NATIONAL ILLINOIS DAY

On December 7th, National Illinois Day recognizes the Land of Lincoln, home to the Windy City, and fertile prairies. As the 21st state to join the United States, Illinois’s distinct political, industrial, agricultural and population densities create an intriguing contrast to other states. When farmers began to settle on the Illinois prairie, they found the …
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NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY – December 7

Each year in the United States, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day honors all those who lost their lives when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. More than 3,500 Americans lost their lives or were wounded on that solemn day. The day marked a turn in the United States’ position regarding involvement in World …
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NATIONAL MICROWAVE OVEN DAY

On December 6th, National Microwave Oven Day honors one appliance that changed the way we use the kitchen.  Quite by accident, self-taught American engineer Percy Spencer discovered a way to heat food safely with microwaves. While working with an active radar in 1945, he noticed a candy bar in his pocket was melting. The high-powered …
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Day of the Ninja

December 5 is the Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the sneaky and stealthy masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan. Legend has it that this unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai. We loved this movie! Professional Spies Ninjas were …
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NATIONAL REPEAL DAY – December 5

On December 5th, National Repeal Day commemorates the day Prohibition ended in the United States. Prohibition grew out a practice of moderation rooted in the Protestant churches in America. By the 1830s, consumption of alcohol, especially hard spirits, was affecting the nation. Most participants were male. Those who supported who joined the Temperance movement saw …
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NATIONAL SOCK DAY

National Sock Day on December 4th recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they find each other, wash after wash, dry after to dry, it’s time to celebrate! The founders of the celebration turned the tables on other sock holidays. Such individualism generated was out of control. Days like …
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SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY – First Saturday in December

SKYWARN® Recognition Day acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening. Each year on the first Saturday in December, the day honors those volunteers who pay attention when the wind picks up, or the sky turns dark. Their efforts keep their communities safer by communication warnings to the …
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NATIONAL MUTT DAY

National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd. Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs in shelters wait for someone to come and adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent opportunity to find …
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FAUX FUR FRIDAY – First Friday in December

Faux Fur Friday, observed on the first Friday in December, provides a stylish way to wear and buy faux fur. Also known as fake fur, the textile made its debut in 1929. Initially made from alpaca wool, faux fur increased in quality as synthetic fibers became available. The fibers not only allowed for more variety …
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NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY – December 1

On December 1, National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste. An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% …
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