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October 15, 2021 - NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY – NATIONAL SHAWARMA DAY – NATIONAL GROUCH DAY – NATIONAL I LOVE LUCY DAY – WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY – NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY – NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY – NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY – NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY – NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY

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OCTOBER 15, 2021 | NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY | NATIONAL SHAWARMA DAY | NATIONAL GROUCH DAY | NATIONAL I LOVE LUCY DAY | WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY | NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY | NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY | NATIONAL AESTHETICIAN DAY | NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY | NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY

National Boss’s Day - October 16

NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY

On October 16th, National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, recognizes the hardworking boss overseeing the workplace. Employees across the United States show appreciation and thankfulness to their bosses. They remember their boss’s kindness and fairness throughout the year, too. (If the 16th of October falls on a weekend, then this day is celebrated on the closest working day.)

Many leaders carry heavy loads. They oversee many employees and guide their careers, too. While their position holds them responsible for a department, business, or organization and leading it to success, their list of responsibilities is multifaceted.

Some bosses have bosses themselves. Depending on the size of an organization, those bosses also answer to someone else. In fact, everyone has a boss of some kind. If your boss is the owner, they still answer to the taxman, the customers, and their merchants. Keeping a business running smoothly with outstanding employees requires balance. These bosses know how to put their best employees forward and lead with the confidence that we look up to. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BossDay

We can celebrate our bosses in numerous ways.

  • Give your boss the day off with a game of golf.
  • Host a potluck with your boss’s favorite foods.
  • Have everyone in the office sign a card of appreciation.
  • Invite customers or clients to share memories of your boss.
  • Create a timeline of your boss’s accomplishments.

Give them a shout-out using #BossDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY HISTORY

National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a secular holiday that began in 1958.  Patricia Bays Haroski worked as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she registered “National Boss’s Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She selected October 16th because it was her father’s birthday and at the time, he was also her employer! Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’s day. In 1979, Hallmark Cards introduced Boss’s Day cards to their inventory.

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 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 exploration.

NATIONAL 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 celebrates all grouches and 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 makes 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 as 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 Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this pop culture 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

Following a joint resolution passed by the United States Congress, H.R. 753 became a law on October 6, 1964, authorizing the president to proclaim White Cane Safety Day. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation for White Cane Safety Day on October 15, 1964. 

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

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.

NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY – October 15

NATIONAL CHEESE CURD DAY

On October 15th, National Cheese Curd Day celebrates 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-fry 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, cheesemaking naturally creates cheese curds. Fresh ones squeak when you bite into them. Cheesemakers create different flavors to appease the growing number of people enjoying cheese curds.

Serve cheese curds in a variety of ways to reap the flavor benefits! Of course, you can always eat them fresh. Another includes the all-time favorite, deep-fried. Add dipping sauces for tasting options, 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. You can also bring some fresh cheese curds home to snack on later. Share your favorite flavor of squeaky cheese and use #NationalCheeseCurdDay to post on social media. 

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!

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-81COSMEDIXfounded 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.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed on October 15th, annually

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY – Third Friday in October

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY

Every year on the third Friday in October, National Mammography Day joins in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. A mammogram can often detect a problem before there is any outward physical sign. 

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States according to the CDC. The CDC statistics also report that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed among women. Screenings and breast exams are a part of the early detection process. 

When you schedule an annual appointment with your physician, make sure a breast exam is completed, too. Tell your doctor about any changes. If you or your doctor notices any signs, the doctor can order tests, including a sonogram or mammogram.

Finally, a preventative mammogram is the last line of defense. Today’s mammograms offer more vivid detail of the breast tissue. Baseline mammograms are provided around the age of 35 unless family history indicates sooner. The baseline mammogram provides a comparison view for your physician should something develop later down the line. Women age 40 and over are recommended to receive yearly preventative mammograms.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMammographyDay

Visit your doctor and set up a mammogram. Encourage loved ones in your life to also schedule a mammogram. Know your family history and share it with your physician. Some with high risk will need to have their first mammography sooner. Use #NationalMammographyDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY HISTORY

President Bill Clinton proclaimed this National Day in 1993.

Mammography FAQ

Q. Are mammograms uncomfortable?
A. Mammograms can be uncomfortable, but they don’t take long to complete. They can also be awkward, but the technicians are professional and do their best to maintain your dignity.

Q. What types of mammography are available?
A. Medical providers offer three types of mammograms today.

  • Conventional mammogram – This traditional form of mammography creates film images using low-dose X-rays.
  • Digital mammography – Using a digital chip instead of film, digital mammography records digital images.
  • 3-D Mammography – This technology is also called tomosynthesis mammography. As the name suggests, this type of mammography creates a 3-D image allowing radiologists a more detailed view for interpretation.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


On Deck for October 16, 2021

National Days

International Days

October 15th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) 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

Name: Dilly Roasted Potatoes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total Prep: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon dried dill
2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh dill for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Heat oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, mix oil, garlic, and dill.

Wash and cube potatoes leaving skins on. Add to oil mixture and toss to thoroughly coat.

Spread potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Add salt and pepper.

Roast on top rack for 20-25 minutes. Top with fresh dill and serve hot.

Recipe credit:

Michele S. – North Dakota

Week Observances

In the Classroom

October 15th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) 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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