Category: March 30



    When March 30th arrives, so does National Virtual Vacation Day, reminding us all to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate no matter where we are.


    Vacations restore our minds, bodies, and souls. For example, studies show that taking a vacation lowers the risk of heart disease. They also help hone our problem-solving skills and promote overall brain health. Furthermore, we’re more satisfied with the money spent on vacations than material goods.

    However, virtual vacations do not require money, packing, or transcontinental flights. All you need to achieve a virtual vacation is your imagination and free VR apps or a VR headset.

    If you can dream it, you can achieve a virtual vacation. Enjoy an exciting African safari. Or hike the exotic Amazon rainforest. Then hit the beach in Bali, or join in the festivities at Mardi Gras. Explore a space vacation if you dare! Adventurers to armchair travelers thrill at the possibilities.


    • Check out these VR tours to get you started.
    • While exploring, be sure to share your virtual vacation with others.
    • Take a tour of your favorite places and learn something along the way. Grab some snacks for the ride, too!
    • Learn more about virtual vacations. It’s easy, and you can learn ways to enjoy one at Terrance Talks Travel.
    • Share your favorite virtual holidays using #VirtualVacationDay to share on social media.


    Terrance Talks Travel founded National Virtual Vacation Day in 2016 to share the genius and potential of Virtual Vacations.

    In 2018, the Registrar of National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed annually on March 30th.

    About Terrance Talks Travel shares cheap travel tips, affordable adventures, and little-known travel resources. It also includes an archive of all Terrance Talks Travel: Über Adventures podcasts. Additionally, you can download dozens of free travel reports there, too.

    Virtual Vacation FAQ

    Q. What kind of virtual vacation should I take?
    A. If you could go anywhere this very instant, where would it be? Ireland? Greece? The Egyptian pyramids? The Grand Canyon? Whatever your answer is would make for a fantastic virtual vacation.

    Q. Are virtual vacations expensive?
    A. No, not when compared to the expense of physical travel. Virtual reality gear gives a more realistic feel to any virtual vacation. Still, there are other ways to explore the places you want to see by visiting virtual reality websites and using virtual reality programs.

    Q. Is a virtual vacation a good way to discover new places to travel physically?
    A. Yes! When you have a long list of places you would love to see, taking a virtual vacation can help you narrow down the physical vacations you want to take.



    On March 30th, National Turkey Neck Soup Day challenges cooks to make a flavorful soup with the stock made from the neck of a turkey. 


    The best and most delicious way to make turkey neck soup is by making homemade stock. You’ll need a whole turkey plus onions, carrots, celery, herbs, and other seasonings. All the ingredients will be added to a stockpot and covered with water and brought to a simmer. 

    You can purchase turkey necks separately from your butcher or your grocer. Don’t forget to check the freezer section! A variety of turkey neck soup recipes allow extra vegetables or rice, too. You can also make the soup heartier by adding beans. Consider a 15 bean soup with your pressure cooker. 



    Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of this food holiday.

    Turkey Neck Soup FAQ

    Q. Who can celebrate this day?
    A.Soup lovers, cookies, and anyone trying new recipes should celebrate National Turkey Neck Soup Day.

    Q. Can I freeze leftover turkey if I don’t have time to make soup from it?
    A. Yes! Freezing leftover turkey including the bones is a great way to save leftovers for a soup-making day.

    Q. What kind of spices go well with turkey?
    A. Rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley complement turkey quite well. Also try smoky paprika, chives, garlic, oregano, and basil.

    March 30th Celebrated History


    The United States Patent Office issued the first patent for an eraser attached to the end of a pencil to inventor Hymen Lipman. 


    Secretary of State William Seward agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars. The final agreement didn’t take place until October, but it would become known as Seward’s Folly. Congress and the press didn’t see any value in the purchase of a frozen wasteland. Even the chef at Delmonico’s in New York poked fun at the Secretary of State and created a dessert in honor of the potential event. Seward would die in 1872, more than two decades before the Alaska Gold Rush and well before Alaska was seen for its more strategic and natural benefits.


    President Ulysses S. Grant announces to Congress that the 15th Amendment prohibiting the federal government and states from denying the right to vote to any citizen based on a person’s “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” is in effect. The states ratified the amendment on February 3, 1870, granting African American men the right to vote.


    Jeopardy! Categories for $200, Alex. Following National Day Calendar will help you answer many questions in this popular category. “What is National Days?” Hosted by Art Flemming, the game show Jeopardy! debuts on NBC. The Merv Griffin creation broadcast until January 3, 1975. Following syndication, it was revived as the short-lived The All-New Jeopardy! In 1984, it once more made a revival and is still going strong. On November 8, 2020, the show’s beloved host, Alex Trebek died from pancreatic cancer. He hosted the show for 37 years.


    John W. Hinckley Jr. shoots and seriously injures President Ronald Reagan outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. Press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a D.C. police officer are also wounded.

    March 30th Celebrated Birthdays

    Anna Sewell – 1820

    While the author wrote several books during her career, she’s best known for the novel Black Beauty.

    Vincent van Gogh – 1853

    The Dutch post-impressionist painter brought the world some of the most influential oil paintings. Included in his collected works are “The Starry Night,” “Water Lily,” and “Sunflowers.”

    Mary Whiton Calkins – 1863

    In 1896, after completing all the requirements, Calkins was denied a doctorate degree in psychology from Harvard University solely on the basis of her gender. She became the first female president of the American Psychology Association in 1905.

    Arthur Herrington – 1891

    The American engineer is best known for developing the Jeep.

    Eric Clapton – 1945

    The award-winning music artist is best known for his guitar rock and blues performances. A career spanning five decades, from 1970s hits “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Wonderful Tonight” to the 1990s “Tears in Heaven,” Clapton’s powerful lyrics and guitar solos have moved the world.

    MC Hammer – 1962

    We can’t touch this, but you can. Born Stanley Kirk Burrell, the award-winning American rapper, dancer, and producer rose in popularity during the late 1980s with hits like “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit.”

    Tracy Chapman – 1964

    March 30th must be in the stars for music with the third artist born on this day. In 1988, Tracy Chapman’s career exploded with three Grammy wins – Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Contemporary Folk Recording. She added another Grammy win in 1996.

    Celine Dion – 1968

    Adding one more musically talented artist, the Canadian singer’s four decades of powerful ballads and moving pop songs have garnered her 16 Grammy nominations and 5 wins. While her first Grammy win in 1992 was for her duet of “Beauty and the Beast” with Bryson, her first album was released in French.

    Notable Mentions

    Warren Beatty – 1937
    Piers Morgan – 1965
    Nora Jones – 1979



    Each year, March 30th National Pencil Day honors the writing utensil that has done more than just teach millions the alphabet and draw straight lines. It’s also helped win wars and enabled amazing art.


    Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858. Before that time, pencils and erasers existed separately. Lipman combined the two making two tools much more convenient to use. The intuitive businessman also manufactured envelopes for his stationery shop and was the first to add adhesive to the flap of envelopes. 

    World War II Pencils

    During World War II, Cumberland Pencil Company out of Kenswick, England produced pencils that were designed to function. However, the pencils were hollow with graphite on either end. Between the graphite, the makers had stowed maps to aid captured military personnel in their escape to freedom. Charles Fraser Smith designed them in 1942 and at night, when the factory closed, workers would assemble them under secrecy. The miniature maps detailed escape routes from prisoner of war camps and also included a miniature compass. Throughout the war, these small tools were issued to members of the Royal Airforce and sent to POW camps.

    Pencil Art

    Pencils have always been a necessary tool for creative people. Artists often pick up a pencil to scratch out a rough outline of an idea. However, those who live for the pencil know the feel for graphite. The black and white medium brings out beautiful works of art that achieve phenomenal depth. It’s also one of the first art classes many of us take. However, the carpenter requires a pencil for marking a piece, too. Whether working on a carving or building a piece of furniture, the masterpiece will require a pencil. And then, the overachievers of the world see the pencil as art. They get right to point and place the art on the very tip of the pencil’s tip. Miniature art carvings fascinate and amaze us. 

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    Pencil Facts

    In the United States, most pencils are painted yellow. It is believed this tradition began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond. They intended the pencil to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil. However, other companies began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high-quality brand.

    Notable pencil users (Wikipedia)

    • Thomas Edison had pencils specially made by Eagle Pencil. His pencils were three inches long, thicker than standard pencils, and had softer graphite than typically available.
    • Vladimir Nabokov rewrote everything he ever published, usually several times, by pencil.
    • John Steinbeck was an obsessive pencil user and is said to have used as many as 60 a day. His novel East of Eden took more than 300 pencils to write.
    • Vincent van Gogh used only Faber pencils as they were “superior to Carpenters pencils, a capital black and most agreeable.”
    • Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.
    • Roald Dahl used only pencils with yellow casings to write his books. He began each day with six sharpened pencils and only when all six became unusable did he resharpen them.


    • Pick up some new pencils.
    • Give some pencils to a writer, student, or someone who prefers pencils over pens.
    • Write something with a pencil. Then erase it and write something else.
    • Use #NationalPencilDay to post on social media.
    • Also, families and educators, join us in the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects, videos, printables, and more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!


    National Pencil Day commemorates the day Hymen Lipman received his patent for a pencil with an eraser attached. The day has been observed since the 1970s but who first launched the celebration, we’ve not been able to identify. 

    Pencil FAQ

    Q. Are pencils only made in yellow?
    A. Pencil makers offer pencils in a variety of colors – including the color of the graphite!

    Q. Who made the world’s largest pencil?
    A. In 2017, BIC (maker of disposable consumer products including pens and pencils) created the world’s longest pencil. The pencil measured 3582 feet, 7.73 inches (1091.99 meters) and was made from recycled polystyrene with a graphite center.



    On March 30th each year, National Doctors Day honors the professionals for their dedication and contributions to society and the community. Their dedication puts the patient first time and again. On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.


    Healthcare today is more complex than ever. With more advancements, tools, and information at their fingertips, doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients every day. This is the day to honor the ones who see us 365 days a year. In every city and hospital, in our military, and in our rural communities, doctors pave the way to better healthcare for their patients. 


    • Take the opportunity to thank your physician for responding to late-night phone calls, working long hours, and providing unswerving care. Today, more than ever, we know the sacrifices they make to put the health of their communities first. 
    • Share your experiences being a doctor. Your story may inspire someone to medicine as a career path.
    • For our younger followers, we’ve created a coloring page and a word puzzle for the day. You can find more activities in the National Day Calendar Classroom.
    • Use #NationalDoctorsDay to post on social media.


    Winder, Georgia, observed the first Doctors Day on March 30, 1933. Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians. The community mailed greeting cards and placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors on this first celebration in 1933. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.

    The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia. Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.

    On February 21, 1991, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Doctors Day to honor the Nation’s physicians for their dedication and leadership. Today, hundreds of thousands of doctors lead the fight against disease and illness in the United States. They specialize and continue to seek advanced treatments and cures for debilitating conditions. 

    Doctor’s FAQ

    Q. How many doctors are there in the United States?
    A. According to the 2018 FSMB Census of Licensed Physicians in the United States, 985,026 doctors were licensed to practice medicine in the United States.

    Q. Is there a doctor shortage in the United States?
    A. Yes. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the shortage of physicians could increase to between 37,800 and 124,000 by 2034.



    National I am in Control Day on March 30th reminds us of a day when things were quite out of control. 


    With the President being rushed to surgery on a rainy afternoon, a bullet lodged in his lung; a statement was made. “As of now, I am in control here in the White House.” Those are the words of Secretary of State Alexander Haig on March 30, 1981, after the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

    He was taken to task for those words by the media. Haig later explained that he only meant that he was in charge until Vice President George Bush could be sworn in. Bush was en route at the time.

    Sources believe that this was the beginning of National I am in Control Day. This day has evolved and taken on a different context. It is a day to get things under control in your life on a day-to-day basis.


    • Take a break for a minute and evaluate your situation. Sometimes we can only take charge of the things we are in control over. Everything else we have to let go.
      • Start using a daily planner
      • De-clutter
      • Make lists
      • Tackle one project at a time
      • Learn organizational skills
      • Ask for help
      • Talk with someone
      • Feel confident with your decisions
    • Take charge of the things you can control one by one.
    • Use #NationalIAmInControlDay to post on social media.


    While the day commemorates the date of Secretary Haig’s controlling words, we’ve been unable to identify the person or persons who originally began the observance. 



    National Take A Walk In The Park Day on March 30th each year encourages us to stretch our legs on our favorite trail or at our neighborhood park. After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, leisurely walk in the park.


    Taking a walk at a local park is an excellent way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize, and at the same time, improve health.

    During a walk, the opportunity to capture a beautiful photograph, compose an original poem, or have an uninterrupted conversation may arise. The chance to lose track of time and run into a familiar face could occur, too.  When taking a walk in the park, all sorts of pleasant surprises could blossom. 


    • Go out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside.
    • Are you staying indoors? As an alternative, you can still take a walk in a park. Take a virtual walking tour. Stand up and walk along the Swiss Alps or just about anywhere in the world.
    • However, we suggest finding a trail somewhere and taking a hike in the fresh air.
    • Once you return, unwind with this fun word search puzzle
    • Use #TakeAWalkInTheParkDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to explore the origins of this outdoor holiday. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a walk and enjoy the fresh air!

    Walking FAQ

    Q. Which is better, walking indoors or outdoors?
    A. Any exercise performed outdoors will reap more benefits than the same exercise performed indoors, including walking. Several factors contribute to these added benefits. First, when it comes to walking especially, you can just walk right out the door. There’s no need to get in the car, drive to the gym, get out of the car…you see where I’m going here. Other benefits include:

    • Exposure to sunshine and vitamin D.
    • Deep breaths of fresh air.
    • It’s free! No gym membership or special equipment needed.
    • Spending time outdoors improves mental wellness.
    • It’s easier to workout with a friend.

    Q. What do I do when I get to the park?
    A. Many parks have paved trails that meander through the park. Walk the path once, twice, or as many times as you like! Some parks include play equipment for children and adults. These parks feature unique designs that allow visitors to experience a variety of exercise outdoors. Challenge yourself to pushups, situps, pullups, or climbing steps.