Category: October 28


    National First Responders Day | October 28
    National First Responders Day | October 28


    October 28th sets aside National First Responders Day to honor the men and women who act quickly when an emergency is at hand.


    First responders dedicate their lives to save lives. They are the people who run toward a crisis while the rest of the world flees. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 4.6 million career and volunteer first responders support the communities where they live. They are firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics, and 911 operators. In an emergency, they’re the first on the scene. These dedicated professionals answer the call when a crisis arises, often putting their own lives on the line.

    Serving as a national day of gratitude, we pay tribute to their endless hours and around the clock service provided to their communities. As one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, the day also pays tribute to the fallen first responders. According to the CDC, 97 firefighters and 155 police officers die each year in the line of duty. Additionally, their rate of occupational injury is higher than the national average. Often, the very people saving lives are our neighbors, friends and family members. And their families know the price they pay for their dedication to the job. 

    And even though they are an integral part of our communities, their sacrifices go beyond the hours they work. They face high stress, often daily. The trauma they see wears on them both mentally and physically. Many experience Post Traumatic Stress. Long periods away from family add stress to their relationships, too.

    National First Responders Day is also a call for action. First responders deserve our support. Through resources and awareness, first responders can live healthier more productive lives and pass their knowledge and skills on to the next generation of first responders, too.


    The day provides you with an opportunity to recognize a first responder in your life. You might be surprised at how many you know. If their service is voluntary, you may only know about their day job. Offer to treat them to their favorite beverage or buy their next meal. Be supportive of their family, too. More importantly, support programs that improve services to first responders. Connect with a first responder who came to your rescue and thank them. Let them know you appreciate their dedication and sacrifice.

    Share your appreciation on social media using #NationalFirstRespondersDay.


    In 2019, the United States Senate passed a resolution designating October 28th as National First Responders Day to honor the men and women putting their lives on the line. Additionally, many states have proclaimed October 28th as National First Responders Day and others recognize the observance on different dates throughout the year. 



  • NATIONAL TRICK OR TREAT DAY – Last Saturday in October


    National Trick or Treat Day on the last Saturday in October extends one of the country’s favorite holidays – Halloween!


    Dressing up as the scariest or most fascinating character we know draws us to the holiday. People of all ages put hours of effort into creating elaborate costumes for one big night. Wouldn’t it be nice to get dress up and pretend just a little bit more? Of course, it would!

    This celebration offers the ideal opportunity to host spooky parties, neighborhood trick or treating or local festivals. And everyone gets to wear their scariest, most elaborate, delightful costumes, too! What a fun way to get together with friends and family to carve pumpkins and enjoy the fall weather while extending the life of your creative ideas.


    Get the whole family dressed up and go trick or treating! Organize a trunk or treat activity with your office, church, or volunteer group. Host costume party. No matter how you celebrate, extend the life of your costume for the season and make sure more people see your creative ideas.

    The Centers for Disease Control provides us with excellent tips for a safe Trick or Treat Day. And no matter how you celebrate, be sure to take pictures and share them using #TrickOrTreatDay on social media.

    Be sure to take pictures and share them using #TrickOrTreatDay on social media.


    National Trick or treat day logoThe Halloween & Costume Association (HCA) founded National Trick or Treat Day in 2019 to extend the Halloween season. In 2018 they launched a national petition to change the date Americans celebrated Halloween. Nearly 70,000 people signed their petition, and more than 200 major media outlets covered their story. After interacting with the public and listening to feedback, they initiated an extension to Halloween instead. Additionally, the HCA created an Official Halloween Toolkit with ideas to help communities all across to help implement parades, events and costumes.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed this spooky celebration to be observed the last Saturday in October, annually.

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    National Internal Medicine Day recognizes the impact of approximately 300,000 Internal Medicine Physicians on October 28.


    Internal Medicine Physicians, also known as internists, are the cornerstone of comprehensive health care. They are experts in complexity who see every connection in the adult human body. They serve, and lead, in a variety of settings. Their expertise is vital to patients, medical professionals, and health care.

    What do Internal Medicine Physicians do? Internal Medicine Physicians specialize in adult medicine. They are specially trained to solve diagnostic problems, manage severe long-term illnesses, and help patients with multiple, complex chronic conditions. They see the big picture, and their deep training and knowledge give them a unique perspective of how everything works in unison. They provide comprehensive, longitudinal patient care and have life-long relationships with adult patients. Often, other medical professionals call upon Internal Medicine Physicians for their ability to connect the dots, help solve problems, and identify solutions.

    Some Internal Medicine Physicians also pursue additional training to subspecialize in a specific area of internal medicine. This specialized training includes:

    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Rheumatology
    • Infectious disease

    Internal Medicine Physicians serve and lead in a variety of settings, such as private practices, clinics, hospitals, and health systems. Conducting research, teaching in medical schools and residency programs are a few areas internists offer their expertise. They also hold leadership positions in business, technology, and government settings.

    Significant Contributions

    As the foundation of clinical care, Internal Medicine Physicians have made significant contributions to the health care industry, both in public and private sectors. Some notable contributions include:

    • Noble prize winners for groundbreaking research in dialysis, genetics and cardiac factors, and peptic ulcer disease.
    • Groundbreaking HIV/AIDS research.
    • Development of innovations in treating chronic illness.
    • Leaders in infectious disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


    • Visit the  American College of Physicians (ACP) website to learn more about internal medicine and Internal Medicine Physicians.
    • Explore printable and shareable social media content on ACP’s National Internal Medicine Day webpage.
    • Celebrate and share why you are proud to be an Internal Medicine Physician.
    • Tell the world why you are vital to patients, medical professionals, and the health care system.
    • Share and comment on social media about the impact you are making and use #NationalInternalMedicineDay, #IMProud and #IMPhysician while posting.


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    National Internal Medicine Day was established in 2019 by the National Day Calendar and the American College of Physicians (ACP) to recognize the contributions of internal medicine physicians who are united by a commitment to excellence around the globe. Representing approximately 160,000 Internal Medicine Physicians, the ACP consists of internal medicine specialists, subspecialists, and medical students. In fact, the organization is the largest medical-specialty society in the world, and its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

    About American College of Physicians

    Founded in 1915, the ACP promotes the science and practice of medicine. Since its founding, the ACP supports Internal Medicine Physicians in their quest for excellence and shares the most updated medical knowledge. In addition, it also offers top-notch educational resources, practice resources, and demonstrates their commitment to internal medicine and those who practice it. The physicians of ACP lead the profession in education. Through a standard-setting, they share knowledge to advance the science and practice of internal medicine.



    National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate-related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.  


    Chocolate earns its day of honor by being America’s favorite flavor. (Some sources designate July 7 or December 28 as Chocolate Day or International Chocolate Day.)

    How is chocolate made?

    Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Humans have been cultivating cacao for at least three millennia. The plant grows in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. Historians document the earliest known use of cacao seeds at around 1100 BC.

    The intense, bitter taste of cocoa requires the bean to be fermented to develop the flavor.

    Research suggests that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

    Once fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form. The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point in the process, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

    • Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
    • Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
    • Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
    • White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.


    Visit your favorite restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert. Another idea is to host a chocolate tasting party. Invite friends to bring their best chocolate recipes to share. Here is a few recipes to try.

    Use #NationalChocolateDay to post on social media.


    National Confectioners Association created National Chocolate Day 

    Chocolate FAQ

    Q. Besides white chocolate, how is cocoa butter used?
    A. Cocoa butter is the processed fat from the cocoa bean. It is a necessary ingredient in both milk and white chocolate. However, skincare produces also include cocoa butter. Its fatty acids are touted as good for your skin.

    Q. Why do I need to temper my chocolate?
    A. If you’re making candy or chocolate-covered treats, tempering chocolate stabilizes it and creates a shiny, easy to use chocolate. The process requires the chocolate to be heated and then cooled and then reheated. It may seem time consuming, but for the prettiest creations, it’s also the best process.

    Q. Which chocolate holidays are coming up?
    A. The calendar loves chocolate holidays. Chocolate celebrations coming up include:

    • Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day
    • Chocolate Covered Anything Day
    • Chocolate Candy Day

    Q. Does chocolate make a good gift?
    A. Yes! You can give a variety of chocolate, too. That way you’re more likely to give someone their favorite kind. However, please remember to not give dark or milk chocolate to someone who is allergic to it. White chocolate is the safer option.


    October 28th Celebrated History


    The United States officially dedicates The Statue of Liberty at Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. France originally named the 151-foot tall statue “Liberty Enlightening the World” and gave it as a gift to the United States. During his speech, President Grover Cleveland said of Lady Liberty that “she holds aloft the light which illuminates the way to man’s enfranchisement.”


    The Volstead Act prohibits the sale of high-proof alcohol passes. Vetoed by President Woodrow Wilson the day before, the House and Senate successfully voted to overturn the President’s veto, ushering in an era of prohibition.


    Author Ernest Hemingway earned the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.” Hemingway wrote over 40 novels including, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and A Moveable Feast.


    Architect Eero Saarinen completes construction on the 630-foot tall parabola known as the Gateway Arch. Located in St. Louis, MO, the stainless steel arch is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and overlooks the Mississippi River.


    A team of 100 Kikkoman Corporation employees in Japan rolled 694 sushi rolls in three minutes setting a world record.

    October 28th Celebrated Birthdays

    Eliphalet Remington – 1793

    In 1816, Remmington founded the firearm manufacturing company known today as Remington Arms Company.

    Auguste Escoffier – 1846

    The world-renown chef established his reputation at the Savoy Hotel. Noted for his classical cuisine, the chef also developed a knack for naming his dishes after famous people. Some of those include Pears Hélène, Melba Toast, and Peach Melba.

    Edith Head – 1897

    The Academy Award-winning costume designer created the costumes for several critically acclaimed films including Roman Holiday, A Place in the Sun, and All About Eve. In the 2004 animated film The Incredibles, animators drew partial inspiration from Head for the character Edna Mode.

    Jonas Salk – 1914

    The virologist developed the first successful polio vaccine. The vaccine and others like it led to the near eradication of the debilitating and deadly childhood disease.

    Bill Gates – 1955

    In 1975, Gates along with his friend Paul Allen founded Microsoft. In 2021, Gates ranked as the 4th richest person in the world at 124 billion dollars.

    Terrell Davis – 1972

    The football running back played 5 seasons with the Denver Broncos. In 2017, he joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY – Fourth Saturday in October



    National Make A Difference Day brings community service to a whole new level each year. Organizations join forces on the fourth Saturday in October to make a difference, big or small.


    Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.

    For more than 20 years, USA Weekend and Points of Light sponsored National Make a Difference Day. It became the largest national day of community service. However, the two organizations no longer promote the community service weekend. Despite that, the event carries on, thanks to many with like-minded beliefs in their communities.

    All across the country, organizations pick up the tools required to help others during this weekend. Sometimes, they pick another weekend in October. However, they do it, they do so making a difference in the lives of others and their communities. The expression of love for each other through support and good ol’ elbow grease is sometimes all we need to make a difference.


    Making a difference can come in many forms so this day is wide open for participation!

    • Volunteer in your community or for an organization with merit. 
    • Be a mentor. Help a youth or another professional to gain new skills.
    • Make a donation to a charity with meaning to you. 
    • Say a kind word of support to someone who is struggling. 
    • Put your skills to work. Sometimes our hobbies can bring joy to others in ways we least expect it.

    Do what you can to make a difference and use #MakeADifferenceDay to post on social media.


    Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by Points of Light.  Together they sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. While the organizations no longer support Make a Difference Day, the observance still impacts communities around the country. Volunteers and organizations have taken up the banner to help their communities in ways that best fit their needs. 

    Those Who Make A Difference
    • Laurence Segal’s Cans For Cancer (Bottles 4 A Cure) collects bottles and cans each year in the name of Make A Difference Day. The proceeds are donated to cancer research.  
    • The Center for Nonprofit Management at MSU Texas in Wichita Falls, Texas promotes an event in the spirit of the day, too. Check out their Calendar of Events for dates and times.
    • Central School of Grand Cane, Louisiana will participate by spending the day sanding and painting picnic tables. The National Honor Society members are volunteering their time for this project. 
    • The Kiwanis Club embraces the Make A Difference Day theme each year. Learn more about their projects by visiting
    • The TRIO Club at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington will be supporting the local ECEAP program with shoes and coats for 3-5 year-olds.
    • The Volunteer Center in Winnetka, IL, hosts a volunteer event each year.
    • Forest City, California, hosts events each year that support those in the community.
    • Since 2008, Fountain Hills Arizona has been participating in National Make A Difference Day. Volunteers support a variety of opportunities to help their community and those who live there.

    Do you know an organization that carries on the torch for Make A Difference Day each year? Send us the information through our Contact Us link. and we’ll add it to the list. 

    Make a Difference FAQ

    Q. How does volunteering make a difference?
    A. There are numerous ways that volunteering makes a difference:

    • Improves skills – Volunteering improves your skills and improves the skills of others. When you share your talent with others, you also act as a mentor, showing others at least one way to do something to improve your community and the lives of those who live in it.
    • Bring enjoyment – Your volunteer task may bring beauty and fun events to your community.
    • Supports others – Volunteering often helps others to improve their situation. You may make it possible for someone to eat a hot meal, keep a roof over their head or make their home safer.
    • Fill a need – Volunteers often step forward when they see a need in the community where they live. It may be collecting school supplies or creating an after-school program for children.

    Q. Q. How many people in the United States volunteer their time?
    A. According to Nonprofit Source, about 25% of adults volunteered in some capacity in 2016.

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