Category: March 15

  • WORLD CONTACT DAY – March 15

    WORLD CONTACT DAY

    Every year on March 15th, people around the globe unite on World Contact to make contact with extra-terrestrial (ET) life and alien civilizations.

    Nearly half of all human beings believe that intelligent alien civilization exists. This is according to a recent survey conducted in 24 different countries. More than 60 percent believe that there is some life form on other planets. Those who believe other life forms exist think we should try to make contact with them.

    If you are one who doesn’t believe in aliens, maybe these things will help you change your mind:

    • The U.S. government takes UFOs seriously.
    • Scientists think that certain planets are habitable.
    • Many people claim to have personal contact with aliens and have been able to draw pictures describing their experiences.
    • Many people have reported UFO sightings and have taken pictures to prove it.
    • There are a lot of things that happen in the sky that are simply unexplainable.

    If aliens really do exist, why haven’t we made contact with them? There are several theories. Some believe aliens are either sleeping, hiding, or still evolving. Others think that humans haven’t spent enough time looking. Maybe aliens are already here, and we just haven’t figured it out yet.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #World Contact Day

    Many UFO groups throughout the world hold special events on this day. People are encouraged to make contact with ET life. They can try to do this through meditation, prayer, thought, or consciousness. Besides attempting to make contact, here are some other fun ways to participate:

    • Watch your favorite alien movie. If you don’t have one, here are some good choices: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Men in Black, Alien, Arrival, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and E.T. the Extra-terrestrial.
    • Binge-watch X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Stargate SG-1, or one of the many Star Trek series.
    • Think about how our world would change if we made contact with ET life.
    • Discuss with others whether or not there is life on other planets.
    • Listen to the Carpenter’s song Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (which has become the recognized anthem for this day). You can also watch the video.

    Share this day on social media with #WorldContactDay

    WORLD CONTACT DAY HISTORY

    The International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB) declared the first World Contact Day in 1953. On this day, IFSB members sent a telepathic message into space. Part of the message stated, “We are your friends, and would like you to make an appearance here on EARTH. Please come in peace and help us in our EARTHLY problems. Let us hear from you.” While the IFSB no longer exists, many people throughout the years have tried to make contact with aliens. In 2013, on the 60th anniversary, World Contact Day was celebrated for a week.

     

  • WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY – March 15

    WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY

    Every year on March 15th, World Consumer Rights Day raises global awareness about the rights and needs of consumers. It’s also a day to demand that the rights of consumers are respected and protected.

    If you purchase goods and services for personal use, you are a consumer. There is a good chance that as a consumer, you have probably had a bad experience. Maybe you bought a new product that broke within months of buying it. Or, maybe you hired someone to do a service but they failed to meet your needs.

    Most companies try to avoid negative consumer experiences, as it reflects poorly on their business. They know they will also lose customers as a result. In most countries, there are laws that help to protect the rights of consumers. These companies must abide by these laws.

    Examples of consumer rights include the right to:

    • have access to basic goods and services necessary for survival
    • protect themselves from hazardous products or services
    • information about products and services
    • choose from a variety of quality products and services
    • voice a complaint about a product or service
    • consumer education and representation

    Many countries have variations of these rights. But most every developed country agrees that all consumers have a right to safety, information, choice, and the right to be heard.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldConsumerRightsDay

    Each year on this day, the membership organization for consumer groups around the world, Consumers International, hosts a variety of events. These events champion the rights of consumers and are held in more than 100 countries.

    To participate:

    • Think about a time when your consumer rights were violated and what you did about it.
    • Discuss with others what our world would be like if consumers did not have rights.
    • Educate yourself on the consumer rights that you have.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldConsumerRightsDay.

    WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY HISTORY

    President John F Kennedy inspired World Consumer Rights Day when he sent a special message to Congress on March 15th, 1962. The message pertained to the issue of consumer rights. Years later, in 1983, the consumer movement marked that date as World Consumer Rights Day. Recent themes for the day have included:

    2020: The Sustainable Consumer
    2019: Trusted Smart Products
    2018: Making Digital Marketplaces Fairer
    2017: Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust
    2016: Antibiotics Off the Menu
    2015: Helping Consumers Choose Healthy Diets

     

  • NATIONAL SBDC DAY – Third Wednesday in March

    NATIONAL SBDC DAY – Third Wednesday in March

    NATIONAL SBDC DAY

    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.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSBDCDAY

    • Join an event and learn about all the benefits. To find out more visit americassbdc.org.
    • 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.

      NATIONAL SBDC DAY HISTORY

      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.

      DATES
      16 March 2022
      15 March 2023
      20 March 2024
      19 March 2025
      18 March 2026
      17 March 2027
      15 March 2028
      21 March 2029

    • NATIONAL KANSAS DAY – March 15

      In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

      National Kansas Day - March 15

      NATIONAL KANSAS DAY

      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.

      HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKansasDay

      • 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 www.nga.gov 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.

    • NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY – Changes Annually

      NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY

      Each year on a day in March or April, National Equal Pay Day brings awareness to pay discrepancies between women and men for the same work. The day represents how far into the year a woman works to earn as much as a man doing the same job.

      While the observance is only a couple of decades old, the fight for equal pay has been going on for nearly a century. Early in the 20th century, women in the United States and around the world began taking a stand. They demanded fair pay and better working conditions, voting rights, and legal rights. Since that time, women have made great strides toward equal pay, but there is still work to be done.

      In 2018, employers continued to fail to pay equally skilled women the same amount of pay they were paying their male counterparts. While education gave women an edge, they still were paid 88% of their male equivalents. In positions that didn’t require analytical skills, the gap increased to 83%. (Pew Research, January 20, 2020)

      More women are in the workplace, too. They also hold more skilled positions. With the demand for skilled workers increasing, women’s hourly wages are growing faster than men’s. However, despite that, the gap remains. (Pew Research January 30, 2020)

      HOW TO OBSERVE #EqualPayDay

      How can you take part in Equal Pay Day? As an employer, review your pay policies with a critical eye. Look to organizations who’ve made an effort to re-align their salaries and hiring practices. Wear red representing how much longer women have to work to make the same as a man and use #EqualPayDay to share on social media.

      NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY HISTORY

      Equal Pay Day first started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to bring awareness to demonstrate wage inequities between men and women. For more information, visit www.pay-equity.org.

      Equal Pay FAQ

      Q. Can an employer pay two employees who do the same work differently?
      A. Yes. Some factors to consider include:

      • Length of service
      • Experience
      • Quality of work completed

      Q. Is the gender pay gap closing?
      A. According to Pew Research, gains made among 25-34 year-olds in the early 2000s began slipping in the early 2010s. However, in the last 40 years, the pay gap has decreased from 33 cents to 7 cents in 2020. (Pew Research Gender Pay Gap)

    • EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY – March 15

      EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY – March 15

      EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY

      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!

      HOW TO OBSERVE #EverythingYouThinkIsWrongDay

      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.

       

      NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY HISTORY

      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.

    • NATIONAL PEARS HELENE DAY – March 15

      NATIONAL PEARS HELENE DAY

      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. 

      FUN PEAR FACTS:

      • 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.

      HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPearsHeleneDay

      • 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 PEARS HÉLÈNE DAY HISTORY

      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 (and Not So Celebrated) History

      1892

      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.

      1913

      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.

      1919

      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.

      1954

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

      March 15th Celebrated (and Not So 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

    • NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY – March 15

      NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY

      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.

      HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShoeTheWorldDay

      • 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.

      NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY HISTORY

      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.