National Day Calendar
July 20, 2021 – National Fortune Cookie Day | National Moon Day
This Guy Went The Distance To Make Sure We Remember That "One Small Step For Mankind."
Welcome to July 20th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a sweet ending and going the extra mile.
One of the staples of Chinese takeout didn’t come from China at all, but rather from Japan. In the late 1800s, Japanese bakers began making crackers with small notes inside. Japanese immigrants to America opened up Chinese restaurants to capitalize on the growing popularity of Chinese food. They served these fortune cookies as dessert and the treats caught on. During World War II, Chinese immigrants to the United States opened more restaurants and kept the tradition of fortune cookies alive. Now, a takeout meal of General Tso’s Chicken wouldn’t be complete without a fortune. On National Fortune Cookie Day, celebrate this sweet ending to any good meal.
We all appreciate that first step taken by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 Mission in 1969. NASA has called the event the single greatest technological achievement of all time. And while Richard Nixon proclaimed National Moon Landing Day in 1971, there was no further annual celebration. As the fan fare died down, the event was drifting into obscurity until a gas station attendant from Michigan took up the cause to bring it back. Richard Christmas mailed letters to Congressmen and Governors in all 50 States, urging them to create a permanent National Day. His efforts became known as the Christmas Card Campaign and today we celebrate National Moon Day thanks to the inspiration of this one man.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.