Category: July 10



    On 7/10 we spread awareness on Chronic Disease Day to educate and advocate for people who live with a chronic health conditions every day.


    A chronic disease is a condition that lasts longer than one year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Seven out of 10 people suffer from a form of chronic disease.

    What are a few common chronic diseases?

    • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • Alzheimer’s
    • Cancer
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Heart Disease


    Many, but not all, chronic diseases can be prevented simply by practicing self-care. Improving and practicing a healthy lifestyle can likely reduce getting a chronic disease.

    What can I do to prevent getting a chronic disease?

    • Eat a healthy diet. Eating the proper amount of fruits, veggies, grains, dairy and protein plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy weight. Limiting sugar and starch intake prevents obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
    • Exercise. Increasing physical activity not only promotes physical health, it also helps balance mental health.
    • Routine medical check-ups. Visiting your doctor regularly is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Early detection to address medical problems and finding a plan of action.
    • Know your family medical history. Having a complete medical history of your family will help your doctor determine possible health problems you may develop. It also gives a good reminder for you to pay special attention to medical problems that are hereditary.
    • Rest. Getting adequate rest is a factor in how your body reacts to “life.” Stress, depression and anxiety cause serious health problems, too.

    Cost of Chronic Disease

    Economically, chronic diseases have a significant impact financially in the United States. We all absorb the financial burden of chronic disease directly or indirectly. Health insurance and medical programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, are supported by tax dollars. Private health insurance costs for enrollees consumes more dollars in one family than any other health condition. Because people with chronic disease illnesses live long lives, the cost to treat these illnesses becomes extremely expensive over the years.

    Why does chronic disease cost so much?

    • Patients require long-term treatment plans.
    • People who suffer from chronic disease wait until “it’s too late” to seek proper care.
    • Personal health insurance lack policy guidelines to cover some chronic disease.
    • Lack of education to prevent chronic disease is available.
    • Preventative measures are not addressed by health care providers, leading to patients unable to address pre-existing based on medical history.


    • Support Chronic Disease Day by taking the pledge to live your best, healthiest life.
    • Volunteer to help someone who suffers from chronic disease.
    • Schedule a complete physical to address any health issues that might lead to long-term chronic disease.
    • Become an advocate of chronic disease
    • Host a fundraiser for a local agency and raise money to alleviate costs for patients.
    • Educate yourself on the different types of chronic diseases that affect people.
    • Share #ChronicDiseaseDay on social media to spread awareness.


    Today’s observance is an awareness campaign promoted by the organization 7.10 Chronic Disease Day Using people’s stories and voices, the organization advocates to build healthier lifestyles in communities by lowering preventable illness. In addition, they assist in the advancement for unpreventable chronic disease conditions.

    National Day Calendar added Chronic Disease Day to the calendar on July 1, 2022. A Superfan reached out to us letting us know the existence of the day. After doing research, we decided it would be a good addition to our calendar. Thank you T. Marshall at Good Days for helping National Day Calendar #CelebrateEveryDay.



    July 10th recognizes a sweet, rum-based cocktail on National Pina Colada Day. Along with rum, a Pina Colada includes cream of coconut and pineapple juice and is usually served blended or shaken with ice.


    Pina Colada means ‘strained pineapple,’ a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink.

    While pineapple has been a part of the distillation history of rum, coconut didn’t show up until later. The first written reference to a pina colada was in 1922. However, two different claims to the invention of the pina colada in 1952 come from San Juan. Neither wavers from their story.

    No matter who created the first creamy, sweet rum drink, it is forever infused with the ocean and beaches. The cocktail’s bright flavor suggests sunshine and vacation. Coconut alone makes us think of suntans while the pineapple’s freshness delivers a sparkling note of summer breezes.

    The beverage isn’t the only way to celebrate either. The day is dedicated to all things pina colada. Whether we make a dessert or snack on pina colada jelly beans, everyone can join in the day.

    Put on your sunglasses, kick back, and enjoy a sip or a taste. It’s the best way to celebrate.


    Try a frozen popsicle treat or a pina colada cake. You do not have to be sitting on a beach or the deck of a cruise ship to celebrate this holiday. You can enjoy a nice tall, cool Pina Colada where ever you are! (Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive!) Use #NationalPinaColadaDay to share on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beverage holiday. However, many more beverage holidays offer us ways to celebrate. Won’t you check them out?




    National Kitten Day on July 10th purrfectly celebrates the cuddly warmth of a kitty. The miniature fur balls of energy snuggle their way into our hearts with no effort at all. Within a flick of their tiny ears, we’re in love.


    The day aims to remind us that while kittens are well equipped to find their way into our hearts, many don’t find homes. They’re abandoned at shelters, on the side of the road or wild and feral. Spaying and neutering our pets, including our cats, is vital to their health and keeping the stray population down.

    Another goal of awareness campaigns like this one is to encourage adoptions. Instead of purchasing a kitten from a pet store, adopt from a shelter. Many kittens are born in shelters. While their ages may vary, all kittens do become cats.

    Adoption Tips

    Follow the shelter’s guidelines and keep these tips in mind when adopting:

    1. There’s an application process. Read through it and understand it. The guidelines are for the safety of the animals, the employees, and you.
    2. Ask questions. It’s important there’s an understanding between you and the shelter. Most shelters have volunteers and paid employees. However, they work on a very tight budget. Please don’t expect any special accommodations.
    3. A good shelter will place the interests of the animal first. They want the cat to have a successful placement. Some animals have anxiety while others get along with anyone and every type of animal.
    4. Consider the size of your home and where you live – an apartment or house.
    5. Who lives with you? That includes people and pets – does everyone get along and does anyone have allergies?
    6. How much time do you have for a pet?
    7. So you’ve spotted the kitten for you. Be sure to make several visits to the shelter. Play with the kitten. Spend time grooming them. See how the kitten reacts to other cats. Learn the kitten’s behavior.

    Maybe Fuzzy Bear has health issues or doesn’t get along with children. Perhaps another kitten gets along better with dogs. All these factors will be considered on your application.


    Play with your kitten or bring her a new toy. Share a selfie with your kitten. Visit a shelter and volunteer your time. If you are considering getting a kitten, adopt instead of purchasing one. Use #NationalKittenDay to share your story.


    Colleen Paige, Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Author, and Animal Advocate, founded National Kitten Day to encourage adoption and celebrate the joy kittens bring to our lives.



    On July 10th of each year, National Clerihew Day in the United States celebrates a poem style created by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. His four-line biographical poem offers a brief, though whimsical, approach to poetry.


    An English novelist and humorist, Edmund Clerihew Bentley (July 10, 1875 – March 30, 1956), created the first-ever Clerihew at the age of 16.

    Sir Humphry Davy
    Abominated gravy.
    He lived in the odium
    Of having discovered sodium

    As with most poetry, the Clerihew is defined by a set of rules. It must:

    • Include four lines.
    • Contain rhyming couplets of AA/BB.
    • Include a person’s name in the first line.
    • Say something about that person.
    • Be humorous. It is meant to be a funny poem, of course.

    The genre of poetry wasn’t limited to Bentley. Other poets wrote and published in this form as well, and still do.

    • A Cluster of Clerihews by Gavin Ewart
    • Excuse My Clerihews by William Hazell
    • The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram by Paul Ingram (Though they don’t really seem lost, I guess they once were.)

    Like limericks, poets poke fun at people real and imagined. As with any humor, the Clerihew draws a chuckle from the reader as well as the subject of the poem. If you can’t laugh at yourself and you’re the subject of a Clerihew, it’s probably better not to read it. If you’re writing a Clerihew about someone who can’t take a joke, maybe don’t write the Clerihew. Or, write it about not being able to take a joke.

    Nelly Belly ha ha
    Danced to Lady GaGa.
    Fell on her bum.
    Cried in her rum.


    Write a Clerihew or of your own! Explore the world of Clerihews, too. You might find the entertainment worth celebrating! Post on social media using #NationalClerihewDay.


    The day is observed annually on the anniversary of Edmund Clerihew Bentley’s birth, July 10th.

    July 10th Celebrated History


    William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow begin arguments in the Scopes Trial. Darrow was part of the defense team for John Scopes, a science school teacher who continued to teach evolution despite a recent Tennessee law making it illegal.


    Swedish engineer Nils Bohlen receives U.S. Patent No. 3,043,625 for the three-point seat belt.


    The Rolling Stones’ single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” becomes the rock band’s first chart-topper in the United States.


    Russia swears in its first elected president, Boris Yeltsin.

    July 10th Celebrated (Birthday

    Nikola Tesla – 1856

    In 1890, the Serbian-American left a legacy of invention behind including patent No. 428,057 for an electric generator. Though he died poor, his interest in AC current launched a revolution in the world of electric motors.

    Mary McLeod Bethune – 1875

    The American educator, advocate and civil servant advised four U.S. presidents during her long career. She also served on numerous projects, committees, and boards including the National Council of Negro Women, Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACS) and Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES). Education being at the center of everything she did, Bethune also established the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation.

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver – 1921

    In 1968, the American philanthropist founded the Special Olympics. Leading up to this pivotal moment, Eunice Shriver through the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation helps establish programs, studies and summer camps focused on those with intellectual disabilities.

    Arthur Ashe – 1943

    After becoming the first African American recruited to the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963, Ashe would go on to become the first male African American to win the U.S. Open (1968)(1970) and Wimbledon (1975). Another first came five years after his 1980 retirement; he became the first male African American inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.