March 13, 2021 – National Earmuff Day | National Good Samaritan Day

Did You Know That Earmuffs Were Invented By A 15 Year Old Boy?

Welcome to March 13, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate keeping out the cold and the selfless deeds of strangers. 

Farmington, Maine is bitterly cold, especially if you are outside ice skating in winter.  For 15 year old Chester Greenwood the sting was particularly bad because of his extra large ears.  In order to protect them, he asked his grandmother to sew tufts of fur between two loops of wire and voila, the first earmuffs were fashioned.  Though it wouldn’t be the last invention for young Greenwood, it would become his legacy.  For nearly 60 years, earmuffs were manufactured in the town of Farmington and to this day there is a parade in honor of Chester Greenwood.  On National Earmuff Day celebrate the mother of invention and her big eared grandson.

In 2007, Wes Autrey was waiting for the New York City subway on a crowded train platform. Suddenly, a man in front of him had a seizure and fell onto the tracks. At that very moment a train was coming into the station.  Without hesitation or concern for his own safety, Mr. Autrey jumped onto the tracks and pushed the man to the ground between the rails. He then laid on top of him, keeping him out of the train’s path. As the subway cars rumbled overhead, they narrowly missed the men, though no one knew that until the train was moved. This selfless act made Mr. Autrey a local hero, though he insisted that it was just the right thing to do. On National Good Samaritan Day, we celebrate the men and women who do good deeds not for rewards or praise, but simply because it helps their neighbors. 

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

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