Category: March 09

  • WORLD KIDNEY DAY – Second Thursday in March

    WORLD KIDNEY DAY

    World Kidney Day on the second Thursday in March sets out each year to create increased awareness about kidney care.

    Our kidneys are vital to our everyday health, and many health issues contribute to Chronic Kidney Disease. Preventative measures help to reduce our risks and improve outcomes.

    Several health conditions impact our kidneys. These are just a few:

    • Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure.
    • High blood pressure weakens blood vessels, including the ones in the kidneys.
    • High Cholesterol impacts how well the kidneys work and can also lead to high blood pressure and diabetes.
    • Anorexia Nervosa causes chronic kidney disease due to the lack of a healthy balance of water, electrolytes, and salt in the body.
    • Lupus causes your immune system to attack parts of your body. It sometimes impacts the kidneys, too.
    • Polycystic Kidney Disease causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys.

    Early Chronic Kidney Disease usually has no symptoms, so early detection is essential. Educating medical professionals, identifying high-risk populations, and increasing donor programs are some of the key objectives of reducing Chronic Kidney Disease.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldKidneyDay

    • If you’re on a medication regimen that requires testing of your kidney function on a regular schedule, be sure to follow your physician’s instructions.
    • Learn about conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that increase the risk for Chronic Kidney Disease.
    • Find out if kidney diseases run in your family and update your medical records with your family physician.
    • Volunteer to support those receiving dialysis.
    • Attend a seminar or screening at a local clinic.
    • Learn about donor programs and consider becoming a donor.
    • Learn more by visiting www.worldkidneyday.org
    • Use #WorldKidneyDay to share your experiences and follow events on social media.

    WORLD KIDNEY DAY HISTORY

    In 2006, the International Federation of Kidney Foundations created World Kidney Day to raise awareness and increase educational opportunities regarding kidney diseases and prevention.

    Kidney FAQ

    Q. Can I live with only one kidney?
    A. Yes. Humans can survive with one healthy kidney.

    Q. Is there a cure for chronic kidney disease?
    A. There are treatments for chronic kidney disease but in most cases, chronic kidney disease the treatments only slow the disease and reduce the symptoms.

    Q. Are kidney diseases hereditary?
    A. Both our genes and lifestyle choices can impact the health of our kidneys.

    DATES
    10 March 2022
    9 March 2023
    14 March 2024
    13 March 2025
    12 March 2026
    11 March 2027
    9 March 2028
    8 March 2029

  • NATIONAL GET OVER IT DAY – March 9

    NATIONAL GET OVER IT DAY

    Each year on the 9th of March, people across the country observe National Get Over It Day. Just as it implies, the day is to do exactly that, GET OVER IT.

    “It” may be a variety of things. Sometimes we need to get over the small things like spilled milk or traffic. Even news such as being passed over for a promotion, poor grades, or an argument with a family member shouldn’t cause us to live our lives in a state of misery forever. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGetOverItDay

    • Don’t fume over something minor any longer.
    • Settle the score with yourself and your burden will feel lighter.
    • Say goodbye to the worry of the “if onlys” and “what ifs” and look forward to days with a more positive attitude. 
    • Host an obstacle course race and see who gets over the objects in their path the fastest.
    • Get over that cold that’s been nagging you for weeks. 
    • Has something trivial been weighing on your mind? Get over it and use #NationalGetOverItDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL GET OVER IT DAY HISTORY

    Get Over It Day was created by Jeff Goldblatt in 2005 after having trouble getting over an ex-girlfriend. 

    Get Over It FAQ

    Q. What’s another way to say, “get over it”?
    A. There are a few different ways to tell someone to “get over it.”

    • Let it go
    • Move on
    • Forget about it
    • Forgive and forget
    • Bury the hatchet

    Q. What is the “it” in the phrase “get over it”?
    A. The “it” is different for everyone. It may involve a relationship, romantic or otherwise. It may involve a diagnosis or injury. The “it” involves something difficult to accept, challenging to change, or a concept that alters a perspective. Regardless of what “it” is, getting over it is one step in healing and understanding. Until the process of “getting over it” is completed, it’s difficult to look positively toward the future.

  • NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY – March 9

    NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY

    On March 9th, we recognize one of the great American food holidays, National Meatball Day.

    It is not clear how this day got started, but who can resist the idea of celebrating National Meatball Day? There are many different ways to celebrate meatballs:

    • Spaghetti and meatballs
    • Swedish Meatballs
    • Meatball Sub
    • Meatball Pizza
    • Turkey Meatballs
    • Lamb Meatballs
    • Porcupine Meatballs (made with rice)
    • and the list goes on and on.

    We can’t put a number on the variety of meatballs in the world. Nor can we limit how many you put on your plate. One giant meatball will more than satisfy but a bowlful of smaller ones is easier to share. And as we’ve already pointed out, their variety is unquestionably a selling point. Not only do meatballs allow for variety, but did we mention how flexible they are? Meatballs move from appetizer to side dish to the main dish quite easily. Meatballs can be made the night before and put in the crockpot, or days before, and kept in the freezer.   

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMeatballDay

    • Order meatballs at your favorite restaurant.
    • Make some homemade meatballs.
    • Share your favorite recipes.
    • Give a shout-out to the person who makes the best meatballs around.
    • Check out these 7 Meatball Meals to Make.
    • Use #NationalMeatballDay to share on social media.  

    NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this very filling food holiday.

    Meatball FAQ

    Q. Can I prepare meatballs ahead of time?
    A. Yes! Meatballs are one of those dishes that allow us to prepare in advance and simply mealtime.

    Q. Can meatballs be frozen?
    A. Yes! Store them in an airtight container in the freezer. Make several batches in advance so you can make a variety of meatball dishes whenever you need to.

    Q. What kinds of meats can I use to make meatballs?
    A. Beef, turkey, and pork make delicious meatballs.

  • NATIONAL CRAB MEAT DAY – March 9

    NATIONAL CRAB MEAT DAY

    Observed annually on March 9th, National Crab Meat Day (also National Crabmeat Day) offers a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite crustaceans. With 1.5 million tons of crab consumed every year around the world, plenty of crab meat lovers celebrate every year. 

    While crab meat is a healthy choice, the fat and calories add up once you add the butter. And there are thousands of species of crabs, but only certain ones are edible. In the United States, some of the more popular and tasty ones are the blue crab, stone crab, Dungeness, king, and rock or snow crabs. They come in both hard and soft shells and can be found along all the coasts and Hawaii.

    Enjoying the meat of these crustaceans can be done in many ways. Boiled crab, either the legs or the whole creature, results in a feast requiring some labor from the diner. However, every tasty morsel is well worth the effort. Mix the meat with other ingredients to create dips, cakes, or soups. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCrabMeatDay

    • Boil or steam some crab.  
    • Eat some crab legs.
    • Make a crab salad.
    • Use #NationalCrabMeatDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL CRAB MEAT DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues digging for the origins of this tasty food holiday. 

    Crab Meat FAQ

    Q. Does crab meat come in a can?
    A. Yes. However, like most canned meats, canned crab has less flavor than fresh or frozen.

    Q. Does crab go well in soup?
    A. Yes. It’s especially delicious when prepared as a chowder.

    Q. Who produces the most crab meat?
    A. China exports more crab than any other nation in the world.

  • NATIONAL BARBIE DAY – March 9

    NATIONAL BARBIE DAY

    On March 9th, National Barbie Day celebrates an iconic toy that premiered on this day in 1959. Barbie debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York. 

    March 9th, 1959 also celebrates Barbie’s official birthday.

    In 1959, Ruth Handler created the Barbie doll and launched an American icon. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she came with a full array of accessories. While toymakers mass-produced toys for years, before Barbie, none of them had adult features. Barbie’s adult features made the toy a first of its kind. Interestingly, Barbie’s marketing strategy relied on television advertising. For example, Barbie was the sole sponsor of the Mickey Mouse Club, marketing directly to children. At the time, the approach was unique. Estimates place over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries. 

    Detractors often criticize Barbie for being an unattainable ideal of a woman. While her figure alone is unrealistic, over the years, Barbie evolved both in style and shape. In 2019, the Barbie brand honored pioneering women across several eras, as well. The modern Barbie offers positive role models in business, science, education, and more. Barbie continues to change, year after year, keeping up with the styles and the headlines.

    In 1961, Mattel introduce Ken Carson as Barbie’s boyfriend.

    In 1998, the Toy Hall of Fame inducted Barbie into its hallowed halls. The toy joined hundreds of other famous toys, some of which National Day Calendar celebrates throughout the year. Some of those include the Duncan yoyo, chess, and Radio Flyer wagon

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBarbieDay

    • Visit the largest Barbie Museum in Montreal.
    • Explore the Toy Hall of Fame.
    • Discover vintage barbies tucked away in a closet, attic, or basement – they may be worth something.
    • Introduce a Barbie doll to a new generation.
    • Read Dream Doll: The Ruth Handler Story by Jacqueline Shannon.
    • Throw Barbie a birthday party with all her friends.
    • Share your favorite Barbie Doll and accessories.
    • Explore these 5 Iconic Toys & How They Came to Be.
    • Use #NationalBarbieDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL BARBIE DAY HISTORY

    National Barbie Day commemorates the day the Barbie doll made its debut in 1959. However, we have not identified the origins of the first celebrations. 

    Barbie FAQ

    Q. Who makes Barbie?
    A. The toymaker, Mattel, produces Barbie toys.

    Q. Who is Barbie’s sister?
    A. Barbie has several sisters. However, Barbie’s family dynamic keeps changing. These are the sisters that Mattel has released in various forms:

    • Kelly
    • Chelsea
    • Skipper
    • Stacie
    • Krissy

     

    March 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1862

    The battle between the North’s U.S.S. Monitor and the South’s C.S.S. Virginia marks a turning point in naval warfare. Originally a Union ship named the U.S.S. Merrimack and sunk by the U.S. Navy the year before to prevent capture, the Virginia was resurrected by the Confederates and clad in iron below the waterline. The Union Navy’s response was its first iron-clad vessel named the Monitor. The battle between the two ironclad warships resulted in little damage to either ship and signaled the end of the wooden warship era.

    1935

    Porky Pig makes his Warner Brothers animation debut in I Haven’t Got a Hat

    1959

    Ruth Handler introduces the first Barbie Doll at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

    2012

    Jerry Lee Lewis marries for the seventh time. The 76-year-old musician married his caregiver Judith Brown who was 62 at the time.

    March 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Edward Acheson – 1856

    Credited with 69 patents, Edward Acheson developed synthetic abrasives, perfected methods for making graphite and producing artificial diamonds. Many of his companies continue today.

    Margaret Murray Washington – 1861

    Margaret Murray Washington was an advocate for women and the founder of several schools throughout her career. Her focus and programs paralleled those of her husband, Booker T. Washington in many ways.

    Samual Barbar – 1910

    Samuel Barber gained musical recognition for his compositions during the 20th century. His distinctive, modern style earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and an international following.

    Yuri Gagarin – 1934

    The Soviet cosmonaut became the first human in space on April 12, 1961, when he was launched into orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok 1.

    Raúl Juliá – 1940

    The award-winning Puerto Rican actor gained international recognition during his career. Some of his most noted roles include Gomez in The Adams Family, Alejandro in Presumed Innocent, and Chico Mendes in The Burning Season.

    Bobby Fischer – 1943

    In 1958, the American chess player became the youngest chess master at the age of 15. Fourteen years later in 1972, Fischer became the first American chess player to take home the world championship chess title when he defeated Soviet Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland.

    Juliette Binoche – 1964

    The award-winning French actress has found international success. Some of her notable films include Chocolat, The English Patient, and Certified Copy.

    Emmanuel Lewis – 1971

    During the 1980s, Emmanuel Lewis was best-known for playing Webster in the television sitcom by the same name.

    Notable Mentions

    Leland Stanford – 1824
    Tamara Platonovna – 1885
    Howard Aiken – 1900
    Mickey Spillane – 1918
    Ornette Coleman – 1930