National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

November 16, 2021 - National Indiana Day | National Fast Food Day

November 15, 2021

Welcome to November 16, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate the Hoosier State and food served lickity split. 

Indiana is famous for many things: basketball, the Indy 500, and being the birthplace of the Jackson 5. But its lesser known claim to fame is an enormous supply of limestone. In fact Indiana is known as the limestone capital of the world. The Empire State Building was constructed using stone from Indiana. So was the Pentagon. And the United States Treasury. And Rockefeller Center. In fact, more than a dozen state capitol buildings wouldn’t exist without limestone mined by the good people of Indiana. It’s National Indiana Day and today we celebrate the Hoosier State and its hand in helping to literally lay the foundation for America.

Fast food has its origins in the State of Kansas. In 1921, E.W. Ingram opened a restaurant that you might have heard of...White Castle. They served the same small, square burgers as they do today. And the burgers were shaped that way so that more would fit on the grill. When White Castle opened, burgers were thought of as a food only slightly about table scraps for dogs. In order to dispel that notion, Ingram set up the kitchen so that people could see their food being prepared. His “take out” food diner began selling burgers by the sack, which is now a hallmark of fast food restaurants. On National Fast Food Day, indulge in some of your guilty pleasures, and enjoy the convenience of this “fast meal.”  

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

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