Category: April 18

  • NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY – April 18

    NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKERS DAY

    National Animal Crackers Day on April 18th each year celebrates a childhood favorite. A box of these sweet animal-shaped crackers not only provided a delicious snack, but they also offered a little entertainment, too!  

    The celebration brings us back to our childhood memories and the many boxes of Animal Crackers we shared with our friends. Animal Crackers refer to a type of small cookie baked in the shape of circus or zoo animals, such as a lion, tiger, bear or elephant. The most common variety is light-colored and slightly sweet. However, makers also offer chocolate and frosted varieties, too. Even though animal crackers are made with layered dough, much like crackers, they are sweet like cookies. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAnimalCrackersDay

    • It’s a perfect day to celebrate that childhood memory again. Pick up some animal crackers at your local grocery store and share them with family and friends.
    • Make your favorite dessert using animal crackers.
    • They’re great for dipping or adding to a fruit tray, too. S
    • hare your photos of your Animal Crackers Day celebration using #NationalAnimalCrackersDay.

    Do you want to play with your animal crackers? Play a little Animal Cracker Bingo at snack time. Download and print as many of the blank cards as you need. Most brands of animal crackers have 13 different kinds of animals. To play bingo, everyone will need about two of every kind of animal. (Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?) Then, randomly place animal crackers on the bingo card. As the animals are called, take the correct cracker off the card and snack! The empty space represents the called animal. The first person to get a bingo wins! Add yogurt for dipping while the game plays on.

    NATIONAL ANIMAL CRACKER DAY HISTORY

    While National Day Calendar’s research was unable to find the creator of National Animal Crackers Day, we did locate other fun facts. Animal crackers first came to the United States in the late 1800s when the U.S. imported animal-shaped cookies from England. In 1902, animal crackers officially became known as Barnum’s Animals and evoked the familiar circus train theme of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Later that year, Nabisco designed the now-familiar box with a string for the Christmas season to hang from the Christmas tree. They were a big hit in 1902 and still are today. (https://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/04/18/national-animal-crackers-day/)

    In 2018, Nabisco (the current maker of Barnum’s Animal Crackers) released the characters from the cage of the train and set them free. The images on the side of the boxes now show the animals roaming freely in nature.

    Animal Cracker FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of animal crackers?
    A. A one-ounce serving of animal crackers contains approximately 120 calories.

    Q. Why was there a string on some boxes of animal crackers?
    A. That string that was once attached to a box of animal crackers used to allow parents to hang the box on the Christmas tree like an ornament. Nabisco first introduced the stringed box in 1902. However, in 2018, a redesign of the packaging eliminated not only the string but the image of caged animals. The new artwork depicted wild animals on an African backdrop.

     

  • NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY – April 18

    NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY

    National Columnists’ Day on April 18th honors all newspaper columnists and their contributions to the truth in black and white.  

    Columnists have the ability to inspire a plethora of emotions that often result in action. What many may not realize is that it is their intent.  If their readers are not moved by their column, they have not done their job.

    With their own flavor of humor or satire, some columnists lighten the mood or play a role. Others strictly provide us with a different perspective, hard facts and solid research. Whatever their style or approach, each columnist’s hard work connects them to the world.

    Well-known columnists have certainly inspired ire and laughter at many a breakfast table. They poke fun and holes at political leaders while commenting on today’s gossip. Depending on their area of expertise, they may also share a little bit of gossip. Whether it’s about fashion, movies, politics, sports, business or family matters, columnists like Walter Winchell, Molly Ivins, Maureen Dowd, William Safire, Dave Barry and Ernie Pyle engaged readers with their wit and insight. Columnists spur debate and cause us to consider our positions. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalColumnistsDay

    • Celebrate by acknowledging all the people who do the research and write the columns that we read on reading each day.
    • Share your favorite columnist or newspaper writer with a shout-out.
    • Learn about Ernie Pyle, the war correspondent and newspaper columnist.
    • Join the conversation on social media using #NationalColumnistDay.

    NATIONAL COLUMNISTS’ DAY HISTORY

    The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, which was founded in 1977, sponsors and promotes National Columnists’ Day annually on April 18th. On this same day in 1945, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, Ernie Pyle, died while on assignment in Okinawa, Japan.

    Columnist FAQ

    Q. Do columnists write different kinds of articles?
    A. Columnists write about a variety of topics in their columns. They might specialize in one subject or cover a broader topic. Some topics covered in columns include:

    • Politics
    • Book, music, art or restaurant reviews
    • Gossip
    • Advice
    • Fashion
    • Sports
    • Local events
    • Humor
    • Education
    • Cooking

    Q. Who were some noted columnists?
    A. Many columnists have graced local and national newspapers. This list falls short of showcasing them, but here’s a few to get you started:

    • Dave Barry
    • Garrison Keillor
    • Noam Chomsky
    • Ann Coulter
    • Dave Kopel
    • Mary Schmich
    • Oliver North

     

  • NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY – April 18

    NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY

    National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th honors the men and women who work around the clock to keep the power going.  If the power is on where you are reading this article, you likely have a lineman to thank.  

    From the power plant, the grid crisscrossing the country both above and underground, and right up to the meters on our homes, these men and women build and maintain the system that keeps our nation running.

    Regardless of the source, the electricity has to be transported by employing transformers and other equipment. Due to the dangerous conditions power poses, safety is of utmost importance for both the lineman and the consumer.

    When mother nature destroys what our linemen have built up, they are on call to build it back up again as quickly as possible. These men and women work tirelessly to get emergency systems back in working order and urgently return service to remaining areas.

    Even when there is no crisis, they work under dangerous conditions on a daily basis. Whether they are working in trenches, near water, or on high towers, the risks are extreme.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay

    • Give a shoutout on social media to linemen everywhere.
    • You can celebrate the day by thanking your local linemen.
    • Share your experiences as a lineman.
    • Attend a job fair and learn about the work linemen do.
    • Use #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.

    NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

    On April 10, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 95 recognized linemen across the country by setting April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

    Lineman FAQ

    Q. What does it take to become a lineman?
    A. Those interested in training to be a lineman first apply to an apprenticeship program. Once accepted, the trainee will complete approximately 7,000 of hands-on training and coursework.

    Q. What is a journeyman lineman?
    A. A journeyman lineman has completed training through an apprenticeship program and obtained the licensure required.

    April 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1775

    On the night of April 18th, Paul Revere and William Dawes set out from Boston to Lexington to warn minutemen and Sons of Liberty of British forces headed their way. In Lexington, Revere invited another rider, Samuel Prescott, to join the effort. Their end goal was to warn Concord of the British movement. After warning John Hancock and Samuel Adams of their impending arrest the riders set out on separate routes. However, Revere was soon apprehended by British soldiers. Dawes also faced a mishap and never made it to Concord. Only Prescott completed the mission, warning Concord of the impending attack by British soldiers.

    1906

    A 7.9 earthquake devastated northern California and San Francisco.

    1923

    Yankee Stadium opens in New York City. Christening the new stadium, Babe Ruth hits a home run and the Yankees bring home a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

    1945

    American war correspondent and columnist Ernie Pyle died while on assignment in Okinawa, Japan.

    1956

    Grace Kelly married Rainier II, prince de Monaco.

    April 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    James McCune Smith – 1813

    A graduate of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, McCune was the first African American physician with a medical degree in the United States.

    Clarence Darrow – 1857

    The American attorney first gained notoriety in his defense during the Leopold and Loeb murder trial in 1924. He was also a part of the ACLU’s defense team when educator John Scopes broke Tennessee’s new law for teaching evolution in the classroom.

    Mamie Phipps Clark – 1917

    Eleven years after becoming the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia University, Mamie Phipps Clark and her husband Kenneth Clark (the first African American man to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia) made history again. Their ground-breaking study helped sway the court’s decision regarding school segregation in Brown v. The Board of Education in 1954.

    Clifton Keith Hillegass – 1918

    In 1958, Hillegass created the popular study guides known as CliffNotes.