Category: October 24



    Each year on October 24th, people across the nation make a sandwich to participate in National Bologna Day.  This would be a good day to have a bologna sandwich for lunch.


    Sometimes this specialty meat is spelled baloney since that’s how many people pronounce it. However, the more common spelling is Bologna. That’s because it originated in the city of Bologna, Italy. This type of sausage is similar to the Italian mortadella. The finely ground pork or beef sausage or a combination is smoked and cured. In Italy, bologna includes a variety of spices not found in American bologna. In fact, in the United States, regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible lard pieces. It hardly resembles anything found in Italy. It can also be made from chicken, turkey, venison, or soy protein. 

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    When is National Sandwich Day?

    Many people enjoy bologna sandwiches with a variety of garnishes. Some of those include mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and onion.

    Bologna Bowl – When a slice of bologna is heated, the fat renders and the round slice takes the shape of a bowl which may be filled with cheese or other fillings.

    Makers offer a wide variety of bologna to choose from, too!

    • German Bologna
    • Kosher or halal bologna
    • Lebanon bologna
    • Lauantaimakkara
    • Rag bologna
    • South African polony
    • Vegetarian 


    Pick out your favorite bologna. Make a sandwich or two. Share with us your favorite toppings, too! Do you toast your bread? Before you take a bite, take a picture to share. Also, if you have a favorite deli serving bologna, give them a shout out!

    Celebrate by trying something new and enjoy these bologna recipes:

    Fried Bologna Casserole
    Various Bologna Recipes
    Fried Bologna, Egg on Challah Bread with an American Cheese Rarebit Sauce
    Big Daddy’s Prize-Winning Bologna Sandwich
    Barbecued Bologna

    Use #NationalBolognaDay to post on social media.


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

    Bologna FAQ

    Q. Can I freeze bologna to use later?
    A. Yes, you can freeze bologna for up to 2 months. Make sure you package it in a freezer-safe material.

    Q. How many calories are in bologna?
    A. A 3 ounce serving of bologna can contain up to 210 calories.

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  • UNITED NATIONS DAY – October 24



    United Nations Day recognizes the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The celebration is observed annually on October 24th. 


    U.N. Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions, and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization.

    The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people and cares for the Earth, our one and only home. ~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    Today the United Nations consists of 193 member states and 2 observer states. The mission of the United Nation is to maintain international peace and security.

    The UN also sets terms for protecting human rights around the world. In 1948, they created international law with a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    The member nations deliver humanitarian aid to populations in crisis. The first aid delivered was an immediate response to the devastation following World War II.

    Another aim of the international organization is to promote sustainable development.

    Some major achievements of the UN include:

    • The UN peacekeeping budget is less than 0.5% of global military spending
    • Their World Food Programme (WFP) provides food and assistance to 91 million people in 83 countries
    • They also supply vaccines to 45% of the world’s children
    • The UN helps people who displaced by violence, conflict, and persecution


    Throughout the day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris hosts conferences and meetings. They also display exhibits of UN achievements. On United Nations Day, schools throughout the world celebrate the diversity of their student bodies. These schools also hold cultural performances and food fairs.

    A UN Day concert is held each year to commemorate the day. The concert is held at the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Performers at the concert have included the KBS Traditional Music Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, the Harlem Boys Gospel Choir, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

    To participate in United Nations Day, think about how diversity makes our lives better. Make it a goal to learn something about each of the 193 countries that make up the United Nations. Find out what all the flags of each country look like. If you know someone who is of a different nationality, ask them questions about their country of origin. To spread awareness, share #UnitedNationsDay on social media.


    Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the name “United Nations” during World War II. Twenty-six nations united to pledge their governments to continue fighting against the Axis Powers. In 1945, delegates from 51 countries drew up the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, California. They signed the Charter on June 26th, 1945 and it was ratified on October 24th, 1945. United Nations Day originated in 1948.

    United Nations FAQ

    Q. What two governments are observer states in the United Nations?
    A. The Holy See and Palestine are the two observer states in the United Nations.

    Q. What was the 193rd State to join the UN?
    A. In 2011, South Sudan joined the UN as the 193rd Member State.


    October 24th Celebrated History


    The first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States began operation. Only 17 months before, the Pony Express had been the fastest means of delivering a message on the frontier. With the telegraph now connecting the country from coast to coast, the iconic and short-lived era of the Pony Express came to an end.


    With the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the 40-hour workweek went into effect in the United States.


    Harry Houdini took the stage for his final performance. However, neither he nor his audience at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit know that Houdini was falling ill. He died a few days later on October 31st from a ruptured appendix.


    Winning the World Series in 6 games, the Toronto Blue Jays become the first team outside the United States to win the championship. They defeated the Atlanta Braves 4 games to 2.

    October 24th Celebrated Birthdays

    Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood – 1830

    As an attorney, Lockwood lobbied for equal rights for women including suffrage, property, guardianship, and pay. In 1874, Lockwood drafted a bill that would allow her to be admitted to the Supreme Court bar. It took five years to pass both the House and Senate and on February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the bill into law. In March, Lockwood became the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar. The following year, she became the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

    Marjorie Joyner – 1896

    The cosmetologist was a woman of many firsts. She was the first African American to graduate from the A.B. Molar Beauty School. As a teacher for Madam C.J. Walker, she invented and patented the first permanent-wave machine. Seeing the need for students and educators to network, Joyner founded the Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity for beauty students and United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association.

    Melvin Purvis – 1903

    Working for the Justice Department under J. Edgar Hoover, Purvis was charged with capturing the gangster and bank robber, John Dillinger. After several near misses, on July 22, 1934, Purvis and his agents received a tip that led them to Dillinger. Outside the Biograph Theater, a shootout between Dillinger and Purvis’s agents resulted in the gangster’s death.

    Nathaniel Wyeth – 1911

    The mechanical engineer’s development of a type of polyethylene terephthalate made it possible to bottle carbonated beverages in plastic containers.

    Bob Kane – 1915

    The comic book writer created, along with Milton Finger, the DC Comics character Batman.

    Marie Foster – 1917

    The Civil Rights activist helped thousands of African-Americans to register to vote and overcome voter suppression.

  • NATIONAL FOOD DAY – October 24


    National Food Day focuses on healthy and nutritious food and takes place annually on October 24th.

    #NationalFood Day

    One of the themes of the day aims to help people to “Eat Real.” This theme is defined as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.”  The observance involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, too. Their vision includes food that can be healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced. At the same time, the goal is to produce food with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it in mind.

    The movement seeks a balance between nutrition, affordability and the environment. They strive to meet these goals by consistently addressing policy. In 2012, there were 3,200 events taking place from community festivals to a national conference in Washington, D.C. to thousands of school activities. 


    Attend an event near you. Learn about healthful eating and sustainable farming. Other ways to celebrate include:

    • Reading some food labels. Learn where the food you eat every day comes from, what’s in it, and more.
    • Challenge yourself to try a food you’ve never eaten before.
    • Plant herbs to use in your kitchen.
    • Start a compost pile to use in your garden.
    • Discover a healthier way to cook your favorite foods.

    Enjoy some of your favorite healthy foods and use #NationalFoodDay to post on social media.


    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated National Food Day 2011. The nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food is a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24th of each year.