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National Economic Education Month - October


October is officially National Economic Education Month! The observance promotes the importance of teaching economics in our schools.

Economics is all around us. It teaches us that scarcity forces everyone to make choices, and our choices come with costs. Students with a clear understanding of basic economic principles will be equipped to make educated decisions.

By studying how our economy works, young people can also learn how to make efficient choices in managing their own scarce resources. Economic education involves teaching children decision-making skills they can apply to all areas of their lives. These same skills are necessary to make informed choices as engaged citizens.

Preparing our children for success in life involves teaching them critical decision-making skills when they are young. Providing teachers with innovative and meaningful educational opportunities is one of the most important things we can do to ensure prosperity in our students’ lives and in our communities.

Economic education must be established and maintained in our K-12 schools. Even young children are capable of learning basic economic concepts that help them understand their economic world.

Economic education in our schools depends on K-12 educators being equipped with high-quality training. They also require resources to ensure students have equitable access to classroom experiences that develop the skills necessary to make informed choices as individuals and members of their community.

HOW TO OBSERVE National Economic Education Month

Throughout October, educators, families, and community leaders can promote economic education in many ways:

  • Families can have conversations about how they make decisions for their homes.
  • Teachers may invite community and business leaders to visit their students to share how their decision-making process compares to families making choices every day.
  • Business and government leaders can reach out to educators to offer help in promoting quality economic education in schools.
  • Teachers should visit to learn about our economics competitions or register for a workshop.
  • Use #NationalEconomicEducationMonth to join the conversation and share your experiences with economic education.


The Georgia Council on Economic Education founded National Economic Education Month in 2021 to promote the importance of economics in education and help prepare students for their economic roles as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, borrowers, savers, and investors. Economic education holds the key to living productive lives. It is also essential for our economy to function at its fullest levels of productivity while maintaining its competitive advantages.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Economic Education Month in October 2021 and every October thereafter.

World Smile Day - First Friday in October


Each year on the first Friday in October, World Smile Day devotes a day to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness.

If someone smiles at you, you’re bound to smile back. A smile often expresses a feeling, encouragement to someone, or serves as a greeting. If you don’t smile enough, #WorldSmileDay is the perfect day to start.

There are many benefits of smiling:

  • Improves mood
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves stress
  • Betters relationships
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Relieves pain
  • Increases life expectancy

Who wouldn’t want all those benefits? All it takes is smiling. And the more often, the better!


On World Smile Day, people worldwide are encouraged to do an act of kindness and make one person smile. Each year the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation holds special events on World Smile Day. The day is wildly popular in Worcester, MA, the birthplace of the yellow smiley face.

Through the years, the foundation hosted numerous unique events including, the world’s largest human Smiley face, balloon releases, choral performances, sidewalk chalk activities, college concerts, circus performers, and pie-eating contests.

If you don’t live in Worcester, you can organize your own World Smile Day event. You can celebrate the day in other ways, too.

  • Do a random act of kindness for someone.
  • Use a smiley face emoji on every text you send.
  • Spread cheer by handing out smiley face stickers.
  • Give a smile to everyone you come across.
  • Tell someone a funny joke.
  • Play happy songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

Take a selfie of your own smile and share it on social media with #WorldSmileDay. And whatever you do, have a nice day!


In 1963, Harvey Ball created the familiar yellow smiley face. A commercial artist from Massachusetts, Harvey Ball, created the smiley face design for a State Mutual Life Insurance company campaign. Ball aimed to spread goodwill and cheer throughout the world with his smiley face. Through the years, Ball became concerned his image was becoming too commercialized. In doing so, the original intent of the smiley face was getting lost. However, Ball never copyrighted the design.

To bring back the original meaning of his smiley face, Ball declared the first Friday of October annually would be dedicated to smiles. He called it World Smile Day. Ball died in 2001, and shortly afterward, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was founded. Since then, the foundation served as the official sponsor of the happy observance.



National Homemade Cookies Day is observed annually on October 1. If you are looking for an excuse to bake some homemade cookies, look no further. Package them up and share them with neighbors, co-workers, and friends!  

Can you smell them now?  Will it be peanut butter, chocolate chip, or snickerdoodle? Whatever the recipe you mix up, enjoying them fresh from the oven with a cold glass of milk and family will make National Homemade Cookies Day even better.  Experiment by trying a new recipe or maybe an old one to share fond memories with the next generation.
Cookie Baking Tips
Use these tips to make your next batch of homemade cookies the best batch ever:
  • Most cookie recipes have butter or a fat component. The butter should be soft, but cool, almost room temperature. 
  • Cream the butter and sugar together to create a smooth, fluffy mixture, so the sugar isn’t grainy.
  • Beat in each egg separately.
  • Use proper measuring cups for the job.  Liquid measuring cups are larger than the amount needed, clear with lines for visual confirmation of the amount of liquid, and have a spout for pouring. Dry measuring cups are designed to be filled to the top with the exact amount.
  • Measure your flour correctly. Don’t scoop the flour out of the container. It will pack too much into the cup. Use a spoon to lightly sift the flour into the measuring cup, then carefully level the excess off with the edge of a knife.
  • Line metal baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats to prevent the cookies from spreading too far. Or, use a baking stone to have evenly baked cookies every time.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HomemadeCookiesDay

Bake some homemade cookies. One of the best ways is to bake with family or friends. That’s how it becomes a celebration. When we share in the goodness of a recipe and bake with love, every day is a celebration. That’s why we Celebrate Every Day®! Bake one of your family favorites or try one of these tasty recipes. There are also several listed on the National Day Calendar recipes pages, too!

Beth’s Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Monster Chip Cookies
Homemade Lemon Sugar Cookies

Use #HomemadeCookiesDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of the sweet cookie holiday. 



On October 1st, National Hair Day gives the nod to all the styles, products, tools and people who keep our hair healthy and looking its best.

When the clothes don’t fit, or you’re running late, it’s always nice to know your hair looks great. Whether we are seeking a new cut or we’ve found the perfect one, we want to keep it looking as fresh as it was when we left the salon. The right styling tools and hair care products go a long way toward maintaining a healthy, luxurious hairstyle.

When is National Clean Beauty Day?

From fine and thin to thick and course, there are products out there to curl, straighten, repair, lift, enrich, volumize, moisturize, restore, hold and sculpt! Creating unique hairstyles is an art form and health regime, too.

During this fashionable observance, put your best style forward.  Let no wind, no storm hold you back!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHairDay

Let your hair be your crowning glory.  What’s your favorite hair routine? Give a shout-out to your stylist or seek a new look. Explore the latest haircare products to keep your hair the healthiest it can possibly be. We all know what a good cut and style can do for our attitude. Share your favorite hairstyles, tools, and hair care products using #NationalHairDay on social media.


NuMe founded National Hair Day on October 1, 2017, celebrating styling tools and hair care products that make our hair outstanding allowing us to feel our most beautiful selves.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Hair Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.



National Black Dog Day on October 1st encourages the adoption of a dog in the darker shades. Unfortunately, black dogs are less likely to be adopted for no other reason than their coloring. Regardless of behavior, size, breeding, personality, or age, the phenomenon persists.

You’ll find their behavior is no different from dogs of a different color. They fetch, play, and wag their tails just the same. Of course, they also come in short hair, long-haired and shaggy breeds, too. Do you like a floppy-eared pup? Every ear, tail, bark, and size comes in some beautiful shade of black. Big paws and little paws, too.

Not only do they come in every shape and size, but they all need forever homes. Their temperament ranges just like any other color of a dog. Breeding and previous care affect how they respond.

If you want to add a canine companion to your pack, consider adopting one with an ebony sheen. Their loyalty is no less or more than another dog, but they need a home, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBlackDogDay

Allow a black dog to become your forever friend. Visit a shelter and take a potential companion for a walk.

Is a black dog your companion? Give your black dog extra attention and let them know how much you appreciate them. Take a longer walk or bring home a chew toy. Share photos of your ebony fur-friend using #NationalBlackDogDay to share on social media.


Colleen Paige, pet lifestyle expert and author, founded National Black Dog Day.

Black Dog FAQ

Q. Who are some famous black dogs?
A. Well, there are several. We’ll start with a shortlist of popular pooches.

  • Balto, a Siberian Husky, reportedly led Leonhard Seppala’s dog sled team on the serum run to Nome, Alaska in 1925.
  • The Obamas had two black dogs, Sunny and Bo. These two first dogs were Portuguese Water Dogs.
  • Toto from the Wizard of Oz was a female Cairn Terrier named Terry Though, in real life, Terry wasn’t completely black. She also had some lighter color around her face and mixed into her back.
  • Another presidential pooch was Richard Nixon’s spotted cocker spaniel named Checkers.
  • Other country’s presidents have presidential pooches, too. For example, French President Emmanuel Macron named his black labrador retriever-griffon Nemo.
  • In 2005, South Korean scientists cloned an Afghan hound. The experiment produced an exact clone they named Snuppy.NATIONAL FIRE PUP DAY – October 1


    National Fire Pup Day on October 1st recognizes the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country.

    While the Dalmation’s origin is unknown, their use in firehouses began during the 1700s. Trained as a carriage dog, the Dalmatian’s agility transferred quickly to horse-drawn fire engines. Even though Dalmations weren’t the only dogs fit for carriage work, they were the ones who mostly filled the role of fire dogs. They were also easily identified by their spotted and speckled coats.

    In the days of the horse-drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity to horses. The Dalmatian’s duty was to run alongside the horses. They ran in front of or beneath the wagon axles clearing the way.

    Long after the red engines replaced horse-drawn wagons, the Dalmatian remains a recognizable tradition in fire stations across the country. These energetic firehouse mascots serve to educate the public about fire safety. They also represent past fire pups in honor of their heroism.   

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFirePupDay

    Learn more about fire pup history. Visit to learn more. Use #NationalFirePupDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this fire-fighting heritage day.

    NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY – First Friday in October


    National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October celebrates those who proudly stand behind our goods and services in America. In the United States, we continue to develop products and unlock new technologies growing our economy. Manufacturing businesses create jobs through entrepreneurship, and their competitiveness revitalizes American manufacturing.

    Throughout the observance, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and participate. They will take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation. Harnessing their potential is an economic imperative.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalManufacturingDay

    Find local manufacturing events, explore innovative ideas, and collaborate on new technologies. Encourage students to attend job fairs or ask your employer to participate. You may help inspire the next generation to fill your shoes when we need it most. Since many skilled laborers will be retiring, there will be more jobs than workers. So spread the word and use #NationalManufacturingDay or #MFG19 to post on social media. And watch for new opportunities opening up everywhere in the manufacturing field.


    Governor Chris Cristie of New Jersey proclaimed the first official Manufacturing Day in 2012. President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation in 2014.

    Manufacturing FAQ

    Q. What types of manufacturing is in the United States?
    A. Businesses in the United States manufacture the tiniest of components to building supplies to complete structures. While we often think of manufacturing as an assembly line that builds equipment, it’s so much more. Some examples of the different kinds of manufacturing include:

    • Textiles
    • Clothing
    • Food
    • Furniture
    • Electronics
    • Transportation
    • Chemicals
    • Plastics and Rubber
    • Metal fabricating
    • Wood products

    Q. Has manufacturing grown in the U.S. in recent years?
    A. Yes. Manufacturing in the U.S. is on the rise. The rise of manufacturing in the U.S. creates a growing demand for skilled labor.

    NATIONAL BODY LANGUAGE DAY – First Friday in October


    During the first Friday in October, National Body Language Day recognizes the significance of nonverbal communication in your life. These are the silent messages you don’t realize you’re sending in your interactions with others. From a smile to a shoulder shrug, your body is revealing your emotions and thoughts.

    In 1872, Charles Darwin detailed his observations of nonverbal behavior in his book, “The Expression Of Emotion In Man and Animals.” He noticed both people and humans use body language to communicate.

    Long before Charles Darwin, primitive people relied on body language – hand motions and gestures, facial expressions, and paralanguage (grunts and sounds) to communicate their needs, wants, and concerns. Depending on the signals, trust or distrust was developed based on body language signs.

    Forms of Expression and Communication

    Body language is a form of survival when you can’t use words. Your minute movements reveal your unspoken thoughts.

    To overcome language barriers, you use body language to talk to and to understand people when you don’t speak the same language.

    Couples use body language as a silent communication to express their emotions for their partner.

    Parents use body language with their infants and young children until they can speak. Using facial expressions, gestures, movements, and speech sounds, babies communicate their wants and needs. In the same way, they also read their parents’ emotions to know when they’re happy, sad, mad.

    Many people use body language to read other people so they can understand what they’re feeling. People who suffer strokes or have partial paralysis and other medical conditions where speech is difficult, use body language to communicate. They use eye movements such as blinking or looking at an object to communicate needs and wants.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBodyLanguageDay

    On National Body Language Day, take a look at the ways others are talking to you through their body language. And pay attention to your own body language. See if what’s said matches what’s shown in body language. Look at movements, glances and muscle tension, gestures from head to toe. Identify what caused the body language to change. Think about the conversation and what happened right before you noticed the change. What are you seeing? Describe the feelings different body language show. Try using body language to emphasize your message or complement your words.

    Use #NationalBodyLanguageDay to share on social media.


    Blanca Cobb, internationally recognized body language expert and founder of TruthBlazer LLC founded National Body Language Day on the first Friday of every October to encourage people to understand each other through unspoken language.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Body Language Day in 2018 to be observed annually.

Recipe of the Day

Tarragon Chicken Salad
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 Minutes
Serves: 4


2 cups shredded chicken
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries
salt and pepper to taste


Mix mayonnaise, garlic, chives and tarragon in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Make sandwiches using whole grain bread, croissants or lettuce wraps.

October 1st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Maria Mitchell discovers a comet. Her discovery makes her the first U.S. astronomer to discover a comet. It was later named “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” or C/1847 T1. Determined to be a non-periodic comet, it has never been seen again.


Congress establishes Yosemite National Park. The third park established in the United States after Mackinac National Park (which is now designated a state park), Yosemite consists of 750,000 acres located in central California.


The first modern World Series game is held between the National League and American League champions in Boston. Also known as the Pilgrims, the Boston Americans lost to the Pittsburg Pirates 7-3. However, they would come back and win the series 5-3.


Ford offers the first Model T for sale at $825 making car ownership affordable to Americans.


The first superhighway in America opens at the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The modern highway consisted of seven tunnels and 160 miles.


Created when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act that summer, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency opened on October 1st. T. Keith Glennan was named administrator.


Eighteen years after a U.S. Air Force Captain broke the sound barrier for the first time, the supersonic airplane prototype, Concorde, breaks the sound barrier.


Walt Disney World Resort opens bringing the Magic Kingdom to life in Florida.


Bikeparts hosted the largest Suzuki motorcycle parade with 915 participants. The record event took place in Hamme-Zogge, Belgium.

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In the Classroom

October 1st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Peter Salem – 1750

Born into slavery, Salem would be freed to enlist in a militia to fight in the Revolutionary War. He was one of very few black minutemen serving and fought in the Battle of Concord.

Caroline Harrison – 1832

Upon the election of her husband, Benjamin Harrison, as the 23rd President of the United States, Caroline became the 24th First Lady.

Esther Boise Van Deman – 1862

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Van Deman became the first woman to specialize in the field of Roman archaeology. For thirty years, she advanced the study and research of Roman architecture.

William E Boeing – 1881

The businessman founded The Boeing Company in 1916 and became a pioneer in the aviation world.

Kathleen Ollerenshaw – 1912

Despite her deafness and discouragement from teachers, Ollerenshaw excelled at mathematics and supported many areas of education in the British Empire.

James Earl Carter – 1924

In 1977, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served one term.

George R. Carruthers – 1939

Carruthers’ interest in ultraviolet spectroscopy and his ability to invent led the physicist to develop the ultraviolet camera for the 1972 Apollo 16 launch.

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