Category: July 24



    Every year on July 24th, International Self Care Day promotes self-care as a vital foundation of health. It’s also a day for people around the world to prioritize self-care and make it a part of their lifestyle.

    When you take care of yourself to stay well, you are practicing self-care. Staying well includes taking care of your whole self: physically, mentally, and emotionally. For some, self-care also includes taking care of themselves spiritually. So what exactly does self-care look like? It could be as simple as having some quiet time each day. Others might have coffee with a friend at least once a week.

    Other examples of self-care include:

    • Having a regular sleep routine
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Keeping a reflective journal
    • Practicing gratitude
    • Getting a massage
    • Listening to relaxing music
    • Reading a good book
    • Learning to say no
    • Asking for help when necessary

    There are other areas of self-care that some focus on as well. For example, financial self-care involves paying bills on time and putting money into savings. Monitoring time on social media and decluttering your home are included in environmental self-care.

    No matter what kind of self-care one practices, one is bound to reap benefits. Having a healthier mind and body are the two primary benefits. Other benefits of self-care include feeling less stressed and being less overwhelmed. Self-care is especially important for caregivers. It’s easy for a caregiver to pour all of their time and energy into another person. Doing so eventually takes its toll. As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalSelfCareDay

    On this day, self-care activities are held throughout the world. Countries that have participated in the past include Australia, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, Tanzania, the United States, and Vietnam. Self-care activities include poster design competitions, concerts, public lectures, and sponsored public walks. To participate:

    • Come up with a list of ways to practice self-care throughout the remainder of the year.
    • ]If you know a full-time caregiver, offer to take them out for coffee.
    • Learn more about the many benefits of self-care.
    • Read a book to help guide you on your self-care journey, such as The Comfort Book by Matt Haig, The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser, or Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.
    • Take time to listen to a self-care podcast like “Beyond the To-Do List” or “The Chasing Joy Podcast.”

    Share your favorite way of practicing self-care on social media with #InternationalSelfCareDay.


    The International Self-Care Foundation (IFS) established this day in 2011. The IFS is a charity based in the UK with a global focus. They believe that a healthy society starts when each individual first takes care of themselves.




    Thermally speaking, July 24th is an excellent day to acknowledge National Thermal Engineer Day. Since it is one of the hottest days of the year, celebrate the contributions of thermal engineers.


    Electronics thermal management is pivotal for its longevity and reliable operations. Yet thermal engineers who make this possible receive little to no recognition. The market sector doesn’t matter, either. They may work in consumer electronics, large data centers, or cutting-edge biomedical or aerospace electronics. Either way, they contribute to the cornerstone of our nation’s technological advancement. Without thermal engineers, modern life doesn’t function. 

    As specially trained professionals, thermal engineers develop solutions to complex systems. At the same time, their focus may be on the mechanical, but thermal engineers also coordinate with other specialties. By combining communication and organizational skills, these specialists ensure operations continue to run smoothly. On a project, these skills bring a project to an economical and timely resolution. Their efforts create more efficient and innovative infrastructure. The results of their efforts are all around us every day.

    Of course, thermal engineers understand and work with heat management. That’s what they do. They certainly don’t sweat the small stuff. So, it only fits to recognize them on one of the hottest days of the year – July 24th. 


    While you’re celebrating the day, buy a thermal engineer an ice-cold drink. Thank them for their work, too. If you’re interested in a career, learn more about thermal engineering. Post on social media using #ThermalEngineerDay to encourage others to join the conversation.


    In July of 2014, Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) founded National Thermal Engineer Day to recognize the innovation and commitment of the motivated and dedicated electronics and engineering industry. Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) firmly believes in the importance of advancing the thermal engineering industry and is committed to providing the electronics industry with innovative, high-quality, and cost-effective thermal management and electronics packaging solutions.

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    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed in 2014 National Thermal Engineer Day to be observed July 24th annually.


    July 24th Celebrated History


    During an expedition to the Andes Mountains, explorer and scholar Hiram Bingham III rediscovers the ancient Inca mountain city of Machu Picchu.


    Mata Hari’s trial begins in France. The courtesan was accused of spying for Germany. She was found guilty and executed by firing squad.


    Nestlé introduces their instant coffee named Nescafé.


    Columbia Pictures releases the film La Bamba featuring Lou Diamond Phillips. Directed by Luis Valdez, the film tells the story of Ritchie Valens whose recording career was cut short when the plane he was traveling in crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa.

    July 24th Celebrated History

    William Gillette – 1853

    William Gillette played the iconic Sherlock Holmes on stage more than 1,000 times, and it was his portrayal that may have set the persona we most associate with Sir Arthur Conan Doyal’s genius detective. Gillette performed in only one film, also recreating the detective for the silent screen. Just a few years ago, the lost film was rediscovered.

    Alice Ball – 1892

    Alice Ball developed the first successful treatment for Hansen’s disease. As the first African American graduate with an M.S. degree from the College of Hawaii, Ball began her career there teaching chemistry. She began her research into Hansen’s Disease, later developing what became known as the “Ball Method” many years after her death at the age of 24.

    Amelia Earhart – 1897

    The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart captured the hearts and minds of Americans. Her story would become one of legend and speculation when her attempt to circumnavigate the globe ended in her mysterious disappearance of the Pacific ocean in 1937.

    Lynda Carter – 1951

    Crowned Miss World America in 1972, Lynda Carter’s most memorable role was the superhero Wonder Woman in the television series by the same name.

    Karl Malone – 1963

    As a power forward in the NBA for 19 seasons, the professional basketball player earned the nickname “the Mailman.”

    Turia Pitt – 1987

    The Australian mining engineer and athlete turned her misfortune into a motivational business that inspires millions. In 2011, she survived a grass fire that burned 65 percent of her body.



    National Drive-Thru Day on July 24th recognizes an innovation conveniently going strong today. The drive-thru reached its iconic zenith in the 1950s but stayed strong through the 60s, 70s and beyond. People have enjoyed this service since the 1930s.


    The ease of dropping off or picking up an item without getting out of the car may be something we take for granted. Of course, many studies point to the benefits and drawbacks associated with using the drive-thru.

    The first and most obvious that comes to mind is the ease of dropping off or picking up and item. Whether its the mail, a prescription or the dry cleaning, pulling up to a window or a slot and passing the article through is eminently easier than even finding a parking spot. Then, if we have children, we collect our children, our item and wait in line. After waiting, we usually search for our parking spot while juggling children and once again pile them back into the car. When multiple stops are involved, repeat the previous steps. Check the ease of use box.

    Secondly, many people think the drive-thru is faster. While that might be true at some locations, it will depend on the type of service, time of day, and where you are located. For example, a long line in the drive-thru at the bank may mean no waiting inside. The same may also be true at your favorite fast-food restaurant. However, if you only need to drop off a letter at the post office, use the drive-up option.

    Finally, accuracy tops the list of some drive-thru specialists. Again, this criteria is hit or miss. Depending on the type of business, time of day and location, accuracy varies. Interestingly, in 2018, Chic-fil-A mastered this arena with 97.3% accuracy.

    Did you know:
    • There are more than 211,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States.
    • The drive-thru format was pioneered in the United States for banking services.
    • Hamburgers sold for just 18 cents at some of the first drive-thru restaurants.
    • Restaurants, coffee shops, liquor stores, pharmacies, and many more services utilize drive-thrus for quick service.


    Enjoy the day by using all the drive-thrus available to you. Post on social media using #NationalDriveThruDay to encourage others to celebrate the day with you.


    America’s first drive-thru burger chain, Jack in the Box, created National Drive-Thru Day to celebrate America’s love of convenience by car.




    National Cousins Day on July 24th recognizes the lifelong relationships that grow among cousins. Our first friendships often form with cousins as young as infants and endure a lifetime. 


    Whether cousins grow up together in close-knit families or only see each other occasionally, they share common memories through grandparents, aunts, and uncles. At family gatherings, cousins entertain each other and get into trouble together, too. They celebrate birthdays and might even blow out the other’s candles to their cousin’s annoyance. When their siblings irritate them, cousins become an ally. Sometimes cousins seem more like siblings, especially if they’re only children.

    As cousins grow up, watching their children grow reminds them of their youth. And that’s when the cycle begins anew.

    The day celebrates every age of cousins – new baby cousins and cousins whose babies are all grown up!


    Gather up your cousins and take a photo. Send a text to your cousins who are too far away. If you need to hear their voices, give them a call. Reminisce over the good times. Be sure to laugh about those things that didn’t seem so funny at the time. Post photos on social media using #NationalCousinsDay.


    While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this family-themed day, check out these other popular celebrations:




    Each year on July 24th, National Amelia Earhart Day honors the achievements of the aviation pioneer on the date of her birth. 


    Author and American aviation pioneer, Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. One of Earhart’s most impressive achievements took place on May 20th, 1932. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic. He flew from New York to Paris in 33 hours and 30 minutes. 

    Earhart took off from Grace Harbor, Newfoundland four years to the day Lindbergh completed his flight. Throughout the flight, she faced many technical difficulties. Her goal was to land in Paris, France. The previous year, Ruth Nichols also attempted to fly solo across the Atlantic. Had she succeed, she would have been the first woman to do so. However, Nichols’ crashed while attempting to land for refueling in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia.

    Due to Earhart’s challenges in flight, she landed the red Lockheed Vega 14 hours and 16 minutes later in Derry, Ireland. All in all, the flight was a success. She became the first woman pilot to complete the journey. Following Earhart’s record-setting accomplishment, she earned the United States Distinguished Flying Cross.

    More Earhart Facts
    • Broke many other records
    • Wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences
    • Instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines (an organization for female pilots)
    • Joined the Purdue University aviation department faculty in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help to inspire others with her love for aviation.
    • Member of the National Woman’s Party
    • Supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment

    In 1937, Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe. Unfortunately, her Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island in July. 

    Today, her successes continue to draw women around the globe to the world of aviation. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance continues to this day. Whether or not the mystery will ever be solved remains to be seen.


    Celebrate the day by researching and reading more about this famous female aviator. Add to your research other women aviation pioneers that led the way such as Bessie Coleman and Louise Thaden. Another way to celebrate includes exploring other amazing firsts in flight. We get you started with these 8 amazing aviators. There are also more aviation days to celebrate! Check out these 7 Fantastic Day Celebrating Flight. You can also cast your doubts or share your wonder by using #AmeliaEarhartDay on social media.


    We know this day commemorates the birth date of Amelia Earhart of July 24, 1897. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Amelia Earhart Day.




    On July 24th, commemorate National Tequila Day with a little lime and salt. Mix up a Margarita, Paloma, or a Mamasita to celebrate the day! People have been making Tequila for centuries, and it was once known as mezcal wine.


    In fact, Tequila is mezcal, but mezcal isn’t Tequila. That’s because Tequila is distilled from a specific type of agave plant. Also, the law protects its production. Take a sip, and we’ll travel into Tequila’s history.

    Tequila History

    It all started around the 16th century. Cortez arrived on the North American continent with his Spanish conquistadors. They didn’t care much for the fermented mezcal wine served to them. However, the Spanish introduced copper stills to the population. Enter the distilling process. 

    Now, our story takes us to Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico. Located in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the town made a name for themselves by distilling Blue Agave. Even though a variety of succulents in Mexico produce mezcal, only one delivers the nectar to distill Tequila. Blue Agave grows in the highland region. Indeed, the unique growing conditions contribute to a larger size and sweeter tasting agave. In contrast, agave grown in the lowland regions taste and smell more herbal.

    In Mexico, the law protects the production of Tequila. The rule states Tequila is only Tequila if it is made within Jalisco. Additionally, the law limits production to regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. However, the same ingredients distilled anywhere else cannot be labeled Tequila. 

    Interestingly, many names in the tequila business today were the very first commercial producers of Tequila. For example, José Antonio Cuervo held the first license for making the favored beverage. He kept a well-known company, too. Two other names include Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, whose businesses continue in some form today.

    Equally enjoyed in cocktails such as the margarita or tequila sunrise, connoisseurs savor a good tequila like a good whiskey. As a result, savvy drinkers experience the smooth renaissance of Tequila. Surprisingly, it’s not the firewater they remember from their youth. 


    While cooking up fajitas, mix a drink for you and your friends. Try margaritas or a new cocktail. Make a celebration out of your meal.  (Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive). Join the conversation by posting on social media using #NationalTequilaDay.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beverage holiday.