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National Witch Hazel Day - October 21st


On October 21, discover one of America’s first skin treatments and favorite skincare ingredients when you celebrate National Witch Hazel Day.

Since the late 1800s, distilled Witch Hazel Extracts have been formulated into many of the world’s most recognized cosmetic and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products. This effective, versatile plant extract naturally provides skincare, haircare, eye care, and topical OTC drug products with toning, oil control, and astringency claims – powering hundreds of essential personal care and skincare products including:

  • astringents
  • facial toners
  • shampoos
  • conditioners
  • hemorrhoidal treatments
  • personal cleansing
  • post-partum care

Today, Witch Hazel-based products help care for millions of Americans of every age each year. According to the United States Pharmacopoeia or USP, the organization that sets standards for strength and purity for active natural ingredients, genuine distilled Witch Hazel is a clear, colorless distillate often identified by its characteristic Witch Hazel scent. It is prepared by distilling the recently cut and partially dried dormant twigs of the Witch Hazel plant, Hamamelis Virginiana Linne’, and combining it with 14% Ethyl, Natural Grain Alcohol which functions as a natural preservative.

As an astringent active ingredient, Witch Hazel not only cleanses, but also helps surface tissues to contract, helping to protect tissue and reduce irritation, allowing the skin to heal.

As a skin toner and cleanser, genuine Witch Hazel removes impurities without stripping skin of its moisture, refines pores and balances complexion, reduces oil, soothes redness, and more.

The Many Benefits of Witch Hazel include:
  • Cleanses skin of dirt, excess oil, and residue without stripping skin of its natural moisture
  • Tightens pores for smoother skin
  • Prepares skin for skin treatment and makeup application
  • Helps control excess oil production
  • Reduces irritation
  • Helps remove the last traces of makeup
  • Soothes razor burn
  • Treats minor cuts and scrapes
  • Reduces irritation from bug bites

National Witch Hazel Day encourages you to explore all the benefits of Witch Hazel.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWitchHazelDay

On October 21, discover your favorite uses for Witch Hazel. There is so much to learn and love about this naturally powerful extract! With its multitude of benefits, there are so many ways to incorporate Witch Hazel into your daily life.

National Witch Hazel Day serves as an annual reminder of this versatile and useful plant extract. Skincare, personal care, or first aid — how do you use Witch Hazel?

Share your favorite uses for Witch Hazel by using #NationalWitchHazelDay on social media.


National Witch Hazel Day Logo_V2Dickinson Brands founded National Witch Hazel Day in 2021 to celebrate the history and fantastic benefits of Witch Hazel.

For over 150 years, 100% natural Distilled Witch Hazel has been the primary ingredient in all Dickinson Brands products, delivering more effective, all-natural skin treatment and skincare solutions. Dickinson Brands Inc. manages three brands of Witch Hazel products in the market: Humphreys Witch Hazel brand in Premium Natural Skincare sets, T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel in First Aid, and Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel in Skincare.

It all started in 1866, when Rev. Thomas Newton Dickinson, a clergyman, saw an opportunity to bring the benefits of Witch Hazel to the masses. Born and raised in New England, Dickinson understood the powerful healing properties of the native plant, which was used by Native Americans as early as the 17th Century. He set up his first distillery plant in central Connecticut, close to an abundance of the finest grade Witch Hazel shrubs to produce and bottle his namesake brand Dickinson’s Witch Hazel.Rev. Dickinson also set the pure, all-natural standard for Witch Hazel production, a time-honored craft ever since. Every winter, Dickinson Brands begins to hand-harvest organic-certified New England Witch Hazel at its peak bloom. They have perfected the distillation process in line with USP (pharmaceutical) standards, bringing you a clinical-grade natural active with a signature botanical scent, and a variety of formulas for gentle yet effective skin-loving products. Dickinson’s takes pride in the purity of its distilled Witch Hazel and in bringing you highly efficacious Witch Hazel products.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Witch Hazel Day to be observed on October 21, 2021, and every year thereafter.

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


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. 



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



Each year on October 21st, people across the nation observe National Reptile Awareness Day. Created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.

A reptile is any amniote that is neither a mammal nor a bird, is cold-blooded, has scales or scutes, and can lay eggs on land. Scutes are the thick bony or horny plates which form the dermal layer of such reptiles like turtles and crocodiles.  

There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles. The day promotes the wide varieties, their habitats, and how we benefit from reptiles, too. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ReptileAwarenessDay

Take some time to visit the zoo to see some reptiles or do some research on them. Invite someone to join you, too. Celebrations are always best when everyone is learning. Before you go write down how many different species by name you might see, and check them off your list while visiting. Read about the many different kinds around the world. Are there any that live near you? Learn more about reptiles by visiting Reptile Magazine online. 

Also, you can use the hashtag #ReptileAwarenessDay to post on social media all about your visit to the zoo.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this cold-blooded animal holiday. However, Reptile Magazine and Channel promote the day each year.



Each year on October 21st, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day ushers in the flavors of fall. Cheesecake is one of America’s favorite desserts and by adding pumpkin, we celebrate the essential flavoring of the season. 

This sweet dessert mixes fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar to create a base. The crust is made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry, or sponge cake. Pumpkin may be added to cheesecake recipes in various ways. For example, it may be swirled throughout, mixed thoroughly with all ingredients, or layered. Bakers prepare cheesecakes both baked or unbaked. Some bakers flavor cheesecakes and top them with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate, or whipped cream.

When is National Cheesecake Day?

An ancient form of cheesecake may have been a popular dish in ancient Greece. The earliest attested mention of cheesecake is by the Greek physician, Aegimus. He wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912. In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese.North America has several different styles of cheesecakes:

  • New York-style cheesecake
  • Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
  • Philadelphia-style
  • Farmer cheese cheesecake
  • Country-style cheesecake
  • Lactose-free cheesecake
  • Cheesecake Kludys
  • Chicago Style Cheesecake
  • Savory cheesecake

HOW TO OBSERVE #PumpkinCheesecakeDay

Try one of the following recipes to celebrate:

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Use #PumpkinCheesecakeDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet dessert.


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.


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

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October 21st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

In his Menlo Park, NJ laboratory, Thomas Edison demonstrates the first lasting electric lightbulb. After 1,200 unsuccessful experiments that did not hold up or were short-lived, led Edison to a bulb that burned 40 hours. By the end of the year, Edison would demonstrate the durable bulb to the public.


Ernest Hemmingway publishes the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. Considered one of the best war novels ever written, the story follows a young American soldier attached to a guerilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.


The Trimline phone designed by Henry Dreyfuss was installed in a home for the first time. The phone’s design offered a freedom that hadn’t been possible on previous phones, though the phone was still corded. With the dial on the handset instead of the base unit, users could dial and disconnect without being near the base unit.


Trevor Hunt carved 109 pumpkins in one hour, setting a world record. The record-breaking display took place during the filming of The Meredith Vieira Show in New York City.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Old Fashioned Date Nut Bread
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf


1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup boiling water
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour


Mix dates, nuts, soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add shortening and boiling water. Stir until shortening melts. Let stand 20 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add sugar and flour gradually. Stir until well incorporated.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Let stand, wrapped for 24 hours or longer before slicing.

October 21st Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Alfred Nobel – 1833

The Swedish chemist and engineer invented dynamite using nitroglycerine. Upon his death, Nobel’s will instructed that a bulk of his massive fortune be used to recognize those who “…conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.” Today, the world regards the Nobel Prize as the pinnacle of achievement.

Mary Blair – 1911

The American artist and animator’s influences and style can be seen in Disney films such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella.

William A. Mitchell – 1911

As a food chemist, Mitchell developed some of the most iconic convenience foods and snacks we enjoy today. Pop Rocks candy began as an idea for an instantly self-carbonating drink mix. Every Pie Day, millions of Americans celebrate with a dollop of Cool Whip. Yep. He made that, too. His products have even been to space. Tang anyone?

Samuel W. Alderson – 1914

crash test dummyThe physicist and engineer developed the first crash-test dummy designed for automobiles. As more people hit the roads after the advent of the automobile, the country came to realize the need for safety measures. In 1966, Congress passed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act which defined safety standards on vehicles, highway design, and more. Enter Samuel Alderson. Before creating crash-test dummies for the automotive industry (aka anthropomorphic test devices), Alderson developed them for the U.S. military and NASA.

Dizzy Gillespie – 1917

The daring jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader was one of the pioneers of bebop. He’s known for his sense of humor, puffed cheeks, and playing a bent trumpet. Some of his notable songs include “Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee,” “Blue ‘N’ Boogie,” and “Salt Peanuts.” In 1995, Gillespie was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Ursula LeGuin – 1929

The prolific science fiction author is the author of the Earthsea series which follows a young wizard named Ged Sparrowhawk and his adventures at a wizarding school. Publishing began on the 6 book series in 1968 with A Wizard of Earthsea.

Judith Sheindlin – 1942

The former Manhattan family court judge began presiding on the reality television show Judge Judy in 1996. For 25 seasons, she listened to the stories provided by the defendant and the plaintiff, espoused her wisdom, and made rulings.

Ronald McNair – 1950

In 1978, the physicist joined NASA as one of three men selected as the first African American astronaut. His first space flight was aboard the space shuttle Challenger mission STS-41B on February 3, 1984. His next mission aboard Challenger was STS-51L. Due to O-ring issues, the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch killing all 7 astronauts on board.

Carrie Fisher – 1956

The actress exploded onto the big screen in 1977 as Leigh in the Star Wars series. Her career spanned 47 years and continues to influence movie-goes today.

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