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Each year on October 5, people across the nation observe National Do Something Nice Day.

This observance is very similar to National Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is celebrated on February 17.

It would be ideal if everyone lived their lives doing kind things on a daily basis and without thinking about it. We all get caught up in our fast-paced lifestyles. However, kindness should never be sacrificed to get ahead in the world. Kindness doesn’t require grand gestures. Though, when able, those are acceptable, too. 

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. ~
Frank A. Clark

In a matter of seconds, we hold the power to change the course of a person’s day by being nice. The person’s day in question might even be our own. Some things that takes very little time at all and almost no effort include:

  • Noticing someone’s signal in traffic and allowing them into your lane
  • Picking up the neighbor’s newspaper on your daily walk and placing it within easy reach
  • Opening a door for another person
  • Giving your place in line to the person with only three items
  • Tipping your service staff an extra dollar or two more than you usually would
  • Give a compliment
  • Encourage a student with an idea for a solution
  • Read to a child
  • Listen to someone who is lonely

HOW TO OBSERVE #DoSomethingNiceDay

Do something nice. The something can be anything from buying a cup of coffee for someone in line at the coffee shop to giving a compliment to the tired clerk. Maybe the day calls for sending flowers with a card that says “just because,” or asking the neighbors over for a barbecue in the backyard or mowing the lawn for someone.   Use #DoSomethingNiceDay to post on social media.

We do encourage our readers to learn about the inspirational story of Eva Kor here: The Story of Eva.


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

National Get Funky Day - October 5th


Find your groove and Get Funky on October 5th for National Get Funky Day!

Turn up the energy, improve the mood, smile, laugh, and dance. Share the enthusiasm everywhere you go. This day encourages everyone to break out of their funk and get funky. When we add a little spice to our everyday routine, it keeps life interesting, too. Watch your interactions between customers, coworkers, and loved ones improve. Funkiness is infectious! National Get Funky Day invites you to celebrate life, spread love, laughter, and light!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGetFunkyDay

Get funky by wearing the brightest clothes, dance to happy music, smile, laugh, let your hair down, high five, and hug people. Have a party, help a neighbor, be positive and have fun! Whatever you do, step out of your normal and Get Funky! The goal is to generate as much positivity as possible, that the day will go down as the funkiest in History.

Use #NationalGetFunkyDay to share on social media.


Funkytown Fitness founded National Get Funky day to help people break free of their comfort zones and let loose for a fun and exciting day throughout the country. When people get Funky they get happy, they have fun, and the world becomes a more positive place. This day evolved from the incredible way the community happily came together to help complete strangers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Get Funky Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

Funky FAQ

Q. What does the word “funky” actually mean?
A. Funky has developed several different meanings since the late 16th century. Funky often refers to a strong odor. Cheese can have a funky smell (and that can be good or bad). Funky also evolved as a term used in the world of music, especially jazz, to show approval. It later spread to a distinct style of music (funk) and the associated style, attitude, or sound.

Q. What is the difference between being in a groove and being in a rut?
A. While both a groove and a rut describe similar things such as a worn depression or track, they mean opposite things. If you’re in a groove, you’re moving right along, enjoying your favorite routines, and generally loving life. If you’re in a rut, you’re kind of stuck. The routines you’ve developed are not as exciting as they once were.



On October 5, fall ushers in National Apple Betty Day with a sweet aroma of apples baked in cinnamon and oats. 

Similar to what is known as apple crisp, crumble, or cobbler, the American variant known as the Betty or Brown Betty dates from colonial times. Most Apple Betty recipes call for cinnamon, sugar, and butter to make the crumbs that top sliced apples. Sometimes oats or flour are added, too. 

As the temperatures begin dropping outside, apple Betty recipes warm the home and fill it with delicious fragrances. Apple Betty recipes also allow a child’s hand to help prepare the dessert, making it a family event. The season is ideal for this treat, too. Tart apples just off the tree call out for autumn recipes like these.

Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House. 


Enjoy these Apple Betty recipes:

Apple Betty
Apple Brown Betty
Grandma’s Apple Brown Betty

Use #AppleBettyDay to post on social media.


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

Apple Betty FAQ

Q. What kind of apples are best when making an Apple Betty?
A. Tart, crisp apples are best for making an Apple Betty. Apples like Granny Smith and Braeburn hold up to baking and won’t be overly sweet when combined with the sugar and other ingredients. 

Q. What is the difference between an apple betty, apple cobbler, and apple crisp?
A. All three desserts bring out the flavor of crisp, tart apples. They also fill the home with the aroma of fall. However, the textures of each one differ from the others. An apple betty is topped with a crumble made from flour, butter, and spices. Apple cobbler is topped with a cake-like batter with baking soda to help it rise. Apple crisp is probably the most similar to the apple betty. However, apple crisp recipes typically call for oats in the topping to create a coarser texture.

Q. What other apple-themed days are on the calendar?
A. There are many apple days on the calendar. At the end of October, National Carmel Apple Day wraps up the month and in December National Eat a Red Apple Day wraps up the year with regards to apple-themed days.

NATIONAL FRUIT AT WORK DAY – First Tuesday in October


On the first Tuesday in October, National Fruit at Work Day encourages some fruitiness to get you through the day. Not only is fruit tasty, but it’s good for you, too.

It might surprise you what constitutes a fruit, too. For example, an avocado qualifies as a fruit, not a vegetable. Combine this superfood with some peppers and tomatoes (also fruit) and the nutritional bonuses will keep adding up.

Another surprising fruit is the eggplant. This purple fruit falls into the berry categories. Bring on the Parmesan. The tomato also falls under the berry family.

Joining the drupe family along with raspberries, the olive gives us added options for exploring the day.

The observance takes place during a time of year when many stone fruits come into season. Apples, pears, and more are ripe and delicious. Beyond the traditional fruits, squash also qualifies for this holiday. Their fall flavors blend well with other foods in season.

Don’t limit yourself to the traditional idea of fruit during this occasion. Since many of the fruits we think of as vegetables are in season, it’s an excellent time to enjoy them.


Fruit offers many advantages over other snacking choices we make every day.

  • All-natural – Fruit comes in the packages they were grown in. Each piece has no added calories, fillers or artificial flavorings.
  • High fiber – Natural fiber found in fruit
  • Energy source – While we love our coffee, fruit also adds a natural boost of energy.
  • Improves memory – Fruits high in antioxidants, vitamin k, folate, and monounsaturated fats improve brain function.


It’s simple. Pack some fruit and bring it to work. Snack on it throughout the day. Enjoy it for lunch. Share it with co-workers. Be sure to pack some for the kids and spouse, too. Try out new recipes with exotic fruits or bring out the old favorites.

Either way, get fruity. Show your enthusiasm for fruit.

Use #FruitAtWorkDay to share your fruitiest adventures on social media.


The Fruit Guys founded National Fruit At Work Day in 2000 to promote the benefits of eating fruit at work. They urge eating fruit at work all year long, but especially on Fruit at Work Day. Some people even dress up like fruit, act fruity, or even wear fruit to show their excitement for the day.

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!



Wrapping up the original 13 colonies, National Rhode Island Day on October 5th recognizes the last colony to join the Union. The Ocean State joined the union on May 4, 1776.

Persecuted for his beliefs in Massachusetts, Roger Williams established the Rhode Island colony in 1636 at Providence seeking religious and political freedom.

While the colony was the first to renounce British rule, Rhode Island was the only state absent from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Rhode Island delayed signing the Constitution, preferring the addition of a bill of rights. It wasn’t until the Constitution was ratified by nine previous states and the threat of taxation on her exports that Rhode Island finally ratified the document and became the 13th state.

The textile industry boomed in the mid-1800s after Samuel Slater founded the first textile mill in Pawtucket in 1790. Rhode Island made producing cloth into a lucrative national and export business.

Lawn tennis has been a long-held pastime by Rhode Islanders and is clearly part of the fabric of their history. The National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1954 by Jimmy Van Alen at the Newport Casino. The location in Newport, Rhode Island held the first U.S. national championship for tennis in 1881.

Despite being the smallest state, the Ocean State jams over 400 miles of coastline in its 1212 square miles. With numerous public and private beaches, Rhode Island ocean views and adventure abound.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRhodeIslandDay

Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Rhode Island’s industry, beauty, and history. Explore her shores and find out more about her people. There is much to see! Use #NationalRhodeIslandDay to share on social media.

On Deck for October 6, 2021

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October 5th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

The New York Giants matchup against the New York Yankees in game 1 of the World Series, the first to be broadcast on radio.


Laura Ingalls completes her transcontinental flight across the United States with her Gipsy Moth biplane. The journey began at Roosevelt Field in New York and ended in Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California. The achievement marked the first transcontinental flight completed by a woman.


President Harry Truman addresses the nation via television. In the first presidential television address, Truman called for a reduction in grain usage from farmers and distillers to aid Europeans.


The first James Bond Film, Dr. No, premieres in London. The film starred Sean Connery as 007.


Public Broadcast Sevice (PBS) beings broadcasting. Throughout its years of operation, PBS has broadcast a variety of shows for all ages. From news and arts to documentaries and dramas, member stations a large portion of the programming. Some of the most popular include Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, PBS NewsHour, The French Chef, Finding Your Roots, Downton Abbey, and Call the Midwife.


Flying aboard Challenger 6, Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space.


Celebrating the company’s 45th anniversary, PSI Seminars (USA/Canada) hosted 339 participants in the world’s longest trust fall. The event took place in Clearlake Oaks, California.

Recipe of the Day

Nacho Mother's Taco Salad 810 x 810

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Serves: 6

6 taco salad shells
1 pound chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package fajita seasoning
3/4 cup guacamole
2 cups shredded lettuce
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup sliced olives
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 jalapeno, diced.
8 ounces shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup salsa
1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat oven to 425°F. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Place chicken on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle fajita seasoning over both sides of the chicken. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

While the chicken is baking, prepare guacamole.

In a small bowl, mix sour cream and Tabasco sauce and a squeeze of lime. Add 1-2 teaspoons of water to thin the sauce.

Dice cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Line taco salad shells with lettuce. Add beans, chicken, corn, olives, jalapenos, and tomatoes. Top with cheese and guacamole. Drizzle with sour cream mixture and garnish with cilantro.

October 5th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Chester A. Arthur – 1829

Vice President Chester A. Arthur becomes the 21st President of the United States when after months of suffering President James Garfield succumbs from a gunshot wound inflicted by assassin Charles Guiteau.

Helen Churchill Candee – 1858 

The American journalist wrote for such periodicals as Scribner’s and The Ladies’ Home Journal. In 1921, she was one of the 705 survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster.

Ray Kroc – 1902

In 1961, the American businessman developed McDonald’s into a successful franchise platform.

Neil deGrasse Tyson – 1958

The astrophysicist is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He also hosts and narrates several science television programs such as NOVA ScienceNow and Cosmos.

Maya Lin – 1959

The American architect and designer is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL, and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York.

Patrick Roy – 1965

The professional hockey goalie played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kate Winslet – 1975

The English actress is best known for her roles in Titanic and Sense and Sensibility.

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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