NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY
National Compliment Day on January 24th offers a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day or to give credit for a job well done! Give an extra compliment annually on January 24th and any time one is deserved.
A compliment has a powerful effect. It can instill confidence in a child, or validate someone’s hard work. A compliment not only improves the receiver’s mood, but it also says something about the giver. It tells them you noticed. Whether we recognize someone’s achievement or their classic style, a compliment can go a long way.
To give a great compliment, first be sincere. People have a way of knowing when we are fake. If you don’t mean it, it’s worse than getting a thoughtless birthday gift.
Complimenting character versus a new haircut are different rewards. The first says you respect the person and the other tells them you paid attention. Sometimes the receiver needs to hear one or the other, or both.
Human beings like to be unique, original. Strive to give a compliment about what makes a person stand out above the rest. Take the time to reflect on what you admire about the person.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalComplimentDay
Make sure to compliment someone. Share the compliments you receive that make your day. Do they improve your day? Make a list of different ways to give a compliment and use #NationalComplimentDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a lesson surrounding National Compliment Day.
NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY HISTORY
Kathy Chamberlin of Hopkinton, NH and Debby Hoffman of Concord, NH created National Compliment Day in 1998.
NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY
National Peanut Butter Day on January 24th recognizes an American staple in our pantries. Whether creamy or chunky, with chocolate or with jelly, peanut butter gets the recognition it deserves each year on this day.
The early peanut butter made by the Aztecs and Incas around 1000 BC was more of a paste and not nearly as creamy as the peanut butter we know now.
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Peanut butter didn’t become widely used until the 20th century. First, the peanut had to be considered more than animal feed, which was until the late 1800s. At the turn of the century, inventions that made planting, cultivating, and harvesting the legume (the peanut isn’t a nut at all) made it possible to see the peanut as a retail and wholesale food item.
Peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E, B6, niacin, calcium, potassium and iron, is packed with protein and is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat.
Bringing Peanut Butter to the Masses
We can thank four men for the inventions and processes that bring us the creamy, smooth peanut butter we enjoy today: Marcus Gilmore Edson of Canada, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, and chemist Joseph Rosefield.
In 1884, Edson developed a process to make peanut paste from milling roasted peanuts between two heated plates. The famous cereal maker and health food specialist of the time, Kellogg, patented a process with raw peanuts in 1895. Dr. Straub is responsible for patenting a peanut butter making machine in 1903.
When is National Peanut Day?
Peanut butter was introduced to audiences at the 1904 Universal Exposition in St. Louis at C.H. Sumner’s concession stand.
But the man who brought us the peanut butter we know and love today was Joseph Rosefield. In 1922, through homogenization, Rosefield was able to keep peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He later sold the patent to a company that began making Peter Pan peanut butter. Rosefield then went into business for himself selling Skippy peanut butter through Rosefield Packing. He also supplied peanut butter for military rations during World War II.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPeanutButterDay
Make your favorite peanut butter recipes. Whether it’s a sandwich or a baked good, someone is sure to enjoy it with you. Be sure to share a photo or recipe using #NationalPeanutButterDay on social media.
Following are a few recipes for you to enjoy:
NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this popular food holiday.
BEER CAN APPRECIATION DAY
Beer Can Appreciation Day recognizes the great day in 1935 when beer was first sold in cans.
Credit for the first beverage can goes to the Krueger Brewing Company of Richmond, Virginia. Made of steel and weighing in at almost 4 ounces, these hefty canisters opened with a church-key.
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While Krueger Brewing Company sold the first beer in a can, American Can Company made canning drinkable beer possible. Krueger took the risk with American Can Company just weeks before the repeal of Prohibition. Weighing in at 4 ounces, the hefty steel cans opened with a church-key. Loyal Krueger’s drinkers favored the can over the bottle 9-1.
Significant Dates in Beer Can History
- 1935 -Cone-Top – G. Heilemann Brewing Company – La Crosse, WI – Introduces cone-top cans that fit existing bottling lines convenient for small brewers with small budgets.
- 1963 -Pull Tab – Pittsburgh Brewing Company – Revolutionizes the beer can when it introduces Iron City Beer in self-opening cans with pull tabs, also known as pop tops. With their sharp edges, the pull tabs became the feared litter at beaches, parks, backyards, and anywhere beverages were consumed.
- 1975 – Stay Tab- Falls City Brewing Company of Louisville, KY introduces the Stay Tab removing the pull tab’s environmental impact.
This day provides people with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the many different kinds of beer cans. Around the world, collectors seek rare, novel, and unique varieties. A collector may have hundreds of beer cans in many different sizes, types, and ages.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BeerCanAppreciationDay
Enjoy a beer from a can. While you do, explore the art behind the beer can. As more craft beers hit the market, designing the labels become as much an art form as the can and the beer do. Learn more about beer making and the types of craft beer. Tour local breweries. Explore their canning process. As always, invite someone to join you. It is the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! When you do, use #BeerCanAppreciationDay to post on social media.
BEER CAN APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
While the observances commemorate the beer can’s debut in 1935, National Day Calendar continues searching for the creator of the day.
January 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The California Gold Rush begins when contractor James W. Marshall discovers the first gold samples while working for John A Sutter in Coloma, California.
Robert Baden-Powell organizes the first Boy Scout troop in England.
Krueger Brewing Company and American Can Company joined forces to bring the first canned beer to the market.
Percy L. Spencer receives U.S. patent no. 2,495,429 for a “Method of Treating Foodstuffs” or otherwise known as the microwave oven.
Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center on a secret mission deploying an eavesdropping satellite.
Recipe of the Day
Black Forest Cake
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 65 minutes
2 – 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 – 20 oz cans pitted sour cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Prepare two 9 inch, round cake pans by greasing and flouring, then layer the bottoms with wax paper.
In a large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla and beat until well.
Pour into cake pans.
Bake in 350°F oven for 35 minutess or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool the cakes on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Loosen edges, remove from pans and allow to cool completely on racks.
Drain cherries and reserve 1/2 cup of juice.
Combined cherries, 1/2 cup juice, 1 cup sugar and starch in a saucepan.
Over low heat, cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
In a chilled medium bowl, combine whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar.
Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Split each cake layer with a long serrated knife in half.
Set aside 1 1/2 cups of frosting for decorating the cake.
rush crumbs off the top of each layer of the cake.
Set aside one split layer to tear into crumbs.
Place bottom layer on cake plate and spread with 1 cup of frosting.
Add 3/4 cup cherry topping.
Add the second cake layer.
Repeat frosting and cherry layers.
Top with third cake layer and frost the side of the cake.
Pat reserved crumbs onto the cake.
Fit a star decorator tip onto a pastry bag and spoon reserve frosting into the bag.
Pipe frosting around the edges of the cake.
Spoon remaining cherry topping around the top of the cake.
January 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Elisabeth Achelis -1880
Elisabeth Achelis advocated for a perpetual calendar that would replace the Gregorian calendar and in 1930 founded the World Calendar Association.
Mark Goodson – 1915
The television producer developed several game shows during his career. Some of his most popular games included, To Tell the Truth, The Match Game, and What’s My Line. Another that still airs today is The Price is Right.
Maria Tallchief – 1925
In 1947, the professional dancer became the first prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet and is considered America’s first notable prima ballerina.
Neil Diamond – 1941
For more than five decades the singer-songwriter has influenced generations of artists. Hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America,” and “Forever in Blue Jeans” also earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John Belushi – 1949
In 1975, comedian and actor John Belushi joined six other cast members on the live satirical comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. He also starred in several movies, sometimes with his brother Jim.
Mary Lou Retton – 1968
In 1984, the American gymnast won gold in the individual all-around competition in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
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