Category: January 24



    On January 24th, Global Belly Laugh Day celebrates the wonderful gift of laughter. It’s also a day to experience the positive effects of smiling and laughing.

    Have you ever laughed loudly without restraint? If so, you had what’s called a belly laugh. This type of laugh comes from deep within. The term “belly laugh” was coined in the 1920s. It refers to a moving belly while laughing loudly.

    • Other ways to describe a belly laugh include:
    • A loud laugh that can’t be controlled.
    • A sudden burst of laughter.
    • A laugh that is loud and hearty.
    • A heavy laugh.

    People often find that a good belly laugh makes them feel good. Why is this? One reason is that laughter stimulates the organs. A belly laugh doesn’t just stimulate the stomach, though. This kind of laughter also stimulates the heart and lungs.


    Laughter even increases endorphins, which are the body’s “feel-good hormones.” A good belly laugh also increases circulation and relaxes the muscles. So the next time you’re feeling blue, it really will help to watch a funny movie or listen to a comedian.

    Laughing with others is equally beneficial as it can improve relationships. If you are with a group of people, you will find that laughter is contagious. When one laughs, others can’t help but join in and laugh, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalBellyLaughDay

    The symbol for this day is a smiling sun with 7 rays and dimples with the numbers 1 and 24. This represents the idea that laughter and sunshine can transform our moments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of this symbol, people on all seven continents are encouraged to laugh at 1:24 p.m. local time on January 24th. To participate:

    • Watch a funny movie or video.
    • Go to a comedy club or listen to a comedian.
    • Get together with others and take turns telling funny jokes.
    • Have a competition to see who has the best belly laugh.

    Share this funny day on social media with #GlobalBellyLaughDay.

    “As soap is to the body, so laughter is for the soul.” Jewish Proverb


    Elaine Helle created Global Belly Laugh Day in 2005. Elaine is a certified laughter yoga teacher. She believes that the gift of laughter is something worth celebrating.



    Every year on January 24th, the International Day of Education celebrates the role of education in global peace and sustainable development.

    Education is essential for many reasons. Education provides knowledge. It helps people better themselves and understand the world around them. Additionally, education paves the way for employment. Sadly, however, over 72 million children around the world do not have access to education. Many more millions of children and adolescents don’t have the opportunity to complete their education.

    Improving Access to Education

    A lack of education is problematic in both developing and underdeveloped countries. One of the main reasons a child doesn’t go to school is due to an equal rights issue. These inequalities include gender, health, and cultural identities. Besides bias, many countries cannot afford to build schools. If these countries are fortunate enough to have a school, many of them cannot provide schooling materials. They also have a hard time paying their teachers. The lack of finances, along with a lack of teachers, forces students of all ages to learn in the same oversized classroom.

    Since education cannot be adapted for individual needs, the drop-out rates in these schools is high. One of the most affected areas is Sub-Saharan Africa, with thirty-two million uneducated children. More than 54% of uneducated children are girls. In Yemen, over 80% of the girls in the country will never go to school.
    Lack of education as a child leads to a higher risk of unemployment when they become adults. The dominoes continue to fall. A life without a job leads to poverty. The cycle is likely to start over, too. In families with uneducated parents, the children are at a higher risk of experiencing the same fate.

    Breaking the cycle is vital by making access to education a primary goal of every nation. Education is a human right. The United Nations lists the right to education in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that countries shall make higher education accessible to all.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayOfEducation

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), facilitates events for the day. These events include a celebration at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. There is also a celebration at the UN Headquarters in New York.

    To participate:

    • Consider your own education and how it shaped you.
    • Discuss with others why education is so vital for children.
    • Give your children’s teachers a special treat.
    • Write a thank you note to educators you know.
    • Read about famous educators like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Christa McAuliffe, Anne Sullivan, and Frederick Douglass.

    Don’t forget to share this day on social media with #InternationalDayOfEducation.


    The United States General Assembly adopted January 24th as International Day of Education and proclaimed on December 3, 2018. Nigeria and 58 other Member States co-authored the resolution. The first official International Day of Education was observed on January 24th, 2019.




    National Peanut Butter Day on January 24th recognizes an American staple in our pantries. Whether creamy or chunky, with chocolate or with jelly, peanut butter gets the recognition it deserves each year on this day. 


    The early peanut butter made by the Aztecs and Incas around 1000 BC was more of a paste and not nearly as creamy as the peanut butter we know now.

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    Peanut butter didn’t become widely used until the 20th century. First, the peanut had to be considered more than animal feed, which wasn’t until the late 1800s. At the turn of the century, inventions that made planting, cultivating, and harvesting the legume (the peanut isn’t a nut at all) made it possible to see the peanut as a retail and wholesale food item.

    Peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E, B6, niacin, calcium, potassium and iron, is packed with protein and is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat.

    Bringing Peanut Butter to the Masses

    We can thank four men for the inventions and processes that bring us the creamy, smooth peanut butter we enjoy today: Marcus Gilmore Edson of Canada, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, and chemist Joseph Rosefield.

    In 1884, Edson developed a process to make peanut paste from milling roasted peanuts between two heated plates. The famous cereal maker and health food specialist of the time, Kellogg, patented a process with raw peanuts in 1895. Dr. Straub is responsible for patenting a peanut butter making machine in 1903.

    Peanut butter was introduced to audiences at the 1904 Universal Exposition in St. Louis at C.H. Sumner’s concession stand.

    But the man who brought us the peanut butter we know and love today was Joseph Rosefield. In 1922, through homogenization, Rosefield was able to keep peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He later sold the patent to a company that began making Peter Pan peanut butter. Rosefield then went into business for himself selling Skippy peanut butter through Rosefield Packing. He also supplied peanut butter for military rations during World War II.


    Make your favorite peanut butter recipes. Whether it’s a sandwich or a baked good, someone is sure to enjoy it with you. Be sure to share a photo or recipe using #NationalPeanutButterDay on social media.


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

    Peanut Butter FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in peanut butter?
    A. Two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter contain 188 calories.

    Q. Can peanut butter be dehydrated?
    A. No. The fats in peanut butter prevent it from being dehydrated. However, powdered peanut butter is made by pressing out the oils and then grinding it into a powder. Adding water to the powder creates a paste very similar to creamy peanut butter. .

    Q. Does powdered peanut butter have fewer calories?
    A. Yes. Powdered peanut butter contains less fat and fewer calories than regular peanut butter. Two tablespoons of powdered peanut butter contain about 50 calories.



    Beer Can Appreciation Day recognizes the great day in 1935 when beer was first sold in cans.


    While Krueger Brewing Company of Richmond, Virginia sold the first beer in a can, American Can Company made drinkable canned beer possible. Krueger took the risk with the American Can Company just weeks before the repeal of Prohibition. Weighing in at 4 ounces, the hefty steel cans opened with a church key. Loyal Krueger’s drinkers favored the can over the bottle 9-1.

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    Significant Dates in Beer Can History
    • 1935 -Cone-Top –  G. Heilemann Brewing Company – La Crosse, WI – Introduces cone-top cans that fit existing bottling lines convenient for small brewers with small budgets.
    • 1963 -Pull Tab – Pittsburgh Brewing Company – Revolutionizes the beer can when it introduces Iron City Beer in self-opening cans with pull tabs, also known as pop tops. With their sharp edges, the pull tabs became the feared litter at beaches, parks, backyards, and anywhere beverages were consumed.
    • 1975 – Stay Tab- Falls City Brewing Company of Louisville, KY introduces the Stay Tab removing the pull tab’s environmental impact.

    This day provides people with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the many different kinds of beer cans. Around the world, collectors seek rare, novel, and unique varieties. A collector may have hundreds of beer cans in many different sizes, types, and ages.


    Enjoy a beer from a can. While you do, explore the art behind the beer can. As more craft beers hit the market, designing the labels become as much an art form as the can and the beer do. Learn more about beer making and the types of craft beer. Tour local breweries. Explore their canning process. As always, invite someone to join you. It is the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! When you do, use #BeerCanAppreciationDay to post on social media.


    While the observances commemorate the beer can’s debut in 1935, National Day Calendar continues searching for the creator of the day. 

    Beer Can FAQ

    Q. Why is it called a “church key”?
    A. The term “church key” for a can opener is used because this tool looks similar to the heavy iron keys that used to be used to lock a church. They also open something, a can, much like a key opens a door. 

    Q. Is Beer Can Appreciation Day a beverage or invention holiday?
    A. It’s both! Improving the brewing and distribution of beer through the canning process allowed more people to enjoy the beverage. 

    Q. Did the development of the beer can impact any other industries?
    A. Yes. Once manufacturers developed cans for beer, they were able to begin improving the canning of other beverages such as juice and soda.

    January 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The California Gold Rush begins when contractor James W. Marshall discovers the first gold samples while working for John A Sutter in Coloma, California.


    Robert Baden-Powell organizes the first Boy Scout troop in England.


    Krueger Brewing Company and American Can Company joined forces to bring the first canned beer to the market.


    Percy L. Spencer receives U.S. patent no. 2,495,429 for a “Method of Treating Foodstuffs” otherwise known as the microwave oven.


    Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center on a secret mission deploying an eavesdropping satellite.

    January 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Maria Tallchief – 1925

    In 1947, the professional dancer became the first prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet and is considered America’s first notable prima ballerina.

    Neil Diamond – 1941

    For more than five decades the singer-songwriter has influenced generations of artists. Hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America,” and “Forever in Blue Jeans” also earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    John Belushi – 1949

    In 1975, comedian and actor John Belushi joined six other cast members on the live satirical comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. He also starred in several movies, sometimes with his brother Jim.

    Mary Lou Retton – 1968

    In 1984, the American gymnast won gold in the individual all-around competition in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.



    National Compliment Day on January 24th offers a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day or to give credit for a job well done!  Give an extra compliment annually on January 24th and any time one is deserved.



    A compliment has a powerful effect. It can instill confidence in a child, or validate someone’s hard work. A compliment not only improves the receiver’s mood, but it also says something about the giver. It tells them you noticed. Whether we recognize someone’s achievement or their classic style, a compliment can go a long way.

    To give a great compliment, first be sincere. People have a way of knowing when we are fake. If you don’t mean it, it’s worse than getting a thoughtless birthday gift.

    Complimenting character versus a new haircut are different rewards. The first says you respect the person and the other tells them you paid attention. Sometimes the receiver needs to hear one or the other, or both.

    Human beings like to be unique, original. Strive to give a compliment about what makes a person stand out above the rest. Take the time to reflect on what you admire about the person.


    Make sure to compliment someone. Share the compliments you receive that make your day. Do they improve your day? Make a list of different ways to give a compliment and use #NationalComplimentDay to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a lesson surrounding National Compliment Day.


    Kathy Chamberlin of Hopkinton, NH and Debby Hoffman of Concord, NH created National Compliment Day in 1998.

    Compliment FAQ

    Q. What’s the difference between compliment and complement?
    A. Compliment is used as a noun or verb to describe praise or admiration. “I received a compliment for my quilting skills.” “The teacher complimented Lori on her spelling.”

    Complement has multiple meanings. First, it can be a noun or verb used to describe how one or more things improve another. For example, “The sunshine was a perfect complement for the event.” Or, “The wine complemented the steak.” Another meaning for the word “complement” is to describe a number or quantity, especially a complete group or set of something. “We hosted an entire complement of guests this weekend.”

    Q. Can you compliment someone too much?
    A. Yes. A compliment is like salt and pepper; use it only enough to season the moment but not so much that you make it all about the compliment.