OCTOBER 16, 2019 | NATIONAL SPORTS DAY | NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY | GLOBAL CAT DAY | NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY | NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY | BRA DAY USA | NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY | NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY | MEDICAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION DAY | HAGFISH DAY | DEPARTMENT STORE DAY | SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
NATIONAL SPORTS DAY
October is a prime time for National Sports Day. That’s why on October 16th, the fans, families, and athletes of all the sports converging on the month come together to celebrate their favorite athletic events. All disciplines of a sport take the field, from the youngest to the seasoned professional.
While golfers hit the links to get at least nine more holes before the snow flies, hoopsters gear up for the season ahead. The puck hits center ice early in October, while baseball aims for the bleachers and clears the bases.
Football is heating up with tackles, kicks, and offsides. Don’t forget, volleyball digs midseason, too. Runners in most of the country love October. Events like 5k, half, and full marathons throughout the nation feature opportunities to enjoy the fall weather and beautifully changing landscapes. In the Western Hemisphere, families gather to watch soccer’s final kickoff. The intensity builds, and every game ends with memories of wicked kicks or the goalie’s best save.
From a young age, family road trips took many to cheer on siblings in a variety of sports. We hauled our gear from place to place, and the team knew the season was drawing to a close when the duffle bags began to smell.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSportsDay
Gather your friends to enjoy watching your favorite team. Get out and play, too. No matter your skill level, relishing the challenge and physical activity will be worth it. Besides, getting together with friends and family to celebrate a favored pastime is one of the best ways to Celebrate Every Day®. And when you do, take a team photo and share it using #NationalSportsDay.
NATIONAL SPORTS DAY HISTORY
Wale Rocks (pronounced Wally) in partnership with National Day Calendar founded National Sports Day in 2019 to celebrate the athletes, families, and fans of all sports. National Sports Day is about the benefits of sporting competition. When our youth have an opportunity to play competitively, they advance their skills and build great habits to take with them into adulthood. Family members who support them create a bond that brings them together, improving the family unit and communities throughout the nation.
Children excel at a sport when given a chance to practice under the pressure of competition in the game brain. And with soccer becoming a National Sport for all ages, Wale Rocks chose it as their first sport to spotlight.
With all sports, practice is vital. However, time touching the ball under the pressure of competition makes players excel. With the support of great coaches working their magic, these young novices mature into confident players. How exciting to watch their confidence grow.
Wale Rocks is also creating a special event to mark the National Sports Day launch.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Sports Day in 2019 to be observed on October 16th, annually.
NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY
National Boss’s Day on October 16th 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 fairnees 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 are multifacited.
Some bosses have bosses themselves. Depending on the size on an organization, they answer to someone else. And even if the boss is owner, they still answer to the tax man, the customers and their merchants. Keeping a business running smoothly with outstanding employees requires balance.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BossDay
Take time to celebrate your boss. 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 16 because it was her father’s birthday and at the time, he was also her employer! It was four years later, in 1962, that 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.
GLOBAL CAT DAY
Global Cat Day on October 16th recognizes the need to adopt and foster cats.
Cat lovers visit your local shelters! Perhaps you’re only able to volunteer or make a donation. However, learning more about advocating helps, too.
Sadly, over 70 million homeless animals fill shelters in the United States. While kittens are adorable, many older felines make great pets. And don’t forget, kittens do become cats. They cuddle their way into our hearts or aloofly play until they have our attention. One of the many goals of awareness campaigns like this one is to encourage adoptions. Instead of purchasing a cat from a pet store, adopt from a shelter.
Follow the shelter’s guidelines. Keep these tips in mind when adopting:
- There’s an application process. Read through it and understand it. The guidelines are the safety of the animals, the employees, and you.
- Ask questions. It’s important there’s an understanding between you and the shelter. Most shelters have volunteers and paid employees. However, they work on a very tight budget. Please don’t expect any special accommodations.
- A good shelter will place the interests of the animal first. They want the cat to have a successful placement. Some animals have anxiety while others get along with anyone and every type of animal.
- Consider the size of your home and where you live – an apartment or house.
- Who lives with you? That includes people and pets – does everyone get along and does anyone have allergies? How much time do you have for a pet?
- So you’ve spotted the kitten for you.
- Be sure to make several visits to the shelter. Play with the kitten. Spend time grooming them. See how the kitten reacts to other cats. Learn the kitten’s behavior.
- Maybe Fuzzy Bear has health issues or doesn’t get along with children. Perhaps another kitten gets along better with dogs. All these factors will be considered on your application.
While spaying and neutering lower the numbers of unwanted strays, Trap-Neuter-Return programs take the approach even further. Take time to visit your local shelter to learn more.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalCatDay
Visit a local shelter to learn about fostering, spaying and neutering. Better yet, adopt a furry critter and give them a forever home! Use #GlobalCatDay to post on social media.
GLOBAL CAT DAY HISTORY
Global Cat Day (2017) takes the place of National Feral Cat Day which was initiated by Alley Cat Allies in 2001.
NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY™
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.
NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY HISTORY
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
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
Take your parents out for lunch. Use #TakeYourParentsToLunchDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY HISTORY
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.
BRA DAY USA
BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day USA is observed on the third Wednesday in October.
Each breast cancer campaign brings a special focus on an area of concern. However, few shine a light on options after mastectomy or lumpectomy like BRA Day USA. While reconstruction may not be for every woman, they should have access to the available options so they can make informed decisions.
Deciding whether to reconstruct breasts after a mastectomy is a personal decision. For some, the decision is a difficult one. It is important that patients are provided with all the information and tools to make the best decision for them. Remember, they’ve lived with their body, their breasts all their life. For many women, they’ve shaped the clothes they’ve worn, fed their children, and been a part of their more intimate life.
Women who chose to not have reconstruction performed also have choices. Prosthetic design and technology continually advance. Each woman should be provided with all their options. Her network should support her in every way through the journey and reassure her that whatever decision she makes is the right one for her.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BRADayUSA
Recognize the day by supporting someone who love who’s facing a decision after a mastectomy. Offer support and listen. Help them formulate their questions for the doctor. What’s best for one person may not be the best option for another. Use #BRADayUSA to share on social media.
BRA DAY USA HISTORY
Dr. Mitchell Brown, a Canadian plastic surgeon, started BRA Day in 2011. The event expanded to the United States in 2012 as BRA Day USA.
National Dictionary Day on October 16th annually commemorates the birthday of Noah Webster.
In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit.
Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France, at the University of Cambridge. His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before.
As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complicated, so in his dictionary, he introduced American English spellings. For example, Webster replaced “colour” with “color,” “waggon” with “wagon,” and “center” instead of “centre.” Webster also added American words such as “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in British dictionaries. He believed the United States “should be as independent in literature as she is in politics.” Some of his changes didn’t catch on, however. Dropping the silent “e” at the end of some words like in the word imagine.
Webster took a more phonetic approach to the development of his dictionary. Interestingly, the word didn’t appear when Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy. However, of the 70,000 entries, the word phonics is one. The dictionary sold 2500 copies. In 1840, the second edition published in two volumes. Additionally, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is available online. By entering the modern-day spelling, the website generates Webster’s 1828 version.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDictionaryDay
Celebrate by learning a new word or two! Play a fun dictionary-based game, like Balderdash or Scrabble. While you celebrate, use #NationalDictionaryDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas, puzzles, and more. There are even a couple for this word related national day!
NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY HISTORY
National Dictionary Day was created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758). The observance emphasizes the importance of learning while using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary. Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary.
NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY
National Liqueur Day on October 16th annually celebrates the myriad classes and flavors of liqueur.
The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere, which means to liquefy. A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from a distilled spirit. Distillers flavor the spirit with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers, or nuts. Next, they bottle it with added sugar or other sweeteners. While liqueurs are typically considerably sweet, distillers do not usually age their product long. They do, however, allow a resting period during production, which allows the flavors to marry.
With the broad selection of spirits available in seasonal, fragrant, and often curious flavors (vodkas and rums in particular), there is often confusion of liqueurs and liquors. In the United States and Canada, spirits are frequently called liquor. The most reliable rule of thumb to follow suggests that liqueurs comprise a sweeter, syrupy consistency, while liquors do not. Most of the liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than spirits. However, some do contain as much as 55% ABV.
In parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps.
Historically, liqueurs descend from herbal medicines prepared by monks in Italy as early as the 13th century. These often bitter herbs were steeped and sweetened with sugar to make them more palatable to the monks’ ailing patients. The curative’s potency received a restful boost from its alcohol content as well.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLiqueurDay
Go out for a drink of liqueur with friends. (Remember, always drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) Share your favorite liqueur or a cocktail containing your favorite. Request it while celebrating with friends and post it using #NationalLiqueurDay on social media.
NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this beverage holiday.
MEDICAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION DAY
Medical Assistants Recognition Day is observed on Wednesday of the third business week in October. One of the fastest-growing careers in the nation, medical assistants make medical offices run more smoothly and are instrumental in overall quality patient care.
Medical assistants are health professionals who support the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinic setting. Their responsibilities can include both administrative and clinical duties. Depending on the type and size of the facility, what state, certifications available and the laws affected by where they work, medical assistants can play a variety of roles.
On Medical Assistant’s Recognition Day, take time to thank these healthcare professionals for their dedication.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MedicalAssistantsRecognitionDay
Use #MedicalAssistantsRecognitionDay to post on social media. Be sure to also give a great big shout out to all you know today in healthcare!
MEDICAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this medical-related holiday.
On the third Wednesday in October, Hagfish Day brings awareness to the evolved but slimy hagfish.
Hagfish are considered to be the ugliest of species. The idea behind this National Day is to encourage everyone to look beyond the exterior of the Hagfish and appreciate how highly evolved they are. Not unlike a book cover, the day points out the benefits of looking deeper into the subject.
The hagfish offers many benefits to the ecosystem. Despite its unappealing exterior, it scavenges the ocean floor, cleaning up the debris of dead marine animals. The slime they produce protects them from predators. While it’s thinner than human hair, the slime is stronger than nylon. Researchers are seeking the potential commercial, medical and environmental uses of slime.
In some cultures, this eel is even considered a delicacy.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HagfishDay
Learn more about the hagfish and its benefits. Visit an aquarium near you or read up on this fascinating creature. Use #HagfishDay to post on social media. And, if you have images of some you have caught, why not show them to the world?
NATIONAL HAGFISH DAY HISTORY
WhaleTimes founded Hagfish Day in 2009 to ‘beauty of ugly’ and raise awareness of the importance of all animals – not just the pretty ones.
DEPARTMENT STORE DAY
Department Store Day on October 16th annually urges us to consider how department store innovations have impacted shopping in our daily lives.
In existence since the early 19th century, department stores provided safe, clean environments for the new middle class to shop. They often offered many firsts, combining services with revolutionary style and convenience. Many department stores had lunch counters where shoppers could take a break for a drink, snack or lunch.
Through an era when merchandising and sales could be described as an art form, the brick and mortar stores where often magnificent pieces of architecture. With large clocks, brass and statuary, the customer’s satisfaction was key. Some departments fill entire floors, making grand escalators, elevators and plush seating a must.
While department stores are on the decline, many shoppers still enjoy browsing through the latest styles, testing out the newest electronics and having someone assist them with the details of a purchase. Many shoppers couple the advantages of comparison shopping online catalogs, then visit their department store for the real-feel decision.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DepartmentStoreDay
Learn more about department store history. Do some retail therapy and visit a department store and use #DepartmentStoreDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DEPARTMENT STORE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this retail holiday.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DAY
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day is observed annually on the third Wednesday in October. The Chamber of Commerce’s primary objective is strengthening local businesses of all sizes. The best way to honor this organization is to use the services of local chamber businesses.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been in existence since 1912. President William Howard Taft first brought the concept for an organization that would represent the concerns of U.S. businesses in an address before Congress in December of 1911.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers numerous programs both nationally and internationally in support of businesses. Whether they’re raising awareness of regulations, setting initiatives or campaigning for better markets, the Chamber provides support to the communities they serve. Additionally, they provide outstanding resources for startups, online business and those looking to advance their business outlook worldwide.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Volunteer for a Chamber of Commerce event. Give a shout out to your local Chamber of Commerce and how they benefit your community. While you’re at it, be sure to use #SupportYourLocalChamberOfCommerce to post on social media.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this enterprising holiday.
On Deck for October 17, 2019
- National Edge Day
- National Mulligan Day
- National Pasta Day
- Black Poetry Day
- National Get Smart About Credit Day – Third Thursday in October
- Get to Know Your Customers Day – Third Thursday of Each Quarter (January, April, July, October)
Recipe of the Day
Baked Pears Recipe
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
grated rind and juice of 1 orange
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°
Slice in half and core
Place on baking sheet
In a small bowl, combine sugar, lemon and orange rind and juices
Pour over pears
Dot with butter
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Bake for 1 hour
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