Category: March 05

  • FINISHER’S MEDAL DAY – First Sunday in March


    Finisher’s Medal Day on the first Sunday in March recognizes the long hours, days, weeks and even months of training thousands of men and women across the country have put in to achieve their goals of completing a race.


    Every year, cities around the United States and the world hold half and full marathons, triathlons, and other endurance races. Most of the competitors are everyday working people who train before or after work, after caring for their families and keeping their other commitments. Despite rain, snow, wind, and sometimes injury, they remain on a schedule.

    Some have been athletes all their lives. Others are just starting out and want to see if they can do it. Many are amputees and are regaining some of what was taken from them. There are those who train as a team and those for whom this challenge is a one-person mission.

    Finisher’s Medal Day recognizes each of them who crosses the line. Whether they cross it once or many times, earning that medal is a lifetime achievement.

    Marathon History

    In 490 B.C., the Greek soldier Pheidippides was sent from the battlefield near Marathon, Greece to Athens to tell of the victory over the Persians. The distance was approximately 25 miles, and he ran the entire way. Once he arrived and delivered the message, the not quite fit soldier collapsed and died. Pheidippides earned a Finisher’s Medal.

    His feat was revived over the years, and initially, the marathon race was 25 miles long. In 1896, the Olympics in Greece set the distance at 40 kilometers. There were varying distances along the way, always somewhere near but usually 25 miles. In 1904, for example, the Boston Marathon measured 25 miles. Michael Spring won the race in two hours thirty-eight minutes four and two fifth seconds. He earned his Finisher’s Medal.

    At the 1908 London Olympics, the story goes that the route for the start and finish of the marathon was designed to pass beneath the royal nursery so the princess’s children could watch and the Queen and princess could participate in the ceremony of it all. This adjustment brought the distance to 26.2 miles. Everyone earned a Finisher’s Medal that day. The official distance for the Olympic marathon became 26.2 miles in 1921.

    K.V. Switzer ran the Boston marathon in 1967 and completed the race in four hours forty-four minutes thirty-one seconds. Not an impressive pace, but Switzer finished. An official also tried to remove Switzer from the run. Why? Because Switzer was a woman and at the time the Boston marathon was still a men’s only race. However, she was allowed to complete the race and crossed the finish line. Kathrine Switzer earned her Finisher’s Medal.


    • Support all those you know who are striving to cross the finish line. Frequently a finish line means more than a single goal and getting there accomplishes more than just earning that medal.  It’s a long, challenging road to the finish line.
    • What does crossing the finish line mean to you? Tell us your Finisher’s Medal Day story.
    • Sign up for a race, be it a marathon or a shorter event.
    • Host a marathon.
    • Snap a picture of all your medals and post them on social media.
    • Explore different kinds of foot races.
    • Use #FinishersMedalDay to join the conversation.


    The Little Rock Marathon founded Finisher’s Medal Day to celebrate endurance athletes and their competitive spirit.  They encourage all finishers, whether you are a runner or a walker, to celebrate Finisher’s Medal Day, too!

    2018 Little Rock Marathon March 4

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed Finisher’s Medal Day to be observed annually on the first Sunday in March in 2018.

    The Little Rock Marathon #LRMarathon began in 2003 and offers races for all ages and distances from the 5K (3.1 miles) distance to the marathon (26.2 miles) distance.

    Finishers Medal FAQ

    Q. What are finisher medals?
    A. A variety of foot races award finisher medals to runners who complete the race. The medals are a sign of accomplishment. Each race designs a unique medal to represent the event. They are often colorful and represent a theme or something unique about the event.

    Q. Do all foot races have finishers medals?
    A. Many do, especially endurance races like marathons.

    Q. How long have endurance races been awarding finisher’s medals?
    A. The tradition dates back more than 100 years in the United States. In the late 1800s, endurance cycling races like the Long Island Century Run awarded finisher’s medals. In 1911, at the Intercity Marathon in Washington, D.C., if runners completed the race within an hour of the winner of the race, they received a medal for finishing.



    March 5th is also known as National Absinthe Day. This day is for those who are 21 years or older to celebrate a drink called absinthe. 


    Often mistaken for a liqueur, it is truly a spirit because it isn’t sweetened. It belongs to the vodkas, gins, and whiskeys when categorizing absinthe.

    The spirit is made by infusing wormwood, fennel, anise, and other herbs into alcohol through distillation. Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor, is credited with the creation of absinthe. He developed and prescribed the elixir in the early 19th century as a cure for many illnesses.

    It has a strong licorice flavor to it and has a high alcohol content. The spirit is often served with ice, a sugar cube placed on a slotted spoon over the glass, and water poured over the sugar.

    Also known as the Green Fairy, the Green Goddess, or the Green Lady, the drink was popular with artists and writers. It was also once rumored to have hallucinogenic effects. Just as it was gaining popularity, its reputation took some severe blows as the century was coming to a close.

    Many blamed the Green Lady for causing madness, seizures, and low morality, among other ills of society. One of the final blows was a scandal in 1905 involving a French laborer who had spent the day drinking. His drink of choice was absinthe. Later that day, he murdered his children and pregnant wife.

    France banned the drink, and other countries soon followed. In the United States and around the world, the ban has since been lifted.

    Studies have proven there is nothing hallucinogenic about the drink. Absinthe does have a higher alcohol content than other spirits, so keeping that in mind is important to drink responsibly.


    • Celebrate the day by learning more about absinthe.
    • Have a taste, mix up a cocktail or watch a documentary.
    • If you prefer to read up on your absinthe mixology, we found a few books you might want to page through.
      • Absinthe Cocktails: 50 Ways to Mix with the Green Fairy by Kate Simon
      • A Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes for Classic & Contemporary Cocktails by James F. Thompson and R. Winston Guthrie
      • The Little Green Book of Absinthe: An Essential Companion with Lore, Trivia, and Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by Paul Owens and Paul Nathan
    • Pub owners, host a cocktail tasting featuring the Green Goddess. Include history, tantalizing tidbits, and famous dancers partners of the Green Lady.
    • Try making your own absinthe cocktail to celebrate.
    • Discover more about plants that go into making spirits.
    • Have some absinthe (Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive) and use #NationalAbsintheDay to post on social media.


    Why March 5th? It’s a nod to Pernod, and the day the approval of their final label for Pernod Fils Absinthe became official in 2013.

    Absinthe FAQ

    Q. Is absinthe always green?
    A. Traditionally, absinthe is green. However, when it’s distilled, the resulting spirit is clear. The green comes from added natural herbs and colors.

    Q. Is wormwood a tree?
    A. No. While the name may suggest that wormwood is a tree, it is a semi-woody herb. Other semi-woody plants include lavender and rosemary.



    National Cheese Doodle Day on March 5th marks an annual celebration where fingers turn a cheesy orange as we snack on these flavorful treats! Found all across the country, these cheddar cheese-coated snacks come in puffed or crunchy, fried or baked. They also come in single-serving or jumbo-sized packaging.   


    The actual inventor of Cheese Doodles is under debate. Generally, the credit goes to a man named Morrie Yohai who made a variety of extruded snack foods in the 1940s for his family’s company called Old London Foods. Other sources show patents for similar products in the 1930s and still other competing accounts in Wisconsin and New Orleans as well.

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    When is National Mac and Cheese Day?

    However they came to be, they are here. Their crunchy, orange deliciousness is enjoyed around the world! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors and 15 million pounds are produced annually.  


    • Celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day by adding the orange-y snack to your lunch.
    • You can also include cheese doodles in your recipes.
    • Crush them up and use them as breading for fried fish.
    • Top homemade mac and cheese with crushed cheese doodles for added crunchy flavor.
    • What recipes will you create using cheese doodles?
    • Grab a bag (or tub) of cheese doodles and use #NationalCheeseDoodleDay to post on social media.


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

    Cheese Doodle FAQ

    Q. What are cheese doodles made of?
    A. These airy, crunchy snacks are made from corn. The cheesy part is the orange dust coating each piece.

    Q. How many calories are in a serving of cheese doodles?
    A. A one-ounce serving of cheese doodles contain approximately 150 calories.



    National Multiple Personality Day on March 5th has two separate approaches to recognizing this day. 


    The first strategy takes an inward examination of our own personalities. This approach sees the day as a way to explore personality traits and examining the roots of those traits. Each one of us shows a different side of our characters at other times and in different places. Sometimes our personalities appear to be altered, depending on whom we are with and what we are doing. With these things in mind, the day focuses our thoughts on our own personality traits. 

    The other view of the observance aims to raise awareness of the disorder. Multiple Personality Disorder is better known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). It is characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person’s behavior. Someone with DID will experience memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness. While the disorder affects less than .1 to 1 percent of the population, its impact is profound for that community and their family. The continued need for treatment, support, and research remains. 


    While there are two ways to approach this day, you can choose to recognize both.

    • Start by exploring your personality traits. T
    • ake a personality test and learn more about your personality.
    • Invite a friend to take the test with you and compare your results.
    • Learn more about Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please find out how it affects a person and how it is treated.
    • Attend a seminar or read up about the disorder.
    • Show support for those with the disorder by sharing your newfound understanding.
    • Use #MultiplePersonalityDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this multi-faceted day. 

    Multiple Personality FAQ

    Q. How common is dissociative identity disorder?
    A. Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is rare. It affects less than 1% of the population.

    Q. What are some signs of DID?
    A. Only a doctor can diagnose DID, and it can be difficult to diagnose. Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for more information.

    March 5th Celebrated  History


    An incident involving British troops firing into a gathering mob in Boston kills five Americans including Crispus Attucks. Known as the Boston Massacre, the event would raise tensions among colonists and increase resistance to the Crown. Five years later, the Revolutionary War began.


    The U.S. Patent Office issued patent no. 124,405 to George Westinghouse Jr. for his “Improvement in Steam-Air Brakes” for use on steam-powered locomotives.


    Test pilot Captain Joseph Summers flies the Supermarine Spitfire on its maiden flight. Reginald J. Mitchell designed the British propeller aircraft.


    The Piper PA-24 Comanche aircraft carrying country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and pilot Randy Hughes crashed 90 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee, killing all on board.

    March 5th Celebrated Birthdays

    Étienne-Jules Marey – 1830

    The French scientist studied human and natural movement. He made many developments in photography to capture movement including a sphygmograph and chronophotograph that were predecessors to the motion picture camera.

    Emmett Culligan – 1893

    In 1936, Emmett Joseph Culligan and his brothers John and Leo Culligan founded Culligan Zeolite Company.

    Momofuku Ando – 1910

    In 1958, the Taiwanese-Japanese inventor founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is the inventor of Chicken Ramen, the first instant ramen.

    Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb – 1931

    At 16-years-old, Jerrie Cobb earned her pilot’s license. By the age of 21, she was flying internationally. In 1959, she was one of thirteen women selected to completed Mercury astronaut training. Cobb completed all three phases, however, all 13 women would be denied any opportunity to fly as part of a NASA mission.

    Lynn Margulis – 1938

    The evolutionary biologist is best known for her symbiotic theory of evolution. She published the theory in Origin of Eukaryotic Cells and in Symbiosis in Cell Evolution.

    Leslie Marmon Silko – 1948

    In 1980, the Laguna Pueblo author earned the American Book Award for her novel Ceremony. Some of her other works include Storyteller, Almanac of the Dead, Gardens in the Dunes and Yellow Woman.

    Penn Jillette – 1955

    The American magician, illusionist, and comedian has been performing since 1975 with his silent partner, Teller.

    Notable Mentions

    Howard Pyle – 1853
    Eliza Blaker – 1854
    Rosa Luxemburg – 1871
    Michael Warren – 1946
    Andy Gibb – 1958