NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY
Each year on October 16, employees across the United States show appreciation and thankfulness to their boss’s for being kind and fair throughout the year by celebrating National Boss’s Day. (If the 16th of October falls on a weekend, then this day is celebrated on the closest working day.)
National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day is a secular holiday that began in 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she registered “National Boss’ Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce. October 16 was chosen as it was her father’s birthday. Patricia was working for her father at that time, therefore making her father, her boss.
It was four years later, in 1962, that Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’ day.
In 1979, Hallmark Cards introduced Boss’ Day cards to their inventory.
Happy Boss’s Day to all of the bosses out there !
National Boss’ Day is an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY
Today celebrates the countless types and flavors of liqueur as it is National Liqueur Day, which is celebrated every year on October 16.
The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere (“to liquefy”).
A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage which is made from a distilled spirit that has been flavored with fruit, cream, berbs, spices, flowers or nuts and is then bottled with added sugar or other sweetener. Typically quite sweet, liqueurs are usually not aged long however, there is a resting period during their production to allow the flavors to marry.
With as many spirits that are available today in flavored form (e.g. flavored vodka), there is often confusion of liqueurs and liquors. In the United States and Canada, spirits are often called “liquor”. The most reliable rule of thumb to follow is that liqueurs are quite sweet and are often syrupy in consistency, while liquors are not. Most of the liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than spirits however, some do contain as much as 55% ABV.
In some parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps.
Liqueurs are historical descendants of herbal medicines; they were made in Italy as early as the 13th century and were often prepared by monks. (Wikipedia)
NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Liqueur Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY
In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit.
Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France at the University of Cambridge. His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in published dictionary before.
As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex so in his dictionary, he had introduced American English spellings, replacing “colour” with “color”, substituting “wagon” for “waggon”, and printing “center” instead of “centre”. Webster also added American words such as, “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in British dictionaries.
Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy. The dictionary sold 2500 copies. In 1840, the second edition was published in two volumes.
Celebrate today by learning a new word or two !
Today, it would be fun to play the dictionary based game, Balderdash.
NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY HISTORY
National Dictionary Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and is set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary. Webster is considered the “Father of the American Dictionary”. Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of this day.
NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY
October 16 is National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day. During this event, parents will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the school cafeteria.
The goal of National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch and for parents and school official to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.
For more information, see: http://myhealthyschool.com/lunchday#sthash.R2IqpPRL.dpbs