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National Chocolate Eclair Day, on June 22nd annually, recognizes a delicious cream-filled pastry covered in smooth chocolate.

Pastry. Check. Cream filling. Check. Chocolate. Check. What more could you want in a food holiday? Maybe a cup of coffee to go with it, but other than that, do you really need anything else?

Well, we know the French make many delicacies from dough. These particular pastries are made from a dough called pate a choux. And one of these pastries is the Eclair. They pipe it into an oblong shape using a pastry bag. Once baked, the eclair is light and crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside making it the perfect avenue for transporting creamy vanilla or chocolate creme.

The word eclair comes from the French word, meaning “flash of lightning.” The connection between the word and this French pastry remains unclear.

Originating during the nineteenth century in France, the eclair was first called pain à la Duchesse or “petite Duchesse.” Food historians believe that French chef Antonin Careme (1784-1833) first developed the eclair. 

The 1884 Boston Cooking School Cook Book, by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, has the first known English-language recipe for eclairs.

In some regions of the United States, Long Johns are marketed under the name eclairs. However, the two are not quite identical. Long Johns are made with donut pastry and typically filled with vanilla pudding or custard. The eclair, on the other hand, requires a little more effort and expense to make. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChocolateEclairDay

Visit your favorite bakery or coffee shop for an eclair. Or, you can try making them yourself. We’ve found some delicious recipes to try, too. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to share by using #NationalChocolateEclairDay on social media.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this sweet holiday. While we do, don’t hesitate to check out these bake shop celebrations:

  • Chocolate Wafer Day
  • Sugar Cookie Day
  • Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Pecan Pie DayNATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY – June 22 


    On June 22nd, National Onion Rings Day recognizes a batter-dipped, deep-fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers.

    Also found in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.

    • A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined. Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese then deep-frying them in boiling lard. It also recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
    • Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
    • The Pig Stand restaurant chain, established in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s, is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
    • A recipe for deep-fried onion rings dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.  
    • In the 1960s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.

    Many agree onion rings taste best hot from the fryer. Whether you dip them in a sauce or not is up to you. There are plenty to choose from these days, too. Sweet, spicy, salt and vinegar, and everything in between.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOnionRingsDay

    Head out to your favorite diner and order up some onion rings. You can also make them at home. We even have a recipe for you to try. Of course, you may have a family favorite, and if you do, be sure to show it off!

    Fast and Easy Onion Rings Recipe

    How will you be celebrating? Let us know using #NationalOnionRingsDay on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this appetizing holiday.



    With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day!

    Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians?

    A variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times. However, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions, like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.

    This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once they more widely adopted AC in the 1960s.

    Today, many of us take indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the technicians who keep our HVAC systems running, day and night, that we value just as much. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:

    Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC hero.

    A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.

    They go everywhere you’d hate to be!

    Crawl spaces, attics, and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust and debris to cobwebs and pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.

    HVAC technicians can save you some green…

    Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking.

    The savings don’t stop there! Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.

    …and they help you live greener!

    Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHVACTechDay

    Celebrate the day by showing appreciation to your HVAC technician. Give them a shout-out using #NationalHVACTechDay when using social media.


    In 2016, ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, created National HVAC Tech Day to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on June 22nd, annually.

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June 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Adrien Decambre of France and James Hadden Young of England received the first U.S. patent for a type-setting machine. Patent no. 2,139 for their “Pianotype” machine allowed types to be placed using levers and gravity.


At the Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, astronomer James W. Christy discovers Pluto’s first and largest moon – Charon.


Disney premieres the animated film Ratatouille. Directed by Brad Bird, the star-studded film featured the voices of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Brian Dennehy, Peter O’Toole, Janeane Garofalo and many more.


Senate D.C. Statehood hearing begins.

Recipe of the Day

Sweet Sriracha Dipping 

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Spicy Tomato Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

BBQ Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Cheesy Dip

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 1/2 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/4 quarter cup milk and flour over medium heat. Stir in remaining milk and salt. Bring to a boil and stir frequently. Reducing heat to low, simmer for 2 minutes, allowing rue to thicken. Stir constantly. Remove from heat and add cheese and pepper. Stir until cheese is smooth and creamy. Best if served warm. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Avocado Dipping Sauce

  • 2 large avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeño, chopped.
      • NOTE: For a spicier dip, include seeds and pith in recipe. For a milder dip, remove seeds and pith in recipe.
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Scoop the avocado meat into a food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients. Process until sauce is creamy, scraping sides as needed. Place in a serving dish and enjoy. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

June 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Richard Gurley Drew – 1899

While working for 3M, Richard Gurley Drew invented masking and cellophane tape. He created the tape from cellulose and originally called it cellulose tape. His career started at the 3M company in 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he developed a masking tape for the automotive industry in 1925.

John Dillinger – 1903

The notorious American gangster earned the nickname “Public Enemy No. 1” during the Great Depression.

Octavia E. Butler – 1947

Octavia Butler is best known for the novel Kindred, also published the Patternist series of science fiction novels. She brought human issues to her storytelling and opened the door for other black women writers to pursue science fiction.

Cyndi Lauper – 1953

“Time After Time” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” so they show their “True Colors.” The American pop singer-songwriter and actress has been performing for more than 40 years.

Erin Brockovich – 1960

In 1991, Erin Brockovich investigated water contamination in Hinkley, California for the law firm Masry & Vititoe. At the time, she was a file clerk. Today, Brockovich runs her own consulting firm and continues to investigate water contamination across the United States. Her story was brought to life in the film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.

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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