Category: October 30

  • WORLD AUDIO DRAMA DAY – October 30


    On October 30th, World Audio Drama Day celebrates telling stories through sound. The day also recognizes how audio drama has evolved through the years.

    People around the world often look to television, movies, or other forms of visual arts for entertainment. Many people, however, enjoy being entertained through audio. This form of entertainment is called audio drama. The most important feature of audio drama is spoken dialogue. Music and sound effects are often added to enhance one’s listening experience.

    Throughout the late 1920s and early 1930s, the radio became a popular medium for audio drama. One of the most famous audio drama productions was a broadcast called “The War of the Worlds.” During this broadcast, Orson Welles performed a radio adaptation of an H.G. Wells science fiction novel called “The War of the Worlds.” The fictional story tells about an alien invasion in New Jersey. Some listeners tuned in late and missed the introduction. They thought the event was really happening, thereby causing mass hysteria across the nation.

    Besides the radio, audiobooks became another form of audio drama. Audiobooks became especially popular with the invention of cassette tapes and portable cassette tape players. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the digital age came about. This caused audiobooks to become a billion-dollar industry. In recent years, podcasts over the internet have become another popular way of listening to audio drama.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldAudioDramaDay

    On this day, many radio stations broadcast the most infamous radio drama of all time, “The War of the Worlds.” Audiobook publishers provide special discounts on their products. It’s also a day for audio drama podcasters to introduce a new series.

    The best way for you to observe this day is to listen to audio drama. If you’re busy, that’s ok, as you can listen to an audio drama while you clean, drive, or do other tasks. You can even find audio drama for your children to listen to. If you’ve never listened to an audio drama podcast, today is the perfect day to start.

    Be sure to share your favorite radio broadcast, audiobook, or podcast on social media with #WorldAudioDramaDay.


    Sibby Wieland, an audio drama enthusiast from Texas, came up with the idea for a World Audio Drama Day in 2012. The first event occurred on October 13, 2013. This date was the 75th anniversary of the “The War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, which take place in 1938.


  • National Publicist Day



    National Publicist Day recognizes publicists around the country on October 30th and the PR they provide each day.


    On October 30, 1906, the New York Times printed verbatim the very first press release written by Ivy Lee, the “father of modern PR.” Ivy Lee represented the Pennsylvania Railroad. On October 28th, 1906, 50 people lost their lives. A three-car train jumped a trestle in New Jersey and plunged into a thoroughfare creek. In response, Ivy Lee created the first press release.  He not only convinced the railroad to distribute a public statement, but he also convinced them to provide a special train to get reporters to the scene of the accident.

    Impressed by Lee’s innovative approach to corporate communications, the New York Times printed the first press release—verbatim—on Oct. 30, 1906, as a “Statement from the Road.” (information obtained from

    Public relations is such a love/hate relationship. (You love to hate it and hate to love it.) This industry isn’t an instant gratification one. And on some days a non-gratification. National Publicist Day is a day for publicists to come from behind the scenes. They always work (even behind their eyelids). It’s an opportunity to appreciate publicists for all they do to improve brand communications with the public.


    Call, email, or shout out to your publicist on social media. Let them know you appreciate them. Don’t have a publicist? Well, today’s the perfect day to research and contact one that suits your brand. Show your appreciation for what they could contribute to your brand. Use #NationalPublicistDay to post on social media.


    Jordanna Stephen, the owner of APARTMENT|SEVEN, a PR firm in New York, founded National Publicist Day and its meaning in 2015.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on October 30th, annually.




    Speak Up For Service Day on October 30th recognizes the importance of young people to be actively involved in community service. Too often, the good deeds of young people go unnoticed by their communities. Speak Up For Service Day gives recognition to the overlooked. It serves as a reminder to tell others about the contributions of young people to their communities.


    Each year, the Speak Up For Service public speaking contest is held in conjunction with the North Dakota State Lions Convention. Other Lions Clubs and Districts throughout North America sponsor similar public speaking contests. Young people share their insight on issues of the day. Additionally, they speak about the contributions of Lions to making the world a better place.


    Speak up about service initiatives in your community. Recognize the youth in your community for the projects they support and initiate. When we give credit to their hard work, our communities thrive. Many organizations also create opportunities for youth to get involved. As the young people in your life become involved, you will see their confidence grow. Their positive impact on their community will leave a lasting impression, too. As you celebrate, be sure to invite others to join you!

    Use #SpeakUpForServiceDay to post on social media.


    The Mandan Lions Club founded National Speak Up For Service Day in 2014.

    The Speak Up For Service Project’s history began in 2003. The Fargo, ND, Lions Club initiated a public speaking contest for area high school students in honor of Laura Christensen Espejo. Laura devoted her life to improving the health care services available to the less fortunate in the Fargo community and Peru, the country of her husband, Lucho. Lion Robert Littlefield coordinated the contest on the local level. Soon, he was launching it as a statewide initiative while serving as District Governor in 2010-2011.

    In 2010, the Lions Club held its first annual Lions Speak Up For Service public speaking contest. Contestants spoke at the North Dakota State Lions Convention in Grand Forks. High school students who entered the competition spoke on topics related to young people and community service. Brent Johnson, a senior at Shanley High School, won the first-ever Speak Up For Service Contest. Johnson and the other contestants received scholarships for their participation in the event.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the observance to be celebrated on October 30th, annually.


    October 30th Celebrated History


    Decades before the advent of the 40-hour workweek had us punching time clocks, Daniel M. Cooper receives the first U.S. patent for a “time recorder.” Patent No. 528223 described an apparatus that printed a timestamp onto a card. The invention made calculating wages easier.


    John J. Loud receives patent no. 392046 for a ballpoint pen. Though it is the first such device patented in the United States, its purpose was limited to coarse surfaces and never saw any great success.


    Orson Welles broadcasts a radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Listeners believed the broadcast to be a real news event and thought aliens were attacking the Earth, causing panic across the country.


    With the songs “Speak Now” and “Back to December,” Taylor Swift becomes the first artist to debut two singles in the Top 10 in successive weeks.

    October 30th Celebrated Birthdays

    Andrew Jackson Downing – 1815

    The horticulturist is considered to be the father of landscape gardening. During his career, he wrote several books on horticulture and was an editor for the Horticulturist.

    Irma S. Rombauer – 1877

    In 1931, Bobbs-Merrill Company and Charles Scribner’s Son’s published Rombauer’s cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. It is one of the world’s most popular cookbooks.

    Marie Van Brittan Brown – 1922

    In 1969, Marie Brown and her husband Albert Brown received a patent for their home security system.

    Henry Winkler – 1945

    The American actor and producer rose to fame playing the role of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the American sitcom Happy Days. He also played Coach Klein in The Waterboy starring Adam Sandler, Barry Zucker in Arrested Development, and Fritz in Monsters at Work.




    On October 30th, the country celebrates its favorite vegetable with National Candy Corn Day.


    In the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn. His sweet treat represented the bright colors of corn kernels. Originally, candy corn was yellow, orange and white. However, it wasn’t until1889 that the Goelitz Candy Company made the candy popular. Later, other candy makers developed a variety of popular colors and flavors as well. 

    The original confection was made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant, and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree). However, modern candy makers combine the original ingredients using machines. 

    These days, numerous recipes create the candy corn flavors in cakes, cookies, beverages, and more.


    Candy corn inspires desserts, too. Add the candy to popcorn for a spooktacular treat. Another delicious way to celebrate the day would be to layer gelatin, pudding, or cakes with white, yellow, and orange colors and flavors. Salty and sweet always pair well together, too. Add pretzels, candy corn, and nuts to a snack mix.

    Try this terrific candy corn cookie recipe.

    Whether you want to go whip up a batch or go and purchase a bag, go and enjoy the day by sharing some with friends and family.  Use #NationalCandyCornDay to post on social media.


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

    Candy Corn FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in candy corn?
    A. A handful of candy corn (about 19 pieces) contains 140 calories.

    Q. What flavor are the pumpkins in the candy corn Autumn Mix?
    A. Mixed in with traditional candy corn, the pumpkins in the Autumn Mix are mellow crème or marshmallow flavor, the same as the candy corns.

    Q. Does candy corn come in different flavors?
    A. Like jelly beans, Oreos, and Peeps, candy corn comes in a variety of seasonal flavors. Some flavors to choose from include:

    • Reindeer Corn (Vanilla)
    • Candy Cane Corn (Peppermint)
    • Indian Corn (Mix of chocolate and mellow crème)
    • Pumpkin spice
    • Apple
    • Peanut Butter Cup
    • Caramel Apple
    • Pumpkin Pie
    • Tropical
    • Chocolate Mint