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NATIONAL SWEETEST DAY – Third Saturday in October


National Sweetest Day is observed on the third Saturday in October by people of all ages.

Just in time for its 100th Anniversary, National Sweetest Day encourages everyone to be generous even in the smallest ways.  From its inception as Candy Day in 1916, this day reminds us that even small tokens improve the lives of those around us. While the observance started with candy and sweets given to our sweethearts and friends, the day is full of lessons in persistence, resilience, and doing small things greatly.  

On National Sweetest Day, take care of all those who need extra attention. Even those who need significant care, when given the smallest token, will feel the effects.  A little treat, a card, a show of support during a time of need may be the sweetest gift on this day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSweetestDay

Give a gift to someone who needs a reminder of the sweetness in the world. It is, after all, the Sweetest Day of the Year. Use #NationalSweetestDay to post on social media.


National Sweetest Day found its beginnings in a holiday founded by the National Confectioners’ Association in 1916 called Candy Day.  On October 14, 1916, candy shops around the country filled newspapers announcing their sweetest treats and delights.  Originally designated to be celebrated the second Saturday of every October, the confectioners’ convention in Detroit in May of 1916 made the final resolution. Walter C. Hughes, the secretary of the National Confectioners’ Association, encouraged Americans to patronizes their local candy shops, bakers, and druggist for the highest quality confections.

Candy Day

Early advertisements found in Indiana, Minnesota and Texas newspapers mention the “Sweetest Day of the Year” in reference to Candy Day.  However, it was not the official name of the day – not yet.

By 1917 war raging in Europe, and many retailers encouraged patrons to “Get one for yourself and one for the boys overseas!”

Then in April of 1918, the United States officially entered the war in Europe, and with that came rationing.  Sugar, as well as many other commodities, became scarce.  Sponsors shelved the holiday just as it was starting to see such success.

Sweetest Day of the Year Returns

With the end of the war in 1919, sweetness returned to October.  So sweet, in fact, Candy Day became an entire week.  Then in 1923, the day kicked into the full charitable swing.

Sweetest Day’s theme of charity and giving became apparent in 1921. At the time, four Michigan confectioners united with the Red Cross. Those confectioners included the Detroit Retail Confectioners, Detroit Wholesale Confections Club, Detroit Jobbing Confectioners Association, and the Michigan Confectioners Club. Together, they distributed thousands of bags of candy to hospitals, orphanages, shelters, and homes across Michigan. The celebration also included 100 regulation army target balloons, which dropped coupons worth a box of candy.

In 1929, Sweetest Day settled into its current home, the third Saturday in October.



National Edge Day on October 17th promotes a movement of youth refraining from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. 

As part of the Straight Edge movement, teens and young adults pledge to live a clean lifestyle. Many who follow the movement also abstain from recreational sex and unhealthy food choices.

The day also encourages the support of those who chose to live the Straight Edge lifestyle. Abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs is not an indication someone is dull. Many who live on the edge, do so without these chemical enhancements. Some may travel and explore the world. They may be thrill-seekers or collectors of knowledge. Perhaps they absorb languages and music instead.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEdgeDay

Learn more about the Straight Edge movement and what it means. While most events occur on the East Coast, the movement is growing. Join an event near you or organize one. Share your events on social media using #NationalEdgeDay to post on social media.


In 1999, the Straight Edge movement launch this national day with an event held in Boston, Massachusetts under the name of “Edge Fest.” Straight Edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs.  The movement adopted the term from the song “Straight Edge” by the 1980s hardcore punk band, Minor Threat.



October is National Pasta Month, and October 17th recognizes National Pasta Day. 
Pasta lovers celebrate!
While we find noodles all over the world, pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine. The first reference dates to 1154 in Sicily and was first attested to in English in 1874. Typically, it is made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour. The flour is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.  
Types of Pasta
Look for pasta in pasta in both savory and dessert dishes. Since it’s so versatile, pasta lends itself to sweet and every other dish on the table. Cooks feature pasta as a main dish, but they also serve up delicious hot and cold side dishes as well. And then, of course, those special desserts we can’t resist making our mouths water. 
Cooks originally made fresh pasta by hand. However, today, many varieties of fresh pasta are made commercially. Large-scale machines bring choices to our grocers daily. Smaller pasta machines on the market make having the freshest pasta at home even easier. 
  • Dried and fresh pasta come in several shapes and varieties.
  • There are so many kinds of pasta! According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini De Vita, 310 specific kinds of pasta identified by over 1300 names have been documented.
  • In Italy, names of specific pasta shapes or types vary with locale.
  • Example: Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on the region and town.

The size and shape of pasta may determine the best sauce to pair with it, too. For example, serve linguine with lighter, thinner sauces to avoid breaking the noodles. A similarly shaped noodle, fettuccine, is less delicate. That’s why it carries heavier sauces like alfredo.

Learn more about pasta from the National Pasta Association.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPastaDay

Explore the world of pasta. Whether you’re cooking up a salad, main dish, or dessert, recipes abound. We offer several on our recipe page, too! If you don’t feel like cooking, take the family out to an Italian restaurant. No matter what you are planning, invite friends to join you. It’s the best way to Celebrate Every Day®!  #NationalPastaDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. 



Black Poetry Day on October 17th honors past and present black poets. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published black poet in the United States. Jupiter Hammon was born in Long Island, New York, on October 17th, 1711. 

The day celebrates the importance of black heritage and literacy. It also recognizes the contributions made by black poets and shows appreciation to black authors.

Take up a quiet spot at the library to read many of the talented black poets from around the world. Or find a poetry reading at a nearby bookstore, cultural or arts center like the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. The first center of its kind in the United States, The Furious Flower’s name is inspired by a poem written by former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. They also have a growing collection of resources, offer workshops and so much more.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BlackPoetryDay

Host a poetry slam in your living room, front step, or in the break room. Encourage a black poet you know. Attend a poetry reading or share your own poetry. Pick up some poetry written by black poets. Explore the poetry of Jessie Redmon Fauset, Robert Hayden, Wanda Phips or Arna Bontemps. As you celebrate, be sure to use #BlackPoetryDay to post on social media.


Black Poetry Day was established in 1985.NATIONAL MULLIGAN DAY – October – 17


National Mulligan Day is observed annually on October 17th. 

In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a specific move or action. The day offers an opportunity for giving yourself a second chance or, as some people call it, a “do-over.”   

According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), three different stories explain the origin of the term. The first derives from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, a one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920s.  A different, later, etymology gives credit to John A. “Buddy” Mulligan, a locker room attendant at Essex Fells C.C., New Jersey, in the 1930s.  Another story, according to author Henry Beard, states that the term comes from Thomas Mulligan, a minor Anglo-Irish aristocrat and a passionate golfer who was born in 1793.

According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), the term first achieved widespread use in the 1940s.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMulliganDay

We can all think of something that at one point in time, we have said, “I wish I could do that over.”  Celebrate the day by taking your do-over. Also, be considerate and offer a Mulligan to a few friends and neighbors out there. Some days we all deserve it. Use #NationalMulliganDay to post on social media.


C. Daniel Rhodes of Hoover, AL, National Mulligan Day as a way to give everyone a day to have a fresh start.  Along with Mulligan Day, Rhodes created Brother’s Day (May 24) and National Garage Sale Day (Second Saturday in August).

October 16 History


When an iron ring holding together a fermentation tank snapped at the Horse Shoe Brewery in St. Giles, London, the ensuing flood collapsed one of the brewery walls sending a tidal wave of beer into the streets of Tottenham Court Road. The exploding vat also damaged other vats in the brewery causing more than 320,000 gallons of beer to fill basements and damage to surrounding houses. In the aftermath, 8 people died as a result of the fermented fury.


Sir Henry Bessemer patented his steelmaking process that would later become known as the Bessemer Process. By blowing air into molten pig iron, Bessemer used oxidation to remove impurities from the iron.


Guglielmo Marconi begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless telegraph service.


Twelve years later, General Electric incorporates the Radio Corporation of America. With assistance from the United States Navy Department, RCA acquired the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company.


Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie appear in a comic strip for the first time.


Congress passes the Department of Education Organization Act creating the U.S. Department of Education.


At the United States National Skydiving Championship in Perris Valley, CA, an international team of jumpers sets a world record for the largest canopy formation by women using 25 parachutes.


Recipe of the Day

Fresh Cranberry Salad
Recipe submitted by Ellen W. of North Dakota

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 Cook time

Cranberry Salad










1 Bag of Fresh Cranberries
2 Whole Oranges
2 Whole Apples
Sugar (or another sweetener of your preference)


Fill a large bowl with water.

Add cranberries to water. Let sit in water bath for about 10 mins.
(FOOD TIP: Once cranberries are in water, dispose of any that sink. Sinking cranberries are an indication they are bad).

While cranberries are bathing, wash apples and oranges.

Dice both apples and oranges into cubes. Set aside.

Drain cranberries.

Add cranberries, apples and oranges to food processor or chopper.

Process until thick and chunky. Consistency will be similar to a relish

Add sugar/sweetener to taste.

Cover put in fridge until chill.

Serve and ENJOY!

This dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until served.

October 17 Birthdays

Jupiter Hammon -1711

As the first published African American poet, he is considered the father of African American Literature. Born into slavery, Hammon received an education, learned to read and was allowed use of the manor library.

Henry Campbell Black – 1860

Although the lawyer didn’t practice law for long, he did author the first comprehensive law dictionary – Black’s Law Dictionary.

Mildred Knopf – 1898

Armed with a love of cooking, Knopf authored six cookbooks including Cook, My Darling Daughter and Around the World: A Cookbook for Young People. She also shared her memories of it all in Memoirs of a Cook.

Shinichi Suzuki – 1898

The self-taught musician was also a philosopher and educator. His love of music and education led Suzuki to developed the Suzuki method of teaching music.

Arthur Miller – 1915

The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is best known for the plays The Crucible, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.

Violet Milstead – 1919

The Canadian pilot joined the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II, delivering planes to the military squadrons. She’s also Canada’s first woman bush pilot and earned numerous awards for her service.

Priscilla Buckley – 1921

For 27 years, the journalist and author was the managing editor for the National Review.

Evel Knievel – 1938

Known for his dramatic jumps, Knievel was the Harry Houdini of daredevils. Throughout his career he made more than 75 jumps on his motorcycles wowing spectators around the world.

Mae C Jemison – 1956

The chemical engineer and physician became the first African American woman in space. On September 12, 1992, Jemison along with six other astronauts flew into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor.

Mike Judge – 1962

The animator created the television series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is also co-creator of the animated series King of the Hill and Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus.

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