Shift 10 Day

October 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning community-minded shoppers. Today is Monday, October 10th. The holidays today are:

Shift 10 Day

It wasn’t all that long ago that local businesses were the foundation of our shopping experience. Mom and Pop shops, local craftsman and farmers, were all a part of a town’s local flavor, and multiple stops were made during the shopping day. We knew our neighbors and did business with them. But over the past few decades, the Big Box stores have been the king. Walmart, Target, and other Big Box stores now command the greatest percentage of our monthly shopping expenditures. They are geared toward one-stop shopping, which is admittedly more convenient than running all over town patronizing smaller, local businesses. Although Big Box stores dominate the landscape and are expanding their operations every day, their generic cookie-cutter facades lack the personality of locally owned businesses. There is no one  locally with whom to file a complaint, and there is no immediate feedback that lets them know how they’re serving your community. Every big box store has exactly the same materials and resources as every other big box store in the same chain, and thus there’s no individuality or special connection to their local community.
Shift 10 Day is another holiday making its debut this year. It was created by Scott’s Marketplace to encourage shoppers to shift part of their spending into their local economies. This holiday encourages you to revisit these bygone days and return to supporting your local businesses by making them 10% of your spending. It all started with an online campaign aimed at building awareness for the shop local movement, and even the opportunities for shopping locally online. Our local communities are made of our friends and neighbors, and there is no  better way to support your entrepreneurial friends and neighbors than to divert at least part of your consumer dollars to those who live among you.
Celebrating Shift 10 Day is simple really, it’s right there in the name – shift 10% of your shopping dollars to local businesses. Patronizing Farmer’s Markets and Craft Fairs is just the beginning. You should also look into local dairies, poultry farms, and other resources to put your dollars back to your community.

U. S. Naval Academy Day

On this date in 1845, the Naval School (later known as the U. S. Naval Academy) opened in Annapolis, Maryland. The first class had 50 students, taught by 7 professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French.
The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850, and a new curriculum went into effect, requiring midshipmen to study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer–the basic format that remains at the academy to this day.

Columbus Day

Even though we celebrated Leif Erikson, the real ‘discoverer’ of America, yesterday, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is Columbus Day.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage to find a shorter trade route to Asia. He traveled west and accidentally landed in the Americas, spawning the era of European exploration in the New World.
The first celebration of his “discovery” did not take place until October 12, 1792—exactly 300 years after his landing. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, observed each year on the second Monday of October.

National Online Bank Day

National Online Bank Day is observed annually on the second Monday in October. It was submitted by Ally Bank in September of 2015 to honor the occasion of its 1 millionth customer. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the second Monday in October as National Online Bank Day. National Online Bank Day is a holiday to appreciate the advantages offered by online banking.
If you’re not yet one of the millions of people who have discovered the convenience and ease of online banking, you’re missing a great opportunity. Here are a few of the benefits that online banking offers:

  • Online banks traditionally have lower fee structures and competitive interest rates, which benefit you, not the bank.
  • There is no waiting in line, or for the bank to open. Most online banks are open 24/7 – even on holidays when other banks are closed.
  • It gives you the flexibility to conduct your banking transactions securely without leaving the comfort of your home. Many online banks offer live, agent-assisted customer care, by phone or by chat, to suit your schedule.
  • Most online banks allow you to pay your bills, transfer funds and make deposits electronically, and you can also conduct all these tasks “on the go” from a mobile device.
  • You can look at your balances and transactions whenever you want, not just when you get a statement.
  • Online banking is a better environmental choice since there are no energy-consuming branch locations, and you’ll spare both gas and emissions by conducting your banking online.

As the digital world continues to evolve, using an online bank for your personal finance needs is not only practical, it offers a number of consumer-friendly benefits and features.

National Metric Day

The first National Metric Day was held on May 10, 1976. It was started by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics the year after the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 was enacted. Because the number 10 is the “nuts and bolts” of the metric system, the 10th was chosen as the date to celebrate National Metric Day. It was moved to October in the mid-1980’s because it was deemed that the May date was too close to the end of the school year.
Author’s Note: I don’t understand America’s reluctance to convert to the metric system. I theorize that within 5 years, with minimal cost, the conversion could be easily made. The metric system is based on the number 10, whereas the arbitrary system of measurements we use now has no such basis and is learned mostly by rote anyway. Why not start teaching our children the metric system in school beginning in Kindergarten or 1st grade rather than waiting until the 5th grade when our arbitrary measurements are already entrenched in their brains making the metric system harder to learn.
True, the conversion would be confusing to some at first, but we could begin with duplicate signage on our roadways, then slowly phase out the non-metric signage over time.
Most of our drinks already list the volume of contents of the package in both liters and ounces anyway, so that isn’t a problem. Items sold by the pound could just as easily be sold by the kilogram with little adjustment. Whether you pay $2.50 a gallon for gas or 82.3¢ per liter, it’s still the same cost.
Americans are if nothing else adaptable, so I don’t think that converting to the metric system would be nearly as difficult as people imagine.

National Angel Food Cake Day

Angel Food cake is a light, flourless cake made with sugar, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla or almond extract, and a dozen or so egg whites, depending on the recipe. There is no leavening. Angel Food cake is typically baked in a tube pan. It is popularly served with berries and whipped cream, although it is just fine plain or with a dessert sauce such as caramel, chocolate, or fruit sauce. It is theorized that  Angel Food cake originated in Pennsylvania Dutch country in the early 1800’s. To celebrate this holiday, simply have some Angel Food cake; either store-bought, from a mix, or if you feel adventurous, make one from scratch at home.
Author’s Note: Angel Food cake can be tricky to make if you don’t know what you’re doing, so if you try to make one from scratch, follow the recipe directions meticulously.

Hug a Drummer Day

International Stage Management Day

National Handbag Day

National Kick Butt Day

National Tuxedo Day

World Homeless Day

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

World Mental Health Day  

World Porridge Day

On this date in

  • 1865 – The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.
  • 1886 – The tuxedo dinner jacket made its United States debut in New York City.
  • 1887 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.
  • 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.
  • 1933 – Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.
  • 1938 – Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
  • 1943 – Chaing Kai-shek took the oath of office as the president of China.
  • 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
  • 1959 – Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.
  • 1965 – The Red Baron made his first appearance in the “Peanuts” comic strip.
  • 1973 – Fiji became independent after of nearly a century of British rule.
  • 1977 – Joe Namath played the last game of his career.
  • 1978 – The bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by President Jimmy Carter.
  • 1984 – Congress passed the 2nd Boland Amendment which outlawed solicitation of 3rd-party countries to support the Contras. The amendment barred the use of funds available to CIA, defense, or intelligence agencies for “supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by any nation, group, organization or individual.”
  • 1987 – Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. He set the record at 54 days and 18 hours.
  • 1991 – The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.
  • 1994 – Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned as Haiti’s commander-in-chief of the army and pledged to leave the country.
  • 1994 – Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border. No signs of a pullback were observed.
  • 1997 – The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public. Architect Frank Gehry designed the 450 ft. long and 98 ft. wide building.
  • 2001 – President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.
  • 2003 – Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.
  • 2010 – In China, Canton Tower opened to the public.

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