Category: February 06



    Each year on National Chopsticks Day, people worldwide celebrate the humble and ancient utensils on February 6th.


    Around 1200 B.C., Chinese cooks began using chopsticks to prepare food. These tools were likely long enough to reach into hot cooking pots. Then about 400 B.C., when fuels for cooking became scarce, food was prepared in smaller pieces reducing the number of resources needed to cook it. At the same time, the need for sharp eating utensils faded, and shorter chopsticks entered the scene.

    The Chinese term for chopsticks is kuai-tzu.

    Once these handy eating tools found their way to the dinner table, they spread around the world. Portable and elegant in their design, they also vary in style from region to region.

    Today chopsticks may be made from wood such as bamboo or aspen. Elaborately carved chopsticks may be cut from jade, ivory, or wood, and artisans may ornately paint some chopsticks with miniature scenes.


    Use chopsticks to eat your meals. Practice using chopsticks or teach someone how to use them. Share your favorite set of chopsticks or your favorite meal to eat with chopsticks. Visit your favorite restaurant where chopsticks are provided. Make sure you give them a shoutout, too! Of course, you should invite someone to celebrate with you, also! Maybe ask them to join you in a chopstick competition to see who is the most proficient using them. Be sure to use #NationalChopsticksDay to share on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dinner-time holiday. However, it seems to have been observed since at least 2012.


    Q. Is it difficult to learn how to use chopsticks?
    A. No. Learning how to use chopsticks just takes practice and a little bit of dexterity.

    Q. Are there rules to using chopsticks?
    A. Yes. There are several etiquette rules that apply to chopstick use. If you’re concerned about properly using chopsticks visit

    February 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The California Associated Raisin Company trademarked the Sun-Maid name. Just two years before, advertising executive E.A. Berg created an advertising campaign inspired by the very raisins dried by the sun. In an interesting twist of fate, Sun-Maid executive Leroy Payne spotted a young Lorraine Collett in a red bonnet and asked her to pose for a painting that would later become the Sun-Maid logo.


    Covici Friede publishes John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men. Set during the Great Depression, the story follows two migrant ranch workers, George and Lennie, who dream of owning their own ranch someday. Steinbeck adapted the book into a three-act play.


    Parker Brothers sold its first Monopoly game. Originally called “The Landlord’s Game,” it was created in 1903 by Lizzie Magie.


    Alan Shepard delivers airmail like he’s never seen before when he hits two golf balls on the Moon. During his third mission to the Moon, the Apollo 14 astronaut took three swings with his specialized club to hit the two golf balls, making the first golf drives in space.

    February 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
    Babe Ruth – 1895

    With some of baseball’s most colorful nicknames, including the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth captivated baseball for 22 seasons. During his career, he spent most of his time with the New York Yankees but he left a curse with the Boston Red Sox and also spent time with the Atlanta Braves.

    Ronald Reagan – 1911

    The 40th President of the United States served two consecutive terms in the Oval Office. Before being elected to any office, Reagan was an actor in Hollywood and president of the Screen Actors Guild. Just two months into his administration, an assassination attempt would be made on his life. He would recover to see to the end of the Cold War and an era of peace and general prosperity.

    Mary Leakey – 1913

    The British paleoanthropologist made many discoveries during her career but one of the most important came in 1948 when she discovered the first fossilized skull of Proconsul africanus. This early ancestor of both apes and humans lived about 25 million years ago.

    Thurl Ravenscroft – 1914

    The voice actor is best known as the original voice of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. “They’re Grrrreat!”

    Tom Brokaw – 1940

    The noted television journalist anchored the NBC Nightly News for 22 years. He is also the author of The Greatest Generation.

    Bob Marley – 1945

    The pioneering Jamaican musician brought reggae to the masses with the band The Wailers. Some of their most popular songs include “No Woman, No Cry,” “Three Little Birds,” and “Stir it Up.”

    Natalie Cole – 1950

    The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter earned a legendary reputation in her own right for her jazz and soul music. Known for her albums including Inseparable, Everlasting, and Take a Look, but she also recorded Unforgettable, an album of cover songs previously performed by her father, Nat King Cole.

    Honorable Mention

    Mary Rudge – 1842
    Anne Bethel Spencer – 1882



    National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6th recognizes a sweet frozen dessert that has gone from fad status to staple freezer item in a few decades. 


    Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.

    H.P Hood developed the first frozen yogurt in 1970 in the United States. It was created as a soft-serve treat called Frogurt. Not long afterward, Humphreys and Dannon released their own versions of frozen yogurt. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.

    Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt. Not only does it find its way into home freezers, but it also is a sweet stop after work or play. 


    Enjoy your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt. It’s even possible to make your own. Check out the recipes below or even make another dessert using frozen yogurt. Invite someone to join you in your celebration, too. Add toppings or blend in some fruit. Tell us about your favorites or share a recipe. There’re so many ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

    Use #NationalFrozenYogurtDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching this frozen food holiday. But while we’re at it, we’re going to top our frozen yogurt with some sprinkles, whipped cream, and gummy bears. 

    Frozen Yogurt FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in frozen yogurt?
    A. A 1/2 cup of frozen vanilla yogurt contains approximately 117 calories.

    Q. Is frozen yogurt healthier than ice cream?
    A. Though benefits vary from product to product, frozen yogurt does tend to be lower in fat and calories than ice cream.



    On February 6th, National Lame Duck Day recognizes the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution or the Lame Duck Amendment.


    The term “lame duck” originated as a description of stockbrokers in 1700s England who could not pay off their debts. The name later carried over to those in business who would continue to do business while being bankrupt.

    In politics, a lame duck is a person currently holding a political office who has either:

    • lost a re-election bid,
    • chosen not to seek another term,
    • been prevented from running for re-election due to a term limit,
    • or holds a position that has been eliminated.
    The 20th Amendment

    Before the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Congress had a 13-month delay between election day and the day the newly elected officials took office. In other words, the lame-duck was given a 13-month termination notice, crippling their influence. Hence the ‘lame’ or injured duck.

    An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ’em, you let ’em stay long enough so they could burn your house down.  – Will Rogers

    The same applied to the president. The 20th Amendment changed the date the newly elected president took office from March 4th to January 20th.

    During a lame-duck session, members of Congress are no longer accountable to their constituents. As a result, their focus can switch to more personal gain instead of acting on behalf of their constituents with an eye toward re-election.

    The 20th Amendment shortened this period from 13 months to 2 months. While lame-duck sessions still occur (20 such sessions have occurred since the amendment took effect in 1935), there is less time for sweeping legislation to be approved. Even so, lame-duck Congresses have declared war, impeached a president, censured a senator, and passed the Homeland Security Act, among other actions.

    It is also considered a time when the peaceful transition of power occurs. Preparations occur for the outgoing president to leave the office and the newly elected president to take over the role.


    If you are a Lame Duck, reflect on what you have learned and your successes and triumphs.

    Those who know a Lame Duck:  Say thank you, give recognition for their success, and support their future.

    None of the above:  Enjoy today in everything you do and share the information you learned about Lame Duck Day.

    Use #NationalLameDuckDay to post on social media.


    National Lame Duck Day commemorates the date in 1933 that the U.S. Secretary of State proclaimed the 20th Amendment ratified.

    Lame Duck FAQ

    Q. Are there other idioms like “lame duck” that use animals to describe a situation?
    A. Yes. Some particularly fun ones include:

    • Horseplay
    • In the dog house
    • Wild goose chase
    • Fly on the wall
    • Elephant in the room
    • Get one’s ducks in a row
    • When pigs fly

    Q. What are some other National Days that feature political history?
    A. National Checkers Day and National Presidential Joke Day both feature a political origin.