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National Pencil Day March 30NATIONAL PENCIL DAY

Each year, March 30th 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 these writing utensils 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 typically 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 six sharpened pencils ready at the beginning of each day and only when all six became unusable did he resharpen them.


Pick up some new pencils and use #NationalPencilDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Pencil Day.


National Doctors Day - March 30NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY

March 30th marks the annual observation of 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 our loved ones.

Healthcare today is more complex than ever.  With more advancements, tools and information at their fingertips doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients every day.  This is the day to honor the men and women who see us 365 days a year.


Take the opportunity to thank your physician for responding to late night phone calls, working long hours and providing unswerving care. Use #NationalDoctorsDay to post on social media.


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 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.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Doctors Day.

National I am in Control Day - March 30NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

National I am in Control Day is observed each year on March 30th.  

With the President being rushed to surgery on a rainy afternoon, a bullet lodged in his lung; a statement was made. “As of now, I am in control here in the White House.” Those are the words of Secretary of State Alexander Haig on March 30, 1981, after the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

He was taken to task for those words by the media. Haig later explained that he only meant that he was in charge until Vice President George Bush could be sworn in. Bush was en route at the time.

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.


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

Begin the steps that are needed for you to feel that you are in control of the things (at least those that can be managed) in your life.

Use #NationalIAmInControlDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator of this day.

National Take a Walk in the Park Day - March 30NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY

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

Taking a walk at a local park is an excellent way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize and at the same time, to improve health.

During a walk, the opportunity to capture a beautiful photograph, compose an original poem, or have an uninterrupted conversation may arise.  The chance to lose track of time and run into a familiar face could occur, too.  When taking a walk in the park, all sorts of pleasant surprises could blossom. 


Go out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside. Use #TakeAWalkInTheParkDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Take A Walk In The Park Day.

National Turkey Neck Soup Day - March 30NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY

National Turkey Neck Soup Day is observed annually on March 30th.   The neck of a turkey makes flavorful soup and a homemade stock. Often called a bone soup, seasonings, vegetables and noodles can be added as well.  


Recipes for Turkey Neck Soup:

Use #TurkeyNeckSoupDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Turkey Neck Soup Day.

ON DECK for March 31, 2017

National Bunsen Burner Day
National Clams on the Half Shell Day
National Crayon Day
National Prom Day
National Tater Day

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Founded in 2013 in the historic town of Mandan, North Dakota, National Day Calendar began as a kernel of curiosity that exploded into a growing collection of ways to Celebrate. Every Day, founder Marlo Anderson and his team seek out all the daily, weekly and monthly observations and celebrations to keep you up to date and informed. Through daily updates, social media, mobile applications and much more, National Day Calendar helps you #CelebrateEveryDay!