Category: June 22

  • NATIONAL KISSING DAY – June 22

    NATIONAL KISSING DAY | JUNE 22

    We won’t limit you or time you on this affectionate holiday. National Kissing Day on June 22nd encourages us to pucker up for a smooch. Whether the kiss comes from your significant other, your children or pets, share the love!

    #NationalKissingDay

    The kiss has been a part of our culture for thousands of years. The reasons we kiss vary, too. While affection and attraction may be the most common reason for kissing, the kiss has also been used as a greeting. In some cultures, kissing a cheek may date back to Christian rituals. In Ireland, the custom of kissing the Blarney Stone has existed for centuries and is said to bestow the kisser with the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness. Another medieval tradition that hopefully has been extinguished is the practice of kissing the feet or royalty or those in power. A similar act of kissing includes kissing the ring of someone to show fealty.

    Which leads to hand-kissing. While this gesture suggests loyalty to someone, it has a friendlier connotation than that of kissing feet. For some, it’s a sign of respect and affection.

    But National Kissing Day offers more than a history lesson. It encourages us to reconnect and draw closer to our loved ones. Whether it’s a peck on the cheek or a passionate kiss, when we receive one from someone we love, kissing brings joy. Kissing triggers the release of endorphins which in turn tells our brain it’s happy. When we kiss, our anxiety is reduced and our blood pressure lowers, too. Maybe those boo-boo kisses from mom carry some real power.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL KISSING DAY

    Celebrate the power of a kiss. Pull your partner into a passionate kiss or practice your kissing style with them. You can also:

    • Watch movies with great kissing. We suggest Cinema Paradiso directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.
    • Time yourself. Can you beat the longest kissing record in the world? Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranat currently hold the record at 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds. Sure hope they used long-lasting breath mint!
    • Share a story about your first kiss.
    • Not all kisses go well. Share stories of kisses gone wrong. That includes those accidental kisses.
    • What’s your favorite on-screen kiss? Is it from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Body Guard, or Crazy, Stupid Love?

    Let us know how you’re celebrating by using #NationalKissingDay on social media.

    NATIONAL KISSING DAY HISTORY

    While researching the history of National Kissing Day, we did not find a source for June 22nd. However, several events took place around that date starting in 2002. An episode of the United Kingdom soap opera Hollyoak aired on June 25, 2002. The episode featured characters Ellie and Ben who set a record for the longest film kiss. Actors Sarah Baxendale and Marcus Patrick kissed for three minutes and fifteen seconds in a kissing contest hosted for National Kissing Day. While they may have been celebrating the holiday in England that takes place on July 6, it’s still an impressive feat. However, other records have been set since, including some long-lasting kisses on episodes of The Bachelor.

     

  • NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY – June 22

    NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY | JUNE 22

    With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day!

    #NationalHVACTechDay

    Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians?

    A variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times. However, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions, like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.

    This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once they more widely adopted AC in the 1960s.

    Today, many of us take indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the technicians who keep our HVAC systems running, day and night, that we value just as much. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:

    Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC hero.

    A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.

    They go everywhere you’d hate to be!

    Crawl spaces, attics, and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust and debris to cobwebs and pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.

    HVAC technicians can save you some green…

    Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking.

    The savings don’t stop there! Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.

    …and they help you live greener!

    Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY

    Celebrate the day by showing appreciation to your HVAC technician. Give them a shout out using #NationalHVACTechDay when using social media.

    NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY HISTORY

    In 2016, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, created National HVAC Tech Day to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on June 22nd, annually.

     

  • NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY – June 22

    NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY | JUNE 22

    On June 22nd, National Onion Rings Day recognizes a batter-dipped, deep-fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers.

    #NationalOnionRingsDay

    Also found in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.

    • A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined. Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese then deep-frying them in boiling lard. It also recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
    • Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
    • The Pig Stand restaurant chain, established in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s, is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
    • A recipe for deep-fried onion rings dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.  
    • In the 1960s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.

    Many agree onion rings taste best hot from the fryer. Whether you dip them in a sauce or not is up to you. There are plenty to choose from these days, too. Sweet, spicy, salt and vinegar, and everything in between.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL ONION RING DAY

    Head out to your favorite diner and order up some onion rings. You can also make them at home. We even have a recipe for you to try. Of course, you may have a family favorite, and if you do, be sure to show it off!

    Fast and Easy Onion Rings Recipe

    How will you be celebrating? Let us know using #NationalOnionRingsDay on social media.

    NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY HISTORY 

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

    June 22nd Celebrated History

    1841

    Adrien Decambre of France and James Hadden Young of England received the first U.S. patent for a type-setting machine. Patent no. 2,139 for their “Pianotype” machine allowed types to be placed using levers and gravity.

    1978

    At the Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, astronomer James W. Christy discovers Pluto’s first and largest moon – Charon.

    2007

    Disney premieres the animated film Ratatouille. Directed by Brad Bird, the star-studded film featured the voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter O’Toole, Janeane Garofalo and many more.

    2021

    Senate D.C. Statehood hearing begins.

    June 22nd Celebrated Birthdays

    Richard Gurley Drew – 1899

    While working for 3M, Richard Gurley Drew invented masking and cellophane tape. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.

    John Dillinger – 1903

    The notorious American gangster earned the nickname “Public Enemy No. 1” during the Great Depression.

    Rose Kushner – 1929

    The breast cancer survivor, author, and journalist became an advocate who helped change the standard of care for breast cancer treatment.

    Octavia E. Butler – 1947

    Octavia Butler is best known for the novel Kindred, also published the Patternist series of science fiction novels. She brought human issues to her storytelling and opened the door for other black women writers to pursue science fiction.

    Cyndi Lauper – 1953

    “Time After Time” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” so they show their “True Colors.” The American pop singer-songwriter and actress has been performing for more than 40 years.

    Erin Brockovich – 1960

    In 1991, Erin Brockovich investigated water contamination in Hinkley, California for the law firm Masry & Vititoe. At the time, she was a file clerk. Today, Brockovich runs her own consulting firm and continues to investigate water contamination across the United States. Her story was brought to life in the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.

  • NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY – June 22

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY | JUNE 22

    National Chocolate Eclair Day, on June 22nd annually, recognizes a delicious cream-filled pastry covered in smooth chocolate.

    #NationalChocolateEclairDay

    Pastry. Check. Cream filling. Check. Chocolate. Check. What more could you want in a food holiday? Maybe a cup of coffee to go with it, but other than that, do you really need anything else?

    Well, we know the French make many delicacies from dough. These particular pastries are made from a dough called pate a choux. And one of these pastries is the Eclair. They pipe it into an oblong shape using a pastry bag. Once baked, the eclair is light and crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside making it the perfect avenue for transporting creamy vanilla or chocolate creme.

    The word eclair comes from the French word, meaning “flash of lightning.” The connection between the word and this French pastry remains unclear.

    Originating during the nineteenth century in France, the eclair was first called pain à la Duchesse or “petite Duchesse.” Food historians believe that French chef Antonin Careme (1784-1833) first developed the eclair. 

    The 1884 Boston Cooking School Cook Book, by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, has the first known English-language recipe for eclairs.

    In some regions of the United States, Long Johns are marketed under the name eclairs. However, the two are not quite identical. Long Johns are made with donut pastry and typically filled with vanilla pudding or custard. The eclair, on the other hand, requires a little more effort and expense to make.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY

    Visit your favorite bakery or coffee shop for an eclair. Or, you can try making them yourself. We’ve found some delicious recipes to try, too. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to share by using #NationalChocolateEclairDay on social media.

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this sweet holiday. While we do, don’t hesitate to check out these bake shop celebrations: