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Michigan 185th Anniversary of Statehood (1837): January 26, 2022
Michigan was admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837, as the 26th state. Nickname: The Great Lake State. Motto: Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice.
National Spouses Day: January 26, 2022
According to the Current Population Survey, 2021 ASEC Supplement, there are some 131.4M married adults age 15+ in the U.S., not counting 4.5M who are separated.
National Popcorn Day: January 19, 2022
According to the Popcorn Board, Americans consume 15 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. That averages to about 47 quarts per person.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday and Day of Service: January 17
In 1983, Congress made the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress added the national day of service. Learn more at MLKDay.gov.
National Pharmacist Day: January 12, 2022
According to the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 249,804 pharmacists and 248,368 pharmacy technicians in the United States.
National Milk Day: January 11, 2022
According to the 2020 Annual Survey of Manufactures, fluid milk manufacturing shipments were valued at $38.2 billion and involved 56,122 employees.
New Mexico 110th Anniversary of Statehood (1912): January 6, 2022
New Mexico was admitted to the Union on Jan. 6, 1912, as the 47th state. Nickname: The Land of Enchantment. Motto: Crescit eundo (It grows as it goes).
National Hot Tea Month: January 2022
U.S. imports of tea, spices, etc., were valued above $2.56 billion in 2020, $1.12 billion more than the $1.44 billion value a decade earlier in 2010.
New Year's Day 2022: January 1, 2022
The Census Bureau projects the U.S. population will be 332,403,650 on Jan. 1, 2022. Since Census Day (April 1) 2020, the population has grown 954,369 or 0.29%.
Iowa 175th Anniversary of Statehood (1846): December 28, 2021
Iowa was admitted to the Union on Dec. 28, 1846, as the 29th state. Nickname: The Hawkeye State. Motto: Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.
Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: December 21, 2021
On a single night in January 2020, HUD reported 580,466 people experienced homelessness across the U.S. This represents a 2.2 percent increase from 2019.
Wright Brothers Day: December 17, 2021
On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first flight for 12 seconds and flew 120 feet. On the fourth and final flight, Wilbur flew 57 seconds and 852 feet.
Bill of Rights Day: December 15, 2021
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution focus on individual rights and were ratified on Dec. 15, 1791. Amendment I protects freedom of expression.
Indiana 205th Anniversary of Statehood (1816): December 11, 2021
Indiana was admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816, as the 19th state. Nickname: The Hoosier State. Motto: The Crossroads of America.
UNICEF 75th Anniversary (1946): December 11, 2021
The U.S. Census Bureau’s International Database estimates there are 2.31 billion children under 18 living in the world in 2021.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7, 2021
According to the 2019 American Community Survey, of the 17.4 million veterans in the U.S., 4.2 million were 75 years and older and 380,327 were WWII veterans.
National Miners Day: December 6, 2021
Q2 2021 Quarterly Financial Report found mining corporations had unadjusted sales of $77.9B, up $38.1B from Q2 2020, and up $7.9B from Q1 sales of $70.0B.
Cyber Monday: November 29, 2021
According to USA.Gov, “Cyber Monday is the day with sales and discounts across online retailers.” Check out these shopping stats and other links.
Small Business Saturday: November 27, 2021
The 2019 County Business Patterns series counted 7,959,103 establishments in the U.S. Most (6,780,893) had less than 20 employees and averaged about 4.5 each.
Black Friday: November 26, 2021
According to 2019 County Business Patterns, the retail trade sector had 1,044,957 establishments, 15.7 million employees and $470.5 billion in annual payroll.
Native American Heritage Day: November 26, 2021
The 2020 Census counted the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population at about 3.7M and the alone or in combination population at about 9.7M.
National Family Week: November 21-27, 2021
According to the 2019 American Community Survey, average family size has grown from 3.20 in 2007 to 3.23 in 2019. There are about 79.6 million families.
National Child's Day: November 20, 2021
The majority of America’s 72.9M children under 18 live in households with two parents (70%). The second most common are children living with mother only (21%).
National Fast Food Day: November 16, 2021
The 2019 County Business Patterns series counted 254,582 limited-service (fast food) restaurants with 4,660,127 paid employees and a $74.6B annual payroll.
America Recycles Day: November 15, 2021
Did you know a recent EPA study found that recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages?
American Education Week: November 15-19, 2021
In the U.S., per student (public pre-K through 12th grade) spending was $13,187 in FY2019, a 5.0% increase from 2018, and enrollment was 48.0 million.
Geography Awareness Week: November 15-19, 2021
The 2019 County Business Patterns counted 1,046 Geophysical Surveying and Mapping establishments in the U.S. with 8,054 employees and a $679.0M annual payroll.
National STEM Day: November 8, 2021
The 2019 American Community Survey estimated the total civilian population age 16+ employed in STEM occupations at 10.8M. Women are 26.7% and earn 84.1% of men.
National Aviation History Month: November 2021
The 2020 M3 Survey reported the seasonally adjusted value of shipments of U.S. total defense aircraft and parts at $55.6B and nondefense at $80.9B.
National Diabetes Month: November 2021
The 2019 County Business Patterns program counted 8,187 kidney dialysis centers in the U.S. with 129,072 paid employees and a $7.0 billion annual payroll.
National Family Caregivers Month: November 2021
The 2019 American Community Survey counted 488,187 childcare workers; 761,338 personal care aides; and 65,992 personal care and service workers, all other.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: October 23, 2021
The U.S. total value of shipments of pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing grew from $67B in 1992 to $298B in 2020 and may exceed $300B in 2021.
The Incandescent Light Bulb (1879): October 22-23, 2021
On Oct. 22-23, 1879, Edison’s team made a light bulb with a carbonized filament of uncoated cotton thread that lasted 14.5 hours, long enough to light a home.
National Nut Day: October 22, 2021
According to foreign trade stats, US exports of nuts were valued at $9.28B in 2020, up from $4.90B in 2010. Imports were $2.86B in 2020, up from $1.48B in 2010.
Earth Science Week: October 10-16, 2021
The 2019 American Community Survey estimated there were about 10.2M civilians age 16 years and over employed in computer, engineering, and science occupations.