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National Pharmacist Day on January 12th annually recognizes and honors all pharmacists across the nation.

The role of pharmacists has shifted over the years. Where once they served as the classical “lick, stick and pour” dispensary, they now serve as an integrated member of the health care team. They’re directly involved in patient care and often play a vital role in a patient’s recovery. 

Historically, pharmacists primarily checked and distributed drugs to doctors for patient prescribed medication. In modern times, pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions and the side effects of prescriptions. Additionally, their role includes being a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. Monitoring the health and progress of patients, pharmacists can then ensure the safe and effective use of medication.

Pharmacists work long hours, usually standing the entire time. Along with dispensing pills and providing advice on medications, pharmacists also administer immunizations. Pharmacists who conduct research discover and test new medications, too.

  • Do you wonder how Agatha Christie came to know so much about poisons for her murder mysteries? She was once a pharmacy dispenser during World War I.
  • Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Ginger Ale were all invented by pharmacists
  • Before running for President of the United States, Hubert Humphrey earned his pharmacy license and worked in his father’s pharmacy.
  • William Procter, Jr., (May 3, 1817 – February 10, 1874) dedicated his career to the science of pharmacy. He wrote the first textbook on pharmacy for students in the United States and advocated for the founding of the American Pharmaceutical Association. His dedication earned him the name Father of Pharmacy.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPharmacistDay

Anyone who has required the services of a pharmacist, take time to thank them today. Give them a shout out. Whether they work in a facility or local pharmacy, they will appreciate the good word. If you’re considering a career, learn more about pharmacy. Use #NationalPharmacistDay to post on social media.


While we were unable to find the exact creator of this observance, it is indicated that it is likely an association of pharmaceutical groups that are founders.

Kiss A Ginger Day - January 12KISS A GINGER DAY

On January 12th, everyone is encouraged to find their favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day.

Created to support a more positive spin than its counterpart, Kiss a Ginger Day brings sweet kisses to redheads who may have once been teased for their hair color.

The red hair gene is recessive and requires two copies for it to present itself. Even then, there is no guarantee it will. If both parents have the gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance they will have a redheaded child.  Most natural-born redheads (yes, some of us like the bottle) have brown eyes, followed by green or hazel. Coming in at 1% of the world’s population, the blue-eyed ginger is the rarest kind. So if you give one of these ginger’s a kiss, consider yourself lucky.

If you didn’t already know it, you should obtain permission before kissing anyone who doesn’t expect it –
including a ginger (a.k.a. a redhead).

Many redheads feel like outcasts for having red hair. This celebration empowers redheads to feel confident, look amazing, and rock their beauty. Red hair is more than a color; it’s a lifestyle. Besides, redheads are rare. Less than 2 percent of the population are crowned with red hair. And those who are may very well be left-handed, too.


It’s easy. Kiss a Ginger! And it goes without saying, if you don’t have permission to kiss your favorite ginger, don’t. And while you’re at it, spread a little kindness. Use #KissAGingerDay to share on social media.


Derek Forgie founded Kiss a Ginger Day in 2009 as an alternative positive celebration of redheads’ uniqueness as opposed to another day that could often accelerate into bullying. Follow him on Twitter @Kiss_A_Ginger or on Facebook at KissAGingerDay.

National Marzipan Day - January 12


Join millions of people across the nation on January 12th as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day. Delve into a sweet confection on National Marzipan Day. On January 12th, the celebration kicks off with creatively formed confections that delight the eyes and mouth!

For anyone who does not know, Marzipan is a confection made primarily of sugar or honey and ground almonds, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. Although it is often made into sweets such as marzipan-filled chocolate and small imitations of fruits and vegetables, it is also commonly rolled into thin sheets and used as a glaze for icing cakes. Some people specialize in creating small, marzipan animal figures. In some countries, they incorporate this tradition into their New Year’s Day celebrations. 

Confectioners make marzipan by cleaning raw almonds (by sieving, air elutriation and other electronic or mechanical devices) and then immersing them in water with a temperature just below the boiling point for about five minutes. This process loosens the skin of the almonds, which is removed by passing them through rubber-covered rotating cylinders. They then cook the almonds and coarsely chopped and ground (with up to 35% sugar) into almond flour. 

After roasting and cooling the almond flour mixture, the confectioner adds sugar and possibly a binding agent such as corn syrup or sorbitol. It is then ready to be molded into any shape. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMarzipanDay

On this creative holiday, test your artistic skills by making some marzipan. Decorate a cake or make decorations for cookies. Custom make some candies for a special occasion. Invite the family to join you. You could also take a class to master the skill of making marzipan. Do you know someone who makes marzipan? Give them a shout out for their amazing creations. 

Use #NationalMarzipanDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar is celebrating the day by researching the origins of the holiday while enjoying some marzipan.



Each year on January 12th, curried chicken lovers enthusiastically celebrate National Curried Chicken Day. They fill their dishes with a variety of flavorful spices and serve them to their friends and family.

When making a true curried chicken, don’t reach for the curry powder. Instead, stew the chicken in a sauce made from clarified butter (known as ghee) onions, garlic, and a medley of spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Other ingredients include chilies and tomatoes.

“Curries came into favor as an excellent way of using up cold meat.” Lizzie Collingham Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

Curry powder made its way into recipes by way of Britain. Their long-time presence in India left a desire for the flavors of the East on the palates of many of the English. Curry powder and recipes with it existed as early as the 1700s but curried chicken and other curried meat recipes gained popularity during the British Raj beginning in 1858.

In parts of the United States, curried chicken is a popular dish known as Country Captain Chicken, a stewed chicken dish that has been flavored with curry powder. 

Country Captain

The following clip, originating from the Hobson-Jobson Dictionary, is regarding Country Captain:

“COUNTRY-CAPTAIN. This is in Bengal the name of a peculiar dry kind of curry, often served as a breakfast dish. We can only conjecture that it was a favourite dish at the table of the skippers of ‘country ships,’ who were themselves called ‘country captains,’ as in our first quotation. In Madras the term is applied to a spatchcock dressed with onions and curry stuff, which is probably the original form. [Riddell says: “Country-captain.—Cut a fowl in pieces; shred an onion small and fry it brown in butter; sprinkle the fowl with fine salt and curry powder and fry it brown; then put it into a stewpan with a pint of soup; stew it slowly down to a half and serve it with rice” (Ind. Dom. Econ. 176).]
1792.—”But now, Sir, a Country Captain is not to be known from an ordinary man, or a Christian, by any certain mark whatever.” Madras Courier, April 26.
c. 1825.—”The local name for their business was the ‘Country Trade,’ the ships were ‘Country Ships,’ and the masters of them ‘Country Captains.’ Some of my readers may recall a dish which was often placed before us when dining on board these vessels at Whampoa, viz. ‘Country Captain.’”—The Fankwae at Canton (1882), p. 33.  (Wikipedia)

“Country Captain was served to United States 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt along with General George E. Patton in 1940 by Mrs. W.L. Bullard of Warm Springs, Georgia.  Their strong liking of the dish brought it’s popularity to the Southern United States.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #CurriedChickenDay

Invite guests to join you for this delicious dish. Any celebration is better when served to good company and joined with laughter. Try one of these recipes or share one of your own with us. We enjoy trying new recipes all the time. Another way to celebrate is by going to your favorite restaurant. Be sure to give them a shout out with the hashtag, too! Spread the joy. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! 

Curried Chicken Salad
Curried Chicken Thighs

Use #CurriedChickenDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tasty food holiday.

NATIONAL SHOP FOR TRAVEL DAY – Second Tuesday in January


As the holiday season fades away, our minds turn to our next opportunity for a vacation. While that may seem far off, National Shop for Travel Day on the second Tuesday in January reminds us to start planning now!

Today, there are more tools and resources than ever before to help us shop for that perfect trip. How we choose to travel, our accommodations, and where we relax and have fun has become mobile and virtual. Whether we’re planning a weekend getaway or our dream vacation, we can shop, compare, plan, and book all in just a few clicks.

Advancements made by travel technology innovators and intermediaries have not only provided us with the tools to expertly guide us through the booking experience, but they get us there, too. They connect us to the people who put us in the beautiful places we want to stay. Today, more than ever before, we can find just the accommodation we’ve been seeking and even tour it before we go, view ratings and firsthand accounts from other travelers, and catch a glimpse of what our trip will be like long before it begins.

Traveling for pleasure – or for work – can be a tremendous expense in both dollars and time, and you want the reassurance that you’re making the right choices whether you’re going home to visit old friends or visiting a city for the very first time. These apps and tools provide that confidence and actually make it fun to explore the limitless possibilities for travel.

Wherever and whenever you have your heart set to go, start shopping now. Whatever the trip may be, National Shop for Travel Day is the perfect time to visit an online travel company and book it.

Make that dream vacation come true.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ShopForTravelDay

Technology has made shopping for travel easier. Not only can we comparison shop, but it also makes planning a lot easier. Celebrate the day by making a list of the places you dream of going, need to go and would like to see again.

  • Compare hotels, rentals, and other lodgings available. Secluded cabins, RV rentals and camping gear are available, too.
  • Check flights, trains, or even routes for taking a road trip. Don’t forget to plan stops along some of the country’s most scenic byways and historic routes.
  • Ask friends and family for the best travel agents to help you make the most of your travel plans.
  • Also, ask those friends about their favorite trips – business and vacations. They can help you find the best places to explore.
  • Find the ideal times of the year to travel for business and pleasure. If you’re trying to avoid crowds, the offseason may be the best time of year to travel.
  • Discover unique vacations that are worth writing home about.
  • Look for adventures that take you away from the crowd and give you a unique view of the world.

Make a list of places you would like to go and check the dates. Start shopping on your favorite sites or contact your travel agent. Use #ShopForTravelDay to share on social media.


The Travel Technology Association founded National Shop for Travel Day to celebrate the joy of travel and the technology innovators who have transformed the way we all shop, compare, plan, and book our vacations. It’s a perfect time! Follow Travel Tech @traveltech on Twitter.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Shop for Travel Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.

About the Travel Technology Association

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the premier trade association for the travel technology industry. Founded in 1998, Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology. Travel Tech includes global distribution systems, online travel agencies, metasearch companies, and short-term rental platforms.

These technology innovators directly and indirectly create the infrastructure and the marketplace that travelers, suppliers, and intermediaries benefit from today. Travel Tech members transform the way we travel, providing suppliers and consumers with invaluable access to options while purchasing and managing their travel.

January 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Hattie W. Caraway (D-Arkansas) wins a special election that makes her the first woman to be elected to the Senate. In November of the previous year, the Arkansas state legislature appointed Caraway to complete the term vacated by her husband Senator Thadeus Caraway’s death.


Batman premiered on television starring Adam West as Batman.


The Alcor Life Extension Foundation cryogenically preserved the first person with the intention of being resuscitated in the future. Upon his death, psychology professor Dr. James H. Bedford of California achieved half his dream of being placed in cryogenic suspension. It remains to be seen whether or not he will see the other half of his dream and survive to be re-animated.


Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz launches into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia 7 and is the first Hispanic person in space.

Recipe of the Day

Peach Cobbler
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  40 minutes
Total Prep:  50 minutes
Peach Cobbler - Recipe Image


5 peaches, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt


6 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
ground cinnamon


Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

Place melted butter in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside.

Cook sliced peaches, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add milk until just combined.

Spoon mixture over the butter in the baking dish into an even layer.

Add peaches and juice.

Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for 38-40 minutes.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

January 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Jack London – 1876

The American novelist and short-story writer brought outdoor survival stories to life. He’s best known for The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

Ruth R. Benerito – 1916

The American chemist revolutionized both the textile and the laundry industry with her creation of a wrinkle, stain, and flame resistant fabric.

James Farmer – 1920

The American civil rights activist co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

Ira Hamilton Hays – 1922

During World War II, Hays and five other U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima during the six week siege on the island. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the event on film and the photo would later be used to create the Marine War Memorial at Arlington, Virginia.

Jeff Bezos – 1964

In 1994, the American businessman founded the technology company, Inc.

Hal – 1992

According to the book, 2001 A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer became operational on this day in 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. (The film uses the year 1992.)

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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