NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY
National Wear Red Day, on the first Friday in February, is an annual campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women.
The national campaign urges women to learn their risk for heart disease and to take steps to lower their risk. What increases a woman’s chances of heart disease?
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history
- Inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s
- Complications during pregnancy
We can prevent or reverse many of these risks by taking action. Speaking with our physician also helps to further lower our risk of heart attack and stroke by making and following a plan.
- Quit smoking. Ask for help if you need it. Your physician has many tools at her side to make quitting a success.
- Change your lifestyle. Become more active and improve your eating habits. This will help with many risk factors including stress, family history, and other health conditions.
- Get routine physical exams.
Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. These diseases are 80 percent preventable according to Go Red for Women’s official website.
Go to www.goredforwomen.org for more information.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WearRedDay
This national campaign has revved up its red!
- Wear red to show your support for saving women’s lives
- Show us how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRedWearRed
- Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research. Get your red gear at shopheart.org and a portion of every purchase goes back to the programming and mission of the American Heart Association.
- Know your numbers. Find out more about your risk factors at the American Heart Association website.
- #GoRedGetFit – earn prizes and get healthy while fighting heart disease with the American Heart Association. Find out more at GoRedForWomen.org or join the challenge on Facebook GoRedGetFit.
NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY HISTORY
The Go Red for Women campaign started in 2004 when the American Heart Association took on the challenge of raising awareness about the number 1 cause of death in women.
NATIONAL SHOWER WITH A FRIEND DAY
On National Shower with a Friend Day on February 5th is a tongue in cheek way of educating people about the benefits filtered, chlorine-free water.
Winter is the coldest and loneliest season of the year. With dwindling daylight and Valentine’s Day at its heart, February can often leave people feeling dejected and somber. The day injects a bit of humor into the season while also serving to educate people on the benefits of showering in fresh, filtered water (and the effects of chlorine).
Learn more about how chlorine is harmful to shower or bathe in or consume.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ShowerWithAFriendDay
Shower with filtered water. Learn more about the harmful effects of chlorine and how to filter it. Use #ShowerWithAFriendDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SHOWER WITH A FRIEND DAY HISTORY
New Wave Enviro, a company located in Denver, Colorado, submitted the day in 2014.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2015 to be observed on February 5th, annually.
WORLD NUTELLA DAY
World Nutella Day celebrates what happens when hazelnuts and chocolate collide. For example, millions of people celebrating all on February 5th each year!
It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Adding hazelnuts when cocoa is hard to come by may have been an Italian trick during hard times. In the 1800s, in the northern Italian city of Piedmont, they made a paste of chocolate and hazelnuts at a time when the nuts were abundant, but the cocoa was not.
At the end of World War II, cocoa was once again difficult to come by. Pastry Maker, Pietro Ferrero, made loaves of this sweet paste and called it Giandujot. Soon after, the Ferrero Company was founded on May 14, 1946.
It wasn’t until 1951 that Ferrero made the paste into a spreadable form. We wouldn’t even recognize the spread by name until 1964 when Ferrero’s son Michele gave the jar of creamy hazelnut and cocoa the name Nutella.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldNutellaDay
Enjoy your favorite hazelnut spread. It’s that simple! Of course, we always suggest celebrating with a friend or family member. Celebrations are best when shared. Create a new recipe or try the one you’ve itching to try. Don’t have any? Well, we’ve found a few. And share your favorites while you’re testing and tasting, too!
Use #WorldNutellaDay to share on social media.
WORLD NUTELLA DAY HISTORY
Sara Rosso founded World Nutella Day in 2007 in celebration of and a way to introduce her favorite spread to her friends. She first discovered Nutella while living in Italy as a food blogger. Read more about her discovery and creation of World Nutella Day at whenihavetime.com.
BUBBLE GUM DAY
Celebrating Bubble Gum Day the first Friday of February every year doesn’t burst many people’s bubble. It’s a fun way to chew your favorite flavor of bubble gum, blow some spectacular bubbles and raise money, too.
Bubble Gum Day helps raise money for schools and the charities they support. Students donate 50 cents to be able to chew bubble gum in class on Bubble Gum Day.
Long before any substantial chewing gum formed bubbles, ancient human beings chewed bits of resin from trees. All around the world, people collected substances from the available trees and used them for dental care and general enjoyment.
It wasn’t until 1928 after decades of failure by those before him, and several of his own, that Walter Diemer created the first bubble producing gum. His employer, the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, marketed it as “Dubble Bubble”.
The largest bubble gum bubble ever blown was 50.8 centimeters (20 inches) in diamter. Chad Fell of Haleyville, Alabama blew the bubble with three pieces of Dubble Bubble on April 24, 2004 at Double Springs High School in Winston County, Alabama.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BubbleGumDay
Grab your quarters and bubble gum! It’s time to chew some gum, blow bubbles and raise some money for a good cause.
If your school doesn’t participate, encourage your school to set up a fundraiser. The funds can be donated to a local charity, new band costumes or foreign language emersion trip. Those are just a few ideas to get you started.
Use #BubbleGumDay to share on social media.
BUBBLE GUM DAY HISTORY
In 2006, Ruth Spiro, children’s author and mother, founded the celebration/fundraiser to create a fun way for children to participate in school fundraising.
NATIONAL WEATHERPERSON’S DAY
Always celebrated on February 5th, National Weatherperson’s Day, which is also known as National Weatherman’s Day, honors all individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology. The day also recognizes volunteer storm spotters and observers as well as any others that work in the weather field.
This annual holiday commemorates the birthday of John Jeffries, born on this day in 1744. Dr. Jeffries, a scientist, and a surgeon, is considered to be one of America’s first weather observers. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816. Additionally, Jefferies pioneered the field of ballooning in the United States and took his first balloon observation in 1784.
Those being honored during this celebration work hard to accurately forecast and report the always changing, and often unpredictable, weather. Despite all of the new technological advances, meteorologists continue to face challenges in forecasting the weather. Predicting “Mother Nature” and what path she may choose, is a very daunting task even with the most state-of-the-art technology.
Knowing the weather forecast is valuable to us in so many ways. We often look at the forecast to plan our activities for the upcoming days. It affects what we do, how we dress, where we go or even if we go at all. Being prepared for upcoming storms, hurricanes or tornadoes saves lives.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
“The primary mission of the Weather Service (NWS) forecast office is to provide the American public with the best possible warning service to save lives. Recent severe weather statistics show that we continue to improve our capability to warn the public of impending hazardous weather.
Nationally lead time for flash flood warnings improved from 22 minutes in 1993 to 78 minutes in 2008. Accuracy over the same time period increased from 71 percent to 91 percent. Lead time for tornado warnings has increased from 6 minutes in 1993 to 13 minutes today. Tornado warning accuracy increased from 43 percent to 72 percent. Winter storm accuracy in 2008 was 89 percent with an average lead time of 17 hours. Since 1990, the Tropical Prediction Center’s 24 to 72-hour tropical storm forecast track errors have been reduced by more than 50%. These more accurate and longer lead time warnings help communities stay safe.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #WeatherpersonsDay
Thank your local weatherperson. It may be the person you turn to on the news to keep you up to date on the latest storms. Or, it may also be the storm spotters who report to the National Weather Service. Their warnings alert us to more imminent dangers that impact our lives and livelihoods. Consider how weather impacts our daily lives and how much you appreciate an accurate forecast whenever possible. Share your experiences and give a shout out to the weatherperson doing an outstanding job in your area!
Use #WeatherpersonsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WEATHERPERSON’S DAY HISTORY
The day commemorates the birth of Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers. The day has been celebrated for more than four decades.
On Deck for February 6, 2021
February 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks launch United Artists. These four extraordinary artists during the silent film era gave the movie industry notice. They were going to do things differently.
Reader’s Digest publishes its first issue.
The U.S. Patent Office issued the first U.S. patent for starting blocks to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa. The patent for a “Foot Support” under patent no. 1,701,026 was designed by the university coach, the invention was meant to provide a firm foothold on the running track and improve the athlete’s “get-away” at the start of a race.
Dick Purcell stars in the premiere of the first installment of Captain America. The film is the first Marvel character to appear in theaters.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total Prep: 10 minutes
Slice 4 pieces of Baby Swiss, and 3 or 4 slices of ripened tomato.
Spread one side of each piece of bread with softened butter.
Heating medium fry pan and place 1 piece of bread buttered side down in pan.
Cover bread in layers with two pieces of cheese, sliced tomato, and finally second two pieces of cheese. Place second slice of bread buttered side up.
Turn sandwich occasionally with spatula until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
- Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week – Always February 7-14
- National Marriage Week – Always February 7-14
- Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week – Always February 7-14
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week – February 13-19, 2019
- National Kraut and Frankfurter Week – Second Week of February
- Freelance Writers Appreciation Week – Second Week of February
- National Secondhand Wardrobe Week – Second Week in February
- Take Your Family to School Week – Week of February 17
- National Condom Week – Usually the week of Valentine’s Day
- Great American Pizza Bake – Second Week of February
- Children of Alcoholics Week – Week of Valentine’s Day
- National Jell-O Week – Second Full Week in February
- Random Acts of Kindness Week – Week of February 17
- Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden – Week of Valentine’s Day
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week – February 14-21
- Great Backyard Bird Count – Begins Friday the Week or Weekend of Valentine’s Day
In the Classroom
February 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
John Jeffries – 1744
As one of the first weather observers in the United States, Jeffries documented his daily weather observations. He also documented the first weather balloon observation in 1784.
John Boyd Dunlop – 1837
The inventor is most noted for developing the first commercially successful pneumatic tire.
Hank Aaron – 1934
The right fielder played 34 seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Milwaukee Braves/Brewers. He began his professional career in the Negro American League in 1951 before the Braves purchased his contract a few months later.
Nolan Bushnell – 1943
In 1972, Bushnell co-founded Atari, Inc. with Ted Dabney. The American businessman also founded Chuck E. Cheese in 1977.
Mary Louise Cleave – 1947
The NASA astronaut flew two missions including the 1989 STS-30 in which she deployed the Magellan Venus exploration spacecraft.
John Carradine – 1906
William S. Burroughs – 14
Roger Staubach – 1942
Barbara Hershey – 1948
Laura Linney – 1964
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