Category: February 05

  • WORLD NUTELLA DAY – February 5


    World Nutella Day celebrates what happens when hazelnuts and chocolate collide. For example, millions of people celebrating on February 5th each year!


    It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Adding hazelnuts when cocoa is hard to come by may have been an Italian trick during hard times. In the 1800s, in the northern Italian city of Piedmont, they made a paste of chocolate and hazelnuts at a time when the nuts were abundant, but the cocoa was not.

    At the end of World War II, cocoa was once again difficult to come by. Pastry Maker, Pietro Ferrero, made loaves of this sweet paste and called it Giandujot. Soon after, the Ferrero Company was founded on May 14, 1946.

    It wasn’t until 1951 that Ferrero made the paste into a spreadable form. We wouldn’t even recognize the spread by name until 1964 when Ferrero’s son Michele gave the jar of creamy hazelnut and cocoa the name Nutella.


    Enjoy your favorite hazelnut spread. It’s that simple! Of course, we always suggest celebrating with a friend or family member. Celebrations are best when shared. Create a new recipe or try the one you’ve itching to try. Don’t have any? Well, we’ve found a few. And share your favorites while you’re testing and tasting, too!

    Use #WorldNutellaDay to share on social media.


    Sara Rosso founded World Nutella Day in 2007 in celebration of and a way to introduce her favorite spread to her friends. She first discovered Nutella while living in Italy as a food blogger. Read more about her discovery and creation of World Nutella Day at

    Hazelnuts FAQ

    Q. Where do hazelnuts grow?
    A. Hazelnuts are native to the eastern half of North America. Varieties of hazelnuts also grow in Europe and Asia.

    Q. What country produces the most hazelnuts each year?
    A. Turkey produces about 73 percent of the world’s hazelnuts.

    Q. What U.S. state produces the most hazelnuts?
    A. Oregon is the leading producer of hazelnuts in the United States.



    On National Shower with a Friend Day on February 5th is a tongue-in-cheek way of educating people about the benefits of filtered, chlorine-free water. 


    Winter is the coldest and loneliest season of the year. With dwindling daylight and Valentine’s Day at its heart, February can often leave people feeling dejected and somber. The day injects a bit of humor into the season while also serving to educate people on the benefits of showering in fresh, filtered water (and the effects of chlorine).

    Learn more about how chlorine is harmful to shower or bathe in or consume.


    Shower with filtered water. Learn more about the harmful effects of chlorine and how to filter it. Use #ShowerWithAFriendDay to post on social media.


    New Wave Enviro, a company located in Denver, Colorado, submitted the day in 2014.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2015 to be observed on February 5th, annually. 

    February 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks launch United Artists. These four extraordinary artists during the silent film era gave the movie industry notice. They were going to do things differently.


    Reader’s Digest publishes its first issue.


    The U.S. Patent Office issued the first U.S. patent for starting blocks to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa. The patent for a “Foot Support” under patent no. 1,701,026 was designed by the university coach, the invention was meant to provide a firm foothold on the running track and improve the athlete’s “get-away” at the start of a race.


    Dick Purcell stars in the premiere of the first installment of Captain America. The film is the first Marvel character to appear in theaters.

    February 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    John Jeffries – 1744

    As one of the first weather observers in the United States, Jeffries documented his daily weather observations. He also documented the first weather balloon observation in 1784.

    John Boyd Dunlop – 1837

    The inventor is most noted for developing the first commercially successful pneumatic tire.

    Hank Aaron – 1934

    The right fielder played 34 seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Milwaukee Braves/Brewers. He began his professional career in the Negro American League in 1951 before the Braves purchased his contract a few months later.

    Nolan Bushnell – 1943

    In 1972, Bushnell co-founded Atari, Inc. with Ted Dabney. The American businessman also founded Chuck E. Cheese in 1977.

    Mary Louise Cleave – 1947

    The NASA astronaut flew two missions including the 1989 STS-30 in which she deployed the Magellan Venus exploration spacecraft.

    Honorable Mentions

    John Carradine – 1906
    William S. Burroughs – 14
    Roger Staubach – 1942
    Barbara Hershey – 1948
    Laura Linney – 1964



    Always celebrated on February 5th, National Weatherperson’s Day (also known as National Weatherman’s Day) honors all individuals working in meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology. The day also recognizes volunteer storm spotters, observers, and others who work in the weather field.


    This annual holiday commemorates the birthday of John Jeffries, born on this day in 1744. Dr. Jeffries, a scientist and a surgeon, is considered one of America’s first weather observers. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816. Additionally, Jefferies pioneered the field of ballooning in the United States and took his first balloon observation in 1784.

    During this celebration, those honored work hard to accurately forecast and report the constantly changing and often unpredictable weather. Despite new technological advances, meteorologists face challenges in predicting the weather. Even with the most state-of-the-art technology, predicting “Mother Nature” and what path she may choose is a very daunting task.

    Knowing the weather forecast is valuable to us in so many ways. We often look at the forecast to plan our activities for the upcoming days. It affects what we do, how we dress, where we go, or even if we go at all.   Being prepared for impending storms, hurricanes or tornadoes saves lives.


    “The primary mission of the Weather Service (NWS) forecast office is to provide the American public with the best possible warning service to save lives. Recent severe weather statistics show that we continue to improve our capability to warn the public of impending hazardous weather.

    Nationally, lead time for flash flood warnings improved from 22 minutes in 1993 to 78 minutes in 2008. Accuracy over the same time period increased from 71 percent to 91 percent. Lead time for tornado warnings has increased from 6 minutes in 1993 to 13 minutes today. Tornado warning accuracy increased from 43 percent to 72 percent. Winter storm accuracy in 2008 was 89 percent with an average lead time of 17 hours. Since 1990, the Tropical Prediction Center’s 24 to 72-hour tropical storm forecast track errors have been reduced by more than 50%. These more accurate and longer lead time warnings help communities stay safe.”


    Thank your local weatherperson. It may be the person you turn to on the news to keep you up to date on the latest storms. Or, it may also be the storm spotters who report to the National Weather Service. Their warnings alert us to more imminent dangers. Weather changes often impact our lives and livelihoods, so their dedication is valuable. Consider how weather affects our daily lives and how much you appreciate an accurate forecast whenever possible. Share your experiences and give a shout-out to the weatherperson doing an outstanding job in your area!

    Use #WeatherpersonsDay to post on social media.


    The day commemorates the birth of Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers. The day has been celebrated for more than four decades.

    Weatherperson FAQ

    Q. What kind of education is required to be a weather forecaster?
    A. Most people who report the weather have a 4-year degree majoring in meteorology.

    Q. What else can be done with a meteorology degree?
    A. Meteorology degrees offer professions in a variety of fields including:

    • Research
    • Technology development
    • Teaching