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Special Days in May, 2020

May’s calendar is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2020 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in May, can be found at the end of this list.

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Homeschool Awareness
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2020 (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Office Fax introduced 1964
  • Oyster Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • Totally Chipotle Day

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • School Nurse Day *
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day

May 8

  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • No Socks Day
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Food Allergy Week *
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Shrimp Day
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Drawing Day
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Cuba Independence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Ramadan Ends *
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Shavuot *
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Pentecost *
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF Special Days in May

May Resources (currently being updated for 2020)

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.se7en.org.za/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

https://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Happy May!

betty jo

Special Days in April, 2020

 

Usually I have the Special Days lists ready to go out by the 28th of the month before.  However, with internet connection issues and an increase of family and homeschooling projects, I just have not been able to get the entire list completed. So … Here’s the beginning of the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, awareness days, and famous birthdays for April, 2020. I hope to have the rest of the list ready to publish soon, but this will get us started on April fun and learning!

PDF of  Special Days in April and other teaching resources can be found at the end of this list.

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Arab American Heritage
  • Astronomy
  • Autism Awareness
  • Car Care
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Home Improvement
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness

April Food Themes

  • BLT Sandwich
  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soft Pretzel
  • Soy Foods
  • Tomato

April’s Daily Specials  (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day  * (1st Wed.)

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • NATO established 1949
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Island “discovered” 1722
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Georgia Independence 1991
  • Name Yourself Day

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • Big Wind Day
  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Resurrection Sunday/Easter *
  • Garden Week *  (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Husband Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Boys & Girls Club Week * (3rd full week)
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Primrose Day
  • Princess Week * (last full week)
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of
    the 24th)

April 20

  • Boston Marathon (3rd Mon.)
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Environmental Education Week *  (Mon. of last full
    week)
  • Frog Appreciation Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Volunteer Recognition Day
  • Weed Day

April 21

  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Rome Founded 753 BC
  • Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day *

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564 (other sources say April 26)
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th
    Thurs.)
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Dance Week begins
  • Day of Silence (LGTQ Youth Observance) *
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Ireland Independence 916
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day *(last Sat.)
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960
  • World Tapir Day

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Floralia
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Animal Advocacy Day
  • Bugs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

Free Printable Download – Special Days in April

Collection of free ‘Special Days’ learning resources for April                                                                  April Resource List 

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online April calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

Happy April!

betty jo

Special Days in March, 2020

Click here for the updated Special Days in March!

For the Birds! Ornithology Resource List

 

Adding ornithology to our homeschooling science started years ago when my daughter set up a “Bird Mart” outside out biggest window.  She offered different foods and nesting supplies.  She checked out a bird field guide from the library.  She made graphs and charts. Everyone in the family got interested in her project.  Looking out that window at the variety of birds was better than looking at the tv!  She took her project to that year’s science fair and brought home a blue ribbon.

Here’s a collection of free resources for your family’s bird studies and budding ornithologists. I’ve also added some resources for bird related language arts and electives, too.

Bird Watching Activities and Resources                                                                            https://franw.com/2014/03/27/bird-watching-activities/

Bird Lesson Plans and Activities by the Month                               https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/feathered-friends/

More Bird Lesson Plans                                                                      https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/

Migratory Birds Math and Science Lessons                                     https://hubbardbrook.org/lessons_birds

Hummingbird Math Activities                                       http://www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html

A-Z List of Bird Sounds                                                                                                                https://www.bird-sounds.net/alphabetical/

Identification Guide                   https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/identification.php

Nest Cams                                                                                                     https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/

Bible Verses about Birds                                                                  https://www.openbible.info/topics/birds

Bird Facts                                                                                                       https://www.factretriever.com/bird-facts

A- Z Birds Taxon Information                                                                        https://animaldiversity.org/search/?q=birds&feature=INFORMATION

Track Migrations                                                                                                             https://journeynorth.org/

Outdoor Biology Activities                                                                                http://www.outdoorbiology.com/

Pet Birds Guide                                                                                                      https://www.allpetbirds.com/

Backyard Birds Note Pack and Lapbook Printables https://www.homeschoolshare.com/backyard_birds_lap_n_note.php

Birds of Prey Lapbook Printables                             https://www.homeschoolshare.com/birds_of_prey.php

Great Backyard Bird Count                                                       https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

Bird Feeder Crafts                                                                                                  https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/

Materials to Help Birds Build Their Nests                                               https://www.thespruce.com/attract-birds-with-nesting-material-386423

Stories of Birds (copyright 1903)                                                https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20547/20547-h/20547-h.htm

Birds Vocabulary                                                                                             https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/birds-vocabulary/

Bird Idioms                                                                                                       https://www.thespruce.com/bird-idioms-explained-386739

Bird Jokes and Riddles (kid friendly) https://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/bird.shtml

Birds in the News                                                                                  https://www.audubon.org/news/birds-news?page=1

Top 40 Songs About Birds                                                                                   http://www.top2040.com/2014/07/top-40-songs-about-birds.html

John James Audubon’s Birds of America Digital Library                               https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america

Realistic Bird Coloring Pages                                                                                     https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-coloring-pages.html

How to Draw Birds – Step by Step Instruction                                                   http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-birds.html#.Xj-BE2hKiM8

And Another How to Draw Birds – Step-by-Step Instruction  https://easydrawingguides.com/search/birds

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Hummingbird                                https://www.hodgepodge.me/hummingbird-video-chalk-art-tutorial/

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Cardinals in Snow                              https://www.hodgepodge.me/cardinals-snow-chalk-art-tutorial/

Bird Origami                                                                                                                            https://en.origami-club.com/animal/bird/index.html

 

 

 

Special Days in February, 2020

 

List of February’s holidays, observances, themes, famous birthdays, and more!

Special Days in January, 2020

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Special Days in December, 2019

December is packed with  holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, celebrate, or add to the menu, this list of special days for December, 2019 gives you plenty to choose from.

Resources for teaching through December, including a PDF of December’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

December Themes, Observances, and Awareness Days:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Basketball (1st played Dec. 1891)
  • Bingo
  • Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention
  • Learn a Foreign Language
  • Operation Santa Paws
  • Read a New Book
  • Safe Toys and Gifts
  • Spiritual Literacy
  • Tie
  • Universal Human Rights
  • World AIDS
  • Write A Business Plan
  • Write a Friend

December’s Food Themes

  • Egg Nog
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Food Safety
  • Fruit Cake
  • Pear
  • Quince
  • Root Vegetables
  • Tomato
  • Winter Squash

December, 2019 Daily Specials
(the * means that the special day does not necessarily fall on the same date every year)

Dec. 1

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Advent begins * (4 Sundays leading to Christmas)
  • Christmas Tree Week begins
  • Civil Air Patrol Day
  • Cookie Cutter Week begins
  • Day With(out) Art Day
  • Deaf Heritage Week begins
  • Eat a Red Apple Day
  • First Passenger Balloon Flight 1783
  • Handwashing Awareness Week begins * (1st full Week)
  • Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week * (1st full week)
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Pie Day
  • Tolerance Week begins
  •  Draft Reinstated 1969
  • World Aids Awareness Day

Dec. 2

  • Abolition of Slavery Day
  • Fritters Day
  • Mutt Day
  • Saint Paul’s Cathedral opened 1697
  • Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848
  • Missionary CT Studd born 1860
  • Special Education Day

Dec. 3

  • Disabled Persons Day
  • First Human Heart Transplant 1967
  • Illinois Statehood 1818
  • Make a Gift Day
  • Roof Over Your Head Day
  • Galileo invented the Telescope 1621

Dec. 4

  • Cookie Day
  • Dice Day
  • Feast of St. Barbara
  • International Cheetah Day
  • Monopoly Game Debut 1935
  • Phonograph invented 1877
  • Santa’s List Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day

Dec. 5

  • Bathtub Party Day
  • Bubble Gum Day
  • Walt Disney born 1901
  • Gold discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848
  • International Ninja Day
  • Prohibition Ends (21st Amendment) 1933
  • Thailand National Day
  • President Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Volunteer Day (UN)

Dec. 6

  • Everglades National Park established 1947
  • Finland Independence Day 1917
  • Give a Secret Gift Day
  • Microwave patented 1945
  • Miners Day
  • Mitten Tree Day
  • Pawnbrokers Day
  • Put On Your Own Shoes Day
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • 13th Amendment ratified 1865

Dec. 7

  • Civil Aviation Day
  • Cotton Candy Day
  • Delaware Statehood 1787
  • Ear Muff Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Letter Writing Day
  • Sculptor/Artist Marie Grosholtz Tussand born 1761
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941

Dec. 8

  • Brownie Day
  • First Greeting Card printed 1843
  • Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  • Take it in the Ear Day
  • US declared War on Japan 1941
  • USSR Dissolved 1991
  • Inventor/Scientist Eli Whitney born 1765
  • Winter Flowers Day
  • World Choral Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day * (2nd Sun.)

Dec. 9

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Debut 1965
  • Christmas Card Day
  • Computer Science Education Week begins *
  • International Anti-Corruption day
  • Pastry Day
  • Petrified Forest National Park established 1962
  • Roller Skates Patented 1884
  • Tanzania Independence Day 1961
  • Weary Willie Day (circus clown)

Dec. 10

  • Day of Animal Rights
  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Poet Emily Dickinson born 1830
  • Human Rights Day
  • Mississippi Statehood 1817
  • Nobel Prize Day

Dec. 11

  • Apollo 17 Moon Landing 1972
  • Germany declared war on US 1941
  • Indiana Statehood 1816
  • International Mountain Day
  • Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719
  • Noodle Ring Day
  • Republic of Upper Volta Independence 1958
  • UNICEF founded 1947

Dec. 12

  • Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Ginger Bread House Day
  • Golf Tee Patented 1899
  • Hot Cocoa Day
  • Hovercraft Patented 1955
  • Founding Father John Jay born 1745
  • Kenya Independence Day 1963
  • Pennsylvania Statehood 1787
  • Poinsettia Day

Dec. 13

  • Day of the Horse
  • Francis Drake Begins Voyage Around the World  1577
  • Ice Cream Day
  • Santa Lucia Day
  • Violin Day

Dec. 14

  • Alabama Statehood 1819
  • Bouillabaisse Day
  • Scientist Tycho Brahe born 1546
  • Children’s Day
  • Christmas Bird Count Week begins
  • Deck the Halls Day
  • Monkey Day
  • Nostradamus born 1503
  • Raggedy Ann Doll Debut 1914
  • Roast Chestnuts Day
  • South Pole First Reached 1911
  • Wreaths Across America Day * (2nd Sat.)

Dec. 15

  • Bill of Rights Day 1791
  • Cat Herders Day
  • Gluten-Free Baking Week begins * (week before Christmas week)
  • Architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel born 1832
  • Lemon Cupcake Day
  • Nero born 37 AD

Dec. 16

  • Author Jane Austen born 1775
  • Composer Ludwig Von Beethoven born 1770
  • Boston Tea Party 1773
  • Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867
  • Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • Los Posadas
  • Vending Machine patented 1884
  • Zionism Day

Dec. 17

  • Aztec Calendar Stone excavated 1790
  • A Christmas Carol first published 1843
  • Missionary Isobel Kuhn born 1901
  • Maple Syrup Day
  • Patriot Deborah Sampson born 1760
  • Saturnalia begins
  • Wright Brother’s 1st successful flight 1903

Dec. 18

  • Bake Cookies Day
  • Coral Reef National Park Established
  • Migrants Day
  • New Jersey Statehood 1787
  • The Nutcracker  Premier 1892
  • Roast a Suckling Pig Day

Dec. 19

  • Build a Snowman Day
  • Look For An Evergreen Day
  • Oatmeal Muffin Day
  • Explorer Sir William Parry born 1790
  • Poor Richards Almanac first published 1732
  • Regifting Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Suspenders patented 1871 (Mark Twain)

Dec. 20

  • Games Day
  • Go Caroling Day
  • Louisiana Purchase Day 1803
  • South Carolina seceded from the Union  1860 (1st state to secede)
  • Underdog Day * (3rd Fri.)

Dec. 21

  • Apollo 8 Blast Off 1968
  • Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered 1937
  • Flashlight Day
  • Forefathers Day
  • Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Look on the Bright Side Day
  • Nepal Independence Day 1923
  • Pilgrims Arrival at Plymouth 1620
  • Winter Solstice / First Day of Winter *
  • Yule *

Dec. 22

  • Date Nut Bread Day
  • Dinofish discovered 1938
  • First Electric Christmas Lights 1882
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • Lincoln Tunnel completed 1937
  • Thermometer Invented 1714

Dec. 23

  • Federal Reserve System established 1913
  • Festivus
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah) *
  • Pfeffernusse Day
  • Roots Day (genealogy not turnips)
  • Metric Conversion Act passed 1975
  • Mormon prophet Joseph Smith born 1805
  • A Visit From St. Nicholas First Released 1823

Dec. 24

  • Chocolate Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Egg Nog Day
  • Great Fire of San Francisco 1849
  • Libya Independence Day 1951
  • Phonograph Patented 1877
  • Founding Father Benjamin Rush born 1704

Dec. 25

  • Red Cross founder Clara Barton born 1821
  • Christmas
  • Scientist Isaac Newton born 1643
  • Pumpkin Pie Day
  • Washington crossed the Delaware River 1776

Dec. 26

  • Boxing Day (Canada & UK)
  • Candy Cane Day
  • Coffee Percolator invented 1865
  • Kwanzaa begins
  • Saint Stephen’s Day
  • Thank You Note Day
  • Whiner’s Day

Dec. 27

  • Fruit Cake Day
  • Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Scientist Louis Pasteur born 1822
  • Radio City Music Hall opened 1932
  • Visit the Zoo Day

Dec. 28

  • Card Playing Day
  • Chewing Gum Patented 1869
  • Childermass/Holy Innocents Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Iowa Statehood 1846
  • Pledge of Allegiance recognized by Congress 1945
  • Westminster Abbey Consecrated 1065
  • President Woodrow Wilson born 1856

Dec. 29

  • President Andrew Johnson born 1808
  • Pepper Pot Day
  • Battle of Wounded Knee 1890
  • Texas Statehood 1845
  • Tick Tock Day

Dec. 30

  • Bacon Day
  • Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  • Author Rudyard Kipling born 1865
  • Author Mercer Mayer born 1943
  • Take a Walk Day

Dec. 31

  • Hogmanay
  • Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
  • Make Up Your Mind Day
  • Artist Henri Matisse born 1869
  • New Years Eve
  • No Interruptions Day
  • Universal Hour of Peace Day
  • Unlucky Day
  • Watch Night

Free Printable  –  Special Days in December

A resource list for Special Days in December !

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-december

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/december.html

http://food.unl.edu/december-food-calendar

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/december.htm

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy December!

betty jo

Special Days in November, 2019

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Special Days in October, 2019

Here’s the October, 2019 Special Days list!  It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  If you’re looking for something seasonal and fun to include in your lesson plans, a day to celebrate, or special foods to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!

Resources for teaching through October, including a PDF of October’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Chiropractic
  • Church Library
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Feral Hog
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family
  • World Animal

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apple Jack
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Cookie
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • English Pudding
  • Farm to School
  • Pasta
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian Awareness

Daily Specials for October, 2019  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1

  • CD Player Day
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Lace Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Nigeria Independence Day 1960
  • People’s Republic of China National Day 1949
  • Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Balloons Around the World Day * – 1st Wed.
  • Custodial Workers Day
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Guinea Independence Day 1958
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Walk to School Day * – 1st Wed.

Oct. 3

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • East and West Germany Re-unification 1990
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Techie’s Day
  • Blues Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn born 1954
  • Virus Appreciation Day

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Denim Day * – 1st Fri.
  • Diversity Day * – 1st Fri.
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Lesotho Independence Day 1966
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Story Telling Weekend * – 1st Fri.
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Smile Day *- 1st Fri.
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Card Making Day * – 1st Sat.
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
  • Frugal Fun Day * – 1st Sat.
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Jarrow March 1936
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Animal Welfare Week * – 1st full week
  • Carry a Tune Week * – week with the 7th
  • Change A Light Day – * 1st Sun.
  • Come and Take It Day
  • Fire Prevention Week begins * – week with the 9th
  • German-American Day
  • Get Organized Week * – 1st full week
  • Great Books Week * – 1st full week
  • Inter-generation Day* – 1st Sun.
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Metric Week * – week with the 10th
  • Mystery Series Week * – 1st full week
  • William Tyndale martyred 1536
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846
  • Work From Home Week * – 1st full week
  • World Communion Day * – 1st Sun.

Oct. 7

  • First “American Bandstand” Broadcast 1952
  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island 1542
  • Child Health Day * – 1st Mon.
  • Spinning and Weaving Week* – Mon. of first full week
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day * – 1st Mon.
  • World Habitat Day * – 1st Mon.

Oct. 8

  • Cephalopod Awareness Days (8-10)
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Chess Day
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction * – 2nd Wed.
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Top Spinning Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Uganda Independence Day 1962
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day
  • Yom Kipper *

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Fiji Independence Day 1970
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day 1949
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Sight Day * – 2nd Thurs.

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 launched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Coming Out Day
  • Egg Day * – 2nd Fri.
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Fossil Day
  • Freethought Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Universal Music Day * – 2nd Sat.

Oct. 13

  • Chestnut Week * – 2nd full week
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * – 2nd Sun.
  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Food Bank Week * – week of the 16th
  • Greenwich  Mean Time established 1884
  • Patriot Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • School Lunch Week * – 2nd full week
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775
  • Wolf Awareness Week *- 2nd full week

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Canadian Thanksgiving * – 2nd Mon.
  • Columbus Day * – 2nd Mon.
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Native American Day * – 2nd Mon.
  • Nuclear Science Week *
  • William Penn born 1644
  • Photographic Film patented 1884
  • Sukkot *

Oct. 15

  • 1st Manned Balloon Flight (tethered), 1783
  • Grouch Day
  • Face Your Fears Day * -2nd Tues.
  • Handwashing Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * – 3rd Tues.
  • Veterinary Technician Week begins
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’ Day * – Closest weekday to the 16th
  • Dictionary Day
  • Hagfish Day * – 3rd Wed.
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day * – 3rd Thurs.
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Saint Luke’s Day
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Bridge Day * – 3rd Sat.
  • Cave Painting discovered in Verona, Italy 2000
  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781
  • Sweetest Day * – 3rd Sat.

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 1931
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * – 3rd full week
  • Character Counts Week * – 3rd full week
  • Chemistry Week * – 4th week
  • Forest Products Week * – 3rd Sun
  • Freedom of Speech Week * – 3rd full week
  • Friends of the Library Week * – 3rd full week
  • Information Overload Day
  • Massage Therapy Week * – last full week
  • Monster Mash Day
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week * – last full week
  • Save For Retirement Week *
  • Sloth Day
  • Architect Sir Christopher Wren born 1632

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Battle of Trafalgar 1805
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * – 3rd Mon.
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day
  • School Bus Safety Week * – Mon. of 3rd full week

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Everyone Writes Day
  • Nut Day
  • Stuttering Awareness Day

Oct. 23

  • Battle of Edgehill 1642
  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * – Wed. of 3rd full week
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins (UN)
  • Food Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • Zambia Independence Day 1964

Oct. 25

  • Charge of the Light Brigade 1854
  • Saint Crispin’s Day
  • Frankenstein Day * – last Fri.
  • Magic Week begins
  • Make a Difference Day * – 4th Fri.& Sat.
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Explorer James Cook born 1728
  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Diwali *
  • Mother-In-Law Day * – 4th Sun.
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day 1979
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Psoriasis Day
  • Turkey Independence Day 1923
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Punky Night * – last Thurs.
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

Free Printable –  Special Days in October

October Special Days Learning Resources  (currently being updated for 2019)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/10/01/learning-resources-for-special-days-in-october-2016/

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

 

October’s Special Days Activity Companion offers a wonderful collection of learning ideas for the entire month and is suitable for all ages and learning styles. Great for families who enjoy learning together!  And, great for co-ops and after school clubs. Get your copy of October’s Special Days Activity Companion

https://www.etsy.com/listing/541065710/october-special-days-activity-companion?ref=shop_home_active_11&pro=1

 

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/october.html

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-october

http://food.unl.edu/october-food-calendar

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/oct.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy October!

betty jo