Category: October 04



    National Cinnamon Bun Day on October 4th sweetens us up with a Scandinavian pastry.


    This warm bun swirls together a yeasty dough in sugar and cinnamon. Served with coffee or tea and enjoyed with a good book, a friend, or a dance party (don’t judge), it comforts on chilly fall days.

    Despite all the sugar in the recipes, cinnamon comes with many benefits. Since it’s loaded with antioxidants, it protects cells from the free radicals that may play a role in heart disease and cancer.

    It also helps reduce inflammation. Cinnamon may lessen or help fight infections, too. These properties are also benefits of antioxidants.

    Another benefit includes reducing the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.

    One of the most essential benefits of cinnamon, though, is how affects blood sugar. It may help improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, assisting people with diabetes to treat their condition.

    So while we don’t recommend getting all your cinnamon solely through cinnamon buns, it’s nice to know it’s available.


    Make some delicious cinnamon buns. Or visit your favorite coffee shop and order one. You can even share. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay. When you do, be sure to use #CinnamonBunDay to post on social media, too!


    In 1999, the Home Baking Council in Sweden celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the first Cinnamon Bun Day. Since then, the observance has spread around the world. It is now observed annually on October 4th.

    Cinnamon Bun FAQ

    Q. What other types of cinnamon pastries are there?
    A. Cinnamon complements baked goods in so many ways. Check out these delicious cinnamon pastries:

    • Bearclaws
    • Buns
    • Pies
    • Torts
    • Donuts
    • Bread
    • Coffee cake
    • Cake

    Q. Where is cinnamon grown?
    A. Cinnamon is primarily grown in Indonesia and South America.

    Q. Are there different kinds of cinnamon?
    A. Yes. Cinnamon tree varieties produce different types of cinnamon. Some are sweeter while others are spicier.

    • Ceylon cinnamon grows in Sri Lanka, Southern India, Mexico, and East Africa. It has an almost floral flavor.
    • Saigon or cassia cinnamon is the most common cinnamon found on grocery store shelves. This mild cinnamon compliments many baked goods.
    • Korintje cinnamon is a strong, sweet cinnamon and is grown in Vietnam. It is also a common cinnamon found in the grocery store.
    • Royal cinnamon is another grown in Vietnam. While this cinnamon is a little less common, its sweet spiciness appeals to many cooks.


  • NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY – First Wednesday in October


    On the first Wednesday in October, National Coffee with a Cop Day brings men and women in uniform together with their communities to connect over a cup of joe.


    Inspired by the cliche about officers and their coffee shop donuts, the national observance encourages communities to sponsor an event that will bring citizens and those on patrol together. The events provide an opportunity for open dialogue and improve communication. They also break down barriers and create a valuable bridge to relationships in our communities.

    When officers hear their community’s needs from the people themselves, they’re better able to support them. The community as a whole will also be able to see officers as approachable and their ally in protecting and caring for their communities.


    While many cities and towns across the country hold Coffee with a Cop events throughout the year, the first Wednesday in October is National Coffee with a Cop Day. Plan one now and several later in the year!  Find an event near you and join. Use #CoffeeWithACopDay in your sharing on social media.


    In 2016, the first Coffee with a Cop Day took place across the nation. The Hawthorne Police Department in Hawthorne, California launched the idea in 2011. They sought ways to interact with their community every day more successfully. As a result, they established a Coffee with a Cop event to do just that. Throughout the year they make meaningful connections, and the idea has spread across the country to all 50 states!

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  • NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY – First Wednesday in October


    The first Wednesday in October offers up the seasonal delight, National Pumpkin Seed Day! As the temperatures cool and the leaves turn, snack on these delicious tidbits.


    Many of us have fond memories of roasting these delicious nuggets after carving the Jack o’ lantern. However, we never realized just how good (and good for us) they were. Surprisingly, pumpkin seeds have been valued for their dietary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. In fact, pumpkin seeds have been traced back as far as 7000 BC, according to archeologists excavating a tomb in central Mexico.

    Nutritional Powerhouse

    Among other civilizations, the Aztecs and Mayans were believed to revere pumpkin seeds as an essential and powerful source of food and nutrition. As it turns out they were on to something – In comparison to other nuts and seeds, Pumpkin Seeds are one of the most nutritious plant-based foods. A quarter-cup serving alone includes an immune-boosting 17% of an adult’s daily allowance of zinc and a robust red blood cell-supporting 15% of the iron needed.

    This little seed also has a whopping 8.5 grams of complete plant-based protein in just 1 ounce. Ounce for ounce, that’s 2.5 times more protein than a hard-boiled egg. These flavorful bites have much more to offer including a plentiful helping of minerals with over 40% of the RDI of magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, essential nutrients that aid in overall body function.

    Pumpkin seeds without shells, also known as pepitas, provide an even better standalone snack. Pepitas are especially delicious when dry roasted. Try adding savory seasonings, too. They also make great additions to salads, oatmeal, and even ice cream. Mix them into baked goods for added crunch or to granola and bars for extra protein. Don’t hesitate to elevate a savory dish to a new level by creating a pesto with pumpkin seeds.


    Move pumpkins seeds from your memories file and over to your daily file. They really shouldn’t be a sometimes food anymore!  Try them in this Maple Buckwheat Flapjack Recipe. Another great recipe is this Asian Slaw Recipe from SuperSeedz. Use #NationalPumpkinSeedDay to share on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for project ideas celebrating this fun food holiday.



    SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds founded National Pumpkin Seed Day to share all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin seeds and the ways they can be enjoyed.  A woman-owned company, Kathie Pelliccio founded SuperSeedz in her kitchen with a cast iron pan making healthy pumpkin seeds to add to salads, yogurt, and oatmeal.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® approved the day in July of 2016.

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  • National Walk to School Day


    The first Wednesday in October makes a perfect time to celebrate National Walk to School Day. Not only does the day encourage getting some exercise, but the weather is perfect for walking to school, too.


    Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It isn’t hard on our joints and feet like running and jogging but still gives us all the advantages.

    The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.


    Walk to school or work. Enjoy the weather. Take photos and post on social media using #WalkToSchoolDay.


    Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.

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  • NATIONAL VODKA DAY – October 4


    National Vodka Day recognizes a popular beverage used in a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks. Explore your options on October 4th and raise a toast to the celebration. 


    Makers distill a variety of substances to make vodka. As a result, diverse types of vodka fill the shelves at the liquor store. Grain, potatoes, fruits, and sugar vodkas fit a variety of mixing needs behind the bar or in the kitchen, too.  

    Traditionally, prepared vodkas had an alcoholic content of percent by volume. In the United States, products sold as vodka must have an alcoholic content of 30 percent or more.

    Enjoy vodka on the rocks or in cocktails and mixed drinks. There are so many to choose from as the list below suggests: 

    • Caesar
    • Bloody Mary
    • Screwdriver
    • Sex on the Beach
    • Moscow Mule
    • White Russian
    • Black Russian
    • Tonic
    • Vodka Martini

    Makers have expanded the variety of flavors making endless possibilities when it comes to cocktails, mixed drinks, and other beverages the whole year-round.


    Mix up your favorite vodka cocktail and share while you savor an autumn afternoon. Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalVodkaDay when using social media.


    Celebrated since at least 2009, National Vodka Day has been mentioned by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has also been noted on news websites such as CBS. Meanwhile, National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this beverage celebration. 

    Vodka FAQ

    Q. Is vodka odorless and tasteless?
    A. All alcohols have a flavor and odor. However some are more neutral than others, and that’s one of the reasons vodka lends itself so well to mixed drinks.

    Q. Is vodka gluten-free?
    A. Vodka is only gluten-free if it is made from potatoes. If it’s made with wheat, it will include gluten.

    Q. Is vodka low calorie?
    A. Ounce for ounce, vodka contains fewer calories than most distilled liquors. That said, vodka is usually mixed with other ingredients that increase the calorie count, though so do other distilled liquors. When added to other low-calorie ingredients, vodka is a winner when you’re counting calories.




    National Golf Lover’s Day on October 4th provides an opportunity for golf enthusiasts to swing down the fairway at least one more time during the season.   


    While celebrating the day, you might notice it is sometimes also referred to as National Golf Day. Since 1952, the PGA has held a charity event each year for National Golf Day, which is held on different days each year.

    The modern game of golf may have originated in 15th century Scotland. However, it is unclear and very much debated as to its ancient origins. 

    The world’s oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship. Its first tournament played on October 17, 1860, at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.Golf in the United States:
    • 1779 – The Royal Gazette of New York City posted an advertisement for golf clubs and golf balls.
    • 1796 – The Georgia Gazette publishes notice of an annual general meeting for a golf club in Savannah. 
    • Golf became firmly established in the late 19th century.
    • 1894 – Delegates from the Newport Country Club, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, Yonkers, New York, The Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club met in New York City to form what became the United States Golf Association (USGA).
    • 1910 – There were 267 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
    • 1922 – Walter Hagen became the first native-born American to win the British Open Championship.
    • 1932 – There were more than 1,100 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
    • 1980 – Over 5,908 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
    • 2013 – Over 10,600 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.


    In many parts of the country, golfers hit the links all year long. However, in the more northern regions, courses will close due to cooler temperatures preventing golfers from chasing the elusive hole-in-one. While you can, get out and golf a round or two. Invite friends to join you. Visit a course you’ve never been to before. Challenge yourself to a more difficult course. Improve your handicap or offer to teach someone the game. 

    No matter what you do, include someone else in your endeavors. When we #CelebrateEveryDay, it’s important to include others in those moments. Gather your friends and enjoy a round of golf. While you’re celebrating, be sure to give your favorite courses a shout out. They may be the most challenging or the ones where you’ve made outstanding memories. Share a video of your best shot and final score.

    You can also explore Golf History. Use #GolfLoversDay to post on social media.

    Educators and families, visit us in the classroom for project ideas designed to Celebrate Every Day!


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sports holiday. However, it’s interesting to note that the first U.S. Men’s Open Golf Championship was held on this day in 1895. 


    October 4th Celebrated History


    In Newport, Rhode Island, Horace Rawlins won the first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship.


    Edwin Hubble discovers the first Cepheid variable star in the Andromeda nebula.


    In the Black Hills of South Dakota, artist Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.


    The Soviet Union launches Sputnik into orbit ushering in the Space Age. Sputnik is the first artificial satellite launched into space.


    Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation in support of the free software movement.


    Chris Kent of Sevierville, TN grew the world’s largest watermelon. The green giant weighed in at 350.5 pounds (159 kg).

    October 4th Celebrated Birthdays

    Rutherford B. Hayes – 1822

    The 19th president of the United States hailed from Ohio. During his term in office, Hayes oversaw the end of reconstruction of the South. Before his role as president, Hayes served in the Civil War and was elected to Congress.

    Damon Runyon – 1880

    The writer and journalist is best known for his collection of short stories published in the book Guys and Dolls. The book was made into a Broadway musical in 1950.

    Lucy Tayiah Eads – 1888

    As the first woman named as chief of the Kanza, also known as the Kaw Nation, Eads served from 1908 to 1934.

    Alice Stewart – 1906

    The British epidemiologist is one of the first physicians to recognize the effects of radiation from x-rays.

    Charlton Heston – 1923

    The actor’s phenomenal career brought the motion picture world such epic films as Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and The Planet of the Apes.

    Senaida Wirth – 1926

    The shortstop played five seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She made five championship playoffs during her career.

    Dick Tracy – 1931

    Chester Gould created the crime-fighting comic strip character Dick Tracy which debuted on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror.

    Anne Rice – 1941

    The American author is best known for her vampire novels. Her novel Interview with a Vampire was made into a film starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Thandie Newton, and Antonio Banderas.

    Tony La Russa – 1944

    Following his 10 years as an MLB player, Larussa took on the challenge as coach and manager with the Chicago White Sox. He led the Oakland A’s to a World Series title in 1989. While with the St. Louis Cardinals, he led the team to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. After leaving the Cardinals, he returned to the White Sox.

    Russell Simmons – 1957

    In 1984, Simmons co-founded Def Jam Records. He is also an entrepreneur and film producer.

  • NATIONAL TACO DAY – October 4


    Get one, two or three on National Taco Day. On October 4th, the day recognizes the savory tortilla stuffed with fillings. It doesn’t have to be Tuesday, so get out and enjoy your favorite.


    The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish.  At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. Hernan Cortes arranged this meal for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.

    In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez established The National Taco Council. The council sent a 55-pound taco to President Johnson in 1967.

    Whether you prefer soft or hard-shelled tortillas, most agree tacos satisfy a snack craving. However, they also make delicious meals. Consider that many are filled with seasoned, lean meats and vegetables, tacos go beyond delicious. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos with grilled seafood add a whole other flavor profile. Ask for grilled chicken and hold the cheese.

    Many restaurants offer specials on this food holiday, too.


    While it may not be Tuesday (or maybe it is!) it’s time to have some tacos. Go out for tacos or make them at home. There are many traditional varieties of tacos. Try a style of taco you’ve never had before. You may be surprised by how many options there. While you’re celebrating be sure to share recipes and give a shout out to your favorite Mexican restaurants, food trucks, and taco stands. 

    Use #NationalTacoDay to post on social media. Be sure to tell everyone about the Taco Day Deals found over here…


    Our research found that National Taco Day began in 2009. However, National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this food holiday.