Category: October 17




    The third Tuesday in October recognizes National Pharmacy Technician Day. The day is an opportunity to thank technicians for their invaluable support and contributions throughout the year. However, the day also explores the technician’s role and how vital it is to maintain a safe and efficient health system. 


    Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of environments. Depending on education and training, they manage dispensary supply at hospitals and clinics, retail pharmacies, prisons, and veterinary clinics. Their roles may include the supervision of other pharmacy staff. Under a pharmacist’s guidance, a technician may supply medications to patients, prepare prescriptions. They also provide patient education and communicate with physicians.


    Give a pharmacy tech you know a shout-out. Join or promote events supported by pharmacy organizations. Use #PharmacyTechnicianDay to post on social media. And be sure to shout-out to friends and family who work in the pharmacy field.


    In 2015, Lindsey Ahrens submitted National Pharmacy Technician Day and the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) and the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC) endorse the day. The observance coincides with National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week, also endorsed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Additionally, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has named October American Pharmacists Month.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared National Pharmacy Technician Day to be celebrated annually on the third Tuesday in October.


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  • NATIONAL EDGE DAY – October 17



    National Edge Day on October 17th promotes a movement of youth refraining from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. 


    As part of the Straight Edge movement, teens and young adults pledge to live a clean lifestyle. Many who follow the movement also abstain from recreational sex and unhealthy food choices.

    The day also encourages the support of those who chose to live the Straight Edge lifestyle. Abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs is not an indication someone is dull. Many who live on the edge, do so without these chemical enhancements. Some may travel and explore the world. They may be thrill-seekers or collectors of knowledge. Perhaps they absorb languages and music instead.


    Learn more about the Straight Edge movement and what it means. While most events occur on the East Coast, the movement is growing. Join an event near you or organize one. Share your events on social media using #NationalEdgeDay to post on social media.


    In 1999, the Straight Edge movement launch this national day with an event held in Boston, Massachusetts under the name of “Edge Fest.” Straight Edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs.  The movement adopted the term from the song “Straight Edge” by the 1980s hardcore punk band, Minor Threat.

    Edge FAQ

    Q. Does alcohol relieve stress?
    A. Many people use the term “take the edge off” when referring to having a drink to relieve stress. While one drink may relax you, alcohol also has other side effects. Even moderate drinkers face some risks because of alcohol:

    • Can disrupt sleep.
    • Interacts with medications.
    • Impair judgment.

    Q. How can I relieve stress without alcohol?
    A. Studies have proven numerous ways to ease stress. Some of those include:

    • Meditation
    • Get enough rest
    • Reduce caffeine intake
    • Exercise
    • Listen to music, sing or play an instrument


  • BLACK POETRY DAY – October 17



    Black Poetry Day on October 17th honors past and present black poets. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published black poet in the United States. Jupiter Hammon was born in Long Island, New York, on October 17th, 1711. 


    The day celebrates the importance of black heritage and literacy. It also recognizes the contributions made by black poets and shows appreciation to black authors.

    Take up a quiet spot at the library to read many of the talented black poets from around the world. Or find a poetry reading at a nearby bookstore, cultural or arts center like the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. The first center of its kind in the United States, The Furious Flower’s name is inspired by a poem written by former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. They also have a growing collection of resources, offer workshops and so much more.


    Host a poetry slam in your living room, front step, or in the break room. Encourage a black poet you know. Attend a poetry reading or share your own poetry. Pick up some poetry written by black poets. Explore the poetry of Jessie Redmon Fauset, Robert Hayden, Wanda Phips or Arna Bontemps. As you celebrate, be sure to use #BlackPoetryDay to post on social media.


    Black Poetry Day was established in 1985 honoring the birth of the first Black poet published in the United States, Jupiter Hammon. The poet is considered the father of African American Literature. Born into slavery, Hammon received an education, learned to read, and was allowed the use of the manor library.

    Black Poetry FAQ

    Q. Who are some notable Black poets?
    A. Several Black poets come to mind. Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Terrance Hayes are just a few of the talented poets who express their spirit through poetry.

    Q. Have there been Black Poet Laureates?
    A. Yes. Robert Hayden was the first Black Poet Laureate (at the time the title was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress). Others include
    Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Tracy K. Smith.


  • NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY – October – 17


    National Mulligan Day is observed annually on October 17th. 


    In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a specific move or action. The day offers an opportunity for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.”   

    According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), three different stories explain the origin of the term. The first derives from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, a one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920s.  A different, later, etymology gives credit to John A. “Buddy” Mulligan, a locker room attendant at Essex Fells C.C., New Jersey, in the 1930s.  Another story, according to author Henry Beard, states that the term comes from Thomas Mulligan, a minor Anglo-Irish aristocrat and a passionate golfer who was born in 1793.

    According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), the term first achieved widespread use in the 1940s.


    We can all think of something that at one point in time, we have said, “I wish I could do that over.”  Celebrate the day by taking your do-over. Also, be considerate and offer a Mulligan to a few friends and neighbors out there. Some days we all deserve it. Use #NationalMulliganDay to post on social media.


    C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, AL, National Mulligan Day as a way to give everyone a day to have a fresh start.  Along with Mulligan Day, Rhodes created Brother’s Day (May 24) and National Garage Sale Day (Second Saturday in August).

    Mulligan FAQ

    Q. What else does Mulligan mean?
    A. Well, a Mulligan stew is made from whatever food is handy giving those leftovers a second chance. It’s also a surname originating in Ireland.

    Q. Does taking a Mulligan mean you’re cheating?
    A. No. In a casual game of golf, if you ask for and are granted a Mulligan, it’s important to acknowledge the generosity and give your next swing and the rest of the game your best shot. However, Mulligans are not allowed in competitive play.

    Q. Can you take too many Mulligans?
    A. Yes. There are only so many second chances in life. To receive one on the links isn’t a whole lot different. If you’re always giving your best, you shouldn’t need too many Mulligans anyway. You’ll have improved so much, you’ll be the one granting them instead.


    October 17th Celebrated History


    When an iron ring holding together a fermentation tank snapped at the Horse Shoe Brewery in St. Giles, London, the ensuing flood collapsed one of the brewery walls sending a tidal wave of beer into the streets of Tottenham Court Road. The exploding vat also damaged other vats in the brewery causing more than 320,000 gallons of beer to fill basements and damage to surrounding houses. In the aftermath, 8 people died as a result of the fermented fury.


    Sir Henry Bessemer patented his steelmaking process that would later become known as the Bessemer Process. By blowing air into molten pig iron, Bessemer used oxidation to remove impurities from the iron.


    Guglielmo Marconi begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless telegraph service.


    Twelve years later, General Electric incorporates the Radio Corporation of America. With assistance from the United States Navy Department, RCA acquired the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company.


    Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie appear in a comic strip for the first time.


    Congress passes the Department of Education Organization Act creating the U.S. Department of Education.


    At the United States National Skydiving Championship in Perris Valley, CA, an international team of jumpers sets a world record for the largest canopy formation by women using 25 parachutes.

    October 17th Celebrated Birthdays

    Jupiter Hammon -1711

    As the first published African American poet, he is considered the father of African American Literature. Born into slavery, Hammon received an education, learned to read and was allowed use of the manor library.

    Henry Campbell Black – 1860

    Although the lawyer didn’t practice law for long, he did author the first comprehensive law dictionary – Black’s Law Dictionary.

    Mildred Knopf – 1898

    Armed with a love of cooking, Knopf authored six cookbooks including Cook, My Darling Daughter and Around the World: A Cookbook for Young People. She also shared her memories of it all in Memoirs of a Cook.

    Shinichi Suzuki – 1898

    The self-taught musician was also a philosopher and educator. His love of music and education led Suzuki to developed the Suzuki method of teaching music.

    Arthur Miller – 1915

    The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is best known for the plays The Crucible, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.

    Violet Milstead – 1919

    The Canadian pilot joined the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II, delivering planes to the military squadrons. She’s also Canada’s first woman bush pilot and earned numerous awards for her service.

    Priscilla Buckley – 1921

    For 27 years, the journalist and author was the managing editor for the National Review.

    Evel Knievel – 1938

    Known for his dramatic jumps, Knievel was the Harry Houdini of daredevils. Throughout his career he made more than 75 jumps on his motorcycles wowing spectators around the world.

    Mae C Jemison – 1956

    The chemical engineer and physician became the first African American woman in space. On September 12, 1992, Jemison along with six other astronauts flew into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor.

    Mike Judge – 1962

    The animator created the television series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is also co-creator of the animated series King of the Hill and Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus.

  • NATIONAL PASTA DAY – October 17


    October is National Pasta Month, and October 17th recognizes National Pasta Day.  Pasta lovers celebrate!


    While we find noodles all over the world, pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine. The first reference dates to 1154 in Sicily and was first attested to in English in 1874. Typically, it is made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour. The flour is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.  
    Types of Pasta
    Look for pasta in pasta in both savory and dessert dishes. Since it’s so versatile, pasta lends itself to sweet and every other dish on the table. Cooks feature pasta as a main dish, but they also serve up delicious hot and cold side dishes as well. And then, of course, those special desserts we can’t resist making our mouths water. 
    Cooks originally made fresh pasta by hand. However, today, many varieties of fresh pasta are made commercially. Large-scale machines bring choices to our grocers daily. Smaller pasta machines on the market make having the freshest pasta at home even easier. 
    • Dried and fresh pasta come in several shapes and varieties.
    • There are so many kinds of pasta! According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini De Vita, 310 specific kinds of pasta identified by over 1300 names have been documented.
    • In Italy, names of specific pasta shapes or types vary with locale.
    • Example: Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on the region and town.

    The size and shape of pasta may determine the best sauce to pair with it, too. For example, serve linguine with lighter, thinner sauces to avoid breaking the noodles. A similarly shaped noodle, fettuccine, is less delicate. That’s why it carries heavier sauces like alfredo.

    Learn more about pasta from the National Pasta Association.


    Explore the world of pasta. Whether you’re cooking up a salad, main dish, or dessert, recipes abound. We offer several on our recipe page, too! If you don’t feel like cooking, take the family out to an Italian restaurant. No matter what you are planning, invite friends to join you. It’s the best way to Celebrate Every Day®!  #NationalPastaDay to post on social media.


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

    Pasta FAQ

    Q. How do I prevent sticky pasta?
    A. Sticky noodles ruin a dish. Use these tips to make perfect pasta every time:

    • Season the water with salt before adding the pasta. While it won’t keep the pasta from sticking, it is the best time to add flavor to your pasta.
    • Always bring the water to a boil before adding the pasta. Also, make sure you have plenty of water in the pot – too little and you’ll need to add more.
    • Stir the pasta a few times while it’s cooking.
    • Reserve some of the liquid before draining the pasta. Then run water over the pasta to help prevent sticking. You can even do this if you’re eating it right away, especially if you’re adding a sauce. If your sauce seems a little thick, add the reserved pasta liquid to thin the sauce and add more flavor.

    Q. Can I freeze cooked pasta?
    A. Yes. But don’t overcook it. Al dente pasta will become mushy so you want to cook it until it is not quite al dente. You can also mix in most sauces before freezing. Avoid freezing cream sauces, like Alfredo, because they will separate and become grainy.

    Q. What other pasta days are on the calendar?
    A. Pasta is one of those foods that nearly everyone loves to celebrate. Check out this shortlist of pasta days we celebrate:


  • PRO-LIFE DAY OF SILENT SOLIDARITY – Third Tuesday in October



    On the third Tuesday of October every year, students give up their voice for Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.  


    Representing the 3,000 voices taken by abortion every day, these students chose to take a vow of silence. The movement suggests wearing a red armband representing your participation in the day. Others may wear red duct tape across their mouths. No matter how participants demonstrate their participation the day, a vow of silence represents those who’ve been silenced forever through abortion. 


    Those who participate are encouraged to plan ahead for their day of silence by preparing cards explaining their silence. Use #ProLifeDayOfSilentSolidarity to post on social media.


    Bryan Kemper founded Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity in 2004. Students For Life promotes the day. 

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