Category: December 01

  • NATIONAL PIE DAY – December 1


    Each year on December 1st, dessert lovers across the United States enjoy a slice of their favorite on National Pie Day. Pie is so delicious we celebrate it twice a year. The more popular date is January 23rd.


    While it might be the lesser of the two celebrated PIE days (don’t forget National Pi Day on March 14th), it happens to fall smack dab in the middle of a major pie-making season.  

    Take away ice cream as a dessert choice, and most people choose either cake people or pie people. Or, to put it another way, most people have cake or pie with their ice cream! The day combines our bumper fruit crops with a booming holiday season full of baked goods, cool weather, and rosy-cheeked children. It’s definitely time to tie on those apron strings and get baking.

    Of course, we make more than fruit pies! Savory pot pies provide comfort on a cold winter’s day and the satisfaction a family cook needs when caring for a family.


    Bake up your favorite pie or enjoy some leftover slices from the holidays. Visit the National Day Calendar® Recipe pages to discover some delicious pie-making. We also offer some others, too. When it comes to pie, or any food really, it is best enjoyed with others. Invite someone over for your best pie and coffee. Maybe there’s a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Pie starts conversations, and they’re a great way to #CelebrateEveryDay too!

    Pecan Pie
    Blueberry Pie
    Pumpkin Pie

    Use #NationalPieDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar ® continues researching the origins of the 2nd Pie Day.  

    Pie FAQ

    Q. Can I serve pie all year long?
    A. Yes! Pie is one of those dishes that can be served any time of year.

    Q. Do I have to slice a pie in wedges, or can I treat it like a pizza and slice it in squares?
    A. Slicing a pie into wedges allows you to serve every element of the pie in equal portions. And it’s not a pizza.

    Q. How many pie days are in December?
    A. We celebrate two pie days in December: National Pie Day and National Pumpkin Pie Day.

    Q. Should a pie be served hot or cold?
    A. Most pies are best served warm. However, some exceptions remain.

  • ANTARCTICA DAY – December 1


    On December 1st, Antarctica Day recognizes the anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. It’s also a day to learn more about this cold and barren continent.


    Humans didn’t discover Antarctica until 1820. Once discovered, several nations sought to claim the continent as their own. As tension increased, some countries began working on a peaceful solution. On December 1st, 1959 in Washington, D.C. delegates from 12 countries came together to sign the Antarctic Treaty. These countries included:

    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • France
    • Chile
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • South Africa
    • Soviet Union
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    Each of these countries had scientists working on the continent during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-1958. This Treaty became the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War. It symbolized global understanding during a period of intense division and secrecy.

    The Antarctic Treaty ensured that all exploration and research on the continent would be for peaceful purposes only. The Treaty also promoted the idea of cooperation between countries and that all scientific observations would be made freely available. Additionally, the continent could never be used for military purposes or radioactive waste disposal.

    In recent years, climate change and tourism have become important issues for the Antarctic region. Antarctica has an average temperature in the summer of -18° F. The average temperature in the winter is -76° F. Despite these frigid temperatures, tourism on the continent is growing. In one year, 40,000 people visited the fifth-largest continent. Antarctica is about 5.5 million square miles, which is twice as big as Australia. Ninety percent of the planet’s ice is on Antarctica.


    On this day, schools, museums, and science centers around the world hold various Antarctica-themed events. Flag displays, writing contests, webinars, and film festivals are just some of the different kinds of activities held on this day. To participate:

    • Learn more about the Antarctic Treaty and the continent of Antarctica.
    • Hold a contest with family and friends to see who can name the most species of animals that live in Antarctica.
    • Watch a documentary on Antarctica, such as Encounters at the End of the World, Antarctica: A Year on Ice, or Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance.
    • Read about famous Antarctic explorers, like Charles Wilkes, Robert Falcon Scott, Jules Dumont, and Ann Bancroft.

    Share this day on social media with #AntarcticaDay


    The Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces established Antarctica Day. Their goal was to highlight the international cooperation that makes governance of Antarctica possible. The day was created following the Antarctic Treaty Summit in 2009. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed in 1959.


  • NATIONAL BARTENDER DAY – First Friday in December


    National Bartender Day recognizes the servers who not only know every cocktail in the book but who also tend to be some of the best listeners around. Also known as National Bartender Appreciation Day, the observance takes a day to raise a toast to the men and women working the late nights. Their minds contain an index of creative cocktails and mixed drinks to quench their patron’s thirst.


    The best bartenders keep an eye out for their clientele. They bring us in with some of the best chili and snacks. Then, they keep us coming back all year long with football, baseball, and hockey. Some make a home in dive bars where everyone knows each other. Others keep us company in airport bars as we’re passing through.

    At the pub or our favorite restaurant, they keep the bar stocked and ready to serve. Whether it’s a shot, a craft beer or club soda, they are prepared to pour. You know who we’re talking about. And at the end of the night, at closing time, they offer taxis and rideshares, too. Then it’s time to clean up and start all over again.


    Show your bartender some appreciation. Tip them extra well. Be the designated driver for your group. Accept the taxi when it’s offered. Make their job a little bit easier. As always, remember never to drink and drive. Use #NationalBartenderDay to share on social media.


    Sailor Jerry Rum founded Bartender Appreciation Day in 2011 to honor hard-working bartenders everywhere.

    Bartender FAQ

    Q. Do bartenders have to be licensed?
    A. In the United States, bartenders do not have to be licensed to work as a bartender. However, many states offer programs that ensure compliance with state and local laws. Some of these programs are mandatory depending on the state. These programs offer certificates to both the bartender and servers.

    Q. Do bartenders go to school to learn their craft?
    A. Some bartenders do attend a bartending school to learn the trade, technique, recipes, and familiarize themselves with the law.

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    On December 1st, National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste.


    An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production coming from the USA, apples are widely available.

    When it comes to a difference in health benefits between red and green apples, it’s a close call. Both have their advantages. Green apples beat the red apple slightly in fiber content. They also have less sugar and carbohydrates. However, red apples tend to taste better eaten fresh. They’re already naturally sweet and don’t require added sugar. The red apple slightly edges out the green in antioxidants. 

    Most green apples are reserved for baking and preserves. Since most green apples are tart, the added sugar in recipes brings about a better flavor for eating. 


    There are so many ways to celebrate National Eat a Red Apple Day. 

    Sink your teeth into a delicious and juicy red apple. This time of year, apples of all kinds are plentiful. Pick up several kinds and give a few to friends to enjoy, too. Create fruit baskets to give as gifts. Do you have a collection of apple recipes? They’re usually full of delicious spices that fill our homes with warm, welcoming aromas. Apples also make great snacks with a slice of cheddar cheese or with a small cup of yogurt, too.

    Dried apple slices smeared with peanut butter and dipped in birdseed make excellent treats for the birds. Pierce to make a hole and thread with twine. Hang it from a tree branch. Your neighborhood birds will thank you. 

    However you enjoy, share using #NationalEatARedAppleDay to post on social media.

    Do you have a bumper crop of red (or any color) apples? Read 5 Great Ways To Enjoy Apples for great tips to help you eat them all year long!


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

    Apple FAQ

    Q. Can I use any kind of apple for baking?
    A. Apple varieties vary based on color, size, aroma, texture, sweetness, and crispness. They are also divided into three major categories: cider, cooking, and dessert. The best apples for baking into pies and desserts are the cooking apples. I know that seems confusing, but dessert apples are usually consumed raw because they are the perfect sweetness to enjoy on their own or in a salad or other fresh dessert. Cider apples are used to make beverages. Their bitter flavor usually makes us pucker if eaten raw, but they are perfect for making cider.

    Q. What colors do apples come in?
    A. Nature supplies us with apples that are red, green, yellow, white, and striped. The striped varieties are those that come in streaked combinations of red, green, or yellow.


  • FAUX FUR FRIDAY – First Friday in December


    Faux Fur Friday, observed on the first Friday in December, provides a stylish way to wear and buy faux fur.


    Also known as fake fur, the textile made its debut in 1929. Initially made from alpaca wool, faux fur increased in quality as synthetic fibers became available. The fibers not only allowed for more variety and texture, but they also provided warmth. While the neo fur didn’t breath as well as animal fur, nor did it insulate as well, it lasted longer. Animal fur required refrigeration to avoid degrading. 

    Whether you call it fake, imitation or simulated, faux fur has found a place in fashion. Designers use it as an accent on clothing. They also create decor and entire ensembles. Faux fur comes in every color imaginable, too. 


    Throw a faux fur style show or shop for a faux fur deal. Wrap yourself in a soft, furry throw or poncho. Add some faux fur to a denim jacket or jazz up pillow in your room. Share your faux fur secrets and use #FauxFurFriday to post on social media.


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  • WORLD AIDS DAY – December 1


    Every year, World AIDS Day is held on December 1st to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to mourn those who have died from the disease.


    According to the most recent statistics, nearly 38 million people around the world are living with HIV. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981. Since that time, 75 million people have become infected with HIV. Tens of millions of people have died of AIDS-related causes.

    Much has been done, especially in the last few decades, to address the AIDS epidemic. While there is still no cure, significant progress has been made. The number of newly infected people has declined. The number of AIDS-related deaths has gone down. Additionally, the number of people receiving effective treatment has increased.

    The first HIV treatment was introduced in 1987. Since then, numerous drugs have been developed to treat HIV. There are also drugs available that reduce the risk of contracting HIV through needles or sexual activity. Available treatment and early detection have helped to increase the life expectancy of those infected with HIV/AIDS. In 1996, the life-expectancy of a 20-year old with HIV was 39 years. Today, life expectancy is 78 years.


    To celebrate this day, hundreds of events are held across the world. Many health care clinics have free STD and HIV testing. Other events include film screenings, a memorial AIDS quilt tour, health and wellness fairs, candlelight vigils, and awareness seminars.

    To participate:

    Attend an event in your community
    Wear a red ribbon to spread awareness
    Watch movies about HIV including Philadelphia, The Lazarus Effect, and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
    Get tested for HIV and encourage your loved ones to do the same
    Talk to your children about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it
    Donate to a nonprofit that works to educate and support those living with HIV
    If you have been affected by AIDS, share your story on social media. Be sure to share it with #WorldAIDSDay


    Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The day was conceived by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter. The two of them were public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS. Dr. Jonathan Mann, director of the organization approved the concept. Bunn proposed the date of December 1st. He felt this date would receive maximum news coverage by the western news media. The date follows U.S. elections but precedes the Christmas holiday. The White House marks World AIDS day by displaying a 28-foot red ribbon on the building’s North Portico. The ribbon symbolizes the commitment of the United States to combat the world AIDS epidemic through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

    Recent themes for World Aids Day have included:

    2019 – Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community
    2018 – Know Your Status
    2017 – Right to Health
    2016 – Leadership. Commitment. Impact.
    2015 – The Time to Act is Now

  • ROSA PARKS DAY – December 1


    Rosa Parks Day honors an American Civil Rights hero twice a year on February 4th or December 1st. The holiday recognizes the civil rights leader Rosa Parks.


    On December 1, 1955, after a long Thursday at work, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the ‘colored’ section. As she rode the Cleveland Avenue bus home, the bus began to fill.

    The Montgomery city ordinance allowed bus drivers to assign seating. However, it did not permit them to demand passengers give up their seats. Despite this, bus drivers customarily required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when public transportation became full.

    When the bus driver asked Parks to give up her seat, she refused. Police arrested her, and what followed is Civil Rights history. On December 5, 1955, the courts found Parks guilty of violating the city ordinance and fined her $10 plus a court fee.

    African American leaders, including E.D. Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the date of Rosa Park’s trial. The boycott succeeded and lasted several months, devastating the transportation system in Montgomery.


    Learn more about Rosa Parks, her experiences on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and her role in the Civil Rights movement. Discover how the Montgomery Bus Boycott affected the bussing system. Several books and films offer insight to this day in history and the Civil Rights movement to follow. 

    • Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation by Gregory J. Reed and Rosa Parks
    • Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks
    • She Would Not Be Moved by Herbert R. Kohl
    • Boycott (2001)
    • Selma (2014)

    You can also visit the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University. Use #RosaParksDay to post on social media.


    The California State Legislature created Rosa Parks Day and first celebrated February 4, 2000. California chose to recognize the date of Rosa Park’s birth. Ohio and Oregon celebrate on the date of her arrest, December 1.

    Rosa Parks FAQ

    Q. Was Rosa Parks active in the Civil Rights movement before she refused to give up her seat?
    A. Yes. She and her husband Raymond Parks were both active in the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP.

    Q. What was Rosa Parks’ job at the time of her arrest?
    A. Rosa Parks worked as a seamstress at a department store.

    Q. Were other riders asked to give up their seats on that day in 1955?
    A. Yes. The driver asked a total of four passengers to give up their seats. Rosa Parks was the only one who refused to give up her seat.

    Q. How long did the Montgomery bus boycott last?
    A. African American leaders, including E.D. Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the day of Park’s trial. The boycott lasted 381 days and successfully ended with the Montgomery buses being integrated.


  • DAY WITHOUT ART – December 1


    Day Without Art on December 1st coincides with World AIDS Day and was started by a committee with the Visual AIDS organization in response to the AIDS crisis.  


    An International Day of Action and Mourning in Response to the AIDS Crisis

    The day of mourning recognizes the lives lost to AIDS. The moving visual demonstration of life without art symbolizes the vibrant beauty AIDS takes away from us all. Museums, organizations, galleries, and artists across the country participate in the event. They cover their pieces, shutter their doors, and honor the lives we miss due to AIDS. 

    Throughout the day, organizations will promote awareness, prevention, testing, treatments, and research. Candlelight vigils will keep the memory of friends and family. 


    Learn more about the movement. Join in raising awareness and educating the public about HIV and AIDS. Use #DayWithoutArt to post on social media.


    Visual AIDS launched Day Without Art on December 1, 1989, as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Visual AIDS has initiated numerous projects to provide awareness and education regarding the prevention of AIDS, care for those who suffer, and to celebrate the lives and achievements of those who have been lost to AIDS.



    Each year on December 1st, Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day encourages you to free yourself from blurry images. 


    Freedom comes in the form of an eye exam. Getting your eyes checked is essential to routine eye care. Whether or not you need bifocals, our vision changes over time. Regular eye care includes more than getting glasses, too. Eye care contributes to our overall health. Deteriorating vision can be an early indicator of other health issues. Getting vision exams on a regular schedule helps doctors to identify problems in their early stages.

    Routine Tests
    • Visual Acuity – You are probably most familiar with this test. Your cover one eye and read the letters on the wall from a distance. The letters gradually decrease in size the lower you go down the chart.
    • Retinoscopy – The optometrist uses a machine called a phoropter. It looks a little steam-punkish with all its moving parts, but your optometrist will drop a variety of lenses in front of your eyes to determine your optimal prescription.
    • Refraction Test – Using the phoropter again, the optometrist tests pairs of lenses. This test will determine if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
    • Keratometry Test – The optometrist will measure the shape and curve of your cornea.
    • Peripheral Visual Test – Our peripheral vision is what we see on either side when looking forward (central vision). Humans generally have low peripheral vision. It helps us detect movement and offers visual cues to our surroundings. This exam tests how much peripheral vision we have. A narrowing of our peripheral vision may be an indication of injury or disease.
    • Intraocular Pressure Measurement – The optometrist will send a puff of air into your open eye. The machine will measure the pressure, your eye’s resistance, to the puff of air.

    The day also encourages other ways to care for your eyes. For example, step away from the computer and give your eyes a break. Too much computer time tires our eyes. Make sure your settings aren’t too bright. Eliminate glare coming from a window or other light source by adjusting your screen. Adjusting font settings on your computer can also reduce strain.


    Get an eye exam and see clearer. Find a vision provider near you here. If you use a computer throughout the day, be sure to incorporate breaks to give your eyes a rest. Your eyes will thank you. 

    Use #BifocalsAtTheMonitorLiberationDay to post on social media.


    Thomas and Ruth Roy at created Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day.

    December 1st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line as the company begins manufacturing the Model T.


    Rosa Parks’ refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. Parks was arrested and civil rights leaders held a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama that lasted 381 days.


    Starring Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold, the comedy Beverly Hills Cop directed by Martin Brest premieres in Los Angeles.


    A rare alignment of eight planets in our solar system took place beginning on December 1st until December 8th. The planets Pluto, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn lined up for viewing. While most of the planets can be seen with the naked eye, to see them all, a telescope was necessary.

    December 1st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Black Elk – 1863

    A member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, Black Elk witnessed the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He was a respected medicine man and was wounded during the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

    Rex Stout – 1886

    The mystery writer created two memorable characters – detective Nero Wolfe and assistant Archie Goodwin. The mysteries have been turned into television series several times, too.

    Woody Allen – 1935

    The award-winning director, writer, and comedian is known for his high-class, self-deprecating, honest humor. Some of his films include Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Irrational Man.

    Jerry Lawson – 1940

    In the 1970s, the engineer worked for Fairchild Industries, Inc. He was a pioneer developing gaming cartridges and in 1976 the company introduced the product Lawson played a key role in developing – Fairchild Channel F. The cartridges led to versatile gaming console technology with broader concepts.