Category: February 13

  • GALENTINE’S DAY – February 13

    GALENTINE’S DAY

    On February 13th, Galentine’s Day brings women together to celebrate each other every year the day before Valentine’s day.

    Women all have that one friend who cheers on her female companions. She is their best supporter, listener, and companion. No matter what, she has your back. She’s the lady who celebrates ladies. This day is the kind of day a woman like that would throw a party, and she should.

    The festivities include women of all walks of life, kicking back, and enjoying being women! The day celebrates successes and overcoming failures and brings women, ladies, and girls together for a good old-fashioned session to drink, eat, talk, and celebrate each other.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GalentinesDay

    • Host a Galentine’s Day party.
    • Create special Galentine’s recipes, cocktails and mocktails.
    • Have a Galentine’s dance party.
    • Give each other a pep talk, TED talk or venting session.
    • Do makeovers.
    • Get dressed up and go out for the night.
    • Book a cruise and take off for the weekend.
    • But be sure to use #GalentinesDay to share it all on social media.

    GALENTINE’S DAY HISTORY

    In 2010, during the sixth season (2010) of the comedy Parks and Recreation, character Leslie (Amy Poehler) throws an annual Galentine’s Day party for her girlfriends (ep107 “Galentine’s Day”). Gradually, the idea of Galentine’s Day parties has taken off. By 2017, several national businesses began promoting the celebration, and it began to trend.

    Galentine’s FAQ

    Q. Can businesses celebrate the day?
    A. They sure can! Some businesses offer several deals.

    Q. Can I create a theme for the day?
    A. Yes. Some ideas might include:

    • Wear anything but pink.
    • Costume party dressing up like your favorite woman from history.
    • Recipe swap.
    • Movie night.

     

  • NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY – February 13

    NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY

    National Cheddar Day adds some cheesy goodness on February 13th!

    Grilled cheese would be buttered bread without melt-able slices piled high; burgers would be lackluster without a perfect ooze; mac & cheese would just be…mac, to be frank. So many of our iconic American dishes simply wouldn’t be the same without a slice of cheddar’s deliciousness.

    CHEDDAR HISTORY

    There’s some history to this love of cheddar as well. How exactly did cheddar become a staple in so many of our favorite foods? Let us tell you!

    Cheddar first rolled into being in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, England in the 12th century. While cheddar accounts for more than a third of all the cheese sold in the United States, it is a royal hit in the United Kingdom where it was created. In fact, more than half of the cheese sales in the UK go to cheddar.

    In 1894, renowned cheesemaker Peter McIntosh brought his cheese-making skills to Tillamook County, Oregon where it rains a lot and the grass was always green. He taught the locals all he knew, and in due time he earned himself the nickname “Cheese King of the Coast.” Today, there are more cows than people in Tillamook, and those local farmers have since formed the farmer-owned cooperative we know today as the Tillamook County Creamery Association.

    No wonder cheddar finds its way into so many recipes or a simple snack. That rich, creamy and sometimes crumbly flavor is what keeps us coming back for more, bite after delicious bite.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheddarDay

    • Hashtag it! Show the world just how much you love cheddar by sharing your favorite creation with #NationalCheddarDay on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
    • Celebrate with others by hosting your own National Cheddar Day party.
    • Share your favorite cheddar recipes.
    • Bring friends and family together for a wine and cheese night, impromptu fondue, or a grilled cheese cook-off, whatever your favorite cheesy recipe, there are tons to choose from here.
    • Finally, if you’re local to Tillamook or traveling to the Pacific Northwest, add the Tillamook Creamery as a destination to see just how cheddar is made; sampling a thing or two as well. Today, nearly one million visitors make the trip to the Creamery each year! That’s a whole lotta chedda.

    NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY HISTORY

    After over a century spent perfecting its award-winning cheddar recipe, Tillamook founded National Cheddar Day on February 13, 2019, to celebrate its 110th birthday and share a passion for cheddar with cheese-lovers nationwide, giving cheddar a day to shine on its own.

    Founded on the coast of Oregon this farmer-owned cooperative continues to produce the most consistent, best tasting, high-quality dairy products made the most natural way possible. Guided by its values and the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook has earned top awards for their cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter, and yogurt products made the Tillamook Way. Committed to unwavering values that never sacrifice quality for profit, Tillamook is excited to share National Cheddar Day with cheddar lovers everywhere for years to come.

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Cheddar Day to be observed every February 13th.

    Cheddar FAQ

    Q. How many varieties of cheddar cheese are there?
    A. Basic cheddar cheeses are extra sharp, sharp, and mild ranging from a real tangy bite to a mild smooth flavor. However, herbs and spices can be added to cheddar for even more flavor!

    Q. Is cheddar a good slicing cheese?
    A. Yes! Unlike softer cheeses, cheddar slices very easily. It’s also a great melting cheese.

    Q. Does cheddar cheese go well on pizza?
    A. Mmmm…yes! Even though mozzarella is more common on pizza, cheddar is another delicious cheese option.

  • NATIONAL FOOTBALL HANGOVER DAY – The Day After the Big Game

    NATIONAL FOOTBALL HANGOVER DAY

    Each year on the day after the big game, National Football Hangover Day offers a bit of comfort and camaraderie.

    The Event

    Every year since 1967, football fans across the country have participated in the most-watched football event in America. This day is one where sports fans gather together to celebrate, place friendly wagers, and indulge in food and drink, some in more excess than others. It’s estimated nearly 14 million people call into work “sick” the day after the big game. If this applies to you, congratulations! You officially join millions of other fans nursing a massive football hangover and headache!

    Whether you stayed up to celebrate your team’s big win or stayed up mourning your team’s loss, you likely have a hangover. A food coma and a tummy ache are also possible. Or, maybe you drank a little too much of that barley beverage, and your head is pounding. Whatever the excuse, you are clearly able to celebrate National Football Hangover Day like last night’s football champions! Unfortunately, you probably won’t get a ring or an award for your efforts. However, you might get recognition from your employer for being one of the biggest fibbers on the payroll.

    The Hangover

    Treating a hangover is debatable. Some people claim to have the “almighty cure” for a hangover, while others say nursing a hangover slowly is the best cure. Hangover symptoms vary from person to person but always include headache, nausea, fatigue, and often thirst. Normally, a hangover is self-treatable and requires no medical attention. A severe hangover could be serious and indicate alcohol poisoning, requiring emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. Mayo Clinic suggests staying hydrated by drinking water will help minimize a hangover. They also suggest avoiding drinking on an empty stomach because alcohol is absorbed into the body at a rapid pace.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FootballHangoverDay

    • As difficult as your headache and nausea might be today, we insist on helping you find a way to celebrate National Football Hangover Day like a football champion! The Hair of the Dog seems to be the cure for a hangover, and depending on where you live, the recipe varies. We found adding common ingredients like tomato or clamato juice, a raw egg, a dash of Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and vodka to a blender and mixing well, then drinking, will lead you in the right direction for recovery!
    • Share your favorite recovery recipes.
    • Get ready for next season. Who will be your pick to win next year? Will you cheer on another team or stay loyal as ever?
    • Share your hangover experience on social media using  #FootballHangoverDay.
    • (Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.)

    NATIONAL FOOTBALL HANGOVER DAY HISTORY

    National Football Hangover Day was submitted by ESPN host and sports personality Katie Nolan, Always Late with Katie Nolan, in January 2019. Katie wanted to give back to sports fans by devoting an entire day to recovering the day after the big game day celebrations the night before. She wanted to give special recognition and honor those fans who have spent the entire football season shedding tears and toasting cheers for their favorite football team.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar®  proclaimed the day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2019.

    Football Hangover FAQ

    Q. Can anyone celebrate Football Hangover Day?
    A. Yes. For some, it’s not about a physical recovery but more about the end of the season.

    Q. My team isn’t in the big game. Does this day apply to me?
    A. Only 2 of 32 teams make it to the big game. If only those fans celebrated, football wouldn’t be a very popular sport. It’s about the love of the game. Many cheer on their team’s division or go for the underdog. Either way, after a long season, this day gives fans an opportunity to reset for the next season.

  • SAFER INTERNET DAY U.S. – Changes Annually

    SAFER INTERNET DAY U.S.

    Every year, Safer Internet Day brings tools, education, and awareness to create a safer internet for both kids and adults. From cyberbullying and identity theft to fraud and human trafficking, the internet can be a frightening place. Safer Internet Day and ConnectSafely.org aim to make the internet a better place.

    The day brings organizations and individuals together with the common goal of reaching as many internet users as possible and provide them with the tools and resources to keep them safe. Every day, we all face the potential of becoming a victim of internet crimes. However, there are ways to protect ourselves and to teach our children how to correctly use the internet, too.

    We use the internet to keep our families closer together. Schools use the internet to connect students to tools and resources. Thanks to the internet, libraries are able to share books all over the country creating a larger virtual library. Users bank, visit their physician, order medication, and shop all from the comfort of their mobile devices.

    Each interaction is expected to be respectful and positive. However, sometimes, we’re careless. Either we leave our device at risk or the communication leaves a negative reaction behind. As a world community, we can develop ways to make the internet a safer place to experience.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SaferInternetDay

    • Talk to your children about using the internet safely.
    • Speak up about cyberbullying.
    • Start a conversation about safer internet approaches.
    • Attend an event about improving the safety of the online world.
    • Be a part of the campaign in your school, organization, business, or home.
    • Contact policymakers and urge them to be a part of the solution.
    • Visit SaferInternetDayUS.org for information on making the internet safer and to join others in the effort.
    • Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to incorporate into your classroom.
    • Join the conversation by using #SaferInternetDay on social media.

    SAFER INTERNET DAY HISTORY

    In the United States, the Safer Internet Day U.S. campaign began in 2013.  It is celebrated around the world in 100 countries and is a growing collaboration between U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission as well as support from Ask.fm, Comcast NBC Universal, Facebook, Google, LifeLock, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Symantec, Trend Micro, Twitter, and Yahoo. For more information visit SaferInternetDayUS.org or ConnectSafely.org.

  • NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY – February 13

    NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY

    Pasta lovers will enjoy a traditional stuffed pasta during National Tortellini Day on February 13th!  

    Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna, where they claim to have created this stuffed pasta packed with flavor. Ravioli, tortellini, and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pasta. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat, and Parmesan cheese.

    Members of an organization called The Learned Order of the Tortellini in the city of Bologna wear special hats to their meetings that are red and gold and shaped like tortellini. They also wear a ribbon, around their neck that has a gold tortellini hanging on it. The Learned Order of the Tortellini has a large membership dedicated to the preservation of the traditional tortellini.

    There are many ways to prepare a tortellini dish.  You may want to top it with a cheese sauce, cream sauce, pesto or tomato sauce, or follow one of the thousands of cooking blogs available for a great tortellini recipe.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTortelliniDay

    • Find a recipe and try making some homemade tortellini!
    • Order tortellini from your favorite restaurant. Remember to give them a shout-out, too!
    • Try making fresh tortellini.
    • Share your favorite recipes.
    • Invite friends and family over for a tortellini meal.
    • There are many different flavors of tortellini. Host a taste testing party with a variety of tortellini.
    • Use #NationalTortelliniDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this stuffed pasta day. 

    Tortellini FAQ

    Q. Can tortellini be frozen?
    A. Yes. Tortellini, like many other kinds of pasta, can be frozen. You can even purchase frozen tortellini.

    Q. What kinds of fillings can go in tortellini?
    A. Fillings range from cheeses, meats, seafood and vegetables. Try them all!

    Q. What kinds of sauces go well with tortellini?
    A. Butter, cream and tomato sauces all compliment tortellini.

    February 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1895

    The Lumiere brothers, Auguste and Charles-Antoine, patent their cinematograph. Their pioneering work led to the first public screening of a moving picture.

    1920

    The first National Negro League forms organizing teams of Black professional baseball players into one organization for the first time. Andrew “Rube” Foster, the owner of the American Giants, led the movement to form a league.

    1946

    The Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated the first electronic digital computer. Named the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (ENIC), it was created as part of a military project by John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert.

    2011

    For the first time in 100 years, tribal members of the Umatilla of Oregon return to Montana and Yellowstone National Park to hunt and harvest bison. Harvesting bison restores traditions from the Walla Walla, Cayuse, and Umatilla tribes guaranteed in an 1855 treaty.

    February 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Sarah Singleton Van Buren – 1818

    After the death of her mother-in-law, Sarah Van Buren stepped into the role of First Lady during Martin Van Buren’s presidency.

    Elizabeth Truman – 1885

    In 1945, Bess Truman became the 35th First Lady of the United States. She entered the White House in the final year of World War II and following the sudden death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – the beginning of his fourth term. Capable and sure, Mrs. Truman stepped into the role of President Harry Truman’s secretary.

    Patty Berg – 1918

    The American professional golfer helped found the Women’s Professional Golf Association in 1947. During her career, Berg won 15 major titles.

    Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1919

    The American gospel and country recording artist is best known for the songs “Sixteen Tons” and “Ballad of Davy Crockett.”

    Chuck Yeager – 1923

    The decorated American fighter pilot and test pilot broke the sound barrier in 1947 in the Bell X-1.

    Honorable Mentions

    Dorothy Bliss – 1916
    Leeann Chin – 1933
    Peter Gabriel – 1950

  • NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY – Second Monday in February

    NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY

    Observed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day promotes taking time out of your day to do some basic housekeeping on your computer.

    All computers need regular organizing and clean-up. This includes the removal of old files and clutter. We tend to save emails, documents, and photos on our hard drives when other media can store them for us. Often, we keep duplicates we don’t need. Old programs also create havoc, too. Makes sure you are using the latest versions of programs and operating systems, too. 

    Over time, files and programs that are unused on your PC clog the memory and cause confusion during retrieval and use of other data. They may also slow down your computer. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CleanOutYourComputerDay

    • Take a look at your files and programs on your computers.
    • If you work in an office, encourage your peers to do the same.
    • Share tips and tricks to efficient computer clean-up. 
    • Organize your files and folders.
    • Review your emails and delete any that are no longer needed.
    • Delete junk files.
    • Remove duplicate files.
    • Delete old files and programs not being used.
    • Update the programs you do use.
    • Use #CleanOutYourComputerDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY HISTORY

    In 2000, the Institute for Business Technology first promoted National Clean Out Your Computer Day.

    Clean Out Your Computer FAQ

    Q. Does this day apply to other digital devices such as phones and tablets?
    A. It certainly can. Since these devices usually have even less storage space than our computers, keeping them cleaned up also keeps them running smoothly.

    Q. I cleaned out my computer, but it still runs very slowly. What else can I do?
    A. Make sure your operating system is up to date. Scan your computer for viruses using your virus protection. If you don’t have virus protection, install virus protection.