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February 23rd annually recognizes a well-known food holiday, National Banana Bread Day.

Bakers know that to make sweet and delicious banana bread, they need to use fully ripe, mashed bananas. The resulting quick bread is moist and almost cake-like. And while some recipes call for yeast, most don’t. Either way, the finished product makes a tasty sliced snack. Toast it and add butter for an even more satisfying treat!

In the 1930s, baking soda and baking powder made banana bread and other quick breads standard features in American cookbooks. Pillsbury’s included banana bread recipes in its 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook, too. The release of Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950 further secured the banana bread’s acceptance. 

Surprisingly, bananas first made their appearance in the United States in 1870. For a long time, Americans saw the tropical fruit as merely that – a fruit, not an ingredient. It would take a few decades before they started seeing the banana’s potential. 

Early Banana Bread

One early recipe came from The Vienna Model Bakery. It advertised banana bread as something new in the April 21, 1893, edition of St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  A new restaurant/bakery chain owned by Gaff, Fleischmann & Company, The Viena Model Bakery was known for its baked goods and was likely one of the first to produce banana bread in the United States. The recipe was made with banana flour, made by drying strips of the fruit, then grinding it to a powder. This process had long been used in the West Indies.

In Hawaii during World War I, a surplus of bananas resulted from very few ships available to export the fruit.  To prevent waste, alternative uses for bananas were developed. For example, bakeries started incorporating the fruit into their bread.

This recipe was printed in The Maui News on April 12, 1918, for banana bread:

2/3 banana
1/3 flour
Yeast, coconut milk, or water

There was also rationing of staple food items such as flour. Banana flour was a suggested substitute. It was touted as a health food and recommended for a vegetarian diet.

This, of course, is not the quick bread we know today.  A recipe submitted by Mrs. Dean in the February 18, 1918, issue of The Garden Island paper for a banana muffin might more closely resemble the quick bread we think of today.

1 cup cornmeal
3-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 sifted banana
3/4 cup rye flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon Crisco

Mix dry ingredients, add banana, milk, and egg, and Crisco.

Quick Bread and Muffin

The difference between a quick bread and a muffin in baking has a lot to do with the type of fat and how it is mixed, creating a different crumb or texture to the bread.

In 1927, Unifruit (a wholesale produce company) offered a free cookbook called From the Tropics to Your Table. The book offered recipes full of bananas as ingredients, including banana muffins and breads. This little cookbook would have been handy during the Great Depression, which was just around the corner. At the time, families utilized every scrap of food, including overripe bananas. They cooked overripe bananas and other fruits and vegetables into breads, stews, and other dishes when flavor and texture were not as appealing raw.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBananaBreadDay

Bake your favorite version of banana bread to celebrate. With so many varieties to try – banana nut, chocolate banana, and more – you can make more than one! Invite someone to join you or give a loaf or two away. The celebration is just too good not to share!

Buttermilk Banana Bread
Banana Sour Cream Bread
Applesauce Banana Bread
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Use #NationalBananaBreadDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this quick bread celebration. We suspect it was founded by someone who thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread!



All dog owners, remember that February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! This day is also observed around the world as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Dog biscuits come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flavors. They serve to reward a man’s best friend for good behavior as part of their training. Dog owners may also give a biscuit to show their canine companions just how much they love them, too. Sometimes, dog biscuits serve to deliver vitamins and medicines we may have difficulty getting our pooches to take otherwise. 

Specialty treats offer dogs and their owners so much to chews from! Even dogs on restricted diets won’t have trouble finding a dog biscuit that’s gentle on their tummy. Others help keep teeth healthy and fresh, too! What better reward could you ask for?

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDogBiscuitDay

Get your canine companion a dog biscuit to celebrate. Go for a walk to burn off any extra calories or explore the varieties available. Maybe you’ll find a new treat your furry friend loves. We even have some homemade options to try. 

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits
Homemade Dog Treats
Diabetic Dog Treats
Bacon-Flavored Dog Biscuits

Use #NationalDogBiscuitDay to post on social media.


While National Day Calendar continues to search for the origins of this day, we’re going to treat our furry friends to an extra dog biscuit to celebrate. We have no doubt a dog lover created this day, too. National Tile Day - February 23


On February 23rd, National Tile Day recognizes a timeless element of architecture and design. Around the world, tile plays a variety of roles. From the modest to the sublime, tile proves to be versatile and attractive.

Historically, only the wealthy could afford tile in their homes. The expense of handmade or small batch production meant tiles were difficult for the ordinary person to obtain. With the advent of the industrial revolution, tile not only became more affordable but the designs and features expanded with the technology.

Beautiful tile finds its way into every room of the home, outdoor spaces, commercial and industrial buildings by providing an infinite number of styles through color, texture, and dimension.  The durability and energy efficiency of tile adds value, and no material is more sustainable or has lower maintenance costs.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTileDay

Take time to appreciate the quality craftsmanship of the tile work around you. If a remodel or building is in your future, consider tile in your design. Tile offers not only texture but color and warmth too. Share your experience with tile design and its versatility indoors and out. What are your favorite styles and latest innovations in tile? There’s so much to discover! Share your story or image showing why you choose tile with #NationalTileDay on Instagram and Twitter.


Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, founded National Tile Day in 2017 to shine a spotlight on the benefit of tile in residential and commercial design.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to be observed annually on February 23rd.

Learn more about National Tile Day at

World Spay Day - Last Tuesday in February


World Spay Day annually aims to decrease stray pet populations by increasing awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering programs. Around the world, a variety of effective programs reduce stray populations. These programs target both strays in neighborhoods and in shelters. 

Through education, spay and neuter programs in shelters raise awareness prior to the adoption of cats and dogs. In neighborhood programs, spay and neuter programs effectively reduce stray populations over the long term with the help of the community. These types of programs are especially effective where feral cat populations exist. Since feral cats cannot be domesticated, spaying and neutering in the communities where they live to offer the most humane way to reduce the population. 

Other programs may be offered through veterinarian clinics and communities, too. The observance offers an opportunity for programs to highlight the benefits of spaying and neutering and increase support for their individual programs.


Support a spay and neuter program in your area. Host a fundraiser or approach your community leaders to create a program in your town. Learn more about the importance of spaying and neutering. Ask your veterinarian questions or volunteer at your local shelter. 

Use #SpayDayUSA to post on social media.


Doris Day Animal League founded Spay Day USA in 1994 as a day to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem in the United States and also to encourage animal population control by neutering pets. The movement later spread globally and is now known as World Spay Day.  

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February 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

In the United States, service organizations have been providing communities with volunteer support for generations. These are the people who organize pancake breakfasts to raise money for those in need. They rise early in the morning or start days ahead to make sure holiday parades go off without a hitch. Each year, their planning and fundraising mean children in need get the items they need when school starts. The very first organization of its kind started when four businessmen met on this day in 1905. Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey met for lunch and established the Rotary Club in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Initially, their goal was to exchange ideas, but it grew into something larger than themselves. Soon, they began to serve and improve their communities.


It may have been a “Great Scott!” moment when chemists Dr. Glenn Seaborg, Arthur C. Wahl, and Joseph W. Kennedy first isolated and produced plutonium-94. However, Seaborg also discovered several other elements, including americium, berkelium, and californium. We’re sure Dr. Emmett Brown would have appreciated an element named deloreanium.


Every summer during the 1940s and into the 1950s, parents worried about their children contracting a disease that caused muscle pain and weakness, extreme fatigue, headaches, paralysis, breathing problems, and even death. Polio peaked in the summertime and those who survived the worst of the disease required treatment in iron lungs or lived with life-long disabilities. But then two vaccines came along. Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first vaccine, an inoculation using inactive poliovirus. The second developed by Albert Sabin was an oral vaccine and used a weakened version of the virus.

On this day in 1954, the first group of children received Salk’s vaccine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, beginning the downward decline of the virus and ultimate elimination of it in the United States.


What do E.T., Supernatural, “Billie Jean,” “Maria Maria” and the years 1983 and 2000 have in common? They all belong to two phenomenal music artists who poured all their immense ability into collaborating on tremendously ambitious projects and reaped the big rewards. In 1983, Michael Jackson brought home a record 8 Grammy Awards, most of them from his album, Thriller. On this day in 2000, Carlos Santana repeated the feat by bringing home 8 Grammys from his album Supernatural. Santana and Rob Thomas collaborated on the song Smooth which earned them both Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Thomas was awarded a third Grammy for Smooth – Song of the Year.

Recipe of the Day

Caramel Sauce
Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  3-5 minutes
Total Prep:
  5-10 minutes


½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup half-and-half cream or evaporated milk
¼ cup butter, cubed
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten


Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.

Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes.

February 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
William Horlick – 1846

Don’t blame William Horlick if you ever get into a mess while traveling in the United Kingdom and someone says to you, “You’ve made a mighty Horlicks of it, haven’t you?” It doesn’t have anything to do with Mr. Horlick, not really. Though he did develop a tasty malted powder and give it his name. The brand we’re familiar with in the United States is called Ovaltine, but there are others. But again, Mr. Horlicks didn’t make a Horlicks of anything, so don’t blame him.

Cesar Ritz – 1850

His hotels and restaurants inspired songwriters and chefs to grand creations. Irving Berlin crooned about top hats and Gary Cooper while his famed chef Auguste Escoffier wowed diners around the world. Ritz’s most famous hotels were located in Paris and London.

W.E.B. Du Bois – 1868

The first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University became an advocate for equal rights and co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Victor Fleming – 1883

Tomorrow may be another day, but February 23rd is Victor Fleming’s birthday. The Academy Award-winning director is best known for the musical The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind.

Peter Fonda – 1940

The Easy Rider graced the silver screen for nearly six decades in films like Ulee’s Gold, The Last Full Measure and Cannon Ball Run. He’s best known for the film Easy Rider.

Notable Mentions

Elston Howard – 1929
Dakota Fanning – 1994

About National Day Calendar

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