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MARCH 3, 2014 – NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY – NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY – NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY – NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY

2 Mar

NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY

Written by Francis Scott Key, the Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America.  On National Anthem Day, we celebrate and honor this song.

By a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover, The Star Spangled Banner officially became  the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3rd, 1931.

The Star Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812.   After watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship,  the next morning seeing the American flag still flying over the Fort, Francis Scott Key was inspired that on September 14, 1814, he wrote what is now our national anthem.

In September of 1914, during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, while being held on a ship, Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry .  The following morning, upon seeing the American flag still flying over the Fort, he was inspired to write a poem, which was titled, “Defence of Fort M’Henry”.  This poem was later set to music and renamed “The Star Spangled Banner”.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

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NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY

Celebrated annually on March 3rd, it is National I Want You To Be Happy Day.  This day was created as a day that encourages us to do something to make others happy.

Share a smile, share a laugh, pay a compliment, buy someone’s coffee, send some flowers, take someone to lunch,  make cookies for a neighbor, play games with the kids,  take the family to the park, visit a friend or maybe make a phone call.   These are just a few of the many things that can be done to brighten up the day for someone.  It can actually be as simple as just telling someone that you want them to be happy.

Have a good day and, We want you to be happy!

NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National I Want You To Be Happy Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY          

March 3rd celebrates a food holiday, it is National Cold Cuts Day.  A popular sandwich filling, of a variety of sliced, precooked meats, that can be purchased at the deli counter or from vacuumed sealed packages.

Cold cuts are also referred to as lunch meatsluncheon meatssandwich meatssliced meatscold meats and deli meats.

One that we all remember from our childhood days, is from the television commercial: b – o – l – o – g – n – a.  

A  few of the favorites at deli counters are pastrami, roast beef, turkey and ham.  Cold cuts are well known on the submarine sandwich and have become popular in many appetizer recipes.

Enjoy the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cold-cuts-party-salad-54385.aspx

http://www.food.com/recipe/dill-pickle-ham-pinwheels-ham-rollups-64399

http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-bbq-ham-sandwiches-75649

You may want to celebrate National Cold Cuts Day by visiting a local deli near you.

NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Cold Cuts Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY

National  Mulled Wine Day is celebrated annually on March 3rd.

Today is a day, for those 21 years and older,  to warm up from the winter chill with a nice glass of mulled wine.  Mulled wine is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various spices and raisins. It is served, and enjoyed, hot or warm.

There are various recipe combinations for making Mulled Wine.

* Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in
First Century Rome*

Mulled spirits (that is, wine and liquors that are heated and spiced) have long been considered a balm against illness in the winter months.

Have a Happy Mulled Wine Day!                        

NATIONAL MULLED WINE DAY HISTORY

After much research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of Mulled Wine Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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Happy Birthday To Alexander Graham Bell: March 3, 1847

Peach Blossom Day is celebrated around the world, each year on March 3rd.

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RESOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/?s=MARCH+3RD&submit=Search

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MARCH 2, 2014 – NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY – NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY – NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY)

2 Mar

NATIONAL OLD DAY STUFF

Always celebrated on March 2nd, it is National Old Day Stuff.  One may think it is a day to to do the same old thing that you do on a daily routine.  However, this day is actually the opposite, it is a day to do something different, something new.

We have all heard the saying, “same old, same old”, well, today is the day to do things differently.  There are several different ways that you can change up your day.  Take a moment to recognize the things that you do each day, then think of other ways that you can do things that will change up those routines.  Maybe you want to try getting up a little earlier, having something new to eat, taking a different route to work, getting a new hairstyle, going out to the movies, buying a new cologne, calling an old friend, moving your desk at work, taking a long walk or just anything that you usually do not do.

Use your imagination, change it up and
have a fun day!

NATIONAL OLD DAY STUFF HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Old Day Stuff, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY

National Banana Cream Pie Day is celebrated annually on March 2nd.  Celebrated throughout the United States, all pie lovers enjoy this day as they get to indulge in one of America’s most popular creme pies.

*Remember, bananas are loaded with potassium!*

The process from the traditional custard pie was modified into a recipe for the appetizing and flavorful banana creme pie.  Now there are many variations in thousands of  recipes for this yummy pie and recipes for banana creme pie can be found in recipe books dating back into the 19th century

*************************Banana  creme  pie  was  ranked  the  number  one  favorite  dessert  among   the  soldiers  of  the  United  States  Armed  Services  in  the  1950′s.***************************

What a great day to spend a  little time in your kitchen, whipping up a delicious banana cream pie to share with your family and/or friends.

A banana creme pie can be made as simple as:

1 box instant banana pudding  -  1 pkg cream cheese (softened)  -  2 large bananas – 1 container whipped topping – graham cracker crust

Mix pudding with 1 1/2 cups milk, cool in fridge until thickened.  With mixer, combine pudding and creme cheese until blended.  Slice bananas into graham cracker crust.  Spoon pudding mixture over bananas and top with whipped topping.  Chill for at least 2 hours.  Enjoy!!

HAPPY NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY!

NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY

Much research has failed to find the creator and the origin of Banana Cream Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY)

National Read Across America Day is an annual event that is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2nd.  This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States. to celebrate reading

The first National Read Across America Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was held on March 2, 1998.

HAPPY READING!!

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RESOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read_Across_America

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/?s=MARCH+2ND&submit=Search

 

MARCH 31ST, 2013 – NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY – NATIONAL TATER DAY – NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY

30 Mar

 

H A P P Y * E A S T E R 

 

 

NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY

Today, March 31, celebrates National Bunsen Burner Day.  This day honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.

Named after Robert Bunsen, a Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame which is used for heating, sterilization, and combustion.  The gas can be either natural gas (mainly methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane or a mixture of the two.  The invention of the Bunsen burner opened up new opportunities for the use of natural gas.

Remembering your high school days and chemistry class,  chances are you learned about and even used a Bunsen burner.  Today they are used in high schools and laboratories around the world.

NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY HISTORY        

We were able to find the reason for today however our research was unable to find the creator of National Bunsen Burner Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL TATER DAY         

National Tater Day is celebrated annually on March 31.  This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.  There are numerous ways to fix and enjoy the potato……..

Baked – Boiled – Steamed – Roasted – Mashed – Fried – Grilled – Scalloped – French Fries – Cottage Fries – Hash Browns – In Stew – In Soup – Potato Salad – Potato Dumplings – Potato Pancakes – Any Way You Like Them!!

The origin of this day may have originally had a different meaning as at the beginning of April, each year, there is a celebration of the sweet potato (Tater Day), in part of Kentucky.  Sweet potatoes are one of the  main cash crops in that area.  Tater Day started way back in the early 1840′s with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes.  It is the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.

Worldwide, there are more than four thousand potato varieties. 

Since the time potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, their consumption has been a major part of the North American diet.

NATIONAL TATER DAY HISTORY

The origin of this day may be the Kentucky celebrated Tater Day, however our research was unable to find the creator of National Tater Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY

National Clams On The Half Shell Day is celebrated each year on March 31.  This food holiday is a day for the clam lovers to enjoy a special dish.

Our research has found that Clams On The Half Shell can be prepared in a variety of ways and there are many different recipes available. We did come across some interesting reading on a popular Eastern United States “Clams On The Half Shell dish”……

“Clams casino is a clam “on the halfshell” dish with breadcrumbs and bacon. It originated in Rhode Island in the United States. It is often served as an appetizer in New England and is served in variations nationally.

According to legend, the recipe for clams casino was originally developed in 1917 in the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island, by a maître d’hôtel for a woman of means wanting something special for her guests.  Good Housekeeping Great American Classics attributes the dish to Mrs. Paran Stevens and maître d’hôtel Julius Keller.  She named the dish after the hotel, and word and popularity of the dish has since spread across the United States, including New Orleans, where oysters are substituted for clams. Clams casino remains a very popular dish in Rhode Island, “appearing on almost every menu”. (Wikipedia)

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** The Giant Clam has a lifespan of over 100 years.**

NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of Clams On The Half Shell Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunsen_burner

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tater_Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clams

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clams_casino

MARCH 30TH, 2013 — NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY —- NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY – NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY – NATIONAL PENCIL DAY – NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY

29 Mar

NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY

March 30th celebrates National Take A Walk In The Park Day.  After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, long, leisurely walk in the park.

Taking walk at a local park is definitely a good way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energizing yourself and at the same time and helping to improve your health.

It may be a good idea to take your camera with you during your walk as parks offer many of the beauty’s of nature.  There is the possibility of capturing some great photographs of birds or other wildlife, flowers, budding trees, clouds or the sunset.

Today, on National Take A Walk In The Park Day, call a friend (or walk alone if you like), find a walking trail in a park near you, relax, walk and enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside.

NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Take A Walk In The Park Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

National I Am In Control Day is celebrated each year on March 30th.  Secretary of State, Alexander Haig’s words “I am in control here” have never been forgotten:  “In 1981, following the March 30 assassination attempt on Reagan, Haig asserted before reporters “I am in control here” as a result of Reagan’s hospitalization, indicating that, while President Reagan had not “transfer[red] the helm”, Haig was in fact directing White House Crisis Management until Vice President Bush arrived in Washington to assume that role.” (Wikipedia)

Sources believe that this was the beginning of National I Am In Control Day.  This day has evolved and taken on a different context.  It is a day to get things under control in your life on a day to day basis, beginning today.

There are ways to help the “out of control” feeling.  One way to begin is to take a break for a minute and evaluate your situations.
Then you may want to:

  • Start using a daily planner
  • De-clutter
  • Make lists
  • Tackle one project at a time
  • Learn organizational skills
  • Ask for help
  • Talk with someone
  • Feel confident with your decisions

Today on National I Am In Control Day,  begin the steps that are needed for you to feel that you are in control of the things, that one can be, in your life.

NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

Our research was unable to find the creator of this day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY

Celebrated annually on March 30, it is National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work, and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day,  we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and for our loved ones.

March 30, 1933 was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia.   Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians.  On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers were placed on the graves of deceased doctors.  The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.

The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia.   Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.

“On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30, 1991 as “National Doctors Day.” ” (Wikipedia)

Doctors perform vital diagnosis, treatment and care 365 days per year, today is the day to honor them.

THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY IS DISCUSSED IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE.  This day is an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL PENCIL DAY

Each year on March 30, it is National Pencil Day.  Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858.

The majority of pencils made in the United States are painted yellow.  It is believed that this tradition began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond.  This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil.  Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high quality brand.

Notable pencil users (Wikipedia)

 

  • Thomas Edison had his pencils specially made by Eagle Pencil. Each pencil was three inches long, was thicker than standard pencils and had softer graphite than was normally available.
  • Vladimir Nabokov rewrote everything he had ever published, usually several times, by pencil.
  • John Steinbeck was an obsessive pencil user and is said to have used as many as 60 a day. His novel East of Eden took more than 300 pencils to write.
  • Vincent van Gogh used only Faber pencils as they were “superior to Carpenters pencils, a capital black and most agreeable”.
  • Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.
  • Roald Dahl used only pencils with yellow casing to write his books. He had 6 sharpened pencils ready at the beginning of each day and only when all 6 pencils became unusable did he resharpen them.

Happy National Pencil Day!

NATIONAL PENCIL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Pencil Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY

March 30, celebrates a food holiday.  It is National Turkey Neck Soup Day.    A flavorful soup made in a homemade stock, which is made by simmering the turkey neck, is the star of this day.

Recipes for Turkey Neck Soup:

http://www.food.com/recipe/turkey-neck-soup-304247

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/turkey/turkey-neck-soup.html

NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Turkey Neck Soup Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Haig

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Doctors’_Day

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil

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