Category: January 12

  • KISS A GINGER DAY – January 12


    On January 12th, everyone is encouraged to find their favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day.


    Created to support a more positive spin than its counterpart, Kiss a Ginger Day brings sweet kisses to redheads who may have once been teased for their hair color.

    The red hair gene is recessive and requires two copies for it to present itself. Even then, there is no guarantee it will. If both parents have the gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance they will have a redheaded child.  Most natural-born redheads (yes, some of us like the bottle) have brown eyes, followed by green or hazel. Coming in at 1% of the world’s population, the blue-eyed ginger is the rarest kind. So if you give one of these ginger’s a kiss, consider yourself lucky.

    If you didn’t already know it, you should obtain permission before kissing anyone who doesn’t expect it – including a ginger (a.k.a. a redhead).

    Many redheads feel like outcasts for having red hair. This celebration empowers redheads to feel confident, look amazing, and rock their beauty. Red hair is more than a color; it’s a lifestyle. Besides, redheads are rare. Less than 2 percent of the population are crowned with red hair. And those who are may very well be left-handed, too.


    It’s easy. Kiss a Ginger! And it goes without saying, if you don’t have permission to kiss your favorite ginger, don’t. And while you’re at it, spread a little kindness. Use #KissAGingerDay to share on social media.


    Derek Forgie founded Kiss a Ginger Day in 2009 as an alternative positive celebration of redheads’ uniqueness as opposed to another day that could often accelerate into bullying. Follow him on Twitter @Kiss_A_Ginger or on Facebook at KissAGingerDay.



    Join millions of people across the nation on January 12th as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day. On January 12th, the celebration kicks off with creatively formed confections that delight the eyes and mouth!


    Marzipan is a confection made primarily of sugar or honey and ground almonds for anyone who does not know. It is also sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. Candy makers use this sweet confection to make a variety of sweets. Some of them include:

    • Marzipan-filled chocolate
    • Small replicas of fruits and vegetables
    • Rolled into thin sheets and used as a glaze for icing cakes

    Some people also create miniature marzipan animal figures, incorporating them into New Year’s Day celebrations and traditions.  


    On this creative holiday, test your artistic skills by making some marzipan. Decorate a cake or make decorations for cookies. Custom make some candies for a special occasion. Invite the family to join you. You could also take a class to master the skill of making marzipan. Do you know someone who makes marzipan? Give them a shout-out for their unique creations. 

    Use #NationalMarzipanDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar is celebrating the day by researching the origins of the holiday while enjoying some marzipan.

    Marzipan FAQ

    Q. How is marzipan made?
    A. Confectioners begin by cleaning raw almonds through various methods. Then they immerse the almonds in water simmering just below the boiling point. This step loosens the almond skins for easy removal. The final steps include cooking and grinding the almonds into almond flour mixed with sugar. For additional sweetness and binding, confectioners add corn syrup or another binder before molding. 

    Q. How does marzipan taste?
    A. As you can imagine, marzipan tastes sweet and nutty. 

    Q. Are almond paste and marzipan the same thing?
    A. No. However, they are made with the same ingredients. Marzipan is sweeter than almond paste due to the almond/sugar ratio. Grocery stores offer both items ready-made.



    Each year on January 12th, curried chicken lovers enthusiastically celebrate National Curried Chicken Day. They fill their dishes with a variety of flavorful spices and serve them to their friends and family.


    When making a true curried chicken, don’t reach for the curry powder. Instead, stew the chicken in a sauce made from clarified butter (known as ghee) onions, garlic, and a medley of spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Other ingredients include chilies and tomatoes.

    “Curries came into favor as an excellent way of using up cold meat.” Lizzie Collingham Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

    Curry powder made its way into recipes by way of Britain. Their long-time presence in India left a desire for the flavors of the East on the palates of many of the English. Curry powder and recipes with it existed as early as the 1700s but curried chicken and other curried meat recipes gained popularity during the British Raj beginning in 1858.

    In parts of the United States, curried chicken is a popular dish known as Country Captain Chicken, a stewed chicken dish that has been flavored with curry powder. 

    Country Captain

    The following clip, originating from the Hobson-Jobson Dictionary, is regarding Country Captain:

    “COUNTRY-CAPTAIN. This is in Bengal the name of a peculiar dry kind of curry, often served as a breakfast dish. We can only conjecture that it was a favourite dish at the table of the skippers of ‘country ships,’ who were themselves called ‘country captains,’ as in our first quotation. In Madras the term is applied to a spatchcock dressed with onions and curry stuff, which is probably the original form. [Riddell says: “Country-captain.—Cut a fowl in pieces; shred an onion small and fry it brown in butter; sprinkle the fowl with fine salt and curry powder and fry it brown; then put it into a stewpan with a pint of soup; stew it slowly down to a half and serve it with rice” (Ind. Dom. Econ. 176).]
    1792.—”But now, Sir, a Country Captain is not to be known from an ordinary man, or a Christian, by any certain mark whatever.” Madras Courier, April 26.
    c. 1825.—”The local name for their business was the ‘Country Trade,’ the ships were ‘Country Ships,’ and the masters of them ‘Country Captains.’ Some of my readers may recall a dish which was often placed before us when dining on board these vessels at Whampoa, viz. ‘Country Captain.’”—The Fankwae at Canton (1882), p. 33.  (Wikipedia)

    “Country Captain was served to United States 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt along with General George E. Patton in 1940 by Mrs. W.L. Bullard of Warm Springs, Georgia. Their strong liking of the dish brought its popularity to the Southern United States.”


    Invite guests to join you for this delicious dish. Any celebration is better when served to good company and joined with laughter. Try one of these recipes or share one of your own with us. We enjoy trying new recipes all the time. Another way to celebrate is by going to your favorite restaurant. Be sure to give them a shout-out with the hashtag, too! Spread the joy. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! 

    Use #CurriedChickenDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tasty food holiday. 

    Curried Chicken FAQ

    Q. Is curried chicken spicy?
    A. It doesn’t have to be. However, the types of peppers used will develop the spice level more than almost any other ingredient.

    Q. What other kinds of curried dishes are there?
    A. The variety of curried dishes is quite broad. Consider these the next time you’re ordering:

    • Tikka Masala
    • Red Curry
    • Green Curry
    • Vindaloo
    • Korma
    • Madras Curry


    National Pharmacist Day on January 12th annually recognizes and honors all pharmacists across the nation.


    The role of pharmacists has shifted over the years. Where once they served as the classical “lick, stick and pour” dispensary, they now serve as an integrated member of the health care team. Pharmacists are often directly involved in patient care and play a vital role in a patient’s recovery. 

    Historically, pharmacists primarily checked and distributed drugs to doctors for patient prescribed medication. In modern times, pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of prescriptions. Additionally, their role includes being a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. By monitoring the health and progress of patients, pharmacists can then ensure the safe and effective use of medication.

    Pharmacists work long hours, usually standing the entire time. Along with dispensing pills and providing advice on medications, pharmacists also administer immunizations. Pharmacists who conduct research discover and test new medications, too.

    • Do you wonder how Agatha Christie came to know so much about poisons for her murder mysteries? She was once a pharmacy dispenser during World War I.
    • Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Ginger Ale were all invented by pharmacists
    • Before running for President of the United States, Hubert Humphrey earned his pharmacy license and worked in his father’s pharmacy.
    • William Procter, Jr., (May 3, 1817 – February 10, 1874) dedicated his career to the science of pharmacy. He wrote the first textbook on pharmacy for students in the United States and advocated for the founding of the American Pharmaceutical Association. His dedication earned him the name Father of Pharmacy.


    Anyone who has required the services of a pharmacist, take time to thank them today. Give them a shout-out. Whether they work in a facility or local pharmacy, they will appreciate the good word. If you’re considering a career, learn more about pharmacy. Use #NationalPharmacistDay to post on social media.


    While we were unable to find the exact creator of this observance, it is indicated that it is likely an association of pharmaceutical groups that are founders.

    Related Observances

    Pharmacist FAQ

    Q. Are pharmacists physicians?
    A. No, but they are doctors. As of 2004, pharmacists are required to attain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree to gain entry into the pharmacy profession.

    Q. Is the pharmacy profession growing?
    A. Yes. More and more students are choosing pharmacy as their profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the profession grew by 91 thousand between 2001 and 2020 to 315 thousand pharmacists.

    January 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Hattie W. Caraway (D-Arkansas) wins a special election that makes her the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. In November of the previous year, the Arkansas state legislature appointed Caraway to complete the term vacated by her husband Senator Thadeus Caraway’s death.


    Batman premiered on television starring Adam West as Batman. The Caped Crusader appeared in 120 episodes that aired on ABC.


    The Alcor Life Extension Foundation cryogenically preserved the first person with the intention of being resuscitated in the future. Upon his death, psychology professor Dr. James H. Bedford of California achieved half his dream of being placed in cryogenic suspension. It remains to be seen whether or not he will see the other half of his dream and survive to be re-animated.


    Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz launches into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia 7 and becomes the first Hispanic person in space.

    January 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Jack London – 1876

    The American novelist and short-story writer brought outdoor survival stories to life. He’s best known for The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

    Ruth R. Benerito – 1916

    The American chemist revolutionized both the textile and the laundry industry with her creation of a wrinkle, stain, and flame resistant fabric.

    James Farmer – 1920

    The American civil rights activist co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ira Hamilton Hays – 1922

    During World War II, Hays and five other U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima during the six-week siege on the island. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the event on film. The photo would later be used to create the Marine War Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. The names of the other Marines are:

    • Sergeant Michael Strank (KIA)
    • Corporal Harlon Block (KIA)
    • Private First Class Franklin Sousley (KIA)
    • Corporal Harold Schultz
    • Corporal Harold Keller
    Jeff Bezos – 1964

    In 1994, the American businessman founded the technology company, Inc. At the time, the company branded itself as an online bookstore. Its services have since expanded.

    Hal – 1992

    According to the book, 2001 A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer became operational on this day in 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. (The film uses the year 1992.)