MARCH 13, 2018 | NATIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN DAY | NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY | NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY | NATIONAL JEWEL DAY | NATIONAL COCONUT TORTE DAY | NATIONAL EARMUFF DAY

National Good Samaritan Day - March 13
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NATIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN DAY

National Good Samaritan Day is observed on March 13th.  This day is also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day. This is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kindness.

The term “good Samaritan” comes from the Bible parable where a Samaritan helped a stranger who had been robbed and beaten and left to die by the side of the road.  The Samaritan not only cleaned the man’s wounds and clothed him, but took him to an inn where he paid for the man’s care.

The term is used today to describe those who perform acts of kindness for those in need, especially those who are strangers.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make an effort to help someone who is struggling or having a problem. Use #GoodSamaritanDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research has found that this day is in honor of the death of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese who was murdered near her home on March 13, 1964, in New York City. For Miss Genovese, had just one good Samaritan stepped forward that night, she may be alive today.  Her killer was interrupted two times, each interruption witnessed by neighbors or passersby, but no one called the police. After his third and successful attempt, one person called, but it was too late for Miss Genovese.  The creator of the of this day was not found.

National K9 Veterans Day - March 13
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NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY

March 13th recognizes National K9 Veterans Day. 

A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Oil, leather and rubber were rationed. Men were drafted. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies.

And dogs were called to duty. During the first world war, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers and several other functions.

Dogs for Defense was a program initiated by a private citizen by the name of Mrs. Alene Erlanger. Along with the American Kennel Club and a handful of breeders, the group aimed to train the dogs for military use.

By November of 1942, the first Dogs for Defense were prepared for duty in North Africa. While at first they were gun shy, they proved to be well trained.

As the war progressed, Dogs for Defense was unable to keep up with the demand and the Remount Branch, Service Installations Divisions took over training of the dogs.

Over the years the military, police and rescue have developed a variety of training methods for K9 units. Their training is tailored to meet the demands of the job and each animal and handler carries out his or her duties to the fullest.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalK9VeteransDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National K9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps, which was formed in 1942.  Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day.

National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day - March 13
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NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY                        

National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day is observed annually on March 13th. One often wonders how superstitions are passed on from one generation to the next.  There is an old superstition about opening your umbrella indoors and that it would bring you bad luck. National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day encourages you to do just that and note if you have any bad luck.

While umbrellas have been around for over 3000 years, the origin of the superstition is strangely obscure.  There is some suggestion that ancient Egyptians thought it offended the gods to open an umbrella where there was already shade.  However, the more modern version of the superstition would suggest bad things happening as a result of poor timing or inconvenience.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Test the theory that opening an umbrella inside brings bad luck by doing so and noting any bad luck that comes your way.  You might reduce your risk of bad luck by opening the umbrella in a wide space versus a tight hallway to avoid knocking pictures off the wall.  And may we suggest giving those around you a sign of warning as well.  We wouldn’t want any eyes being poked out.  Use #OpenAnUmbrellaIndoorsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY  

Our research has found that this day was originated by Thomas Edward Knibb of Frederick, MD.  

National Jewel Day - March 13
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NATIONAL JEWEL DAY

National Jewel Day is observed March 13th of every year. While this day may be a day to give or receive jewelry, it could also be a day to recognize jewelers.   It may also be a day to wear those gems you may already have! 

Birthstones by Month

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Aquamarine
  • April – Diamond
  • May – Emerald
  • June – Pearl
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Peridot
  • September – Sapphire
  • October – Opal
  • November – Yellow Topaz, Citrine
  • December – Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz

HOW TO OBSERVE

Buy some jewelry, make some yourself or sign up for a class to learn the art of jewelry making.  Freshen up your everyday attire with a little bling and use #NationalJewelDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Jewel Day.

NATIONAL COCONUT TORTE DAY

National Coconut Torte Day is observed annually on March 13th.  Coconut lovers may enjoy this holiday savoring the delicious taste of this rich dessert.

The word torte is German and literally means cake. Torte refers to both a multi-layered cake filled with buttercream, jam, or cream and to a rich, moist and dense single-layered cake.  A torte may be made with little to no flour, but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, as well as sugar, eggs and flavorings.

 Did you know that a coconut tree can grow to be as tall as ninety feet?

Coconuts were available in the United States in the early 1700s even though the palm was not indigenous to the continental United States.  There are many recipes using coconut, including cakes, cookies and tortes from that era, so it was certainly as popular an ingredient as it is today.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Coconut Torte recipe: Ghirardelli Coconut Almond Torte with Chocolate Chips recipe.

Use #NationalCoconutTorteDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Coconut Torte Day.

National Earmuff Day - March 13
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NATIONAL EARMUFF DAY

National Earmuff Day is observed annually on March 13th.

If you live in a cold climate like Chester Greenwood did, and had large, protruding ears, like Chester Greenwood did, you might be thankful for his invention. National Earmuff Day honors the man who found a better way to keep our ears warm all winter long.

After a day of ice skating in the cold, 15-year-old Chester came up with an idea to keep his big ears warm. Partnering with his grandmother who sewed tufts of fur between loops of wire, Chester soon had a working model.

Farmington, Maine is now the “Earmuff Capital of the World”

On March 13, 1877, he was awarded a patent. It was one of many. He was a prolific inventor, but the invention he is most known for is the earmuff.

For almost 60 years, Greenwood manufactured these ear protectors, which provided jobs for the people in the Farmington, Maine area.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Wear your favorite earmuffs and use #NationalEarmuffDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The origin of this day honors Chester Greenwood. However, our research has failed to find the creator of National Earmuff Day.

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