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JANUARY 13, 2019 | NATIONAL RUBBER DUCKY DAY | NATIONAL STICKER DAY | KOREAN AMERICAN DAY | STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY | NATIONAL PEACH MELBA DAY | NATIONAL SUNDAY SUPPER MONTH

NATIONAL RUBBER DUCKY DAY

According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is January 13 so around the country it’s National Rubber Ducky Day! A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode.

The rubber ducky (also spelled duckie) has come a long way from his first concept as a chew toy for children. While the origin of the first rubber ducky is uncertain, many rubber molded toys from dolls to those in various animal shapes came about when rubber manufacturing developed in the late 1800s.

During World Wars I and II, rubber was a valuable commodity which was rationed, and by the 1940s with the advent of plastic, the rubber ducky began being produced in vinyl and plastic.

The earliest patent for a rubber duck toy was patented in 1928 by Landon Smart Lawrence. His design was for a bath toy which was weighted and when tipped would return to its upright position. The sketch included with the patent was that of a duck.

Russian Sculptor Peter Ganine sculpted many animal figures. One, a duck, he later designed and patented it into a floating toy which closely resembles the rubber ducky we have become familiar with today.

Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we’ve come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.

The rubber ducky became a Toy Hall of Fame inductee in 2013. Founded in 1998, the Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalRubberDuckyDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

While our research did not uncover the creator of National Rubber Ducky Day, National Day Calendar is pretty fond of the idea that it has to do with Sesame Street’s Rubber Duckie.  

NATIONAL STICKER DAY

National Sticker Day is observed annually on January 13. This is a day to celebrate all things stickers, from the custom printing of them to sharing stickers. Every sticker has a story.

Historians credit the European merchants in the 1880s as the first to stick labels to their products, in an effort to promote their goods and wares to passersby.

These savvy, pre-industrial entrepreneurs used a gum paste to get the labels to adhere and, well, stick: hence “stickers.” By the 1900s a sticker-specific paste had been developed and was widely used, most notably on stamps, which dried and then would re-apply when moistened.

National Sticker Day is January 13 in honor of R. Stanton Avery, who was born on that day in 1907. Avery was the original creator of the adhesive label with a removable backing.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Buy or make some special stickers. Take photos of them to post on social media using #NationalStickerDay.

HISTORY

National Sticker Day was submitted by StickerGiant, a promotional sticker and product label company based in Longmont, Colorado. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared it will be observed annually on January 13.

KOREAN AMERICAN DAY

Korean American Day on January 13 commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903. The day also honors the Korean American’s immense contributions to every aspect of society.

In 1882, the United States and Korea signed a treaty establishing a relationship peace, friendship and commerce. While this led to Korean diplomats, students, politicians and businessmen visiting the United States, few felt compelled to stay.

It wasn’t until December of 1902 the SS Gaelic that 102 Korean immigrants set sail for Honolulu, Hawaii. These families initiated the first wave of Korean immigration resulting in over 7,500 immigrants over the next two years.

They served their communities and their country during World Wars I and II and the Korean War. During these times, more Koreans made the decision to emigrate from their homeland; some, as wives to U.S. serviceman, others were adopted as children.

Just to name a few
Ahn Chang Ho – also known as Dosan, one of the earlier immigrants, Ho is credited with establishing the Willows Korean Aviation Corps in the United States which later helped establish the Korean Airforce.

Sammy Lee – Olympic two-time gold medalist in diving (1948 – London) and (1952 – Helsinki).

Wendy Gramm – Served as U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair under Presidents Reagan and Bush I.

Judge Herbert Y.C. Choy – First Asian American appointed to U.S. Federal Court (Court of Appeals Ninth District) in 1974.

David Hyun – Architect charged with revitalizing Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

Sang Hyun Lee – First tenured Asian American professor at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Hines Ward, Jr.  – Professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers

HOW TO OBSERVE

Find out more or share your experience by using #KoreanAmericanDay on social media.

HISTORY

In 2003, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants. In 2005, the U.S. House and Senate passed simple resolutions in support of Korean American Day.  Since then states across the country have passed bills declaring January 13 as an annual celebration of Korean American Day. 

STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY

Stephen Foster Memorial Day is observed annually on January 13th.

Born on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became known as the father of American Music.  Foster wrote over 200 songs in his short life.  His best-known compositions are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer”  and are still very popular today.  Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #StephenFosterMemorialDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.

 NATIONAL PEACH MELBA DAY

National Peach Melba Day is observed annually on January 13th.

A dessert made from peaches, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce, Peach Melba was invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier while employed at the Savoy Hotel, London.  The dessert was invented to honor the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.

The dessert was originally called “Pecheau Cygne” or “Peach Swan” and was presented in a swan-shaped ice sculpture and topped with spun sugar.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try this Peach Melba recipe: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/grilled-peach-melba.html.

Use #NationalPeachMelbaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Peach Melba Day. 

 

NATIONAL SUNDAY SUPPER DAY

National Sunday Supper Day is observed annually on the second Sunday in January.

Sunday Supper starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life.  – Sunday Supper Movement

These days families are busy with after-school activities, jobs and homework.  Sunday supper has been a disappearing tradition around the country and the Sunday Supper Movement aims to bring families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table one Sunday at a time.   National Sunday Supper Day is another step toward this goal.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Spend the day with family preparing and sharing Sunday Supper. For more information visit wwww.sundaysuppermovement.com.  Use #SundaySupper on social media.

HISTORY

Isabel Laessig is the founder of the Sunday Supper Movement and the Food and Wine Conference. A mother of four, she was inspired to start her blog, Family Foodie, when her oldest left for college and the things she would miss most about home would be the times spent in the kitchen and around the table with family.

In 2012 Laessig and eight other bloggers and their families celebrated the first virtual Sunday Supper with a progressive dinner.  According to Laessig, she and these eight bloggers are “passionate about bringing families together to cook and eat together.”

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.
 
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