Category: October 03



    Every year on October 3, World Temperance Day encourages people to give up alcohol. It’s also a day to learn about the history of temperance movements around the world.

    Fermented beverages and alcoholic drinks date back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese were some of the first to consume alcohol. In 2700 B.C. the Babylonians were known to worship a wine goddess. An alcoholic drink called mead was very popular in Greece. The Bible also mentions the drinking of wine. In fact, turning water into wine was the second recorded miracle performed by Jesus.

    As you can see alcohol has been a part of society and culture for thousands of years. However, not everyone has looked at alcohol in a positive way. Greek literature is full of warnings about excessive alcohol consumption. During the 19th century, the temperance movement helped to promote the moderate use of alcohol. Some people wanted to ban it all together. Those in the temperance movements believed alcohol to be responsible for many of society’s ills. This era was also known as Prohibition.

    Temperance Movements

    Temperance movements were especially popular in English-speaking countries. They were also common amongst Scandinavians. Most of these movements were led by the religious leaders of the day. Some of the temperance organizations that formed during Prohibition include:

    • Anti-Saloon League
    • Gospel Temperance Union
    • People’s Democratic Temperance League
    • British Women’s Temperance Association (now called White Ribbon)
    • Women’s Christian Temperance Union
    • World League Against Alcoholism

    Some of these temperance organizations were successful as they persuaded governments around the world to ban the sale of alcohol. However, this caused other problems as people illegally made their own. Eventually, the ban on alcohol failed in many countries. There are some countries, however where alcohol is still banned. These countries include Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Bangladesh, and some states in India.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldTemperanceDay

    Many people abstain from alcohol on this day. It’s also a day to think about how alcohol has a negative effect on society. Many liquor stores close on this day.
    To participate:

    • Learn more about the Temperance Movement in the United States and other countries.
    • Look up countries that still ban the use of alcohol and why they do.
    • Watch the Ken Burns documentary, “Prohibition.”
    • Read about important women in the Temperance Movement, such as Susan B. Anthony, Carry Nation, and Martha McClellan Brown.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldTemperanceDay


    The origins of this day began between 1890 and 1900. This is when the Buddhist Temperance Movement began. The day is widely observed in Sri Lanka, as well as a handful of other countries around the world.


  • NATIONAL FRUIT AT WORK DAY – First Tuesday in October


    On the first Tuesday in October, National Fruit at Work Day encourages some fruitiness to get you through the day. Not only is fruit tasty, but it’s good for you, too.


    It might surprise you what constitutes a fruit, too. For example, an avocado qualifies as a fruit, not a vegetable. Combine this superfood with some peppers and tomatoes (also fruit) and the nutritional bonuses will keep adding up.

    Another surprising fruit is the eggplant. This purple fruit falls into the berry categories. Bring on the Parmesan. The tomato also falls under the berry family.

    Joining the drupe family along with raspberries, the olive gives us added options for exploring the day.

    The observance takes place during a time of year when many stone fruits come into season. Apples, pears, and more are ripe and delicious. Beyond the traditional fruits, squash also qualifies for this holiday. Their fall flavors blend well with other foods in season.

    Don’t limit yourself to the traditional idea of fruit during this occasion. Since many of the fruits we think of as vegetables are in season, it’s an excellent time to enjoy them.


    Fruit offers many advantages over other snacking choices we make every day.

    • All-natural – Fruit comes in the packages they were grown in. Each piece has no added calories, fillers or artificial flavorings.
    • High fiber – Natural fiber found in fruit
    • Energy source – While we love our coffee, fruit also adds a natural boost of energy.
    • Improves memory – Fruits high in antioxidants, vitamin k, folate, and monounsaturated fats improve brain function.


    It’s simple. Pack some fruit and bring it to work. Snack on it throughout the day. Enjoy it for lunch. Share it with co-workers. Be sure to pack some for the kids and spouse, too. Try out new recipes with exotic fruits or bring out the old favorites.

    Either way, get fruity. Show your enthusiasm for fruit.

    Use #FruitAtWorkDay to share your fruitiest adventures on social media.


    The Fruit Guys founded National Fruit At Work Day in 2000 to promote the benefits of eating fruit at work. They urge eating fruit at work all year long, but especially on Fruit at Work Day. Some people even dress up like fruit, act fruity, or even wear fruit to show their excitement for the day.

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  • National Boyfriend Day – October 3


    National Boyfriend Day (sometimes referred to as National Boyfriend’s Day) on October 3rd recognizes the sweetheart in your life. Like special days for family members, this day dedicates attention to the boyfriends in our lives.


    Whether the relationship is new or seasoned, boyfriends bring unique meaning to our lives. From romantic evenings, date nights, and adventure, each relationship develops over time. Each year, you build upon the relationship with new memories and experiences.

    What makes your boyfriend extra special? Like a good friend, a boyfriend supports your dreams and ambitions. Together you’re a team. Often, there’s an unexplained attraction. Does his character make you want to be a better person? We describe our boyfriends with words like energetic, creative, loving, and kind. Perhaps your boyfriend is a bad boy or a handsome geek. No matter what type your boyfriend is, celebrate him all day long!

    When is National Girlfriends Day?


    Do something nice for your boyfriend today.  While planning the day, consider all his favorite things. If you’re uncertain, do some sleuthing before hand.

    • Let him know how important he is to you.
    • Consider taking him on a scavenger hunt.
    • Surprise him with a romantic getaway to a place he’s talked about.
    • Take him to a movie of his choosing.
    • Pick a sporting event to his favorite team.

    Whatever you choose to do, let him know you appreciate him. Use #NationalBoyfriendDay to post on social media and let the world know about your special guy!


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




    National Techies Day on October 3rd encourages students to consider a career in technology.  With so many opportunities in the growing technology field, students seeking a career in technology will find promising choices anywhere they look. 


    In 2012, Engine Advocacy commissioned a report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in California. According to the report, for every high-tech job, four more jobs are created. That’s a lot of economic boost created by one industry.

    By 2030, the technology sector will continue to grow while other job sectors may decline. While the jobs future changes, one thing remains steady – technology. Healthcare technologies will continue growing by nearly 48 percent. While research ramps up, surgeons and medicine take advanced technologies to a whole new level. With it, they need software specialists trained to maintain the equipment and train the medical personnel.

    Beyond medical technology, manufacturing advances technology every day. When considering the future of the automotive world alone, specialized technology keeps up the demand for qualified professionals.

    Software development grows every day. However, if we examine technology’s impact on manufacturing, security, and global environmental solutions, we can’t ignore our future needs. The students in the classroom will be the skilled, trained technology-savvy employees of tomorrow. We need them to be.

    Take note that National Techies Day falls during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Techies ensure our devices are protected and secured. They develop the software and help us maintain our computers, smart devices, and more. If you don’t protect your computers – find a techie today!


    National Techies Day offers numerous ways to celebrate. Beyond thanking all the techies you know, consider these ways to join in the celebration:

    • Host a job fair at a high school.
    • Share your experiences with technology. Inspire a student to learn more.
    • Encourage an interest in technology where a spark exists. 
    • Learn more about new innovative technologies changing the world.

    Use #NationalTechiesDay to post on social media.


    With a growing need for employees with advanced technical skills in America, and CNT Networks launched National Techies Day. In 1999, nearly 60% of new jobs were expected to require advanced technical skills that Americans didn’t have. The tech companies and the day encourage kids to embrace computer science and even the monikers sometimes attached to contemporary technology.  

    Being a computer nerd or geek, like National Day Calendar’s own Guru of Geek, in the fast-growing world of technology opens doors to career opportunities. 


    October 3rd Celebrated History


    Thomas S. Thurman receives a patent for a “Pneumatic carpet cleaner” under patent No. 634,042. The device blew debris into a receptacle. Thurman designed the horse-drawn contraption to go door to door offering cleaning services. About two years later, the first patents for cleaners similar to the ones we used today were invented. They used suction to remove dust and dirt.


    The Corn Products Refining Company trademarks the term “Mazola” for their edible corn oil. The trademark is currently owned by ACH Food Companies, Inc. which also owns the trademarks for Durkee, Spice Kitchens, Argo, Kingsford’s, and Golden Griddle among others.


    In the third game of the World Series, Cincinnati right-handed pitcher Adolfo Luque becomes the first Latino to appear in baseball’s championship series. Nicknamed Dolf, he took the mound in the 9th inning of the third game against the White Sox. While he retired the side, there was no recovering the game for Cincinnati. He made his second appearance during game seven, another loss for the team. Cincinnati went on to win the series 5-3. Eight White Sox players would be accused of game-fixing in a scandal that would rock baseball.


    WERD in Atlanta beings broadcasting. It’s the first African American owned and operated radio station in the United States. As a hub of the African American community, it also provided a voice to Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons and announcements. While the station exists now only in an online format broadcast by the current building owner, Rici de Forest. At one time, the building even housed a Madam C.J. Walker salon. The space has since been transformed into a museum dedicated to WERD, and Madam C.J. Walker.


    Children’s programming gets a boost from the debut of both Captain Kangaroo and the Mickey Mouse Club.


    CBS debuts the Andy Griffith Show starring Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, Don Knotts as Barney Fife, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee, and Ron Howard as Opie Taylor. Other featured characters included Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle and George Lindsey as Goober Pyle. The show aired for eight seasons, the first six all in black and white.


    Maurizio Damilano sets a world record for the fastest walk of 30 kilometers. The former Olympic champion walked the distance in 2 hours, 1 minute and 44 seconds in the Italian city of Cuneo.

    October 3rd Celebrated Birthdays

    John Gorrie – 1803

    The mother of necessity struck this physician in 1851 while malaria and yellow fever called for methods to cool patients. Gorie set to work and the resulting invention provided the first air conditioning and refrigeration. He received patent No. 8080 for his invention in 1851 for the Improved process for the artificial production of ice.

    Sophie Treadwell – 1885

    Throughout her career, the playwright wrote, directed, and produced many of her plays. She wrote more than 40 plays, her most well-known is the 1928 drama Machinal. During World War I, she became one of the first accredited female foreign war correspondents and reported on the war from France for several months, and served as a nurse.

    Natalie Savage Carlson – 1906 

    The prolific children’s author earned the Newbery Award for her novel The Family Under the Bridge. She’s also the author of The Empty Schoolhouse and Surprise in the Mountains, among many others.

    Frank Pantridge – 1916

    Numerous lives have been changed thanks to this Northern Irish physician’s invention of the portable defibrillator. His invention revolutionized emergency medicine around the world.

    Nancy Mudge – 1929

    Nicknamed “Smudgie,” the infielder played six seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Following her baseball career, Mudge became a physical education teacher in Minnesota.

    Chubby Checker – 1941

    The legendary rock & roll performer is best known for starting “The Twist” dance craze in the 1960s. He also recorded “Pony Time” and “Limbo Rock” among others.

    Kathryn Sullivan – 1951

    The American geologist became the first woman to walk in space. The NASA astronaut also served on three Space Shuttle missions.

    Gwen Stefani – 1969

    The award-winning singer and songwriter rose to stardom as the lead vocalist and co-founder of the band No Doubt. She also launched a successful solo career and serves as a judge on the NBC competition show The Voice.