May 13, 2021 – National Frog Jumping Day | National Apple Pie Day

Did You Know That Today’s All American Celebrations Did Not Originate In America?!

Welcome to May 13th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate two American classics. 

Americans didn’t invent frog jumping, but we know where the most celebrated contest originated.  That would be Calaveras County, California back in 1849.  Thanks to Mark Twain, these amphibian Olympics are still celebrated throughout the country to this day.  While his story had three different names, Twain landed on The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and his frog Dan’l Webster immortalized this curious event.  For the record it’s Rosie the Ribeter who holds the title for highest jump, coming in at a whopping 21 feet, 5-¾ inches.  On National Frog Jumping Day, join the fun at a local event, or take it easy on the couch with a good read that is still as American as…

Apple pie? That’s the dessert we all know and love, but did you know that the first printed recipe for apple pie was found in England in 1382?  Like any good thing, we brought this classic dessert over the pond as we migrated West.  Teddy Roosevelt pined for it while traveling abroad in Africa.  During World War II, soldiers claimed they were fighting for it, along with Mom of course.  Maybe you like yours served a la mode, or topped with a slice of cheddar cheese. On National Apple Pie Day celebrate this all American favorite and rest assured there is plenty for everyone. 

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

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