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The last Friday in July provides an opportunity to embrace new ideas and toss out old ways on National Get Gnarly Day.

The word “Gnarly” gets a bad rap.  It can mean “bad” or “dangerous” but can also be exciting.  Surfers often use the term to describe the waves they tackle.  Much like surfers challenging the waves, Get Gnarly Day challenges us to put some gnarliness into everything we do.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGetGnarlyDay

Five Sure Ways to Add Gnarliness to Your Life

1. Find a gnarly hobby. Hulda Crooks, born in 1896, didn’t start hiking and climbing until she was 54 years old after her husband’s death. While she was an active jogger and walker prior to his death, she was by no means a qualified mountain climber.  Crooks first scaled Mount Whitney in California, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, at the age of 66.  She completed a total of 23 ascents of Mount Whitney and at the age of 91 climbed Mount Fuji in Japan. Mountain climbing added gnarliness to her life.

2. Meet gnarly people. Take a cooking class, volunteer for a local charity, accept those invites you’ve previously declined. Stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time will introduce you to different experiences and as a result new people. It will make for a gnarly social circle.

3. Get a gnarly passport. A first-time passport costs $135 including fees and can take up to 6 weeks to process. If gnarliness is truly your new way of life, you’ll want to have a passport. Gnarly people are world travelers. Even if travel plans are not immediate, having a passport places the potential of global travel within reach and potential is pretty gnarly.

4. Find a gnarly new style. Redecorate a room in the house or find a fresh new hairstyle. Both can revitalize an attitude and an outlook on life. Gather a group of friends and take turns helping paint a room in each other’s home a gnarly color. The gnarly part? The homeowner doesn’t get to pick the color. Be kind, though. Turn around is fair play. Apply the same idea to hairstyles or makeovers.

5. Throw a gnarly party. Celebrate all this gnarliness! It’s something to share, so be sure to let the enthusiasm show. Invite those new friends to fully incorporate them into your gnarly social circle. Show off the stamps in your gnarly passport and take lots of pictures to document for National Get Gnarly Day!

Use #NationalGetGnarlyDay to share on social media.


In 2016, Whirlpool Corporation launched a campaign to put some “gNARliness” into everything they did as a way to encourage their employees to get excited about reaching goals and satisfying customers. The “NAR” in “gNARliness” had special meaning, representing their North American Region. When the campaign kicked off, the employees’ response was overwhelming.  As a result, Whirlpool Corporation wanted to share this gnarliness by creating National Get Gnarly Day.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in June of 2016.



National Cheesecake Day on July 30th offers a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts. Order up a cheesecake with your favorite topping. Get it delivered or make it at home.

This smooth dessert hits the spot when the end of the meal rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, either cream cheese or cottage cheese is used. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust.

When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Recipes vary and cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked.

When faced with choosing a cheesecake flavor, don’t panic. While the options may seem overwhelming, bakers solved this problem. They offer a variety of flavors in one cake. So, take one home and try each one. Since cheesecakes do come in a wide variety, consider your tastes. If you prefer summer fruits and berries, cheesecakes have you covered. Tropical options hit the spot, too. For coffee lovers, bakers provide a rich selection. And don’t forget delicious chocolate and nutty flavors. Each cheesecake may be served with fresh fruit, a sauce, whipped cream or plain. 

History of the Cheesecake

When it comes to searching for cheesecake’s history, we look to ancient Greece. A form of the dessert comes up as a recipe served to athletes. It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

While recipes for cheesecake served athletes in ancient Greece, cream cheese has been a part of American’s dessert making since about the 1820s. However, after the advent of pasteurization, mass production became possible. One dairy farmer from Chester, New York, decided to be the first. William A. Lawrence purchased a Neufchatel factory to begin his production and in 1873 the first mass-produced cream cheese became a reality.

Styles of Cheesecakes:
  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheesecakeDay

Whether you make one at home or pick one up at a bakery, savor the creamy taste of cheesecake! We even have a New York Cheesecake recipe for you to try. And here’s another recipe, too! Post on social media using #NationalCheesecakeDay and share your favorite variety.

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We were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Cheesecake Day.



National System Administrator Appreciation Day on the last Friday in July recognizes the IT professionals who keep organizations of all sizes up and running. This day is also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD.

Around the office, if technical issues arise, the system administrator answers the call. When the company needs to upgrade, they turn to the IT professionals to log long hours to test and complete it. Even in small offices, one or two people handle system updates and troubleshooting. These are the system administrators and IT professionals.

Not only do they keep our hardware and software running smoothly, but system administrators keep our networks secure. They stay informed of the latest technology, too. When we go home at night, they often work around the clock to make our systems available the next day. 

Some geek and Internet culture businesses, like ThinkGeek and CafePress, honor the holiday with unique product offerings, discounts, and contests. Since system administrators love being serenaded, various folk songs dedicated to the IT specialist commemorate the day. Comparatively, e-cards are also available to send to your favorite administrator.

Many IT professional organizations recognize and promote the day, including the League of Professional System Administrators and Sage/Usenix. 


Thank a system administrator who has helped you out. While you’re sending them a well-worded thank you, buy them a cup of coffee. Show your appreciation by making sure others know how outstanding their work is. When technology runs smoothly, be sure to let the IT specialist know. They certainly hear about it when it doesn’t. 

Post on social media using #SysAdminDay and encourage others to join in the celebration.


Ted Kekatos created National System Administrator Appreciation Day. A Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement inspired Kekatos to launch the day. The advertisement showed grateful co-workers giving their systems administrator flowers and a fruit basket for installing a new printer. Just days before, Kekatos had installed several of the same models of printers at his place of work. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000.



On the last Friday in July, National Talk In An Elevator Day encourages us to strike up a conversation with someone in an elevator. 

While most of us use this time to check our smart devices, this day points us in another direction. Whether we ride with a stranger or someone familiar to us, start a discussion. You might meet someone new.  If you’re riding with someone you know, try to learn something new about them.

Riding in an elevator can be a short, mundane experience inside a box. From another perspective, the short vertical trip could be a laughter break. Try out your stand-up comedy. Share your udderly moo-tivational cow puns you’ve been saving up.

If comedy isn’t your style, break the silence with a miniature spelling bee. For example, see if you can get a consensus on how to spell consensus. Does everyone spell it with the correct number of Ss? 

However, the best way to strike up a conversation in an elevator is to mention the national day. While you’re discussing that, you can add all the other great ways to Celebrate Every Day®, too!

HOW TO OBSERVE #TalkInAnElevatorDay

Introduce yourself and share a conversation with fellow elevator passengers. Post your experience on social media using #TalkInAnElevatorDay and encourage others to join in.


We were unable to identify the origin of National Talk in an Elevator Day.



National Whistleblowers Day on July 30th commemorates the day our Founding Fathers recognized the need to protect those who report corruption when they see it. The day reminds us to honor and support the people who speak up about fraud, abuse, or waste.

A whistleblower is an individual who reports suspicious activity. These activities include violations, exploitation, misrepresentations, or other infractions. The activity may be within an organization, either public or private. Notably, the history of whistleblowers is long and often trying. While legislation now protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers (see Gravitt below), they still carry a heavy burden. Usually, once they have filed a report, legal battles follow.

The day commemorates events put into motion by Lieutenant Richard Marven and midshipman Samuel Shaw in 1777. Considered the first whistleblowers in the United States, Marven and Shaw served in the Continental Navy. The two men, along with eight other sailors, reported abuses against British prisoners by Commodore Esek Hopkins. As a result of the sailors’ reports, the Continental Congress enacted the world’s first law protecting whistleblowers.

One of the most notable whistleblowers in the United States government was Mark Felt. Known for years as Deep Throat, he was crucial to helping Washington Post reporters Bob Woodard and Carl Bernstein bring to light the Watergate scandal. From 1972 to 1974, they investigated wiretapping and theft connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign.

Notable Whistleblowers

However, the government is not the only place these crimes take place. From banking and big business to non-profits, whistleblowers report activity to help stop it. Other noted whistleblowers include:

  • Peter Buxtun – 1932 – Public Health Service – The Public Health Service along with the Tuskegee Institute, launched a study that became known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. In 1968, Buxtun, along with others, raised concerns about the study after it was revealed men in the study were not offered treatment when penicillin became widely available.
  • Frank Serpico – 1967 – New York Police Department – As a New York PD detective, Serpico blew the whistle on corruption in the New York PD. His report prompted an investigation by the Knapp Commission, shaking up the entire department.
  • John Michael Gravitt – 1970s – General Electric – The U.S. government contracted GE during the development of the B-1 Bomber. As a foreman for GE, Gravitt filed a complaint with the government explaining GE billed for work completed on the B-1 Bomber. Instead, GE had been working on other projects. GE fired Gravitt soon after he filed the report. His job loss led to a lawsuit and eventual legislation, making it easier for workers to file claims.

Potentially, anyone working in the private sector, local or federal government can file a claim. If they see suspicious activity causing fraud, abuse, or waste, their report ultimately protects consumers, taxpayers, and the general public.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWhistleblowerDay

Learn more about those who report fraud, waste, and abuse. Discover the protections in place for them, too. Review your company or organization’s ethics policies. Read about or watch documentaries on the subject of whistleblowers. We found a few for you to review:

  • Silenced directed by James Spione
  • Crisis of Conscience by Tom Mueller
  • The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth by Tarek F. Maassarani and Tom Devine

Use #NationalWhistleblowerDay to share on social media.


National Whistleblower Day commemorates July 30th, 1778, the day the Continental Congress passed a historic and unanimous resolution. The resolution honored ten sailors and marines who spoke out against their commander’s abuses of his office. In doing so, the Founding Fathers declared it was the duty of all Americans, “to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors.” In modern terms, it is an American necessity to report corruption when they suspect it. The United States Senate first recognized National Whistleblower Day in 2013. 



National Father-In-Law Day on July 30th recognizes your spouse’s father annually. Dedicate some time to your father-in-law on this day. 

Fathers-in-law bring a new perspective to our lives. Whether we are a new addition to their families or made bonds a long time ago, they grow to have an honored place in our hearts. They are the patriarchs of our families. Whether they’ve built a reputation for being stubborn, softhearted or full of humor, these men stand as one cornerstone of a sheltering family tree.  

During National Father-in-Law Day, celebrate the father-in-law in your life. 


You can enjoy spending some extra time bonding and strengthening your relationship with your father-in-law. Whether it’s a day of golfing, hiking, playing cards, or going to a movie be sure to focus on getting to know the man who raised your significant other. After all, you can learn a lot while drinking tea on the back deck. Other options for the day include:

  • fishing
  • having lunch
  • stopping at the pub for a beer
  • go to a ball game
  • cook together

If your father-in-law is no longer living, remember him in a special way.

Post on social media using #FatherinLawDay and encourage others to join in.


We were unable to find the creator of this family-loving holiday.

On Deck for July 31, 2021
July 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

The Town of Baltimore is founded. The great port city along the Patapsco River was central to the Revolutionary War. Named after 1st Baron Baltimore, Baltimore’s first colonial governor was the baron’s second son, Leonard Calvert. Not only was the great city home to poet Edgar Allan Poe, but others like Thurgood Marshall and Babe Ruth also called it home. Baltimore served as the backdrop for the battle that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner, too.


Premiering at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Walt Disney’s first technicolor short film, Flowers and Trees, later earned a nod from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


“In God We Trust” replaces “E Pluribus Unum” as the motto of the United States. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the measure into law. While E Pluribus Unum still appears on many U.S. coins and paper bills today, it had been the country’s unofficial motto since 1776. The phrases began appearing together on coins as early as 1861. However, the phrases appeared off and on until 1908 when In God We Trust became a permanent fixture on coins. In 1955, Congress approved adding the phrase to paper money, too.


At 7821 kilometers (4860 miles), the longest national highway in the world opens. Called the Trans-Canada Highway, it begins at Douglas Street and Dallas Road in Victoria, British Columbia, and terminates at St. Johns in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Apollo 15 made history when the first lunar rover (also known as a moon buggy) landed on the moon. The next day, Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin became the first humans to drive on the lunar surface.


Marking the end of an era, the last original style Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.

Recipe of the Day

Guacamole Dip

Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 1 hours
Servings: 12


4 Ripe avocados, halved, pealed and pitted
1 cup of yellow or white onion, chopped
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1 Teaspoon of fresh cilantro, chopped
½ Clove of minced garlic (fresh or jar)
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 whole jalapeno, remove seeds and chop (Use the seeds for additional heat)
1 whole lime cut in half
Salt to taste


In a medium bowl combine onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and pepper and mix until blended evenly. Set aside.

Slice avocados in half using a circular pattern. Split a part and remove the pit using a spoon.

Using a spoon, scrape and scoop each avocado from the outer skin. Add to medium mixing bowl. Gently mash the avocados. Consistency depends on how you like your dip—chunky or smooth.

Add the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and pepper mixture to the avocados. Stir gently until completely combined.

Slice the lime in half. Using one hand, squeeze one half of lime over your hand into the avocado mixture (catching any seeds that may fall). Repeat process with other the other half of the lime. Stir gently until lime juice is combined.

Add salt to taste.

Recipe credit: Amy LaVallie, National Day Calendar

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July 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Emily Bronte – 1818

Best known for her novel Wuthering Heights, this author’s sisters also published their writings.

Joe Daley – 1918 

A graduate of The High School of Music & Art and Manhattan School of music, Daley went on to both educate other musicians and also play with numerous Jazz ensembles.

Henry Ford – 1863 

Founder of the Ford Motor Company, Ford was also instrumental in changing the face of manufacturing with the assembly line.

Bud Selig – 1934

Serving as the 9th commission of Major League Baseball for 16 years, Selig saw the league through strikes and expansion.

Paul Anka – 1941

The singer-songwriter hails from Canada and is known for hit songs such as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “She’s Having My Baby.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger – 1947

As an actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is best known for his roles in the Terminator franchise. He was also a successful bodybuilder and the 38th Governor of California.

Delta Burke – 1956

Best known as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the television comedy I, Burke went on to become a director and author.

Anita Hill – 1956

An attorney turned educator, Hill is a professor at Brandeis University. During her career with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she worked with Clarence Thomas. During Thomas’ confirmation hearing, a private interview with Hill concerning allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

Bill Cartwright – 1957

As a center for the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, Cartwright went on to lead the Bulls as their head coach.

Laurence Fishburne – 1961

Fishburne’s success can be found both on the big and silver screens. His versatile roles in hit dramas and the Maxtrix series also earned him awards on stage and screen.

Alton Brown – 1962 

Best known for his cooking series on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, Brown challenges amateur and professional chefs alike.

Diva Zappa – 1979

The youngest daughter of guitarist and composer Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa, Diva went on to become an artist and actress.

About National Day Calendar

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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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