Category: March 08



    On March 8th, National Oregon Day recognizes the Beaver State. Valentine’s Day 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union.


    Oregon’s climate enjoys the warm Pacific air west of the Cascade Mountains and in the lush Willamette Valley. More extreme temperature ranges are experienced in Oregon’s high desert.

    Populations of Nez Perce, Chinook, Molalla, and others settled along the Columbia River Gorge, Klamath Basin, and points east. Many of the first European explorers to arrive sought the elusive Northwest Passage

    The Corps of Discovery Expedition followed the Colombia River Gorge, reaching the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805. They would winter at Ft. Clatsop. Soon, pioneers would follow along what would become the Oregon Trail.

    The gorge was created from volcanic lava flows and glacial floods. Windsurfers flock to the Columbia due to the powerful, steady winds off of the Cascade Mountains. Kayaking, biking, hiking, skiing, and many other outdoor adventures can be found up and down the Gorge, but its icy crown is Mt. Hood. The Stratovolcano’s last eruption occurred in 1865 and was named after Lord Samuel Hood.

    South along the Cascade Range, a sleeping volcano forms the mysterious Crater Lake.  A well-planned hike along the trails to the remote brilliant, blue waters of the deepest lake in the U.S. is worth the effort. The pristine volcano is a wonder to see. Eastern Oregon takes on the color of a sunset in the undulating Painted Hills near Mitchell.


    Celebrate the 33rd state’s history!

    • Explore all the natural wonders of Oregon.
    • Share photos of your favorite Oregon places.
    • Give a shout-out to your favorite restaurants.
    • Visit ghost towns like these 12 Oregon Ghost Towns.
    • Use #NationalOregonDay to share on social media.

    An expertly skilled navigator and negotiated, Chief Comcomly overcame the loss of an eye. The leader of the Chinook Indians, Comcomly traded with many different companies over his lifetime. During the Corp of Discovery Expedition, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recorded in their journals their impressions of Comcomly, the village and the surrounding area.

    Tsin-is-tum was possibly one of the last living full-blooded Clatsop Indians. Also known as Jennie Michel, she was a Native American folklorist and told the oral history of her people. She was present at the time of the arrival of the Corps of Discovery Expedition and her testomony has been preserved by the Oregon Historical Society.

    The real-life subject of urban legends and inspiration for Hollywood movies, George Dantzig is also a successful scientific mathematician. After returning to graduate work under Jerzy Neyman at Berkeley, Dantzig was late to class one day. On the board, there were two statistic problems that until Dantzig wrote them down for homework, had been unsolvable. And now they are part of a great story about a great mathematic mind.

    As a respected member of the legal community, Minoru Yasui took a stand against the constitutionality of curfew placed on Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  His arrest and the eventual ruling against him would strip him of his right to practice law. Yasui would suffer more injustice due to the fear rising up in Americans, but he never turned his back on his country. 

    Two-time Nobel prize winner, Linus Pauling contributed advancements to medical science. The theoretical chemist is the only person to earn two unshared Nobel prizes. Pauling counts among his other accomplishments discovering the cause of sickle cell anemia and helping to create a synthetic plasma.
    Had James Beard been a better actor, the face of American cuisine might have an entirely different quality. Beard’s call to the culinary world led to more than a dozen cookbooks, The James Beard Cooking School, cooking shows and inspired chefs and amateur cooks.

    Bill Bowerman’s career started as a dedicated track coach who custom-made shoes for his athletes. His cobbling eventually turned into the company Nike, putting footwear on millions of athletes around the world.

    Creator of fictional characters Romona Quimby, Ralph the Mouse and Henry Higgins, Beverly Cleary authored children’s books with a young reader’s perspective. She captured the angst only child could understand and spun it into story form and adventures.

    Douglas Engelbart invented the first computer mouse in 1963 while employed as an engineer with Stanford Research Institute. Englebart’s pioneering developments included technologies such as video conferencing, graphical user interfaces and hypertext among many others.

    Long distance runner, Steve Prefontaine competed in the 1972 Olympics, narrowly losing bronze to Ian Stewart. Aiming his sights on Montreal in 1976 and while training with the Oregon Track Club, Prefontaine earned every American long-distance record. A car accident would take his life in 1975.

    The Great Salt Lick – Baker City
    Enchanted Forest – Turner
    The Wreck of Peter Iredale – Warrenton
    Mills End Park – Portland
    Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach



    International Women’s Day on March 8th each year celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also brings international awareness to gender parity. According to the World Economic Forum, global gender equality is estimated to be achieved by 2133.


    Gender equality is equal access to the same rights and opportunities regardless of gender. These rights and opportunities include:

    • healthcare
    • education
    • employment / economic gain
    • pay
    • protection under the law
    • right to vote
    • free from violence

    Striving for Change

    Holding Political Office

    Just over 100 years ago, only .2 % of the United States Congress consisted of women. Actually, the 65th Congress was comprised of a single woman. In 1916, Montana elected Republican Jeannette Rankin as the first Congresswoman to hold a federal office. Fast forward to the year 2020 and women hold 23.7% of the U.S. Congressional seats. While that might seem like progress, according to United Nations statistics, the U.S. percentage matches exactly the worldwide average for women in political office. 


    In many parts of the world, women are less likely to own land, a business, or attend school. Education alone is a powerful tool leading to financial independence for women. Their children reap the rewards, often for generations to come. Additionally, when the women of a community prosper, so does the community. Educated women and girls are more likely to educate their offspring. They also have a better understanding of healthcare and understand their rights. 

    Equal Pay

    According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s poorest people are women. International Women’s Day strives to bring economic power to women who are not allowed to work for pay or work for low wages. And despite strides in industrialized countries, there is still work to do there, too. 


    Around the world, organizations, communities, and individuals organize events focused on the mission of gender parity, celebrating the achievements of women worldwide and education.

    • Attend a lecture, seminar, or festival.
    • Organize an event.
    • Speak or perform at a local fundraiser.
    • Participate in a march for women’s equal rights.
    • Learn about the women who paved the way for many of the rights and freedoms we have today.
    • Become involved in your local, state, or national political system.
    • Invite others to join you, including other women, sons, brothers, sisters, and daughters.
    • Share your job skills at a local career fair.
    • Celebrate all month long. It is also National Women’s History Month.
    • Use #InternationalWomensDay when posting on Social Media.


    International Women’s Day origins can be traced back to the early 1900s when women became more politically active. They took an invested and vocal role in steering their course toward voting rights, fair pay, improved working conditions, and representation under the law. 

    Women’s Day FAQ

    Q. Can anyone celebrate International Women’s Day
    A. Yes. It’s a day to reflect on women’s achievements and a way to look forward to the accomplishments of the future.

    Q. Are there other equality-focused days on the calendar?
    A. Yes. Check out these celebrations:

    March 8th Celebrated History


    The New York Stock and Exchange Board is formed. In 1863, the name would be changed to the New York Stock Exchanged. The Exchange originated at 68 Wall Street and can be found today at 18 Broad Street and the corner of Wall Street.


    Susan B. Anthony spoke before the House Judiciary Committee in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Sixteen years before, legislators had first introduced federal legislation to amend the Constitution for women’s suffrage. In 1919, the 19th Amendment passed and was ratified, 13 years after Anthony’s death.


    Former officers of the Salvation Army, Maud, and Ballington Booth found Volunteers of America.


    Raymonde de Laroche receives her pilot’s license from the Aeroclub de France, becoming the first woman in the world licensed to fly a plane.


    In McCollum vs. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court rules for the first time that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.

    March 8th Celebrated Birthdays

    Anne Bonny – 1702

    The notorious Irish pirate sailed the Caribbean during the early 1700s. She partnered with James Rackham, commandeering and pillaging ships before being captured in 1718.

    Josephine Cochrane – 1839

    In 1886, the American inventor patented the first commercially successful dishwashing machine.

    Beatrice Shilling – 1909

    The British engineer is best known for her ingenuity with carburetors improving the engines in the Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes in 1940 during World War II. Shilling’s improvements contributed to the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s (RAE) success. In 1948, Queen Elizabeth II honored Shilling with the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

    Lynn Redgrave – 1943

    The award-winning British actress brought to life countless roles on both stage and screen in her nearly 50-year career. Some of her most notable roles include Georgy in Georgy Girl, Hanna in Gods and Monsters, and Mrs. Culver in The Constant Wife.

    Notable Mentions

    Leslie Fiedler – 1917
    Harriet Samuel – 1836
    Michael S. Hart – 1947
    Aidan Quinn – 1959
    Cameryn Manheim – 1961



    Observed annually on the second Wednesday in March, National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day celebrates the contributions of these medical professionals.


    Across the country, dedicated Registered Dietitian Nutritionists provide the most advanced and current nutrition information available to their patients. They are experts in food and nutrition whose training qualifies them to support a variety of patient needs. Whether they work in a hospital, school, long-term care facility, or sports facility, RDNs provide patient care that may include meal planning, nutritional counseling, assessments, tracking progress, and more. Outside their core patient care, RDNs also promote wellness in public forums as well. 

    As dedicated professionals, RDNs put patient care first and continue their education throughout their careers. Their commitment helps patients’ to meet their health goals or understand their disease better.  


    • Thank an RDN who helped you reach a health goal.
    • Learn more about the role of an RDN.
    • If you’re an RDN, volunteer to speak at a job fair and share your experiences.
    • Give your RDN a shout-out on social media! 
    • Follow your RDN’s guidelines for a healthier you.
    • Use #RegisteredDietitianNutritionistDay to post on social media.


    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) created National Dietitian Nutrition Day in 2008 to raise awareness of the indispensable role that registered dietitian nutritionists play in helping people enjoy a healthy life. 

    Registered Dietician Nutritionist FAQ

    Q. What kind of degree do Registered Dieticians Nutritionists (RDN) need?
    A. RDNs complete a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and also complete an accreditation program. They will also continue their education throughout their career.

    Q. Do RDNs require a license?
    A. Licensure requirements are determined by each state.

    Q. Where do RDNs work?
    A. RDNs work in a variety of settings including:

    • clinics
    • hospitals
    • corporations
    • schools
    • long and short term care facilities
    • sports organizations
    • fitness facilities
    • clinical research facilities

    They can also run a private practice.



    Every year on March 8th, National Proofreading Day highlights the importance of proofreading our written work. The day also allows those who enjoy proofreading to gently correct others. However, constructive criticism is usually welcome if invited to proofread another’s work!


    The day promotes mistake-free writing. Carefully review all your letters and documents to make a positive and professional impression. It sometimes helps to have a few tips handy to catch overlooked mistakes when proofreading. Use several of them and mix them up from time to time for the most effective proofreading.

    • Walk away – Proofread after an article, important email, or chapter has time to set, and you’re reading it with fresh eyes.
    • Do not disturb – Remove all distractions, including phones, other deadlines, traffic, noise, and interruptions.
    • Learn your habits – Keep a list of your routine errors and look for those first.
    • Turn off the autocorrect – When used strictly as a tool, autocorrect may be helpful. However, over time we become reliant upon it. In texts and emails, it can overcorrect our messages, creating havoc. When we’re uncertain of the spelling or a word, there are many more reliable and efficient tools. 
    • Read it aloud – We catch different errors when we read aloud than when we read by sight alone.
    • Read it backward – A fresh perspective allows us to find new errors. Start with the last sentence and work your way to the beginning. 
    • Fresh eyes – When the second set of eyes reads something completely new, it’s amazing what they find!
    • Print it – And use a different font. Once again, our eyes see the document differently when it is printed on paper, and we find errors we didn’t see the first few times.


    • Share your tips and tricks for proofreading. 
    • Take a course on proofreading.
    • Challenge yourself to accept constructive criticism.
    • If you usually catch other people’s errors, maybe this is the holiday to let them slide.
    • Be sure to proofread anything you write and use #NationalProofreadingDay to post on social media.


    Corporate Trainer Judy Beaver created National Proofreading Day. She chose March 8th, her mother’s birthday, to honor her mother and her love of correcting people. 

    Proofreading FAQ

    Q. Is it wrong to correct someone’s grammar?
    A. If someone has asked you to proofread their material, they should expect you to correct their grammar. However, if someone sends you a kind letter, put down the red pen.

    Q. Is it possible to get a job as a proofreader?
    A. Yes. Many companies and individuals hire proofreaders to review manuscripts, websites, print material, advertisements, and more.



    March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day!  Melted chocolate mixed with peanuts makes a perfect combination for sweet and salty deliciousness!


    Two things had to happen for peanut clusters to even exist. First, a method had to be invented for the cocoa bean to be processed and transformed into what we know as chocolate. That process wasn’t widely used until about the late 1890s and just about the same time the second extraordinary thing happened; agriculture found a way to grow the peanut and bring it to the public with steel tools and steam power.  

    It didn’t take long for confectioneries to add the now readily available peanuts to melted chocolate. The sheer simplicity of the salty peanuts added to sweetened chocolate is a mouthwatering temptation few can resist, even today. Candy makers find them to be a popular addition to cookie tins or other holiday baskets. Their simplicity allows bakers to easily round out any cookie or bar tray. They also quickly satisfy a snack craving without much effort at all. 


    • Snack on some peanut clusters.
    • Make your own at home.
    • Share some with friends and family.
    • Remember to share! Use #PeanutClusterDay to post on social media.


    We continue to research the origins of this nutty food holiday but have come up empty-handed. Well, we’ve found a handful of peanut clusters, but that’s another story. 

    Peanut Cluster FAQ

    Q. Can peanut clusters be made with white chocolate?
    A. Yes. Peanut clusters can be made with milk, dark or white chocolate.

    Q. How long do peanut clusters keep?
    A. Store peanut clusters in an airtight container and they will keep for several months.

    Q. Can peanut clusters be frozen?
    A. Yes. Seal in an air-tight, freezer-safe container before freezing.