Category: March 24



    Every year on March 24th, the International Day for Achievers celebrates achievers and their strong sense of purpose and confidence. It’s also a day to strive to become an achiever.

    When you achieve something, it means you have carried out something successfully. The word achieve can also mean accomplish. There are many different kinds of achievements. For some, this might simply mean reading a certain number of books in a month. Others achieve a goal when it comes to losing weight or exercising. Besides personal achievements, many people also have professional ones. An example of a professional achievement would be to get that promotion they have worked so hard for. A common achievement for many people is to further their education. All of these kinds of achievements take hard work and dedication.

    Some people have a harder time than others when it comes to becoming an achiever. This may be due to their personality type or they lack certain traits that are common in achievers. Besides having a strong motive to achieve, other traits of high achievers include:

    • having a clear vision of what they want to achieve
    • having laser-beam focus
    • are highly disciplined and do things even when they don’t feel like it
    • having a positive attitude and see themselves as victors instead of victims
    • a love of learning new things
    • like making a difference and have a positive effect on others.

    Just because someone doesn’t possess these traits, doesn’t mean they can’t ever have them. It also doesn’t mean they will never achieve anything. Some simple ways to become an achiever include developing good daily habits, avoiding perfectionism, and being patient but persistent. It also helps immensely if a person enjoys what they are doing when trying to achieve a goal.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayForAchievers

    On this day, schools around the world award students who have made exemplary achievements in their field of study. Employers also recognize employees who have made outstanding achievements in their profession. To participate:

    • Set a goal you would like to achieve.
    • Help your children realize the importance of setting goals and trying to reach them.
    • Celebrate past achievements and ask others to share theirs.
    • Read a self-help book on achieving goals, such as Your Best Year Ever, The Art of Setting SMART Goals, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
    • Learn about famous high achievers, like JK Rowling, Denzel Washington, Arianna Huffington, and Mark Cuban.

    Don’t forget to share this day on social media with #InternationalDayForAchievers.


    Our staff is still researching the origins of this day.




    Celebrate all your favorite cocktails on March 24th. National Cocktail Day ushers in all the best ways to savor a beverage at the end of a long workday. Whether you like a fruity drink, blended or on the rocks, this day is for you. Mocktail, virgin, or the real thing, celebrate the lemon, lime, bitters, liquors, and liqueurs that make your favorite beverages the best in your bartender book.

    It’s probably no surprise that nearly every month on the calendar celebrates a cocktail. The only exception is April, and since it’s National Alcohol Awareness Month, it makes sense to take that month off.

    A cocktail contains a spirit or a mix of spirits. While a beer is not considered a cocktail, there are beer cocktails where beer is added to a distilled ingredient. The same applies to wine.

    The other months pay homage to histories, ingredients, and the makers of some legendary cocktails. January begins the year dedicating a day to the Bloody Mary, and there’s also a day for her Canadian counterpart, the Bloody Caesar, in May. January also devotes an entire week to Mocktails. In February, you can celebrate the Margarita and Kahlua. March brings us International Whisk(e)y Day, among others. Skipping back to May, you can imbibe in both Palomas and Mimosas for your celebrations.

    June & July

    June and July compete for the most cocktail-related days. From Martinis and Bourbon in June to Pina Coladas and Daiquiris in July, the two months cover the spectrum. There are even a few bottles of wine in between. Not only do they celebrate specific cocktails but they also celebrate the places we enjoy them. National Dive Bar Day in July invites us to celebrate the places that serve our favorite cocktails, even if it’s an ice-cold beer.

    The rest of the year covers all our chilled and heated cocktails. By December, we readily reminisce National Repeal Day and the Bartenders who keep that era and the skills alive.

    We have only skimmed the surface of the cocktails celebrated on the calendar, so National Cocktail Day allows you to celebrate whichever one you like!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCocktailDay

    • Create your favorite cocktail to celebrate.
    • Explore cocktail ingredients or read a bartender’s manual.
    • Learn the finer elements of mixing cocktails and expand your home bar.
    • Visit a speakeasy or take a tour of your favorite distillery.
    • Host a cocktail tasting session. Create a classic menu with a professional bartender who provides history and describes the nuances behind the ingredients.
    • Attend a cocktail tasting party. You will learn more about how and why ingredients are combined the way they are.
    • Visit your local bookstore and pick up a cocktail or bar book. Follow the recipes and read about the histories these bartenders share. We recommend The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fielder, The Art and Science of The Perfect Cocktail by Janice Dreese, and Craft Cocktails at Home: Offbeat Techniques, Contemporary Crowd-Pleasers, and Classics Hacked with Science by Kevin Liu.
    • Visit your local bar and pick your bartender’s brain. Some like to share their techniques. Ask them what their favorite cocktail is. And, be sure to tip them well for their advice and service.
    • Try making a mocktail. Especially on those weeknights when work is busy, and you need to keep up. Many of them infuse nutrients many of us are lacking. Keep these recipes on hand for your friends who are designated drivers, sober for life, supporting a friend, or for any reason.
    • As always, ANY TIME we are indulging in spirits and alcohol, DON’T drink and drive. Designate a sober driver. Call a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or friend.
    • When you celebrate, share your favorites by using #NationalCocktailDay on social media.


    Jace Shoemaker Galloway founded National Cocktail Day in 2013

    Cocktail FAQ

    Q. What is the most popular spirit used in cocktails?
    A. Vodka is most commonly used as a base spirit for cocktails. It’s a versatile alcohol, and makers infuse it with many different flavors adding to its appeal. It also pairs well with simple or complex ingredients.

    Q. What kinds of tools do I need to make great cocktails?
    A. The ingredients are the most important tool in your bar collection. However, some of the most essential tools for making cocktails include a shaker, strainer, corkscrew, and muddler. Other tools that make your mixing easier include ice tongs, spoons, pourers, and straws.



    Every year on March 24th, the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero. Monsignor Romero was an Archbishop who was actively engaged in denouncing the violation of human rights in El Salvador. His murders were never brought to justice. On February 3rd, 2015, Pope Francis declared Romero a martyr. On October 14th, Pope Francis canonized Romero as a Saint.

    The observance also seeks to pay tribute to the many others who have devoted and lost their lives for protecting human rights for all.
    Governments must uphold the right to truth. When citizens of a country cannot access records that inform them of the truth, it is considered an abuse of power. At one time, citizens in some countries felt powerless when it came to accessing the truth. However, citizens in many countries are taking action to uncover the truth. These countries include:

    • Lebanon, where citizens are searching for those who have disappeared.
    • Indonesia, where citizens are documenting mass crimes.
    • Kenya, where citizens are developing a truth commission.
    • Bosnia-Herzegovina, where citizens are utilizing their courts of law.

    These citizens are engaged in resistance against silence and fear. They are making way for truth-seeking to expand and evolve. Unfortunately, many who take this stand will lose their lives in the fight for the truth. It’s for these people that this day exists.

    HOW TO OBSERVE THE #InternationalDayForTheRightToTheTruth

    To observe this day, think about what it would be like to live in a country where the leaders try to keep the truth from its citizens. Learn more about Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero. Read about other human rights defenders such as:

    • Chief Joseph
    • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
    • Oskar Schindler
    • Rosa Parks
    • Nelson Mandela
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.

    To spread awareness for this day, use #InternationalDayForTheRightToTheTruth on social media.


    On December 21, 2010, the UN General Assembly proclaimed March 24th as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. It was on March 24th, 1980, that Monsignor Romero was assassinated. The day was first observed on March 24th, 2011.




    Every year on March 24th, World Tuberculosis Day seeks to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis. The observance also aims to increase efforts to eliminate the deadly disease.

    Tuberculosis (also known as TB or consumption) is an infectious disease that affects the lungs. The disease spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Some people who have TB don’t have any symptoms. The bacteria that causes TB can sometimes lie dormant for many years. A dormant disease is called a latent infection. Up to 10 percent of those with a latent infection become sick. Those who develop symptoms have a cough, sometimes tinged with blood. They might also experience weight loss, fever, and night sweats.

    During the 1800s, TB was the deadliest killer in human history. In the United States alone, 1 out of 7 people who had the disease died. Today, while no longer common in the U.S., tuberculosis still affects 1.8 billion people in the world. Found in every country in the world, tuberculosis is considered a global pandemic. In 2019, 10 million people were diagnosed with tuberculosis. Of those, 1.5 million people died. Women, children, and those with HIV/AIDS are among the most vulnerable to getting the disease.

    Most cases of TB occur in developing countries. About 87 percent of TB cases occur in 8 countries, including:

    • India
    • China
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • Pakistan
    • Nigeria
    • Bangladesh
    • South Africa

    In 2018, only 9,025 cases of TB were diagnosed in the United States. About half of these cases occurred in California, Texas, New York, and Florida. There are concerns that TB bacteria could become resistant to the drugs used to treat it.
    There is a vaccination for TB. However, most people in the United States do not get it, simply because they will never be at risk for the disease. In developing countries, many people do not have access to the vaccination.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldTuberculosisDay

    On this day, global leaders are encouraged to improve access to TB prevention and treatment. They are also encouraged to end the discrimination of those with TB. To participate in this day:

    • Learn about the history of TB and its impact on the global population.
    • Donate to an organization, such as TB Alliance, that provides TB drugs to those in need.
    • Watch the documentary, The Forgotten Plague.
    • Read about famous people who contracted TB, including Eleanor Roosevelt, George Orwell, Nelson Mandela, Tina Turner, and Ringo Starr.

    To spread awareness for this day, share #WorldTuberculosisDay on social media.


    In 1982, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease proposed the observance, World TB Day on March 24th. The date marked the one-hundredth anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes the disease. Over a decade later, the WHO’s World Health Assembly and the United Nations recognized World Tuberculosis Day. By 1998, nearly 200 organizations participated in the day.




    National Cheesesteak Day on March 24th not only celebrates a fantastic sandwich but it recognizes one of this nation’s greater debates; Who created this deliciousness?

    It’s like March Madness for a cheesesteak. Pat’s and Geno’s square off at 10 AM followed by Chubby’s and Dalessandro’s at 11 AM. Then Jim’s and Tony Luke’s at Noon. Basketball fans know how brackets go. Someone is gonna get a by.

    However, the credit is given to a hot dog vendor from the 1930s, Pat Olivieri. According to Philadelphia’s tourism site, Pat’s King of Steaks sits on its original location and is still going strong. This writer has had a cheesesteak from there and would go back in a heartbeat.

    The important thing is this fabulous, juicy sandwich on a hoagie roll. The roll is filled with chipped steak, and you can order it with or without cheese and onions. If you’ve never had one, you can really only get an authentic one in Philly. Other places try, so go where you can. But someday, go to Philadephia. It is the real deal.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheesesteakDay

    • Invite your friends and head over to your favorite cheesesteak restaurant.
    • Get it with cheese (it’s cheesesteak day, not steak day) and add the onions, too.
    • Make your own cheesesteak.
    • Give a shout-out to the restaurant that makes your favorite cheesesteak.
    • Use #NationalCheesesteakDay to share on social media.


    We were unable to identify the founder of National Cheesesteak Day.

    Cheesesteak FAQ

    Q. What kind of cheese is in cheesesteak?
    A. For an authentic cheesesteak, many will tell you they put Cheez Whiz on their cheesesteak.

    Q. Who made the world’s largest cheesesteak?
    A. In 2021, Rene Kobeitri and other Philadelphia chefs built a 510 ft. cheesesteak.



    When it comes to a National Day, a chocolate-covered raisin or a box of them is worth celebrating. On March 24th, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day celebrates raisins coated in a shell of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

    Moviegoers have been snacking on chocolate-covered raisins for many, many years. Somehow, popcorn, a box of chocolate-covered raisins go together perfectly. It doesn’t matter the kind of movie either. Chocolate-covered raisins are also a conventional bulk vending item across the country.

    More than 1 million Raisinets are produced per hour.

    In some countries, chocolate-covered raisins are known as Raisinets. Raisinets produced the first and one of the most popular brands of the product. Currently made by Nestle, they are the third-largest selling candy in United States history.  The Blumenthal Chocolate Company introduced the Raisinets to the United States in 1927, and then in 1984, Nestle acquired the brand. However, a large number of other brands produce chocolate-covered raisins for us to enjoy.  

    Raisins are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, fiber, and vitamin B.  When you combine the raisins with dark chocolate, you have a great-tasting, healthy snack.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay

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

    Chocolate Covered Raisin FAQ

    Q. What kinds of chocolate are raisins covered in?
    A. Raisins can be covered in either white, milk, or dark chocolate.

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of chocolate-covered raisins?
    A. A 1/4 cup serving of chocolate-covered raisins contains approximately 190 calories.



    March 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Robert Koch reports that he isolated and grew tubercle bacillus.


    The U.S. Army drafts Elvis Presley.


    The Exxon Valdez spills 270,000 barrels of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound causing the worst oil spill in history. The environmental and economic costs were devastating.


    Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy discover a comet orbiting Jupiter when they take a photograph using a Schmidt telescope.


    Halle Berry wins the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. It is the only time the Academy has awarded an Oscar to an African American leading lady in its history to date.

    March 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Harry Houdini – 1874

    One of the world’s most renowned magicians, Harry Houdini was known for his escapology. Houdini developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of a variety of conjuring techniques. They included fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience. He was both a savvy businessman and an exceptional showman.

    Dorothy Height – 1912

    During the Civil Rights Movement, Height played a pivotal role, serving as president of the National Council of Negro Women. She spoke on behalf of both African Americans and women in her efforts for equality. Height has been the hero of many generations of racial minorities as she advised presidents and government committees. Three presidents honored her with medals. The first in 1989, President Ronald Regan presented Height with the Citizens Medal Award. In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented her with the Medal of Freedom. President George Bush honored her with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

    Louie Anderson – 1953

    The Emmy-winning American comedian and actor developed his career throughout the 1980s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Anderson earned his first two Emmy’s for an animated series he created and produced for Fox in 1995 called Life with Louie. In 2016, he landed the role of Christine Baskets on the comedy series Baskets. The role led to his third Emmy win.

    Jim Parsons – 1973

    The award-winning American Actor is best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in the long-running comedy series The Big Bang Theory. He can also be seen in The Boys in the Band, Hollywood, and A Kid Like Jake.

    Peyton Manning – 1976

    The American quarterback played 18 seasons in the National Football League. Manning played his first 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts during his career. In 2007, he led the Colts to a Super Bowl win, beating the Chicago Bears 27-17. Manning became a Denver Bronco in 2012. He would bring home his second Super Bowl ring in 2016 by defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.