Category: October 12




    National Savings Day sets aside October 12th to recognize those who value the act of saving and to provide simple steps to show getting started isn’t as difficult as it may seem.


    Many of us already save every day. We’ve been doing it for a long time. We collect sentimental items because they mean something to us and they evoke emotion. These objects come in all forms. For some, it might be a baseball glove that reminds you of playing catch with your dad. Another person may save an engagement ring passed down through generation. Others save boxes full of t-shirts representing years of concerts.

    We save lots of things for extended periods of time, and they accumulate quite well.

    Transferring this concept to a portion of our paycheck every month isn’t that far of a stretch. Consider the savings account your junk drawer or the sock basket. Only when a savings account is overflowing, you won’t be so annoyed.


    Open a savings account if you don’t already have one. Save a portion of your paycheck each week. Set it up with your account to be automatically deposited. You’ll never miss it. Before you know it, you’ll have a portion saved up. Setting goals helps, too. Share your tips for saving money. Visit with a savings professional for more ways to save.

    Use #NationalSavingsDay to be a part of the conversation on social media.


    Capital One founded National Savings Day to empower people to feel more confident about their relationship with money by educating them on how saving money can be a simple, straightforward experience that fits more naturally into their lives and existing behaviors.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Savings Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

    Savings FAQ
    Q. How can I begin tracking my spending?
    A. Tracking your spending is a great way to see where all your money is going. By the end of one month, you’ll have a pretty good picture of what spending needs to stop to begin saving. There are several ways to track your spending that will help you to better manage your money.

    1. Use an app. Some banks include a built-in app that will track each purchase made with your debit or credit card. Each purchase is placed into a category and you can see where most of your money goes.
    2. Write it all down. Track every purchase in a notebook. You can include your monthly bills, groceries, and gas. Don’t forget your miscellaneous purchases.
    3. Use cash. Divide your income into expense categories. Label envelopes with each expense and place the appropriate (estimated for certain expenses) amount of cash into each envelope. When the money is gone from the envelope, it’s gone. It’s a great way to learn where you’ve been overspending.
    4. Create a budget on a spreadsheet. Similar to the envelopes, you track your income and spending in a debit/credit spreadsheet. Each column is assigned a spending category. Don’t forget to create a savings column.

    Q. How can I start saving money?
    A. Whether you save $10 or $100 a month, those savings add up over time. Try these saving tips to get started.

    1. If you don’t have a savings account, open one. Many banks have auto-transfer options between checking and saving accounts. Schedule an automatic transfer from your checking to your savings account on your paydays. Then forget about it. Your savings account will grow faster than you expect.

    2. Check your bank account for automatic subscriptions. You might be paying for services you don’t even use anymore. Cancel those subscriptions and each month, place the cost of those now canceled subscriptions into a savings account.

    3. Reduce your energy costs.

    Whether you leave the windows open longer in the spring before letting the AC kick in or keeping the thermostat set a degree or two lower during the winter, you’ll find the savings in your next energy bill. Other ways to save money on energy include:

    • Make one trip. Make a list for shopping and get it all done at once. You’ll save on gas.
    • Seal gaps around doors and windows. If you can afford it, replace old leaky windows, too.
    • Turn off lights, fans and electronics when not in use. Some of them can even be unplugged to further reduce usage.
    • Switch to LED light bulbs. They are more energy-efficient.

    4. Don’t use credit cards to pay your bills, especially if you don’t pay your card off every month. The interest adds up over time and costs you multiple times what the item you purchased was worth.

    5. Eat out less. Cook more. Cooking at home is a lot less expensive than dining out. Reduce the frequency by at least half. Even if you only eat out once a week, reducing it to twice a month will still save you money.

    6. Switch phone plans. If you own your cellular phone and your contract is close to expiring, today’s phones can be transferred to any service. Shop around for the best deal, including pre-paid services.


  • NATIONAL GUMBO DAY – October 12


    On October 12th, the menu spotlights National Gumbo Day for food holidays. This heavily seasoned, stew-like dish fills us up on chilly fall days.


    Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, Gumbo typically consists of strongly-flavored stock with meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoned vegetables. The seasoned vegetables may include celery, bell peppers, and onions. In Cajun cuisine, the trio is known as the “holy trinity.” Most people serve Gumbo over rice. Gumbo also falls into different categories based on the following types of thickener used:

    • African vegetable okra
    • Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves)
    • Roux (the French base made of flour and fat)

    Gumbo arose from a West African word for okra. Many believe this word association is how the soup and the ingredient became intertwined. Gumbo is thought to have been first documented in 1802 and was listed in various cookbooks in the latter 19th century. It gained widespread popularity in the 1970s when the United States Senate cafeteria added Gumbo to the menu in honor of Louisiana Senator Allen Ellender. Gumbo is also the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana. Since 1989, New Iberia, Louisiana hosts The World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off.  


    Of course, you’re going to serve up your favorite gumbo dish. This terrific dish will also help you use up the last of the garden vegetables. Serve up a piping hot plate of it on a cool fall evening. Make enough to share, too. If you don’t have one, we’ve got you covered! Share recipes that keep your family coming back for more. 

    Chicken and Okra Gumbo
    Seafood Okra Gumbo

    Use #NationalGumboDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching this hearty food holiday.


    October 12th Celebrated History


    Munich celebrates its first Oktoberfest in honor of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.


    The Executive Mansion receives a new name. Just weeks into his presidency, President Theodore Roosevelt officially gives the president’s residence the name of White House. The new name went into immediate use, appearing on official stationary and in many U.S. newspapers.


    Rookie basketballer, Larry Bird, debuts in his first NBA game. The forward scored 14 points for the Boston Celtics against the Houston Rockets.


    In the eye of Super Typhoon Tip west of Guam in the Pacific Ocean, the US Air Weather Service recorded the lowest barometric pressure ever documented. The pressure recorded was 870 millibar. That’s compared to normal barometric pressure at sea level of 1013.3.


    Alexandra Trusova of the Russian Federation completed the first quadruple Lutz by a woman figure skater. The skater’s achievement took place during the Junior Grand Prix in Yerevan, Armenia.

    October 12th Celebrated Birthdays

    Ascanio Sobrero – 1812 

    In 1846, the Italian chemist discovered nitroglycerine. His discovery would later be used in other applications. Alfred Nobel found that diatomaceous earth easily absorbed the nitroglycerin creating a paste – and later dynamite.

    Mary Kingsley – 1862

    The explorer and ethnographer wrote two books about her travels – Travels in West Africa and West African Studies. Through her journey and writing, she brought a better tolerance and understanding of West African tribes.

    August Horch – 1868

    The one-time blacksmith turned shipbuilder founded the Horch & Cie Motorwagen Werke in 1899 in Cologne, Germany. Horch later launched another company we are familiar with today – Audi.

    Doris Miller – 1919

    The American sailor earned the Navy Cross for his heroic actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. As a Cook, Third Class, aboard the USS West Virginia, he aided the wounded and also took control of an unattended 50-caliber anti-aircraft gun, firing on the invading Japanese aircraft.

    Art Clokey – 1921

    The artist pioneered a style of clay animation known as stop-motion. His best-known characters include Gumby and Pokey from the Gumby adventures.

    Jean Nidetch – 1923

    In 1963, Nidetch transformed from housewife to businesswoman. She founded the diet company called Weight Watchers, also transforming the habits of dieters around the world. The format of healthful eating plus group support led to a worldwide franchise.

    Janet Wiley – 1933

    Before joining the South Bend Blue Sox roster in 1949 at the age of 16, Wiley served as the team’s bat-girl. She later made her professional baseball debut in the All American Girls Professional Baseball league in 1950 with the Chicago Colleens. The pitcher and outfielder played three years in the league, leaving on a career-ending injury.

    Scott O’Grady – 1965

    On June 2, 1995, while assigned to a mission supporting NATO ground troops in Bosnia, Captain Scott O’Grady’s F16 was shot down. Even though no parachute was seen, the pilot successfully ejected from the aircraft and parachuted to earth. O’Grady avoided the Serbian troops for six days and used his survival skills until he made contact with another F-16 squadron.

  • NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY – October 12


    National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation. In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and families who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day. 


    National Farmer’s Day was previously known as Old Farmer’s Day.

    From very early in American culture, farmers set an example with their endless hard work. Not only do they provide a nation with the food we eat, but they also contribute to our economy in numerous ways. Before seeds even find their way into the ground, farmers supply a stream of jobs. From manufacturing, marketing, and tourism, farmers keep small and large communities going strong. Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:

    • leather
    • apparel
    • restaurants
    • beverages
    • textiles
    • trucking
    • railroad
    • forestry
    • pharmaceuticals
    • transportation

    Some cities and towns across the United States celebrate their own versions of Farmer’s Day. Dates are scattered throughout the year with celebrations and festivals. Many of them are held in September and October.

    October does seem fitting for celebrating this National Day as it is near the end of the harvest. Many farmers will be able to take a rest from their hard labor to join in the celebration of this holiday.


    While thanking a farmer is one way to celebrate the day, consider these opportunities to learn more about farming.

    • Learn more about the farm to table process.
    • Discover more about all the foods you consume.
    • Attend small-town festivals. These often showcase the food and culture of farm life. By supporting the festivals, you’re also supporting the farmer and their communities. 
    • Support local farmers. How?
      • Buy fruits and vegetables from a farmer’s market.
      • Another way to support local farmers is by investing in cooperative farming.
      • Visit pick your own farms. These farms not only offer fresh fruits and vegetables but hands-on experience harvesting. While you’re not using equipment, you will get to enjoy an afternoon with friends and family. It’s also an educational experience, too.
      • Other fun and educational farm experiences are found at pumpkin patches. These farm settings offer a wide variety of activities full of autumn produce often grown locally. When you show your support for your farmers, you also support your community.
    • Visit your local small-town historical societies. Not only do they record the history of the town, but with it the history of the farmers who helped to build the foundations of small-town America.

    Do you want to know more? Look at these 5 Ways Agriculture Impacts Our Lives.  Use #NationalFarmersDay to post on social media.


    Records of National Farmer’s Day events exist dating back to the 1800s. However, we have not determined the exact origins of the day.




    Annually on October 12th, National Freethought Day encourages people to be free thinkers and base their opinions on facts, science, logic, and reason.


    The day promotes logic and evidence-based decision making. Additionally, the observance offers an opportunity for freethinkers to have a sense of community. It also provides a way to open a dialogue and share their opinions.


    Think rationally and use #FreethoughtDay to post on social media.


    Several groups since at least 1997 have promoted Freethought Day. Organizations such as the Freethought Society, American Humanist Association, and Secular Coalition For America are just a few.

    The organizers selected the date of October 12th due to a series of events dating back to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Throughout the trials, questionable evidence and accusers’ claims of witnessing devils and specters caused the case to halted. Eventually, the hysteria surrounding the case and a letter written by the Massachusetts Governor William Phips on October 12th declared “spectral evidence” inadmissible in court. Up until that point, at least 20 accused had already been executed. The governor’s letter saved hundreds of lives. 

    At some point, the trials did resume and “spectral evidence” was allowed but largely discounted and those convicted were swiftly pardoned by Phips.