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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.

    July 23, 2021 – National Peach Month | National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

    July 23, 2021 – National Peach Month | National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

    There Was A Time When Chocolate And Vanilla Were Inseparable. Thankfully, This Flavor Now Stands On Its Own.







    Welcome to July 23rd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a juicy Summer fruit and an ice cream that stands out from the crowd. 







    Georgia is known as the Peachtree State, but it’s not the biggest producer of peaches in the United States. That distinction goes to California, which grows over 468,000 tons of the fruit each year. Nearly 14,000 times as much as Georgia. However, the southern state prides itself on producing the highest quality peaches anywhere. Peach County, Georgia is the unofficial peach capital of the world, and holds the world record for the biggest peach cobbler ever made. It used 75 gallons of peaches plus 150 pounds each of flour and sugar. During National Peach Month, celebrate this juicy stone fruit that’s just as good on it’s own as it is in cobblers and jams.







    The International Ice Cream Association has determined that 29 percent of us prefer vanilla over any other flavor.  You may be surprised to learn that chocolate is preferred by only 9 percent.  And there was a time when the two flavors were inseparable. In the Aztec culture vanilla was added to chocolate drinks for flavor.  Chocolate and its counterpart were then imported to Europe, but it wasn’t until the 17th Century that someone thought to separate them.  An apothecary named Hugh Morgan created chocolate free treats for Queen Elizabeth I, and vanilla stood on its own at last. The flavor became wildly popular in France and in the 1780s the American Minister in Paris took great interest in this exotic taste. This was of course Thomas Jefferson.  On National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, celebrate the flavor that stands out from the crowd. 







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

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    July 22, 2021 – National Rat Catcher’s Day | National Hammock Day

    July 22, 2021 – National Rat Catcher’s Day | National Hammock Day

    This May Be The Best Way To Kick Back On A Summer's Day.







    Welcome to July 22nd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate paying your dues and taking it easy. 







    The small town of Hamelin, Germany found itself overrun by rats. One day a man arrived in Hamelin wearing brightly colored clothes and playing a flute. He told the townspeople that he could get rid of the vermin that plagued their homes. His flute music not only hypnotized the rats, they followed him out of town. But when the man returned to collect his payment, the people refused to give him any money. So he played his flute once more, and all the town’s children followed him away. And for some strange reason the people of Hamelin celebrate this story every year with festivals and reenactments. On National Rat Catcher’s Day you can celebrate by settling any unpaid debts or maybe just try tipping the exterminator.







    Summertime is all about the simple life. And there’s no better way to catch some z’s than by swinging from trees in a hammock.  Dating back thousands of years, the sling bed was used in Central America to protect people from dirt and bugs.  European explorers of the 17th Century discovered its comfortable convenience. And naval ships used them to save space in close quarters. Today, backpackers still enjoy a good night’s sleep in this portable bed that doesn’t weigh them down.  No matter where you’re headed this Summer, from the adventurous trek to a staycation in the yard, your siesta is better when you’re swinging in the breeze.  On National Hammock Day, celebrate the easiest way to rock yourself to sleep. 







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

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    July 21, 2021 – National Hot Dog Day | National Junk Food Day

    July 21, 2021 – National Hot Dog Day | National Junk Food Day

    No One Could Believe That FDR Served This American Favorite To The King And Queen Of England At A State Dinner!







    Welcome to July 21st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate royal dogs and the good things that come in small packages. 







    Meetings between world leaders can be an awkward affair.  Take for example, the meeting between King George VI and Franklin Roosevelt in 1939.  Rather than throwing a fancy state dinner, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to treat the King and his Queen to some traditional American food. When word got out that hot dogs were on the menu, the American public was outraged.  No one could believe that FDR planned to serve such a common food to royalty.  But all that worrying was for naught, as the King loved them so much he asked for seconds.  The only awkward moment came when the Queen had to ask, “How do you eat this?”  On National Hot Dog Day, fire up the grill and enjoy a meal fit for royalty.







    Packaged foods in one form or another took off in the 1800s when the process became commercial.  While snacks that come in cans, bottles and cellophane are not necessarily more appealing, the added sugar, salt and fat are downright addicting.  Enjoy a guilt free excursion today with a virtual tour of snacks from around the globe. Our Aussie friends are celebrating National Lamington Day with sponge cake squares covered in chocolate and coconut.  In Canada the favorite messy snack is poutine or French fries covered in cheese and gravy. And across the pond there are Jaffa Cakes, Crepes and Arancini.  You may not be able to hop a plane for all your cravings, but on National Junk Food Day, you can certainly appreciate the convenience of your hometown favorites. 







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

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    July 20, 2021 – National Fortune Cookie Day | National Moon Day

    July 20, 2021 – National Fortune Cookie Day | National Moon Day

    This Guy Went The Distance To Make Sure We Remember That "One Small Step For Mankind."







    Welcome to July 20th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a sweet ending and going the extra mile. 







    One of the staples of Chinese takeout didn’t come from China at all, but rather from Japan. In the late 1800s, Japanese bakers began making crackers with small notes inside.  Japanese immigrants to America opened up Chinese restaurants to capitalize on the growing popularity of Chinese food. They served these fortune cookies as dessert and the treats caught on. During World War II, Chinese immigrants to the United States opened more restaurants and kept the tradition of fortune cookies alive. Now, a takeout meal of General Tso’s Chicken wouldn’t be complete without a fortune. On National Fortune Cookie Day, celebrate this sweet ending to any good meal.







    We all appreciate that first step taken by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 Mission in 1969.  NASA has called the event the single greatest technological achievement of all time.  And while Richard Nixon proclaimed National Moon Landing Day in 1971, there was no further annual celebration.  As the fan fare died down, the event was drifting into obscurity until a gas station attendant from Michigan took up the cause to bring it back. Richard Christmas mailed letters to Congressmen and Governors in all 50 States, urging them to create a permanent National Day.  His efforts became known as the Christmas Card Campaign and today we celebrate National Moon Day thanks to the inspiration of this one man. 







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

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    July 19, 2021 – National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day | National Daiquiri Day

    July 19, 2021 – National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day | National Daiquiri Day

    Welcome to July 19th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate making peace and cooling off. 







    In 1077 CE, Emperor Henry IV got into a huge argument with Pope Gregory VII and was excommunicated from the Catholic Church. As leader of the Holy Roman Empire, this wasn’t acceptable for Henry and he needed to make things right. So he went to the Pope to make peace. After traveling across the Alps, Henry waited outside the Pope’s residence for three days. In the snow. With no shoes. Eventually, Pope Gregory felt the Emperor had had enough and welcomed him inside to accept his apology. On National Get Out Of The Doghouse Day, it’s time to eat some crow and make nice with the people in our lives we may have crossed. Hopefully they accept your apology faster than Pope Gregory did.







    Some drinks are synonymous with tropical vacations, but the daiquiri is named after a small mining town in Santiago de Cuba.  During the Spanish American War, workers at a mine in Daiquiri would gather to cool off at the end of a long day’s work.  At a place called the Venus bar their American supervisor, Jennings Cox came up with the drink made from rum, lime juice, and sugar.  But when Ernest Hemmingway first encountered the daiquiri, he ordered another without the sugar and double the rum. This drink became known as the Papa Doble. Hemingway bragged that he could drink 17 daiquiris without getting a hangover. On National Daiquiri Day, celebrate responsibly with the drink that still tastes good at the end of a long, hot day.  







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

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    July 18, 2021 – National Caviar Day | National Ice Cream Day

    July 18, 2021 – National Caviar Day | National Ice Cream Day

    This American President Is Known For His Ice Cream Recipe, Which Some Folks Still Make To This Day.







    Welcome to July 18th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a splurge from the sea and a scream-worthy treat. 







    Caviar is a delicacy that is typically served at only the most elegant of events, being that it’s so expensive. Beluga caviar is widely considered to be the best that money can buy, but it might as well be plain old scrambled eggs when compared to almas caviar. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this delicacy isn’t just the priciest caviar in the world, it’s the most expensive FOOD in the world. Period. 1 pound of it can cost up to $17,000! It’s produced from the eggs of the endangered albino sturgeon, which can only be found near Iran, in the southern part of the Caspian Sea. On National Caviar Day, you may not have the budget for the best of the best but a little goes a long way when it comes to celebrating this extravagant morsel.







    For as long as folks have been enjoying ice cream, we bet they’ve been letting out a scream.  In Ancient Persia the dessert was made with snow.  Hopefully no one started an avalanche by screaming from a mountain peak.  The first use of ice and salt to freeze ice cream was discovered in China in 697 AD.  From there the Italians made sorbet in 1642.  Here in the United States, one of the first ice cream recipes can be traced to Thomas Jefferson. A copy of his handwritten instructions for old fashioned vanilla are preserved in the Library of Congress.  And some shops around the country still serve his recipe to this day.  In 1984 Ronald Regan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month, and on National Ice Cream Day, we celebrate the treat that always inspires a cheer.  







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

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