March Holidays

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 9:59am

March 1st is...

March.jpgSalem Witch Hysteria Begins
- The Massachusetts Bay Colony village of Salem had experienced a strange February in which several teenaged girls exhibited bizarre behavior and attributed their ailments to witches. Three women were then arrested on Feb 29, 1692. One of the accused, Tituba, a West Indian slave, broke down under questioning on Mar 1 and admitted to being a witch.

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day
- not just about the love of peanut butter but it's all about the people who love peanut butter too! If your an American you most likely love peanut butter because you most likely grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid. So for this holiday find as many recipes as you can that uses peanut butter and enjoy each and every peanut butter bite.

National Pig Day
recognizes and gives thanks to domesticated pigs. For some unknown reason, big, pot-bellied pigs seen in zoos, are often the symbol of the day. Pigs are clever and intelligent animals. But, most people are unaware of this high level of intelligence. They can be taught to do tricks. Some people even keep them as pets. Today is a day to give pigs the respect that they deserve.

Iceland: Beer Day
- This event began on Mar 1, 1989, when a 75-year prohibition of beer was lifted. Features celebrations in pubs and restaurants all over Reykjavik.

Go Bowling Day
- The Egyptians were rolling a ball to knock down targets more than 7,000 years old, but modern day bowling is a very American sport. The Dutch in New Amsterdam (New York) were bowling at ninepins in 1650. Their alley was a long plank only about a foot wide, so... lots of gutter balls.

Share a Smile Day
- "No one needs a smile as much as a person who fails to give one."
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Mother Teresa
Go smile at a stranger today!

Plan a Solo Vacation Day
- Traveling alone is a great way to explore a new city or town, take in some new sights and enjoy some new experiences. However, planning a solo vacation does require a little more work than a group or couples trip. Look beyond the regular scope of activities for options that really resonate with you and will help you make the most of your trip.

K-Mart's Birthday
- Under the leadership of executive Harry B. Cunningham, S.S. Kresge Corp. opened the first Kmart store on March 1, 1962, in Garden City, Michigan, just a few months before the first Wal-Mart opened. This store is still in operation to this day. A total of eighteen Kmart stores opened that year. Kmart Foods, a now defunct chain of Kmart supermarkets, opened in that same decade.

Town Meeting Day
- The first Tuesday in March is an official state holiday in Vermont. Nearly every town elects officers, approves budget items and deals with a multitude of other items in a daylong public meeting of the voters.

Refired, Not Retired Day
- Are you thinking about retiring, maybe in the next five years? Or, have you already retired? Are you a baby boomer or close to being one? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you definitely need to make yourself part of the 'ReFIRED', not retired, generation. What's more, you're a charter member of the "ReFIRED" generation.

Peace Corp Birthday
- President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order officially establishing the Peace Corps on this date in 1961. The Peace Corps has sent more than 170,000 volunteers to 136 countries to help people help themselves. The volunteers assist in projects such as health, education, water sanitation, agriculture, nutrition and forestry.

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day
- The United States Navy's presence in the Far East dates to 1822. The Asiatic Fleet was formed in 1902, reestablished in 1910, and continued to serve into 1942. Through years of unrest and disturbance, the Fleet protected American lives and interests along the China coast and the Yangtze River, bearing responsibilities that were as much diplomatic as Naval. The Fleet also assisted civilian areas devastated by the forces of nature and by internal warfare.

National Horse Protection Day
- A day to raise awareness through public education about the plight of horses in America—the abuse, neglect, homelessness and slaughter. This day also encourages adoption events around the nation to help unwanted horses find a forever home.

Lindbergh Kidnapping
- Twenty-month-old Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr, the son of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped from their home at Hopewell, NJ. Even though the Lindberghs paid a $50,000 ransom, their child’s body was found in a wooded area less than five miles from the family home on May 12, 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was charged with the murder and kidnapping. He was executed in the electric chair Apr 3, 1936. As a result of the kidnapping and murder, the Crime Control Act was passed on May 18, 1934, authorizing the death penalty for kidnappers who take their victims across state lines.


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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 11:59am

March 24th is...

March.jpgElvis Presley Inducted Into the Army
- When Elvis Presley turned 18 on January 8, 1953, he fulfilled his patriotic duty and legal obligation to register his name with the Selective Service System, thereby making himself eligible for the draft. After several deferments, on March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was finally inducted, starting his day as the King of Rock and Roll, but ending it as a lowly buck private in the United States Army.

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
- a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins, find the combination simply irresistible. Kids find them irresistible, too.

United Nations: World Tuberculosis Day
- Each year, 9 million people become ill with tuberculosis and nearly 5000 people die every day. Yet tuberculosis is curable with inexpensive treatment options. Between now and 2015, at least 8 million people will die from tuberculosis if we don't take action now. With greater investment in TB research and treatment, we can stop the unnecessary spread of TB around the world.

Harry Houdini's Birthday
- Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.


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Fri, 03-25-2011 - 11:22am

March 25th is...

March.jpgNo Homework Day
- Teachers should not give homework on this day. For one school day each year you can just put your backpack, full of books, to the side. You finally get the chance to relax and not worry about anything, even though you have an assignment notebook page filled with things for you to do.

National Lobster Newburg Day
- Invented at New York culinary institution Delmonico's during the height of its heyday in the late 1800s, lobster Newburg was initially named lobster Wenburg after Ben Wenburg, a wealthy sea captain who frequented the restaurant quite often. However, when a dispute arose between Wenburg and management, they made the decision to rename the dish lobster Newburg.

Pecan Day
- The history of pecans can be traced back to the 16th century. The only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America, the pecan is considered one of the most valuable North American nut species. The name "pecan" is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe "all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”

National Sleep Day
- Ways to celebrate - Sleep in! This might be a tough one if you have kids. Take an afternoon nap. Read the children's story of Rip Van Winkle's and his famous nap. Take a picture of your pets while they're sleeping and post them on the fridge. How will you celebrate?

National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy
- The strength of the bond between Greece and the United States is exemplified by the Greek-American community, which enriches our Nation with its cultural heritage and helps maintain the living relationship between our countries. On the anniversary of Greece's independence, we celebrate this friendship and look forward to realizing our common goals and aspirations.

Tolkien Reading Day
- an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on 25 March. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien's works in education and library groups. The date of March 25 was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The day was originally suggested by columnist Sean Kirst, of the Syracuse, NY Post-Standard newspaper. He has since organized Tolkien Reading Days every year since 2008.

First Pancakes
- The first pancakes were made in 1882 in New York City. Whether you call them "pancakes," "flapjacks" or "hotcakes", this traditional breakfast favorite can be customized to suit all taste buds. Savor them as simple as they come or combine them with fruit servings, different flavored syrups, jam, honey, powdered sugar, butter, jelly or even peanut butter!

Old New Year's Day
- In Great Britain and its North American colonies this was the beginning of the new year up through 1751, when with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar the beginning of the year was changed to Jan 1. Read more

Maryland day
- Commemorates arrival of Lord Baltimore’s first settlers at Maryland in 1634.

National Waffle Day
- Celebrates the patenting of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869. This holiday originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.

International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic
- In commemoration of the memory of the victims, the General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be observed annually. The resolution called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice”.


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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 11:06am

March 26th is...

March.jpgMake up your own Holiday Day
- finally your chance to make up your own holiday. The objective of today is to be creative and make up a special holiday that means something important to you. You have the authority, so you can make it is as silly or serious as you want! What will your holiday be today?

National Nougat Day
- Nougat, according to Wikipedia, “is a term used to describe a variety of similar confectioneries made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat can range from chewy to hard depending on its composition, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates.”

Robert Frost's Birthday
- Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Legal Assistants Day
- A day recognizing the many contributions made to the legal profession by legal assistants.

Medic Alert Birthday
- The MedicAlert Foundation, a non-profit company founded in March 26, 1956 and headquartered in Turlock, California, maintains a database of members' medical information that is made available to medical authorities in the event of an emergency. Members supply critical medical data to the organization and receive a distinctive metal bracelet or necklace tag which is worn at all times. It can be used by law enforcement or emergency medical personnel to access their medical history and special medical needs.

Salk Vaccine Birthday
- On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.

Earth Hour
- is more about awareness than actual energy conservation. It began in Australia in 2007, when — under the sponsorship of World Wildlife Fund Australia — more than two million Sydneysiders turned off their lights to send the message that they were concerned about climate change. The idea spread rapidly; it's become an annual event, held on the last Saturday in March. This year, the hope is that one billion people in 4,000 cities worldwide will participate in the cause. Read more


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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 9:03am

March 27th is...

March.jpgNational "Joe" Day
- Everyone who hates their name can be called Joe this day. Today is a chance to change your name, if only for today. Many people do not like their given name. They wish they could change it. A few actually do. On National Joe Day, it is perfectly okay to have everyone call your "Joe". Why Joe, and not Bob or Mike or Radcliffe? Simply, because everyone likes the name Joe. If you are called Joe today, we know that you're "Joe cool"!

National Spanish Paella Day
- The roots of paella reach back to Valencia. The original Valencian dish was a mixture of meat, snails, beans and green vegetables. There two basic variations on the original. Seafood paella, as the name suggests, eliminates the meat in favour of all seafood, a popular meal for Friday observance.

Steam Fire Engine Birthday
- Lysander Button was the inventor of many of the early improvements made on hand and steam fire engines. Many of those improvements made their way to the modern fire engines of today. In 1841 he developed the first fire engine water pump, with valves set at an angle of 45 degrees and straight-level waterways from the inlet to the outlet.[2]

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
- Put on that cowboy hat and get out your banjo because it's Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day. Creating new wacky country song titles is all what this holiday is about. Enjoy some of the comical song titles that aspiring country musicians have already came up with - such as, "Billy Broke My Heart at Walgreens and I Cried All the Way to Sears". What's your favourite?

Corkscrew Birthday
- It is unknown when and who made the first corkscrew. The first corkscrews were derived from a gun worme, a tool with a single or double spiral end fitting used to clean musket barrels or to extract an unspent charge from the barrel. By the early 17th century corkscrews for removing corks were made by blacksmiths as using a cork to stopper a bottle was well established. Patent No. 27,615 granted to M.L. Byrn of New York, N.Y. for a corkscrew on March 27, 1860.

Viagra Day
- On March 27, 1998 the Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra to be sold ,in the United States, to treat erectile dysfunction. Annual sales for Viagra soared and exceeded 1 billion in the first two years and it was given the nickname "little magic blue pill".

Urinal Birthday
- The urinal was first patented in the US by Andrew Rankin in March of 1866. He was not however the actual inventor of the device. No one seems to know its actual origin, but the stories go back all the way to the Roman Empire.

Celebrate Exchange Day
- Founded in 1911 in Detroit by businessmen who wanted to “exchange” ideas, the Exchange Club moved its headquarters to Toledo in 1917. For nearly 100 years, its volunteer efforts have supported the needs of the country and of local communities, making it the country’s oldest American service organization operating exclusively in this country.


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Mon, 03-28-2011 - 11:07am

March 28th is...

March.jpgSomething On A Stick Day
- What comes on a stick? The first thing that comes to mind is Popsicles and Fudgesicles. Hotdogs are poplar on a stick at campfires. There's also corn-dogs, and shrimp and many Chinese treats. Cocktail wieners and cheese are picked and eaten on a toothpick. Celebrate this fun day by serving food for meals and snacks on a stick. The kids will love it!

National Black Forest Cake Day
- Black forest cake may have been around since the late sixteenth century. Black forest cake was created in the Black Forest region of southern Germany. The original cake was made with cooked cherries, some cream, kirsch and a biscuit in place of cake.

Eat an Eskimo Pie Day
- Eskimo Pie is an ice cream confection. It is a brand name for a chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar wrapped in foil, the first such dessert sold in the United States. The Eskimo Pie was invented by a high school teacher by the name of Christian Kent Nelson. Today is not the day Christian K. Nelson was granted his patent, that was on January 24, 1922. Today is the day the Danish immigrant was born in 1893.

Microfilm Birthday
- Bradley A. Fiske, of Washington, D.C., patented a device to read microfilm in 1922.

Respect Your Cat Day
- a special day of the year dedicated to those fabulous felines in our lives. After all, cats make wonderful pets and companions, don't they? If you have a cat in your family, give him or her some extra tender loving care today. If you don't have a cat or if you’ve been considering adding one to your family, Respect Your Cat Day is the perfect time to adopt an abandoned, neglected or homeless kitty from your local shelter.

Weed Appreciation Day
- Do you appreciate any weeds? Do you love or hate weed plants in your yard? Have you ever eaten a weed?


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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 9:09am

March 30th is...

Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day
- created to honor the people who never left their old life just because they thought the "grass was greener on the other side." It was also created to inspire people to be happy with what they have, rather than selfish and greedy and envious of other people.

I Am In Control Day
- On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt. Lots of confusion prevailed. In the White House, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig was taken a little out of context when he said "I am in control here". Instead of focusing upon the entire statement, people and the press focused upon these few words. Political uproar eventually led to his resignation. On that infamous day, I am in Control Day was born.

National Doctors Day
- created to show appreciation to your doctors. Doctors perform vital diagnosis, treatment and care for yourself and your family. When you are well, your doctor keeps you well. When you are sick, there is no other person more important to you than your doctor.

Turkey Neck Soup Day
- Turkey Neck Soup is pretty much what it says – a soup whose stock is made from turkey necks. It is of course a soup American in origin, what with the Turkey being also American in origin. It’s also an example of what is now known as “Nose to Tail” eating, making use as it does of a part of the bird that one might not usually consider eating, but that really shouldn’t be wasted.

Take a Walk in the Park Day
- If you spend the majority of your time among stores, restaurants and skyscrapers, it may be time to trade in your high heels for some hiking boots. A new study in Psychological Science reveals that spending time in nature may be more beneficial for mental processes than being in urban environments.

Pencil with Eraser Patented
- Hymen L. Lipman is credited with registering the first patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on March 30, 1858.

Welcome Alaska!
- In 1866 the Russian government offered to sell the territory of Alaska to the United States. Secretary of State William H. Seward, enthusiastic about the prospects of American Expansion, negotiated the deal for the Americans. Edouard de Stoeckl, Russian minister to the United States, negotiated for the Russians. On March 30, 1867, the two parties agreed that the United States would pay Russia $7.2 million for the territory of Alaska.

Egg Incubator Patented
- Napoleon E. Guerin received the first U.S. patent for an egg incubator in 1843. He also was the first to patent a life preserver.

Double-Deck Bridge Day
- The final link in the superstructure of the Queensboro Bridge was completed in 1908. On March 30, 1909, the bridge opened to the public at a cost of $20 million and 50 lives. The opening ceremonies, which were sponsored by the "Committee of Forty," featured a two-hour fireworks spectacular that attracted the attention of even the most jaded Manhattanites.

Charlie Brown's Home Run Day
- Charlie Brown did have occasional victories, such as hitting a game-winning home run off a pitch by Roy Hobbs' great-granddaughter on March 30, 1993 (though she later admitted she let him hit the home runs)


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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 10:27am

March 31st is...

March.jpgTerri's Day
- Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, in collaboration with Priests for Life, announces the, "International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters," (Terri's Day!), which will be observed each year on March 31, the anniversary of her death.

National Clams on the Half Shell Day
- Some people (me!) can't conceive of eating raw clams, preferring theirs fried, baked, or boiled, or merely added as another ingredient to chowder or pasta. Today is a chance to try something daring by eating clams the way sharks and squid do, raw and in their natural packaging (well, half a shell, anyway).

Coloring Crayola Day
- Celebrate the end of March by enjoying color! Draw a colorful picture, wear something bright… enjoy the colors!

National "She's Funny That Way" Day
- On this day, pay tribute to the humorous nature of women, by listing the top five ways in which women in your life make you laugh.

Eiffel Tower's Anniversary
- In 1889 the flag was hoisted to the top, it was built for the Universal Exhibition in celebration of the French Revolution

I Think Therefore I Am Day
- In the 17th century, the French philosopher René Descartes came up with the "explanation for it all": "I think, therefore I am". Descartes was born on March 31, 1596

Bunsen Burner Day
- celebrates the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811. And, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner.


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