National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

Stay informed with fun facts and stories about what National Days we are celebrating today. Features Singer / Songwriter Anna Devere and the founder of National Day Calendar, Marlo Anderson.

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October 2, 2022 3 min

Welcome to October 2, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a super smart business and cars with personality. 

Anna: Hey Marlo. What’s that all over your pants?

Marlo: It’s my Halloween costume. Do you like it?

Anna: Are you a donut with sprinkles? Wait, wait, that’s candy!

Marlo: You’re getting warmer…

Anna: Those are rolls of Smarties candy…

Marlo: Warmer…

Anna: You’re a Smarty Pants!

Marlo: Ding, ding, ding!

Anna: Well, I...

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Welcome to October 1, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate letting our hair down and showing off our spots. 

What do Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, and Jennifer Aniston have in common? Every one of them had a major impact on pop culture. And not just for their performances, but for their hairstyles. Hepburn’s starring role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s popularized the beehive. The Beatles inspired a generation of kids to ...

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Welcome to September 30th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate fresh breath and a Fall tradition. 

While chewing gum may seem like a modern invention, it’s actually been around for 9,000 years. The ancient Aztecs chewed something called chicle, although they had to follow certain rules of etiquette. Children and unmarried women could chew it in public, but everyone else had to chew it at home. Chicle became the mai...

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Welcome to September 29th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate Veterans of Foreign Wars and an iconic buzz.

The VFW was founded in 1914 by veterans of the Spanish American War and soldiers who had served in the Philippines. The group was created to secure benefits and medical treatments for the sick and wounded veterans. The VFW also enabled veterans to help each other transition from the battlefield to normal life...

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Welcome to September 28th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate tickling the ivories and the folks on the porch next door.

Before the piano arrived on the scene, the most popular keyboard instrument was the harpsichord. It made beautiful music, but its volume could not be varied while playing. Composers and musicians wanted an instrument with the ability for more controlled expression. This led Bartolomeo Cristofori...

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Welcome to September 27th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate colorful scraps and comfort drinks. 

The first scarves depicted in fashion are found in ancient Egypt, where Queen Nefertiti wore a tightly woven scarf beneath her conical headdress. Military ranks were often marked with scarves of varying value from expensive silk to lowly cotton. But our love for scarves as a fashion statement can be traced to the hou...

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Welcome to September 26th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate self awareness and a breakfast that’s older than dirt.

When singer songwriter Ellen Edwards began her music career she kicked up her heels with the best of them. Reaching new heights in 2020 she recorded a jazz album in the Big Apple with some of New York’s finest. But even those who soar with eagles know, sometimes you find yourself grounded with too m...

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Welcome to September 25th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate one-hit wonders and unsung heroes.

By definition one-hit wonders are songs by artists that make us swoon only once before fading into obscurity. So in honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day, which songs fit that description for you?

Every comic book fan knows the name, Stan Lee. But you may not be familiar with his partner, Jack Kirby. Together they create...

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Welcome to September 24th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate dramatic desserts and spooky searches.

Nothing says celebration like the word jubilee. But how did this word get attached to cherries and set on fire for dessert? For that story we look to the renowned chef Auguste Escoffier. In honor of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee event, the chef combined her love of cherries with a simple syrup and warm brandy which he l...

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Welcome to September 23rd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate presidential pooches and great American pie. 

When Richard Nixon ran as Eisenhower’s Vice President in 1952 he was accused of receiving money and gifts illegally. He told his critics that if they found that he’d done anything wrong he would return everything except a black and white Cocker Spaniel named Checkers. Even politicians have a soft spot for an...

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Welcome to September 22nd, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate living history and small heroes with hairy feet.

If you have made it to 100 years old, congratulations! Today we celebrate you on National Centenarian's Day. In the United States alone, there are estimated to be nearly 72,000 centenarians. The youngest of those were born after the end of World War I and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They ...

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Welcome to September 21st, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate being spicy and the joy of music.

The word ‘chai’ means ‘tea’ in Hindi, but the original drink didn’t contain tea at all. In fact the milk and sweetener in today’s recipe were added by the British during their occupation of India. Legend has it that chai was created 5000 years ago for an Indian king for medicinal purposes. Spicy ginger and black pepper ...

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Welcome to September 20th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate glorified leftovers and playing with your food. 

Rice is a staple in many cuisines, but fried rice is one of the world’s most popular dishes for a reason. It's easy to elevate this side dish to a main event by adding chicken, steak or prawns. The recipe is pretty simple. Start with long grained rice, peas, carrots and onions, and add a little egg to...

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Welcome to September 19th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate sweet treats and scurvy sea dogs.

If you’re a fan of sweet desserts then you’ll appreciate today’s celebration of butterscotch pudding. An 1848 newspaper offers the scoop on this dessert. According to “Housewife’s Corner” and Masluk Cream Co., the real recipe for “making Doncaster butterscotch is one pound of butter, one pound of sugar and a quarter of ...

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Welcome to September 18th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate legends in the sky and paradise found.

When Chuck Yeager enlisted into the United States Army he knew nothing about airplanes. He learned that the Army Air Forces were looking for pilots and the position paid far better than his own at the time. Yeager went on to become a highly decorated fighter pilot, earning the rank of Brigadier General. Most famous...

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Welcome to September 17th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the flavor of Fall and an adventurous sandwich.

As soon as the air turns crisp, a new season of apples is on the way. One way to celebrate the flavor of Fall is by baking up some apple dumplings. The word dumpling in German means steamed, which is why their apple dumplings are boiled or steamed. The American recipe comes from Pennsylvania and in the Ami...

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Welcome to September 16th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate fascinating fungus and a dough reinvented.

The largest organism on Earth isn’t an animal. It isn’t a tree, either. Surprisingly, it’s a fungus called the honey mushroom that grows in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest. The mushroom has a system that covers nearly 2000 acres, both above and below ground. It’s also estimated to be around 8,000 years old, wh...

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Welcome to September 15th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a seasonal topper and wagging your pasta tongue.

Not so long ago people wouldn’t dare to be seen without a hat on in public. More than a fashion statement, hats have identified our status, our military rank and even our religion. Think Quaker hat or the stovepipe kind worn by President Lincoln. These days, most people love the vintage styles of a pork p...

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Welcome to September 14th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a heroic sandwich and thinking outside the box.

Depending on where you live, the submarine sandwich might be called a sub, grinder or hero. But did you know that the name “hoagie” goes all the way back to World War I? During that time in Philadelphia there were a lot of Italian immigrants working the shipyards of Hog Island. Apparently, they were known ...

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Welcome to September 13th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate trading places and how our Nation got its uncle.

National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is a great way to encourage young chefs while answering the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” Sure it might be pancakes or macaroni and cheese, but it could be a delicious change of pace. It also lets kids stretch their culinary legs, while spending some qualit...

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