Category: March 18



    In March every year, National Corn Dog Day gives sports fans, concert and fairgoers another chance to dunk. 


    The corn dog started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep-fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, this sandwich became a convenient fair food when the whole meal was put on a stick before being deep-fried. Fairgoers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits. 

    The popular convenience food is often enjoyed with mustard, ketchup, and other dipping sauces. Adding utility of a stick carried to other fried foods as well and the practice continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, state fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the game.


    Grab a corn dog and get back to the game. Don’t forget the sauces, either.  We have dipping sauce recipes for you to try. Be sure to get the whole family involved. 

    Use #NationalCornDogDay to share on social media.  


    Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley created the observance in 1992 in honor of the saving grace of corn dogs and the March Madness that is basketball.  



    Each year, National Biodiesel Day on March 18th commemorates the birthday of Rudolf Diesel and a few that continue to gain a growing interest across the country and around the world.


    Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. The engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil, and R. Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America.

    In a 1912 speech, Diesel said, “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.”

    Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil, and recycled cooking oil. It is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel, creating green jobs, and improving our environment. Biodiesel is America’s first advanced Biofuel and has become an increasingly popular fuel. Some of the benefits of biodiesel include:

    • Providing fuel from domestic and sustainable resources.
    • Reducing imports.
    • Reducing emissions.
    • Accessibility in nearly every state in the U.S. and growing.
    • Few to no modifications are necessary to diesel fleet vehicles to start using biodiesel.
    • Being renewable.
    • Being cost-effective.


    • Learn more about biodiesel and how it continues to change. More and more plant products are being utilized for biodiesel and biodiesel blends.
    • Read more about Rudolf Diesel in the book Rudolf Diesel: Pioneer of the Age of Power by W.Robert Nitske and Charles Morrow Wilson.
    • Share your experiences with biodiesel.
    • Use #NationalBiodieselDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the fuel behind this national holiday.  

    Biodiesel FAQ

    Q. Which states produce the most biodiesel in the United States?
    A. According to the Environmental Information Administration (EIA), Iowa, Texas, and Missouri produce the most biodiesel in the United States.

    Q. Which country produces the most biodiesel in the world?
    A. According to the IEA, Europe is estimated to produce 17.7 billion liters of biodiesel in 2022. The U.S. closely follows at 14.5 billion liters.

    Q. Are there other biofuels?
    A. Yes. Ethanol is a biofuel produced from corn. The U.S. produces the most ethanol in the world.

    March 18th Celebrated History


    Henry Wells, John Butterfield, and William Fargo found the joint-stock corporation American Express.


    Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor-General of Canada, donates the cup as the award for the best hockey team in Canada creating the Stanley Cup. It was first awarded to Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.


    Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov leaves the spacecraft Voskhod 2, taking the first space walk.


    Paul Simon’s singles “Mother and Child Reunion” and “Me and Julio Down by the School Yard” launch his self-titled debut album to the top of the UK charts.

    March 18th Celebrated Birthdays

    Grover Cleveland – 1837

    Grover Cleveland first served as president in 1885. Serving as the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States, Cleveland’s terms as president were highlight by several points of interest. He is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd president. During his first term, he became the first and only president to marry in the White House. The marriage raised quite a stir, too. His bride, Frances Folsom, became the youngest first lady at the age of 21. Cleveland comes in second place for the number of vetoes cast. During his tenure, he used his veto power 584 times. His social agendas were mixed. From the southern issues to immigration and suffrage, Cleveland often stood with his party but also changed his stance depending on the climate of the time.

    Louis Bouché – 1896

    The talented artist, Louis Bouché, was born to a French designer. Commissioned for numerous murals, his work can be seen at Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and Ellenville, New York Post Office to name a few.

    Ernest Gallo – 1909

    Along with his brother Julio, Ernest Gallo started a winery in 1933. From Modesto, California, they created a brand that dominated the inexpensive wine market. Gallo gained a reputation as a savvy businessman with marketing know-how. Over the years, Gallo eventually branched into finer wines.

    John Updike – 1932

    One of the 20th century’s most beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, John Updike wrote about the human condition in a broad range of formats. He published more than 20 novels, including the Rabbit series, Witches of Eastwick, numerous short stories, poems, and essays. He was a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, a book and art critic.

    Mike Rowe – 1962

    Television host, narrator, and advocate for skilled trade training, Mike Rowe has made a name for himself stating things frankly and without apology. In 2017, he became the host of one of Facebook’s first TV shows, Returning the Favor. 

    Bonnie Blair – 1964

    In 1984, the American speed skater made her Olympic debut in the Sarajevo Winter Olympics. But it wasn’t until the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer that she brought home her first two of five gold medals. Blair would continue her success in 1992 and complete her medal collection in Calgary in 1988 bringing home her fifth gold and a bronze medal.

    Queen Latifah – 1970

    Born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, the talented Queen Latifah hails as Hip-Hop’s First Lady. Her long list of credits includes numerous acting and musical awards. For her 2002 role in Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton, she was the first female hip-hop artist nominated for an Academy Award. In 2018, Queen Latifah tacked the role of executive producer on the set of MTV’s Scream.

    Notable Mentions

    Rudolf Diesel – 1858
    Fred Shuttlesworth – 1922
    Ben Cohen – 1951
    Vanessa Williams – 1963



    No matter how you make this hot sandwich, on March 18th, celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day. 


    The Sloppy Joe is one of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches. Its base ingredient is often ground beef. However, others use turkey and buffalo, too. The other elements give it its flavor, though. Onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it – and of course, any secret ingredient families may add over the years. All of it is served up on a hamburger bun or roll. And is it ever sloppy! Be sure to grab more than one napkin!

    Who Created The Sloppy Joe

    Meet Joe

    There are different claims to the origin of the sloppy Joe.  In Havana, Cuba, in the 1930s, there was a genuine bartender who gained popularity with vacationers who went by the name of Sloppy Joe. He earned his name for his less than enthusiastic way of cleaning the bar.  He was, however, an attentive bartender, and the bar was a hot spot for the jet set.

    However, no mention is found in papers from the era of a hot sandwich on the menu matching the description of a Sloppy Joe, and the man of the same name retired to Spain in 1933.

    Town Hall Deli

    Reader Steven Hirsch wrote to National Day Calendar and informed us that Town Hall Deli in Maplewood, NJ has a direct connection to Sloppy Joe of Havana fame. It opened in 1927, and during the 1930s, Maplewood’s Mayor Sweeney traveled to Havana, where he met the bartender named Sloppy Joe and was served a delicious sandwich. The mayor came back to New Jersey and with a well-developed taste for Joe’s sandwich. The mayor enjoyed it so much he asked one of Town Hall Deli’s proprietors, Fred Heinz, to replicate it. According to the website, “It was made with coleslaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing and was served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!”

    Then in 1934…

    At the Ye Olde Tavern Inn, in Sioux City, Iowa, Abraham and Bertha laid claim to the Sloppy Joe when they added a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934. 

    Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, Hunt’s made it more convenient in 1969. They put it in a can and called it Manwich.

    Today many families have their secret recipes that make their Sloppy Joe’s special.  Whether it’s an unusual spice, a novel ingredient for sweetening or a homemade tomato sauce, a Sloppy Joe lends itself to originality and personality.  A new flavor is just around the corner.  In the south, you might come across a barbecue flavor while in the north, Sloppy Joe might be a little sweeter. Whatever your flavor, it is undoubtedly an all-American food holiday!



    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of the food holiday. However, you know, with all the recipes, we get sidetracked. 

    Sloppy Joe FAQ

    Q. Can Sloppy Joe mix be frozen?
    A. Yes. When sealed in an airtight, freezer-safe container, Sloppy Joe mix can be frozen for up to six months. Tip: Make a big batch, and freeze Sloppy Joe mix in family and individual-sized containers. This way if only one person is home for meal-time they can make up a quick supper without creating a bunch of leftovers. Or if you just need to stretch it for one more person, you can add one to the family-size batch.

    Q. Is it ok to make an open-face Sloppy Joe?
    A. An open-face sandwich is one where one or two slices of bread serve as the base of the dish and remain on the bottom. They are typically eaten with a fork or folded slightly to take a bite. Yes, open-face Sloppy Joes are a common way of eating this delicious sandwich.

    Q. How many calories are in a Sloppy Joe sandwich?
    A. A half-cup serving of Sloppy Joes on a white bread hamburger bun contains approximately 256 calories.



    There are cookie holidays and then there is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. Each year on March 18th, this holiday celebrates a delicate cookie made from oats.


    Some people may refer to this day as National Oatmeal Cookie Day (which is celebrated on April 30th). The difference between the two is that lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.

    In the early 1900s, oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet. Before that, Americans relied on other grains. Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s.  However, it is believed that they were created after the oatcake. Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle. Most research found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896. Considered a health food, the cookies quickly became popular. By the early 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats.

    Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber

    Bakers use many different recipes to make lacy oatmeal cookies. Additionally, home bakers bake with a variety of oats including old-fashioned oats, quick-cooking oats, oat bran, or oat flour. For a healthier cookie, add finely chopped or ground fruits (such as raisins) or nuts and use a sugar substitute. You can also decorate your lacy oatmeal cookies with icing drizzled on top of the cookie.


    • Add lacy oatmeal cookies on top of cakes and other baked goods to create pretty decorations.
    • They also make excellent gifts. Make some for a friend or neighbor.
    • Enjoy this delicious recipe:  Lacy Oatmeal Cookies recipe.
    • Every cookie day deserves to be remembered. Remember them with a pair of Milk and Cookie socks! There are no calories here.
    • Use #LacyOatmealCookieDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this cookie holiday, but we admit, we’ve been distracted by cookies.

    Lacy Oatmeal Cookies FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in a lacy oatmeal cookie?
    A. A medium-sized oatmeal lace cookie contains approximately 45 calories.

    Q. Do lacy oatmeal cookies freeze well?
    A. Yes. Like many other cookies, the lacy oatmeal cookie freezes well in an airtight, freezer-safe container.

    Q. Are there other cookie days on the calendar?
    A. There sure are! Check these out:

    Oatmeal Cookie Day
    Peanut Butter Cookie Day
    Sugar Cookie Day
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
    Pecan Cookie Day
    Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
    Gingerbread Cookie Day
    Oreo Cookie Day



    On March 18th, we recognize National Awkward Moments Day. This is an annual day that every person can relate to. We have all had our awkward moments from time to time. They are a part of life; they just happen.


    Awkwardness or embarrassment is defined as an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself.

    Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the completely wrong words come out of your mouth, or just forgotten what you were doing?  The list could go on and on. Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide. No matter the day, today, or any other day, everyone has them. 


    • Find the ability to laugh at yourself, see the humor in awkward moments and have fun with them.
    • Relive old awkward moments by telling stories about them. Laugh over them and enjoy the memory.
    • Help someone else recover from an awkward moment. They may be embarrassing at first. However, the humor in these moments shows just how human we can be. 
    • Keep in mind that no one is perfect, ever.
    • Wear humility like a cloak and laugh at yourself.
    • Use #AwkwardMomentsDay to post on social media.


    While it may be awkward to admit it, we have been unable to identify the origin of this awkward holiday. 

    Awkward Moments FAQ

    Q. What does “socially awkward” mean?
    A. First, keep in mind that anyone can experience social awkwardness. Social awkwardness describes a feeling of being out of place, an inability to understand social cues or body language. Someone who is socially awkward may not even realize there is a disconnect. For some, it can lead to anxiety.

    Q. How do I get over an awkward situation fast?
    A. There are several ways to recover from an awkward situation fast:

    • Change the subject. This approach works well during conversations where someone misspoke, blurted out a secret, or brought up a touchy subject.
    • Make an apology. We all make mistakes. Own up to it. Whether it’s a broken glass or inadvertently bringing up someone’s ex, just apologize and move on.
    • Laugh it off. This approach works for quite a few situations, and it’s especially effective if you’re laughing at yourself and not someone else.
    • Breathe. Sometimes one awkward moment leads to another and another creating one large awkward event. So, stop for a moment and breathe. Excuse yourself if you must and recover in private. Then get back out there.


    On March 18th, National Supreme Sacrifice Day honors those who have made tremendous sacrifices for the sake and the good of others as well as those who sacrifice their lives every day for us.


    We may most readily call to mind the men and women in uniform who have laid down their lives protecting their country and communities. This day also honors those who may have stepped forward during times of crisis to rescue a stranger or a neighbor and gave the supreme sacrifice that day. 

    These sacrifices come in many forms. We don’t always recognize them when we see them, nor do we always expect them. Like in the case of one young Miner who saved the lives of 11-year-old Emmet and 8-year-old Myrdith when the sleigh they were in overturned during a blizzard so fierce they couldn’t see their house, though they were only 200 yards away. Wind howling so loudly, they couldn’t hear their father’s voice calling to them. On March 15, 1920, they’d set home from school in rural North Dakota and been caught up in the blizzard. Their 16-year-old sister, Hazel Miner protected her siblings with her body, keeping the blankets in place over her siblings through the night. Hazel Miner died that night, but her actions saved her siblings’ lives.

    These sacrifices don’t always come in uniform and are often unsung. Often, these heroes step up when we least expect it and when we need it most. 


    • Honor someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
    • Visit with their families, support them and the people in uniform who place their lives on the line, daily.
    • Visit a local memorial and learn the names of local heroes.
    • Participate in events around your state that support the military and first responders.
    • Use #SupremeSacrificeDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this day. However, the day has been observed since at least 2004.

    Supreme Sacrifice

    Q. What kinds of services are available to the families of those who gave the supreme sacrifice?
    A. Many organizations offer support and resources to family members. For example, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation offers support to fallen firefighters’ families. Fallen Patriots supports Gold Star families. Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) supports the families of fallen law enforcement.

  • NATIONAL QUILTING DAY – Third Saturday in March


    Snuggle up every National Quilting Day on the third Saturday in March. Around the country, special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more celebrate the day. It also appreciates and recognizes quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love, and skill that goes into the making of each quilt.


    A quilt is a layer of batting or stuffing between two layers of pieced-together fabric. Early American quilts were the result of patched together pieces of worn-out blankets and clothing. Since they had to weave their own fabrics, there was little time for creative piecing together colorful, artful patterns. These items were purely functional.

    By the mid 18th century Americans were making elaborate quilts designed to be handed down from mother to daughter, often pieced together from salvaged pieces of clothing and other bedding.


    • Celebrate the warmth and the stories behind the quilts you collect. Whether you make them or they’ve been given to you, mark the day.
    • Attend a quilt fair. You might learn techniques or discover new quilting styles. 
    • Take a quilting class. The next family heirloom might be in the making!
    • Share the story of a family quilt. Don’t let it become lost to the ages. Take a picture of it and the person who made it. 
    • Discover the significance of 7 Historical Quilt Patterns.
    • Use #NationalQuiltingDay to post on social media.


    At the 22nd annual show of the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska in June of 1991, a resolution was passed and National Quilting Day was started. 

    Quilt FAQ

    Q. What are the basic tools of quilting?
    A. Quilters use a variety of tools. Most use a sewing machine for most of the stitching, which speeds up the process. A special sewing machine isn’t required, but a special presser foot is. You’ll also need a rotary cutting tool and mat, rulers, scissors, pins, and needles. Of course, a good supply of cotton thread and cotton quilting fabrics cannot be overlooked.

    Q. Do people still hand-sew quilts?
    A. Yes, though they might not resemble the quilting bees of time gone by. Quilting bees were a cooperative effort bringing quilters together to create hand-sewn quilts. These gatherings became regular social events where women collectively stitched and quilted large beautiful creations. While some quilting bees follow this tradition, the modern quilting bee is less cooperative in the effort to complete a single quilt but still maintains the spirit that started with the original quilting bees. Today, quilters come together to swap ideas, techniques, and patterns and also to spend time with other quilters. Some are held as workshops or even hosted online.