Moles, Making A Difference, Pit Bull Awareness, iPods, Swallows, TV Talk Show Hosts, Canning, and Boston Cream Pie

October 23, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning mole mavens. Today is Saturday, October 23, 2021. October 23rd is the 296th day of the year, and 69 days remain.

National Mole Day 

National Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23rd. You can easily infer from its name that this holiday celebrates moles – but, that leads to the question; “What kind of mole does it celebrate?” Well, to begin, I will tell you that this Mole Day mole does not celebrate “mole”, the annoying, unsightly burrowing rodent; nor does it celebrate “mole”, the annoying, unsightly, potentially cancerous skin growth. It also does not celebrate “mole”, that traitorous weasel that rats you out to your boss for every minor infraction of company policy; nor does it celebrate “mole”, the informant embedded deep within a criminal organization or foreign government gathering information for law enforcement. Further, it does not celebrate “mole”, the seawall built in the ocean to protect a harbor. And finally, it does not celebrate “mole” (pronounced mo-lay), the Mexican sauce made with chilies and chocolate and served over meat.
What National Mole Day does celebrate is “mole”, the chemistry term. National Mole Day was created as a way to nurture children’s interest in chemistry and is celebrated by schools throughout the country. It was first conceived in an article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980s. In chemistry, a “mole” is: “The amount of a substance that contains as many atoms, molecules, ions, or other elementary units as the number of atoms in 12 grams of carbon 12.” The number is 6.0225 × 1023, measured in grams, (hence the celebration on October 23 [10/23] from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM). It was discovered by Italian chemist Amedeo Avogadro (1776 – 1856) and is known as Avogadro’s number  It is also called a gram molecule. For example, carbon dioxide, CO2, has a molecular weight of 44; therefore, one mole of it weighs 44 grams.
Quite frankly, I have no idea what any of that means and am not even going to try to convince you otherwise. However, if you are a chemistry buff I’m sure you understand it thoroughly and will be able to devise an appropriate way to celebrate National Mole Day on your own.

National Make A Difference Day 

National Make A Difference Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in October. This holiday is an annual community service event. It was created in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation in conjunction with USA Weekend Magazine. [USA Weekend Magazine is a national weekend newspaper magazine which is distributed through more than 800 newspapers in the United States and published by Gannett Company as a sister publication to USA Today]. For nearly 30 years they have sponsored the largest national day of community service. Their main focus is on social issues, entertainment, health, food, and travel. Since the creation of National Make A Difference Day millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.
To celebrate National Make A Difference Day, get a school or youth group together for a volunteer activity to help the community. Organize a food drive for your local food banks to help the hungry and the needy. Approach businesses for donations to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Or, do something as simple as donating blood. In other words, do what you can to make a difference for someone else today.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day 

National Pit Bull Awareness Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in October. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to conclude that this holiday celebrates pit bulls – an oft maligned and misunderstood dog breed. At the heart of this holiday is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier. This holiday was established as a day to educate the public and foster positive feedback and experiences in the communities in between pit bull owners and their community. It is an opportunity for pit bull owners to present a positive image for pit bulls, act as role model for responsible dog ownership, and present the truth about the grouping of dogs commonly known as pit bulls.
From its creation in 2007, National Pit Bull Awareness Day has been a huge success because of the dedication and determination of pit bull advocates across the country to make a positive difference for these very misunderstood dogs – so successful in fact that it has it’s very own website.
Those who own a pit bull know the need for a national day of awareness for these misunderstood dogs. Constant negative media attention and the sensationalized hype that surrounds pit bulls have the breed in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The media and public have stereotyped and judged an entire group of dogs, as well as their owners, based on the actions of a few.
To celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day, learn more about pit bulls.

National iPod Day 

National iPod Day is celebrated annually on October 23rd. You needn’t be a tech whiz to discern that this holiday celebrates the iPod – the ingenious device that revolutionized the portable music industry.
It seems hard to believe that it was a mere 20 years ago that Apple debuted the first incarnation of the iPod on this date in 2001. In a device that would fit in the palm of your hand, you could have at your fingertips, and playback, every song in your music library: And the storage capacity has increased with every subsequent version.
My iPod is about fifteen years old now and contains about 6500 of my favorite songs – and I am using only a small fraction of its capacity. To celebrate National iPod Day, Make a playlist of your favorite songs from 2001 and play it on repeat today. How many songs are on your iPod?

Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day 

Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day is celebrated annually on October 23rd. You don’t need to be an ornithologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the date upon which the world-famous swallows depart San Juan Capistrano for their winter nesting grounds.
In America, and especially in California, we look forward to the return of the swallows to Capistrano every March 19th, as a sign that Spring is nigh upon us. However, before the swallows return to Capistrano, they must first leave Capistrano.
Historically, October 23rd is the date on which that happens. But, where do they go? Well, it seems that their winter vacation destination of choice is 7,500 miles south – in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. The swallows fly 15 hours a day at a pace of about 18 mph (or about 270 miles per day). They fly at an altitude of about 6,500 feet. It takes them about 30 days to reach Goya.
To celebrate Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day, learn more about their fantastic voyage. This link will help you in your quest. I wonder if Goyaites celebrate the return of the swallows to their city with as much excitement and awe as we celebrate their return to Mission San Juan Capistrano?

TV Talk Show Host Day 

TV Talk Show Host Day is celebrated annually on October 23rd. This holiday is celebrated on the birth date of legendary night-time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson is considered the “King of late night Television”. He hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. His reign lasted a record 29 years, 7 months, 21 days. There were 4,531 episodes aired.
While this holiday is celebrated on Johnny Carson’s birth date, it is intended to show appreciation to all Television talk show hosts; daytime and nighttime. To celebrate TV Talk Show Host Day, watch as many TV talk shows as you can today.

National Canning Day 

National Canning Day is observed annually on October 23rd. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates canning – a centuries-old method of food preservation. I could find no information in my sources regarding the history of this holiday.
Canning is a method of preserving food by removing the oxygen and enzymes that would otherwise cause a food to spoil. A well-sealed jar or can means that bad bacteria, yeasts, and molds have a more difficult time growing.
Today, we take canned foods for granted, but it is a relatively new process when you consider the history of food preservation. By comparison, salting, drying, and pickling have been around for thousands of years.
We owe the modern-day canning process to, of all people, Napoleon Bonaparte. He famously said that “an army marches on its stomach,” and he needed a better way to feed his troops. In 1795, he had the French government offer a prize of 12,000 Francs to anyone who invented a new way to preserve food. The prize was finally won by Nicholas Appert, a chef, confectioner, and distiller, who began experimenting when the award was announced and finally submitted his invention 14 years later, in 1809. He hermetically sealed food in airtight glass jars and heated them—a method similar to today’s home preserving in Mason jars. Appert thought that driving the air out of the containers prevented the spoilage, but 100 years later, Louis Pasteur demonstrated that it was actually the elimination of bacteria through sterilization that did the trick.
Though Napoleon tried to keep the new process a secret so that enemy armies would not have the advantage, the word soon leaked out. Appert’s method was so easy that it quickly became widespread. The following year another Frenchman, Pierre Durand, patented a method using a tin container. In 1812, an English company purchased both patents and began producing canned preserves.
Canning emigrated to America in the mid 19th century, where canneries began to preserve seasonal foods and perishables – but most Americans still cooked from fresh and dried staples. Canned foods did not become the everyday food delivery system that we know until the beginning of the 20th century (the company that produces Bar Harbor Foods was established in 1917).
Celebrate National Canning Day by eating some canned food. Or, if you feel adventurous, try canning some food today. While it’s not exactly the most complicated process, canning does require that you follow specific steps and use specific equipment to ensure that your food is safely preserved. The National Center for Home Food Preservation recommends using either a boiling water canner or a pressure canner, depending on how acidic the food you’re canning is. First-time canners should start simply, by trying making a jam or a marinara sauce since both have relatively simple cooking processes. Start with a small batch so you don’t ruin all your ingredients.
Factoid: 
Appert, also known as the “father of canning,” also invented the bouillon cube. 

National Boston Cream Pie Day 

National Boston Cream Pie Day is celebrated annually on October 23rd. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to determine that this holiday celebrates Boston cream pie – a world-renowned dessert.
A French chef named Sanzian invented Boston cream pie in 1856. He worked at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, which is also where the world-famous Parker House roll originated.
Although it is called a pie, Boston cream pie is actually a cake. It consists of two round layers of sponge cake with a thick vanilla custard filling. It is usually frosted with a chocolate glaze but it can also be topped with confectioners sugar. The dessert is served in wedges just like a pie.
In 1996, Boston cream pie became the official dessert of Massachusetts in a bill sponsored by Norton High School. Boston Cream Pie defeated fellow contenders, Indian Pudding and Toll House cookies, to become the state’s official dessert.
To celebrate National Boston Cream Pie Day, enjoy some for dessert today – you know, after you have finished gorging yourself on all of those sumptuous canned foods.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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