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On October 2nd, National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day encourages appreciation to the employees who keep our schools and workplaces across the nation running smoothly. 

Custodial workers operate behind the scenes. They are often under-appreciated for the hard work they do day after day, too. These are the personnel keeping schools, hospitals, office buildings, museums, churches, and other buildings clean and well maintained.

While delivering outstanding services and running a well-maintained building, they contribute to critical first impressions and the success of any business. They’re the people we call on to give our brick-and-mortar businesses a polished look. The bank, schools, and office buildings look organized and presentable because custodial workers efficiently keep everything in top condition.

Additionally, their skill saves businesses and organizations money. Well-maintained carpets and surfaces last longer. Seasonal updates and maintenance help buildings to run more efficiently, too. Custodial workers make sure buildings are ready for each season and running correctly. As a result, the buildings are safer and healthier for those entering them. They also free up time for the rest of the organization to focus on growing a business, teaching students, or caring for others.

The work is physically demanding. Depending on the position, custodial workers may work varying shifts and possibly in several locations. They may be part of a team or work independently. No matter where they work, this day recognizes their dedication and hard work.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CustodialWorkersRecognitionDay

If you know a custodial worker, THANK THEM today! Use #CustodialWorkersRecognitionDay to post on social media.

And we can all do our part to help them do their jobs too. We can be clean ourselves by keeping workstations neat. After a break, pick up after ourselves in the lunch/break room. We can even do some light dusting around our desks, office or cubicle. There is no reason to leave a mess for anyone else when we can simply do our part to help.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this worker recognition day. 



National Name Your Car Day on October 2nd encourages a special commitment to your wheels. It’s time to give your trusty automobile what it really needs, a name. 

Many of you most likely remember Herbie the Love Bug, Lightning McQueen from Cars, Kit from Knight Rider, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, and Bandit from Smokey and the Bandit. These are just some of the famous car names that are known by millions of people.

Make a day of it.  Take the ol’ jalopy out for a spin, a nice wash, and shine, and then just maybe you will select a signature meant for one so reliable. After all, you spend all that time together and take such good care of each other, isn’t it time to give those four wheels a name?


Pick out a name for your car if you haven’t already.  Use #NameYourCarDay to post on social media. Show pictures of your jalopy with that new name on a sign placard for all to see.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this automobile-related holiday.




National Produce Misting Day on October 2nd recognizes the innovation of keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. Misted fingertips rest assured that produce remains crisp, plump, hydrated, and nutrient-dense.

Given a choice between fresh and tired produce, we choose fresh every time. After all, who wants dried-out veggies.

Before automatic misting systems, grocers threw away too much dated product. No one likes to waste food, especially those in the business. As a solution, grocers soaked burlap potato sacks in water. At night, they laid them over their stock. The wet sacks prevented the fruits and vegetables from drying out. They even applied this technique to cheeses. While this nightly task worked, it was labor-intensive. There had to be a better way.

Eventually, there was. In 1979, along came an invention or two that changed how we get our fresh food. Automatic produce misting systems revolutionized the grocery world. While these systems extended the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, it also increased the variety of foods available.

Before, exotic food shipped in refrigerated trucks, but the time for distance traveled dramatically reduced their shelf life. Now, exotic foods stood a chance with the help of hydration. Customers no longer wait for vacation to savor a favorite delicacy. Amazingly, shoppers ask grocers to order foreign ingredients to make exotic dishes fresh in their homes.

Today, these technologies make shopping for delicious and nutritious food easy. It also improves accessibility here and around the world.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ProduceMistingDay

Get your fingers misted! Pick out your favorite fresh produce or try something new. Don’t hesitate to test that recipe you’ve been thinking about. Your grocer probably stocks the exotic vegetable you need, thanks to produce misting technology. Your recipe is now possible!

When you’re shopping, be sure to notice when the misters start working. Tell someone that it’s #ProduceMistingDay. Share your favorite fresh recipes by using #ProduceMistingDay on social media. Don’t forget to give a shout out to your local grocer for misting your fingers and having delicious, fresh product.

You can also discover more amazing inventions that made grocery shopping more convenient. We found 7 Inventions That Made Grocery Shopping Easier.



Corrigan Corporation of America founded National Produce Misting Day in 2018 to share the fascinating history behind the inventive engineering that brings fresh produce to our local stores. They honor and celebrate Jack Corrigan, who is credited with establishing the first patents for automatic produce misting systems back in 1979, and his son Mike Corrigan, for having the vision to bring it to market.

As the owner of the Carrot Top produce market, Jack Corrigan also had a civil engineering background. Out of necessity, he combined his two interests and set to work. Corrigan’s inventions led to the development of innovative tools and a market-leading manufacturing company.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Produce Misting Day in 2019 to be observed on October 2nd annually.



Right at the beginning of National Seafood Month, National Fried Scallops Day serves up a seafood dish enjoyed across the country. October 2nd each year brings scallop fans together to celebrate their favorite dishes. 

The word scallop refers to the common name applied to many species of marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae. Every ocean in the world provides habitat for these mollusks, too. 

When is National Shrimp Day?

In fact, many areas of the world prize scallops as a food source. The name scallop applies to the meat of the scallops when it is used as seafood. The tender meat is harvested in a variety of sizes. Larger medallions grill deliciously over an open flame. Smaller scallops pair nicely in soups or pasta. However, this tender and prized meat requires very little season and often takes center stage of a meal. 

Like many types of seafood, cooks should be careful not to overcook. The meat becomes tough and rubbery. However, when cooked to just done, the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender. In the United States, we consume three types of scallops: sea scallops, bay scallops, and calico scallops. The flavor and versatility of scallops lead us to celebration! 

HOW TO OBSERVE #FriedScallopsDay

Scallop lovers rejoice! Head to your favorite seafood restaurant and order a plate of scallops. Are you handy in the kitchen? Pick up some scallops to make at home. Here are two very good recipes to enjoy these Fried Scallops:

Pan-Fried Sea Scallops
Pan-Fried Scallops

Or share your favorite recipes with us. Invite someone to taste scallops for the first time. Introduce them to the best methods for cooking scallops, too. Or, take a cooking class and become master of your kitchen, a la scallop style. While you’re celebrating, be sure to use #FriedScallopsDay to post on social media.

Did you know, in Italy, scallops is a dish of potatoes, veggies, and thin slices of pork in a brown gravy? So, don’t be surprised if you order scallops and the waiter doesn’t bring you seafood! Yep, this happened to me recently. The dish was very good, just imagine my surprise expecting a seafood dish and receiving pork.


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


I'm Just Me Because Month - October (1)


I’m Just Me Because Month in October invites all people to express their individuality …Our motto is “Be Yourself!”

The entire month of October focuses on promoting individual development, creating environments that break down stereotypes, and embracing who we really are. By doing so, we also recognize the diversity around us, and we move beyond simple tolerance to celebrate humanity. Our movement starts by giving voice to the things that make us unique and outstanding and recognizing that acceptance helps change the culture.

The I’m Just Me Movement reminds us the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Understanding diversity is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and embracing and celebrating the rich variety contained within us.

Expressing who we are also goes a long way to improving and maintaining mental wellness. When we are confident in our voice and uniqueness, we share those qualities with others. We build upon a foundation that we can fall back on in times of crisis. Our mental wellness overcomes many obstacles life throws at us. October and I’m Just Me Because Month provides an opportunity to grow and experience understanding in ways we never have before.


During I’m Just Me Because Month, we can express our strengths, talents, and achievements. Some may choose to define themselves by their challenges or appearance; others emphasize their inner beauty or unique features. I’m Just Me Because Month provides endless conversations starters from hair color to where a person was born. But we don’t have to be defined only by our circumstances, mistakes, or by address. Remember, identify the connection of the world’s greatest you, and be THAT! As Tina says, “Live life forward.”

Express the ways that make you the unique individual you are throughout October. Celebrate the person that is like no other and be you! Use the #ImJustMeBecause and tell us why by posting on social media.


Students at a mobile workshop complete the statement “I’m just me because…”


The I’m Just Me Movement grew from the experiences of the Culbreath family, who in 2013 created a fundraiser to help with costs of post-graduation support for their son, Rze Culbreath. Rze had just graduated, and his mother, about the same time, had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Their son’s dream to attend college, despite his challenges, was remarkable. Tina Stevens-Culbreath and Rodney Culbreath, SR created a fundraiser and called it the I’m Just Me Movement. The funding would impact their son in ways they didn’t expect, and life would take unexpected turns like life often does. They learned about their community, their neighbors, their son, and each other.

Through 2014, they continued outreach of inclusion; in November 2015, the I’m Just Me Movement became a non-profit organization with a mission of spreading awareness and breaking down stereotypes. Rze’s parents, Tina and Rodney, felt inspired by their son and the community to continue their efforts to impact individuals.

In November 2016, the organization founded I’m Just Me Because Month in hopes of reaching people on a national level. They also hoped to encourage celebrating the rich scopes of diversity contained within each individual through acceptance and respect for one another. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed I’m Just Me Because Month to be observed annually in October.

About I’m Just Me Movement

Today, through their organization, founders Rze Culbreath, Rodney Culbreath SR, Zach Harrell, Christine Stevens-Culbreath play a positive role in young lives every day. With great team members, they provide their Live Life Forward Initiative workshops, mentoring, presentations, and many more programs. Their programs are available through a variety of venues, including schools, businesses, and events. I’m Just Me Movement advocates and raises awareness about inclusion, diversity, bullying, and self-esteem issues. Through their mission, they positively impact youth/communities and guide, teach, train, and mentor them to a better future.

Our Approach to Help Stop Bullying! We believe the solution to ending the cycle of bullying requires nurturing people to be who they are and help them build self-esteem as well! People are less likely to cut others down and be more compassionate when they feel good about themselves. The bully is part of the solution!

On Deck for October 3, 2021
October 2nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

J. Osterhoudt receives patent No. 5,8554 for a method of opening tin cans with a key. His design includes a lip for a key to turn the lid back.


In the Jules Vern novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg sets out on his journey around the world.


Charles M. Schulz publishes the first Charlie Brown cartoon strip, Li’l Folks. It was later named Peanuts.


CBS debuts Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. The anthology series tells bizarre stories that often encompassed strange events with plot twists and moral lessons.


Thurgood Marshall takes the oath from Chief Justice Earl Warren. The attorney and civil rights activist was the first African American Supreme Court Justice. He served until 1991. One of Marshall’s career highlights was the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.


Canadian Lennox Lewis takes gold in the super heavyweight bout at the Seoul Olympics. He TKOs American Riddick Bowe in the 2nd round.

Recipe of the Day

Unbelievably Easy Honey Mustard Chicken

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 2


2 lb bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup mustard (I use yellow mustard)
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne (or 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes)


Preheat the oven to 375° F and spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a small bowl and stir in mustard, honey, salt, pepper, and cayenne/red pepper flakes until combined.

Place chicken thighs in prepared pan, cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

Remove chicken and place on a plate. Pour honey mustard sauce left in the pan into a serving container. Serve chicken with steamed rice and honey mustard sauce on the side.

Notes: 1) Add more or less of the cayenne/red pepper flakes to adjust for preferred level of heat. 2) The amount of sauce can be adjusted. Be sure to keep the ratio of mustard to honey at 1 part mustard to 2 parts honey.

Recipe Credit: Janet Barnett

October 2nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Hannah Adams – 1755

Working professionally as a writer, Adams compiled early U.S. history and the study of religion. She was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a living as a writer.

Nat Turner – 1800

Born into slavery, Turner organized and launched a two-day campaign that ended with the deaths of whites and slaves alike. Turner was hanged after eluding militia for six weeks.

Mahatma Gandhi – 1869

The social activist became the leader of the nationalist movement in India. Known for his non-violent resistance, in 1894 his labors for his country began when the Natal Legislative Assembly began considering a bill that would remove the right to vote from Indians. Gandhi’s efforts would take years and in 1947 the Indian Independence Bill created two independent nations: India and Pakistan. Only a few months later, Nathuram Godse assassinated the peaceful social activist.

Groucho Marx – 1890

The witty comedian joined his brothers on stage, radio and television performing shtick comedy. Groucho became known for his hallmark style which included a painted-on mustache, cigar, bushy eyebrows and trench coat.

Ruth Cheney Streeter – 1895

The first director of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve also became the first woman to attain the rank of major in the Marine Corps. By the time she retired in 1945, she had achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Nicolai Poliakoff – 1900

As the creator of the CoCo the Clown, Poliakoff gained fame in the UK and later the US. After immigrating to the UK from Russia, Poliakoff perfected is auguste clowning style with the Bertram Mills Circus.

Ruby Stephens – 1924

The right-handed pitcher played six seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. During her baseball career, she traveled all over North and South America playing exhibition games. When her baseball career ended, Stephens worked for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, IL.

Robert Henry Lawrence – 1935

The first African American astronaut served as an instructor with the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. However, Lawrence would perish during a training flight for the Space Shuttle program before ever being given the opportunity to fly in space.

Johnnie Cochran – 1937

During the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the attorney made the phrase “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” famous.

Annie Leibovitz – 1949

The photographer is best known for her stunning portraits of celebrities.

Paul Teutul Jr. – 1974

After co-founding Orange County Choppers with his father, Teutul Jr. co-starred in the reality show American Chopper on the Discovery Channel and TLC for 8 seasons.

About National Day Calendar

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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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