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OCTOBER 15, 2020 | NATIONAL SHAWARMA DAY | NATIONAL GROUCH DAY | NATIONAL I LOVE LUCY DAY | GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY | WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY | NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY | NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY | NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY | NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY

National Shawarma Day - October 15

NATIONAL SHAWARMA DAY

National Shawarma Day on October 15th celebrates the Middle Eastern rotisserie method of cooking meats such as lamb, chicken, and beef and the dishes it makes. Not only does shawarma bring mouth-watering flavour, but it also can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Bursting with a marinade of Mediterranean herbs and spices, shawarma chicken slowly cooks on a vertical rotisserie spit. The tender meat is then thinly sliced, grilled and added to a pita wrap with a variety of toppings. Customize this flavourful dish with fresh vegetables, cheese and a variety of herbs. Special sauces enhance the enjoyment of this delectable dish as well, such as the customer favourite Osmow’s™ garlic sauce. No matter how you like your shawarma, the combinations are endless.

Not in the mood for a wrap? Shawarma also tastes great on a salad, rice or fries. Anything exploding with this much flavour deserves a celebration!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShawarmaDay

Experience a flavour-filled shawarma! Order lamb, beef, chicken, or even Beyond Meat® to celebrate. Share the shawarma experience by inviting a friend to join you. Any foodie will want in on the celebration. While you’re savouring every bite, be sure to share your favourite shawarma on social media. Look for special offers from Osmow’s (such as $5 original pricing on select menu items) and brand equivalents to help you satisfy your shawarma cravings, too!  And then, be sure to share your celebration on social media using #NationalShawarmaDay.

NATIONAL SHAWARMA DAY HISTORY

Osmow’s founded National Shawarma Day in 2020 to celebrate the Middle Eastern flavours offered in delicious shawarma. Celebrate with one of Osmow’s signature dishes. Whether it’s a wrap, on the ROCKS™ (rice) or STIX™ (fries) or another customer favourite poutine, you’ll be sure to keep coming back for more!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Shawarma Day to be observed on October 15th, annually.

About Osmow’s

Founded in 2001 by Sam Osmow, the first Osmow’s store was located in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada & remains a successful operation to this day. Sam saw an opportunity to bring his Egyptian roots to the Canadian landscape blending traditional Egyptian cuisine balanced with a North American palette. Thus filling a void in the current fast, casual culinary marketplace. Osmow’s flavourful dishes with their signature sauces such as the fan-favourite garlic sauce keeps bringing customers back again and again to satisfy their cravings. The restaurant has grown to more than 100 locations and is expanding across Canada. Osmow’s also invites all other Mediterranean brands to celebrate October 15th as National Shawarma Day as we continue to grow this exciting flavourful food niche in the spirit of diversity and cultural explorationNATIONAL GROUCH DAY – October 15

NATIONAL GROUCH DAY

National Grouch Day on October 15th sends out notices to all the grouches of the world to be their truest grouch. If you are a grouch today is your special day. According to Sesame Street Magazine, the day was created for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. 

Sometimes grumps give backhanded compliments. “Your house looked horrible until you painted it.”  Other times they don’t give them at all.  Noise, silence, general activity will make a grouch generally unpleasant. 

As per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a grouch is described as:
  • a person who complains frequently or constantly
  • a habitually irritable or complaining person

It seems that a grouch may be happy (although they would never admit it) only when others are unhappy and grouchy.  It is then that they feel most comfortable with having others share in their grumpy, cantankerous, surly world with them.

National Grouch Day would be a good time to send a grouch e-card and then ask a friend, whether they be a grouch or not, to come on over, sit back, share some popcorn, relax and watch the movie Grumpy Old Men!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGrouchDay

May your ice be too cold and your slinky too springy! Share your awful insults by using #NationalGrouchDay on social media. We hope the jelly from your sardine sandwich makes your keyboard sticky! 

NATIONAL GROUCH DAY HISTORY

This Sesame Street-inspired holiday has been celebrated since at least 1976 and celebrates the grouch’s way of life.

National I Love Lucy Day

NATIONAL I LOVE LUCY DAY

On October 15th, National I Love Lucy Day celebrates one of television’s all-time greatest shows; I Love Lucy.

I Love Lucy, an American sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley made its debut on October 15, 1951. The program created a new television experience with the first filmed and scripted program performed before a live audience. The studio literally knocked a hole in a concrete wall creating room for theater seating inviting the once-banned fans to see the stars perform – for free! The new format and I Love Lucy won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations.

In four of its six seasons, I Love Lucy was the most-watched show in the United States. The sitcom was a world of television firsts. It even ended on a first. The I Love Lucy show became the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings. In 2002, TV Guide ranked the sitcom television’s 2nd greatest show of all time, and in 2007 it landed on TIME Magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME” list.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ILoveLucyDay

There are so many ways to celebrate this day.

  • Experience the flavor of I Love Lucy by cooking recipes from The I Love Lucy Cookbook.
  • Test your knowledge of the sitcom by reading the I Love Lucy Book of Trivia.
  • Lucille Ball knew how to turn a phrase. Read more in The Quotable I Love Lucy.
  • Watch a documentary or your favorite episodes.
  • Dress up as the iconic comedian and bring some humor to those around you.

Share your favorite Lucy antics and use #ILoveLucyDay to post on social media.

I LOVE LUCY DAY HISTORY

National Dy Calendar® continues researching the origins of this pop culture day. 

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). 

When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about what you need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you.

With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, unfortunately, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.

Tips to Knowing Your Customer:
  • Ask your customers questions. Find out what services and products they need.
  • Use social media. Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
  • Follow up on a purchase. Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
  • Network with other businesses. Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay

Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media. Read about these 7 Ways to Know Your Customers to learn more. 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY HISTORY

We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.

WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY – October 15

WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY

National White Cane Safety Day on October 15th annually celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. The day marks the importance of recognizing the white cane. The white cane is not only a tool. It also represents the independence of those who are blind worldwide. 

This day has been set aside to celebrate all of the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, and the principal symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

While technological advancements continue to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired, the white cane continues to be a basic necessity for leading an independent and productive life. The white cane extends a person’s senses allowing them to determine steps, unlevel pavement, and obstacles. But it also provides a level of safety as a signal to the seeing public. It’s important not to disrupt the path of someone with a white cane or to steer them in another direction. A skilled user allows the cane to find the clearest way.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WhiteCaneSafetyDay

The best way to provide assistance is by keeping aisles and doorways clear of boxes and other debris is one good first step. However, the day primarily focuses on the independence and equality of those with visual impairments. Their vision shouldn’t be a hindrance to attaining their goals and dreams, and the white cane symbolizes those achievements. Use #WhiteCaneSafetyDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY HISTORY

A joint resolution of the United States Congress H.R. 753 was signed into law as Pub.L.88-628 on October 6, 1964, and codified at 36 USC § 142.  The resolution authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15th as White Cane Safety Day annually.

Within hours of the passage of the joint resolution, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation for the observance.

This day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day in 2011 by President Barack Obama.

There is always so much more one can do to make a difference. For more information regarding White Cane Safety Day from the National Federation of the Blind.

NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY – October 15

NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15th offers a day of remembrance to parents, family, and friends for pregnancy loss and infant death.

Pregnancy loss and infant death may include but are not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. Since 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss, many families know the grief of this kind of loss. It’s often not spoken about, and yet, those who mourn often need support and understanding. The experience is painful and sometimes overwhelming. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #PregnancyAndInfantLossRemembranceDay

Communities and organizations across the country show support with candlelight vigils, walks, and other ceremonies. Visit nationalshare.org to find support and ways to support others with pregnancy and infant loss.

Use #PregnancyAndInfantLossRemembranceDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORY

On October 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness movement began. 

In 2002, the October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Campaign began as an American movement.  Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak petitioned the federal government as well as the governors of each of the 50 states resulting in 20 signing proclamations recognizing October 15, 2002, as the first observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD). The House of Representatives passed Concurrent Resolution H.Con>RES.222 on September 28, 2006, supporting the goals and ideals represented by the observance.

All 50 states yearly proclaim the day with eight states enacting permanent proclamations.  These states are Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Dakota.

Around the world, other countries observe the day on October 15th. For example, Canadian provinces and territories have officially proclaimed the awareness day. And in recent years, the United Kingdom, Western Australia, New South Wales, and Italy have joined the movement.

The observance takes place during National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY – October 15

NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY

National Cheese Curd Day is observed annually on October 15th. This is a day to enjoy the velvety goodness of cheese curds.

Cheese Curds are unique, funky, snackable little pieces of yellow or white Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Many restaurants coat and deep-fried them to a golden brown. When you bite into one, first expect a warm buttery crunch on the outside. The next delicious taste will be an ooey-gooey burst of dairyland delicacy on the inside.

What are they? Well, they’re a product of cheesemaking. Fresh ones squeak when you bite into them. Cheesemakers create different flavors to appease the growing number of people enjoying cheese curds.

Cheese curds are served in a variety of ways. Of course, eating them fresh is one option. Another includes the all-time favorite, deep-fried. A large selection of dipping sauces is available, too. Choose from ranch, more cheese sauce, spicy siracha, tangy dill, barbeque, and more. Cheese curds find their way into recipes, also. Poutine has been popular for decades.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheeseCurdDay

Go out to dinner and order some for your appetizer. Use #NationalCheeseCurdDay to post on social media and share images of your curds. Have fun.

NATIONAL CHEESE CURD HISTORY

Culver’s founded National Cheese Curd Day in 2015 to celebrate the delicious and snackable treat. 

National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on October 15th, annually.  Enjoy celebrating this National Day with family and friends!

About Culvers:

Culver’s was founded in the Dairy State and proudly serves real Wisconsin Cheese Curds. Culver’s and National Day Calendar have officially declared Oct. 15th National Cheese Curd Day to give this most delicious of Wisconsin treat gets the attention and adoration it deserves.

NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY – October 15

NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY

On October 15th, we shine the spotlight on the skincare professionals who keep us looking our best. It’s National Aesthetician Day!

With specialized training and personalized attention, aestheticians bring out the most radiant skin in each of us. Their knowledge and skills often go unrecognized and yet they deliver superior services every day in spas and medical clinics across the country.  Addressing the complex needs of their clientele, aestheticians rejuvenate and polish even the most sensitive skin. They offer a variety of services and products to make your skin beautiful and healthy. Many services are paired with spa packages, but they can also be provided individually, too.

Just a few of the services aesthetician’s offer include:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Moisturizing Treatments
  • Facials
  • Hair Removal
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • And much more…

Throughout the day, we recognize all the care and attention they give every day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY

Give a shoutout to your favorite aesthetician. What treatments and products do you like best? If they deliver superior service and make you feel rejuvenated, they deserve your acknowledgment. Be sure to use #NationalAestheticianDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY HISTORY

national-aestheticians-day-logo-81COSMEDIX founded National Aesthetician Day in 2016 to honor all the hard-working aestheticians across the country providing outstanding skincare services. COSMEDIX is an Astral Health & Beauty, Inc. Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY – October 15

NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15th encourages prevention, testing, and open dialogue concerning HIV and AIDS. 

Over 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS, and one in seven of them aren’t aware that they have it. Throughout the year, awareness days focus on specific communities and their unique needs concerning prevention and awareness. This observance focuses on the Latino and Hispanic communities.

The NLAAD campaign works annually at building better opportunities for non-profit organizations and health departments to reach Latino/Hispanic communities. The campaign includes promoting HIV testing, providing HIV prevention information, and improving access to care.

Culture, language, and heritage may be barriers to understanding the risks and becoming more educated about the disease. The day aims to break down those barriers and bring more awareness to the Latino communities.

HIV is a virus that causes an infection. AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) develops when someone contracts HIV. Once you have developed AIDS, you have it for life. That’s why prevention and testing are vital to stopping and treating the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone between the age of 13 and 64 receive an HIV test as part of a routine physical. For those who are sexually active, the CDC recommends testing once per year and sometimes more frequently, depending on risk factors.

The day encourages a more open dialogue between partners as well. Improving understanding of the disease and access to testing helps reduce risk.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LatinoAIDSAwarenessDay

  1. Get tested every few months, and know your partner’s HIV status. Click here to find an HIV testing location near you.
  2. Have sex that isn’t risky. Use a condom every time you have sex.
  3. Limit your number of sexual partners. If you are having sex with more than one person, get tested regularly.
  4. Talk to a medical professional about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is an HIV/AIDS prevention option for those who do not have HIV but are at high risk of becoming infected.
  5. Don’t inject drugs. 
  6. Translated materials are available. Ask for them if they aren’t offered.
  7. Eliminate the stigma. Open the dialogue.

Use #LatinoAIDSAwarenessDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the Hispanic Federation and many other organizations promotes National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY

National Get Smart About Credit Day on the third Thursday in October annually promotes learning about good credit. It is a national campaign where volunteer bankers help counsel young people on responsible credit habits.

The importance of sound financial management is something that can and should be taught at a young age. Learning healthy credit habits can be one of the most valuable lessons a young person can learn. 

What Affects Credit Scores
  • Amount of debt you carry– Paying off the amount you charge to your credit cards each month helps to improve this amount.  Showing that you are reducing debt each month gradually increases your score over time.
  • Age of credit history– The older your credit history (and the longer it is in good standing) shows a trend toward reliable financial standing.
  • Reports to collections agencies– Any inaccurate reporting to a credit agency needs to be reported immediately.  The sooner you resolve an inaccuracy, the quicker your credit report can be corrected.  Obtain a letter from the collection agency once you have been able to confirm the error and submit it to all the credit reporting agencies.
  • Late payments– Any time make a late payment, especially on a credit card or loan, this will be reflected on your credit report. Pay early, pay on time.  If you use your online banking system to make payments, remember to review your bank’s turn-around-time for payments.  Take their delays into account and schedule accordingly to avoid any late payments.
  • The number of hard inquiries for credit– If you are considering a loan for a car or house, each inquiry will be registered on your credit report.  When your credit is in good standing, it doesn’t have a big impact.
  • The number of accounts– Opening and closing accounts can have an impact on your credit score. Depending on the number of accounts, the impact on your score could be huge.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GetSmartAboutCreditDay

Make sure you are smart about credit. Access tools and resources to help you improve your credit score. Make it a routine to check your credit score and maintain it. Take steps to improve your credit score. Share your experiences and tips using #GetSmartAboutCreditDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY HISTORY

In 2003, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Education Foundationoriginated this National Day.


On Deck for October 16, 2020

National Days

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October 15 History

1860 

Looking out for candidate Abraham Lincoln, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to him and encouraged him to grow out his whiskers. She wrote: “I have got 4 brother’s and part of them will vote for you any way and if you will let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President.” [Sic] Not only did the candidate grow a beard, but he also responded to the insightful supporter.

1895 

Henry D. Perky receives a patent for a method of preparing bread that describes how to make Shredded Wheat. Patent No. 548,086 describes the use of rollers and presses to bake a biscuit that maintains the bran and berry of wheat without over-processing.

1928 

The Graf Zeppelin completes the first commercial passenger flight by an airship when it lands at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. Four days prior, the ship departed Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1937 

French chef Marcel Boulestin debuts the television show Dish of the Month. He’s the first regularly broadcast television chef in history. In the first episode, Boulestin demonstrates how to make a kebab.

1940 

Charlie Chaplin releases the film The Great Dictator starring himself.

1951

The television sitcom I Love Lucy premieres starring Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez.

1952 

Children’s author E.B. White publishes Charlotte’s Web about a relationship between a spider and a pig.

The Motherland Calls1967 

Located on Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, the statue is part of the monument called “Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad.” It’s the world’s tallest statue of a woman, towering 279 feet from sword tip to base. Sculpted by Yevgeny Vuchetich, the statue overlooks the memorial complex commemorating one of the bloodiest battles in history.

Recipe of the Day

Mushroom Linguine

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients:

1 lb linguine, cooked al dente, drained
6 tablespoons butter
10 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions:

Prepare Linguine according to instructions.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet.

Add garlic and brown.

Add mushrooms, basil, salt, and pepper.

Cook until the mushrooms become tender.

Stir in the remaining butter and olive oil. Remove from heat.

Toss with cooked linguine and garnish with Parmesan and parsley.

October 15 Birthdays

Isabella Bird – 1831 

The world traveler was the first woman elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She helped establish two hospitals; the Henrietta Bird Hospital in Amristar and the John Bishop Memorial Hospital in Srinigar.

Marion Donovan – 1917 

Following her invention of a waterproof diaper cover, Donovan developed the first disposable diaper.

Mario Puzo – 1920

The author and screenwriter is best known for the novel and film The Godfather.

Lee Iacocca – 1924

Following a 32-year career with Ford Motor Company, Iacocca joined the Chrysler Corporation. His notable accomplishments include bringing the iconic sports car, the Mustang, to market for Ford and bringing Chrysler to profitability.

Jeannette Charles – 1927

Since 1974, Charles has portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in films and television.

Penny Marshall – 1943

The actress, director and producer rose to fame in the role of Laverne DeFazio in the television sitcom Laverne and Shirley. Some of her best-known films included A League of Their Own, Renaissance Man and Riding in Cars with Boys.

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