Category: January 20



    On January 20th, the International Day of Acceptance encourages everyone to embrace those of all abilities. The day also supports those with disabilities to realize they are not living disabled. Instead, they are living.

    Did you know that 15 percent of the world’s population has some form of disability? Up to 190 million people around the globe have a significant disability. In many places, they are often ostracized, live in poverty, and cannot get an education. In many instances, people with disabilities are seen for what they can’t do instead of what they can.

    Thankfully, in some countries, this is changing. Society is recognizing the need to include those with all abilities. Society is also recognizing that those with disabilities have rights. Their voice matters. They have the power to make a difference in the world. Just look at this list of famous people who have gained acceptance and have become a powerful voice:

    • Musician Andrea Boccelli who is visually impaired
    • Actress Marlee Matlin who is deaf
    • Actor Daniel Radcliffe who has dyspraxia
    • Motivational speaker Nick Vujicic who was born without arms and legs
    • Comedian Josh Blue who has cerebral palsy
    • Dancer Sudha Chandran who has a prosthetic leg

    Many other world-changers didn’t let their disability stop them. Some include Helen Keller, Ludwig van Beethoven, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison, and Rosa May Billinghurst.

    Now is the time to fully embrace who you are. It’s time to celebrate abilities rather than disabilities, exceed the expectations that others have for you and that you have for yourself, and accept all people for who they are!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfAcceptance

    The day encourages those with disabilities to share their acceptance stories. Another way to celebrate this day is to display the International Symbol of Acceptance, the “wheelchair heart.” To participate:

    • Learn ways to embrace and empower people of all abilities.
    • Teach your children to be inclusive of those who might be different than them.
    • Donate to an organization that protects the rights of those with disabilities.
    • If you have a disability, share how acceptance from others makes you feel.
    • Watch a movie, such as Crip Camp, or Including Samuel.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #DayOfAcceptance.


    In 2007, Annie Hopkins and her brother Stevie created a company called 3E Love. Annie and her brother both had disabilities. The goal of 3E Love was to spread this message: “Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life.” She developed a wheelchair heart logo as an International symbol of acceptance. Annie passed away unexpectedly on January 20th, 2009. To honor her legacy and continue the message of 3E Love, her family and friends created the International Day of Acceptance. The first event was held on January 20th, 2010.



    On National Cheese Lover’s Day, don’t feel bleu, throw a feta or act capriciously. January 20th is a gouda day to kummin over and have some cheddar or asiago or fontina! 


    There is no firm evidence of how humans discovered cheese making. But legend tells us it was likely that someone created the first cheese by chance. Thousands of years ago, people transported milk and stored it in sheep’s stomachs. Left to sit a few days, the proteins would separate into curds and whey. From there, preserving the solids with salt may have seemed a logical next step. Salt was a highly valued preservative in ancient times.

    The earliest record of cheese making dates back to 5,500 BCE in what is now Poland. Today there are over 1,400 varieties of cheese.

    Basic Cheese Making

    The basic principles behind making cheese are quite simple. Let the milk sour (or scientifically, coagulating the casein protein). Then separate the curds (solids) from the whey (liquid). The curds are then salted and left to age.

    Bacteria, enzymes, or fungi may be added at various stages. These and the type of milk, temperature, time, and moisture are all controlled to produce the desired taste, color, and texture. Cheesemakers also add herbs and spices for additional variety and flavor. 

    The nutritional value of cheese varies depending on the variety. Cottage and mozzarella cheese are at the lower end of fat and calories per serving, while mascarpone and cream cheese pack it on. Marscapone makes desserts like tiramisu rich and creamy. 

    For the Love of Cheese

    For cheese lovers who think one day is just not enough to celebrate cheese, National Day Calendar presents a calendar full of cheesy celebrations. There are 18 other cheese-specific holidays on the calendar. Check out this shortlist of tasty cheese-based celebrations:


    Enjoy some cheese with your lunch or as a snack. Share your favorite cheesy recipes or puns. Try a new cheese pairing. Visit your favorite cheesemonger, and be sure to give a shout-out, too. Use #CheeseLoversDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this cheese-loving day. 

    Cheese Lover’s FAQ

    Q. How much whey is produced when making cheese?
    A. One pound of cheese can produce up to 96 fluid ounces of whey.

    Q. Now, whey-t a minute. What happens to all that whey?
    A. Whey is protein-rich. Many farms added whey to animal feed. However, whey is also used as a protein supplement in powders and nutrition bars.

    Q. What is squeaky cheese?
    A. Squeaky cheese is a young (it’s not aged for very long) cheddar cheese that comes in these delicious nuggets called cheese curds. When the cheese curds are genuinely fresh, they squeak a little when you bite into them.



    Each year National Disc Jockey Day recognizes the DJs playing the music and spinning the records. The observance takes place annually on January 20th. 


    A disc jockey, or DJ for short, is a person who plays recorded music either on the radio or at a club or event.

    The first disc jockey was an experiment on the airwaves. In 1909, sixteen-year-old Ray Newby was a student under the supervision of Charles “Doc” Herrold at Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless. He played the first records over the airwaves before the word disc jockey even existed.

    What started as an experiment from the Garden City Bank Building where the college was located in San Fernando, California, was soon being replicated by radio broadcasters across the country. Initially, Newby primarily broadcast his news, music, and entertainment live.

    It wasn’t until 25 years later that radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term disc jockey.

    Today, contemporary DJs play music from vinyl to digital. Regardless of the medium they use, the term disc jockey still applies.

    Hip-hop DJs became popular in the late 70s and 80s using multiple turntables and using the turntables themselves as an instrument to alter the music. Mobile DJs often act as the master of ceremonies at events or parties directing the evening’s activities.


    National Disc Jockey Day gives us an excellent opportunity to celebrate our favorite DJs. Give them a shout out on social media. Learn more about the history of DJs, too. We suggest:
    Rock the Dancefloor by Phil Morse or Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip Hop DJ by Mark Katz. You can also stream a documentary about DJs and their music. Take a look at What We Started directed by Cyrus Saidi and Bert Marcus, Scratch directed by Doug Pray or go a little further back in time and watch I Am What I Play directed by Roger King.

    Share and give your favorite DJ a shoutout using #NationalDiscJockeyDay on social media.

    Discover more even more DJ history by reading 5 Influential Disc Jockeys.


    National Disc Jockey Day honors the death of Albert “Alan” James Freed. Freed, also known as Moondog, was an influential disc jockey in the 1950s.  He is credited with popularizing the term “rock ‘n’ roll” that was used to describe the new genre of music.

    While the day honors Freed, we’ve been unable to identify the founder of the observance.

    Disc Jockey FAQ

    Q. What is Wolfman Jack’s real name?
    A. One of the best DJs in history, Wolfman Jack’s real name is Robert Weston Smith.

    Q. Who coined the word “disc jockey”?
    A. Credit goes to American newspaper gossip columnist and radio commentator Walter Winchell. In 1935, Winchell described radio announcer Martin Block as a “disk jockey” referring to an operator who played music recorded on discs.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate National Disc Jockey Day?
    A. Yes. Whether you’re a disc jockey or a fan, you can celebrate the day. 



    National Buttercrunch Day on January 20th recognizes the flavorful toffee candy that comes in several varieties.


    Buttercrunch is a combination of toffee, covered with chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. Variations on the recipe include toasted almond sprinkles.

    Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience. Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing, and the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome. Follow recipes closely. The stage the sugar is supposed to reach (usually the hard-crack stage) will determine when you remove the sugar from the heat. You also have to move quickly and safely. Sugar burns at 300°F + leave blisters and scars. 

    When you’ve mastered candy-making skills, the results are delicious and definitely worth sharing. Buttercrunch and other candy treats make terrific gifts during the holidays and throughout the year. It also stores well for a time. Keep it to serve over ice cream or add as a garnish to cakes and cookies. 


    On January 20th, make up some buttercrunch to share with your friends and family. Sprinkle some over your favorite desserts, or look for a buttercrunch-flavored creamer for your morning coffee. Mmm! We bet you can taste it now! We even have a buttercrunch recipe for you to try. Who makes your favorite buttercrunch?

    Use #NationalButtercrunchDay to post on social media.


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

    Buttercrunch FAQ

    Q. Are some buttercrunch candies topped with chocolate?
    A. Yes. Chocolate is an excellent topping for buttercrunch.

    Q. Does buttercrunch contain butter?
    A. Most recipes call for butter. Others call for margarine. In either case, that’s where buttercrunch gets its buttery flavor.

    January 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Sisters Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Clafin open the first woman-owned brokerage firm in the United States.


    The United States Senate amends and extends the 1875 reciprocity treaty with Hawaii securing a lease to Pearl Harbor as a Naval Base.


    Irwin W. Cox registers the trademark for the steel-wool product called “SOS.” The initialism for the shaved steel wool saturated with soap stood for “Save Our Saucepans.”


    The Wisconsin Cheese Foundation sponsors the making of the world’s largest block of cheese ever made. At midnight, the process began at Steve’s Cheese in a factory near Denmark, Wisconsin.


    Researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Advanced Cell Technology announced the successful cloning of calves that may have produced medicinal milk.


    The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States takes place. President Barack Obama becomes the first African American to serve as a U.S. president.

    January 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Harold Lincoln Gray – 1894

    The American cartoonist created the well-known comic strip Little Orphan Annie. It first appeared in the Chicago Tribune on August 5, 1924.

    Eva Jessye – 1895

    During the Harlem Renaissance, Jessye earned international recognition as the first African American woman to direct a professional choral group.

    George Burns – 1896

    The legendary actor and comedian earned critical and commercial success during a career that spanned more than six decades.

    Joy Adamson – 1910

    The conservationist lived and worked in the Kenyan wilderness. After raising a lion cub to be released back into the wild, Adamson wrote Born Free. The book was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1966.

    Federico Fellini – 1920

    One of cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers, Fellini brought the world La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), 81/2, and Ginger e Fred (Ginger and Fred.) Fellini’s final work was La Voce Della Luna (The Voice of the Moon) which starred Roberto Benigni.

    Edwin Buzz Aldrin – 1930

    On July 16, 1969, the decorated Army pilot joined Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins aboard Apollo 11 for a historic launch from Cape Kennedy. Four days later, Aldrin would be one of only two people to set foot on the moon, the first being his Commander, Neil Armstrong.