JANUARY 2, 2021 | NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY | NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY | NATIONAL BUFFET DAY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY – January 2

NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY

National Science Fiction Day promotes the celebration of science fiction as a genre, its creators, history, and various media, too. On January 2nd annually, millions of science fiction fans across the United States read and watch their favorites in science fiction. 

The date of the celebration commemorates the birth of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.  An American author and Boston University professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920. He is best known for his works of science fiction and his popular science books. Isaac Asimov, whose works are followed by many, died on April 6, 1992.

National Science Fiction Day is recognized by the Hallmark Channel and the Scholastic Corporation. 

Considered a master of hard science fiction, Asimov, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Many regard the Foundation Series as Asimov’s most outstanding piece. His other major series are the Galactic Empire Series and the Robot Series.

Some of the successful television shows recognized by science fiction fans include Star Trek-The Next GenerationThe X-Files, Battlestar GalacticaDoctor Who, and The Twilight Zone.

As we look back at some older science fiction in our current technology-infused world, how close do the writers come to imaging our futures? Long before Asimov created his first work, humans imagined machines that allowed them to soar like birds. Another man, Leonardo Di Vinci, looked to the future, too. He designed contraptions worthy of the science fiction in his time.

Science fiction impacts life in ways we may not even consider – even those who don’t enjoy reading or watching science fiction. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ScienceFictionDay

The day encourages reading or watching science fiction. However, consider exploring science fiction in other ways. For example:

  • Introduce science fiction to an entirely new generation. Offer to read excerpts from your favorite science fiction author to a youth group at a library. 
  • Explore the authors of science fiction you’ve never read before.
  • Study the history of science fiction and how it has impacted modern culture.
  • Share your favorite science fiction story or character. 
  • You can also explore these 9 Books to Unleash the Time Traveler in You.

Use #ScienceFictionDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY HISTORY

Since at least 2011, science fiction lovers have been honoring Isaac Asimov and other science fiction contributors. In 2013, asimovs.com published a guest editorial by Ed Finn. The writer talks about doomsday predictions while also looking toward the future – all moving toward the true meaning of National Science Fiction Day. Read the complete article, Celebrate National Science Fiction Day by Learning to Live in the Future.NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY – January 2 (1)

NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY

National Personal Trainer Awareness Day kick starts the year on January 2nd with a day to appreciate the professionals who help us to keep our resolutions, one step at a time.

With getting in shape as one of the biggest resolutions each new year, personal trainers know they will be in high demand. Their jobs are not only to motivate us, but to make sure we learn how to work our bodies safely. Injuries due to misuse of equipment or not properly warming up our muscles keep us from keeping our resolutions just as much as lack of motivation.

Personal trainers play a crucial role in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.

Personal trainers design customized programs for their clients. The plan should fit their current physical fitness and goals. They will teach correct techniques with the equipment and tools available. Additionally, personal trainers encourage, motivate, and help to hold you accountable for your physical fitness. They help you to learn how to track your goals and guide you to your next step of physical fitness. All along the way, they will challenge you and make sure you continue to use proper form to prevent injury while also aiming toward your best health.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PersonalTrainerAwarenessDay

Give a shout out to your personal trainer. Do your resolutions include physical fitness? Maybe a personal trainer is right for you. Exercise your best judgment and let a personal trainer design a program just for you.  For excellent tips on finding the right personal trainer, visit WebMD. Use #PersonalTrainerAwarenessDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar resolves to discover the origins of this personal fitness day. While we do, we’re going to work out a way to #CelebrateEveryDay, too.

NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY – January 2

NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY

Enjoy a cream-filled pastry on National Cream Puff Day! Dessert and pastry lovers alike get to celebrate this delicious French creation on January 2.

Originating in France, cream puffs are also known as profiterole and choux a la creme. Cream puffs are a French dessert pastry filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, ice cream or custard. They may be served plain or can be decorated with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or dusted with powdered sugar.

Borrowed from the French, the word “profiterole” has existed in English since 1604. The “cream puff” has been found on United States restaurant menus since around 1851.

To prepare cream puffs, a pastry chef pipes a choux paste through a pastry bag or dropped with a pair of spoons into small balls onto a pan, then baked to form hollow puffs.  After cooling, the cream puffs are injected with a filling using a pastry bag and narrow piping tip or by slicing off the top, filling the puff, and then reassembling.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCreamPuffDay

Depending on your resolution status, you may do the following:

  1. Visiting the bakery and buy cream puffs. Then, eat them.
  2. Make cream puffs using the recipe below. Eat them.
  3. Stare longingly at said cream puffs in bakery case or recipe. Buy some and eat them anyway.
  4. Cream puffs? No idea, the tray was empty when I got here.

Try this State Fair Cream Puffs recipe.

You may also try the divide and conquer approach. Share those cream puffs with co-workers and friends. Use #NationalCreamPuffDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY HISTORY

While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tasty holiday, we’re going to keep on snacking. Resolutions? What resolutions?

NATIONAL BUFFET DAY – January 2

NATIONAL BUFFET DAY

On January 2nd, National Buffet Day recognizes a popular dining destination for Americans. The buffet restaurant offers a variety of selections, making it possible for every member of the family to find what they want to eat. 

A buffet system serves several food choices in a central location. Patrons easily view and select the food to serve themselves. Buffets are useful for feeding large groups of individuals at one time. Consequently, hotels, restaurants, and conventions offer buffets as a convenient way of providing services to their customers and hosting events. Nevertheless, buffet lines work well in a home setting, too. 

Initially, during the middle of the 16th century, the buffet table comes from the Brannvinsbord – Swedish schnapps (shot of alcoholic beverage) table. The custom peaked during the early 18th century and then developed into the more modern buffet around the beginning of the 19th century. During the expansion of the railroads throughout Europe, the smorgasbord buffet increased in popularity.

Originally, the smorgasbord table was a meal where guests gathered before dinner for a pre-dinner drink and was separate from the formal dinner that followed.

In 1939, at the New York World’s Fair exhibition, the Swedes displayed a smorgasbord. It showcased the best of the Swedish food to a large number of visitors attending the fair. During the second half of the 20th century, after the Swedes had popularized the smorgasbord in New York, the word buffet became popular in the English-speaking world.

The term buffet originally referred to the French sideboard furniture where food was served from, however it eventually became applied to the serving format.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBuffetDay

Head out to your favorite buffet-style restaurant. Today, our choice in buffet styles have changed, too. Many buffets cater to a specific cuisine. Check out these styles of buffets:

  • All pasta buffets – pesto, marinara, and Alfredo galore. Pass the cheese, please!
  • A salad lover’s delight includes every topping imaginable and several selections of greens.
  • Seafood buffets offer crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and more.
  • Pizza buffets provide pizza lovers with all the standards, but they will also make your favorites on request.
  • Asian buffets offer up noodles, rice, kung pao, General Tso, pad Tai, egg rolls, won tons, soup, and tea.
  • Sushi buffets provide freshly made sushi so you can mix and match to your delight, wasabi and ginger included.

What’s your favorite style of buffet? Let us know by using #NationalBuffetDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BUFFET DAY HISTORY

We were going to start our diets today, but instead, we’re searching through a smorgasbord of buffets looking for the origins of this day. 


January 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1839

Louis Daguerre captures the first photo of the Moon

1890

President William Henry Harrison appoints the first woman to the role of presidential secretary. Alice Sanger’s impeccable qualifications as a skilled stenographer and typist gained her an introduction to Harrison two years prior.

1959

The Soviet Union launches Luna 1, the first spacecraft to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull. Intended to impact the Moon, the unmanned rocket overshot the Moon and entered orbit around the Sun.

1991

The first African American woman elected mayor of a major city and the first Mayor of the District of Columbia is sworn into office. Sharon Pratt Kelly ran for the office on the Democratic ticket against Maurice T. Turner, Jr.

Recipe of the Day

Strawberry Shortcake
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total Prep: 40 minutes
Serves 8-9

Ingredients:

6 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar + 3 tablespoons
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
16 ounces whipped cream

Instructions:

Placed sliced strawberries in a bowl with 1/2 cup of sugar.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until dough forms small pea-sized pieces. Add milk, cream, and vanilla. Stir until just blended.

Heat oven to 425°F. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the shortcakes are golden brown.

Let cool slightly. Place each shortcake onto a serving plate. Slice the top off of each shortcake, dividing the cake in half. Place spoonfuls of strawberries on the bottom layer and top with whipped cream. Add the second layer of shortcake and top with remaining strawberries. Add a final dollop of whipped cream and serve.

January 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Oscar Micheaux – 1884

In 1919, Micheaux became the first African American filmmaker. During his career, he produced more than 44 films including The Homesteader, Within Our Gates, and The Betrayal.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander – 1898

A woman of many degrees, Mossell Alexander was also a woman of many firsts. Some of her achievements include becoming the first African American in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in economics, the first African American woman to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and the first woman to serve as secretary of the National Bar Association.

Isaac Asimov – 1920

The prolific science fiction writer is best known for his Foundation series. Asimov’s works have been developed into films such as I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man.

Jack Hanna – 1947

The zoologist is known for hosting several wildlife-themed television shows including Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. His expertise transformed the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in the 1980s into a zoological park.

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