Category: October 16

  • NATIONAL SPORTS DAY – October 16


    October is prime time for National Sports Day. That’s why on October 16th, the fans, families, and athletes of all the sports converge to celebrate their favorite athletic events. All disciplines of a sport take the field, from the youngest to the seasoned professional.


    While golfers hit the links to get at least nine more holes before the snow flies, hoopsters gear up for the season ahead. The puck hits center ice early in October, while baseball aims for the bleachers and clears the bases.

    Football is heating up with tackles, kicks, and offsides. Don’t forget, volleyball digs midseason, too. Runners in most of the country love October. Events like 5k, half, and full marathons throughout the nation feature opportunities to enjoy the fall weather and beautifully changing landscapes. In the Western Hemisphere, families gather to watch soccer’s final kickoff. The intensity builds, and every game ends with memories of wicked kicks or the goalie’s best save.

    From a young age, family road trips took many to cheer on siblings in a variety of sports. We hauled our gear from place to place, and the team knew the season was drawing to a close when the duffle bags began to smell.


    Gather your friends to enjoy watching your favorite team. Get out and play, too. No matter your skill level, relishing the challenge and physical activity will be worth it. Besides, getting together with friends and family to celebrate a favored pastime is one of the best ways to Celebrate Every Day®. And when you do, take a team photo and share it using #NationalSportsDay.

    You can learn more about the sports you love in 6 Brief Histories of Sports in America.


    Wale RocksNational Sports Day - 1v1 Soccer Championship (pronounced Wally) in partnership with National Day Calendar founded National Sports Day in 2019 to celebrate the athletes, families, and fans of all sports. National Sports Day is about the benefits of sporting competition. When our youth have an opportunity to play competitively, they advance their skills and build great habits to take with them into adulthood. Family members who support them create a bond that brings them together, improving the family unit and communities throughout the nation.

    Children excel at a sport when given a chance to practice under the pressure of competition in the game brain. And with soccer becoming a National Sport for all ages, Wale Rocks chose it as their first sport to spotlight.

    With all sports, practice is vital. However, time touching the ball under the pressure of competition makes players excel. With the support of great coaches working their magic, these young novices mature into confident players. How exciting to watch their confidence grow.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Sports Day in 2019 to be observed on October 16th, annually.

    Sports FAQ

    Q. What is the most popular sport in the world?
    A. With over 3.5 billion fans worldwide, soccer clearly harnesses the favored sport status. FIFA estimates 265 million play the sport. The sport’s top tournament lasts a month-long every four years and captures an audience of 517 million viewers. In 2018, over 3 million fans attended the tournament, not to mention the billions who watched or listened around the world.

    Q. What is the world’s oldest sport?
    A. Wrestling earns the title for oldest competitive sport. Evidence of the sport dates back 15,000 years.

    Q. What is the oldest team sport?
    A. Ulama is not only the oldest team sport, but it is also the oldest known sport to use a ball. The game developed around 3,500 years ago in Central and Southern America.


    October 16th Celebrated History


    A dentist named William T.G. Morton performed the first successful use of an anesthetic while performing surgery in the surgical amphitheater of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


    Booker T Washington becomes the first African American to dine at the White House when President Theodor Roosevelt invites him to dinner.


    The creator of some of the world’s most recognizable animated films founded Disney Brothers Cartoons along with his brother Roy. The studio would later be named Walt Disney Company.


    Yasunari Kawabata earned the Nobel Prize for literature “for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind,” and was the first person on Japanese descent awarded the prize.


    In her role as Sarah Webber in the film The Whales of August, Lillian Gish became the oldest actress in a leading role. At the age of 95, the actress’s career spanned 75 years.


    The Bibliotheca Alexandrina reopens bringing to life the Ancient Library of Alexandria more than 1000 years after its destruction. Once the greatest library in the world full of ancient scrolls and tomes, the library reopened with 250,000 volumes. Today, the library built in the Egyptian city of Alexandria overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is capable of holding over 4.5 million books. The 11 story repository continues to grow its collection.


    The KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore hosted 2,241 people all born at the hospital. The participants aged from 7-85 years-old set a world record for the most people gathered for a reunion of people born at the same hospital.

    October 16th Celebrated  Birthdays

    Lucy Stanton – 1831

    The first African American woman to graduate from a four-year college. She completed the course at Oberlin College. Both a teacher and abolitionist, Stanton also served as a local president for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

    Oscar Wilde – 1854

    The poet and playwright is best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as well as his comedic plays. Plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband are some of his most popular writings.

    Cecile de Brunhoff – 1903

    The bedtime stories she told her children about an elephant named Babar became a worldwide favorite when her husband, Laurent de Brunhoff wrote them down and added illustrations to go with them.

    Charles Dolan – 1926

    A pioneering cable innovator established packaging, marketing, and syndication platforms. Before founding Cablevision Systems Corporation in 1973, he established The Green Channel which later would be called Home Box Office (HBO). He also created AMC Networks which include the AMC, IFC, and Sundance channels among others.

    Henry Jay Lewis – 1932

    After becoming the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, Lewis would go on to conduct in every major U.S. orchestra and around the world. His parents recognized his affinity for music early. While he studied a variety of instruments, his true love was the double bass.

    Paul Monette – 1945

    The poet and gay activist wrote several poetry collections including Love Alone: 18 Elegies for Rog. Along with his partner, Roger Horwitz, he founded The Monette-Horwitz Trust.

    Tim Robbins – 1958

    The Academy Award-winning actor and director rose to fame in the late 1980s in films like Top Gun and Bull Durham. One of his most memorable roles as Andy Dufresne in the Stephen King film The Shawshank Redemption is alluded to in the Castle Rock television series. In the second season, he plays Reginald ‘Pop’ Merrill.

    John Mayer – 1977

    Some of the most popular songs by the singer-songwriter include “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Gravity,” and “No Such Thing.”

    Naomi Osaka – 1997

    The three-time Grand Slam singles champion is the first Asian player to hold top ranking in professional tennis singles.




    National Liqueur Day on October 16th annually celebrates the myriad classes and flavors of liqueur.


    The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere, which means to liquefy. A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from a distilled spirit. Distillers flavor the spirit with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers, or nuts. Next, they bottle it with added sugar or other sweeteners. While liqueurs are typically considerably sweet, distillers do not usually age their product long. They do, however, allow a resting period during production, which allows the flavors to marry.

    With the broad selection of spirits available in seasonal, fragrant, and often curious flavors (vodkas and rums in particular), there is often confusion of liqueurs and liquors. In the United States and Canada, spirits are frequently called liquor. The most reliable rule of thumb to follow suggests that liqueurs comprise a sweeter, syrupy consistency, while liquors do not. Most liqueurs also have a lower alcohol content than spirits. However, some do contain as much as 55% ABV.

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    In parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps.

    Historically, liqueurs descend from herbal medicines prepared by monks in Italy as early as the 13th century. They steeped these often bitter herbs and sweetened them with sugar to make them more palatable to the monks’ ailing patients. The curative’s potency received a restful boost from its alcohol content as well.


    Go out for a drink of liqueur with friends. (Remember, always drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) Share your favorite liqueur or a cocktail containing your favorite. Ask your bartender to make their favorite cocktail. Explore the world of liqueurs by reading up on them. We recommend Luscious Liqueurs by A.J. Rathbun. Request it while celebrating with friends and post it using #NationalLiqueurDay on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this beverage holiday.

    Liqueur FAQ

    Q. Which liqueurs have a National Day?
    A. Four liqueurs have celebrations on the calendar. They are:

    Q. Can I make a liqueur at home?
    A. Some liqueurs are fairly simple to make at home. Most liqueurs require patience, though. It takes time to infuse the flavors into the alcohol. Two satisfyingly delicious liqueurs to make at home include Kahlua and limoncello. 

    Q. What liqueurs are made from oranges?
    A. Grand Marnier mentioned above is an orange liqueur. Another brand of orange liqueur is Cointreau. There are also generic orange liqueurs such as triple sec and curaςao.




    National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day encourages everyone to take time to organize their virtual desktop. The observance takes place on the third Monday in October.

    Remember when your computer was new and the desktop was clean and organized? The trash file was empty. The only files on the computer were the ones the manufacturer created. No viruses. No documents. And your computer was fast, too. You were ready to create, design and program. 

    When is National Technology Day?

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    A clean and organized space offers fewer frustrations. Everything is in its file and you know where to find it. Archive old files. Create short cuts. This will help your computer run faster and help you find them more quickly. Pin favorite apps to the start menu.  

    Name photos and put them on a thumb drive. Clean out that email, too. Delete unused icons. You can do the same thing with your phone. Are there games you don’t play anymore? Eliminate them. Make sure your virus protection is up to date and run it. Make sure it runs on a regular schedule. 


    National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day focuses on organizing! So, neaten up your desktop by deleting unneeded items and sorting the rest into folders. Share your tips. For those who are tech-savvy, offer to help others. For example, if Grandma complains that her computer is slow, you owe it to her to help her out. Show her how to keep her computer running smoothly. Use #CleanYourVirtualDesktopDay to post on social media.


     The Personal Computer Museum located in Brantford, Ontario Canada created the observance to celebrate technology while becoming more adept at using it and keeping it running smoothly.  


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  • WORLD FOOD DAY – October 16


    World Food Day is held every year on October 16th. On this day, more than 150 countries unite to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poverty and hunger.

    According to World Hunger Statistics, 785 million people across the globe do not have enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. The number equals about one in nine people in the world. Surprisingly, the majority of hungry people live in developing countries. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under the age of 5. That means just over 3 million children a year die because they don’t have access to enough nutritious food.

    World hunger is a complex issue. Some believe the problem is solvable. World hunger solutions include:

    • Help people provide food for themselves in a sustainable way
    • Give people in developing countries access to credit so they can create their own farms
    • Encourage individuals and businesses to donate to hunger relief organizations
    • Provide access to education, which is the best defense against poverty and hunger
    • Allow for increased government intervention

    Some experts believe the answer to world hunger is much more straightforward. They believe the key to ending world hunger is to stop wasting food. The most wasted foods include vegetables, cereals, and starchy roots. These foods are wasted during agricultural production and in the postharvest storage. Food waste increases the need to produce more food. When not enough food gets produced, people go hungry.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldFoodDay

    Over 150 countries observe World Food Day. In the United States, 450 national organizations sponsor the day. As part of their sponsorship, some of these organizations host World Food Day Sunday Dinners. Des Moines, Iowa also hosts an annual symposium in honor of the day. Across Europe, ministries, universities, and research agencies organize conferences, exhibitions, and media broadcasts. In the past, the Pope has sent a special message for food producers and consumers.

    World Food Day events in Africa, Asia, and Latin American include agricultural fairs, debates, folk dances, films, special ceremonies in the schools, and food package deliveries.

    You can’t solve the world hunger problem. You can help do your part, though. On World Food Day, donate to your local food pantry. Donate to a world hunger-relief organization. Pay off the school lunch debt in your community. If you know of a family in need, anonymously send them a gift card to your local grocery store. Spread awareness by sharing #WorldFoodDay on social media.


    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) established World Food Day at their 20th General Conference in 1979. The date of October 16th commemorates the anniversary of FAO founding.

    Since 1981 the FAO has selected a specific theme for World Food Day. Recent themes have included:

    • 2019: Our Actions Are Our Future: Healthy Diets for a #ZEROHUNGER World
    • 2016: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.
    • 2015: Social protection against agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
    • 2014: Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.


  • GLOBAL CAT DAY – October 16

    GLOBAL CAT DAY | October 16

    Global Cat Day on October 16th raises awareness surrounding non-lethal feline programs across the country. More than any other shelter animal, cats and kittens face euthanization at a much higher rate. However, programs such as trap, neuter, and release (TNR) are making it possible for cats to live full and healthy lives right in our neighborhoods. 


    TNR programs aim to reduce shelters and overall colony populations across the country. TNR programs trap feral and stray cats. They are then neutered and vaccinated under the care of a veterinarian. Their ears are tipped to identify that they have been neutered. Then the cat is released back into the neighborhood where they were captured.

    Long-term studies across the country show that not only does the population decline, but the cats live out their lives healthily. Additionally, these programs save taxpayers money over time.

    • Reduces animal service calls
    • Lessens the burden on shelters
    • Neighborhoods become quieter – mating behavior decreases
    Why Adoption Doesn’t Always Work

    Feral cats – cats that have never had human contact – don’t associate well with humans. They will always be feral and unable to be adopted. Feral cats prefer the wild. A TNR program offers them the best chance of living side by side with humans.

    However, adoption is still a viable option for stray cats and kittens under 12 weeks of age. Visit your local shelter if you are seeking a pet of your own.


    Learn more about TNR programs. Donate or volunteer to support a program near you. Help protect and control the cat population in your neighborhood in a humane way. Share information about TNR programs to make a difference. 

    Visit to find out more. Use #GlobalCatDay to post on social media.


    Global Cat Day (2017) takes the place of National Feral Cat Day, which was initiated by Alley Cat Allies in 2001.

    Cat FAQ

    Q. My cat’s tongue is always sticking out. What’s that called?
    A. Many cats will let their tongue hang out during the course of their day. Cat owners call this a derp, blep, herp, or merp. While in most cases, your cat is likely just being cute, sometimes it’s a sign of an oral condition. Check with your veterinarian if the behavior is new to be sure there is no disease-causing your feline critter discomfort.

    Q. How many domestic cat breeds are there?
    A. Different sources recognize different breeds and those numbers change from time to time. The number is somewhere between 40 and 80 breeds.

    Q. My friend is always making cat puns. How do I make her stop?
    A. Yikes! That’s claw-ful. However, it’s not a cat-astrophy. Cat puns are a purr-fect way to have some fun. Your friend is just being claw-ver. You should feel fur-tunate she’s in your life.




    On October 16th Department Store Day urges us to consider how department store innovations have impacted shopping in our daily lives. 


    In existence since the early 19th century, department stores provided safe, clean environments for the new middle class to shop. They often offered many firsts, combining services with revolutionary style and convenience. Many department stores had lunch counters where shoppers could take a break for a drink, snack or lunch.  

    Through an era when merchandising and sales could be described as an art form, the brick and mortar stores were often magnificent pieces of architecture. With large clocks, brass, and statuary, the customer’s satisfaction was key. Some departments fill entire floors, making grand escalators, elevators, and plush seating a must.

    While department stores are on the decline, many shoppers still enjoy browsing through the latest styles, testing out the newest electronics, and having someone assist them with the details of a purchase. Many shoppers couple the advantages of comparison shopping online catalogs, then visit their department store for the real-feel decision.


    Learn more about department store history. Watch documentaries such as The Store or Secrets of Selfridges. And since we know some department stores lure us in with their enticing displays, share your favorite! Of course, retail therapy is always an option. Visit your favorite department store and explore the sales. Use #DepartmentStoreDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this retail holiday.

    Department Store FAQ

    Q. Are department stores on the decline?
    A. Yes. Despite rising retail sales, department store closures continue. Recent economic stressors only add to their growing stress.

    Q. What is the leading department store in the United States?
    A. According to Statista, Macy’s sales topped all the others in 2020.

    Q. What is the oldest department store still in operation in a brick and mortar location?
    A. Until 2021, the answer would have been Lord & Taylor. The business opened in 1821 and survived for 200 years. It is still in operation, but only online. Macy’s, which opened its first store in 1958, takes the new title. At the beginning of 2021 it had 544 locations.




    National Dictionary Day | October 16
    National Dictionary Day | October 16


    National Dictionary Day on October 16th defines celebration as it commemorates the birthday of Noah Webster. 


    In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. Webster immediately began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language in 1807; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit.

    Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France, at the University of Cambridge. His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before. 

    As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complicated, so in his dictionary, he introduced American English spellings. For example, Webster replaced “colour” with “color,” “waggon” with “wagon,” and “center” instead of “centre.”  Webster also added American words such as “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in British dictionaries.  He believed the United States “should be as independent in literature as she is in politics.”  Some of his changes didn’t catch on, however.  Dropping the silent “e” at the end of some words like in the word imagine. 

    Webster took a more phonetic approach to the development of his dictionary. Interestingly, the word didn’t appear when Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy. However, of the 70,000 entries, the word phonics is one. The dictionary sold 2500 copies. In 1840, the second edition published in two volumes. Additionally, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is available online. By entering the modern-day spelling, the website generates Webster’s 1828 version.  


    Celebrate by learning a new word or two! Play a fun dictionary-based game, like Balderdash or Scrabble. While you celebrate, use #NationalDictionaryDay to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas, puzzles, and more. There are even a couple for this word related national day!


    National Dictionary Day was created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758). The observance emphasizes the importance of learning while using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary. Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary.  

    Dictionary FAQ

    Q. What are some notable dictionaries?
    A. Some of the most notable English-language dictionaries include:

    • American Heritage Dictionary
    • The Meriam-Webster Dictionary
    • New Oxford American Dictionary
    • Oxford Dictionary of English
    • Oxford English Dictionary
    • Webster’s New World College Dictionary

    Q. Do dictionaries face censorship?
    A. Yes. Dictionaries in many languages face censorship. Two English dictionaries that have been banned from time to time include the Merriam-Webster and American Heritage Dictionaries. In the 1970s, schools in two states removed The American Heritage Dictionary due to some of the words listed. In China, Merriam-Webster faced censorship over the definition of Taiwan.

    Q. How often do new words get added to dictionaries?
    A. In a digital format, new words can be added more often than they are in a printed dictionary – about 1,000 words per year. A new word is studied for is use, meaning, frequency, and consistency.

    Q. What is a lexicographer?
    A. A lexicographer edits and writes dictionaries.

    Q. What new words did dictionaries add in 2021?
    A. In 2021, Merriam-Webster added more than 500 words before the year was over. Some of those include:

    • Long hauler
    • Hard pass
    • Silver fox
    • Coworking


  • NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY – October 16 (unless weekend)


    On October 16th, National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, recognizes the hardworking boss overseeing the workplace. Employees across the United States show appreciation and thankfulness to their bosses. They remember their boss’s kindness and fairness throughout the year, too. (If the 16th of October falls on a weekend, then this day is celebrated on the closest working day.)


    Many leaders carry heavy loads. They oversee many employees and guide their careers, too. While their position holds them responsible for a department, business, or organization and leading it to success, their list of responsibilities is multifaceted.

    Some bosses have bosses themselves. Depending on the size of an organization, those bosses also answer to someone else. In fact, everyone has a boss of some kind. If your boss is the owner, they still answer to the taxman, the customers, and their merchants. Keeping a business running smoothly with outstanding employees requires balance. These bosses know how to put their best employees forward and lead with the confidence that we look up to. 


    We can celebrate our bosses in numerous ways.

    • Give your boss the day off with a game of golf.
    • Host a potluck with your boss’s favorite foods.
    • Have everyone in the office sign a card of appreciation.
    • Invite customers or clients to share memories of your boss.
    • Create a timeline of your boss’s accomplishments.

    Give them a shout-out using #BossDay to post on social media.


    National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a secular holiday that began in 1958.  Patricia Bays Haroski worked as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she registered “National Boss’s Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She selected October 16th because it was her father’s birthday and at the time, he was also her employer! Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’s day. In 1979, Hallmark Cards introduced Boss’s Day cards to their inventory.


    Boss FAQ

    Q. Who are some famous fictional bosses?
    A. Bosses, such as managers, supervisors and owners, come in many forms. Check out these famous fictional bosses:

    • Sam Malone – The bartender from the television sitcom Cheers was also the bar’s owner.
    • Miranda Bailey – The general surgeon of Grey’s Anatomy allowed no shenanigans on her watch. Though, under her tough exterior, there was also a soft spot for certain interns.
    • Mr. Burns – Homer Simpson’s boss was devious, greedy, and full of ulterior motives.
    • M – James Bond’s boss and head of MI6 has been played by several actors including most recently Dame Judi Dench.

    Q. What movies are about boss/employee relationships?
    A. A few movies come to mind that illustrate the boss/employee dynamic.

    • The Proposal
    • The Devil Wears Prada
    • Horrible Bosses
    • 9 to 5
    • Wall Street
    • GodFather

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