Category: October 06

  • WORLD COLLEGE RADIO DAY – First Friday in October


    College radio stations worldwide play an important role in students’ education while also providing a diverse schedule of local news, music, sports, and interviews. On the first Friday in October, World College Radio Day celebrates the impact these stations have on their students and audiences. The day also invites new listeners to tune in to experience college radio for the first time and aims to raise greater international awareness of the many college radio stations operating worldwide.


    What can you expect from college radio? Because donations and grants, not commercial funding, support the stations, college radio has the creative flexibility other stations do not. Those involved in its programming also believe passionately in its mission. Another unparalleled quality of college radio is the music it plays. College radio is the only free, live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists frequently. Indeed, many famous and successful bands today owe their initial break to being played on college radio. College radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming. College radio also provides:

    • Live local sports
    • A variety of music
    • Commentary
    • Public Affairs
    • Talk Shows
    • Game Shows

    For students seeking a career in media or broadcasting, college radio offers an opportunity to develop experience in many facets of radio. As a result, they sharpen their skills and build their confidence while providing a service to their peers and the greater community.

    World College Radio Day also offers the opportunity for individual college stations to fundraise and gain support for their programming. The day includes all formats, AM, FM, or online radio. It also invites listeners to tune into both high school and college radio. So tune in on World College Radio Day and listen to something innovative and new!


    Join the worldwide celebration of College Radio! Whether your college radio station joins the event with interviews, special broadcasts, music, and stories, or you tune in to a college radio station, share the day!

    • Share the call letters of your favorite college radio station.
    • Tune in on AM, FM, or online.
    • Be a part of an interview or submit a story suggestion.
    • Create a fundraiser for your station.
    • Take your station to the street for live interviews.
    • Tell the station why you love them.
    • Support your local college radio station by playing it at your place of business.

    Share your events using #WorldCollegeRadioDay on social media.


    College Radio Day logos

    The idea for College Radio Day began with Dr. Rob Quicke (General Manager, WPSC FM, William Paterson University, NYC market) in 2010. He worked with Peter Kreten (General Manager WXAV FM, Saint Xavier University, Chicago market) to further develop the idea, and in December 2010, Dr. Quicke founded College Radio Day.

    The first College Radio Day took place in 2011. By the second year, the event exploded across 29 countries, with 585 college radio stations participating. The celebration continues to grow year after year. It has also been recognized by President Barack Obama and publications like The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and many more.

    World College Radio Day grew out of College Radio Day in the USA, as more countries around the world got involved. In 2021, the College Radio Foundation submitted World College Radio Day to National Day Calendar.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World College Radio Day in 2022 to be observed annually on the first Friday in October.

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    On October 6th, National Coaches Day honors the men and women who inspire us to work harder and do our best.


    Across the country in every community, a coach organizes teams, plans practices and training, motivates players to strive to be the best they can be. At the same time, coaches pinpoint areas for improvement and supply guidance. Every sport or competition requires a leader. More importantly, a leader who knows the game and drives athletes to work together as a team.

    The best coach is the one who sets you up for life, not the game. ~ Coach Snoop Doug

    Many coaches maintain a schedule for training, conditioning, and preparing athletes. Not only do they create these schedules for competition but also for their best health. Injuries sideline athletes and upset team dynamics. Although a coach’s final goal is winning, they do so through a wealth of knowledge. Coaches work to build teams that bond well, too. They develop work ethics and set standards for their athletes that many carry with them throughout their lifetime.

    When is National Sports Day?

    For many athletes, coaches teach them to focus and how to reach a goal – which sometimes is not about winning. Sometimes the achievement is an improvement, playing by the rules or learning respect for others, themselves, or the game.

    Coaches represent leadership, mentors, and inspiration. Often, a coach’s words will echo through an athlete’s mind for years to come. During difficult times, the words motivate them forward. Rarely do these coaches even know the impact they’ve had on an athlete until many decades pass. And athletes aren’t the only people who benefit from coaches. In an academic setting, coaches lead individuals and teams in speech, chess, drama, and many other types of competition.

    Inspirational Coaches

    John Madden – Coach of the Oakland Raiders, he led his team for ten seasons and a Super Bowl victory in 1977.

    Kathryn Smith – As the first full-time female coach for the NFL, she inspires by sheer achievement. However, her background offers a unique perspective coaches and players both benefit from.

    Herb Brooks – The NHL hockey coach led the United States to a win against the dominating Soviet Union in what became known as the Miracle on Ice.

    Tony La Russa – With three world Series titles and a long list of wins, the Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals manager dominated the AL and NL during his career.

    Cheryl Miller – The one-time basketball coach for Cal State LA, she led her team to two NCAA tournaments. She now reports to TNT as a sports broadcaster.


    Celebrate a coach who inspired you. Share a transformational memory with your coach. No matter how many years have passed, contact coaches who impacted your life and thank them.

    Organize a celebration for your coach. Bring the team together and let your coach know how much you appreciate all they do. Invite former coaches to be honored at schools and organizations.

    Use #NationalCoachesDay to share stories, memories, and events about your favorite coaches.


    In 1972, President Richard Nixon issued proclamation 4157 naming October 6th as National Coaches Day. He encouraged activities and ceremonies honoring coaches for the friends and counselors they become.

    Coach FAQ

    Q. Besides sports, what other types of coaches are there?
    A. Coaching goes beyond athletics. Coaches benefit many facets of our lives. For example, individuals and businesses of all kinds often hire business coaches to advance their careers and expand their businesses. Other kinds of coaches include:

    • Financial coach
    • Life coach
    • Health coach
    • Educational coach

    Q. Do coaches work virtually?
    A. It depends on the type of coach whether they are able to work in a virtual environment. Athletics require a lot of face-to-face time with the team members. However, other coaches, like a health coach, may only require virtual contact.




    On October 6, National Orange Wine Day takes a bold sip of an ancient method of winemaking! This little-known style of wine shines with its bold flavor and auburn color. Join the celebration as it gains some appreciation with vineyards, wine cellars, and lovers.


    Originally made nearly 6,000 years ago in Eastern Europe, the technique for making orange wine is being rediscovered. Surprisingly, winemakers do not add oranges to the wine at all. Unlike the latest beer trends, the wine comes by its color naturally. Fermented from white wine grapes, the orange wine develops through more skin contact during the fermentation process. Makers treat the white grapes like red grapes preserving the bolder body and tannins. As a result, the ordinarily white wine will deepen into a brandy orange color.

    Despite the wine’s obscurity, orange wine makes appearances at wine shows. Vineyards display their orange efforts from the United States to Australia. Get in on the tasting and find a bottle to share!


    As your local vintner to stock an orange wine. Visit a wine tasting offering an orange wine on the menu. While exploring the flavor, you’ll be adding another wine to your repertoire. Be sure to invite friends to join you, too. You know it’s not a celebration without company! Use #NationalOrangeWineDay to share on social media.

    To learn more about orange wine, follow the Instagram page @orangewinetime.


    The Real House WineOrange Wine logo founded National Orange Wine Day on October 6, 2018, to bring awareness to the public about this beautiful yet lesser-known style of wine.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2018 to be observed annually.

    Orange Wine FAQ

    Q. When is the next wine day?
    A. National Sangria Day in December is the next wine day on the calendar.

    Q. Are orange wines dry or sweet?
    A. Orange wines are typically dry because of the amount of time the grape skins are in contact with the juice.


  • NATIONAL BODY LANGUAGE DAY – First Friday in October


    During the first Friday in October, National Body Language Day recognizes the significance of nonverbal communication in your life. These are the silent messages you don’t realize you’re sending in your interactions with others. From a smile to a shoulder shrug, your body is revealing your emotions and thoughts.


    In 1872, Charles Darwin detailed his observations of nonverbal behavior in his book, “The Expression Of Emotion In Man and Animals.” He noticed both people and humans use body language to communicate.

    Long before Charles Darwin, primitive people relied on body language – hand motions and gestures, facial expressions, and paralanguage (grunts and sounds) to communicate their needs, wants, and concerns. Depending on the signals, trust or distrust was developed based on body language signs.

    Forms of Expression and Communication

    Body language is a form of survival when you can’t use words. Your minute movements reveal your unspoken thoughts.

    To overcome language barriers, you use body language to talk to and to understand people when you don’t speak the same language.

    Couples use body language as a silent communication to express their emotions for their partner.

    Parents use body language with their infants and young children until they can speak. Using facial expressions, gestures, movements, and speech sounds, babies communicate their wants and needs. In the same way, they also read their parents’ emotions to know when they’re happy, sad, mad.

    Many people use body language to read other people so they can understand what they’re feeling. People who suffer strokes or have partial paralysis and other medical conditions where speech is difficult, use body language to communicate. They use eye movements such as blinking or looking at an object to communicate needs and wants.


    On National Body Language Day, take a look at the ways others are talking to you through their body language. And pay attention to your own body language. See if what’s said matches what’s shown in body language. Look at movements, glances and muscle tension, gestures from head to toe. Identify what caused the body language to change. Think about the conversation and what happened right before you noticed the change. What are you seeing? Describe the feelings different body language show. Try using body language to emphasize your message or complement your words.

    Use #NationalBodyLanguageDay to share on social media.


    Blanca Cobb, internationally recognized body language expert and founder of TruthBlazer LLC founded National Body Language Day on the first Friday of every October to encourage people to understand each other through unspoken language.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Body Language Day in 2018 to be observed annually.

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    On October 6, National Plus Size Appreciation Day recognizes the gorgeous men and women who may be larger but are also larger than life in so many ways. Extraordinary beauty comes in all size packages.


    Stereotypes could fill this page to describe plus size men and women, but then we have to consider that more than half the U.S. population is plus-sized.  That means big and tall, full-bodied and robust persons fill roles that require well-rounded and amply skilled people.  With this talent pool comes buying power some retailers have yet to appreciate.

    The celebration recognizes the talent and elegance of our plus-size population. When it comes to being bigger, taller or curvier, put your best self forward.  Show your style, flair, and gorgeous self!


    No matter our age, how we feel about our appearance affects our daily lives. Whether you are plus size or not, take account of the value you place on your outward appearance, contributions to others’ lives and relationships. On this day build confidence in someone you know.  Celebrate accomplishments and appreciate one another.

    Other ways to participate:

    • Wear that new style. Clothes that fit and are stylish allow us to step out into the world with confidence.
    • Retailers – Consider broadening your plus-size selection. Listen to your clientele and provide styles they ask for.
    • Share your favorite look. Don’t be afraid to brag.
    • While you’re all dressed up, go out on the town.

    Use #PlusSizeAppreciationDay to share on social media.


    Women Rock, Inc. founded National Plus Size Appreciation Day to boost the confidence for many women and men around the world. Founded in 2016 Women Rock INC are on a mission of self-love despite society’s stigma on how we are supposed to look.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the celebration in 2017 to be observed annually.

  • NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY – First Friday in October


    National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October celebrates those who proudly stand behind our goods and services in America. In the United States, we continue to develop products and unlock new technologies growing our economy. Manufacturing businesses create jobs through entrepreneurship, and their competitiveness revitalizes American manufacturing.


    Throughout the observance, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and participate. They will take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation. Harnessing their potential is an economic imperative.


    Find local manufacturing events, explore innovative ideas, and collaborate on new technologies. Encourage students to attend job fairs or ask your employer to participate. You may help inspire the next generation to fill your shoes when we need it most. Since many skilled laborers will be retiring, there will be more jobs than workers. So spread the word and use #NationalManufacturingDay or #MFG19 to post on social media. And watch for new opportunities opening up everywhere in the manufacturing field.


    Governor Chris Cristie of New Jersey proclaimed the first official Manufacturing Day in 2012. President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation in 2014.

    Manufacturing FAQ

    Q. What types of manufacturing is in the United States?
    A. Businesses in the United States manufacture the tiniest of components to building supplies to complete structures. While we often think of manufacturing as an assembly line that builds equipment, it’s so much more. Some examples of the different kinds of manufacturing include:

    • Textiles
    • Clothing
    • Food
    • Furniture
    • Electronics
    • Transportation
    • Chemicals
    • Plastics and Rubber
    • Metal fabricating
    • Wood products

    Q. Has manufacturing grown in the U.S. in recent years?
    A. Yes. Manufacturing in the U.S. is on the rise. The rise of manufacturing in the U.S. creates a growing demand for skilled labor.

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  • WORLD SMILE DAY – First Friday in October


    Each year on the first Friday in October, World Smile Day devotes a day to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness.


    If someone smiles at you, you’re bound to smile back. A smile often expresses a feeling, encouragement to someone, or serves as a greeting. If you don’t smile enough, #WorldSmileDay is the perfect day to start.

    There are many benefits of smiling:

    • Improves mood
    • Lowers blood pressure
    • Relieves stress
    • Betters relationships
    • Boosts the immune system
    • Relieves pain
    • Increases life expectancy

    Who wouldn’t want all those benefits? All it takes is smiling. And the more often, the better!


    On World Smile Day, people worldwide are encouraged to do an act of kindness and make one person smile. Each year the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation holds special events on World Smile Day. The day is wildly popular in Worcester, MA, the birthplace of the yellow smiley face.

    Through the years, the foundation hosted numerous unique events including, the world’s largest human Smiley face, balloon releases, choral performances, sidewalk chalk activities, college concerts, circus performers, and pie-eating contests.

    If you don’t live in Worcester, you can organize your own World Smile Day event. You can celebrate the day in other ways, too.

    • Do a random act of kindness for someone.
    • Use a smiley face emoji on every text you send.
    • Spread cheer by handing out smiley face stickers.
    • Give a smile to everyone you come across.
    • Tell someone a funny joke.
    • Play happy songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

    Take a selfie of your own smile and share it on social media with #WorldSmileDay. And whatever you do, have a nice day!


    In 1963, Harvey Ball created the familiar yellow smiley face. A commercial artist from Massachusetts, Harvey Ball, created the smiley face design for a State Mutual Life Insurance company campaign. Ball aimed to spread goodwill and cheer throughout the world with his smiley face. Through the years, Ball became concerned his image was becoming too commercialized. In doing so, the original intent of the smiley face was getting lost. However, Ball never copyrighted the design.

    To bring back the original meaning of his smiley face, Ball declared the first Friday of October annually would be dedicated to smiles. He called it World Smile Day. Ball died in 2001, and shortly afterward, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was founded. Since then, the foundation served as the official sponsor of the happy observance.

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    October 6th and National Noodle Day recognizes oodles of noodles just in time for National Pasta Month! What style do you prefer?


    If you missed National Linguine Day in September, this day offers an opportunity to make up for it.

    The word noodle derives from the German word nudel.

    Noodles are made by rolling unleavened dough out and cutting into a variety of shapes.  While long, flat noodles may seem to be the most common, they come in several forms, names, and textures.  And each kind of noodle pairs differently with sauces and meals.  

    Found in regions all over the world, noodles are made from a variety of flours.  In Asian cuisine, root vegetables, such as yams and potatoes, beans, rice, wheat, and buckwheat are all found in a wide assortment of noodles. Europeans make most of their pasta from durum or semolina flour, though potato noodles a enjoyed as well.

    In 2002, archaeologists along the Yellow River in China found an earthenware bowl containing some 4000-year-old noodles which had been well preserved.


    So many options present themselves on this food holiday. Pesto noodles, spaghetti with meatballs and buttered egg noodles come to mind. Every cuisine offers a noodle on their menu, too. The flavors abound! Invite friends to bring their favorite style of noodles to share. Have a tasting party and explore new flavors. 

    Have a bowl of your favorite noodles and use #NationalNoodleDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. 

    Relevant Observances




    National German-American | October 6
    National German-American | October 6


    In the United States on October 6th, National German-American Day celebrates the German heritage millions of Americans claim. 


    This German-American heritage holiday commemorates the 13 German Mennonite families from Krefeld who landed in Philadelphia. On October 6, 1683, these families established the first German settlement in the original thirteen colonies. They named it Germantown.


    Celebrate your German-American heritage. Invite friends and family to taste the foods and customs of Germany. Share the language. Discover words the English language adopted from German. Explore the history of immigration by visiting museums near you. Use #GermanAmericanDay to post on social media.


    National German-American Day was initially celebrated in the nineteenth century. However, it fell out of favor during World War I. 

    Then in the 1980s, things began to change. As is tradition, President Ronald Reagan made his world tour in 1982, which included West Germany. Amid a cold war and a divided Germany, the newly elected U.S. President spoke to the people of Bonn. He opened his speech by relating the history of the 13 German families who founded a colony on American soil. He spoke of contributions, advancement, science, and art and the honor to celebrate the German heritage that more than 7 million Americans claim.

    The noblest objective of our diplomacy is the patient and difficult task of reconciling our adversaries to peace.
    And I know we all look forward to the day when the only industry of war will be the research of historians.
    ~ Ronald Reagan ~ June 9, 1982 ~ Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany.

    To honor the 300th anniversary of German-American immigration and culture into the United States, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6th as German-American Day. It was on August 6, 1987, that Congress approved S.I. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day, and it became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18. He issued Proclamation #5719 on October 2, 1987, and at this time, the President called on Americans to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. It has been commemorated each year since with Presidential Proclamations. 


    October 6th Celebrated History


    Germantown, PA is founded by German, Quaker, and Mennonite families.


    The Secretary of the Navy, William E Chandler, establishes Naval War College at Newport, RI.


    The Jazz Singer debuts signaling the end of the silent film era. As the first feature-length film with synchronized dialogue, the film ushered in the era of the “talkie” in the film industry.


    Pope John Paul II visits President Jimmy Carter, First Lady Rosyln Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale and Mrs. Joan Mondale at the White House in the first papal visit to the White House.


    At the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA, 5,983 people set the record for the largest simultaneous whoopee cushion sit.


    Jason Lewis completed his around the world journey that began 13 years, 2 months, and 24 days before. By biking, hiking, kayaking, and other forms of human-powered vehicles, Lewis became the first person to circumnavigate the globe using only human power.


    Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger release the photo and video sharing social network service, Instagram.

    October 6th Celebrated Birthdays

    George Westinghouse – 1846

    The inventor and entrepreneur invented the air brake used in the railroad industry. He pursued standardization in the railroad industry, founded Westinghouse Air Brake Company, and founded Westinghouse Electric Company.

    Reginald Fessenden – 1866

    In 1906, the inventor broadcast the first wireless radio transmission of voice and song from Brant Rock, Massachusetts. The AM frequency could be received as far away as Norfolk, VA.

    Florence B. Seibert – 1897

    The biochemist’s research led to the development of a reliable tuberculosis test.

    Fannie Lou Hamer – 1917

    The civil rights activist came to prominence in the 1960s through her efforts to desegregate schools and register blacks to vote.

    Lonnie Johnson – 1949

    The inventor and aerospace engineer is best-known for making summers more fun with his invention of the Super Soaker.

    Liu Yang – 1978

    In June 2012, Liu Yank became the first Chinese woman in space during her mission on Shenzhou 9.

    Levon Aronian – 1982

    The Armenian chess player earned the title Grandmaster in 2000.



    October 6th is a day set aside each year to bring out your silly side while celebrating National Mad Hatter Day.


    The fictional character, The Hatter (also known as The Mad Hatter) from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is typically acting silly, and that is how the creators of this day decided on their theme of silliness for National Mad Hatter Day. Sir John Tenniel illustrated The Mad Hatter and all of Lewis Carroll’s colorful characters beginning in 1864. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1865.

    The phrase “mad as a hatter” comes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries when haberdasheries used mercury nitrate. The exposure to this metal over time caused the tradesmen to develop symptoms making people believe they were mad.

    Taking our inspiration from The Mad Hatter (or any of Carroll’s characters for that matter) we may pursue laughable, absurd, or even confusing adventures on National Mad Hatter Day. Breakout from the usual routine. Ask ridiculous riddles much like The Hatter’s own, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Play croquet with plastic pink flamingos or wear a funny hat to work. Celebrate the day with silliness!

    Did you know? Lewis Carroll (a pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodson) once answered The Hatter’s riddle. In the 1896 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Carroll wrote as part of his preface, “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!”


    Several ideas come to mind for celebrating this fun holiday. For one, grab yourself a top hat and let your silliness out! Try these other fun ideas:

    • Host a Mad Hatter tea party
    • Read from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    • Tell absurd riddles
    • Attend a production of Alice in Wonderland

    Whatever you do, be sure to invite others to join in the fun. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay. And be sure to use #MadHatterDay to post on social media.


    A group of computer technicians in Boulder, Colorado first celebrated Mad Hatter Day in 1986 as a day of silliness. October 6th matches the label tucked in the Mad Hatter’s hat band that reads “In this style 10/6.”

    Mad Hatter FAQ

    Q. What is another word for hatter?
    A. Traditionally, a hatter is a hat-maker who designs makes, or sells hats for men. A person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women is called a milliner. While the words are often used interchangeably in casual conversation, professionally, hat-makers maintain the traditional usage as the monikers define the products they create.

    Q. What are some notably famous hats?
    A. Hats, like brands or styles, can be iconic and instantly recognizable. Besides the Mad Hatters hat, several other notably famous hats include:

    • First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink pillbox hat
    • Dr. Seuss’s crooked, red and white striped top hat.
    • Abraham Lincoln’s black stovepipe hat
    • Davy Crockett’s coonskin cap
    • Indian Jone’s fedora
    • The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter
    • Santa Claus’s red and white fur stocking cap
    • Bob Marley’s rasta hat
    • Sherlock Holmes’s deerstalker
    • Marvin the Martian’s helmet
    • Charlie Chaplin’s bowler
    • Willie Wonka’s top hat