january 13th 2021



According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is January 13th so around the country it’s National Rubber Ducky Day! A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode.

The rubber ducky (also spelled duckie) has come a long way from his first concept as a chew toy for children. While the origin of the first rubber ducky is uncertain, many rubber molded toys came about when rubber manufacturing developed in the late 1800s. They produced a variety of toys from dolls and various animal shapes, including the rubber duck.

In 1928, Landon Smart Lawrence received the earliest patent fora rubber duck toy. His clever design weighted the toy so that when it tipped it returned to an upright position. The sketch included with the patent was that of a duck.

During World Wars I and II, rubber was a valuable commodity. Rationing became mandatory and by the 1940s with the advent of plastic, the rubber ducky began being produced in vinyl and plastic.

Russian Sculptor Peter Ganine sculpted many animal figures. One, a duck, he later designed and patented into a floating toy which closely resembles the rubber ducky we have become familiar with today.

Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we’ve come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.

The rubber ducky became a Toy Hall of Fame inductee in 2013. Founded in 1998, the Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRubberDuckyDay

Spend time with your favorite rubber ducky. Share photos of your rubber ducky collection. Discover all the different kinds of rubber duckies available. Use #NationalRubberDuckyDay to post on social media.


While our research did not uncover the creator of National Rubber Ducky Day, National Day Calendar® is pretty fond of the idea that it has to do with Sesame Street’s Rubber Duckie.


National Sticker Day on January 13th recognizes all the ways stickers brighten up a page or send a special message. The day celebrates all things stickers, from the custom printing of them to sharing stickers. Every sticker has a story.

Historians credit the European merchants in the 1880s as the first to stick labels to their products, in an effort to promote their goods and wares to passersby.

These savvy, pre-industrial entrepreneurs used a gum paste to get the labels to adhere and, well, stick: hence “stickers.” By the 1900s a sticker-specific paste had been developed and was widely used, most notably on stamps, which dried and then would re-apply when moistened.

The observance is in honor of R. Stanton Avery, who was born on that day in 1907. Avery was the original creator of the adhesive label with removable backing.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStickerDay

National Sticker Day offers so many ways to celebrate! We won’t limit it to any age group either, so be sure to invite everyone to the party. That means everyone deserves a sticker whether they are shopping online, promoting their business or learning something new. While you are planning your celebration, be sure to check out these ideas, too.

  • Host a sticker collection contest. Award prizes for the largest, most colorful, and most original collections.
  • Stickers bring in business, too. Create a buzz around special days using stickers.
  • They inspire creativity in the classroom. Ask students to design stickers for events and campaigns.
  • Get organized! Color code your favorite projects with stickers that keep you on track.

Take photos of them to post on social media using #NationalStickerDay.


StickerGiant, a promotional sticker and product label company based in Longmont, Colorado, created National Sticker Day in 2015 to celebrate all the fun stickers bring to all ages. The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared it to be observed on January 13th, annually.


Korean American Day on January 13th commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903. The day also honors the Korean American’s immense contributions to every aspect of society.

In 1882, the United States and Korea signed a treaty establishing a peaceful relationship, friendship, and commerce. While this led to Korean diplomats, students, politicians, and businessmen visiting the United States, few felt compelled to stay.

It wasn’t until December of 1902 on the SS Gaelic that 102 Korean immigrants set sail for Honolulu, Hawaii. These families initiated the first wave of Korean immigration, resulting in over 7,500 immigrants over the next two years.

They served their communities and their country during World Wars I and II and the Korean War. During these times, more Koreans decided to emigrate from their homeland; some, as wives to U.S. servicemen, others were adopted as children.

Honoring a Few

Ahn Chang Ho – also known as Dosan, one of the earlier immigrants, Ho is credited with establishing the Willows Korean Aviation Corps in the United States, which later helped establish the Korean Airforce.

Sammy Lee – Olympic two-time gold medalist in diving (1948 – London) and (1952 – Helsinki).

Wendy Gramm – Served as U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair under Presidents Reagan and Bush I.

Judge Herbert Y.C. Choy – First Asian American appointed to U.S. Federal Court (Court of Appeals Ninth District) in 1974.

David Hyun – Architect charged with revitalizing Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

Sang Hyun Lee – First tenured Asian American professor at Princeton Theological Seminary

Hines Ward, Jr. – Professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers

HOW TO OBSERVE #KoreanAmericanDay

Learn more about Korean Americans then and now. Read books about their experiences or watch documentaries. We’ve provided two books:

  • Korean American Pioneer Aviators: The Willows Airmen by Edward T. Chang and Woo Sung Han
  • Korean-Americans: Past, Present, and Future by Ilpyong J. Kim
  • Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots by Carol Park

You can also visit Korean American Story to hear their stories or document your own. Find out more or share your experience by using #KoreanAmericanDay on social media.


In 2003, President George W. Bush proclaimed a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants. In 2005, the U.S. House and Senate passed simple resolutions in support of Korean American Day. Since then, states across the country have passed bills declaring January 13th as an annual celebration of Korean American Day.


Stephen Foster Memorial Day on January 13th commemorates the music of the man who composed hundreds of America’s first popular songs.

Born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became known as America’s First Composer. His catchy tunes based on minstrel songs are still known today.

Despite Foster’s exclusive music contract with Firth, Pond, and Company, when he died at the age of 37, he was penniless. While his songs were wildly popular, the lack of copyright protection and alcoholism left him with nothing of value to show for his work.

During his short life, Foster wrote over 200 songs. His best-known compositions include “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer” and are still very popular today.

Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37.

HOW TO OBSERVE #StephenFosterMemorialDay

Read about the life of Stephen Foster or watch a documentary. Listen to some of his music. You might be surprised to learn how familiar some of it is. How many of them do you already know? Check out our suggestions below:

  • Doo-dah! by Ken Emerson
  • Beautiful Dreamer: The Life of Stephen Collins Foster by Ellen Hunter Ulken
  • Read about the African American influence on Stephen Foster’s music.

Use #StephenFosterMemorialDay to post on social media.


Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.


Another dessert brought to us by an internationally famous chef, National Peach Melba Day offers a refreshing celebration on January 13th each year.

French chef Auguste Escoffier invented the elegant dessert back in 1892 or 1893, depending on the source. He created the dessert with peaches, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry sauce while employed at the Savoy Hotel, London. The dessert honored Australian soprano, Nellie Melba. The chef was known for naming his creations after famous people. Three such recipes are celebrated on the calendar including National Melba Toast Day on March 23rd.

Nellie Melba was born Hellen Porter Mitchell. She took the stage name Melba in honor of her hometown of Melbourne. Her achievements as an opera singer took her on tour worldwide. Later, she earned the title of Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire in 1927.

Chef Escoffier originally called the dessert “Pecheau Cygne” or “Peach Swan” and presented it in a swan-shaped ice sculpture and topped with spun sugar.


Listen to Nellie Melba while you make a Peach Melba. We’ve included a recipe for you to try, too!

Use #NationalPeachMelbaDay to post on social media.


While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday, we’ll also try to belt out the high notes, too.


10 things you need to know today: January 13, 2021

Trump defends remarks to supporters before attack on Capitol

President Trump on Tuesday defended himself against allegations that his remarks to supporters last week incited the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday in an unsuccessful bid to push lawmakers to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. Trump said Democrats’ calls to impeach him were a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.” He said his remarks to supporters before the riot were “totally appropriate.” In his Jan. 6 speech, Trump urged supporters to march on Congress, repeating his false claims of voter fraud and telling them “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Trump, speaking during a visit to Alamo, Texas, told his supporters not to be violent ahead of Inauguration Day. “Now is the time for our nation to heal,” he said. “And it’s time for peace and for calm.” [The Wall Street Journal]

House urges Pence to remove Trump, prepares impeachment vote

Democrats on Tuesday pushed through a non-binding resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare President Trump unfit after his incitement of a mob that attacked the Capitol, and remove him from office. Pence notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was rejecting the idea, setting up a Wednesday vote on impeaching Trump over the attack, which left five people dead. At least five House Republicans said they would vote for impeachment, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 House Republican. Cheney said Trump “summoned” the mob and “lit the flame of this attack.” The New York Times reported Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach Trump. [The New York Times, The Associated Press]

FBI report contradicts claim agency had no warning before Capitol riot

FBI agents warned a day before pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week that extremists were traveling to Washington determined to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, and prepared for “war,” The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing an internal document. The account contradicts claims by a senior FBI official that the agency had no indications that anyone went to the protest with plans to be violent. The report said some people shared a map of the Capitol complex’s tunnels. “An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die.'” [The Washington Post]

Pompeo cancels Europe trip after counterparts refuse meetings

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a trip to Europe on Tuesday after European leaders said they wouldn’t meet with him, Reuters reported, citing European diplomats and others familiar with the matter. Pompeo had been scheduled to go first to Luxembourg, but that country’s foreign minister declined to meet with Pompeo. The second leg of the trip, to European Union offices in Belgium, remained on the schedule but it was called off at the last minute after top EU officials also balked at meeting Pompeo. A diplomatic source told Reuters that U.S. allies were “embarrassed” by Pompeo after last week’s siege at the U.S. Capitol by President Trump’s supporters seeking to overturn the results of the November presidential election. Pompeo has condemned the violence, which left five people dead, without addressing Trump’s baseless election fraud claims at the center of the insurrection. [Reuters]

U.S. to require negative COVID tests from international travelers

The United States is set to require all international visitors to show a negative COVID-19 test result before flying to the country, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said in a Tuesday statement. All air passengers will have to get a test within three days before flying to the U.S. and provide documentation of their negative result before boarding. The order will go into effect Jan. 26, after CDC officials spent weeks discussing the move with government agencies and the White House’s coronavirus task force, The Wall Street Journal reports. Travelers from Britain have had to show a negative test result since December, though a very contagious variant of the coronavirus first found in Britain has already made its way to the U.S. [The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal]

Lisa Montgomery executed after Supreme Court lifts stay

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was executed by lethal injection early Wednesday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, becoming the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years. The Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution just before midnight with orders lifting a stay by an appeals court that had called for assessing Montgomery’s mental health, and rejecting a final request for a stay by Montgomery’s lawyers. Montgomery was one of several inmates scheduled to be executed in the final days of the Trump administration. Her lawyers argued that Montgomery, who was convicted of murdering a pregnant woman to take her baby, was mentally ill and unable to understand her execution, making it unconstitutional. “The current administration knows this,” said Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s federal public defender. “And they killed her anyway.” [USA Today, The Associated Press]

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson dies at 87

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire Republican donor, died Monday at his home in Malibu, California, from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. He was 87. Adelson, the son of a cabdriver, built an empire that included casinos in Las Vegas, Macau, Singapore, and other gambling destinations. He served as chairman and CEO of the world’s biggest gaming corporation, Las Vegas Sands Corp. He led the development of the casino-convention center model that now dominates the Las Vegas Strip. He used his wealth and influence to serve as a GOP kingmaker, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to Republican candidates and conservative political action committees, supporting right-wing agendas in the United States and Israel. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, The New York Times]

Military leaders remind service members of oath to protect Constitution

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday condemned the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob and reminded the military’s service members that they took an oath to defend the Constitution and reject any attempt to overthrow the government. The military leaders said the storming of the Capitol was “inconsistent with the rule of law.” “The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition, and insurrection,” the leaders said in a letter to the nation’s 1.3 million active-duty service members and more than 811,000 National Guard members and reservists. The extraordinary statement came as national security officials warn of possible further violence, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, by extremists determined to overturn the election result because of President Trump’s false claim of widespread voter fraud. [CNN, NPR]

Authorities consider sedition charges against rioters

Federal law enforcement officials continued the manhunt for people who participated in last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, and said they were looking at more than 160 cases and considering sedition charges for some of the rioters. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) said in a Tuesday evening webcast that she saw some members of Congress leading people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 in what she said was “reconnaissance for the next day” when insurrectionist Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to get lawmakers to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s defeat of President Trump in the November election. As the House moved toward a Wednesday vote on impeaching Trump for inciting the mob, Sherrill said some of her House colleagues had “abetted” Trump and the mob. “I’m going to see they are held accountable,” she said. [The New York Times,]

Michigan reportedly will charge former governor over Flint water crisis

Michigan is reportedly preparing to charge former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and other ex-officials over the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Snyder, his former health department director Nick Lyon, and other members of the Snyder administration were told they would soon face unspecified charges, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Snyder was governor in 2014 when state-appointed officials moved Flint’s water source to the Flint River. The water wasn’t treated for contamination from the old, corroding pipes the water ran through, yet state regulators signed off on the move. Bacteria in the river water was attributed to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, leading to at least 12 deaths. Snyder and Lyon didn’t acknowledge the outbreak until 2016, though Lyon admitted he knew of the Legionnaire’s cases earlier. The attorney general’s office has not acknowledged the reported charges. [The Associated Press]

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