Category: April 23



    Each year on April 23rd, National Lost Dog Awareness Day increases awareness concerning missing dogs and celebrates reunions. 


    Through networks of shelters, veterinaries, social media, and other media sources, many lost canines and families reunite. The day is an opportunity to learn more about prevention and networking. There are also steps to take to prevent your family pet from going missing. Some of these preventative steps also help return Fido to you if he does go missing.

    Preventative steps to take:
    • Keep your dog secure. Whether on a leash or in a fenced yard, your dog is less likely to wander if it is secured.
    • Training is valuable. Dogs who have been trained by a professional are less likely to go missing. Most importantly, they learn recall commands. Formal obedience training also offers owners valuable information that can lead to a better relationship between pet and owner.
    • Always supervise your animal. Dogs, especially expensive purebreds, can be stolen even from a fenced yard.
    • Tags and microchipping help with the recovery of a missing animal. These steps must be completed when you first receive your new family member. While tags are inexpensive to protect your pet, dogs can slip a collar. Many pet adoption sites will hold microchipping events for a fraction of the cost. The price is coming down all the time too. It is essential to keep the information on the microchip or tag up to date also. It is only as useful as the information listed on the chip in helping recover your pet.
    • Spaying and neutering reduce your pet’s likelihood of wandering off in search of a mate. Additionally, it eliminates the chances of unwanted offspring should your dog wander off unexpectedly.
    • Keep records up to date on your animals. That includes photos, vaccinations, and those valuable tags and microchips, too.
    Taking action if your pet goes missing:
    • Contact your local shelters and vets. Please provide them with current information regarding your dog, including a color photograph.
    • Walk your neighborhood. Let your neighbors know as you search. Enlist their help, too.
    • Post notices in neighborhood grocery stores, gas stations, and coffee shops. Go to social media and post your pet’s info in local community forums. 
    • Check advertising websites. If your dog was stolen, you might recognize the description from the ad. Contact the police if you think your dog was stolen.


    • Take steps to protect your pet.
    • Develop a plan.
    • Keep tags current.
    • Consider microchipping your dog.
    • Obtain a GPS collar.
    • If you’re a dog owner, share your experiences using #LostDogAwarenessDay.


    Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs Wisconsin directors Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie created National Lost Dog Awareness Day in 2014 to increase awareness and help prevent animals from going missing. They also promote celebrating reunions.

    Lost Dog FAQ

    Q. How often are pets lost in the United States?
    A. According to the NIH, 15% of dog and cat owners lose a pet. However, dogs are more frequently recovered than cats are.

    Q. What’s the difference between using a microchip and GPS to locate a lost dog?
    A. A microchip is inserted under the dog’s skin and contains information such as the owner’s information for contact and return of the animal. If owner’s information changes, the chip must be updated for this method to be effective. A GPS collar sends geo-location information so the owner can track the animal’s location. Collars must fit and batteries charged for this method to be effective.




    April 23rd recognizes the food holiday National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Cookbooks and bakers offer a large variety of recipes for cherry cheesecake. Some cherry cheesecake recipes call for the cherries to be mixed into the batter and others place the cherries on top.


    This smooth dessert hits the spot when the end of the meal rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, either cream cheese or cottage cheese is used. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust.

    When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Depending on the recipe, cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked.

    Cherries on their own offer a bounty of nutrients. For example, the antioxidants in this red fruit protect cells from damage. Because cherries pack an anti-inflammatory punch, they may help reduce the risk of heart disease, too.


    • Eat a slice of cherry cheesecake.
    • Bake your favorite cherry cheesecake recipe.
    • Get the family involved and share your results, too!
    • If you’re looking for a cheesecake recipe, try this one: Cherry Cheesecake recipe
    • Give your favorite bakery a shout-out.
    • Share your cherry cheesecake photos on social media using #CherryCheesecakeDay.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of the cake holiday. 

    Cheesecake FAQ

    Q. Why are cheesecakes baked in a water bath?
    A. A water bath is a method of baking a cake that allows for even and slow baking. The steam will create a lighter, more even cheesecake, too. Creating a water bath is easy. Place the cake pan in another oven-safe dish. Fill the pan with water up to the lip of the cake pan.

    Q. Can I bake a cheesecake in a convection oven?
    A. Yes. Baking cheesecakes in a convection oven is just one way. Be cautious about overbaking. The water bath is still essential to perfect cheesecakes with this method of baking. Another kitchen appliance you can use for making delicious and perfect cheesecakes is a pressure cooker. Since pressure cookers require water to build up pressure, they are an ideal method to use. Finally, no-bake recipes provide the opportunity to make quick and easy cheesecakes for a dessert in a pinch.

    Q. Can I use fresh cherries to make cherry cheesecake?
    A. Yes. Fresh, frozen, or canned cherries can be used to make cherry cheesecake.




    Every year on April 23rd, National Take a Chance Day encourages us to break out of our comfort zone.


    Most of us have unaccomplished goals or dreams. What if this was the day to take the chance to make them happen? Even if it is just the first step toward that goal, it will be one step closer than before.

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  ~ Mark Twain

    Uncertain where to start? Polish up that resumé, sign up for a foreign language class, or buy a pair of hiking shoes. Those are the first steps to taking chances on new jobs, traveling to a foreign country, or hiking that trail.

    Ready for a bigger chance? Buy that plane ticket or take your business plan to the bank. It’s time to broaden those horizons.


    • Celebrate your goals or dreams by taking a chance and getting started today!  
    • Share a time you took a chance and it paid off.
    • Share your goals and how you’re going to achieve them.
    • Share on social media using #NationalTakeAChanceDay


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this day.

    Chance FAQ

    Q. What are the chances of having twin babies?
    A. The chances of having twins is about 1 in every 250 natural pregnancies. Fertility treatments increase those odds. The chances of having identical twins are about 3 per 1,000 births. While we’re on the topic, the odds of having triplets is about 1 in 10,0000 natural pregnancies. The chances of having identical triplets decrease to one in 200 million pregnancies.

    Q. What are the chances I’ll win the lottery?
    A. Well, first it depends on whether or not you play. Second, it depends on how many other people are playing, too. Odds also vary by the type of lottery game you’re playing.

    Q. What are the chances of seeing a falling star tonight?
    A. If the night is clear, your chances are pretty good. In a given hour of darkness after midnight and before sunrise, the chances of seeing a falling star are about 84 percent in your favor. That’s according to science.HowStuffWorks.

    Q. What are my chances of being audited by the IRS?
    A. The news has improved in this area. The odds of being audited by the IRS have decreased to 1 out of 220 individual taxpayers in 2019 per CNBC.

    April 23rd Celebrated History


    President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law a bill establishing the U.S. Army Reserves.


    Hank Aaron launches his career homerun tally with his first of 755 playing for the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5.


    Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital transplanted artificial skin developed by Ioannis V. Yannas with a research team at MIT for the first time. They created the artificial skin using a combination of cowhide, shark cartilage and plastic.

    April 23rd Celebrated Birthdays

    William Shakespeare – 1564

    William Shakespeare is the author of some of the world’s most celebrated plays and poems. His works, written during the Golden Age of the Renaissance and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, continue to inspire us today. Some of his most notable works include “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hamlet” and “Othello.” 

    James Buchanan – 1791

    The 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan is the only president elected from Pennsylvania. He is also the only president to remain unmarried for his entire life.
    The only president elected from Pennsylvania, James Buchanan’s tenure as the president left the nation in turmoil and on the cusp of war.

    Granville Woods – 1856

    During his lifetime, the American inventor registered nearly 60 patents. Some of his inventions were in direct competition with Thomas Edison. He founded the Woods Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio and developed the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph.

    Valerie Bertinelli -1960

    Best known for her role as Barbara Jean Cooper on the sitcom One Day at a Time, Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1960. Once married to rocker Eddie Van Halen, Bertinelli later landed sitcom celebrity in the show Hot in Cleveland.



    On April 23rd, National Picnic Day encourages everyone to pack up their lunch and take it outdoors. Picnics are a terrific way to enjoy a meal outdoors in the company of friends and family. 


    There are a variety of ways to take part in a picnic. This meal hearkens back to mid-18th-century al fresco French dining when all you needed was a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, some cheese, and fruit and you could have a party under the sky.

    From the French for piquenique, picnic means a meal eaten outdoors.

    From barbecues to simple cold plates, picnics are light informal affairs intended to be relaxing and fun for everyone to enjoy the day. Some favorite picnic foods include sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit and vegetables, light salads, and homemade bars. However, picnics can be expanded to include grilled items, too. Burgers and corn on the cob cook up nicely on a portable grill. During large picnics, guests often bring a dish to share creating a potluck atmosphere. 

    The fresh air tends to rev up our appetite, so getting in some physical activity while enjoying a picnic is nice, too. Games of horseshoe, Frisbee, catch, or flying a kite add to the fun of the day. 


    • Celebrate this day by having a picnic of your own.
    • Pack up a cooler or basket with a few of your favorite items.
    • Make sure to include a beverage or two.
    • Be sure to keep perishable items on ice so no one gets sick.
    • Visit a favorite park or recreation area.
    • Lay the blanket out in the sun or shade (whichever you prefer) and enjoy the day with a meal under the sky.
    • Bring a Frisbee or a ball to toss around, too.
    • You can also explore these 7 Best Picnic Foods to help plan your next picnic.
    • If the weather does not cooperate, have a picnic on the living room floor in your home!
    • Share your photos on social media using #NationalPicnicDay.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this outdoor holiday.

    Picnic FAQ

    Q. Does a picnic require a crowd?
    A. No. In fact, one person can enjoy a picnic. It’s a great way to get away and enjoy some quiet time. However, if you’re hankering for some company, definitely invite someone to join you.

    Q. Does a picnic have to be on the ground?
    A. No. Spread your spread on a picnic table. You can also munch your lunch from a tailgate. Dine on the back nine from the golf cart. Eat your treat while making a retreat from a rainstorm. Feast on your roast beast while dancing in the east.




    On April 23rd each year, National Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages us to speak like the Bard and the characters in his plays. 


    William Shakespeare (April 1564-April 23, 1616) is the author of some of the world’s most celebrated plays and poems. In 2016, we honored the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. What better way to celebrate his life and art than to speak like the poet and playwright.  

    We can speak like Shakespeare by substituting thou, thee, and ye for you and they. Rhyming couplets and creative insults were his particular favorites. Many of the phrases we use today we owe to Shakespeare too.

    We could make you wait with bated breath for the list. We could send you on a wild goose chase to find them. For goodness sake, you might just be the laughing stock if we did!

    Oh, come now. No need to fight fire with fire. Come what may we will give you the naked truth and teach you to talk like Shakespeare. We’ll snatch you out of the jaws of death and put you in a pickle too while we are at it!

    What makes your hair stand on end? Did we set your teeth on edge? Well, what’s done is done.

    You may be such a sorry sight, but still, the world is your oyster even if you wear your heart on your sleeve. Aye, you have seen better days! We must send you packing. It’s all Greek to you anyway!


    • Speaketh like Shakespeare and celebrate his birthday.  
    • Would you like more ways to celebrate the Bard’s birthday? Check out these 5 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare.
    • Share on social media by using #TalkLikeShakespeareDay.
    • Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed for National Talk Like Shakespeare Day.


    National Talk Like Shakespeare Day was first launched in 2009 by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, which was inspired by another day devoted to talking in character – International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19).  In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day giving the theater’s efforts official recognition. 

    The day also coincides with English Language Day which began in 2010 as a cultural recognition day by the United Nations.

    Talk Like Shakespeare FAQ

    Q. Who was Shakespeare’s wife?
    A. Anne Hathaway. No, not that Anne Hathaway, though the names are spelled the same. Shakespeare’s wife was the daughter of a farmer named Richard Hathaway. Her family home (today called Anne Hathaway’s Cottage) was in the Hathaway for 13 generations before being acquired by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is one of the most authentic Shakespeare tourists spots to visit.

    Q. How many plays did Shakespeare write?
    A. Shakespeare wrote 37 plays that we know about.

    Q. What is Shakespeare’s “first folio”?
    A. Shakespeare’s First Folio is the first collection of his plays published in 1623. The largest collection of this published work can be found at the Folger Shakespeare Library located in Washington, D.C. While the library is under construction, Shakespeare fans can learn more about his First Folio online.