Category: April 05

  • FIRST CONTACT DAY – April 5

    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, 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 Bozeman, 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 the historical figure, Dr. Zefram Cochrane. His spacecraft, the Phoenix, launches and becomes the 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 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.

    First Contact FAQ

    Q. Who starred in Star Trek: First Contact?
    A. Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Alfre Woodard, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner, and Gates McFadden are just a few of the actors who starred in Star Trek: First Contact.

    Q. Are there other movies that depict a first contact scenario?
    A. Hollywood has long been fertile ground for sci-fi imaginings, including travelers from another world making first contact with humans. Some of those films include:

    • (1953) The War of the Worlds directed by Byron Haskin and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson.
    • (1977) Close Encounters of the Third Kind directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, and Terri Garr.
    • (1982) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, and C. Thomas Howell.
    • (1997) Contact directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, and James Woods

     

  • GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY – April 5

    GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY

    Gold Star Spouses Day on April 5th honors the surviving loved ones of military service members who died while serving their country.

    The day offers 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 and their service to their country. They leave behind grieving wives and husbands who become members of an exclusive community no one asks to join. Our support, understanding, and respect are the least we can provide in return as a nation.

    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 Captain 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 Senate 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.

    Gold Star FAQ

    Q. Does the gold star apply to every branch of the military?
    A. Yes. All branches of the military recognize gold star families and their service members.

    Q. When is Gold Star Mother’s Day?
    A. The last Sunday in May is National Gold Star Mother’s Day.

     

  • NATIONAL FLASH DRIVE DAY – April 5

    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 backup files, consider how versatile the thumb drive is.
    • Play a retro game.
    • 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.
    • Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    NATIONAL FLASH DRIVE DAY HISTORY

    USBMemoryDirect_Logo_Circle-MarkIn 2018, USB Memory Direct established 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.

    Flash Drive FAQ

    Q. What sizes do flash drives come in?
    A. Flash drives come in a variety of sizes. Some of the most common are 64, 128, 256, and 512 MB. However, they come in even larger sizes.

    Q. How do I decide how large of a USB drive I need?
    A. The answer to that question will depend a lot on what you’re using the USB for. Will it be used to transfer data and then erased it? Will it accumulate a lot of data files over time? Or are the files large to begin with? Photos, artwork, and audio create large files while documents create smaller files.

    Q. Are USB drives reusable?
    A. Yes. You can delete and overwrite data on a USB many times. However, a USB will eventually wear out.

     

  • NATIONAL NEBRASKA DAY – April 5

    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 - April 5

     

    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.
    • Share your experiences living in Nebraska.
    • Take a road trip and see Nebraska firsthand.
    • While you’re exploring, check out these 10 Tasty Nebraska Reuben Sandwiches
    • Use #NationalNebraskaDay to share on social media.

    Red Cloud gained a remarkable reputation in the mid-1800s for successfully resisting the U.S. military in the West. In later years, Red Cloud would choose diplomacy and advocacy to improve the lives of the Sioux people on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
    Noted for the landmark case bearing his name, Standing Bear and a few of his tribal members left the reservation to honor the spirit of his dead son. Find out more about the journey and the landmark decision of Standing Bear v. Crook.
    Susan La Flesche Picotte attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1889, she became the first Native American woman to receive a medical degree.
    An advocate for immigrants and children’s rights, Grace Abbott led the Children’s Bureau during President Warren Harding’s administration. The Child Labor Amendment was one piece of legislation for which she campaigned and currently remains pending approval.
    The director of the Eastman School of Music, Howard Hanson’s romantic compositions played an essential role in American classical music. In 1943, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Symphony No. 4, the Peabody Award in 1946, as well as other achievements contributing to American music.
    The legendary dancer, actor and comedian, Fred Astaire combined dazzling choreography with careful planning and lots of rehearsal to wow audiences. Astaire was often paired with Ginger Rogers but also performed with Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn.
    George Beadle earned a Nobel Prize with Edward Tatum for discovering chemical processes of genes.
    From street performances to Broadway shows, Bil Baird’s marionettes made appearances all over the world. He and his wife, Cora, made The Lonely Goatherd from the musical film The Sound of Music come to life in 1965.
    An actor of both stage and screen, Henry Fonda earned critical acclaim for roles in The Grapes of Wrath and an Academy Award for On Golden Pond.
    Max Baer earned his reputation as a knock-out fighter during the Great Depression.

    After the resignation of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford took the oath of office and became the 38th President of the United States.

    One of Hollywood’s most memorable actors, Marlon Brando created a string of rebels, villains, and crooks. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards and earned only one.

    The one-time minister of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X played a pivotal counterpoint to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful activism the Civil Rights Movement and racism. In later years, the eloquent orator found a renewed hope after divesting himself from the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965.
    Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest businessman in the world, began investing at a young age. He has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth to philanthropic causes.
    Noted right-hander, Bob Gibson pitched 17 years for the St. Louis Cardinals. He earned two Cy Young Awards and two World Series Championships. Gibson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
    World’s Largest Ball of Stamps – Boys Town

    Old Lincoln Highway – Omaha

    National Museum of Roller Skating – Lincoln

  • NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY – April 5

    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!
    • Give a shout-out to the pizzeria that makes the best deep dish.
    • Share recipes
    • Use #DeepDishPizzaDay to post on social media.
    • Deep Dish Pizza Day isn’t the same unless you’re wearing socks to match! Get these and more here.

    Pizza Socks Men

    NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY HISTORY

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

    Deep Dish FAQ

    Q. How many different cities have a pizza named after them?
    A. As many people know, Chicago is known for its tasty deep-dish pizzas. But it’s not the only city to lay claim to a pizza style. Check these out for a tour of pizza cities:

    • Detroit-style – This deep dish pizza is a result of Detroit’s deeply rooted automobile industry. The first Detroit-style pizzas were baked in square automotive pans giving the pizza a unique shape.
    • St. Louis-style – Made with a thin and crispy cracker crust, the St. Louis-style pizza is often cut into squares.
    • New York-style – Do you fold your pizza? Well, New Yorkers do and the New York-style of pizza is perfectly foldable.
    • D.C.-style – These jumbo slices of pizza pie are…well…massive! Eating one is equal to eating three to four slices of a regular pizza slice for many people.
    • Omaha-style – It’s all about the meat topping this biscuit-style crust in Nebraska. In between, a thin layer of sauce brings it all together.

    Q. How many kinds of pizza are there?
    A. Considering the variety of doughs, toppings, sauces, and cooking methods, pizzas are as varied as a food can be. Start exploring with these:

    • Neapolitan – Simply made with fresh ingredients including basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes
    • Stuffed – Two layers of dough are stuffed with all ingredients that normally top a traditional pizza
    • Greek – Expect a little more dough and Mediterranean flavors with this pizza

     

  • CHILDHELP NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE – First Wednesday in April

    CHILDHELP NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE

    Childhelp National Day of Hope takes place each year during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The first Wednesday in April is set aside to ask the country to make a life-long commitment to joining the fight to end child abuse and neglect.

    Child abuse and neglect affect an estimated 700,000 children each year in the United States. Of these, the youngest are the most vulnerable. In 2015 in the United States, statistics from the U.S. Administration for Children & Families estimate that 1,670 children died as a result of abuse and neglect.

    The victims who survive face potential life-long issues. Some of the issues include:

    • at risk of becoming abusive themselves
    • may abuse alcohol and drugs
    • depression
    • suicide
    • criminal behavior
    • other addictions

    But there is hope. Organizations across the country provide support to the victims through programs that not only raise awareness but provide ways to prevent child abuse. The programs also create pathways to intervention leading children out of abusive situations and into either foster homes or group homes. These programs create a network of information designed to increase the awareness of the victims so they can feel empowered to speak to the adults in their lives who will advocate for them. 

    The day also provides resources to encourage reporting of abuse through hotlines to bring the vulnerable to safety. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChildhelpNationalDayOfHope

    • Light a 5 wick candle and observe a 5-minute silence to represent the approximately 5 children who die every day as a result of abuse in the United States.
    • Fight to end child abuse.
    • Support organizations that protect and care for children.
    • Volunteer or donate.
    • use #ChildhelpNationalDayOfHope to post on social media.

    CHILDHELP NATIONAL DAY OF HOPE HISTORY

    In 2000, a Congressional resolution designated Childhelp National Day of Hope to be observed on the first Wednesday of April each year. Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’meara of Childhelp.org worked to bring this day and the victims it honors to light.

    DATES
    6 April 2022
    5 April 2023
    3 April 2024
    2 April 2025
    1 April 2026
    7 April 2027
    5 April 2028
    4 April 2029
    3 April 2030

     

  • NATIONAL READ A ROAD MAP DAY – April 5

    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

    • Practice reading a road map.
    • Learn the different symbols.
    • 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. 

    Meg Duguid, Michael Thomas, and Thomas Duguid city, build a road map Meg Duguid, Michael Thomas, and Thomas Duguid city, build a road map

    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. 

    Road Map FAQ

    Q. What is a mapmaker called?
    A. A mapmaker is called a cartographer.

    Q. Why do people still use paper road maps?
    A. Wireless service isn’t always 100% reliable, batteries die and technology fails. While the roadmap or atlas in your car may not contain the latest rest stops, newest restaurants or the fastest route, they do provide reliable navigation between points A and B.

     

  • NATIONAL RAISIN AND SPICE BAR DAY – April 5

    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 spices 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, 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.
    • Invite someone to enjoy some raisin spice bars with you.
    • 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. 

    Raisin and Spice FAQ

    Q. Who produces the most raisins in the world?
    A. Turkey, the U.S., and Iran are the top three raisin producers in the world.

    Q. Can raisin and spice bars be eaten with or without icing?
    A. Yes! These delicious bars taste terrific whether you prefer icing or not.

     

  • NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY – April 5

    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 used 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 adding milk and a fat product to the cooked sugar mixture resulted in a soft, chewy candy. 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. It can be used as a syrup or as the glue holding together nuts and popcorn depending on the consistency. In a more pliant form, the candy 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

    NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY HISTORY

    Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Caramel Day.

    Caramel FAQ

    Q. Should I stir my caramel as it cooks?
    A. Stirring isn’t necessary while the sugar melts in the pot. Allow the sugar to melt slowly over medium heat. You can swirl the caramel by sifting the pan light over the heat. Avoid splashing the sugar mixture onto the sides as may cause the sugars to crystalize.

    Q. Is caramel only used for sweet recipes?
    A. No. Many recipes call for caramelizing sugars for a savory sauce over meats or vegetables.

    Q. How do I store homemade caramel sauce?
    A. Homemade caramel sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    April 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1955

    The American Astronomical Society’s semi-annual meeting reports the detection of radio emissions from Jupiter. Astronomers Bernard F. Burke and Kenneth L. Franklin of the Carnegie Institution in Washington first discovered the waves.

    1985

    The Fox Broadcasting Company launching its prime-time operations. Married with Children and The Tracey Ullman Show debut.

    April 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Joseph Lister – 1827

    The British surgeon revolutionized the way the world and more specifically the medical arena looked at hygiene. His procedures and antiseptic process decreased deaths in the surgical theater. One of the most basic Lister introduced was handwashing before procedures. When he first introduced his process, his peers rejected it. Today, his practices are commonplace.

    Booker T. Washington – 1856

    Born a slave, Booker T. Washington persevered after the Civil War by putting himself through school. He became the first principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in 1881. Washington held this position until his death in 1915. Throughout his time at that school, (now Tuskegee University), Washington was recognized for his advancement of African American education, though he was often criticized for his public support of segregation and racial subservience.

    Barbara Holland – 1933

    The American author earned the title of “Defender of Small Vices” thanks to some of her subjects. One of her most popular titles, The Joy of Drinking, was published in 2007.

    Colin Powell – 1937

    The retired four-star general served as the 65th United States Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001to 2005.

    Judith Resnik – 1949

    The American electrical engineer became the second woman to fly in space on August 30, 1984, on STS 41-D aboard the orbiter Discovery. On January 28, 1986, Dr. Resnick was one of seven astronauts who died when the Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch.

    Franklin R. Chang-Diaz – 1950

    The first Hispanic-American astronaut, Franklin Chang-Diaz was inducted into the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2012 after seven spaceflights and over 1600 hours in space.

  • NATIONAL GO FOR BROKE DAY – April 5

    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, 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 their 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.
    • Learn more about the men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 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. 

    Go For Broke FAQ

    Q. When is National Medal of Honor Day?
    A. National Medal of Honor Day is March 25th.

    Q. What are other figures of speech that mean taking a risk?
    A. Go for broke means taking an extreme risk. It can be used in various situations but other phrases convey similar meanings. Try these:

    • Leap of faith
    • Stick your neck out
    • Going out on a limb