FEBRUARY 11, 2020 | NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY | NATIONAL DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY | NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY | NATIONAL INVENTORS’ DAY | NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY | NATIONAL WHITE SHIRT DAY/ WHITE T-SHIRT DAY | SAFER INTERNET DAY U.S.
NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY
Always observed on February 11th, National Make A Friend Day is a fantastic opportunity to meet someone new and make a new friendship. Friends serve a vital role in everyone’s lives. They are one of life’s most valuable assets.
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” – Helen Keller
New friends can broaden our horizons by helping us to see new perspectives, challenging us to try something different or connecting us to opportunities. Meeting new people can help sharpen our social skills and keep us from becoming lonely.
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer” – Ed Cunningham
While friends often share common backgrounds or experiences, they certainly don’t have to have everything in common. One of the simplest ways to make new friends is to explore your interests by taking a class or joining a club.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMakeAFriendDay
Make a new friend and use #NationalMakeAFriendDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this friendly day, making new friends along the way.
NATIONAL DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY
On February 11th, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day promotes a positive attitude even when things might not be going your way. It’s a day for looking on the bright side of things and then carrying that feeling with you every day after. Do not worry and do not stress over the little things. Life is too short to let the little things bother us.
In one of its oldest forms, the proverb was “No weeping for shed milk,” as referenced by James Howell in 1659. The saying has evolved over time, but still retains its original intent. There is no changing what is done, and crying over it serves no purpose.
Everyone knows that unexpected or unplanned things happen in life, sometimes daily. With a positive attitude, life is much brighter and easier.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DontCryOverSpilledMilkDay
Don’t cry over spilled milk. We poured a glass of milk and discussed our favorite ways to face daily challenges:
- Be prepared! Sometimes the things that happen do so because we didn’t study, prepare or organize our day. While not every detail needs to be planned, the general stuff of the day does.
- Expect the unexpected. No matter who we are or what we do, things happen. Kids get sick. Customers make special requests. A car pulls out in front of you. The server brings the wrong dish. You take a wrong turn. If you adjust and move on, it will only be a blip on your day.
- Have a backup plan. These come in especially handy for big occasions. We’re talking about surprise parties or a wedding. In the end, what’s really important about special occasions are the good memories we make. If a little milk should fall, er, spill, while everyone laughs, dances and smiles, it really won’t matter.
- Breathe. Ask yourself, Will this issue matter in a day? If the answer is, No, then it’s just a little spilled milk. How about a week? Still a no? It’s still just spilled milk. If the concern doesn’t change the entire course of your life, it’s only spilled milk.
Share how you cope with life’s twists and turns. Use #DontCryOverSpilledMilkDay to post on social media.
DON’T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar has not found the origins of this uplifting day, we’re not going to cry over spilled milk. We’re going to pursue other avenues and probably spill a little milk along the way.
NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY
National Peppermint Patty Day recognizes a treat enjoyed by millions around the world. On February 11th each year, sink your teeth into the minty chocolate sweet.
The oldest commercially-made mint patty or cake was made by the Quiggin’s family on the Isle of Man (an island located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea). They had been making the cakes since 1840, but in 1880, four of the sons formed the Kendal Mint Cake Company.
In the United States, as early as 1900, peppermint patties were made by regional confectioneries. Companies such as Idaho Candy Company, Trudeau Candie’s, and Pearson’s (which purchased Trudeau in 1951, both were Minnesota companies). Possibly the most known, though not the oldest, York Peppermint Patties were made by the York Cone Company of Pennsylvania.
York Peppermint Patties were first made in 1940 and distributed regionally, much like other candy makers of the era. York dominated the market because of its firmness and crispness while the others were soft. A former York employee remembered that the final (sample) test of the patty before it left the factory was called a “snap test.” If the candy did not break clean in the middle, it did not make it onto candy store shelves.
In 1975 the company was acquired by Peter Paul Cadbury. Cadbury moved the factory to Reading, Pennsylvania, much to the distress of workers and residents of York. The company then distributed the popular treat across the country.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PeppermintPattyDay
Recipes abound for peppermint patties. However, the bakers also like to incorporate the flavor of peppermint patties into their baked goods. So, be sure to test out these recipes in your kitchen to celebrate. For example, we found Peppermint Patty Cake, Peppermint Patty Brownies, and Peppermint Pattie Cookies recipes. Or, pick some up at the store and then share them with friends and family.
Be sure to use #PeppermintPattyDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY HISTORY
We continue researching the origins of this minty food holiday. However sweet it is, we’ve not discovered the who created the day.
NATIONAL INVENTORS’ DAY
National Inventor’s Day honors inventors of the past, the creators of the present, and encourages the architects of the future. On February 11th, the day celebrates the genius behind invention while digging into the history behind some of our most unusual designs.
What do Ermal Fraze, Thomas Adams, Melitta Bentz, and Stephen Perry all have in common? They are recognized annually on February 11th, along with the likes of the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, and Elisha Otis.
Thanks to inventors, we can safely ride in an elevator, have a well-lit room at the flip of a switch, speak to someone on the other side of the world or efficiently pump lotion from a bottle. Many inventors go their whole life without recognition for their creations while others are household names. Nearly everything around us is the result of someone tinkering in their garage, laboratory, or basement trying to find a solution to a problem.
Some inventions may be happy accidents by an observant person; the microwave oven, penicillin, sticky notes, and bubble wrap may never have made their way into their current use if it were not for sharp or persistent inventors.
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
The proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention” says a lot about how inventors look at life. They are a progressive, forward-thinking bunch. Where would we be without pacemakers, traffic signals, rubber bands, or coffee filters?
Though there are some inventions that we may be better off without. A DVD rewinder doesn’t quite fit the necessary criteria. Or, they are otherwise too impractical. For example, tugging around a stroller fridge for your watermelon along with the cooler and beach umbrella seems to be a bit of overkill. Still, without inventors, the world would be downright dull and much more challenging.
Inventors should keep track of their ideas, processes, ingredients, and components. Protect your inventions and get your unique creations patented.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalInventorsDay
Inventors around the country, take a bow. Keep tinkering. Keep seeking a cure, a fix, and improvements to our everyday life. Take time to recognize an inventor and encourage them to keep creating the next great invention.
Use #NationalInventorsDay to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a lesson designed for National Inventors’ Day.
NATIONAL INVENTORS DAY HISTORY
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Inventors’ Day and takes place every year on Thomas Edison’s birthday.
NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY
National Shut-In Visitation Day on February 11th serves as a reminder to bring some cheerful company to people who are unable to leave their homes. Visiting a person who is shut-in makes a positive difference in that person’s life.
Someone who is shut-in remains in their home due to physical, mental or emotional reasons. These conditions can cause a person to feel lonely, isolated, sad and cut off from the rest of the world. Sometimes they do not have family and friends available to visit and spend time with them. Many lack any kind of companionship.
We often take for granted our freedom to be able to go outside each day, go to work, eat lunch at a restaurant, work out at the gym or take a vacation. These are things that people who are shut-in are not able to experience on any day. A visit with them would brighten their day, and we could share our experiences with them.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ShutInVisitationDay
Visit a person who is shut-in due to disability or illness and brighten their day. Become a companion. Some activities you can do include:
- Play a board game
- Read a book
- Watch a favorite movie
- Work on a jigsaw puzzle
- Read the National Day Calendar and find ways to celebrate together
- Read the newspaper
- Bring a new library book and offer to return old ones
- Try a new recipe
- Take up a hobby you’ll both enjoy
- Explore your ancestry together
Use #ShutInVisitationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar has not identified the origins of this selfless holiday.
NATIONAL WHITE SHIRT DAY/WHITE T-SHIRT DAY
National White Shirt Day, also known as National White T-Shirt Day, commemorates the day a historic auto worker strike resolved on February 11, 1937.
Manufacturing provided a large part of our workforce in the early part of the 20th century. When the 1929 stock market crash triggered the Great Depression, auto manufacturers laid-off workers and cut costs. GM did as well, eliminating their more expensive models. They stripped down their remaining models and sped up production to grueling pace. As they hired workers back, they did so at lower pay and didn’t consider seniority.
In 1935 the Wagner Act allowed workers to organize and join labor unions legally. By 1936, conditions reached a dangerous and fierce pace. Works had organized before, standing in picket lines that put not only their jobs at risk but their lives, too.
Sit-ins, though, created an opportunity to shut down the plant entirely without any replacement workers crossing picket lines. On December 30, 1936, GM workers took up residence in the Flint, Michigan Body Plant Number 1, after a plan to walk out was derailed. Their sit-in lasted 44 days and brought production to a halt and impacted not just GM but the entire auto industry.
The strike helped The United Auto Workers (UAW) union become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers. The observance is best known in Flint, Michigan, and other cities that have a GM auto plant.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWhiteShirtDay
Learn more about the history of labor unions and how they’ve influenced change in working conditions. Read about manufacturing and skilled labor in the United States. Did you or someone you know someone who participated in a sit-in strike? Share their experience. Use #NationalWhiteShirtDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WHITE SHIRT DAY HISTORY
Bert Christenson, a member of UAW Local 598, initiated National White Shirt/White T-shirt Day on February 11, 1948.
SAFER INTERNET DAY U.S.
Every year, Safer Internet Day brings tools, education, and awareness to create a safer internet for both kids and adults. From cyberbullying and identity theft to fraud and human trafficking, the internet can be a frightening place. Safer Internet Day and ConnectSafely.org aim to make the internet a better place.
The day brings organizations and individuals together with the common goal of reaching as many internet users as possible and provide them with the tools and resources to keep them safe. Every day, we all face the potential of becoming a victim of internet crimes. However, there are ways to protect ourselves and to teach our children how to correctly use the internet, too.
We use the internet to keep our families closer together. Schools use the internet to connect students to tools and resources. Thanks to the internet, libraries are able to share books all over the country creating a larger virtual library. Users bank, visit their physician, order medication and shop all from the comfort of their mobile devices.
Each interaction is expected to be respectful and positive. However, sometimes, we’re careless. Either we leave our device at risk or the communication leaves a negative reaction behind. As a world community, we can develop ways to make the internet a safer place to experience.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SafterInternetDay
Visit SaferInternetDayUS.org for information on making the internet safer and to join others in the effort. Use #SaferInternetDayUS to share on social media.
SAFER INTERNET DAY HISTORY
In the United States, Safer Internet Day U.S. campaign began in 2013. It is celebrated around the world in 100 countries and is a growing collaboration between U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission as well as support from Ask.fm, Comcast NBC Universal, Facebook, Google, LifeLock, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Symantec, Trend Micro, Twitter, and Yahoo. For more information visit SaferInternetDayUS.org or ConnectSafely.org.
Recipe of the Day
Baked Pears Recipe
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
grated rind and juice of 1 orange
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°
Slice in half and core
Place on baking sheet
In a small bowl, combine sugar, lemon and orange rind and juices
Pour over pears
Dot with butter
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Bake for 1 hour
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