National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

September 9, 2021 – National Wiener Schnitzel Day | National Teddy Bear Day

September 08, 2021

This Bear Got It's Name From An American President.

Welcome to September 9th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a serious schnitzel and a presidential bear.

If the name Wienerschnitzel makes you think of hotdogs, you’re not alone. But true Wiener Schnitzel is an Austrian dish that comes with a few strict rules.  In Vienna this dish is made with veal by law and the name “Wiener” is German for Viennese cutlet.  A schnitzel is the method of preparing any meat that is pounded thin, breaded and fried.  Austrians claim that the recipe came from an Austrian Field Marshal in 1869.  But the Italians have a bone to pick with this story.  They insist that the recipe was borrowed from their cotoletta alla milanese, which is identical except that the veal is left on the bone.  On National Wiener Schnitzel Day, settle the score with your own favorite recipe.  Or head to Wienerschnitzel if you don’t have a dog in this fight.

Even before Theodore Roosevelt became President, he was an avid outdoorsman and hunter.  But during his term, he became known for his compassionate side as well.  On a hunting trip in 1902, Roosevelt’s companions lassoed a black bear and gave him an opportunity to take a shot. But the President refused to kill the defenseless animal and reportedly said, “I couldn’t be proud of myself if I shot an old, tired, worn-out bear that was tied to a tree.”  News of this incident spread across the country and people admired his choice.  In Brooklyn, New York a toymaker created a stuffed animal that was dubbed Teddy’s Bear.  That bear became wildly popular and was soon in high demand.  On National Teddy Bear Day, we celebrate this loveable toy and the softer side of the President who inspired it.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.