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National Umbrella Day casts a little shade on February 10th. The day honors one of the world’s most useful inventions, the umbrella!

Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, but it also protects us from the heat of the sun. Umbrellas can also be used as a fashion accessory. While the umbrella is primarily practical, they also decorate cocktails. These brightly colored paper umbrellas make for fun party favors especially when visiting sunny locations.

Umbrellas have also found their way into the art world. Their color and shape make sharp silhouettes. They also serve as the canvas for art. In movies, umbrellas play a role, too. For example, they played vital parts in both Singing in the Rain in 1952 and in Mary Poppins in 1964. 

Interesting Umbrella TidBits:

The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow.  Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.  Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism for an umbrella from the late 19th century.

The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt  Assyria, Greece and China.

We can credit the Chinese for being the first to protect us from the rain. Their paper parasols received a layer of wax followed by lacquer that made the umbrella withstand the elements. 

One of the first umbrella shops in existence opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. The shop, operated by James Smith and Sons, still operates regular hours at the same location today. 

In 1928, Hans Haupt’s pocket umbrellas appeared. In 1969, Bradford E. Phillips, the owner of Totes Incorporated of Loveland, Ohio, obtained a patent for the first “working folding umbrella.”

Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and as recently as 1987.

Photographers use umbrellas with a reflective inside as a diffusion device when employing artificial lighting and as a glare shield and shade, most often in portrait situations.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalUmbrellaDay

Spring is sending rain this way. Be sure your umbrella is handy. Strike a pose with your favorite person under an umbrella and go splashing in puddles. Twirl a paper umbrella. Watch a movie with a scene famous for its umbrella scenes. Make sure you name them and use #NationalUmbrellaDay to post on social media.


While the origins of the utilitarian holiday remain a mystery, it’s been celebrated since at least 2004. However, another celebration on the calendar promotes opening umbrellas indoors. The entire month of March recognizes the umbrella, too!



On February 10, National Cream Cheese Brownie Day shines a spotlight on an irresistible dessert bar. Combining chocolate and cream cheese has long been a favorite in the bakery. When it’s added to a brownie recipe the results are spectacular. 

The brownie has been around since the 1800s but was first documented in 1906 in The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.  There are hundreds of cream cheese brownie recipes. However, we also enjoy them cut up into parfaits or mixed into ice cream. Add a dollop of whipped cream, berries or a sprinkle of nuts and fruit and they become a decadent dessert in their own right. 

Adding cream to the batter once it’s poured into the pan and swirling it around with a knife gives the finished product an elegant look. It even suggests a celebration when you look at it! No matter how you enjoy cream cheese brownies, we are sure that you will find one that you like.


HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamCheeseBrownieDay

Maybe you would like to bake a pan of these delicious brownies and share them with your family and friends! Enjoy this Cream Cheese Brownie recipe.

Use #CreamCheeseBrownieDay to post on social media.


Our research has not uncovered the origin of this food holiday. However, we’ve dug into a few pans of cream cheese brownies, and we’re not ashamed to admit it. 



National Home Warranty Day on February 10th reminds us to protect the vital appliances and components of our homes.

Our homes are filled with complex and vital appliances, technology and other components that over time can and do wear out. At any given time, one or more of our appliances can break down. When the washing machine breaks down, not only is it inconvenient, but it can be expensive. Often, another item is not far behind. Will it be the hot water heater next? Or, just in time for summer, will the central air go kaput? Each repair adds up.

A home warranty, unlike home owner’s insurance, covers repair or replacement of these items that break down due to normal wear and tear. Consider how many appliances and systems our homes require these days and protect your investments.

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • HVAC System
  • Stove
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Garage Door Openers

There are different types of home warranties, too. Depending on your needs, home warranties can cover a single appliance or an entire system.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HomeWarrantyDay

Review the value of a home warranty. Learn how a policy works and what they cover. If you have a home warranty, take the time to review your policy and make sure you have the right coverage for your home. Maybe you downsized or built an addition recently. Share your experiences and use #HomeWarrantyDay to share on social media.


In 2016, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty created National Home Warranty Day to remind homeowners annually about the ways to protect each and every valuable component of their home.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on February 10, 2016, and each year thereafter.

February 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Queen Victoria if England marries her German cousin, Prince Albert.


New York Times owner Adolph S. Ochs moves the phrase “All The News That’s Fit To Print” from the editorial page to the front page making it the paper’s slogan. The phrase first appeared in the paper on October 25, 1896.


In an attempt to save its floundering business, the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company delivered what is considered the first singing telegram.


President Franklin D. Roosevelt posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor of World War II to Second Lt. Alexander Ramsey Nininger Jr. The medal was presented to his father, Alexander R. Nininger by Major General Walter H. Frank during a ceremony at Third Air Force Headquarters in Tampa, Florida.


The Niagara Falls hydroelectric project opens.


IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeats World Champion Garry Kasparov at chess in 34 moves in Philadelphia, PA. It is the first time a computer ever beat a human at a formal game of chess.

Recipe of the Day

Cheese Monkey
Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Cheese Monkey - Welsh Rarebit - Welsh Rabbit


1 cup milk, evaporated milk or light cream
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
Crisp toast or crackers
1/4 cup diced tomatoes


In a double boiler, melt cheese together with the milk and bread crumbs.

Once melted, stir in the spices and Worcestershire sauce.

Add the slightly beaten egg and stir well. Cook about one minute, stirring continuously.

Pour immediately over toast or crackers. Garnish with diced tomatoes. Serve hot.

February 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Joseph Charles Price – 1854

In 1888, Joseph C. Price founded Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and served as the school’s first president.

Edith Clarke – 1883

As the world’s first woman to be employed professionally as an engineer, Clarke’s accomplishments added up. She developed a graph calculator using a mathematical technique to calculate the long distances of transmission lines. Clarke was the first woman to submit a paper to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). While she spent much of her career with General Electric, Clarke would also become a champion of women’s education.

Jimmy Durante – 1893

The American comedian, singer, actor, and performer is probably best known for his performance in the comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His signature style left an indelible mark on cinema and comedy.

James West – 1931

The prolific American inventor is best known for his invention of the foil electret microphone.

Honorable Mention

Lon Chaney Jr. – 1906
Grace Townes – 1907
Mark Spitz – 1950
Roberta Flack – 1939

About National Day Calendar

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