NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
National Make A Difference Day brings community service to a whole new level each year. Organizations join forces on the fourth Saturday in October to make a difference, big or small.
Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.
For more than 20 years, USA Weekend and Points of Light sponsored National Make a Difference Day. It became the largest national day of community service. However, the two organizations no longer promote the community service weekend. Despite that, the event carries on, thanks to many with like-minded beliefs in their communities.
All across the country, organizations pick up the tools required to help others during this weekend. Sometimes, they pick another weekend in October. However, they do it, they do so making a difference in the lives of others and their communities. The expression of love for each other through support and good ol’ elbow grease is sometimes all we need to make a difference.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MakeADifferenceDay
Making a difference can come in many forms so this day is wide open for participation!
- Volunteer in your community or for an organization with merit.
- Be a mentor. Help a youth or another professional to gain new skills.
- Make a donation to a charity with meaning to you.
- Say a kind word of support to someone who is struggling.
- Put your skills to work. Sometimes our hobbies can bring joy to others in ways we least expect it.
Do what you can to make a difference and use #MakeADifferenceDay to post on social media.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY HISTORY
Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by Points of Light. Together they sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. While the organizations no longer support Make a Difference Day, the observance still impacts communities around the country. Volunteers and organizations have taken up the banner to help their communities in ways that best fit their needs.
Those Who Make A Difference
- Laurence Segal’s Cans For Cancer (Bottles 4 A Cure) collects bottles and cans each year in the name of Make A Difference Day. The proceeds are donated to cancer research.
- The Center for Nonprofit Management at MSU Texas in Wichita Falls, Texas promotes an event in the spirit of the day, too. Check out their Calendar of Events for dates and times.
- Central School of Grand Cane, Louisiana will participate by spending the day sanding and painting picnic tables. The National Honor Society members are volunteering their time for this project.
- The Kiwanis Club embraces the Make A Difference Day theme each year. Learn more about their projects by visiting kiwanis.org.
- The TRIO Club at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington will be supporting the local ECEAP program with shoes and coats for 3-5 year-olds.
- The Volunteer Center in Winnetka, IL, hosts a volunteer event each year.
- Forest City, California, hosts events each year that support those in the community.
- Since 2008, Fountain Hills Arizona has been participating in National Make A Difference Day. Volunteers support a variety of opportunities to help their community and those who live there.
Do you know an organization that carries on the torch for Make A Difference Day each year? Send us the information through our Contact Us link. and we’ll add it to the list.
NATIONAL MOLE DAY
We’ll eliminate any visions of a burrowing creature celebration immediately; National Mole Day recognizes a special number in chemistry. Chemists and chemistry students mark the occasion each year on October 23rd.
More specifically, the celebrations take place between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM. In the U.S., the time and date are written 6:02 10/23. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number. Avagadro’s number is approximately 6.02×10^23. Hence, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of a substance, one of the seven base SI units.
- A mole is a unit of measurement used in chemistry to express amounts of a chemical substance.
- Avogadro’s number is a historical term closely related to the Avogadro constant.
- The Avogadro constant is named after the early 19th-century Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMoleDay
There are several ways to celebrate this scientific day. Do you know how to use the mole in an equation?
- Learn more about molecular science and Avogadro’s number.
- Explore the international system of measurement using moles.
- Test your knowledge of chemistry. Celebrate with other chemists and chemistry students.
- Conduct a mole experiment. While conducting it, see how many puns you can tell.
- In your classroom, do a video with your students demonstrating what a mole is.
- Create a rap about the mole. Be sure to include a little history of Amedeo Avogadro.
- While reading up on Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro, explore other chemists of his era.
- Wear a t-shirt with 6.02×10^23 on it.
Share your knowledge using #NationalMoleDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MOLE DAY HISTORY
An article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980s sparked National Mole Day. A chemistry teacher at Prairie du Chien Senior High School became inspired by the article and founded the National Mole Day Foundation on May 15, 1991.
NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY
National Boston Cream Pie Day serves up a delicious dessert on October 23rd each year. Pie lovers, move along. Cake lovers, pull up a chair. Let’s celebrate the cake with an identity crisis! Boston Cream Pie is a chocolate frosted, custard-filled cake that is loved by millions.
In 1856, at Boston’s Parker House Hotel, French chef Monsieur Augustine Francois Anezin created this pudding and cake combination.
The decadent cake comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla-flavored custard or creme patisserie. The cake is then topped with a chocolate glaze, such as a ganache or sometimes powdered sugar and a cherry.
In 1996, Massachusetts declared the Boston Cream Pie as their official dessert.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BostonCreamPieDay
Celebrate dessert with a slice of homemade Boston Creme Pie made from one of the following recipes. Be sure to invite someone to share it with you and make it a real celebration. Don’t want to bake? Visit your favorite bakery and give them a shout-out while you’re there. Take a selfie and share it on social media.
NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday.
National iPod Day on October 23rd recognizes the portable music device.
Apple introduced the iPod on October 23, 2001. The iPod changed the way we listened to and purchased music. The first iPod was sold on November 10, 2001, for $399. iPod Day pays recognition to this groundbreaking technology and the many people it impacted. The iPod introduced us to playlists and a way of managing our music collections like never before. It took portability to a whole new level. Soon, the iPod would introduce other media to us, too. It changed the way we listened to books, stories, and news.
The device also changed the way we told stories, too. Those who had something to broadcast could record them. They would upload the broadcast for a listener. Listeners would tune-in by downloading the podcast. Thousands of apps offer ways to listen to podcasts today.
Today, let’s also take a moment to remember Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.
HOW TO OBSERVE #IPOD Day
Play music on your iPod or any mobile device in honor of the revolutionary technology that changed the way we listen to music. Share your first iPod and your favorite playlist. How many playlists do you have? Do you have a favorite podcast or produce one? #iPodDay to post on social media.
IPOD DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar continues to research the founder of the observance, the day commemorates the introduction of the iPod to the public.
NATIONAL TV TALK SHOW HOST DAY
On October 23rd get ready to go live before a studio audience on National TV Talk Show Host Day! Created to pay tribute to TV talk show hosts and appreciate their unique form of humor, entertaining stories, spontaneous wit, and timely political jokes.
Talk shows come in a variety of platforms. Daytime talk shows provide a combination of current events, health updates, technology news, and entertainment. The later the hour, the more comedy the TV talk show host dishes out. From practical jokes, impersonations, and sketches to games, sidekicks and audience participation. Guests usually star in an upcoming film or made headlines for a stunt, good deed or unusual invention.
Each day we watch our favorite talk shows, and we laugh, cry, listen and learn. It is these great hosts that make the shows ones that we want to watch. While they’ve expanded their formats, not much has changed. They still fill the night with humor and popular guests. The band plays along and the audience joins in the pranks, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TVTalkShowHostDay
Learn about TV Talk Show history. Practice your talk show voice. Tell a few one-liners for your family. Discovery some of the history behind the comedy associated with late-night talk shows. Do you have a favorite sketch or game played on a particular show?
Invite the family to watch your favorite TV talk show host and use #TVTalkShowHostDay to post on social media.
Explore the world of TV talk shows from history by reading 9 Celebrated Talk Shows, too.
NATIONAL TV TALK SHOW HOST DAY HISTORY
National TV Talk Show Host Day was chosen to be celebrated on The King of Late Night Television’s birthday. John William “Johnny” Carson was born on October 23, 1925. Carson was the host of The Tonight Show for thirty years (1962 – 1992).
SWALLOWS DEPART FROM SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO DAY
On October 23rd, the Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day marks the migration of thousands of swallows.
The famous cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano leave town every year in a swirling mass near the Day of San Juan (October 23). They head for their winter vacation spot 6,000 miles south in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. Each year, they return on or about March 19th – St. Joseph Day. Their migration has been marked for generations.
Cliff swallows are cousins of barn swallows and purple martins.
Swallows have long, narrow wings, forked tails, and weak, tiny feet. Incredibly graceful in flight, they feed on the wing, catching insects in their wide mouths; they can effortlessly make abrupt changes in direction or speed as they feed.
The cliff swallow has a rusty rump, and when seen from below, it appears to have a squared-off tail and a dark patch on the throat.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SwallowsDepartFromSanJuanCapistranoDay
Learn more about cliff swallows and their family members. Sketch or photograph them. Watch videos of them in flight. Study their habitat and follow their migration path. Listen to a recording of their song. Use #SwallowsDepartFromSanJuanCapistranoDay to post on social media.
SWALLOWS DEPART FROM SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this migration day.
The first National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, MA, taking the movement for women’s rights beyond individual regional efforts. During the convention, participants developed a set of conventions titled the Declaration of Sentiments. Some of the 68 women and 32 men who signed the declaration included Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Marth Underhill, Frederick Douglass, and Henry W. Seymour.
Disney released the animated musical Dumbo. It featured the songs “Baby mine” and “When I See an Elephant Fly.”
In an episode of the Belgian comic series named Johan and Peewit, the first Smurf appeared. The Medieval-themed comic created by Peyo introduced the little blue people in the episode “The Flute of Six Smurfs.”
The U.S. Supreme Court swears in Justice Clarence Thomas. He is the second black jurist to join the highest court in the country and replaced Thurgood Marshall.
Apple debuts the digital, portable media device, the iPod.
Twentieth Century Fox releases the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, the film earned four Academy Awards, including Best Actor.
Recipe of the Day
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen peas
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
6 cups vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dry basil
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil for garnish
In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and carrots, cooking about 5 minutes until onion is tender and slightly browned. Add potatoes, peas, and tomatoes.
Stir in broth, beans, basil, oregano, and thyme. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.
John Heisman – 1869
The football player and coach is best known for bringing the forward pass to the game. In its early days, football meshed the skills and rules of rugby and soccer together. However, while soccer allows forward passes, rugby does not. Today, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awards the Heisman Trophy the most outstanding football player in the (NCAA) and named the award after this football pioneer.
Gertrude Ederle – 1905
Before becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926, Ederle broke amateur swimming records and joined the U.S. women’s swim team, winning gold at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.
Ted Fujita – 1920
The meteorologist developed a scale identifying the intensity of a tornado. Today the Fujita Scale (also known as the F-Scale) is used by meteorologists around the world.
Johnny Carson – 1925
In 1962, Johnny Carson replaced Jack Paar as host of the Tonight Show. With humor, magic, and impersonations, the comedian entertained audiences for 30 years.
Pelé – 1940
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the soccer player led his Brazilian team to three World Cup championships. Regarded as one of the world’s best professional soccer players, Pelé began playing professionally at 16.
Michael Crichton – 1942
The science fiction and thriller author has brought several titles to the big screen, including Jurassic Park, The Great Train Robber, and Twister.
Weird Al Yankovic – 1959
As a singer-songwriter, Yankovic produces satirical remakes of popular songs. Some of his more memorable songs include “Like a Surgeon,” “Word Crimes,” and “I Think I’m a Clone Now.”
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