Category: October 05


    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

    National Rhode Island Day | October 5
    National Rhode Island Day | October 5


    Wrapping up the original 13 colonies, National Rhode Island Day on October 5th recognizes the last colony to join the Union. The Ocean State joined the union on May 4, 1776.


    Persecuted for his beliefs in Massachusetts, Roger Williams established the Rhode Island colony in 1636 at Providence seeking religious and political freedom.

    While the colony was the first to renounce British rule, Rhode Island was the only state absent from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Rhode Island delayed signing the Constitution, preferring the addition of a bill of rights. It wasn’t until the Constitution was ratified by nine previous states and the threat of taxation on her exports that Rhode Island finally ratified the document and became the 13th state.

    The textile industry boomed in the mid-1800s after Samuel Slater founded the first textile mill in Pawtucket in 1790. Rhode Island made producing cloth into a lucrative national and export business.

    Lawn tennis has been a long-held pastime by Rhode Islanders and is clearly part of the fabric of their history. The National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1954 by Jimmy Van Alen at the Newport Casino. The location in Newport, Rhode Island held the first U.S. national championship for tennis in 1881.

    Despite being the smallest state, the Ocean State jams over 400 miles of coastline in its 1212 square miles. With numerous public and private beaches, Rhode Island ocean views and adventure abound.


    Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Rhode Island’s industry, beauty, and history. Explore her shores and find out more about her people. There is much to see! Use #NationalRhodeIslandDay to share on social media.

    Rhode Island Flavor
    Rhode Island State Official
    For a complete list of Rhode Island State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit and  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. 

    Blackstone River Valley
    Roger Williams National Memorial
    Goddard Memorial State Park – East Greenwich
    Lincoln Woods State Park – Lincoln
    Colt STate Park – Bristol
    Pulaski State Park and Recreational Area – Chepachet
    Fishermen’s Memorial State Park – Narragansett
    Beavertail State Park – Jamestown
    Fort Wetherill – Jamestown


    Providence Children’s Museum – Providence
    John Brown House – Providence
    Museum of Work and Culture – Woonsocket
    Naval War College Museum – Newport
    Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology – Providence
    Slater Mill Historic Site – Pawtucket
    National Museum of American Illustration – Newport
    Herreshoff Marine Museum – Bristol
    Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum – Exeter
    International Tennis Hall of Fame – Newport
    Coggeshall Farm Museum – Coventry

    Green Animals Topiary Garden – Portsmouth
    Grave of Mercy Brown – Exeter
    Belcourt Castle – Newport
    Little Neck Cemetary – East Providence
    The youngest of eight brigadier generals in the Continental Army, Nathanael Greene became General Washington’s most reliable military leader during the Revolutionary War.
    Noted businesswoman, Christiana Carteaux Bannister assisted runaway slaves alongside her husband while living in Massachusetts. When they returned to Providence, RI after the Civil War, Christiana continued her activism and entrepreneurship. For a woman born to slaves, her achievements were particularly noteworthy during this era.


    Annie Smith Peck gained notoriety after becoming interested in mountain climbing and hiking first Mount Shasta in California then the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Smith continued her climbing pursuits until she was 82 years old.
    The first Major League player to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded, Napoleon Lajoie posed a threat in the batter’s box and on the field. As an all-around player, Lajoie’s career began with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896. During his career, he would play for four teams, but would primarily be remembered for winning the first Triple Crown in American League History with the Philadelphia Athletics.

    His longest stint would be with the Cleveland Indians from 1902 to 1914 during which time he would also manage. Lajoie was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.
    H.P. Lovecraft’s supernatural creatures wreaked terror on the pages of his of his horror stories.
    The transcendentalist poet, Sarah Whitman wrote progressive poems about suffrage, women’s rights and feminism. Whitman was also the unrequited love interest of Edgar Allen Poe.
    Comic book writer, Don McGregor, brought a thrilling new series to the Marvel family through Black Panther. Interestingly, he started off as a proofreader who challenged the editorial staff for a better concept. The challenge was returned, leaving McGregor with the task of turning the project into a creative success.
    The celebrity carpenter of This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop has been providing home improvement advice since 1979.



    Find your groove and Get Funky on October 5th for National Get Funky Day!


    Turn up the energy, improve the mood, smile, laugh, and dance. Share the enthusiasm everywhere you go. This day encourages everyone to break out of their funk and get funky. When we add a little spice to our everyday routine, it keeps life interesting, too. Watch your interactions between customers, coworkers, and loved ones improve. Funkiness is infectious! National Get Funky Day invites you to celebrate life, spread love, laughter, and light!


    Get funky by wearing the brightest clothes, dance to happy music, smile, laugh, let your hair down, high five, and hug people. Have a party, help a neighbor, be positive and have fun! Whatever you do, step out of your normal and Get Funky! The goal is to generate as much positivity as possible, that the day will go down as the funkiest in History.

    Use #NationalGetFunkyDay to share on social media.


    Funkytown Fitness founded National Get Funky day to help people break free of their comfort zones and let loose for a fun and exciting day throughout the country. When people get Funky they get happy, they have fun, and the world becomes a more positive place. This day evolved from the incredible way the community happily came together to help complete strangers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Get Funky Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

    Funky FAQ

    Q. What does the word “funky” actually mean?
    A. Funky has developed several different meanings since the late 16th century. Funky often refers to a strong odor. Cheese can have a funky smell (and that can be good or bad). Funky also evolved as a term used in the world of music, especially jazz, to show approval. It later spread to a distinct style of music (funk) and the associated style, attitude, or sound.

    Q. What is the difference between being in a groove and being in a rut?
    A. While both a groove and a rut describe similar things such as a worn depression or track, they mean opposite things. If you’re in a groove, you’re moving right along, enjoying your favorite routines, and generally loving life. If you’re in a rut, you’re kind of stuck. The routines you’ve developed are not as exciting as they once were.


    October 5th Celebrated History


    The New York Giants matchup against the New York Yankees in game 1 of the World Series, the first to be broadcast on radio.


    Laura Ingalls completes her transcontinental flight across the United States with her Gipsy Moth biplane. The journey began at Roosevelt Field in New York and ended in Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California. The achievement marked the first transcontinental flight completed by a woman.


    President Harry Truman addresses the nation via television. In the first presidential television address, Truman called for a reduction in grain usage from farmers and distillers to aid Europeans.


    The first James Bond Film, Dr. No, premieres in London. The film starred Sean Connery as 007.


    Public Broadcast Sevice (PBS) beings broadcasting. Throughout its years of operation, PBS has broadcast a variety of shows for all ages. From news and arts to documentaries and dramas, member stations a large portion of the programming. Some of the most popular include Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, PBS NewsHour, The French Chef, Finding Your Roots, Downton Abbey, and Call the Midwife.


    Flying aboard Challenger 6, Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space.


    Celebrating the company’s 45th anniversary, PSI Seminars (USA/Canada) hosted 339 participants in the world’s longest trust fall. The event took place in Clearlake Oaks, California.

    October 5th Celebrated Birthdays

    Chester A. Arthur – 1829

    Vice President Chester A. Arthur becomes the 21st President of the United States when after months of suffering President James Garfield succumbs from a gunshot wound inflicted by assassin Charles Guiteau.

    Helen Churchill Candee – 1858 

    The American journalist wrote for such periodicals as Scribner’s and The Ladies’ Home Journal. In 1921, she was one of the 705 survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster.

    Ray Kroc – 1902

    In 1961, the American businessman developed McDonald’s into a successful franchise platform.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson – 1958

    The astrophysicist is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He also hosts and narrates several science television programs such as NOVA ScienceNow and Cosmos.

    Maya Lin – 1959

    The American architect and designer is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL, and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York.

    Patrick Roy – 1965

    The professional hockey goalie played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Kate Winslet – 1975

    The English actress is best known for her roles in Titanic and Sense and Sensibility.



    On October 5, fall ushers in National Apple Betty Day with a sweet aroma of apples baked in cinnamon and oats. 


    Similar to what is known as apple crisp, crumble, or cobbler, the American variant known as the Betty or Brown Betty dates from colonial times. Most Apple Betty recipes call for cinnamon, sugar, and butter to make the crumbs that top sliced apples. Sometimes oats or flour are added, too. 

    As the temperatures begin dropping outside, apple Betty recipes warm the home and fill it with delicious fragrances. Apple Betty recipes also allow a child’s hand to help prepare the dessert, making it a family event. The season is ideal for this treat, too. Tart apples just off the tree call out for autumn recipes like these.

    Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House. 


    Enjoy these Apple Betty recipes:

    Apple Betty
    Apple Brown Betty
    Grandma’s Apple Brown Betty

    Use #AppleBettyDay to post on social media.


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

    Apple Betty FAQ

    Q. What kind of apples are best when making an Apple Betty?
    A. Tart, crisp apples are best for making an Apple Betty. Apples like Granny Smith and Braeburn hold up to baking and won’t be overly sweet when combined with the sugar and other ingredients. 

    Q. What is the difference between an apple betty, apple cobbler, and apple crisp?
    A. All three desserts bring out the flavor of crisp, tart apples. They also fill the home with the aroma of fall. However, the textures of each one differ from the others. An apple betty is topped with a crumble made from flour, butter, and spices. Apple cobbler is topped with a cake-like batter with baking soda to help it rise. Apple crisp is probably the most similar to the apple betty. However, apple crisp recipes typically call for oats in the topping to create a coarser texture.

    Q. What other apple-themed days are on the calendar?
    A. There are many apple days on the calendar. At the end of October, National Carmel Apple Day wraps up the month and in December National Eat a Red Apple Day wraps up the year with regards to apple-themed days.




    Each year on October 5, people across the nation observe National Do Something Nice Day.


    This observance is very similar to National Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is celebrated on February 17.

    It would be ideal if everyone lived their lives doing kind things on a daily basis and without thinking about it. We all get caught up in our fast-paced lifestyles. However, kindness should never be sacrificed to get ahead in the world. Kindness doesn’t require grand gestures. Though, when able, those are acceptable, too. 

    Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. ~
    Frank A. Clark

    In a matter of seconds, we hold the power to change the course of a person’s day by being nice. The person’s day in question might even be our own. Some things that takes very little time at all and almost no effort include:

    • Noticing someone’s signal in traffic and allowing them into your lane.
    • Picking up the neighbor’s newspaper on your daily walk and placing it within easy reach.
    • Opening a door for another person.
    • Giving your place in line to the person with only three items.
    • Tipping your service staff an extra dollar or two more than you usually would.
    • Give a compliment.
    • Encourage a student with an idea for a solution.
    • Read to a child.
    • Listen to someone who is lonely.


    Do something nice.  The something can be anything from buying a cup of coffee for someone in line at the coffee shop to giving a compliment to the tired clerk. Maybe the day calls for sending flowers with a card that says “just because,” or asking the neighbors over for a barbecue in the backyard or mowing the lawn for someone.   Use #DoSomethingNiceDay to post on social media.

    We do encourage our readers to learn about the inspirational story of Eva Kor here: The Story of Eva.


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