Category: April 06

  • NATIONAL CARBONARA DAY – April 6

    NATIONAL CARBONARA DAY

    On April 6th, enjoy the flavors of Italy and celebrate National Carbonara Day! This delicious pasta dish is made up of a creamy sauce with bits of pancetta.

    If you love Italian food, pasta, or just enjoy cooking, this food holiday challenges you to put your best recipe to the test. Purists turn up their noses at bacon, and others debate cheeses. However, adding the right amount of seasoning, the best pasta, and garlic seems to make or break this delicious dish! When compared to other pasta dishes, this one stands up to the flavor test and is something that can be made at home.

    No matter how you make your carbonara, get in on the taste test. Or better yet, order up a plate at your favorite Italian restaurant. Then dive into a heaping plate of creamy, indulgent carbonara to celebrate.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCarbonaraDay

    • Invite friends and family over for an Italian dinner of your best carbonara.
    • Do you use pancetta or bacon?
    • How about pecorino or Parmigiano?
    • Order carbonara from your favorite Italian restaurant and give them a shout-out.
    • Make homemade pasta to test your skills even futher.
    • Share your recipe using #CarbonaraDay or find a new favorite.

    NATIONAL CARBONARA DAY HISTORY

    The Italian Association of Confectionery and Pasta Industries and (AIDEPI) and the International Pasta Organization (IPO) created National Carbonara Day in 2017 to celebrate the dish that millions of pasta lovers identify as the taste of Italy.

     

  • NEW BEER’S EVE

    NEW BEER’S EVE

     

    With visions of pints and pounders hopping in their heads, beer connoisseurs prepare for the day ahead.

    Barley and Malt flavored popcorn at their side, peanut shells polishing the floor and a bowl of beer nuts on the table aside,

    Men and women everywhere grin with pride as they look to the clock and say,

    “Why should we wait? Let’s begin this night before it’s too late! It’s New Beer’s Eve after all! A feat not too small.”

    They tiptoe to the fridge, taking a peek inside, only to discover the shelves are bare!

    “What shall we do? We have no more brew!”

    “Stock up we must to avoid this shame, for who shall we blame?”

    “For no wine will do. It’s National Beer Day for crying out loud! I beg! We must have a keg!”

    Ambers and Ales, light beer (no siree – no pansies around here-ee) stout and pales.

    Let us be wise and go to bed now. Responsible we are, we’ll behave at the bar.

    Come join us you must! Friday or bust!

    Come, family and friends, drink lagers or porters and we’ll make amends for last New Beer’s Eve and some creepy guy named Steve.**

    On this holiday, kick up your heels while tipping back your stein. If I’m line dancing keep your hands off mine.

    This night can get long just like this rhyme. Hey bartender, fill ‘er up this time!

    We’ve danced and we’ve laughed. Drank Belgians and Pilsners. It’s time to go home now and on the way, we’ll stop for some chow.

    This night is long spent and so am I. I thought I was winning but it’s the bed spinning. Good thing it’s New Beer’s Eve and this is a dream so I won’t heave.

    There are over 1,200 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

    **Sorry to all the Steve’s out there.

  • National Burrito Day – 1st Thursday of April

    NATIONAL BURRITO DAY

    National Burrito Day on the first Thursday in April celebrates the tasty and versatile Mexican dish wrapped in a tortilla. 

    A burrito is a heavy tortilla wrapped around meat, cheese, tomato, rice, beans, vegetables, and sauces. Like many other tortilla dishes, the burrito is flexible. The cook chooses the meat fillings from ground beef, shredded chicken, shredded beef or shredded pork. The same applies to the bean choices, often ranging from black, red, whole or refried beans. Once again, the flexibility of choice applies to the vegetables allowing the cook to grill the vegetables or keep them fresh. Spices such as cumin, chili powder, and oregano give the burritos an authentic Mexican flavor. For added crunch, chimichangas are burritos that have been deep-fried.

    The word burrito first appeared in the Dictionary of Mexicanisms in 1895. The Guanajuato region of Mexico uses the term and means little donkey in Spanish. It is possible that it stems from the appearance of the packs and bedrolls donkeys used to carry. In other regions of Mexico, similar types of food are known as flauta.

    The burrito was introduced in the United States in the 1930s at the El Cholo Spanish Café in Los Angeles.  Since then, the burrito has found its way to menus all across the United States. Home cooks serve the burrito because it’s a crowd-pleaser and filling, too. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBurritoDay

    • Call some friends and go out for burritos or make some at home.
    • Who makes your favorite burritos? Be sure to tag someone who prepares the best burritos whether it’s mom or the local Mexican restaurant.
    • If you make the best, you might be getting some love today.
    • Try this delicious chicken burrito recipe from @HolidayFoodies! Use #NationalBurritoDay to post on social media.

    Taco SocksCelebrate National Burrito Day by wearing your favorite pair of TexMex socks! Keep checking our selection. It changes all the time.

    NATIONAL BURRITO DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this tortilla-loving food holiday.

    Buritto FAQ

    Q. What kind of tortilla is used to make a burrito?
    A. Burritos are typically made with a flour tortilla.

    Q. Can burritos be meatless?
    A. Yes. Burritos can be made without meat and still be a hearty meal thanks to beans and cheese.

    Q. Are burritos difficult to make?
    A. No. You can make a delicious, flavorful burrito right at home.

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

     

  • NATIONAL TARTAN DAY – April 6th

    NATIONAL TARTAN DAY

    National Tartan Day on April 6th honors the Scottish heritage flowing through the United States and the estimated 20-25 million Americans claim Scottish descent. The celebration takes place during Scottish American Heritage Month.

    From its early beginnings, Americans with Scottish ancestry endeavored for freedom as much as any American. It was in their blood.

    It was 400 years before the Scots declared, “For we fight not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, but for freedom alone which no good man give sup except for his life.”  – from the Declaration of Arbroath

    Surprisingly, 9 of the 13 governors in the newly established United States were Scots. There are 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence. Some scholars suggest nearly a third of those signers were of Scottish descent.

    Not only can we point to the country’s founding fathers, but of the 46 Presidents who have taken office, 35 have been of Scottish descent.

    Those with Tartan blood were and are independent and resourceful. They are prolific inventors and writers. They are talented musicians and artists, experienced leaders, and scholars. In the United States today, over 11 million Americans claim Scottish or Scotch-Irish roots. That makes them the 8th largest ethnic group in the United States.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTartanDay

    • Attend a parade or event in your area.
    • Check local civic websites for any Tartan Day events.
    • Learn more about Scots in America.
    • Wear your tartan.
    • Use #NationalTartanDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL TARTAN DAY HISTORY

    On March 20, 1998, the United States Senate passed Resolution 155, designating April 6th of each year as National Tartan Day. The day recognizes Scottish Americans and their achievements and contributions to the United States. The House passed Resolution 41 on March 9, 2005, and George W. Bush signed the Presidential Proclamation on April 4, 2008.

    On this day in 1320, Scots signed the Declaration of Arbroath, formally declaring their independence from England. For more information, visit www.americanscottishfoundation.com.

    Tartan FAQ

    Q. Do all Scottish families have a tartan?
    A. No. Tartans are most closely associated with families from the Scottish Highlands which comprise about one-quarter of the population of Scotland.

    Q. Can anyone wear tartan?
    A. There is one tartan that anyone can wear: the Stuart Tartan.

     

  • NATIONAL ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY – Thursday of First Full Week in April

    NATIONAL ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY

    Every year, National Alcohol Screening Day raises awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency. Each year on the Thursday of the first full week in April, these screens offer anonymous and confidential opportunities for those with addiction to seek help.

    Addiction impacts not only the person, but their jobs, families, and communities, too. Screening is a large part of outreach programs. These programs bring an opportunity for education, referrals, and treatment to those with alcohol dependency issues.

    While most people do not abuse alcohol, some do not realize the effects alcohol has on them and their lives. Others, do not realize the risks they take even when they only occasionally indulge in alcohol. Taking an alcohol screening may point out areas of concern we may not be aware of. For many, it may be the first step toward recovery. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AlcoholScreeningDay

    • Screening centers will be located at colleges, military installations, designated businesses, and selected government agencies. These screenings are also available online.
    • If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol dependence, online screenings are always available.
    • Taking an alcohol screening test requires no commitment. It also allows each individual to choose to pursue counseling, too.
    • Use #AlcoholScreeningDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY HISTORY

    First held in 1999, National Alcohol Screening Day is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health. Sponsored by Screening For Mental Health, the initiative and its events offer anonymous and confidential screenings online or in-person at NASD events.

    For more information, see the following:
    https://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/colleges/nasd.aspx

    Alcohol Screening FAQ

    Q. Is an alcohol screening a test?
    A. No. But it does help determine whether a person needs help controlling their alcohol consumption.

    Q. Can my doctor administer an alcohol screening?
    A Yes. Physicians can conduct an alcohol screening.

    DATES
    7 April 2022
    6 April 2023
    11 April 2024
    10 April 2025
    9 April 2026
    8 April 2027
    6 April 2028
    5 April 2029

     

  • NATIONAL TEFLON DAY – April 6

     

    NATIONAL TEFLON DAY – April 6

    NATIONAL TEFLON DAY

    National Teflon Day on April 6th each year honors the accidental invention of Teflon on April 6, 1938, by Dr. Roy Plunkett.

    While working in the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company lab that April day, Plunkett and his assistant accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene. Chemours registered the Teflon trademark in 1945. In 1985, the Inventors’ Hall of Fame inducted Dr. Plunkett into its numbers. 

    While Plunket receives credit for the invention of Teflon, another person saw Teflon’s larger purpose. Marion A.Trozzolo brought it from the laboratory into the kitchen. The Kansas City, Missouri professor used the substance to coat his scientific utensils. This use later led him to establish Laboratory Plasticware Fabricators.

    In 1961, he marketed the first US-made Teflon coated frying pan, The Happy Pan. 

    Today, Teflon can be found everywhere and in surprising places, too. Besides coating metals for cooking, it is also used to protect fabrics and reduce friction in the aerospace industry. It also helps to increase production and reduce contamination in pharmaceuticals.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTeflonDay

    • Share how Teflon improves your life.
    • Discover all the ways Teflon is being used today. 
    • Learn about the history of Teflon.
    • Share its benefits by using #NationalTeflonDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL TEFLON DAY HISTORY

    National Teflon Day commemorates the date Dr. Roy Plunkett accidentally invented the product. However, we were unable to identify the creator of the day.

    Teflon FAQ

    Q. Is Teflon only used in the kitchen?
    A. No. Teflon is found in many products outside the kitchen. Some of those include:

    • Fabrics
    • Paints
    • Heating products
    • Medical products
    • Metal finishes

    Q. How old is Teflon?
    A.Teflong was developed in 1938.

     

  • NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY – April 6

    NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY

    National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD), observed annually on April 6th, provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of student-athletes.

    In the United States, nearly 8 million student-athletes compete in team and individual sports. More than 500,000 will carry their career on to the college level. Not only do they succeed in athletic programs such as track and field, baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse, but they excel academically, too. Additionally, the day recognizes student-athletes who have a positive impact on their communities while maintaining and earning GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

    Many student-athletes take on roles as leaders in their community and serve as role models for others. Others overcome adversity and provide exemplary representations of achievement. The program encourages families, schools, and communities to support their STUDENT-athletes in their endeavors. Cheer them on both on and off the court and field. Support them in their higher goals and aspirations.

     

    HOW TO OBSERVE #StudentAthleteDay

    • Support your student-athletes.
    • Nominate someone you know for the STUDENT-Athlete award.
    • Make sure your athletes are getting enough rest and eating right.
    • When they’re at home, make sure they are familiar with all their academic resources.
    • Teach them how to cope with stress and the importance of injury care. Helping them to balance school, practice and a social life can become difficult, but not impossible.
    • Keep an open line of communication between you and your student-athlete.
    • Information and tools like these will help them as they pursue a college career. Once they advance to the college level it will be even more important that they access all the tools and resources available to them.
    • As a student-athlete, share your story. Give a student-athlete you know a shout out using #StudentAthleteDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY HISTORY

    The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) founded National STUDENT-Athlete Day in 1987 to honor high school and college student-athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics and who have contributed to their communities and schools in a significant way.

    Student-Athlete FAQ

    Q. Are there benefits to being a student-athlete?
    A. Student-athletes develop teamwork, responsibility, organizational skills, and physical endurance. These skills and habits follow them into their future careers. There are also challenges to being a student-athlete, many of which help develop the skills mentioned above.

    Q. Do student-athletes travel a lot?
    A. Travel is often required of student-athletes though some sports require more travel than others.

    Q. Are student athletes required to achieve good grades?
    A. Yes and sometimes a student athlete may have to choose between their education and athletics. Balance school and sports has always been challenging and choosing what is best for the student is important.

    April 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1896

    Greece hosts the first modern Olympics.

    1909

    Explorer Robert E. Peary and his team reach the North Pole for the first time.

    1938

    Dr. Roy Plunket accidentally discovers polytetrafluoroethylene while working with his assistant in a lab at E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. The discovery leads to the invention of Teflon.

    1947

    The Grand Ballroom of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City hosted the first Tony Awards presentation. Named for the actress and director who co-founded the American Theatre Wing and formally known as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, the presentations included 11 awards and several big names.

     

    April 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Rose Schneiderman – 1882

    During her lifetime, Rose Schneiderman became a voice for women in the garment district of New York City. She held many leadership roles and was influential in the labor movement as the first woman to hold national office. Schneiderman was also a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and served under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s the National Recover Administration’s Labor Advisory Board.

    James Watson – 1928

    In 1962, the molecular biologist along with Maurice Wilkins and Francis Crick won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of the molecular structure of DNA.” Watson co-authored a paper in 1953 that proposed the double helix we’re familiar with today.

    Merle Haggard – 1937

    The legendary country music singer-songwriter is known for some of country music’s classics such as “Mama Tried,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” and “Workin’ Man Blues.”

     

    Notable Mentions

    Butch Cassidy – 1866
    Louis Raemaekers – 1869
    Billy Dee Williams – 1937

     

  • NATIONAL CARAMEL POPCORN DAY – April 6

    NATIONAL CARAMEL POPCORN DAY

    Each year on April 6th, National Caramel Popcorn Day conjures up memories of fairs, sporting events, and fun snacking.

    In January, we celebrated National Popcorn Day. Now, we add delicious caramel popcorn to the calendar, one of America’s favorite snacks. For many people, this chewy or crunchy caramel popcorn treat is an all-time favorite. 

    Combining popcorn and molasses began in the early 1800s. However, caramel was prevalent as well, and with the production of Cracker Jack, the popularity was ever-increasing. Invented by Frederick Rueckheim, the popcorn merchant dabbled with creating a new snack. An immigrant from Germany to Chicago, he enlisted his brother, Louis, to help. After adding molasses and nuts, their snack was ready for an introduction to the masses.

    Like many famous foods, Cracker Jack gained popularity on the stage at the 1893 World’s Fair. Other foods to grab the public’s attention at similar expositions include cotton candy and the ice cream cone. While they weren’t invented there, nor did they make their debut, they sure did capture the imagination and make a lasting impression there.

    However, in 1908, something happened to connect Cracker Jack and baseball permanently in the American psyche, while also launching the business into high gear. A young entertainer by the name of Jack Norworth penned a catchy tune referencing Cracker Jack and the American pastime. The song “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” not only caused sales of the snack food to soar but the fans of the game continue to sing the song at every game.

    There are many commercial brands and forms of caramel corn available in grocery stores, cinemas, and convenience stores.  There are also specialty brands available in stores, gift catalogs, and online.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CaramelPopcornDay

    • Enjoy your favorite kind of caramel popcorn.
    • If you’re making some, don’t forget to make extra for others, too. The bigger the batch, the better.
    • We even have a recipe for you to try. Caramel Sauce
    • Stop by your favorite treat shop and pick up some caramel corn. While you’re there, give them a shout-out, too. It’s a great way to support small businesses.
    • Another fun way to celebrate is by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and watching one on TV. Tune into an old game until the season starts up again.
    • Use #CaramelPopcornDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL CARAMEL POPCORN DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this tasty snack food holiday. 

    Caramel Popcorn FAQ

    Q. Which kind of popcorn is best for making caramel popcorn?
    A. There are two basic kinds of popcorn kernels. One is the butterfly and the other is a mushroom. The butterfly popcorn pops up light and fluffy with little wings. The mushroom popcorn pops into a sturdy, fluffy, and mounded top. While either type of popcorn will make delicious caramel corn, the mushroom kernels hold up better to the weight of the sweet and gooey caramel.

    Q. Can anyone make caramel popcorn at home?
    A. Making caramel popcorn at home doesn’t require any special tools. Most people have what’s required on hand, so just about anyone can make caramel popcorn at home. Adult supervision is required when children are helping. Be sure to protect them from the hot sugar as you make the caramel.

     

  • NATIONAL SORRY CHARLIE DAY – April 6

    NATIONAL SORRY CHARLIE DAY – April 6NATIONAL SORRY CHARLIE DAY

    National Sorry Charlie Day on April 6th each year encourages us to view rejection from a different perspective. It’s a day to think about the times we have been rejected. Whether we’ve been rejected by a sweetheart or a college, a prospective employer or the bank for a loan, we’ve all been refused. The day also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we survived the rejection and what we learned from it.  

    Breakups can be some of the hardest to overcome. When we’re young, this type of rejection seems to cut deeply and take the longest to heal, too. However, the person doing the rejecting may be doing you a favor if they’re honest and forthright. The quicker and more direct they are, the easier it may be for you to move on. It may hurt, their words may cut like a knife. Words like, “It’s as if you never existed,” are brutal, but they leave no lingering doubt about their feelings. 

    Dismissal from a job should always be looked at as an opportunity. While it may be hard to see it that way, sometimes it’s the shove we’ve been waiting for. Even though others may take the leap on their own, many are stuck in jobs dreaming of a different career. It just takes downsizing, layoffs or outright firing for someone to see the light. 

    Do you remember Charlie the Tuna?  He was often rejected but would keep going with a smile. “Sorry, Charlie” became closely associated with StarKist and was also a successful American catchphrase. Charlie never let rejection stop him. Do not let it stop you!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSorryCharlieDay

    • Make a list of the times you’ve been turned down.
    • Each time you may have taken a different path or learned something new. How did you overcome the rebuff?
    • Share your best rejection stories using #NationalSorryCharlieDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL SORRY CHARLIE DAY HISTORY

    Cathy Runyan-Svacina of Kansas City, Missouri founded the Sorry Charlie, No-Fan-Club-for-You Club, and National Sorry Charlie Day.

    Sorry Charlie FAQ

    Q. When did Charlie the Tuna become StarKist’s mascot?
    A. Charlie, the blue StarKist tuna mascot, first appeared in 1961. He was created by artist Tom Rogers.

    Q. Are there other ways to tell someone, “Sorry, Charlie”?
    A. Yes, there are a variety of ways to tell someone that they were not the one, though these phrases are kind of flip.

    • Better luck next time
    • Tough luck
    • That’s the way the cookie crumbles
    • Too bad, so sad

    However, there are kinder ways to say this. A simple, “I’m sorry” may be the best approach.