Category: March 29

  • NATIONAL NEVADA DAY – March 29

    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 NEVADA DAY - March 29

    NATIONAL NEVADA DAY

    On March 29th, National Nevada Day celebrates The Battle Born State and the 36th state to join the Union.

    On October 31, 1864, Nevada joined West Virginia as the only other state to be granted statehood during the Civil War.

    The mostly desert landscape is nearly devoid of trees. With vast open spaces, dramatic gorges, majestic mountains, and windswept rock formations, the state transforms quickly.

    Nevada may have once been the loneliest state and is home to the loneliest highway. After the Comstock Lode discovery of silver in 1859, the population grew dramatically. By 1864 when the state was admitted to the union, Nevada lacked the 60,000 to be granted statehood and didn’t gain the needed residents until 1880. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it would even lose population and not achieve the qualifying numbers again until 1910.

    Lonely or not, Nevada was the first state to vote for the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

    Nevada wasn’t lonely for long. The population exploded when two railroads connected in 1905 and established a town called Las Vegas and first platted in 1910. It would be 30 years before the first resort would open. Casinos and glamour would soon follow.

    As the casinos began to sprout, construction of Hoover Dam began. Formerly named Boulder Dam, the dam on the Colorado River provides hydropower to Nevada, Arizona, and California.

    Most of the state is made up of National Parks providing some of the best opportunities for star-gazing anywhere. Perhaps that’s why Area 51 attracts so much attention and mystery. Well, who are we kidding?

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNevadaDay

    • Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Nevada’s hidden treasures and natural beauty.
    • Book a trip to explore and relax.
    • Share your adventures and make recommendations to must-see places.
    • Uncover hidden gems and a little luck in Nevada!
    • Check out these 7 Nevada Road Trips.
    • Use #NationalNevadaDay to share on social media.

    Patrick McCarran served as an associate justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and Democratic Senator during his career.

    Business leader and law man, Fred Balzar also served as state senator and assessor before being elected Governor of Nevada.

    Frederick Delongchamps earned a reputation for providing both residential and public designs that have retained architectural and historical significance.

    In 1907, James E. Casey started a messenger service that would become United Parcel Service with just a $100.00 start-up fund.
    Award-winning author and advocate, Sarah Winnemucca served as an interpreter and wrote Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims.
    One time president of the Las Vegas Press Club, Ruthe Deskin’s journalism career included radio and print. She also founded local youth programs.
    Procter R. Hug, Jr was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals by Jimmy Carter in 1977. He served until 2017.
    Dawn Wells was an actress during the 1960s. Best known for her role as Mary Ann on the TV sitcom, Gilligan’s Island, she was crowned Miss Nevada in 1959.
    Broadcaster and founder of the radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated, Art Bell focused on the unusual, conspiracies and extraterrestrials. His program lives on with new hosts and new unexplained phenomenon.
    Andre Agassi put the tennis world in the headlines during the 1990s. Winning Wimbledon and several Grand Slams, Agassi would take gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.
    Pioneer Hotel – Elko

    Valley of Fire – Overton

    The Mob Museum – Las Vegas

    Bowers Mansion Region Park – Carson City

    Fly Geyser – Gerlach

  • NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY – March 29

    NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

    National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history.

    On March 29, 1973, combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, Veterans of this time period are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five U.S. presidents, crossing nearly two decades and 500,000 U.S.military personnel, it left an indelible mark on the American psyche.

    Returning veterans did not always receive respectful welcomes upon their arrival on American soil. Over 58,000 killed, never to return. The observance recognizes the military service of these men and women who answered the call to serve their country when she needed them. They didn’t make the decision to go to war.

    Throughout National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #VietnamWarVeteransDay

    • Organizations across the country host events honoring National Vietnam War Veterans Day. These events include memorials, speeches, and luncheons honoring Vietnam veterans and their families.
    • Invite a veteran you know to join you or help organize an event. 
    • Thank a Vietnam Veteran.
    • Buy them a drink or lunch.
    • Visit a local memorial. Volunteer to help organize events. 
    • Support a veteran’s organization in your community. Volunteer and offer your skills.
    • Watch a Vietnam War documentary. Some films we found are The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick or Last Days in Vietnam directed by Rory Kennedy or Vietnam Nurses by Timeline.
    • Read about the Vietnam War. We recommend: Vietnam – A History by Stanley Karnow or They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 by David Maraniss or The Quiet American by Graham Green and Robert Stone.
    • Send them a shout-out using #VietnamWarVeteransDay on social media.

    NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY HISTORY

    U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., introduced legislation in 2017 to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day. They chose the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam. President Donald Trump signed the National Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on March 29 for those who served.

    Vietnam War Veterans FAQ

    Q. Does every U.S. state have a Vietnam Veterans’ memorial?
    A. No. Currently, 13 states have war memorials specific to Vietnam veterans. However, war memorials in every state honor all veterans regardless of when they served.

    Q. How many Medals of Honor were awarded to Vietnam Veterans?
    A. The U.S. Congress named 240 Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War.

    March 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
    1806

    For the first time in history, Congress appropriates federal funds for a road. Section 6 appropriated the first $30,000 for the Cumberland Road which would extend from Maryland to Ohio. Eventually, the national highway would extend to St. Louis, Missouri, and the Mississippi River.

    1886

    In Atlanta, Ga, Dr. John Pemberton brewed the first batch of what is known today as Coca-Cola. He combined coca, wine, and other ingredients to create an elixir similar to that of Parisian chemist Angelo Mariani meant to cure headaches among other ailments. Not only did the tonic contain a form of cocaine (the coca plant is a source), but it was also an alcoholic beverage. Soon, prohibition came to Atlanta and Pemberton altered his recipe, removing the wine. Eventually, a process removing the cocaine from the coca leaves left Coca-Cola free of the schedule II drug.

    1848

    Niagara Falls comes to an almost complete stop due to an ice jam upstream.

    1943

    The U.S. Government begins rationing meat, cheese, butter, and other fats. These items are added to a growing list of rationed items including sugar, rubber, coffee, gas, shoes, and metals. Don’t even ask about the toilet paper.

    March 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    John Tyler – 1790

    In 1840, the country elected William Henry Harrison as the 9th President of the United States. John Tyler was his running mate, elected to the vice-presidency at Harrison’s side. Just 31 days into office, Harrison was dead and Tyler became the first un-elected president to take office.

    Denton True “Cy” Young – 1867

    The American professional pitcher earned the nickname “Cy” for his powerful cyclone arm. During his career, he set numerous records, many of which stood for more than a century. After his death, Major League Baseball created the Cy Young Award,  recognizing the best pitcher in baseball each year.

    Lou Henry Hoover – 1874

    Before becoming the 33rd First Lady of the United States, Lou Henry Hoover graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in geology. She traveled to China in 1899 with her new husband, Herbert Hoover, where she learned to speak and write Mandarin. Her love of the outdoors also drew her to the Girl Scouts where she was not only a leader but a president as well. All of these roles she took on before moving into the White House in 1929.

    James E. Casey – 1888

    With a $100 loan, James E. Casey and Claude Ryan launch the American Messenger Service in Seattle, Washington. They deliver by foot, bicycle, and streetcar. And they also deliver parcels. Today the company is known as United Parcel Service, and they wear brown uniforms while driving brown trucks and vans.

    Pearl Bailey – 1918

    In 1968, the American actress and singer won a Tony award for her lead performance in Hello Dolly!

    Sam Walton – 1918

    In 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, the American businessman opened the first in a chain of department stores called Wal-mart.

    Walt Frazier – 1945

    The American point guard played 13 seasons for the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 1970 and 1973, Frazier won NBA championships with the Knicks.

    Notable Mentions

    Howard Lindsay – 1886
    Pepper Paire Davis – 1924
    LaToya Jackson – 1956
    Jennifer Capriati – 1976

  • NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY – Last Wednesday in March

    NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY – Last Wednesday in March

    NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY

    On the last Wednesday in March, National Little Red Wagon Day celebrates the memories in the making and the ones already made. One iconic toy wields the power of imagination for adults and children alike as it brings us together to explore, laugh and play. 

    For nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. As a brand, Radio Flyer has always supported unstructured outdoor play and its positive impact on children. With their 100th anniversary on the horizon, Radio Flyer would like to establish a day that celebrates kids’ imaginations and the vehicles that help them explore it – their wagons.

    This iconic toy is one of the most enduring toys of all time. For generations, children have led little red wagons down Independence Day parade routes, carried out infinite imaginary missions and voyages of childhood fantasy. It is not unusual for a little red wagon to be handed down from one generation to the next, treasured like a family heirloom. The adventures are enjoyed by all, regardless of age.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LittleRedWagonDay

    As the weather gets warmer and spring officially begins, use the day to encourage kids to get outside, get active and go wherever their imaginations take them. Use #LittleRedWagonDay and tag @RadioFlyer to share on social media. 

    NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY HISTORY

    Radio Flyer founded National Little Red Wagon Day in honor of its 100th anniversary. The Registrar of National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2016.

    Little Red Wagon FAQ

    Q. Who can celebrate this day?
    A. Anyone with a little red wagon or with stories to tell about one can celebrate National Little Red Wagon Day.

    Q. Is this a holiday for children?
    A. Yes. This holiday is perfect for children. Load up the little red wagon and head to the park.

    Dates
    30 March 2022
    29 March 2023
    27 March 2024
    26 March 2025
    25 March 2026
    31 March 2027
    29 March 2028
    28 March 2029
    27 March 2030
    26 March 2031
    31 March 2032
    30 March 2033

  • NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY – March 29

    NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY

    National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day on March 29th offers a bright and zesty celebration among the cake holidays. 

    For a nice refreshing spring dessert, chiffon cake is a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings.  The fluffy texture is made by beating egg whites until stiff and folding them into the cake batter before baking. Chiffon cakes tend to be lower in saturated fat than butter cakes, potentially making them healthier than their butter-heavy counterparts.

    The Secret of Chiffon

    The recipe for the chiffon cake was a closely guarded secret for years. In the 1920s, angel food cake was quite popular, but Henry Baker thought he could make a lighter, richer cake. The insurance salesman-turned-caterer tinkered with ingredients until 1927 when he came upon the perfect combination of ingredients and methods to produce the airy richness he was looking for.  

    Keeping the recipe to himself, he offered his services to the Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles which catered to Hollywood’s elite.  Until 1947, Baker was the only person to bake chiffon cakes. Baker’s secret combination and methods relied on what bakers and chefs already knew about cakes and leavening. The lightness of angel food cakes relies on egg whites to create the loft and airiness. Traditional cakes used baking soda or powder for leavening. Baker combined both egg whites and baking powder to achieve a lightness like no other. And yet there was one other trick up Baker’s sleeve. Where angel food cake contained no butter, fat, or shortening of any kind, Baker added vegetable oil.

    While today adding vegetable oil to cake recipes is commonplace, back in 1927 these oils were a newer ingredient to home kitchens. His cakes continued to grow in popularity and as they did so did the variety of chiffon cakes he made. Then, in 1947, Baker sold his recipe to General Mills for an undisclosed amount. The rest is baking history. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LemonChiffonCakeDay

    • Visit a local bakery or restaurant and order a slice of lemon chiffon cake.
    • Give your favorite baker a shout-out.
    • Try your hand at baking a lemon chiffon cake.
    • Invite friends and family over to be your tasters.
    • Try one of these delicious recipes:
    • Use #LemonChiffonCakeDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL LEMON CHIFFON CAKE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this lemony cake day. 

    Lemon Chiffon FAQ

    Q. Is lemon chiffon served with frosting or a glaze?
    A. A lemon chiffon cake can be served with either frosting or a glaze. It’s also tasty without either one!

    Q. What kind of pan do I use to bake a lemon chiffon cake?
    A. Use a tube pan to bake a lemon chiffon cake. Like other light and airy batters it needs more surface area to help it rise.

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of lemon chiffon cake?
    A. One slice (1/12 of the cake) contains approximately 400 calories.

  • NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY – March 29

    NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY

    National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day honors all small business owners each year on March 29th.

    Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy, and the critical role they play is sometimes overlooked. Consumers can show them their much-deserved appreciation by shopping locally and at small businesses.

    • Give gift cards from your favorite small businesses to encourage others to shop there.
    • Share their social media pages to improve their following.
    • Talk about them. Word of mouth advertising is some of the best advertising small businesses get. 
    • Take their business cards and then recommend them to a friend.
    • Be a repeat customer. Remember small businesses are the ones who also support local events and schools, too.

    According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the United States.

    Owning your own business is a goal that many people strive to attain. It takes long hours, hard work, and much dedication. Countless hours of nurturing the business are needed to grow the business. From starting out to building and expanding, a successful small business is the goal of every owner. 

    Some of these Mom and Pop shops are handed down from one generation to the next while others are new start-ups. “Mom and Pop” businesses offer superior customer service as the owners take personal pride in their operations as well as pride in their communities.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MomAndPopBusinessOwnersDay

    • Support the privately owned small businesses in your communities by shopping and buying gift cards.
    • Explore your community. You might discover new businesses and become a new customer.
    • As you shop, give your favorite businesses a shout-out. Let them know you appreciate them and their services.
    • The National Day Calendar Classroom also has projects to help you Celebrate Every Day!
    • Read the Celebration Spotlight with Wesley Miller Smith.
    • Use #MomPopBusinessOwnersDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY HISTORY

    Rick and Margie Segel founded National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day in honor of couples like his parents whose successful hat shop opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square feet and $2 million clothing store.

    Mom and Pop FAQ

    Q. Do mom and pop shops ever become big businesses?
    A. Yes. Many of the national chains where we shop and products we buy today were once family run businesses. Some of them are still managed by family members. Some examples of family-owned businesses starting small and going national (or even international) include:

    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.