Category: February 20

  • NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DAY – February 20

    NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DAY

    National Leadership Day is set aside to acknowledge the power of leadership. Every year, on February 20th, we recognize the impact that leaders make in people’s lives as they seek to develop themselves and others.

    When you think about it, in every relationship, one person influences another, whether a parent or child, spouse or friend, student or teacher, employer or employee. In our everyday interactions with one another, someone is leading or influencing the other to do something or become something. This means that anyone can be a leader, whether you have a title or not.

    Over 50 years ago, John C. Maxwell defined leadership as this: “Leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.”

    When we talk about leadership, we know that leadership is about growth – for yourself, your relationships, your productivity, and your people. To lead well, you must embrace your need for continual improvement so that you can be the best leader you can be.

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    The observance aims to empower people to help others and be change agents and difference makers in someone’s life. This is the opportunity we have on National Leadership Day: To show people what it means to be a good leader and inspire them to be a positive force of change in another person’s life.

    HOW TO OBSERVE – #NationalLeadershipDay

    “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell

    National Leadership Day is your opportunity to celebrate the value and contributions of positive leadership around you. Share your leadership stories and recognize the leaders in your life.

    • Recognize a leader within your company, community, or home by telling them you value them as a leader. Share a story about them on social media and tag your post with #NationalLeadershipDay.
    • Share your favorite leadership quote or book on social media. Tag your post with #NationalLeadershipDay.
    • Commit to reading (or re-reading) at least one leadership development book or take a course to sharpen your leadership skills this year.
    • Connect with those you lead and share a leadership lesson or value and allow them to share their takeaways.
    • Visit the John Maxwell website (www.johnmaxwell.com) for leadership development books, podcasts, speakers, and more!

    Remember to use #NationalLeadershipDay on social media so we can connect with and share your stories.

    RECOGNIZING THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP

    “In a time when the world is desperate for good leadership, we are incredibly excited to be the catalysts behind National Leadership Day – the day that will inspire people to become more effective leaders. From now on, we will see February 20, which is also our Founder’s, John C. Maxwell’s birthday, as an opportunity for the Maxwell Leadership Enterprise to ignite, engage and equip people to lead well. Our mission is simple: To add value to people who multiply value to others; and our time is now!”

    Mark Cole, CEO Maxwell Leadership Enterprise

    NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DAY HISTORY

    The Maxwell Leadership Enterprise founded National Leadership Day in 2021 to recognize what it means to be a good leader. Everyone can lead, regardless of their title or position. Once you realize the impact of your influence, you will see that you can make a difference right where you are. That is the power of leadership!

    The inaugural National Leadership Day in 2022 also commemorates John C. Maxwell’s 75th birthday on February 20th. Considered the foremost authority on leadership, when others were writing about management, Maxwell began to define leadership, pointing out the difference between managing (position/process-focused) and leading (people-focused). Over 90 books, millions of trained leaders, and tens of millions of readers, subscribers, and followers later, Maxwell has received many awards for leadership from Forbes, Inc 500, and many other organizations. He also received a Horatio Alger award for his contribution to service.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Leadership Day in 2022 to be observed annually.

    About The Maxwell Leadership Enterprise

    Carrying out the transformational leadership legacy of John C. Maxwell, the Maxwell Leadership enterprise’s mission is to add value to people so they can multiply value to others. Through leadership development programs and resources, our goal is to help people to increase their impact and influence by equipping them to become better leaders.

     

  • NATIONAL COMFY DAY – February 20

    NATIONAL COMFY DAY

    On National Comfy Day, February 20th, allow yourself to get comfortable and relax! It’s time to get cozy in your favorite place and take a break from the daily grind.

    The word “comfy,” which is short for “comfortable,” is used to describe places and activities that put us at peace. Ultimately, what binds us all is the need to be at ease. Some people are pulled to a certain blanket. Some people think of a relaxing vacation. Our furry friends or a special hoodie can also contribute to our sense of well-being. The level of comfort rises even further when you add in some relaxing music and delivery of food.

    The goal of National Comfy Day is to help people find their ideal level of comfort and to revel in it!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalComfyDay

    Live the comfy life! Giving and receiving comfortable gifts, as well as dressing comfy, are all part of this. Everyone, friends, and family, should be comfy from head to toe! Now, show us how you’re celebrating National Comfy Day with #NationalComfyDay on social media!

    Check out these 9 Ways to Create a Comfy Home.

    NATIONAL COMFY DAY HISTORY

    The Comfy Bros” founded National Comfy Day to be celebrated on February 20th, the day The Comfy was invented! Their story starts back in 2017 when Michael and Brian Speciale transformed the way the world stays warm by inventing the world’s first true wearable blanket. Just a month after forming their company, The ‘Comfy Bros’ were invited to make their pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank. With only a prototype in hand, they closed a deal with Barbara Corcoran, and The Comfy went on to become the third most successful product ever to launch on Shark Tank.

    Today, The Comfy has expanded to a range of products designed to wrap everyone in a giant, warm hug. The Comfy Bros remain true in their mission to bring happiness to all and give back through their Comfy Cares program. The Comfy is available in over 100 countries, has made millions of customers happy, has over 30,000 5-star reviews, and has press coverage ranging from Good Morning America to USA Today to the Today Show! So take our advice, get Comfy this National Comfy Day!

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Comfy Day to be observed on February 20, 2021.

     

  • NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY – February 20

    NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY

    On February 20th, National Muffin Day serves up a delicious celebration packed with flavor and options, too!

    Bakeries offer these single-serving quick breads in several sizes. From mini bite-sized muffins and jumbo ones to the favored muffin tops, they also offer a varied nutritional value. Depending on the ingredients, a muffin can be high in fat and calories. However, substituting whole grains, changing a few other ingredients, and limiting the serving size can increase the nutritional quality of a muffin.

    Baking with fresh fruits and berries brings a brightness to muffins. It also keeps them from becoming dry as they bake. One of America’s favorite muffins is the blueberry muffin. Another way to add flavor and texture is by mixing in nuts and oats. Bakers often have bits of chocolate and bananas that need to be used. Mixing them into the muffin batter will keep your muffin eaters happy in the morning, too!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMuffinDay

    • Bake up a batch of your favorite muffins.
    • Share your favorite muffin recipes.
    • Try a new muffin recipe like one of these:
    • Running short on time? Stop by your favorite bakery and pick up a half dozen to share.
    • Be sure to give a shout-out to the baker to let them know how much you appreciate their service.
    • And use #NationalMuffinDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY HISTORY

    We will continue to research this delicious national food holiday. Until then, we’ll put another batch in the oven and see what cooks up!

    Muffin FAQ

    Q. Why are my muffins tough?
    A. Tough muffins are sometimes the result of an over-mixed batter. You want to mix the batter until the ingredients are just incorporated. It may be slightly lumpy, but that’s ok.

    Q. Why are my muffins flat?
    A. One important part of muffin making – baking actually – is how you mix your ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients together first. This evenly distributes the dry ingredients, especially seasonings and leavening agents (the ingredients that make the muffin rise). Mix your wet ingredients and then combine the two mixes together. Another reason your muffins are flat may be due to an expired leavening agent. Whether you use baking soda, baking powder, or yeast, they can lose their potency and fail to rise to the occasion.

    Q. Does it matter what kind of muffin I make for the holiday?
    A. No. It doesn’t matter what kind of muffin you make. In fact, the staff at National Day Calendar will eat just about any muffin you bring by! We’re great taste-testers!

    February 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1792

    President George Washington signs the Postal Service Act formally creating the United States Postal Service. Before the 1792 act, temporary measures created by the Continental Congress established a postal service and postmaster general to oversee the system. The first person appointed to the role in 1775 was Benjamin Franklin.

    1872

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened to the public. Founded by Eastman Johnson, John Taylor Johnston, Howard Potter, and George Palmer Putnam, the museum is the largest art museum in the United States.

    1943

    Chicago Cubs owner, Philip Wrigley, his attorney Paul V. Harper and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey established the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Racine Belles, South Bend Blue Sox, Kenosha Comets, and Rockford Peaches competed during the 1943 season.

    1962

    Aboard the Friendship7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth

    February 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Enzo Ferrari – 1898

    In 1929, Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari, racing division. He would also be known for the Ferrari automobile marque.

    Ansel Adams – 1902

    The American landscape photographer and environmentalist became immensely influential in the preservation of the western American wilderness. He also made extensive contributions to the world of landscape photography that are still felt today.

    Ruthe Deskin – 1916

    The one-time president of the Las Vegas Press Club, Ruthe Deskin’s journalism career included radio and print. She also founded local youth programs.

    Carl Stotz – 1920

    In 1939, Stotz established Little League Baseball and invited the community of Williamsport, PA, to support the organization with managers, uniforms, and places for the young players to compete.

    Robert Altman – 1925

    The award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer is best-known for films such as M*A*S*H, Gosford Park, Popeye, and Prairie Home Companion.

    Sidney Poitier – 1927

    In 1964, Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field, becoming the first African American to win the award. The dramatic actor is also known for the films A Raisin in the Sun, In the Heat of the Night, and To Sir, With Love, just to name a few.

    Buffy Sainte Marie – 1941

    In 1983, the singer-songwriter and activist won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Up Where We Belong” from the film An Officer and a Gentleman.

    Charles Barkley – 1963

    During his 16 years in the National Basketball Association, the power forward played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. Following his athletic career, Sir Charles became an NBA analyst.

    Notable Mentions

    Benjamin T. Epps – 1888
    Karl Albrecht – 1920
    Patty Hearst Shaw – 1954
    Cindy Crawford – 1966

  • NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY – February 20

    NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY

    On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This holiday focuses on giving extra attention to our pets. The day encourages pampering our pets and focusing on the special relationship pets hold in our lives.

    Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.  There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish, or rats. Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure. So on February 20th (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoveYourPetDay

    • Bring your pet a special treat.
    • Take your pet for an extra-long walk.
    • Give them your undivided attention.
    • Check that their vaccines are up to date.
    • Watch a pet video with them full of cats, dogs, and other critters. 
    • Give them a few extra strokes with the brush while grooming. 
    • Practice their favorite commands – sit, shake, rollover. 
    • Play their favorite game or bring out their best toy.
    • Inspect their toys to make sure they’re in good shape. Throw out any broken toys. 
    • Wash their bedding, even if it’s not their laundry day. Let them fluff it up just the way they like it.
    • Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets! Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pet-friendly day. While we do, we don’t mind if we snuggle an extra minute with our furry friends, too!

    Love Your Pets FAQ

    Q. I don’t have a pet. Can I celebrate the day?
    A. Yes. You might not have pets, but you might be a pet lover. Visit a shelter or ask a friend if you can spend time with their pets. 

    Q. My pets are stuffed animals like Teddy bears and dolphins. Is it ok if I love those pets today?
    A. Yes. Show them some love. Re-organize them. Get them a new wardrobe. Have a tea party. 

    Q. Do all pets like to snuggle?
    A. It depends on the pet. Even as snuggly as a cat may seem, many of them do not like to snuggle. And while that boa constrictor seems awfully friendly, we wouldn’t mistake his attitude as snuggle-friendly. 

  • NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY – February 20

    NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

    Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

    It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree. Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.    

    According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

    In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish.” Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryPieDay

    • Visit your local bakery and give them a shout-out.
    • Bake your favorite cherry pie at home.
    • Teach someone to bake a cherry pie.
    • Invite friends and family to enjoy a slice of cherry pie with you.
    • Read Celebration Spotlight’s interview with Kisha Lesane.
    • And don’t forget to share your deals and creations with us! We love to see how you celebrate! Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY HISTORY

    Pull up a chair and have a slice of cherry pie with us while we continue to research the origins of this pie celebrating day.

    Cherry Pie FAQ

    Q. Which is more popular, apple or cherry pie?
    A. According to a poll by National Day Calendar, apple pie is more popular than cherry pie.

    Q. Can I use fresh or canned cherries to make cherry pie?
    A. Either one can be used to make cherry pie. Canned cherries are always in season and are convenient. Fresh cherries, while more work, bring a fresh flavor to the pie.

    Q. How many calories are in one slice of cherry pie?
    A. One slice of cherry pie contains approximately 486 calories.

  • PRESIDENTS DAY – Third Monday in February

    PRESIDENTS DAY

    On the third Monday in February, the United States celebrates the federal holiday known as Presidents Day. The day takes place during the birth month of the country’s two most prominent presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While the day once only honored President George Washington on his birthday, February 22nd, the day now never lands on a single president’s birthday. 

    Across the country, most Americans know the day as Presidents Day. More and more of the population celebrates the day to honor all of the past United States Presidents who have served the country. Throughout the country, organizations and communities celebrate the day with public ceremonies. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PresidentsDay

    • Some businesses close for the day, including banks and federal buildings, so make a note.
    • Celebrate your favorite U.S. president.
    • Watch a documentary about the POTUS. For example, The Presidents by the History Channel.
    • See if you can name all the presidents in order.
    • Challenge yourself to some presidential trivia:
    1. Who are the three presidents who served in 1841?
    2. Forty years later, this same phenomenon occurred again in 1881. Name the three presidents who served that year.
    3. Name the three presidents who died on July 4th.
    4. Who were the four presidents who were assassinated while in office?
    • Use #PresidentsDay to post on social media.

    PRESIDENTS DAY HISTORY

    The origin of Presidents Day lay in the 1880s when the birthday of George Washington was celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill. The bill moved several federal holidays to Mondays creating three-day weekends. During the debate on the bill, one proposal suggested George Washington’s birthday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Washington’s birthday is February 22nd and Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th. Although Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change.

    Despite the rejection, soon after the bill went into effect in 1971, and the observance of Washington’s birthday shifted to the third Monday in February, gradually Presidents Day became the commonly accepted name. Over time, the observance came to be known to many as a day to honor both Washington and Lincoln. However, today another shift has occurred and many see the day as a celebration of all the U.S. Presidents.

    Answers

    1. Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler
    2. Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur.
    3. John Adams, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson.
    4. Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, John F. Kennedy
    Presidents FAQ

    Q. How often are U.S. presidential elections held?
    A. Every four years. The next presidential election will be held in 2024.

    Q. When do U.S. presidents take the oath of office?
    A. The 20th Amendment of the United States Constitution states that the term of each U.S. President begins at noon on January 20th following the election. The oath of office is taken during the inauguration on that day.

    Q. When did George Washington take his oat of office?
    A. The United State’s first president, George Washington, took his oath of office on April 30, 1789, at the federal hall in New York City.