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October 11, 2021 - INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD – NATIVE AMERICAN DAY – NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY - NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY – NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY – COLUMBUS DAY – NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY – GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY

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OCTOBER 11, 2021 | INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD | NATIVE AMERICAN DAY | NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY | NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY | NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY | COLUMBUS DAY | NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY | GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD – October 11

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

On October 11, the International Day of the Girl seeks to bring awareness and solutions to the unique challenges that girls around the world face every day.

From the moment a child is born, she can grow up to be a scientist, author, business leader, mother, teacher or anything she may choose to be. Providing her with healthy options, education, and resources to make her own choices means removing some of the obstacles she faces.

Depending on where she lives, a young girl’s challenges will vary and how we approach addressing those issues will change. During International Day of the Girl, join the global call to action. Create real solutions; listen to the aspiration of young women; mentor someone who will someday overcome the challenges she faces.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheGirl

Join events around the world designed to improve the lives of girls in the most impoverished nations. Become a mentor. Make a donation of supplies to schools. Be inspired by or inspire girls in your life by speaking about women leaders from the past and present.

Whether she was a teacher or an author, a political leader or an activist, share the stories of those who have made changes for the better in the world.

Be a part of the difference that makes lives better for aspiring young girls around the globe and use #DayOfTheGirl to share on social media.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD HISTORY

In 1995 at the World Conference on Women, nearly 30,000 people from approximately 200 countries arrived in Beijing, China. It was the fourth such world conference. During it, the attendees developed the most comprehensive platform for advancing women’s rights around the world.

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child due to the advocacy seen around the world. The UN encourages increased activism.

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY – Second Monday in October

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY

Native American Day, observed annually on the second Monday in October, celebrates the cultures and contributions of the many Native American tribes.

While it is not celebrated in all 50 states, it is recognized in both California and South Dakota and gaining popularity in the rest of the nation. In other parts of the country, Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations occur on this day. Events such as traditional dances, art displays and ceremonies have begun to replace Columbus Day practices.

The observance focuses on celebrating the culture, heritage, and history of tribes across the nation. Each diverse nation carries its own traditions, rituals, and beliefs. The day celebrates their knowledge, contributions and enriching heritage. It’s also a reminder of their enduring legacy of strength, energy, and fortitude. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NativeAmericanDay

Learn about Native American cultures. Attend events near you. Visit art museums or read books by Native American authors. Learn about Native American history. Explore the language and efforts to bring lost language back. Use #NativeAmericanDay to post on social media.

NATIVE AMERICAN DAY HISTORY

The South Dakota legislature unanimously passed legislation proposed by Governor George S. Mickelson in 1989 to proclaim 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation” between Native Americans and whites and to change Columbus Day to Native American Day.

NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY - Second Monday in October

NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY

On the second Monday in October, National Online Bank Day reminds us we don’t have to take it to the bank to get it to the bank. The day celebrates the advantages offered by online banks.

If you’re not yet one of the millions of people who have discovered the convenience and ease of online banking, you’re missing a great opportunity. Here are a few benefits to consider:

  • Makes your money work harder: Online banks traditionally have lower fee structures and competitive interest rates, which benefit you, not the bank.
  • Fast, convenient access: No waiting in line, or for the bank to open. Many online banks are open 24/7 – even on U.S. bank holidays – such as today, the second Monday of October, the annual recognition of Columbus Day.
  • Provides the flexibility to choose where and when you bank: Conduct your banking transactions securely without leaving the comfort of your home. Many online banks offer live, agent-assisted customer care, by phone or by chat, to suit your schedule.
  • Offers smart, simple features: Many online banks allow you to pay your bills, transfer funds and make deposits electronically, and you can also conduct all these tasks “on the go” from a mobile device.
  • Gives you greater control over managing your money: Look at your balances and transactions whenever you want, not just when you get a statement.
  • No branches = more environmentally friendly: Online banking is a better environmental choice since there are no energy-consuming branch locations, and you’ll spare both gas and emissions from conducting your banking online.

 As the digital world continues to evolve, using an online bank for your personal finance needs is not only practical, it offers a number of consumer-friendly benefits and features. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #OnlineBankDay

Open a new online bank account or change your password on your existing accounts. Post on social media using #OnlineBankDay

NATIONAL ONLINE BANK DAY HISTORY

Ally Bank founded National Online Bank Day in September of 2015 to honor the occasion of its 1 millionth customer. Learn more about Ally Bank, member FDIC, at www.ally.com

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the second Monday in October as National Online Bank Day. 

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NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY – Second Monday in October

NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY

National Kick Butt Day is observed annually on the second Monday in October. This is a day to give yourself a kick in the seat of the pants.

The day aims to motivate marketers, advertisers and those in the business world to work smarter and harder toward their goals. While striving to out-do the competitor, be sure to also take stock of your achievements and how far you’ve come. Have you made the strides you expected at this point in your career? If not, check your goals. Do you have the right ones in place to kick butt?

While the day was designed with business in mind, goals apply to everyone. From students to retirees. We all have a purpose.  Not all goals have to be lofty. Consider these goals that just might still kick butt:

  • Teach a child to read.
  • Donate to a food bank four times a year.
  • Shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
  • Wash and put away all that laundry.
  • Call your parents once a month.
  • Start a savings account.
  • Learn to decorate a cake.
  • Take a sign language class.
  • Apply for a new job. (You don’t have to accept it – or do you?)
  • Wash the dishes every night before bed.
  • Lose 5 pounds.
  • Gain 5 pounds.
  • Complete your holiday shopping.

HOW TO OBSERVE #KickButtDay

While you’re kicking butt use #NationalKickButtDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL KICK BUTT DAY HISTORY

Observed since at least 2004, the origins of the day are unknown. National Day Calendar® continues researching this motivational day.

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY – October 11

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY

Each year on October 11th, National Coming Out Day encourages civil awareness recognizing and supporting those in the LGBTQ community. 

The day celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender – coming out regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people.

One in two Americans knows someone who is gay or lesbian. The ratio applied to transgendered Americans is one in ten.

The day is dedicated to raises awareness of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community. Through education and support, and sharing their stories, it is hoped they may be more able to live openly and safely.As more of the LGBTQ community come out, those who know them are more likely to become more educated. They also become more supportive and understanding, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalComingOutDay

Attend a rally. Support someone you know as the approach coming out to their friends and loved ones. Share your coming out stories. Ask questions or learn more by visiting hrc.org. Learn about the Stonewall Uprising or other pivotal events in the LGBTQ community. Use #NationalComingOutDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY HISTORY

In 1988, Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary National created Coming Out Day on the anniversary of National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights to show support for the LGBTQ community. Eichberg was a New Mexico psychologist and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience. O’ Leary was an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and at the time, the head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. Together, they created the day as a reminder that coming out is one of their most powerful basic tools.

COLUMBUS DAY – Second Monday in October

COLUMBUS DAY

Columbus Day on the second Monday in October is observed in the United States each year.  The day signifies Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America on October 12, 1492.

Christopher Columbus was long given credit for discovering North America. However, long before Columbus was born (1451-1506), Leif Erikson landed on these shores. The Italian-born explorer did sail across the Atlantic, though, and more than once. In fact, he made four transatlantic voyages. His first was in 1492. Hence the rhyme, “In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

During the 1492 expedition, Columbus was looking for Asia. He and his crew landed their three ships somewhere near the modern-day Bahamas. While he may not have discovered an already populated continent, he did spur further exploration and colonization of North America.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ColumbusDay

Learn more about Christopher Columbus and his voyages. Use #ColumbusDay to post on social media.

COLUMBUS DAY HISTORY

Colorado first observed Columbus Day in 1906 as it became an official state holiday. More and more people and states began to recognize the observance.  

In 1937, Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States. Many instances of people observing Columbus’ voyage exist since the colonial period. In 1792, celebrations recognizing the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World took place in New York City and other US cities. President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to join in celebration of Columbus on the 400th anniversary of the event.  During the anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets, and politicians used the day to teach ideals of patriotism. These patriotic teachings were framed around themes of support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation and celebrating social progress.

In 1970, Columbus Day was changed to the current observation on the second Monday in October.NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY – October 11

NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY

Food lovers across the country enjoy National Sausage Pizza Day on October 11th each year. Whether served on a thin or thick crust, sausage pizza goes well with other toppings, too. Don’t hesitate to add mushrooms and a variety of cheeses. What’s even better about sausage pizza are the different kinds of sausage to choose from.
While Italian sausage may be preferred, try experimenting. Add more garlic or try additional spice. Try smoky sausages such as chorizo or even a kielbasa visit with your local butcher for sausage suggestions. They’ve probably been smoking up the latest experiment just for you to try.
Sausage comes in many combinations, too. Lighter forms and different ages offer flavors that complement our toppings. A little sweet with the savory creates a modern taste experience.
Sautéd onions add amazing flavor to sausage pizza. While cooking up the onions add a few portabella mushrooms to the pan. Once you’ve added them to your pizza, sprinkle the top with feta cheese and fresh basil. You won’t regret it.
Pizza Facts
  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese, which some attribute to the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
  • The Romans developed a pastry with a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. It was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • An estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese was produced in the United States in 1997.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SausagePizzaDay

Invite friends and family over for homemade sausage pizza. Or go out for your favorite kind of sausage pizza and make it a celebration. While you’re out and about, be sure to give a shout out to your favorite establishment. Do you like thin or thick crust? How do you eat your pizza? Crust first, point first or do you fold it? We want to know. Everyone has their own pizza-eating styles.

Onion and Sausage Pizza
Chicago Deep Dish Sausage Pizza

Use #SausagePizzaDay to post on social media.

Do you want to know more? Check out these 5 Amazing Pizza World Records

NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY HISTORYNational Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. 

GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY – October 11

GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY

General Pulaski Memorial Day on October 11th, honors a Polish hero of the American Revolution.

The day is set aside in the United States to recognize Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant. Over two centuries ago, he joined the Continental Army and soon rose in the ranks to Brigadier General.

Alongside General George Washington, he built a legacy that included raising an arm of the colonial military as yet undeveloped – the cavalry. As such, he became known as the father of the American cavalry.

While only 15 years old, Pulaski earned battle experience when his homeland of Poland and Russia went to war. He later immigrated to the British Colonies after meeting Benjamin Franklin in Paris. It was Pulaski’s experience on the battlefield and his perseverance that gained General Washington’s trust. However, Pulaski would not see the end of the war. Injured in battle, he died wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779. General Pulaski died a few days later on October 11th.The day also honors Polish immigrants and their descendants across the country. Generations have contributed to the founding of the United States, and its continued growth. Whether through service in the Armed Forces or skilled labor, innovation, or the arts, their enduring heritage lives on.

Presidential Proclamation 2018

HOW TO OBSERVE #GeneralPulaskiMemorialDay

Learn more about General Pulaski and the history of the United States Cavalry. Visit a cavalry museum or read about General Pulaski.

Francis C. Kajencki published The Pulaski Legion in the American Revolution in 2004.David R. Collins published Casimir Pulaski: Soldier on Horseback in 1995 for young readers.

Use #GeneralPulaskiMemorialDay to post on social media.

GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

In 1929, Congress passed a resolution designating October 11th as General Pulaski Memorial Day. Each year, a new presidential proclamation renews the resolution.   (Public Resolution 16 of 1929)


On Deck for October 12, 2021

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October 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
1811 

Invented by John Stevens, the first steam-powered ferry boat begins operations between NYC and Hoboken, NJ.

1881 

The Scotland-born inventor immigrated to the Dakota Territory and received U.S. Patent No. 248,179 helping to revolutionize the photography world. At the same time, George Eastman was developing his camera business and bought the rights to Houston’s patent for roll-film.

1887 

Dorr Eugene Felt patents the first accurate and practical adding machine, patent No. 371496

1890 

The heritage organization, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is founded.

1910 

At an event held at Kinloch Field in St. Louis, MO, pilot Arch Hoxsey invites former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to join him in a short flight. Despite being surprised by the invitation, the adventurous colonel accepts. He flew with Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers and the quick spin around the sky lasted only 4 minutes.

1958

NASA launches Pioneer 1, its first space probe. However, the spacecraft fails to reach a stable orbit.

1968 

NASA launches its first successful manned mission of the Apollo space program from Cape Kennedy.

1975 

The comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live, launches on NBC. Created by Lorne Michaels the show has brought such memorable characters as Gumby, The Church Lady, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, Roseanne Roseannadanna, Stuart Smalley, Hans and Franz, and Beldar Conehead.

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter Soup

Peanut Butter Soup
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
4 cups water
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
salt to taste
peanuts for garnish

Instructions

Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and sautee onions until tender. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant. Add tomatoes, water, broth, sweet potatoes and carrots. Allow to simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender – about 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Blend the mixture in the blender until smooth and return to the saucepan.

Stir in peanut butter and spices. Serve garnished with cilantro and peanuts.

October 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
George Williams – 1821

In 1844. the English philanthropist and businessman founded the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Henry John Heinz – 1844

Condiments became the businessman’s billion-dollar idea. It all started with horseradish in Pittsburgh, PA, and led to 57 varieties that we still enjoy today.

Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884

As the 34th First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with. Even before the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt was active in the American Red Cross and supported the League of Women Voters. During her term in the White House, she did more than greet guests and entertain. She was an outspoken advocate for civil liberties and often spoke publicly. Follow the President’s death, she served as a spokeswoman in the United Nations.

Harriet Boyd Hawes – 1888

As an archaeologist, Boyd gained recognition for her discovery at Gournia. Along with her discovery, she became the first archaeologist to completely excavate an Early Bronze Age Minoan site.

Dan Evins – 1935

In 1969, the businessman founded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

MC Lyte – 1970

Born Lana Michele Moorer, the Grammy-nominated rapper became the first woman rapper to release a solo album.

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