Category: October 14



    October 14 is National Real Sugar Day and we celebrate the people who harvest sugar crops and learn about it’s origins. We also learn how to balance a healthy diet, while enjoying enjoy food made with real sugar.


    Today, we dedicate the entire day to celebrating the gold standard of sweetness on National Real Sugar Day. In a March 2021 survey, 1,500 U.S. consumers were asked to name any ingredients that makes food or beverages more enjoyable to eat or drink. Of course, sugar came in as the number one ingredient. Not only does real sugar provide our food with amazing flavor, aroma, color, and texture, it is also available to anyone who wants to make their life a little sweeter.

    The real sugar we stock in our pantries and use in many of our favorite recipes is grown by sugar beet and sugar cane farmers across the United States. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that provides energy when you need it. In fact, glucose is the building block of most carbohydrates and is a key fuel source for the body. In addition, real sugar is essential for the brain, muscles, and other organs to property function.

    Real Sweetness

    What is real sugar? Real sugar comes from sugar beets and sugar cane plants through photosynthesis. After harvest, sugar plants are taken to facilities to extract and package the sugar for use in our kitchens. In addition, sugar plants also contain molasses, which is found naturally in the sugar plants. When molasses is washed away from the real sugar, the result is brown sugar. Interestingly, when you leave the molasses on the sugar plants, the result is also brown sugar.

     “A healthy dietary pattern limits added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day.” ~Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    How much sugar can you consume? A healthy lifestyle is about maintaining a balanced diet, which includes proper physical activity and avoiding anything in excess. A healthy balance means being able to enjoy real sugar in nutritious foods, and occasionally sweets and treats.


    • Bake or cook something with real sugar and share with your family and friends.
    • Visit a sugar beet or sugar cane harvest to learn how sugar cane is processed. 
    • Share your favorite sweet recipe.
    • Host a baking day with your friends to make all of your favorite sweet treats.
    • Teach your class about where real sugar comes from.
    • Identify the closest state to you where sugar is grown.
    • Share your real sugar creations on social media by posting photos and tagging #NationalRealSugarDay.


    In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed the Sugar Association, Inc. to the National Day Calendar Founder Family. National Real Sugar Day was born to be celebrated each year on October 14. 

    The Sugar Association consists of 14 member companies across 17 states that proudly grow, extract, and deliver the real sugar to the American public.

    The Sweet History of Sugar

    Sugar has been around for thousands of years and is one of the oldest commodities in the world. In fact, early documentation about domestication of sugar cane dates back to 8000 BC in Papua New Guinea. According to records, the indigenous people would chew on it raw. From there, it spread across the globe. 

    Sugar was crystallized in India for the first time around 350 CE. During this time, sugar was used to treat indigestion and stomach ailments by both Roman and Greek civilizations. Between 640-900 CE, the Chinese began developing cultivation techniques to grow and harvest sugar. However, the export of sugar would not reach Europe until around 1101 CE.

    A Growing Industry

    As the sugar industry grew, so did the invention of sugar cane presses to extract sugar more easily. In 1550, over 3,000 sugar mills were open in the Caribbean and South America. By 1751, sugar cane would enter Louisiana, making it the final sugar colony in the U.S. However, the discovery of beet sugar by German chemist Andreas Marggraf in 1747 would not reach the U.S. for another 100 years.

    In 1890, the first commercial sugar beet factories would open in the U.S. Interestingly, the mechanization of sugar cane cultivation began when 16 whole stalk harvesters were successfully used to harvest cane in Louisiana in 1938. Around 1946, machines would cut over 63% of the sugar crop in Louisiana.

    Today, real sugar grows from coast to coast and border to border of the United States. In fact, sugar cane is grown in three states: Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. In addition, 11 states grow beats: California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. While it was once so valuable that people kept it locked in a sugar safe, advancements in extracting sugar from plants have made this versatile ingredient available to everyone. 

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  • I LOVE YARN DAY – Second Saturday in October


    I Love Yarn Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in October.


    Yarn lovers and crafters around the world rejoice! I Love Yarn Day embraces the opportunity to share your craft with someone new. Teach someone to knit, crochet, weave or enjoy any yarn craft. Explore the variety of yarns, their vibrant colors, their soft textures, and warm tones. Expose your stash to the daylight and break out the scissors. Needles optional!

    Yarn Bombing is creatively covering objects with knitted or crocheted material in an artistic manner.

    Crochet uses a hooked needle to loop strands of threads together to make garments or artwork.

    Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn together using two needles. The loops or stitches develop fabrics for sweaters, blankets and other materials.

    Weaving creates textiles by interlacing threads at right angles.

    String art creates an image by stringing yarn or string between pins placed on a surface. The concepts can be geometric, abstract or representational.

    Doll making uses yarn to create soft dolls and animals by wrapping yarn and shaping fiber, using pom poms made from yarn and trimming it to form features.

    Needlepoint uses yarn by placing colored knots and crosses in fabric or canvas to create an image or pattern.


    Teach someone about the love of yarn crafts. Share your story on social media using #ILoveYarnDay.


    The Craft Yarn Council founded I Love Yard day in 2011 spreading the love of yarn crafts for generations to come. The Craft Yarn Council is a nonprofit comprised of leading yarn companies, manufacturers, publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry.  “A survey conducted by the council affirms the numerous health benefits of yarn crafts like knitting and crocheting,” Jenny Bessonette, Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council said. “We invite all of our followers to participate by posting and talking about how yarn has affected their lives.”

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    National Motorcycle Ride Day on the second Saturday in October encourages all motorcyclists in the USA and the world to get out on their motorcycles for a united day of riding.

    The month of October offers two significant reasons to ride. First, it’s the end of the riding season for a lot of motorcyclists. It is also the month that John B. Dunlop developed the first practical pneumatic tire in 1887. Without this development in tire technology, motorcycles would not perform as they do or be as enjoyable as they are today. That being said, the day also honors John B. Dunlop and his invention of the first practical pneumatic tire.

    Use the day to escape on your motorcycle. Have some fun, relieve some stress, and really enjoy the thrills. Freedom is what riding a motorcycle offers.

    The day focuses on riders of all motorcycle disciplines. No matter what type of motorcycle you own or what type of rider you are, enjoy the camaraderie that comes along with owning a motorcycle. If you own a motorcycle, you will understand.

    National Motorcycle Ride Day also encourages motorcyclists to support the motorcycle industry. While enjoying some of the last beautiful days of riding, stop by your local motorcycle dealer, too. By supporting your local dealer and other businesses while enjoying your ride, you will help spur growth in your local economy.


    Go for a ride with a friend and enjoy the fall weather. Be sure to share the enjoyment of riding while the season lasts. While you are out on your ride or at your local dealer take a picture.

    • Relive the thrill of this year’s rides.
    • Plan trips for next year.
    • While connecting with other riders, find out about their favorite places to ride.
    • Join a riding organization.

    Give a shout out to your favorite businesses and post on social media using #NationalMotorcycleRideDay and @nationalmotorcyclerideday


    Chad Geer of Dunlop Tire N.A. founded National Motorcycle Ride Day 2015 to celebrate the riding in the fall weather and the invention of the pneumatic tire.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to be celebrated annually on the second Saturday in October, annually.

    MEDIA CONTACT: info@nationalmotorcyclerideday

    Motorcycle Ride FAQ

    Q. Are motorcycle laws universal across the United States?
    A. No. For example, some states require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets while others require helmet usage based on age. Some states have no laws regarding helmets. 

    Q. Does any state allow lane splitting?
    A. Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between vehicles. It is usually done when there is traffic congestion. However, it is considered dangerous. California is the only state to legalize the practice.

    Q. Do any states limit the age of the motorcycle driver?
    A. Currently, laws may restrict the age of the driver by requiring the driver to be a minimum age. There are no maximum age limitations. However, most motorcyclists recognize the physical and mental requirements necessary to ride and stop riding when they are no longer able to safely operate a motorcycle.

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    People around the country indulge every October 14th on National Dessert Day!  Celebrated by way of the local bakery, grandma’s house or chocolate shop, desserts include candies, pies, ice cream, fruits, cookies, pastries, cobblers, and donuts, too. 


    The available ingredients affect the range of desserts made in each region. The very first desserts required minimal effort or preparation since ancient cultures were more focused on the nutrition in foods to survive. Over the years, desserts have changed from natural candies and nuts to complex soufflés and multi-layered cakes. In modern culture, there are many more options available in desserts.

    Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. ~ Erma Bombeck

    Throughout the year, we see seasonal delights. As we near the holiday season, the flavors change. For some, the taste of gingerbread or fruitcake may come to mind. Others will pull out recipes handed down for generations. Pecan, pumpkin, and apple pies come to mind. Other rich desserts round out the dessert table, too. Flan, tarts, and everything with maple glaze.


    This is an excellent day to order dessert first! Whether you go out to your favorite bakery or whip up something delicious at home, share your celebrations with others. Give a shout out to your favorite baker or share your go-to recipe. What’s your favorite dessert? Pie, cake, or something in between? Post photos on social media using #NationalDessertDay.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of the sweet food holiday.

    Dessert FAQ

    Q. How much ice cream do Americans eat?
    A. Well, in 2019, Americans spent $6 billion on ice cream. 

    Q. What are America’s favorite desserts?
    A. America loves its cakes, pies, and ice cream. But it also loves cookies and donuts. 


  • BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY – October 14


    Be Bald and Be Free Day on October 14th celebrates the naked crown. Sometimes the day is referred to as Bald and Free Day.


    Bared noggins take the spotlight during this holiday. It recognizes the beauty of a naked scalp. Baldness comes in several forms, too. Partial or total, sometimes a chrome dome is by choice. Others come by it naturally.

    Whether your ‘chrome dome’ is the result of hair loss or shaving your head, this National Day celebrates you! And not everyone goes bald from traditional aging and hair loss. Some lose their hair from medical treatments making this observance extra special for these individuals.


    Naturally, we want you to share your bald selfies with us on social media. The day offers an opportunity to support those going through treatment as well.  And definitely be sure to use #BeBaldAndBeFreeDay as a hashtag to post on your social media accounts.

    Also, give a shout-out to those you know who are clean on top. Whether using the day to tease or support a friend, be sure everyone enjoys the day.


    This day was founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy from Wellcat.

    Bald FAQ

    Q. Should I go against or with the grain when shaving my scalp?
    A. The schools of thought are divided on the topic of against or with the grain. If you want a closer shave, go against the grain. If you prefer to be gentle with your skin, go with the grain. This guidance applies where ever you are shaving.

    Q. Do I need to wear sunblock if my scalp is bald?
    A. Yes. Any exposed skin will be at risk of sunburn and damage when outdoors. Wearing a hat is another option.

    Q. How often should I shave my head?
    A. Shaving every other day or every third day will prevent your scalp from becoming dry and irritated.

    October 14th History


    Henry Blair receives his first patent. He was only the second African American to be granted a patent in the United States. His first patent was for a corn planter that made it easier for farmers to sow their cornfields. A few years later, Blair received his second patent. The invention was a modification of his first invention to accommodate planting cotton seeds. In 1821, Thomas Jennings received the first patent granted to an African American.


    Alfred Nobel is granted a patent for the preparation of nitroglycerin. It is his first Swedish patent, and the scientist would continue to pursue improvements to the handling of this explosive compound, eventually leading to the development of dynamite.


    A.A. Milne publishes the illustrated children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh. The lovable, honey-loving bear and colorful characters became a worldwide hit. The classic illustrations by E.H. Shepard were later recreated by Disney artists.


    During her service with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Carl became the first woman test pilot. On October 14, 1944, Carl flew a Bell YP-59A becoming the first woman to fly a jet aircraft.


    Piloting the Bell X-1, Major Charles E. Yeager became the first person to fly at supersonic speeds. The aircraft broke the sound barrier at 662 miles (1,066 kilometers) per hour.


    On the 4th day of their mission, the Apollo 7 crew transmits the first live television broadcast from space. It would be the first of four broadcasts from the three-person space mission.

    October 14th Birthdays

    Dwight D Eisenhower – 1890

    After serving as commanding general of the U.S. forces in World War II, Eisenhower was elected as the country’s 34th president. He served two terms from 1953-1961, navigating the country through the early years of the Cold War.

    Lois Lenski – 1893 

    The Newbery Award-winning author and illustrator published her first books in 1927. She’s best known for her book Strawberry Girl and illustrating the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

    EE Cummings – 1894

    Through his poetry, Cummings expressed a unique style that was simplified, precise, and sparse. Full of innuendo and sentiment, some of his most popular poems include ‘spring omnipotent goddess’ and ‘I carry your heart with me.’

    Charles Everett Koop – 1916

    The pediatric surgeon served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States. His career is full of innovative treatments, advancements, and firsts in medicine. During his two terms as Surgeon General, he brought focus and confidence to public health. He also steadily steered the country through the AIDS pandemic.

    Ralph Lauren – 1939

    Born Ralph Lifshitz, the fashion designer founded the Ralph Lauren Company in 1967. His first products were a line of men’s ties.

    Usher – 1978

    The award-winning singer, songwriter and dancer was born Usher Raymond IV. His #1 hit song “Yeah!” featured Lil Jon and Ludacris. Some of his other Billboard hits include “Burn” and “Scream.”

  • NATIONAL CHESS DAY – Second Saturday of October

    National Chess Day | Second Saturday in October
    National Chess Day | Second Saturday in October


    The second Saturday in October recognizes National Chess Day. The game challenges players mentally while also breaking down barriers through the centuries.   


    Chess developed in India during the fifth century. As the strategic game spread across continents, the pieces and rules evolved. It also shifted between classes. Once, only the upper class could afford to linger over a long, challenging game. However, the merchant class would later introduce the game to the rest of the population as they traveled around the world trading their wares.

    In the game of chess, two opponents go head to head with 16 playing pieces each. These pieces include eight pawns, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one queen and one king in each color. Their objective is to capture the opponent’s king through a series of strategic moves.

    The day celebrates the long history of chess and recognizes the role chess plays in connecting people across societies. The game has broken many barriers – class, language, and cultural – simply by two people sitting down to play one of the most mentally challenging games in the world.

    Chess Facts
    • It’s a mental game. However, the game can end as quickly as two moves.
    • The longest possible chess game in terms of the number of moves is 5,949.
    • Checkmate derives from the Persian phrase Shah Mat. The phrase means “the King is dead.”
    • In 1989, a chess match between Ivan Nikolic and Goran Arsovic in Belgrade ended in a draw. It was recorded as the longest official check game and lasted 269 moves.
    • The playing board used today with the alternating light and dark squares first appeared in Europe in 1090.


    Play a game of chess. Find a tournament near you and join it.  Create an event to teach others to play chess.  Use #NationalChessDay to post on social media.

    We also reveal 7 Stories Behind Our Favorite Games. Come check it out!


    President Ford declared National Chess Day on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. More information can be found on this day due to the work of David Heiser.  You can find his investigative work here.

    For both professionals and amateurs, chess is a game that sharpens the mind, tests human faculties and encourages healthy competition. It has captivated the attention of players and specators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind. ~ President Gerald Ford ~ October 1976

    Our founding fathers played chess, including George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Franklin was exceptionally skilled and wrote one of the earliest books on chess.

    Chess FAQ

    Q. How many pieces are in a chess set?
    A. Each competitor starts with 16 pieces for a total of 32 pieces in a chess set.

    Q. How many pawns are in a chess set?
    A. Each competitor starts with 8 pawns for a total of 16 pawns in a chess set.

    Q. What is the difference between check and checkmate?
    A. The use of “check” in chess signals that the opponent’s king is being threatened, but there are still moves available to end the threat. When a competitor uses “checkmate,” the game is over because there is no way to save the king.

    Q. Are there other board games celebrated on the calendar?
    A. Yes. We include both Scrabble and Monopoly on the calendar. 

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  • NATIONAL COSTUME SWAP DAY – Second Saturday in October


    On the second Saturday in October, National Costume Swap Day encourages pirates, princesses, dragons, and wizards to trade costumes!


    No matter whether your costumes are store-bought, homemade, or patched together, stretch your costume collections. Friends, neighbors, offices, and playgroups gather to swap costumes just in time for Halloween. But the day isn’t designed just for trick-or-treaters. Theater groups prepping for the fall drama season also benefit from swapping costumes.

    Not only is a costume swap a great way to save money, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to explore ideas for children of all ages. Dress up provides children a chance to use their imagination. Playing a role and pretending explores personality and the imaginary worlds they’ve only read about or seen on TV. When colorful costumes that fit their dreams suddenly appear before them, children’s eyes light up. And parents’ pocketbooks feel relieved.

    When it comes to a budding theater troupe, costuming can be an arduous task. Depending on the requirements of the play, dressing the cast can almost be as difficult as dressing the stage. Area theater groups support one another in numerous ways. Costuming is just another way they help out.

    Also, both approaches to costume swapping help the environment. Not only is it recycling at its best by reusing costumes, but it also keeps costumes out of landfills.


    Swap an old Halloween costume for a different one. Organize a costume swap in your neighborhood, with your daycare or extended family. 

    Be sure to use #NationalCostumeSwapDay to post on social media.


    In 2010, created Costume Swap Day to promote an economical and environmentally friendly way to dress for Halloween. 

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    Costume Swap FAQ

    Q. Should I clean my costumes before putting them in a swap?
    A. Yes. No one wants to get a muddy, dusty, or messy costume.

    Q. Do costume swaps include adult-size costumes?
    A. They sure can include adult-size costumes. Grownups like to dress up on Halloween or for masquerade balls, too!

    Q. What are some other ways to use old costumes?
    A. Once a costume is used, they seem to just take up space. You may be able to donate old costumes to a local theatre troupe. Another way to use old costumes is by creating a dress-up trunk. Children love to dress up and use their imaginations. You can also donate them to a thrift shop or try to sell them at a consignment shop.

    Q. Is it ok to wear the same costume year after year?
    A. If the costume fits, why not wear it a few years in a row?

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