Category: March 15

  • NATIONAL SBDC DAY – Third Wednesday in March


    During the third Wednesday in March, National Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Day recognizes the thousands of SBDCs across the country supporting entrepreneurs in the pursuit of small business ownership.


    Created in 1976, SBDCs provide innovative resources and tools that contribute to the success of start-ups and small businesses. Across the country on National SBCD Day, events and conferences present platforms designed to demonstrate the impact of SBDCs. From financial and business planning to technology, security, and marketing, SBDCs contribute to the overall success of small businesses.

    Across the United States, 63 Lead Small Business Development Centers assist current and prospective small business owners. There’s at least one in every state, the District of Columbia, and its territories. They provide a network of locations throughout the country that provide assistance in a wide variety of expertise.

    SBDCs aren’t limited to new small businesses either. If a small business is looking to expand, the SBDC offers assistance as well.


    • Join an event and learn about all the benefits. To find out more visit
    • Find the regional office in your state.
    • Learn what else the SBDC has to offer.
    • Share your experiences with the SBDC.
    • Get involved! Volunteer your skills and expertise to the SBDC and help an entrepreneur get their start.
    • Use #SBDCDay to share on social media.


      SBDC Day was first observed in 2017. The House Committee on Small Business recognized the day in 2018.

      Small Business FAQ

      Q. Why are small businesses so important?
      A. Small businesses are integral to a strong economy, especially a local economy. The people who own and operate small businesses live where they work. That means, their profits and employees’ earnings stay in that community, too. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses provide 10.5 million jobs in the United States (2020). That’s compared to the 5.6 milling large businesses provide.

      Q. How many small businesses are franchises?
      A. About 5% of small businesses are franchises.

      Q. What kinds of resources are available to small businesses?
      A. There are many resources for small businesses all across the country. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration for a complete list.

    • NATIONAL KANSAS DAY – March 15


      On March 15th, National Kansas Day recognizes The Sunflower State. Magnificent herds of bison, elk, mule deer, and antelope roamed the vast open plains populated by Cherokee, Osage, Pawnee, and many other tribes. The region became a part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.


      Generations of travelers came to Kansas as the country expanded. From the Corps of Discover in 1804 to the Pony Express, all the roads in Kansas seemed to point westward.

      Railroads brought rapid settlement to the territory and with it the divisive decision for citizens regarding statehood. Would Kansas be free or slave? The debates turned so vicious, the territory earned the name “Bleeding Kansas” before entering the union on January 29, 1861, as the 34th state and free.

      With the railroads, ranching, livestock, and agriculture grew. The verdant, fertile soil of the Kansas farmland made the state the Breadbasket of the World.

      Frank L. Baum even depicted farm life for one young girl named Dorothy in his books about a place called Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took the world by storm, especially when Hollywood put Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton, and Billie Burke in the cast. There was indeed no place like home, no place like Kansas.

      One of the most critical decisions in Civil Rights history took place in Topeka, Kansas. The appeal of Brown vs. the Board of Education was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954. What had started with groups of parents and teachers in all-black schools in communities across the country had finally culminated in a final decision. Separate but equal violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.


      • Discover the trails and byways of Kansas!
      • Follow the Yellow Brick Road, find an adventure and history or explore the back roads.
      • Dive into barbeque while listening to live jazz.
      • Find the Best Bierocks Across Kansas.
      • Celebrate National Kansas Day with us! Use #NationalKansasDay to share on social media.

      Coronado Heights Castle – Lindsborg

      The Big Well – Greenburg

      Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz – Liberal

      World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker City

      Geographical Center of the Contiguous United States – Lebanon

      World’s Largest Czech Egg – Wilson
      Bessie Anderson Stanley’s often quoted poem, Success, submitted her definition of the word to a magazine and won first prize. Her popular verse has often been incorrectly credited to Ralph Waldo Emmerson, even by columnist Ann Landers in 1966. Eventually, in 1978, Landers printed the poem giving Bessie Anderson Stanley credit.
      Pulitzer winning cartoonist, Clarence Batchelor worked for the New York Times, Daily News, New York Journal, New York Post and National Review. He was a contributing artist for several other publications.
      Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to earn an Oscar for her well-known role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. The talented actress began her career in vaudeville and radio shows.
      After taking a tumble at six months old, young Joseph Keaton earned the nickname “Buster” from the magician, Harry Houdini. From that point forward, Buster Keaton would make a living falling with perfect comedic timing and talent.
      The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart captured the hearts and minds of Americans. Her story would become one of legend and speculation when her attempt to circumnavigate the globe ended in her mysterious disappearance of the Pacific ocean in 1937.
      A prominent artist during the Harlem Renaissance, Aaron Douglas illustrated several novels, Harper’s and Vanity Fair. His murals can also be found in several places around the country including Fisk University in Nashville and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. Visit to view Into Bondage (1936).
      William Inge earned a Pulitzer Prize for his play, Picnic. Depicting smalltown Kansas and the fears of failure. Inge would write several Broadway plays which would make it to the big screen including Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe.
      Gwendolyn Brooks earned a Pulitzer Prize for her poem Annie Allen, making her the first black author to win the prize.
      Legendary jazz saxaphonist, Charlie Parker helped to create the American sound called bebop.
      For over five decades, Robert Altman directed complex, ensemble films. The first to earn him an Academy nod was M*A*S*H in 1970. Of his seven Academy Award nominations, Altman never won but was recognized in 2006 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an honorary award at the age of 81.
      Known for his roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars saga and the adventurous but snake-dreading professor in the Indiana Jones series. Ford’s career took off in 1973 in a film called American Graffiti.
      Known for his roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars saga and the adventurous but snake-dreading professor in the Indiana Jones series. Ford’s career took off in 1973 in a film called American Graffiti.
      Hall of Fame basketball player and coach, Lynette Woodard lead the 1984 women’s U.S. Olympic team to gold. Woodard played several seasons of professional basketball overseas until returning to the U.S. where she became the first woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
      Grammy-winning artist, Melissa Etheridge built a solo career from the moment she broke onto the rock & roll scene. With a raspy blend of soulful folk rock and edgy blues, Etheridge continues to tour and create new powerful music.



      March 15th recognizes Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, a day where decision-making should be avoided, as your thoughts are (according to the founder of this holiday) wrong. It is also a day created for some people to realize that they are not always right.


      While starting a conversation, one might want to avoid using the words “I think.” The observance may be a time for all to contemplate our own lack of knowledge. It is okay that one does not know everything, and if there is a need to feel as if you do, hold on. Tomorrow will be here soon, and then once again, you can think that you do!


      While you might think it would be ok to point out how wrong others’ thoughts are, you’d still be wrong. You’d still be wrong for thinking that. However, it would be a good day to scroll on by all those Twitter comments that annoy you. Of course, if you’re wrong on this holiday, take solace in the thought that so is the person to the right and left of you. Then again, you’d still be wrong, according to the name of the day. Share your thoughts and let us know just how wrong you think you are using #EverythingYouThinkIsWrongDay to post on social media.


      We might be wrong, but we’ve not been able to identify the origin of this day. You might be right, but that’s another day. It’s not this day. So, you’d be wrong. 

      Wrong FAQ

      Q. Is there an Everything You Think Is Right Day?
      A. No. But there is an Everything You Do Is Right Day.

      Q. Is corned beef and cabbage only served on St. Patrick’s Day?
      A. If you think that, you’d be wrong. Corned beef and cabbage and be served any day of the year.

      Q. Is the Moon made of cheese?
      A. If you think that, you’d be wrong. The Moon, like the Earth, is made up of mostly rock and iron, and other minerals.

      Q. Is laughter the best medicine?
      A. If you think that, most days you’d be right. But not today. Today, you would be wrong.



      On March 15th, National Pears Hélène Day celebrates a food holiday about the delicious, smooth French dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce.


      Pears Hélène is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and crystallized violets. Around 1864, French Chef Auguste Escoffier created the dessert in honor of the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 

      Over time, simpler versions of Pears Hélène have been developed by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds. These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert. 


      • There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown in the world.
      • Washington, Oregon, and Northern California grow more than 95% of the pears sold in the United States.
      • California grows 60% of all Bartlett pears in the United States.
      • Pears ripen best off of the tree.
      • They are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as copper, fiber, and potassium.
      • Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits.


      • Prepare a recipe for Pears Hélène.
      • Add it to an elegant evening or part of a simple meal to celebrate the day.
      • We’ve provided a recipe for you to try as well.
      • Share your recipes, too!
      • Use #NationalPearsHeleneDay to post on social media.


      National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday. 

      Pears FAQ

      Q. When are pears in season?
      A. Prime pear season is from August to September.

      Q. Do pears ripen on the tree?
      A. No. Pears are best when they ripen off the tree.

      Q. How many calories are in a pear?
      A. One medium pear contains approximately 102 calories.

      March 15th Celebrated History


      Jesse W. Reno of New York City patented an “endless conveyor or elevator” that operated as a ride at Coney Island. His patent no. 470,918 describes an escalator-type machine. The Otis Elevator Company would purchase Reno’s company after the turn of the century.


      The first presidential press conference is held in the Oval Office. Just eleven days before, President Woodrow Wilson had been inaugurated and his secretary encouraged him to hold a meeting with the press. An appointment was made and more than 100 reporters fill Wilson’s office. While the location of the presidential press conference may be different, that meeting over 100 years ago kicked off a tradition that still continues today.


      Over a weekend in Paris, more than 1,000 American Expeditionary Forces gathered to launch a patriotic veteran service organization. Today the American Legion is comprised of current and former members of the military. The organization makes many contributions in support of youth and veterans including creating the American Legion Baseball program, leadership programs, financial support to the Vietnam Memorial, scholarships, and much more.


      The Chords record the first Doo-wop song “Sh-boom.”

      March 15th Celebrated Birthdays

      Andrew Jackson – 1767

      The people elected the durable seventh U.S. president known as “Old Hickory” for being tough in battle to a two-term presidency.

      Alice Cunningham Fletcher – 1838

      As an anthropologist, Alice Cunningham Fletcher immersed herself in Native American cultures and pioneered ethnological study.

      Emil von Behring – 1854

      In 1901, the German physiologist received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “for his work on serum therapy, especially its application against diphtheria…” It was the first Nobel Prize for medicine in the history of the award.

      Liberty Hyde Bailey – 1858

      In 1903, the American horticulturist and botanist co-founded the American Society for Horticultural Science. He was immensely dedicated to rural communities and their cooperative efforts. Many of his influences still exist today in the form of county extension services, 4-H Clubs, and rural services.

      Madelyn Pugh – 1921

      The American writer is best known for her work on television sitcoms like I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Life with Lucy.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg – 1933

      In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court of the United States. She served 27 years, often seen as an advocate for women’s rights, until her death in 2020.

      Sly Stone – 1944

      The pioneer of funk was born Sylvester Stewart and led the band Sly and the Family Stone. Songs like “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People” brought dancers to their feet.

      Notable Mentions

      Alan Bean – 1932
      Rosabeth Moss Kanter – 1943
      Bret Michaels – 1963
      Naoko Takeuchi – 1967



      Each year, National Shoe The World Day on March 15th shines a light on the value of good footwear for millions of people around the world. 


      Each day, over 500 million children, teens, and adults do not have a pair of shoes to wear. Despite the terrain and the climate, they walk barefoot everywhere. Their daily struggle is one we cannot begin to imagine. Living daily without protection on your feet can lead to a lifetime of problems including pain, injury, cuts, sores, infections, parasites. Schools and businesses ban students and customers without shoes. We attach stigmas to people who do not have proper footwear, too. Life without footwear also affects their health, education, and financial well-being. One issue leads to another, creating a never-ending cycle.

      There are a few who are fortunate enough to have one pair of shoes even though they are much too big for them. This way, their shoes will last for many years as they grow, and they are only allowed to be worn for special occasions. In other cases, they may have one pair of shoes that are too small and tight for them (they will make them work) but to have a pair at all is a luxury.


      • Start a shoe drive at work, school, or in your community. 
      • Volunteer. There are 9 distribution centers in the United States.
      • You can also volunteer in your own community to help those who need footwear locally.
      • Create a fundraiser. 
      • Visit Soles4Souls to donate shoes.
      • Use #NationalShoeTheWorldDay to post on social media.


      Donald Zsemonadi and the United Indigenous People in Fontana, California inspired National Shoe the World Day in March of 2014.

      The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the observance to be March 15th, annually.  

      Shoes FAQ

      Q. How do shoes protect our feet?
      A. Shoes protect our feet in several ways. First, they protect the bottoms of our feet from sharp or jagged objects and infections. They also protect our feet from the elements keeping them warm, dry, and out of the sun. Finally, shoes provide support and absorbed impact as we walk and run.

      Q. Are both feet always the same size?
      A. Often, our feet are different sizes. While the difference may be small, one foot will often be slightly larger than the other.