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FEBRUARY 6, 2021 | ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY | NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY | NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY | NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY | NATIONAL CHOPSTICKS DAY

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - First Saturday in February

ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY

The first Saturday in February is a big treat because it’s Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

Whether the sun rises over a frosty morning or a warm one, having a scoop or two of ice cream for breakfast once a year places a bright spot right in the middle of winter. The creamy goodness of chocolate or vanilla will start the Saturday off right. Add some fresh fruit or sprinkle some of your favorite cereal for some crunch.

Those who like to get creative with their ice cream might like bacon or avocado flavored ice cream at breakfast time.  How about cinnamon toast and coffee ice cream? There are so many ways to participate in this deliciously good day. All you really have to do, though, is have ice cream for breakfast.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ICECREAMFORBREAKFASTDAY

Break out of the winter doldrums and have ice cream for breakfast. Enjoy your favorite kind or get creative and try something new. Have an ice cream breakfast party, and invite friends over to indulge with you! Use #iceCreamForBreakfastDay to share on social media.

ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY HISTORY 

In the 1960s, Florence Rappaport of New York created Ice Cream for Breakfast Day as a way to chase away cabin fever for her six children due to a winter storm that had blown through the area. The annual celebration caught on as her children grew and shared it on their travels. Today, the day has been observed in Canada, New Zeland, England, South Africa, Israel, and more.

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY – February 6

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY

National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6th recognizes a sweet frozen dessert that has gone from fad status to staple freezer item in a few decades. 

Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.

H.P Hood developed the first frozen yogurt in 1970 in the United States. It was created as a soft-serve treat called Frogurt. Not long afterward, Humphreys and Dannon released their own versions of frozen yogurt. Its popularity grew in the 80s, mostly due to frozen yogurts “health food” status. Ice cream manufacturers soon caught on, offering low-fat options.

Frozen yogurt is again making a comeback as consumers have begun to prefer the tart taste of yogurt. Not only does it find its way into home freezers, but it also is a sweet stop after work or play. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrozenYogurtDay

Enjoy your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt. It’s possible to even make your own. Check out the recipes below or even make another dessert using frozen yogurt. Invite someone to join you in your celebration, too. Add toppings or blend in some fruit. Tell us about your favorites or share a recipe. There’re so many ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

Give the following recipes a try:

Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
Frozen Strawberry Yogurt

Use #NationalFrozenYogurtDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL FROZEN YOGURT DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching this frozen food holiday. But while we’re at it, we’re going to top our frozen yogurt with some sprinkles, whipped cream, and gummy bears.

NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY – February 6

NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY

On February 6th, National Lame Duck Day recognizes the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution or the Lame Duck Amendment.

The term “lame duck” originated as a description of stockbrokers in 1700s England who could not pay off their debts. The name later carried over to those in business that would continue to do business while known to be bankrupt.

In politics, a lame duck is a person currently holding a political office who has either:

  • lost a re-election bid,
  • chosen not to seek another term,
  • been prevented from running for re-election due to a term limit,
  • or holds a position that has been eliminated.
The 20th Amendment

Before the ratification of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, Congress had a 13-month delay between election day and the day the newly elected officials took office. In other words, the lame-duck was given a 13-month termination notice, crippling their influence. Hence the ‘lame’ or injured duck.

An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ’em, you let ’em stay long enough so they could burn your house down.  – Will Rogers

The same applied to the president. The 20th Amendment changed the date the newly elected president took office from March 4th to January 20th.

During a lame-duck session, members of Congress are no longer accountable to their constituents. Their focus can switch to more personal gain instead of acting on behalf of their constituents with an eye toward re-election.

The 20th Amendment shortened this period from 13 months to 2 months. While lame-duck sessions still occur (20 such sessions have occurred since the amendment took effect in 1935), there is less time for sweeping legislation to be approved.  Even so, lame-duck Congresses have declared war, impeached a president, censured a senator, and passed the Homeland Security Act, among other actions.

It is also considered a time when the peaceful transition of power occurs. Preparations occur for the out-going president to leave the office and the newly elected president to take over the role.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLameDuckDay

If you are a Lame Duck, reflect on what you have learned and your successes and triumphs.

Those who know a Lame Duck:  Say thank you, give recognition for their success, and support their future.

None of the above:  Enjoy today in everything you do and share the information you learned about Lame Duck Day.

Use #NationalLameDuckDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL LAME DUCK DAY HISTORY

National Lame Duck Day commemorates the date in 1933 that the U.S. Secretary of State proclaimed the 20th Amendment ratified.

National Play Outside Day - First Saturday of Every Month

NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY

If it’s the first Saturday of the month, it’s National Play Outside Day. So, no matter what month it is, everyone put down your electronic devices and get outside!

All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Day is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in the great outdoors.

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Why is playing outside so good for us? Besides getting us off the sofa or away from the desk, it also gives us an opportunity to explore our neighborhoods. While it’s impossible to list all the benefits of outdoor play, we do have a few to share.

  • Playing outdoors is a freeing activity. It frees us from routines, enclosed spaces and frames of mind.
  • The outdoors fills us with energy. Whether it’s the fresh air, sunshine or physical activity, we perk up and become motivated to accomplish things.
  • It clears the cobwebs from our brains. We sometimes get stuck on a topic, project or issue and are unable to resolve it. A change of scene often brings clarity we didn’t have before.
  • Outdoor play provides terrific physical activity for our bodies. Our hearts pump fresh oxygen to our limbs and brains.
  • We experience new sights and sounds. Children get to experience the world around them.
  • As a social activity, playing outside encourages positive interactions.
  • When you play outside every month, it becomes habit-forming – and this one good habit to have!
  • It stimulates the imagination. Outdoor play has almost no boundaries. Your yard can be a kingdom or the playground can be a mountain to scale.

We’ve only scratched the surface of the benefits of outdoor play. There are so many more! So, be sure to get outside with the family on the first Saturday of every month – or even more often than that!

HOW TO OBSERVE #PlayOutsideDay

We know the seasons change, so what we were able to do outside last month will be different this month. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating the day. This is your quarterly reminder that it’s time to get outside and play. We have suggestions for every season that we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

  • Explore hiking trails near you.
  • Visit the local swimming pool or even take swimming lessons.
  • Check out every park in your neighborhood and climb, slide, swing on every playground set.
  • Start a game of catch, kickball, tag, Frisbee or make up a game.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Run through the sprinkler.
  • Go camping.
  • Go fishing.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Jump in a pile of leaves.
  • Build a fort – of leaves or snow or whatever is handy.
  • Walk around the block.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Build a snowperson.
  • Go sledding.
  • Identify the constellations at night and look for meteors.
  • Visit your favorite state or national park.

What’s your favorite way to play outside? Introduce some of the games you used to play to your children. Whatever you do, be sure to get outside and play! Use #PlayOutsideDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY HISTORY

In 2011, Aaron Wiggans and Rhonda D. Abeyta founded National Play Outside Day as a reminder to explore and play in the world outside. The day encourages healthful habits that will last a lifetime.

National Chopsticks Day

NATIONAL CHOPSTICKS DAY

Each year on National Chopsticks Day, people worldwide celebrate the humble and ancient utensils on February 6th.

Around 1200 B.C., Chinese cooks began using chopsticks to prepare food. These tools were likely long enough to reach into hot cooking pots. Then about 400 B.C., when fuels for cooking became scarce, food was prepared in smaller pieces reducing the number of resources needed to cook it. At the same time, the need for sharp eating utensils faded, and shorter chopsticks entered the scene.

The Chinese term for chopsticks is kuai-tzu.

Once these handy eating tools found their way to the dinner table, they spread around the world. Portable and elegant in their design, they also vary in style from region to region.

Today chopsticks may be made from wood such as bamboo or aspen. Elaborately carved chopsticks may be cut from jade, ivory, or wood, and artisans may ornately paint some chopsticks with miniature scenes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChopsticksDay

Use chopsticks to eat your meals. Practice using chopsticks or teach someone how to use them. Share your favorite set of chopsticks or your favorite meal to eat with chopsticks. Visit your favorite restaurant where chopsticks are provided. Make sure you give them a shoutout, too! Of course, you should invite someone to celebrate with you, also! Maybe ask them to join you in a chopstick competition to see who is the most proficient using them. Be sure to use #NationalChopsticksDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL CHOPSTICKS DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dinner time holiday. However, it seems to have been observed since at least 2012.


February 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1917

The California Associated Raisin Company trademarked the Sun-Maid name. Just two years before, advertising executive E.A. Berg created an advertising campaign inspired by the very raisins dried by the sun. In an interesting twist of fate, Sun-Maid executive Leroy Payne spotted a young Lorraine Collett in a red bonnet and asked her to pose for a painting that would later become the Sun-Maid logo.

1937

Covici Friede publishes John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men. Set during the Great Depression, the story follows two migrant ranch workers, George and Lennie, who dream of owning their own ranch someday. Steinbeck adapted the book into a three-act play.

1935

Parker Brothers sold its first Monopoly game. Originally called The Landlord’s Game, it was created in 1903 by Lizzie Magie.

1971

Alan Shepard delivers airmail like he’s never seen before when he hits two golf balls on the Moon. During his third mission to the Moon, the Apollo 14 astronaut took three swings with his specialized club to hit the two golf balls, making the first golf drives in space.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Waffle
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 waffles

Waffles with berries

Ingredients:

2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Turn on the waffle iron to heat. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until the batter is smooth.

Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray or coat with vegetable oil. Pour batter onto hot iron and cook until golden.

February 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Babe Ruth – 1895

With some of baseball’s most colorful nicknames, including the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth captivated baseball for 22 seasons. During his career, he spent most of his time with the New York Yankees but he left a curse with the Boston Red Sox and also spent time with the Atlanta Braves.

Ronald Reagan – 1911

The 40th President of the United States served two consecutive terms in the Oval Office. Before being elected to any office, Reagan was an actor in Hollywood and president of the Screen Actors Guild. Just two months into his administration, an assassination attempt would be made on his life. He would recover to see to the end of the Cold War and an era of peace and general prosperity.

Mary Leaky – 1913

The British paleoanthropologist made many discoveries during her career but one of the most important came in 1948 when she discovered the first fossilized skull of Proconsul africanus. This early ancestor of both apes and humans lived about 25 million years ago.

Thurl Ravenscroft – 1914

The voice actor is best known as the original voice of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. “They’re Grrrreat!”

Tom Brokaw – 1940

The noted television journalist anchored the NBC Nightly News for 22 years. He is also the author of The Greatest Generation.

Bob Marley – 1945

The pioneering Jamaican musician brought reggae to the masses with the band The Wailers. Some of their most popular songs include “No Woman, No Cry,” “Three Little Birds,” and “Stir it Up.”

Natalie Cole – 1950

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter earned a legendary reputation in her own right for her jazz and soul music. Known for her albums including Inseparable, Everlasting, and Take a Look, but she also recorded Unforgettable, an album of cover songs previously performed by her father, Nat King Cole.

Honorable Mention

Mary Rudge – 1842
Anne Bethel Spencer – 1882

About National Day Calendar

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