Category: January 05

  • NATIONAL KETO DAY – January 5


    National Keto Day hits January 5th with an approach to transforming our health. Recent research suggests the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet offers a number of benefits.



    Two of the most significant perks seen with the keto diet are weight loss and healthy blood sugar support. In fact, studies have shown improved glycemic control for those with type 2 diabetes while adhering to a ketogenic diet.

    Other health benefits of a keto diet may include healthy cholesterol and blood pressure support. It may also be beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

    Keto Plan

    How does the diet work? By eliminating carbohydrates, your body will use up its store of glycogen first. Then it will move into ketosis and begin burning fat.

    Primarily, a keto diet consists of healthy fats, like eggs, avocado, olive oil, and sustainably-raised meat. Nuts, seeds, dairy, and low-carbohydrate vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, and green peppers are also easy to incorporate. Coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and ghee add fat and flavor to a keto diet. Occasionally, small servings of berries are added to the menu.

    Eliminate these foods if you are considering a keto diet:

    • sweets, sugar, sodas, baked goods
    • grains, whole grains, and starches
    • fruits, starchy vegetables
    • hydrogenated oils, vegetable oil
    • diet foods, including low sugar, sugar-free, low-fat foods


    National Keto Day Logo

    If you’re considering the keto approach to a healthier lifestyle, or are already engaged in it, whip up your best keto meal or snack, and post a pic of it to Instagram using the hashtag #NationalKetoDay. For every post, The Vitamin Shoppe will donate $5 to Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that provides food on weekends to elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

    You can also stop into your local The Vitamin Shoppe the weekend of the 5th to sample various keto products for free. Make sure to follow @vitaminshoppe on Instagram for more details!

    Vitamin Shoppe Logo


    The Vitamin Shoppe founded National Keto Day on January 5, 2019, to educate and bring awareness to the ketogenic diet and further highlight the many health benefits a keto lifestyle offers.

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Keto Day to be observed annually on January 5th.




    On January 5, when the credits roll on your favorite show or movie, admire the writers on National Screenwriters Day!


    You’ve probably heard of Steven Spielberg, the great director, who is known for Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of The Lost Arc, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

    But do you know that Spielberg didn’t write any of those movies? They were all written by the screenwriter (Robert Rodat, Lawerence Kasdan, and Melissa Mathison respectively).

    Inside the industry, these screenwriters are well known for their ability. They crack the story, create great roles for actors, and write memorable dialogue. But there are also writers in living rooms all around the world, tapping away at their keyboards, writing what could be the next breakout movie.

    Listen to what Ryan Reynolds said when he received the award for Best Actor.

    “I’d like to take this chance to thank the screenwriters, not just the ones on Deadpool, but everywhere. It is a hugely undervalued asset in Hollywood. They are the architects. They make us look good.”
    – Ryan Reynolds accepting the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor

    So why haven’t we heard of these creative souls?

    You will. Starting right now with National Screenwriters Day!


    • Research the latest interviews with top screenwriters to learn about their mysterious vocation.
    • Look up the origins of your favorite movie. Who is the screenwriter?
    • Using #NationalScreenwritersDay on social media and share your favorite screenwriter.
    • Encourage a screenwriter you know.
    • Work on your screenplay.
    • Take a course on screenwriting to boost your career.

    NATIONAL SCREENWRITERS DAY HISTORY, the leading education source for screenwriters worldwide, founded National Screenwriters Day. Its purpose is to recognize the talents behind the scripts coming out of the television and film world.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in July of 2016.

    January 5th Celebrated History


    The U.S. Patent Office issues patent No. 19063 is issued to Ezra J. Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut for a can opener. While it never became popular for home use, it wouldn’t be long before another can opener was invented.


    Ford Motor Company establishes an eight-hour workday and sets a daily minimum wage of $5.


    Nellie Tayloe Ross takes the oath of office, becoming Wyoming’s 14th Governor and the first woman to serve as governor of any U.S. state. Wyoming has not elected another woman since.


    George Washington Carver dies at the Tuskegee Institute where the agricultural scientist spent years developing many uses for sweet potatoes, peanuts, and soybeans. While he would receive a couple of patents, the first in 1925, Carver was most noted for his 1916 publication How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption.

    January 5th Celebrated Birthdays

    King C. Gillette – 1855

    After inventing a disposable safety razor made from stamped steel, Gillette founded the American Safety Razor Company in 1901.

    Elizabeth Cotten – 1893

    The folksinger is best known for her song “Freight Train.” Using right-handed instruments, Cotten played them up-side-down to accommodate her left-handed playing. In 1984, she received the Grammy Award for the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.

    Jeannette Piccard – 1895

    The high-altitude balloonist was the first woman licensed to pilot a balloon in the United States. On October 23, 1934, she became the first woman to reach the stratosphere when Piccard piloted a hydrogen balloon to an altitude of 57, 979 feet. Her husband, Dr. Jean Piccard accompanied her on the voyage.

    Kemmons Wilson – 1913

    In 1952, the businessman founded the first Holiday Inn in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Aaron Bunny Lapin – 1914

    In 1948, Lapin collaborated with Aaron Block to develop a way to dispense real whipped cream from a can. Their invention? Reddi-Wip.

    Sam Phillips – 1923

    The record producer opened a recording studio in 1950 and in 1952 founded the Sun Record Company. Phillips produced recordings at the studio for notable artists including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Roy Orbison.



    Add a little extra something special to desserts to celebrate on January 5 for National Whipped Cream Day. Not only does it add creaminess and a bit of pizzaz, but it also makes the difference between the ho-hum or a celebration kind of beverage or dessert. 


    This holiday falls on Reddi-Wip founder Aaron “Bunny” Lapin’s birthday (January 5, 1914 – July 10, 1999). Lapin invented Reddi-Wip in 1948, and the holiday celebrates whipped cream’s contributions to the dessert world. 

    While most often sweetened and flavored with vanilla, whipped cream dresses up desserts with other flavors, too. With a hint of coffee or chocolate or the zing of orange or mint, whipped cream adds a delightfulness to pies, cakes, and beverages. Of course, we call it by other names, too, such as Chantilly cream or creme Chantilly, milk snow, or snow cream. 

    Recipes from the 16th century included whipped cream sweetened and aromatized. In these recipes, naturally separated cream is whipped, typically with willow or rush branches, then the resulting foam on the surface would from time to time be skimmed off and drained, which was a process taking an hour or more.

    The English name whipped cream found its beginning in 1673. The name snow cream continued to be used throughout the 17th century.


    Use #WhippedCreamDay to post on social media.


    While the day is celebrated on Reddi-Wip founder, Aaron “Buddy” Lapin’s birthday, National Day Calendar continues seeking information on the founders of the day. The country has observed the day since at least 1984 according to an article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on December 30th of that year written by Susan Dundon.

    Interestingly, a horse named King Of Peru won the National Whipped Cream Day claiming stakes race on January 5, 2001. Every horse in a claiming stakes race is up for sale.

    Whipped Cream FAQ

    Q. Are there dairy-free whipped cream options?
    A. Yes. Several brands make dairy-free whipped cream.

    Q. Are there different flavors of whipped cream?
    A. Yes. Some whipped cream makers offer different flavors. However, you can also make flavored whipped cream at home simply by adding a flavored extract to your recipe and then whipping it until light and fluffy.

  • NATIONAL BIRD DAY – January 5


    Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds. 


    Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild.

    According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.

    Join over half a million avian admirers celebrating National Bird Day through a bevy of activities.

    • bird-watching
    • studying birds
    • educating others
    • other bird-related activities
    • A particularly important National Bird Day activity is bird adoption. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper article, many bird enthusiasts celebrate by adopting birds on this day. They also educate future bird owners about the special issues involved with taking care of birds, including the “proper care, cleanup, noise and biting, feeding, diet and their need for daily interaction.”

    There are approximately 10,000 species of birds.


    There are several ways to celebrate this day.

    • Pick up a bird identification book. It will help you learn about species in your area and identify those frequenting your bird feeders.
    • Enhance the attraction of your backyard. Add feeders, shelter, and more. Learn what birds in your area like to eat and watch them flock to your sanctuary.
    • Donate to a bird sanctuary or aviary dedicated to improving the survival of endangered birds.
    • While you’re learning about all the fantastic species, visit an aviary. Also, a botanical garden, zoo, or conservation area may offer close-up viewing of some of the more exotic species you’ve never seen before.

    Whichever way you choose, be sure to invite someone to join you so you can share the experience. Also, as always, use #NationalBirdDay to post on social media.

    Educators and families can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to celebrate this day. 


    In 2002, Born Free USA, in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition, launched the first annual National Bird Day to promote avian awareness. 

    Bird FAQ

    Q. Can anyone participate in National Bird Day?
    A. Yes. You don’t need many supplies to start bird watching. A set of binoculars, a notebook, and a bird identification book are really all you need.

    Q. Does it matter where I go to bird watch?
    A. No. Birds live in many different habitats. Start watching from your home, whether in the city or the country. Take walks, visit state and national parks, local trails, and more.

    Q. Are there other bird days on the calendar?
    A. Yes! Check these fun days out: