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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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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.

    August 2, 2021 – National Coloring Book Day | National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

    August 2, 2021 – National Coloring Book Day | National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

    This Frozen Treat Is More Than 120 Years Old!







    Welcome to August 2nd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate two old school ways to treat the kid in all of us.







    Any kid who’s spent a rainy afternoon cooped up in the house with a coloring book owes a debt of gratitude to Kate Greenaway. The Victorian-era artist became famous for her work with popular children’s authors of the day. Her whimsical illustrations of Victorian life, famous nursery rhymes, and fairy tales made her a favorite of both kids and parents. In the late 1800s, she teamed up with the McLoughlin Brothers to put together a book of black and white drawings that would later be known as coloring books. They were initially meant to be used with watercolor paint, but coloring books really took off when paired with their best friend—the crayon. On National Coloring Book Day, celebrate the kid in all of us with the best way to brighten up any day.







    If you are a fan of the ice cream sandwich, you can thank a pushcart salesman, who invented the treat in 1899.  Though his name remains a mystery, it’s believed that this inventor peddled his creation for one penny, in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. Carts soon popped up everywhere and by 1940, ice cream sandwiches were sold in grocery stores nationwide.  Today it is estimated that around 48 sandwiches are consumed every second in the United States alone, and around 50 percent of them are consumed on the Eastern Seaboard.  On National Ice Cream Sandwich Day celebrate this classic treat that never goes out of style.  







    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

    • 2 min
    August 1, 2021 – National Friendship Day | National Girlfriends Day

    August 1, 2021 – National Friendship Day | National Girlfriends Day

    Today Is All About Our BFFs!







    Welcome to August 1st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we remember that there’s no time like the present to celebrate our friends.







    When Harry Houdini met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, each man was at the height of their careers. One was the world’s most famous magician and the other the creator of the wildly popular Sherlock Holmes. They immediately took to one another and became good friends. Doyle and Houdini would write back and forth often, and their families even went on vacation together. However, the two began arguing over something trivial—ghosts and the supernatural—and had a falling out. When Houdini died, Doyle realized how much he missed his friend and greatly regretted their estrangement. On National Friendship Day, take time to let the people in your life know how much they mean to you and look past all the ghosts in your closet.







    While these two redheads were both comedians, their age gap of 22 years made them an unlikely pair.  But when Lucille Ball first saw Carol Burnett in an off-Broadway production of Once Upon A Mattress, she had to go backstage and pay her respects to this funny gal.  On their very first meeting Lucy told Carol, “Kid, if you need me for anything, give me a call.”  And Carol took her up on it when she invited Lucy to be on her show. CBS had given Carol a break by inviting her to do an hour long special, but only if she could land a big name star. Lucy said “yes” and it more than launched Carol’s career, the two became lifelong friends.  On National Girlfriends Day celebrate the bffs who have always got your back. 







    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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    July 31, 2021 – National Mutt Day | National Avocado Day

    July 31, 2021 – National Mutt Day | National Avocado Day

    This Mighty Might Earned A Place In The Smithsonian!







    Welcome to July 31st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the extraordinary deeds of an ordinary breed and a mighty fruit. 







    Nobody’s really sure how Owney, a scruffy little dog, came to be at a post office in Albany, NY. But one day he just started showing up and became a part of the team. People speculate that Owney was attracted to the smell of the leather mail bags, which he would follow around, including onto trucks and trains! Soon he was escorting mail carriers all around the state and the country. At each new location, the workers would add a tag to his collar, marking his travels. Owney collected so many tags that the Postmaster General ordered him a custom harness to wear instead of the collar. He became so important to the US Postal Service that the little mutt was given his own special memorial in the Smithsonian Institution. On National Mutt Day, celebrate the ordinary breads that find a special place in our hearts.







    While the Aztecs knew the power of the mighty green avocado, it took a modern company to put this fruit on the map.  Model Meals founded National Avocado Day in 2017 and since then we have discovered lots of  reasons to celebrate. For one, avocados target insulin resistance with heart healthy fats. They also fight Alzheimer's with their Omega 3 fatty acids. Another avocado superpower is preventing and repairing damage with its source of Vitamins C, E and K. Best of all avocados taste great in guacamole, sliced over a salad and topping off a burger or chicken sandwich.  And if you’re not a huge fan, you can still celebrate National Avocado Day by slipping some into a smoothie.







    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

    • 2 min
    July 30, 2021 – National Cheesecake Day | National Get Gnarly Day

    July 30, 2021 – National Cheesecake Day | National Get Gnarly Day

    Some People Catch Gnarly Waves, Or Perform Gnarly Stunts, But This Thrill Seeking Grandma Takes The Cake.







    Welcome to July 30th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate healthy cheesecake and getting gnarly. 







    Family recipes often get passed down through several generations before anyone thinks to write them down. According to historical records, the Ancient Greeks invented cheesecake over 4,000 years ago. It was considered a healthy food that was a good source of energy. So much so that Olympic athletes would eat it before competitions. Cheesecake was even served as a wedding cake. But no one thought to write out the recipe until the Greek author Atheneaus did so in the year 230 CE. Though it’s not the same style of cake we know today, you can still find it online and give it a try. On National Cheesecake Day, celebrate with your own family recipe and don’t forget to share!







    If you’ve been craving some adventure in your life then National Get Gnarly Day is your day to break free. The way surfers chase after perfect waves, getting gnarly is all about doing something over the top that sets your heart on fire.  If you need some inspiration, look no further than Hulda Crooks.  Born in 1896, Hulda decided to take up mountain climbing at age 54.  She was already an avid runner, but never considered hiking or climbing, until her husband passed away and her own struggle with pneumonia left her feeling weak.  That didn’t keep her from scaling Mount Whitney at age 66.  Another 23 ascents gave her the title of Grandma Whitney.  Then at age 91, Hulda climbed Mount Fuji in Japan!  On National Get Gnarly Day, get out of your head and get into your heart!  







    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

    • 2 min
    July 29, 2021 – National Lipstick Day | National Chicken Wing Day

    July 29, 2021 – National Lipstick Day | National Chicken Wing Day

    Did You Know That Lipstick Has Been Controversial Throughout The Ages? You May Be Surprised By The Famous Folks Who Weighed In On The Matter.







    Welcome to July 29th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a perfect pucker and a bar food favorite. 







    If you love to get attention for your perfect pucker then you’re in good company. Though lipstick has sparked some controversy throughout the ages, there are some famous folks who approved of it.  George Washington himself wore lip rouge.  Winston Churchill believed that lip color boosted morale in an excellent way.  On the other hand Queen Victoria thought it was impolite to color your lips and in the 1770s, British Parliament banned lipstick, calling it a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage.  Some people associated lipstick with witchcraft and it could be because it contained poisonous additives.  Today our lips are liberated with multiple shades from shocking red to barely pink.  On National Lipstick Day, celebrate with your signature shade. 







    In 1964, the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, changed the world of bar food forever. When the pub received too many chicken wings from their supplier, Teressa Bellissimo wasn’t sure what to do with them. Her son came in with friends, who got hungry as they were having some beers. Teressa deep fried the wings and served them with a spicy sauce, in the hopes of using up the surplus of wings. The men loved them and chicken wings became a staple on the menu at Anchor Bar. And they’ve served them at the restaurant ever since. Oh…and the bleu cheese dressing and celery? Teressa claimed she didn’t have anything else to serve and added them to the plate. I’m so excited, it’s National Chicken Wing Day.







    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

    • 2 min
    July 28, 2021 – National Waterpark Day | National Milk Chocolate Day

    July 28, 2021 – National Waterpark Day | National Milk Chocolate Day

    Which Kind Of Chocolate Do You Prefer?







    Welcome to July 28th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a Summer oasis and savoring the sweet life. 







    About midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, sits a small abandoned body of water called Lake Dolores. It doesn’t look like much now, but it was once home to one of America’s first water parks. Bob Byers built the area around the lake as a place for camping, then over the years added waterslides. Throughout the early ‘70s and ‘80s, Lake Dolores was one of the most popular tourist attractions in Southern California. Although many of the rides—including a stand-up waterslide—seem dangerous by today’s standards, Byer’s creation helped pave the way for more elaborate parks. On National Waterpark Day, celebrate by taking the plunge on a thrill seeker’s ride or cooling off in the lazy river. 







    We can all thank the Mayans and Aztecs for bringing us drinking chocolate, but today we celebrate the sweet candy bars that most of us crave.  It was a Dutch chemist who invented the process of separating cocoa butter from cacao in the early 1800s.  But in 1875 when Daniel Peter added powdered milk to chocolate liquor, the milk chocolate lovers rejoiced. Here in North America a whopping 71 percent of us prefer milk chocolate over dark.  Sure we know that dark chocolate counts as a health-food, but the sweeter milk chocolate has a smooth way of winning us over.  Companies such as Hershey's make out either way, but on National Milk Chocolate Day we can all celebrate the sweet side of this debate. 







    I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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