Category: April 20

  • 420 DAY – April 20

    420 DAY

    Every year on April 20th, cannabis producers, consumers, advocates, and those who are just curious have long celebrated 420 Day. Once an unconventional day, the day has become the rallying cry of those who seek to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational uses.

    While federal law in the United States still classifies cannabis as illegal, many states have legalized the substance for medicinal, recreational use, or both. Since the 1970s, some state legislatures have been going through various stages of decriminalizing cannabis possession and use. Alternatively, other states have strengthened their stance on the topic. California led the way in 1996 by making medical cannabis legal. Washington and Colorado legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2012. Other states have followed suit in varying degrees.

    A 2018 Gallup Poll showed that 66% of Americans support legalizing marijuana. According to Gallup, they first asked the question back in 1969, and only 12% supported making the plant (or weed) legal. Today, proponents point to several reasons for making cannabis legal.

    • Cannabis will become the largest cash crop in the United States.
    • Legalizing it allows regulation.
    • Allows law enforcement to focus on violent crimes and eases pressure on public resources.
    • Cannabis is safer than alcohol.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #420Day

    • Share your thoughts about 420.
    • Learn about legislation in your state.
    • Explore the medical benefits of cannabis.
    • Use #420Day to post on social media.

    420 DAY HISTORY

    Since the 1970s, people have celebrated 420 Day. Why 420, though? Many myths circulate about how 420 came to mean cannabis or smoking marijuana. Most of them are untrue or unverifiable. However, as related in Time magazine, one tells the story of five teenagers from San Rafael High School in Marian County, California. In 1971, they would meet at 4:20 PM, and eventually, 420 became their code for marijuana. One of the five, Dave Reddix, worked as a roadie for the Grateful Dead and further popularized the term. In 1991, High Times magazine printed a flier initially handed out by a group of Deadheads in Oakland, California. The flyer was an invitation to a 420 event to smoke marijuana. It was on April 20, 1990, at 4:20 PM.

     

  • GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter

    GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

    Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 

    #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

    When businesses get to know their customers, they also get to know more about what they need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, they were willing to get it in for you if they didn’t have it.

    Unfortunately, with the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

    Tips for Knowing Your Customer:

    • Ask your customers questions. Find out what services and products they need.
    • Use social media. Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
    • Follow up on a purchase. Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
    • Network with other businesses. Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.

    HOW TO OBSERVE GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

    • Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish!
    • Ask your customers what you’re doing right and what they would like to see improved.
    • Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.
    • Read about these 7 Ways to Know Your Customers to learn more. 

    GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY HISTORY

    We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.

    Get to Know Your Customers FAQ

    Q. Is this day for online or brick-and-mortar businesses?
    A. It’s for ALL businesses. Knowing your customers and their needs is important to any kind of business, large and small.

    Q. Are there other observances on the calendar dedicated to customers?
    A. Yes! March 19th is International Client’s Day.

  • VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DAY – April 20

    VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DAY

    Volunteer Recognition Day is the annual celebration of those who selflessly benefit the lives of others. By providing a helping hand to those in need, humans and animals alike, we are all naturally working towards making the world a better place.

    Every single one of us has been benefited from the work of a volunteer and Volunteer Recognition Day acknowledges the beauty of this phenomenon. Every direction we turn, we can do something outside of our daily list of requirements.  As you go about your day, honor and thank those who go to the extra mile.

    High profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Bono have made a name beyond the stage for their work with various foundations. Although most of us are not millionaires, their work goes to show that anyone can get their hands dirty, step out of their comfort zone and lend a hand to those in need.

    A lot of times volunteering comes down finding a cause that moves you. For some people, taking care of animals influences them, whereas the human condition calls to others requiring they meet the needs of a few or many in their community or far and wide. With so many opportunities to offer love and support to those who won’t take it for granted, it’s hard not to want to get involved!

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    Take a moment to thank a volunteer in your life.

    Evaluate your current schedule and see where you can fit in time for volunteering. Pick a cause you’re passionate about! Whether it’s donating your money or often even more importantly, your time, there’s always something to be done. Don’t forget, your skills are valuable to organizations, too. Many volunteer organizations provide services to people who would otherwise go without if it weren’t for volunteers. So think of your specific skill set and consider who it might benefit if times are tough.

    Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • tax services to those who’ve fallen on hard times
    • wig styling for someone undergoing chemo
    • dental services for those who cannot afford dental insurance
    • yard care for elderly or disabled
    • sew quilts, weighted blankets, post-mastectomy drain bulb covers, and many other projects to support those in need

    Use #VolunteerRecognitionDay to share on social media.

    HISTORY

    We’ve been unable to identify the history of World Volunteer Day.

     

  • NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY – CHANGES ANNUALLY

    NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY

    On National Record Store Day, owners, employees, and music lovers gather in the place that created a culture of its own.

    From vinyl to digital and back to vinyl again, the brick and mortar store celebrates a love of not just the music, but the art of jacket covers, words, and style. Through a variety of events, record stores across the country and the world hold one day events and promotions.

    Even though independent record stores have dwindled in the last decade, around 1,400 still remain in operation in the United States. Most of those are operating in major metropolitan areas like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Seattle. However, other smaller metro areas also cater to vinyl and disc, too. Think Duluth, Fargo, Des Moines, and Terre Haute. They all have record stores full of classic albums waiting for you to discover your favorite cover.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRecordStoreDay

    • Visit your favorite record store online and give them a shoutout or buy a gift card to show your support.
    • Play your favorite vinyl record find.
    • Visit www.recordstoreday.com to find a record store event near you.
    • Use #NationalRecordStoreDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY HISTORY

    Founded in 2007 by a gathering of independent record store owners, the first National Record Store Day included Metallica meeting fans at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. Since then, the celebration spread globally encompassing all genres of music and fandom.

    Records FAQ

    Q. Do they still make vinyl records?
    A. Yes. Vinyl records never went away and companies who make them are seeing increased popularity.

    Q. What is the most expensive vinyl record?
    A. The most expensive vinyl record is certainly not the most collectible because, well, only one was ever made. In 2015, hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan produce a single copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The album was purchased for 2 million dollars.

    Q.

    DATES
    23 April 2022

     

  • NATIONAL CHEDDAR FRIES DAY – APRIL 20

    NATIONAL CHEDDAR FRIES DAY

    Grab your toppings on April 20th to celebrate National Cheddar Fries Day! What better way to enjoy your fries than with an indulgent dollop of cheddar cheese? Of course, several other ingredients go well with fries and cheddar cheese. 

    Who can resist crispy, golden French fries topped with their favorite ingredients AND aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese? Fresh ingredients like tomatoes and peppers make mouths water. Add spicy toppings like chili or jalapenos. Mix it up with onions, bacon, or a drizzle of ranch. These great combinations delight just about any discerning culinary tastebuds. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheddarFriesDay

    • Call up your favorite restaurant and ordered some cheddar fries to go.
    • Be sure to get extra napkins because you know you won’t get through them without making a mess. Y
    • ou can also prepare your favorite version of cheddar fries at home.
    • What ingredients will you use? Let us know and post photos on social media using #NationalCheddarFriesDay or #CheddarFriesNation.

    NATIONAL CHEDDAR FRIES DAY HISTORY

    Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar founded National Cheddar Fries Day in 2016 to celebrate the delicious combination of cheddar over crispy French fries.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be celebrated on April 20th, annually. 

    Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar is the home of the original cheddar fries created at the restaurant’s first location in 1978.  A staple at one of Dallas’ most iconic dining institutions, every order of Snuffer’s cheddar fries consists of golden, hand-cut Idaho potato fries and layers of freshly grated, aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Made-to-order, these sinfully tasty and legendary fries come dressed with chives, bacon, or jalapenos and have been a habit that’s too good to kick for 40 years and counting.

    Cheddar Fries FAQ

    Q. Are they cheddar fries if I use American cheese instead?
    A. No. They are probably just plain old cheesy fries.

    Q. Can cheddar fries be a meal?
    A. They sure can but add a salad on the side just to be on the safe side.

    Q. What are some of the best toppings for cheddar fries?
    A. Tastes vary but some of the most popular toppings for cheddar fries are:

    Bacon
    Jalapenos
    Green onions
    Sour cream
    Ranch
    Black Beans

    April 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1841

    Graham’s Magazine published Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” a short store that is considered one of the first detective stories.

    1912

    Both Boston’s Fenway Park and Detroit’s Navin Field open. The Red Sox win over the New York Highlanders 7-6 and the Tigers defeat the Cleveland Naps 6-5. Both games stretched into 11 innings.

    1916

    The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (later renamed Wrigley Field). After three hours and 11 innings, the Cubs brought home a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

    2006

    Joe Carlucci set a world record when he tossed about 20 ounces of pizza dough 21 feet 5 inches into the air. He set the record at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check out these other pizza world records.

    April 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Mary Abigail Kawena Pukui – 1895

    Author of numerous scholarly books, Kawena Pukui, translated chants, folktales, and the Hawaiian culture for anthropologists. Her expertise provided a wealth of valuable information and preserved Hawaiian history and knowledge.

    Tito Puente – 1923

    The bandleader is known for popularizing Latin jazz music in the United States. During his career, he won 6 Grammy Awards and recorded over 100 albums. He also earned several nicknames including “The King of Latin Music.”

    George Takei – 1937

    The American author and actor is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television and movie series Star Trek.

    Jessica Lange – 1949

    Jessica Lange has earned multiple Academy and Emmy Awards and a Tony Award in a career spanning four decades on both stage and screen. As a result, she is one of only 13 actresses to accomplish the Triple Crown of acting.

    Luther Vandross – 1951

    The legendary eight-time Grammy Award-winning performer came to prominence in the 1980s with songs like “Never Too Much” and “The Night I Fell In Love.”

  • NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE DAY – April 20

    NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE DAY

    National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day on April 20th celebrates a sweet cake that contains pineapples and cherries. Americans have been enjoying this springtime cake since the early 1900s when many cakes were made in cast iron skillets.

    To make a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, line the bottom of a cake pan with pineapple rings. Then place a cherry in the center of each ring followed by a butter and sugar mixture. Finally, the cake batter is poured over the pineapples and baked. When the cake is done, it is turned upside down onto a platter before serving, revealing a delightful and delicious masterpiece. Serve the cake with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat. 

    The bright quality and simplicity of this cake announce spring with its flavor. And it can even be made in ramekins to serve individually. Pineapple upside-down cakes also make a terrific presentation for teas and brunches. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PineappleUpsideDownCakeDay

    • Bake up a pineapple upside-down cake. Whether you use fresh or canned pineapple, it will bring a brightness to your table.
    • Serve this tropical cake warm for the best impact and your whole family will be glad you #CelebrateEveryDay!
    • We even have two recipes for you to try:
    • Use #PineappleUpsideDownCakeDay and share your pictures of your cake on Social Media.

    NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet and delicious baking holiday.

    Pineapple Upside-Down Cake FAQ

    Q. Can I make pineapple upside-down cake in a cast-iron skillet?
    A. Yes. In fact, the original upside-down cakes were called skillet cakes.

    Q. Are there variations of the upside-down cake?
    A. Yes. Many cake ingredients, especially fruits, create beautiful and delicious upside-down cakes.

     

  • NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY – April 20

    NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY

    National Lima Bean Respect Day on April 20th gives the humble lima bean its due. When cooked, fresh lima beans have a creamy texture. However, dried lima beans once cooked serve up a bad reputation due to their graininess. There are ways to achieve smooth, buttery lima beans using dried beans.

    First, it’s important to sort the beans and discard any wrinkled or cracked beans. Place the beans in a large bowl and cover them with three times as much water as you have beans. If any beans float to the top, immediately discard those, too. Soak the remaining beans overnight. 

    The next day, drain and rinse the beans three times. You want your water to run clear. Place the beans in a heavy saucepan and cover with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for about 1 hour or until the beans are tender. You can add them to other recipes and enjoy. 

    Lima beans are an excellent source of protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. They can also increase energy levels by helping to restore more iron. Most of us have tried lima beans as a child and didn’t like them. It’s time to give them a second chance as adults. They are delicious in soups, stews, salads, and casseroles, by themselves or mixed with other vegetables.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LimaBeanRespectDay

    • Enjoy lima beans with any of your meals as a way to celebrate the day.
    • Share a lima bean recipe.
    • Try this Three-Bean Cassoulet recipe.
    • Plant lima beans in your garden.
    • Share your thoughts about lima beans using #LimaBeanRespectDay on Social Media.

    NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this healthful holiday. 

    Lima Bean FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of lima beans?
    A. A 1/2 cup serving of lima beans contains 108 calories.

    Q. What’s another name for a lima bean?
    A. Lima beans are known by many names including wax bean, butter bean, and sieve bean.

    Q. Where are lima beans native to?
    A. Lima beans are native to Central America.

    Q. Can I grow lima beans in my garden?
    A. Under the right conditions, lima beans should flourish in your garden. They like loamy, moist, well-drained soils and warm temperatures. They grow well across all the Americas.

     

  • NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY – April 20

    NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY

    National Look Alike Day on April 20th celebrates those who look like another person. National Look Alike Day each year on April 20th celebrates those who much like look like another person. Similar to the two sentences preceding this one, people who look like each are still unique in their own way. 

    This day was created as a fun day to look like another person. Growing up, did a teacher constantly call you by another student’s name? Some of us often hear the words, “You remind me of someone,” or “You look just like so and so.” If so, then you are one step ahead of the game.  

    Professional look-alikes perform as entertainers. Some of the most famous roles they play are Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. But others look like presidents or actors. 

    You might call it a doppelganger if you find your spitting image. However, seeing your doppelganger suggests you’ve seen your spirit double who roams the Earth. In folklore, seeing your doppelganger signals a bad omen. Though over the years, the term has come to mean someone who looks just like you. 

    Now the chances of finding someone who is your mirror image depends on who you believe. There’s no strong scientific evidence one way or the other, and different tools analyze different features. But if you’ve met your living clone, you know just how likely the chances are of running into your look alike. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLookAlikeDay

    • Celebrate by dressing like someone you will see today or select a celebrity and dress up like them.
    • Fix your hair like they do and talk like them all day long! 
    • Or, if you’ve met your real-life look alike, share a picture.
    • Have fun and post your pictures on Social Media using #NationalLookAlikeDay.
    • Educators and Families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and resources to help you Celebrate Every Day!

    NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY HISTORY

    National Look Alike Day was created by feature television reporter, Jack Etzel, in the 1980s. He was in downtown Pittsburgh with photographer Rick Minutello, desperately looking for a light feature for the news.  Rick said, “This guy coming toward us looks like Humphrey Bogart.” He did, cigarette and all. Jack said, “Let’s talk to him. I’ll ask him who people think he looks like.” They spent a couple of hours asking others the same question. The next day Etzel got in touch with the Chase Calendar of Events people and proclaimed Look Alike Day so that they could depend on that same funny story for the next ten years.

    (History as told by Jack Etzel in correspondence to National Day Calendar® in July 2014.)

     

  • NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY – Third Thursday in April

    NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY

    Each year on the third Thursday in April, we observe National High Five Day. This is a fun day where you can “High Five” everyone that you see.

    Folklore fills the hallowed halls of sports stadiums concerning the origins of the high five. From the basketball to the volleyball court and baseball stadium, the sports metaphor has been well worn on this topic.

    The two most well-known claims take place in less than a two-year time span.

    During the last 1977 regular season Dodgers’ game, Dusty Baker hit the home run that made the team the first in history to have four players with at least 30 regular-season home runs each.  As Baker rounded third and headed home, Glenn Burke waited at home plate to congratulate him. In a moment that is Dodgers history but was never televised, Burke greeted his teammate by raising his hand, and they slapped hands in a victorious high five.

    During basketball’s 1978-79 season, the University of Louisville basketball team switched up their regular low-fives on the home court thanks to Wiley Brown and Derek Smith.

    Out of all the triumphant sports gestures, such as the fist bump, fanny slap, fist pump, end zone dance, and chest bump, the high five stands in a class all its own.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHighFiveDay

    • Celebrate with a high five!
    • See if you can find all the fives in the High Five hidden picture.
    • Once you’ve tried, check out the key.
    • If you’re looking for ways to get children involved in sports, check out Project Play which encourages sports activities for all. That’s a High Five in our books!
    • Use #NationalHighFiveDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY HISTORY

    In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia, Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR), and Wynn Walent (New York, NY) together created National High Five Day.

    High Five FAQ

    Q. Who holds the record for the most high fives?
    A. In 2016, Kaiser Permanente of San Diego achieved 290 high fives in one minute. The record for the most high fives in 24 hours goes to Pete Timbs in Brisbane, Australia. He achieved 14,607 high fives in 2012.

    Q. Can a high five be combined with a low five?
    A. Yes. This video shows you how: