Category: March 22

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE SEAL – March 22

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE SEAL

    Every year on March 22nd, the International Day of the Seal promotes the conservation of seals worldwide. It’s also a day to celebrate this amazing marine mammal.

    A seal is a type of animal called a pinniped, which is Latin for “fin-footed.” Other pinnipeds include the walrus and sea lion. What makes seals different than other pinnipeds is that they don’t really use their flippers to walk. When on land, they usually slide around on their bellies. In the water, their flippers help them swim really fast. Seals are also much quieter and smaller than their sea lion and walrus cousins.

    Here are some other fun facts about seals:

    • A group of seals is called a herd or a raft.
    • It’s not uncommon for a herd to consist of 1,500 seals.
    • There are 33 species of seals.
    • The layer of fat under a seal’s skin is called blubber, which helps keep them warm in cold water.
    • Their whiskers help them detect prey in murky water.
    • Their lifespan ranges from 25 to 30 years.
    • Female seals are called cows, and their babies are called pups.
    • Smaller seals weigh 100 pounds, while the largest seals weigh over 7,000 pounds.

    Seals can be found throughout the world. This marine mammal lives in the Northern Pacific ocean between Asia and North America. Some seals live off the coasts of South America, Antarctica, Africa, and Australia.

    Throughout the ages, men have hunted seals for their meat, blubber, and fur coats. Because of this, some species of seals are endangered. The four most endangered species of seals include Saimaa ringed seals of

    Finland, Ungava seals of Quebec, Mediterranean monk seals, and Hawaiian monk seals.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayOfTheSeal

    On this day, many zoos, aquariums, and conservation organizations host special events to celebrate the seal. To participate:

    • Go to a seal exhibit at your local zoo.
    • Learn about the different species of seals.
    • Watch a documentary on seals, such as “The Hidden Seals of Siberia” or “Playground of Seals.”
    • Donate to the Seal Conservation Society.

    Share a picture or video of seals on social media with #InternationalDayOfTheSeal.

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE SEAL HISTORY

    In 1982, the U.S. Congress declared an International Day of the Seal. Their goal was to draw attention to the cruelty of seal hunts and help prevent this animal’s extinction.

     

  • NATIONAL WEST VIRGINIA DAY – March 22

    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 WEST VIRGINIA DAY - March 22

    NATIONAL WEST VIRGINIA DAY

    National West Virginia Day on March 22nd recognizes the last state to be created from one of the original thirteen colonies.

    When Virginia voted to secede from the Union, Western Virginians held firmly to their Union loyalties, created their own constitution, and approached Congress for statehood. West Virginia, the 35th state, was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863. It was the only state formed from another state and one of two created during the Civil War.

    The original thirteen colonies created a total of eighteen states. Vermont once was a part of New York. Kentucky was also once included in the colony of Virginia. Tennessee was formerly part of North Carolina. Maine and Massachusetts were joined at one time.

    At Harpers Ferry, the North meets South. From John Brown’s rebellion to Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate victory, Harpers Ferry is ripe with abolition movements and Civil War History.

    The Mountain State

    Also known as The Mountain State, West Virginia is dominated by three magnificent mountain ridges. The Allegheny, Appalachian, and the Blue Ridge Mountains also provide the state with seventy-eight percent forest over its total terrain. Within the rugged mountains, massive amounts of bituminous coal stores have made West Virginia the largest producer of coal east of the Mississippi River.

    Not only do the West Virginia hills create spectacular views and jobs, but their natural landscape lends to small, isolated populations with deep roots. Their culture and heritage can be heard infused in the thrum of a banjo or the lyrics of a gospel chorus. It also influences the warm earthy flavors of their cooking and inspires artisans to masterpieces.

    Life moves at a slower pace in West Virginia. Time doesn’t exactly stand still, but if you’ll sit awhile and listen to some of the folk stories, you might hear about John Henry and Big Ben Mountain. Someone could take you mushroom hunting, or they might fry up a few and share with you what they found that morning. Not very many are willing to give up their favorite hunting spots.

    You could get invited to the largest festival in West Virginia, Bridge Day. It takes place at New River Gorge Bridge on the third Saturday of October. The bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, and it’s the longest steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWestVirginiaDay

    • Join National Day Calendar® as we explore the history, culture, and heritage of West Virginia.
    • Discover her enchanting beauty and the music, poetry, and art of the 35th state.
    • Share your experiences living in and visiting West Virginia.
    • Make a West Virginia history, scenic, or restaurant bucket list. What’s on your list?
    • Need help deciding what to do? Read 9 Beautiful West Virginia Places to Visit
    • Use #NationalWestVirginiaDay to share on social media.

    Waitman T. Willey served both the states of Virginia and West Virginia as a Senator. He was instrumental in West Virginia becoming a separate state and was a delegate to both states’ constitutional conventions.
    The patriarch of one half of the Hatfield and McCoy feud, Devil Anse Hatfield led his family into an infamous feud that would last decades. The legendary story has been developed into cartoons, books, and movies.
    Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States, created the day to honor and fulfill her own mother’s dream. As a result, the day celebrates mothers all over the country and the world.
    Florence Blanchfield was the first Army nurse to be granted a regular Army commission. She joined in 1917 and served during World Wars I and II. Her efforts brought about equality in pay and rank to women in the Army and Navy.
    Pearl S. Buck became the first American woman to earn a Nobel Prize in literature for her novel The Good Earth. The prolific author wrote stories with a voice toward human and women’s rights.

    Katherine Johnson’s mathematical skills launched her into the early stages of the human space flight in the United States. She completed data analysis for Alan Shepards Freedom 7 flight in May of 1961 and trajectory calculations for John Glenn’s mission in 1962.

    Known as the first man to break the sound barrier, Chuck Yeager broke Mach 1 on October 14, 1947. Yeager continued to push the limits of flight, breaking Mach 2 in December of 1953.

    Known for his UFO investigations, Gray Barker published the Mothman mystery The Silver Bridge. Barker is best known for his book The Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us.
    John F. Nash shared a Nobel Prize for economics with Reinhard Selten in 1994. His contribution is a concept that later became known as the Nash equilibrium. He was also the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind.
    Cardiothoracic surgeon, John C. Norman advanced methods for artificial hearts through research and innovation. He established the Cullen Cardiovascular Surgical Research Laboratories at Texas Heart Institute in 1972 where much of his focus centered furthering the development of the artificial heart.
    Fourteen-time NBA All-Star Jerry West played brilliantly for the LA Lakers. Considered one of the greatest guards in NBA history, West was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.
    Historian, educator and filmmaker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has become known for his PBS series Finding Your Roots and The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.
    Mothman Statue – Point Pleasant
    Berkeley Springs Castle – Berkeley Springs
    George Washington’s Bathtub – Berkeley Springs
    Green Bank Observatory– Green Bank
    World’s Largest Teapot – Chester
    Birthplace of the Steamboat – Wheeling

  • NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREPES DAY – March 22

    NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREPES DAY

    Serving up a light and airy dish, March 22nd annually recognizes National Bavarian Crepes Day.

    Bavarian crepes are a delicious, very thin pancake-like dessert. They are typically made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour, then filled, rolled, and then often topped with a glaze, fruit, chocolate or whipped cream. In Bavaria, crepes are called palatschinke. While similar to a French crepe, the Bavarian crepe batter doesn’t need to rest before using.

    Both types of crepes lend themselves to delicious desserts and fresh breakfast settings. They even make for a light brunch with a savory touch. However, crepes shine when it comes to delivering delicate and beautiful desserts. Whether they are filled with cream, mousse, or jams, the results are almost always spectacular. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BavarianCrepesDay

    • Try your hand at making this delicate dish. It’s worth taking up the challenge.
    • While you’re at it, invite some other chefs into the kitchen, too!
    • Enjoy one of the following recipes and have a wonderful day:
    • Give a shout-out to the chef who makes the best crepes.
    • Use #BavarianCrepesDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREPES DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of the sweet food holiday. 

     

    March 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1894

    The first Stanley Cup championship series begins. Montreal defeats Ottawa.

    1994

    The National Football League (NFL) officially adopts the 2-point conversion rule. The rule gives the offense the option to scrimmage after a touchdown from the 2-yard line to the endzone for 2 extra points versus kicking for a single extra point.

    1997

    At the age of 14 years 10 months, Tara Lapinski becomes the youngest World Figure Skating Champion. Less than a year later, she would also become the youngest Olympic figure skating gold medalist when she competes at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

    2008

    The first international pillow fight flash mob took place in 25 cities around the world.

    March 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Randolph Caldecott – 1846

    The British illustrator is known for his contributions to children’s literature and his influence was so far-reaching that the American Library Association created the Randolph Caldecott Medal in his honor to award the most distinguished picture books created each year.

    Ruth Page – 1900

    The legendary ballet dancer and choreographer was an international trailblazer in the world of dance.

    Louis L’amour  –  1908

    Louis L’amour’s frontier novels bring western North Dakota and rural living to life. Along with short stories and poetry, his novels Hondo, Walking Drum, and Last of the Breed are some of his most popular works.

    Yayoi Kusama – 1922

    The Japanese contemporary artist rose to prominence during the 1950s incorporating what is now her trademark polka dots into abstract forms, canvas and everyday objects.

    William Shatner – 1931

    The Canadian actor of stage and screen became a pop culture icon when he was cast in the role of Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek in 1966. Shatner has also put on the director’s hat and published several books. He is also known for his role as Denny Crane in Boston Legal.

    James Patterson – 1947

    The prolific American author has written over 100 best-sellers. Patterson writes a variety of genres including science fiction, thrillers, and mystery. Among his best-sellers are books from his Alex Cross series.

    Andrew Lloyd Webber – 1948

    The British composer of 21 musicals first brought the world Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1967. Since then, he’s stunned us with award-winning hits on the West End and Broadway including Evita, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera.

    Stephanie Mills – 1957

    The Grammy-winning actress, singer-songwriter dazzled audiences in 1974 as Dorothy in the musical The Wiz on Broadway. In 1981, she won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the song “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

    Elvis Stojko – 1972

    The Canadian figure skater is a three-time world champion who took home two silver medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

    Reese Witherspoon – 1976

    The award-winning actress made her film debut at the age of 14 in 1991’s The Man in the Moon. Since then, Witherspoon has tackled a variety of genres including comedy (Legally Blonde), dramatic musicals (Walk the Line), science fiction (A Wrinkle in Time), and horror (American Psycho).

    Notable Mentions

    Gabrielle Roy – 1909
    Wolf Blitzer – 1948
    Bob Costas – 1952
    Dexter Fowler – 1986

  • NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY – March 22

    NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY

    National Goof Off Day on March 22nd each year gives everyone the opportunity to have a little extra fun. The day is also known as International Goof Off Day.

    It is a day to relax, enjoy and goof off. Do something fun and leave the work until tomorrow. Everybody needs to take a break from time to time. It is often so easy to get so involved in the work and pressures in our lives. So stop, take a break, find something different! 

    Let any goofy idea pop into your head. Make paper airplanes from seed packets. Doodle pictures of poodles in puddles in Peru. Play a game of Jenga with randomly stacked spice jars. Or do the obvious and spend the day in your pajamas doing nothing.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGoofOffDay

    • Catch up on some sleep or read a good book.
    • You might also watch a good movie or even play a board game.
    • Maybe even get caught goofing off with some of your friends.
    • Strictly speaking, goofing off is the avoidance of work. So whatever you do, try not to look like you are working.
    • Check out these fun ways to “goof off” in Celebration Spotlight with Jennifer Monroe.
    • Goof off with your kids. Check out these 5 Great Ways to Goof Off with Your Kids.
    • Use #NationalGoofOffDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY HISTORY

    Monica (Moeller) Dufour of Davidson, MI founded National Goof Off Day. According to official records, the first celebration took place in 1976. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press in 1983, Moeller suggests the first event may have been a few years later. Whenever the inaugural day took place, it was no surprise National Goof Off Day was created by a kid who likes to do things out of the ordinary.

    Goof Off FAQ

    Q. Is it okay to goof off at work?
    A. Everybody needs to have a little fun. Don’t ignore a deadline or waste your employer’s time. However, there are ways to make work fun and a little goofing can help.

    Q. Can anyone celebrate the day?
    A. Yes. Everyone can benefit from a little goofiness.

    Q. What’s the opposite of being goofy?
    A. Being serious is the opposite of goofy.