins.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDolphinDay

    • Learn more about dolphins, their habitats, and how they live.
    • Watch a documentary about dolphins.
    • Share your knowledge about dolphins with others, too!
    • Download and print the Dolphin Day coloring page.
    • Use #NationalDolphinDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY HISTORY

    National Dolphin Day is listed as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Health Awareness Events.

    Dolphin FAQ

    Q. Do dolphins talk?
    A. No, but they do communicate. While they don’t use words like humans do, they do use a variety of sounds using clicks and whistles. The clicks are a part of a dolphin’s echolocation system and help them navigate. When they whistle, they are communicating with other dolphins.

    Q. How many dolphin species are there?
    A. According to the World Wildlife Federation, 36 species of dolphins populate the world’s waterways.

    Q. Do dolphins live in fresh or saltwater?
    A. Dolphins live in both fresh and saltwater.

    April 14th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1828

    American Noah Webster publishes An American Dictionary of the English Language. It took twenty-seven years to complete and was the first dictionary of the American English language. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit.

    1865

    John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Abraham Lincoln. After shooting Lincoln in the head at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Booth shouted “Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants! The South is avenged,” and jumped from the President’s box seat to the stage, breaking his leg and fleeing the theatre.

    1902

    JC Penny opens his first department store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

    1960

    Berry Gordy Jr. incorporates Motown Records Corporation.

    April 14th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Juan Belmonte Garcia – 1892

    The Spanish bullfighter gained a reputation as one of the greatest toreros in the early 20th century. A disability cause Belmonte to change the art of bullfighting. His legs were weak and deformed from birth, so instead of dancing and jumping away from the bull, Belmonte stood straight and motionless, drawing the bull closer. The bullfighter’s elegant use of his cape diverted the bulls away from him.

    Anne Sullivan – 1899

    Partial blindness at a young age led Anne Sullivan to the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. Following her graduation, the valedictorian came to work for the Keller family as governess and teacher for their daughter Helen. With Sullivan’s support, Helen learned to fingerspell, speak, and eventually attended school and college. Together they became lifelong companions and advocates for the blind and those with disabilities.

    Loretta Lynn – 1932

    The Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn, found her legendary voice as a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter from Bucher Hollow, Kentucky. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and her critical acclaim would follow her for decades to come. Lynn continued making music well into the 21st century. Her last album was recorded in 2016, titled Full Circle.

    Pete Rose – 1941

    Pete Rose played 23 years in Major League Baseball primarily for the Cincinnati Reds. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos before returning to the Reds and then continuing his career as a manager. Versatile throughout his career, Rose played infield and outfield and earned 17 calls to the All-Star roster. He also brought home three World Series championships and numerous other awards.

    In 1989, allegations of Rose betting on baseball broke and started his permanent exit from baseball.

  • LOOK UP AT THE SKY DAY – April 14

    LOOK UP AT THE SKY DAY – April 14

    LOOK UP AT THE SKY DAY

    On April 14, Look Up at the Sky Day encourages us to admire the beauty above us. On this day we all hope for good weather and an opportunity to fill our eyes with the sky from horizon to horizon.

    There are many things that you can see as you sit back, relax and look up. The sky’s beautiful blue color, the clouds, and their many shapes. Perhaps the sun (maybe peeking through the clouds), and many different birds flying around captures our attention. At night, the sky’s many stars, the moon, and even the clouds drifting across the sky mesmerize us.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LookUpAtTheSkyDay

    • Spend time watching the clouds.
    • Note the different shapes and how they move.
    • At night, investigate the stars. Search the heavens for constellations, planets, and the Milkyway.
    • Watch for a meteor shower or a single falling star. Over the horizon, an aurora borealis might begin to dance bringing on a beautiful show.
    • While you’re looking up at the sky, play a game or two. Download and print off the Sky Bingo game we created and see if you can find any of these things in the sky. Let us know if you win, too!
    • Share your findings using #LookUpAtTheSkyDay on social media.

    HISTORY OF LOOK UP AT THE SKY DAY 

    National Day Calendar believes Look Up At The Sky Day was created in honor of Jack Borden, founder of For Spacious Skies. However, we need more information, and we look to our followers to obtain it.

    For generations, Jack Borden inspired children and adults to look up and admire the beauty above us. He continues to do so. In 1987, For Spacious Skies Day was proclaimed in Massachusetts on May 18th thanks to Jack Borden’s efforts. The story reported by Charles Kuralt below gives a detailed view of the impact Mr. Borden has had over the years.

    If you have any information regarding the founding of the day, please use the contact form for National Day Calendar to tell us your story. We would love to know more.

     

  • NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE – Changes Annually

    NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE

    National Day of Silence in April each year is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them. The Day of Silence brings awareness and illustrates to the schools and the colleges how intimidation, name-calling, and general bullying have a silencing effect. Participating students take a day-long vow of silence.

    Bullying and harassment come in several forms. Whether it comes in a physical or verbal form, both are harmful and leave lasting damage. Bullies also harass by damaging property, manipulation or intimidation. No matter the form, the effects on the individual and surrounding community can be destructive.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfSilence

    • Organize an event.
    • Promote programs that eliminate bullying and open up dialogue.
    • Take a vow of silence to demonstrate how bullying silences the victim.
    • Make your schools a supportive and encouraging environment for learning.
    • Show your support for the LGBT community by using #NationalDayofSilence on Social Media to bring awareness to this special day.

    NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE HISTORY

    As part of a class assignment on non-violent protests, the University of Virginia students organized the first Day of Silence in 1996. Since then, the National Day of Silence has been observed each year in April. Students are encouraged to gain permission from their school before organizing an event. 

    More information can be found at GLSEN.org.

    Silence

    Q. Do I need to register to participate in the day?
    A. No, but it is encouraged. glsen.org provides free resources and updates to help you plan the day.

    Q. Can participate virtually?
    A. Yes. Both virtual and in-person events will be hosted.

     

  • NATIONAL PECAN DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL PECAN DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL PECAN DAY

    Each year, National Pecan Day on April 14th celebrates one nut native to the United States. It’s also a favorite snack and ingredient across the country. 

    A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States. “Pecan” is an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. They are an excellent source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin E. Pecans can help reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. They are also rich in dietary fiber.

    Pecans make great snacks all on their own, but they also make terrific garnishes for other foods such as desserts, salads, or the main meal. Sweet or savory, pecans can add a little glamor to a dish or be the star of the show.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPecanDay

    • Enjoy your favorite pecan recipes. There are so many to choose from so we have a couple of delicious recipes for you to try.
    • Snack on roasted pecans or you can make baked goods such as pies or cookies.
    • Top your salad with pecans.
    • Learn about pecan production.
    • Plant a pecan tree.
    • Use #NationalPecanDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL PECAN DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this nutty holiday.

    Pecan FAQ

    Q. Are pecans for savory or sweet dishes?
    A. Pecans enhance the flavor and texture of both savory and sweet dishes!

    Q. Who produces the most pecans in the world?
    A. The United States leads the worldwide production of pecans, most of which are produced in Georgia.

    Q. Are pecans native to the United States?
    A. Yes. The pecan tree is native to most of North America.

     

  • NATIONAL EX-SPOUSE DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL EX-SPOUSE DAY

    Very few marriages end amicably. Each year on April 14th, National Ex-Spouse Day encourages those who have dissolved a marriage to forgive their former spouse and move beyond any anger or bitterness that may remain. And even those that do aren’t free from angst or regrets. 

    For a wide variety of reasons, sometimes marriages just do not work out. Recent statistics show that the divorce rate for first marriages is at 50 percent.  Some people find that they get along better after a divorce than they did during the marriage. Unfortunately, all divorces do not turn out that friendly and the experience can be painful and traumatic. Regardless of whether it is a friendly separation, there needs to be a way to manage the situation when children are involved.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalExSpouseDay

    • Come to terms with your divorce.
    • Forgive your ex so you can move on. It’s as much for them as it is for you.
    • Find something positive about your ex-spouse that will help ease any lasting bitterness.
    • Visit with other divorcees to discuss how they coped with their divorces.
    • Use #NationalExSpouseDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL EX-SPOUSE DAY HISTORY

    Reverend Ronald Coleman of Kansas City, Missouri created National Ex-Spouse Day in 1987 as a way to dissolve the bitterness that is often associated with divorce. In its inaugural year, Rev. Coleman offered buttons that read, “I’m OK – You’re History,” to help lighten the day. He hoped more people would forgive their spouses and focus on the positive aspects of their own lives.

    Ex-Spouse FAQ

    Q. Is divorce on the rise?
    A. Overall, divorce rates are on the decline. However, one segment of the population is seeing increased divorce rates – Baby Boomers. Called gray divorce, the divorce rate of those 50 and older more than doubled since 2015 according to Pew Research.

    Q. Is there a better word than “ex” to describe an ex-spouse?
    A. There are multiple ways to describe an ex-spouse. A few that illustrate the dissolved relation in a more positive light are:

    • Former spouse
    • Once-upon-a-time spouse
    • Spouse 1.0 (2.0, 3.0 for those who need these options)
    • Was-spouse
    • wasbund, waswife
    • Practice spouse

     

  • NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY

    National Pan American Day on April 14th each year commemorates the First International Conference of American States, which concluded on April 14, 1890. The observance takes place during Pan American Week

    Inspired by the idea of a Panamerica, United States Secretary of State James G. Blane first developed the concept of an International Conference for the Western Hemisphere. It took nearly a decade, but in October of 1889, the conference began. Held in Washington, D.C., the conference covered many subjects from currency and banking to military and trade.

    The International Conference also created the International Union of American Republics, the forerunner of the Organization of American States (OAS).

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPanAmericanDay

    • Celebrate the day by learning more about the different cultures across North and South America.
    • Learn about their history, political atmosphere, weather and climate, food, and heritage.
    • Discover how commerce between the different countries works and how it has changed over the years.
    • Pick a country in the Western Hemisphere to learn more about.
    • Learn to cook recipes from their native foods.
    • Discover how their government works.
    • Read books about their climate and landscape.
    • Learn about their heritage, music, culture, and language.
    • Use #NationalPanAmericanDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY HISTORY

    President Herbert Hoover declared the first official National Pan American Day on April 14, 1931. Before the President’s proclamation, Pan American Day celebrations took place on various days all year long and across the country. Each one included cultural events and festivals celebrating the Western Hemisphere and the North and South American continents. Many of the events included political speakers and development organizations.

    Expositions featured cultural events, including art, music, and food. They also brought business leaders together. Schools organized educational experiences for students, and communities held parades to celebrate the day. 

    Pan American FAQ

    Q. What countries are included in Pan America?
    A. Pan America is comprised of the countries in North and South America.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Pan American Day?
    A. Yes. It’s a great way to experience other cultures in the western hemisphere.

     

  • NATIONAL REACH AS HIGH AS YOU CAN DAY – April 14

    NATIONAL REACH AS HIGH AS YOU CAN DAY

    National Reach as High as You Can Day on April 14th encourages us to evaluate our goals and do our best to reach them. 

    We can define “reach” in many ways.  Search Guinness World Records for highest reach and Guinness gives us 322 results. We can reach for our dreams or our goals. Reach for the stars or the sky. We can even reach for the balloon floating away from us much like the one that carried the Wizard of Oz away from Dorothy.

    Of course, records can be set for the oldest or the youngest to reach a particular location, age, height or status.  

    While this day may not be about setting records, it is certainly about reaching high; higher than we think we can.  We often become complacent.  National Reach as High as You Can Day is just a reminder on the calendar not to let your dreams go adrift. Reach for them.  Reach as high as you can!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ReachAsHighAsYouCanDay

    • Share your goals.
    • Create new goals.
    • Encourage others to reach for their goals.
    • Use #ReachAsHighAsYouCanDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL REACH AS HIGH AS YOU CAN DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to reach for the origin of this national day. However, until we do, we’ll keep you informed of other great ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

    Goals FAQ

    Q. What if I can’t reach my goal?
    A. First, eliminate “can’t” from your vocabulary. Then, set another goal as a stepping stone toward your ultimate goal.

    Q. What are some common goals?
    A. Goals are an individual choice. Everyone has different goals they would like to achieve. However, some common goals include:

    • Furthering education
    • Saving money
    • Buying a home
    • Career promotion
    • Starting a business
    • Achieving optimum health
    • De-cluttering
    • Volunteering