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National Dessert Day - October 14


People around the country indulge every October 14th on National Dessert Day!  Celebrated by way of the local bakery, grandma’s house or chocolate shop, desserts include candies, pies, ice cream, fruits, cookies, pastries, cobblers, and donuts, too. 

The available ingredients affect the range of desserts made in each region. The very first desserts required minimal effort or preparation since ancient cultures were more focused on the nutrition in foods to survive. Over the years, desserts have changed from natural candies and nuts to complex soufflés and multi-layered cakes. In modern culture, there are many more options available in desserts.

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. ~ Erma Bombeck

Throughout the year, we see seasonal delights. As we near the holiday season, the flavors change. For some, the taste of gingerbread or fruitcake may come to mind. Others will pull out recipes handed down for generations. Pecan, pumpkin and apple pies come to mind. Other rich desserts round out the dessert table, too. Flan, tarts and everything with maple glaze.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDessertDay

This is an excellent day to order dessert first! Whether you go out to your favorite bakery or whip up something delicious at home, share your celebrations with others. Give a shout out to your favorite baker or share a your go-to recipe. What’s your favorite dessert? Pie, cake, or something in between? Post photos on social media using #NationalDessertDay.

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar
Uncooked Banana Pudding
Lemon Cake


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of the sweet food holidayBE BALD AND BE FREE DAY – October 14


Be Bald and Be Free Day on October 14th celebrates the naked crown. Sometimes the day is referred to as Bald and Free Day.

Bared noggins take the spotlight during this holiday. It recognizes the beauty of a naked scalp. Baldness comes in several forms, too. Partial or total, sometimes a chrome dome is by choice. Others come by it naturally.

Whether your ‘chrome dome’ is the result of hair loss or shaving your head, this National Day celebrates you! And not everyone goes bald from traditional aging and hair loss. Some lose their hair from medical treatments making this observance extra special for these individuals.


Naturally, we want you to share your bald selfies with us on social media. The day offers an opportunity to support those going through treatment as well.  And definitely be sure to use #BeBaldAndBeFreeDay as a hashtag to post on your social media accounts.

Also, give a shout out to those you know who are clean on top. Whether using the day to tease or support a friend, be sure everyone enjoys the day.


This day was founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy from Wellcat.

NATIONAL STOP BULLYING DAY – Second Wednesday in October


National Stop Bullying Day on the second Wednesday in October brings together students, faculty, and parents to end bullying. 

This annual designation promotes standing up against and put an end to bullying. No child should be afraid to ride a bus or go to school because a classmate threatens them. Children who have been bullied should also feel they can report the incident without repercussions. 

Types of Bullying

Bullying comes in many forms. It occurs repeatedly and is a way for the perpetrator to show their power. Whether the bullying is verbal, physical, relational, or cyberbullying, the results are detrimental.

  • Verbal bullying involves spoken words. The person may threaten or call names. They may use disrespectful language toward family, friends, or specifically aimed at their target.
  • Physical bullying is aggression in the form of hitting, kicking, pushing, or any unwanted touch.
  • Relational bullying involves purposely excluding someone from activities, groups, or events through social tactics.
  • Cyberbullying includes using social media, texts, and the internet to spread rumors, lies, or mean messages about a person.

Each type of bullying may have similar effects on the targeted person. They may withdraw even from their family or become mysteriously ill often. It’s essential to keep an open line of communication with children and students. Encourage students to participate in activities outside the home, too. Teach children the appropriate use of the internet, social media, and text. While having daily discussions with family members about their day, share information on setting boundaries. Teach them the behavior you expect them to display, how to treat others and provide a role model of the same.

The U.S. Department of Human Services set up a hotline that’s available 24/7 to receive assistance stopping bullying. Call 1-800-273-8255.

In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Also, in the U.S., the Suicide National Hopeline is 1-800-784-2433. Spanish is 1-888-628-9454.

HOW TO OBSERVE #StopBullyingDay

Attend a bullying prevention event in your school. If your school doesn’t host an event, help them get one started. Getting involved in activities spotlighting their strengths will help to empower them. Report bullying when you see it and support those who have suffered from it to report it, too. Use #StopBullyingDay to post on social media.  Inform yourself about the dangers of bullying.


In 2009, eighteen sixth grade students from St. Stanislaus Kostka declared October National Stop Bullying Month, the second week of October National Stop Bullying Week, and Stop Bullying Day on the second Wednesday of October.


National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day provides a day to cuddle up with a sweet childhood toy. 

Teddy Bears provide comfort. Many of us have a childhood bear we snuggled up with when we were ill or scared. They were companions. Most Teddy Bears are the perfect size for children to hug at night while they drift off to sleep. They fit neatly into their tiny arms.

For adults, teddy brightens up your day and brings a feeling of celebration to your office. In the classroom, the variety of Teddy bears brings delight and fascination. The day can also be an opportunity to give a teddy bear to someone who needs encouragement. 

In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi. This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The caricature became an instant classic.

The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy. Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear.”

Since the advent of the Teddy Bear, a parade of famous characters followed.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BringYourTeddyBearToWorkSchoolDay

Dress up your teddy bear and take him out on the town. Use #BringYourTeddyBearToWorkSchoolDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this fun toy holiday.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY NURSE’S DAY – Second Wednesday in October


National Emergency Nurse’s Day on the second Wednesday in October recognizes the dedication of ER nurses across the nation and it takes place during Emergency Nurses Week. We take this day to say “thank you” to the emergency room nurses for their hard work, dedication, service, and commitment. As they provide unwavering care to their patients and families, their loyalty to the emergency nursing profession does not go unnoticed. 

Emergency room nurses are the first people we see when we have an accident or a medical emergency. They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain and discomfort. The day encourages us to let them know just how important they are in keeping hospitals running smoothly.

When is National Hero Day?

According to the CDC, per 100 persons, 45.8 visits were recorded. Since the ER nurse will be the first to see the patient, their training means the utmost to the patient. Most ER nurses earn a degree as a Registered Nurse. Beyond their degree program, many nurses continue their training, advancing their skills and improving their knowledge of the ever-changing medical field. Some will specialize as well.

Statistics on ER nurses a difficult to find. However, there are over 3 million RNs in the U.S. workforce today.

HOW TO OBSERVE #EmergencyNursesDay

While not everyone has experienced an emergency visit, you can still participate in the day. 

  • Learn more about the day in the life of an emergency nurse.
  • Send them a note of care and support.
  • Put together care packages for emergency nurses. Add bottled water, energy snacks, a card of encouragement, or a coffee gift card.
  • Share your experiences under the care of an emergency nurse.
  • Give them a word of compassion.
  • Help your hospital organize an event to show your support and appreciation for nurses.
  • Give a shout-out on social media to an emergency nurse you know.

No matter how you thank them, don’t forget to use #EmergencyNursesDay to post on social media.


Sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association since 1989, this day is part of Emergency Nurse’s Week.

NATIONAL CURVES DAY- Second Wednesday in October


National Curves Day on the second Wednesday in October recognizes plus-sized women and men all across the country.

Expect a fashion, beauty, wellness, fitness, networking, and branding experience; it’s something for everyone! Guests include top designers, celebrity models, bloggers, editors, media insiders, and +influencers from across the globe.

The celebration is an opportunity to indulge in curvy fashion and build confidence. No matter your style, embrace the day and your curves with confidence and explore designs that fit you!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCurvesDay

There are several ways to participate in the celebration. 

  • Wear something RED on the second Wednesday of October
  • Share your favorite styles with flair.
  • Explore fashion design made for curves and encourage others to do so, too.
  • Stop body shaming. It takes a lot to feel comfortable in our own skin – there’s no room for stigma about our bodies.
  • Share a selfie on social using #NationalCurvesDay, #DapperBomber, or #CurvyBombshell rocking your red to show support.

Be the change you want to see. A significant portion of the annual Gala’s proceeds will fund the organization’s mentoring programs and/or a charity of choice.

Confidence is Key, Knowledge is Power, and Support is Everything! Join National Curves Day, Inc. in advocating for self-love, inclusion, and diversity through Embrace. Encourage. Empower. Show off your confidence by using #NationalCurvesDay to share on social media.


Zak (KSecret Dunbar-Bell), Creative Director and CEO of Jon Marc Collection, created National Curves Day in 2015 to encourage women (and now men also) to love who they are right where they are! In 2016, National Curves Day became incorporated as a global non-profit (COED) social organization embodying inner peace, confidence, love for self, and others. Their foundation mission is built on, “Embrace. Encourage. Empower.” for the curvy and plus-size community.

In 2015, National Curves Day launched with over 100 weeks of social media promotion encouraging women to embrace all things plus positive while at the same time strengthening efforts to stop body-shaming. As the movement grew, so did the urge and desire to empower men who faced challenges battling society’s norms. In 2017, the event became COED (inclusive) and the organization’s mission of Embrace.Encourage.Empower. attained equal purpose.

In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed annually on the second Wednesday in October.

NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY – Wednesday of Second Full Week in October


National Fossil Day promotes the scientific and educational value fossils present to us every day. Not only that, they’re just cool! The observance takes place annually on Wednesday of the second full week in October.  

All around the world, paleontologists seek and identify the remnants of animals, insects and plant life that once lived and grew on the earth. Some of these creatures lived hundreds, thousands and millions of years ago. These fossils leave a record that provides clues to the Earth’s history.

From the microscopic fossils of an arthropod to the gigantic titanosaur, humans continue to be fascinated with fossils. The idea of discovering something embedded in ancient sediment motivates some to keep digging. Paleontologists identify fossils much like biologists identify the discovery of a new species of animal or plant life. They classify, name and organize fossils based on their characteristics.

In the scientific world, the scientist who makes the discovery also earns the naming rights. Frequently, the names are entirely scientific, using Latin or Greek roots. However, paleontologists enjoy being creative. For example, fourteen-year-old Wes Linster discovered Bambiraptor Feinbergi in 1993. The name means Bambi thief. Some scientists name their discoveries after living people. In the case of one trilobite that made it into the record books, the name Aegrotocatellus jaggeri comes the rock legend, Mick Jagger.

While fossils were real living beings, the mystery and magic of fossils cannot be overlooked. One of the latest additions to the fossil library reminds us of that. Its name, Dracorex hogwartsia, honors the Hogwarts family.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFossilDay

Visit a local museum, or do some research about fossils. Attend an event or sponsor one. While you’re out discovering the world of fossils, tell us about your favorites. Let us know by using #NationalFossilDay to post on social media.

Do you want to discover even more about fossils? We share with you 5 Fantastic First Fossil Discoveries. You can also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas and resources that help you Celebrate Every Day in the classroom.


On October 13, 2010, the first National Fossil Day launched across the country during Earth Science Week to celebrate the educational and scientific value fossils provide. The National Park Service and over 270 partners hosted events across the United States, allowing the public opportunities to learn more about the world’s fossil heritage. The partners include museums, institutions, organizations, and many other groups.

Each year the sponsors create a new National Fossil Day logo depicting a prehistoric organism. The logos promote National Fossil Day and provide educational opportunities to share more information about fossils. The original National Fossil Day logo was created in 2010 and featured a fossil mammal known as the titanothere. Other featured fossils include:

  • 2011, the marine reptile known as the mosasaur was used as the official logo.
  • 2012, the mammoth was featured in the annual logo.
  • 2013, a Paleozoic invertebrate known as the eurypterid was highlighted in the annual logo.NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY – Changes Annually


    National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day changes annually. During this event, parents will visit their children’s school and have a meal with them in the school cafeteria.

    The goal of the day is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch. Parents and school officials have an opportunity to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible. It’s also a terrific day to find out what your child enjoys about school lunches. When adults show an interest in the daily life of their children, they have the opportunity to learn their routine. They also see first hand the potential for growth and keeping your child’s brain fed for learning. 

    Giving children the opportunity to show adults the ropes in the lunchroom will also cue you into where they may struggle. What’s working for them? Which foods should your child try more of? Providing follow up with and networking with the school becomes a powerful way to help students stay healthy and fueled all day long. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TakeYourParentsToLunchDay

    Children, invite your parents to join you for lunch. If your school doesn’t currently participate in the day, encourage them to add it as an event. Parents, throughout the school year, join your children for lunch. Find out more about their day. Offer to volunteer during lunch, too. Use #TakeYourParentsToLunchDay to post on social media.


    Take Your Parents To Lunch Day is promoted annually by Kiwi Magazine. Click here for more information on how you or your school can participate.

October 14 History


Henry Blair receives his first patent. He was only the second African American to be granted a patent in the United States. His first patent was for a corn planter that made it easier for farmers to sow their cornfields. A few years later, Blair received his second patent. The invention was a modification of his first invention to accommodate planting cotton seeds. In 1821, Thomas Jennings received the first patent granted to an African American.


Alfred Nobel is granted a patent for the preparation of nitroglycerin. It is his first Swedish patent, and the scientist would continue to pursue improvements to the handling of this explosive compound, eventually leading to the development of dynamite.


A.A. Milne publishes the illustrated children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh. The lovable, honey-loving bear and colorful characters became a worldwide hit. The classic illustrations by E.H. Shepard were later recreated by Disney artists.


During her service with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Carl became the first woman test pilot. On October 14, 1944, Carl flew a Bell YP-59A becoming the first woman to fly a jet aircraft.


Piloting the Bell X-1, Major Charles E. Yeager became the first person to fly at supersonic speeds. The aircraft broke the sound barrier at 662 miles (1,066 kilometers) per hour.


On the 4th day of their mission, the Apollo 7 crew transmits the first live television broadcast from space. It would be the first of four broadcasts from the three-person space mission.

Recipe of the Day

Asian Honey Tea Grilled Shrimp

Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 to 6 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6 servings


Asian Honey Tea Grilled Shrimp - Recipe


1 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup strong-brewed orange spice tea, cooled
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Make a marinade by combining the tea, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper in a plastic bag. Remove 1/2 cup of the marinade and set aside.  Add the shrimp to the plastic bag, coating each piece. Seal the bag and chill for 30 minutes or up to a maximum of 12 hours in the refrigerator.

Remove shrimp from the bag and discard the marinade. Divide the shrimp between 8 skewers. Grill over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and are just firm to the touch. Turn once during grilling.

Season the shrimp with salt to taste.

Prepare reserve marinade to use as a dipping sauce. Place in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 3-5 minutes until the sauce reduces slightly. Add green onions.

October 14 Birthdays

Dwight D Eisenhower – 1890

After serving as commanding general of the U.S. forces in World War II, Eisenhower was elected as the country’s 34th president. He served two terms from 1953-1961, navigating the country through the early years of the Cold War.

Lois Lenski – 1893 

The Newbery Award-winning author and illustrator published her first books in 1927. She’s best known for her book Strawberry Girl and illustrating the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

EE Cummings – 1894

Through his poetry, Cummings expressed a unique style that was simplified, precise, and sparse. Full of innuendo and sentiment, some of his most popular poems include ‘spring omnipotent goddess’ and ‘I carry your heart with me.’

Charles Everett Koop – 1916

The pediatric surgeon served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States. His career is full of innovative treatments, advancements, and firsts in medicine. During his two terms as Surgeon General, he brought focus and confidence to public health. He also steadily steered the country through the AIDS pandemic.

Ralph Lauren – 1939

Born Ralph Lifshitz, the fashion designer founded the Ralph Lauren Company in 1967. His first products were a line of men’s ties.

Usher – 1978

The award-winning singer, songwriter and dancer was born Usher Raymond IV. His #1 hit song “Yeah!” featured Lil Jon and Ludacris. Some of his other Billboard hits include “Burn” and “Scream.”

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