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October 7, 2020 - NATIONAL FRAPPE DAY – NATIONAL LED LIGHT DAY – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL DAY – NATIONAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY – NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY – NATIONAL INNER BEAUTY DAY - NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

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OCTOBER 7, 2020 | NATIONAL FRAPPE DAY | NATIONAL LED LIGHT DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL DAY | NATIONAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY | NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY | NATIONAL INNER BEAUTY DAY | NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

NATIONAL FRAPPE DAY – October 7

NATIONAL FRAPPE DAY

National Frappe Day on October 7th honors a versatile drink with numerous combinations, so there are flavors to suit everyone. Frappes typically are blended drinks made with either coffee or espresso and topped with whipped cream.
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A Frappe may also refer to.
  • Frappe coffee – a blended coffee beverage
  • A frozen fruit-flavored dessert made with shaved ice
  • A milkshake
  • Any blended frozen beverage, including a more savory drink made with clam juice

Recipes for coffee frappes can be found in the late 1890s. These blended beverages refreshed and delighted. Adding cream gave the beverages a smoother texture. Even a blended, frozen tea on a warm day took on a whole new flavor.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrappeDay

    If you missed National Coffee Day, make up for it with this celebration. Stop by your favorite coffee shop and enjoy a Frappe with a friend. Or, enjoy one of the recipes below. 

    Coffee Frappe
    Godiva Strawberry White Chocolate Mint Frappe
    Fresh Fruit Frappe
    Pink Pineapple Frappe
    Caramel Frappe for Two

    Use #NationalFrappeDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL FRAPPE DAY HISTORY

     National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this beverage holiday.NATIONAL LED LIGHT DAY – October 7

    NATIONAL LED LIGHT DAY

    October 7th may be an unusually illuminating day considering it is National LED Light Day.

    We are all born as incredible detectors of light. We intuitively notice differences in color and brightness. And lighting professionals know that much of human sensation is visual. People respond emotionally to light and color, using its consistency to draw us in, like moths to a glowing light. The power of LED lighting affects all of us in emotional, economic, and environmental ways, too.

    Emotion

    Unlike other light sources, LEDs can create a more appealing display for a variety of environments. Let’s say you drive by two gas stations. Station A is illuminated throughout by bright white LED lights, while Station B’s illumination varies from yellow to white and one panel is dim. You will likely go to Station A because its color consistency feels comforting, clean, secure, and high-quality. You may not even be conscious of that decision.

    Economy

    LED lights help save on our energy costs. The low power consumption, high reliability, and long lifespan allow us to realize significant energy savings. They also reduce maintenance over the lifetime of an LED fixture.

    Environment

    The fewer LED bulbs changed means there are fewer bulbs thrown away. LED bulbs also have a much smaller impact on the environment than other light sources. Furthermore, because LEDs use electricity very efficiently, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLEDLightDay

    Explore the many benefits of LED lighting. Visit a showroom near you or share your favorite ways to use LED lighting. Show off your favorite displays of LED lighting. Whether it’s at work or home, share your personal favorites. Use #NationalLEDLightDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL LED LIGHT DAY HISTORY

    On October 7, 2014, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of blue light-emitting diodes. To understand why this was a Nobel-worthy achievement, we must know the history of LED lighting.

    The earliest LEDs created in the late 1950s and early 1960s produced only a red-colored light. Slowly researchers developed other colors, but blue stumped them. Its shorter wavelength proved harder to reproduce. With Akasaki, Amano, and Nakamura’s invention, white LEDs were now possible.

    bridgelux logoBridgelux founded National LED Light Day in May of 2016 to recognize one of the most important scientific achievements in recent history. The day also celebrates the advancements of this versatile technology.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016.

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL DAY – October 7

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL DAY

    October 7th officially marks the sweet and salty goodness of National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day. Whether they’re dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate, be sure to celebrate every mouthwatering pretzel bite!

    Salty, crunchy pretzels and chocolate are the gold mine of the snack world, and their combination is the epitome of the oh-so-popular sweet and salty flavor craze. Change up the chocolate from white to milk to dark chocolate, and they satisfy even a mild sweet tooth.

    History of the Chocolate Covered Pretzel

    Many creative stories have been shared to explain how pretzels and chocolate came together. One tale tells of a German baker joining forces with his chocolatier neighbor in the 1500s to dip pretzels. However, this idea is purely imagination. Dipping into the history of pretzels and chocolate, the story might become a little clearer.

    Historians document the story of chocolate quite well. However, anyone dipping pretzels into chocolate back in the 1500s would have had a soggy mess. Why? Because only drinking chocolate existed in those days. Nearly 300 years later, Casparus van Houten Sr. developed a process to separate the cocoa solids from the butter. Then, in 1828, his creation brought on a candy revolution which led to the development of the most amazing, versatile ingredient we have today: chocolate!

    The first commercial hard pretzels, the kind that makes the combination with chocolate so irresistible, came along in 1861. Julius Sturgis opened a bakery in a house built around 1784 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He used a recipe given to him by an unnamed friend. How long people had been making hard pretzels before then is unknown.

    The marriage of two delicious treats, chocolate, and pretzels, came along sometime after that. However, the point is that the celebration starts now! We celebrate all shapes and sizes of chocolate covered pretzels, too. Beyond the twists, rings, and rods, there are pretzels perfectly decorated with sprinkles and infused with flavors that will put your favorite coffee shop to shame. Chocolate covered pretzels adorn cakes, bars, and ice cream, too. As unique favors, who wouldn’t want to find an assortment of their favorite sweet and salty snack in a party bag?

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL DAY

    Pick up your favorite combination of pretzels, chocolate, and toppings. Share a few, gift a few (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!) Add chocolate covered pretzel pieces to popcorn or dip them into Nutella or ice cream. Then share your favorite indulgences by posting #ChocolateCoveredPretzelDay photos on social media.

    Fatty SundaysHISTORY OF NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL DAY

    Fatty Sundays® founded National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day in 2019 to celebrate the most delicious treat of all time! With so many inventive ways to savor and enjoy chocolate covered pretzels, we really wonder why it took so long to discover them in the first place.

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day to be observed annually on October 7th.

    About Fatty Sundays®

    Fatty Sundays is a Brooklyn-based gourmet chocolate covered pretzel business co-founded by 2 sisters, Ali Borowick Zmishlany and Lauren Borowick. Inspired by their Mom Karen’s famous sprinkles pretzels, the sisters set out to reinvent and modernize everyone’s favorite sweet and salty treat. Since 2012, their fun flavor list and family business have been growing as they share their unique pretzels and gifts with the world.

    All of Fatty Sundays pretzels are dipped in high-quality, milk, dark or white chocolate and then decorated with different flavored toppings. Some of their best-selling flavors include: Toffee, Birthday Cake, Salted Caramel and the oh-so-classic rainbow Sprinkles. In addition to the standard flavor pretzels, Fatty Sundays specializes in completely custom chocolate covered pretzels, where customers can pick the sprinkle colors and design their own packaging. Their custom pretzels and gifts are perfect for any special events or holidays. Year-round, Fatty Sundays ships all products throughout the USA and Canada.

    National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day - October 7

    NATIONAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA AWARENESS DAY

    On October 7th, National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day brings support and education to the general public about a painful condition.

    The trigeminal nerve is the largest of cranial nerves and consists of 12 pairs of nerves that control many functions of the face. Causes of trigeminal neuralgia range from pressure on the nerve, aging, or a disorder that wears away the myelin such as cerebral palsy. Other causes include injury or stroke.

    Those with trigeminal neuralgia may experience severe pain in the face and jaw. Even slight stimulation can trigger pain. The pain can be shooting or jabbing. Before an episode begins, some sufferers experience a burning sensation. The pain may be localized or spread and may worsen over time. It can also last a few minutes or days.

    While treatments such as surgery or medications may provide relief, the condition is progressive over time.

    The observance encourages us to wear teal in support of those who suffer from this debilitating condition. The day promotes advancing the cause of research to help find a cure. It also aims to raise awareness to improve diagnosis and treatment procedures.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TrigeminalNeuralgiaAwarenessDay

    Wear teal while you spread awareness about trigeminal neuralgia. Support research and fundraising efforts. Learn more about the condition that may affect someone you love. Find out ways to support them as they seek treatment and relief from trigeminal neuralgia. Share your stories of success and coping skills. While you do, use #TrigeminalNeuralgiaAwarenessDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA AWARENESS DAY

    In 2017, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 558 naming October 7th National Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. The resolution calls for action by individuals across the country and acknowledgment of those striving to promote research and treatments.

    NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY

    On the first Wednesday in October, National Coffee with a Cop Day brings men and women in uniform together with their communities to connect over a cup of joe.

    Inspired by the cliche about officers and their coffee shop donuts, the national observance encourages communities to sponsor an event that will bring citizens and those on patrol together. The events provide an opportunity for open dialogue and improve communication. They also break down barriers and create a valuable bridge to relationships in our communities.

    When officers hear their community’s needs from the people themselves, they’re better able to support them. The community as a whole will also be able to see officers as approachable and their ally in protecting and caring for their communities.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CoffeeWithACopDay

    While many cities and towns across the country hold Coffee with a Cop events throughout the year, the first Wednesday in October is National Coffee with a Cop Day. Plan one now and several later in the year!  Find an event near you and join. Use #CoffeeWithACopDay in your sharing on social media.

    NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY HISTORY

    In 2016, the first Coffee with a Cop Day took place across the nation. The Hawthorne Police Department in Hawthorne, California launched the idea in 2011. They sought ways to interact with their community every day more successfully. As a result, they established a Coffee with a Cop event to do just that. Throughout the year they make meaningful connections, and the idea has spread across the country to all 50 states!

    National Pumpkin Seed Day - First Wednesday In October

    NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY

    The first Wednesday in October offers up the seasonal delight, National Pumpkin Seed Day! As the temperatures cool and the leaves turn, snack on these delicious tidbits.

    Many of us have fond memories of roasting these delicious nuggets after carving the Jack o’ lantern. However, we never realized just how good (and good for us) they were. Surprisingly, pumpkin seeds have been valued for their dietary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. In fact, pumpkin seeds have been traced back as far as 7000 BC, according to archeologists excavating a tomb in central Mexico.

    Nutritional Powerhouse

    Among other civilizations, the Aztecs and Mayans were believed to revere pumpkin seeds as an essential and powerful source of food and nutrition. As it turns out they were on to something – In comparison to other nuts and seeds, Pumpkin Seeds are one of the most nutritious plant-based foods. A quarter-cup serving alone includes an immune-boosting 17% of an adult’s daily allowance of zinc and a robust red blood cell-supporting 15% of the iron needed.

    This little seed also has a whopping 8.5 grams of complete plant-based protein in just 1 ounce. Ounce for ounce, that’s 2.5 times more protein than a hard-boiled egg. These flavorful bites have much more to offer including a plentiful helping of minerals with over 40% of the RDI of magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, essential nutrients that aid in overall body function.

    Pumpkin seeds without shells, also known as pepitas, provide an even better standalone snack. Pepitas are especially delicious when dry roasted. Try adding savory seasonings, too. They also make great additions to salads, oatmeal, and even ice cream. Mix them into baked goods for added crunch or to granola and bars for extra protein. Don’t hesitate to elevate a savory dish to a new level by creating a pesto with pumpkin seeds.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPumpkinSeedDay

    Move pumpkins seeds from your memories file and over to your daily file. They really shouldn’t be a sometimes food anymore!  Try them in this Maple Buckwheat Flapjack Recipe in this Asian Slaw Recipe from SuperSeedz. Use #NationalPumpkinSeedDay to share on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for project ideas celebrating this fun food holiday.

    NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY HISTORY

    SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds founded National Pumpkin Seed Day to share all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin seeds and the ways they can be enjoyed.  A woman-owned company, Kathie Pelliccio founded SuperSeedz in her kitchen with a cast iron pan making healthy pumpkin seeds to add to salads, yogurt, and oatmeal.

    NATIONAL INNER BEAUTY DAY _ October 7 (1)

    NATIONAL INNER BEAUTY DAY

    National Inner Beauty Day on October 7th focuses on raising awareness and supporting victims of human trafficking. Everyone has a story, a passion that expresses who we are as individuals.  Our strength lies in embracing that story without filtering it through someone else’s definition of beauty.  When our core values reflect on the outside, we have given the world the gift we were born to give.

    National Inner Beauty Day and the launching of its 2017-2018 #InnerBeauty Challenge coincided with the opening weekend of the movie, Trafficked.  The Inner Beauty Day team attended the movie’s Los Angeles premiere.   

    Deanna Pappas Stagliano

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InnerBeautyDay

    Donate to Saving Innocence to help continue their work with victims of human trafficking. Take the Inner Beauty Challenge.

    “Each person taking up the challenge along with their friends, family, or anyone else they know is encouraged to give to a charitable anti-human trafficking organization of their choice. The National Human Trafficking Referral Directory of the Polaris Project is a good resource for connecting people to service providers helping victims and survivors. Polaris is a leading nonprofit, nongovernmental organization in this global fight and operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888). Saving Innocence, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization well known for its work in helping victims of trafficking, has been a supporter of the #InnerBeauty Challenge from its inception. Donations can be made directly to Saving Innocence.” 

    See the #InnerBeauty Challenge that DeAnna Pappas Stagliano posted by clicking here.  Use #InnerBeautyDay when posting to social media.

    NATIONAL INNER BEAUTY DAY HISTORY

    Roma Newton, owner of 6Degrees Management, in partnership with National Day Calendar® created National Inner Beauty Day. Her goal is to celebrate the exceptional core qualities of the human spirit that we often overlook – inner beauty. 

    In partnership with Saving Innocence, an organization that helps victims of human trafficking, we aspire to bring beauty and wholeness to a world that may not yet understand its own self-worth. We challenge you to join this cause and add your voice by expressing your #InnerBeauty.

    Media Contact

    Contact Roma Newton ([email protected]) for interview requests and sponsorship opportunities.

    NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

    NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

    The first Wednesday in October makes a perfect time to celebrate National Walk to School Day. Not only does the day encourage getting some exercise, but the weather is perfect for walking to school, too.

    Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It isn’t hard on our joints and feet like running and jogging but still gives us all the advantages.

    The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WalkToSchoolDay

    Walk to school or work. Enjoy the weather. Take photos and post on social media using #WalkToSchoolDay.

    NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY HISTORY

    Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.


    On Deck for October 8, 2020

    National Days

    International Days

    October 7 History
    1826

    The first commercial railway opens. Granite Railway hauled granite from quarries in Quincy, MA to the Bunker Hill Monument. Horses, not steam engines, hauled the granite destined for the Bunker Hill Monument. Gridley Bryant designed the innovative system and portions of the four-mile route remained in use until the 1960s.

    1916

    Georgia Tech and Cumberland University of Tennessee played the highest-scoring game in American football history. After a record 32 touchdowns by Georgia Tech, the final score was 222 to 0.

    1959

    The far side of the moon gets its own photoshoot when NASA’s Luna 3 takes its first photos. It’s the first time Earthlings get to view that side of the Moon. Since the Moon’s rotation is so slow, the same side always faces the Earth.

    1993

    Toni Morrison receives the Nobel Prize in Literature. The award-winning author of the Beloved Trilogy brings depth to her characters and sheds light on the less than savory aspects of humanity. Some of her other works include the Song of Solomon, Tar Baby and God Help the Child.

    1996

    Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes begin broadcasting the Fox News Channel.

    2002

    Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-112 carrying payloads to further equip the International Space Station.

    2008

    The first predicted near-Earth asteroid strikes the Earth’s atmosphere above northern Sudan. While small asteroids like the 2008 TC3 enter the atmosphere throughout the year, this one was identified the day before by Richard Kowalski.

    Recipe of the Day

    Carrot and Pear Soup

    Prep: 15 minutes
    Cook: 40 minutes
    Total Prep: 55 minutes
    Servings:  6

    Ingredients:

    2 tablespoons butter
    1 large onion, chopped
    4 cups diced carrots
    2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, diced
    1 tablespoon minced ginger
    4 1/2 cups chicken broth
    2 tablespoons diced, fresh dill
    salt and pepper to taste
    sour cream for garnish
    3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

    Instructions:

    In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

    Add carrots, pears, ginger, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil.

    Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally until carrots are tender.

    Let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth.

    Garnish with dill, salt and pepper.

    Serve topped with sour cream and bacon crumbles.

    Featured Months

    National ADD_ADHD Awareness Month - October (1)

    NATIONAL ADD/ADHD AWARENESS MONTH

    In October, National ADD/ADHD Awareness Month presents opportunities to eliminate the myths and share the facts about Attention deficit disorder and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

    While most children with either ADD or ADHD…READ MORE.

    National Pizza Month - October

    NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH

    National Pizza Month in October gives us 31 days to explore the world of pizza and all the flavors it offers. As if we needed any excuse to celebrate and indulge in the delectable, mouthwatering, satisfying meal that is pizza. It’s actually National Pasta Month and Italian-American Heritage Month as well, so feel free…READ MORE.

    National Book Month - October

    NATIONAL BOOK MONTH

    Each October, National Book Month allows us to celebrate and expand our love of reading. As the warm temperatures start to leave us for the winter, it’s the perfect time to put on some cozy slippers, have a cup of tea

    October 7 Birthdays
    Niels Bohr – 1885

    The Nobel Prize-winning physicist led the development of quantum physics.

    Alice Dalgliesh – 1893

    As an author, Dalgliesh published several books of children’s historical fiction, including The Courage of Sarah Noble and The Silver Pencil.

    Mildred Earp – 1925

    The right-handed pitcher played four seasons with the Grand Rapids Chicks in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

    Lorna Wing – 1928

    Through her work as a psychiatrist, she brought a greater understanding of autism and its spectrums.

    Graeme Ferguson – 1929

    The filmmaker and innovator launched IMAX Corporation in 1967.

    Desmond Tutu – 1931

    The Nobel Prize-winning theologian is a South African Anglican cleric.

    Yo-Yo Ma – 1955

    The critically acclaimed cellist began playing at the age of four and has been awarded 18 Grammys.

    Simon Cowell – 1959

    The record executive is best known for his roles on the music competition shows America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol and The X Factor.

    About National Day Calendar

    National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

    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!

    Be sure to stay in the know by signing up for our e-mail updates. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

    Our Ambassador Program is another way #CelebrateEveryDay®! Whether you become an ambassador or follow one of the savvy ambassadors, their fun videos and posts will keep you prepared for every holiday.

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