Category: January 19

  • GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter


    Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 


    When businesses get to know their customers, they also get to know more about what they need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, they were willing to get it in for you if they didn’t have it.

    Unfortunately, with the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

    Tips for Knowing Your Customer:

    • Ask your customers questions. Find out what services and products they need.
    • Use social media. Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
    • Follow up on a purchase. Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
    • Network with other businesses. Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.


    • Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish!
    • Ask your customers what you’re doing right and what they would like to see improved.
    • Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.
    • Read about these 7 Ways to Know Your Customers to learn more. 


    We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.

    Get to Know Your Customers FAQ

    Q. Is this day for online or brick-and-mortar businesses?
    A. It’s for ALL businesses. Knowing your customers and their needs is important to any kind of business, large and small.

    Q. Are there other observances on the calendar dedicated to customers?
    A. Yes! March 19th is International Client’s Day.

  • WORLD QUARK DAY – January 19


    On January 19th, World Quark Day officially celebrates quark and its many benefits. Quark is a European superfood staking its claim on supermarket shelves worldwide. Quark is a delicious high-protein, low-fat alternative to soft cheese and yogurt that can be used for baking, cooking, and blending.


    There are no limits when using quark. If the menu calls for sweet or savory, hot or cold, quark cheese works well in place of almost any dairy. For example, replace cream cheese or sour cream with quark. By substituting with quark, enter the world of healthy, low-carb, low-fat culinary delights. Use quark in smoothies, cheesecakes, dips, and spreads. Quark’s versatility might surprise you.

    Learn about quark’s many possibilities as a home remedy and beauty product, too. Millions of Europeans have benefited from using quark for centuries.


    • World Quark Day encourages you to integrate quark into your meals. Try it in breakfasts and smoothies to low-carb lunches, delicious dinners, and guilt-free desserts.
    • Become familiar with the many ways to use quark. When you do, you will be promoting good health. Try out any of the hundreds of recipes and remedies that support a healthy, natural lifestyle.
    • Share your quark experiences. Whether you’re enjoying it while traveling or you’re eating it at home, share your personal experience with other quark fans. Learn from others how you can #quarkupyourlife. Spread the word and wisdom of healthy eating and living by using #WorldQuarkDay and #quarkupyourlife on social media.


    The Queen of Quark, a healthy eating enthusiast and author, born in beautiful Bavaria, Germany, introduced World Quark Day in 2019.

    In August of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed World Quark Day to be observed on January 19th, annually.

    Quark FAQ

    Q. Is quark a dairy product?
    A. Yes. Quark is made from milk by adding lactic acid to cause the curd to separate from the whey. The solids are then used to make quark.

    Q. How many calories are in quark?
    A. One cup of 4% plain quark contains 120 calories.

    January 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The United States Patent Office issues the first patent for a tin can in the U.S. to Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett.


    The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. The organization grew out of the 1917 National Civil Liberties Bureau founded by Roger Nash Baldwin and Crystal Eastman. Other founding members include Helen Keller, Morris Ernst, Garfield Hays, and Jane Addams.


    Frederick .M Jones receives patent No. 2,666,298 for his “Methods and Means of Defrosting a Cold Diffuser.” His invention improved refrigeration units of all kinds, especially trucks transporting frozen foods. Jones was also co-founder of the Thermo-King company.


    The last German-made Volkswagen Beetle leaves the production line in Emden, Germany. Volkswagen continues production of the iconic car in Mexico until 2003.


    Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed and written by Richard Kelly, the science-fiction drama was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.


    Marlo Anderson founded National Day Calendar and began to Celebrate Every Day! The first holiday added to the calendar was National Popcorn Day.

    January 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Edgar Allan Poe – 1809

    One of America’s most recognized storytellers, Poe’s macabre style and imagination left an indelible mark on all who read him. Some of Poe’s best-loved poems and stories include “The Raven” and The Purloined Letter and The Tell-Tale Heart.

    Oveta Culp Hobby -1905

    In 1943, Hobby was named the first director of the Women’s Army Corps. President Dwight D. Eisenhower named Hobby to his Cabinet as the first Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1953.

    John H. Johnson – 1918

    In 1942, Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company. The company’s first publication was a monthly periodical named Negro Digest. By 1951, they would add two other magazines – Ebony and Jet. The Chicago publisher soon expanded and added books to its portfolio as well.

    Carl Brashear – 1931

    The naval officer served 31 years in the U.S. Navy. He was the first African American Navy diver. In 1966 during a recovery mission, an injury resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. Refusing to retire, Brashear pursued and qualified as a master diver, becoming the first African American to achieve the status in U.S. Navy history.

    Janis Joplin – 1943

    The American folk-rock singer-songwriter gained an audience in the mid-1960s. Some of the songs Joplin is best known for include, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Cry Baby.”

    Dolly Parton – 1946

    The award-winning country music singer-songwriter gained her first critical attention in 1969 when the Academy of Country Music nominated Parton for Top Female Vocalist. Parton also pursued a successful film career including 9 to 5, Steel Magnolias, and Joyful Noise.



    On January 19th, National Popcorn Day pops onto the scene with a crunch we all love to enjoy! The annual celebration recognizes a treat that satisfies munchies, day or night. 



    This time-honored snack can be sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball, or tossed with nuts and chocolate. However it is enjoyed, enjoy it on National Popcorn Day, January 19th.

    The word “corn” in Old English meant “grain” or, more specifically, the most prominent grain grown in a region. When Native Americans introduce their most common grain, maize, to early Europeans, they aptly applied the word “corn.”

    As early as the 16th century, the Aztecs used popcorn in headdresses worn during ceremonies honoring Tlaloc, their god of maize and fertility. Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.

    Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons going through the streets of Chicago.

    At about the same time, Louise Ruckheim added peanuts and molasses to popcorn to bring Cracker Jack to the world. Then in 1908, the national anthem of baseball was born. Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer wrote Take Me out to the Ballgame. From that point onward, popcorn, specifically Cracker Jack, became forever married to the game.

    At the Movies

    Another romance connected to popcorn may have had a slow start but eventually took off. Today, who can imagine going to the movies without getting a box of buttered popcorn? While popcorn was an economical choice for snack food, the expense of installing a machine and adequately venting the building didn’t seem worth the effort. If it weren’t for Glen W. Dickson, we would be purchasing our popcorn from a vendor on the street before taking in the show. Dickson put in the effort and expense of placing machines inside his theaters. After realizing how quickly he recouped his costs, other theater owners followed suit.

    The microwave oven spurred the next big advancement for popcorn. With the invention of the microwave, a whole new market opened for the snack food. Magnetrons, a technology produced by Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation for the military during World War II, were later used to develop microwave ovens. Percy Spencer was the man who made it happen. He used popcorn in his initial experiments during the microwave’s development. 

    Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States. Nebraska leads the corn belt in popcorn production.


    National Day Calendar began on National Popcorn Day in 2013. Pop your favorite popcorn and share a bowl with a friend. Please take a photo and share it on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day with your students.

    Celebrate National Popcorn Day by reading about the happenings in the Kansas City area in the Celebration Spotlight with Priscilla Subramaniyam.


    The a-maizing origins of this pop-ular day is mysteriously amiss. However, we have been celebrating the day since at least 1988.

    Popcorn FAQ

    Q. What are the unpopped kernels called?
    A. Unpopped kernels of popcorn are called either spinsters or old maids. 

    Q. Which state produces the most popcorn?
    A. Nebraska is the top popcorn producer in the United States. Also known as the Cornhusker State, although it’s third in overall corn production.

    Q. Are there different types of popcorn?
    A. Yes. Most of the popcorn we consume is either a Butterfly (also known as snowflake) or Mushroom popcorn. Butterfly popcorn produces a fluffy, winged kernel while Mushroom popcorn produces a denser more compact kernel. While both are delicious for snacking, Mushroom popcorn holds up better to caramel, cheese, and other coatings.