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National Peanut Butter Lover's Day - March 1


March 1st was made for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Ah, peanut butter. One day is not enough to recognize peanut butter. The goober has been paired, blended and added with many tasty results!

The creamy, nutty goodness that is peanut butter is so amazingly delicious that when we pair it with creamy and dreamy chocolate, we almost have bacon.

We digress. Another great love is peanut butter ice cream. Blended smooth with a few chopped nuts and a drizzle of peanut butter syrup is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.

The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter.”

A monkey visited the lab at Kellogg’s one day and dipped his banana in a jar of peanut butter, and he’s been ape over the combination ever since. Actually, banana slices with peanut butter sandwiched between them and dipped in chocolate make a terrific snack.

Peanut butter and bananas were a combination even fit for a king. Elvis Presley loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich or two.

Then peanut butter got its passport and traveled the world. It paired up with some shrimp and got a little saucy. The result is a Thai peanut butter shrimp that is so yummy it had to be true love.

Things heated up a little when peanut butter jumped into the stew pot to sweat it out with a spring chick seasoned with some cayenne. African Chicken Peanut Stew tastes better than ever.

Some of the best times peanut butter has ever had is with marshmallows. Fudge enjoys a satisfying dessert status to be envied.

Fun Peanut Butter Facts:
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • C.H. Sumner first sold peanut butter in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
  • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1898.
  • Mr. Ed TV’s used peanut butter as a secret ingredient to get a horse talking.
  • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PeanutButterLoversDay

Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination.  Try peanut butter and apples.  Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter. Try one of the recipes above. Or how about peanut butter and bacon.  Use #PeanutButterLoversDay to post on social media.


National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day first made its appearance in 1990 commemorating the anniversary of when peanut butter made its commercial debut in the United States. Promoted by both the Adult Peanut Butter Lovers Fan Club and the National Peanut Board, the day found full cover peanut butter spreads in newspapers across the country. An un-named doctor was given credit for first providing peanut butter to his patients. In March of 1890, he began providing the spread to those patients who had difficulty chewing. More than 100 years later, we continue to celebrate the benefits of peanut butter, and its history, too.

National Pig Day - March 1


National Pig Day, observed annually on March 1st, recognizes the domesticated pig. This holiday includes events and celebrations at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. Pig parties, pig parades, and gatherings with pig collectibles are a few of the other commemorated National Pig Day events.

Pigs are clever and intelligent animals. However, most people are not aware of their high level of intelligence. Some are household pets that can be trained and taught tricks.

In Dublin in 1772, a trained swine called the Learned Pig told time, counted, and other such tricks to entertain crowds in the streets. 

There was a famous, if fictitious, Learned Pig in London in the late 1700s, which seemed to gain his learnedness from his mother. She ate an entire volume of Sir Robert Filmer’s manuscripts and “Saobeverel’s Sermons” before delivering him into the world. He was born with an intelligence that seemed obvious just by looking. When one day he feasted upon the garden of the great Milton himself, he began waxing poetic.

Pigs have been popular storybook characters for generations. From A.A. Milne’s Piglet to E.B. White’s Wilbur, pigs have an endearing and flavorful quality about them that makes us love them.

There are hundreds of different breeds, most of which descended from the Eurasian Wild Boar. The female is called a gilt or sow and can produce 10 piglets in a single litter. They also produce bacon, ham, baby back ribs, spare ribs, sirloin, pork belly, and oh, so many more delectable barbecue items it would be a shame not to honor the swine on this day of all days.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPigDay

Cuddle up with one, read about one, or eat one. Use #NationalPigDay to post on social media.


In 1972 two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave founded National Pig Day. Ellen taught in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary lived in Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Mary Lynne Rave, the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

National Dadgum That's Good Day - March 1st (1)


On March 1st, National Dadgum That’s Good Day ushers in a season of satisfying seasonings, cooking and overall good times spent with family. “Dadgum, That’s Good!”™ is much more than just a Southern phrase and the title of John McLemore’s best-selling cookbook series. It’s the summation of a life’s work in creating delicious food with his world-class Masterbuilt cooking products. 

John’s signature dishes and cooking style leave a lasting impression wherever he goes – especially in the South, where people love to proclaim, “DADGUM That’s Good!” The McLemores show their love for others by sharing great meals – and stories – around the table. He’s appeared on national television and dedicates his life to making the cooking process accessible and simple for everyone.

Whether it’s a delicious meal, time with your loved ones, or the perfect combination of both, today is a day to celebrate all things “DADGUM good!”

For more info, go to Masterbuilt.com

HOW TO OBSERVE #DadgumThatsGoodDay

A day like this offers so many great ideas for celebrating! You can just smell it in the air, too.

  • Talk about flavors and spice. Challenge your friends and family to make their signature dishes and bring them together for the ultimate taste-off. 
  • Explore your family’s recipes. Who had the love of cooking? Celebrate that person by making their signature dish. 
  • Take a poll. What makes your friends’ mouths water? Who does the cooking? What one item would make them cook more? What is their go-to seasoning?
  • Gather your family and friends for some Dadgum good food. Share your recipes and stories.

Celebrate National #DadgumThatsGoodDay with John McLemore and Team Masterbuilt by getting together with your friends and family to fellowship and enjoy some #DADGUMgood food. 


Masterbuilt of Columbus, GA, founded National Dadgum That’s Good Day in 2015 to celebrate an appreciation for good food and company, too.SELF-INJURY AWARENESS DAY – March 1


Self-Injury Awareness Day on March 1st each year focuses on increasing education and support on a misunderstood problem.

When someone causes deliberate self-injury or harm, the action is an indication of emotional distress. According to research from the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine, approximately 4% of Americans self-harm, with a majority of those being college students. The day aims to help friends and family recognize the signs and help those in emotional distress find help. Help and support can be found, though.

Self-injury occurs in many forms, including cutting, scratching, punching, and ingestion of chemicals. Those who self-harm do so for a variety of reasons. Some of them include coping with fear, stress, anxiety, or inducing positive feelings.

People who self-injure may try to hide their injuries. Their clothing may not fit the season. Other signs may include:

  • unexplained cuts, burns, or bruises
  • inability to handle emotions
  • avoiding relationships
  • problems with relationships
  • issues at work, home, or school
  • poor self-esteem

Resources and support are available to help understand and treat self-injury. Seeking a professional consultation is an essential first step.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SelfInjuryAwarenessDay

There are several ways to participate in the observance. Learn more about self-injury and find help if you need it. Organizations around the country will be hosting events with speakers and seminars designed to start a dialogue and provide helpful information. Understand that no one has to suffer alone, and there is help.

  • Attend an event or organize an event near you.
  • Wear orange to show your support.
  • Help remove the stigma associated with this and other mental health concerns.
  • Open a dialogue by starting the conversation.
  • Find resources and support by visiting the Center for Discovery or www.personalizedcause.com.

Use #SelfInjuryAwarenessDay to share your story on social media.


Several organizations promote Self-Injury Awareness Day each year to raise awareness about self-injury and how to provide support.



National Horse Protection Day on March 1st highlights the plight of horses in America and beyond. The day aims to help thousands of unwanted horses in this country to find forever homes.  

The horse holds a legendary mystique in the American culture. In North America, the legendary horse is embedded in our culture and runs deep into the roots of our history. As the country grew, our indebtedness to the horse grew, too. While few people see the horse as much more than a recreational animal today, they still serve on working ranches. As a therapy animal, horses relieve the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and other disorders. Long past their age as a plow horse or part of the cavalry, they continue connecting to humans, and we continue to rely on them. 

However, despite their legendary status, many go unwanted, abused or neglected.  National Horse Protection Day is about addressing those issues. Around the country, several organizations support horse rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption. Their programs offer shelter and veterinary care for horses that have been neglected or abused. Many of them provide a sanctuary where the horses live out the remainder of their lives. Once rehabilitated, many of the horses become available for adoption.  

All of these services require funds, volunteers, and education for the general public. Food, medical supplies, shelter, and training all take time and money. Depending on the condition of the horse, costs add up. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #HorseProtectionDay

Learn more about horse adoption. Volunteer at a horse rescue near you. Donate your time, services, or money to the cause. Share this story to help prevent abuse and neglect of horses and find homes for those in need by using #HorseProtectionDay to post on social media.


Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist/Advocate, Colleen Page created Horse Protection Day in 2005.

National Fruit Compote Day - March 1st


Each year on March 1st, National Fruit Compote Day presents a celebration filled with sweet berries, citrus, and stone fruits to delight the senses.

The word compote is French for “mixture.”

A compote is a dessert originating in 17th century France. The French believed that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the humidity’s effects on the body and led them to invent compotes. Recipes called for whole or pieces of mixed fruit in sugar syrup. The whole fruits are cooked in water with added sugar and spices. Add complimentary spices to the mixture depending on the kinds of fruit you choose.

  • vanilla
  • lemon peel
  • orange peel
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cinnamon powder
  • cloves
  • ground almonds
  • grated coconut
  • candied fruit or raisins

You may serve fruit compote either warm or cold. The French initially served fruit compotes in the afternoon as a snack with sour cream and biscuits. During the Renaissance, people began serving compotes chilled at the end of dinner.

Because of its simplicity, inexpensive ingredients, and no dairy products, the compote became a staple of Jewish households throughout Europe and was considered part of Jewish cuisine. 

Fruit compote is often topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, or vanilla sugar. It is also sometimes prepared using dried fruits soaked in water with added alcohol. Kirsch, rum, or Frontignan are a few examples.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFruitCompoteDay

Make a fruit compote to enjoy with biscuits, oatmeal, or yogurt. You can even try it with a parfait or experiment on your own. If you need some recipes, try one of these:

Contest-Winning Hot Fruit Compote
Fruit Compote
Chef Lee Anne Wong’s Pancakes with Summer Berry Compote
Anne Burrell’s Angel Food Cake with Tropical Fruit Compote

Use #NationalFruitCompoteDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of the fruity celebration.

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!



On March 1st, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is recognized on National Minnesota Day.

Minnesota joined the union on May 11, 1858, making it the 32nd state in the United States, and it shares its northern border with Canada. Angle Township on the north edge of Lake of the Woods makes Minnesota the northernmost state of the continental forty-eight. Also known as the Gopher State, it extends along the northern shore of Lake Superior.

Dakota Sioux and Ojibwa, Menominee, and other tribes populated the area when the first Europeans began to explore and later settle the area. Fur trading in the densely wooded territory led to French treaties in the late 17th century.

The Mississippi River divides a portion of the state; its source is Lake Itasca. This natural boundary also divided the region when the Treaty of Paris determined United States’ western border after the Revolutionary War. Minnesota would not become whole until 1836 when it became part of the Wisconsin Territory, 33 years following the Louisana Purchase.

The state capital of St. Paul, once called Pig’s Eye Landing, was founded in 1838 along the Mississippi River and was named the territorial capital in 1849.

Just upriver from St. Paul, Minneapolis formed from Ft. Snelling, built in 1819. Today, the metropolis spans both sides of the river for nearly 60 square miles. Downtown Minneapolis includes the world’s most extensive uninterrupted network of indoor pedestrian pathways. The skyway system boasts eight miles connecting restaurants, shopping, businesses, hotels, and apartment complexes.

Head north along Lake Superior into the Arrowhead Region where the air stays cooler longer and the lake effect will have real meaning. Duluth and points north with an industrial history benefit from mild summers, access to clear summer nights, Aurora Borealis, and unspoiled views.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMinnesotaDay

From the founders of the Mayo clinic to the creators of inline skates and cheerleading, Minnesotans find time to create, explore and celebrate.  Tour the cities or 10,000 lakes and all the history in between!  Use #NationalMinnesotaDay to share on social media.

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March 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The United States Congress establishes Yellowstone National Park as the world’s first national park.


The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 1,370,316 to Harry Houdini for a diving suit.


Sun Records releases its first single “Drivin’ Slow” by saxophonist Johnny London.


Cyndi Lauper appears on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show making her U.S. television debut. She performs “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Recipe of the Day

Baked Pears Recipe
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  1 hour
Total Prep:  1 hour 10 minutes
Servings:  6


6 Pears
1 cup sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
grated rind and juice of 1 orange
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°

Peel pears

Slice in half and core

Place on baking sheet

In a small bowl, combine sugar, lemon and orange rind and juices

Pour over pears

Dot with butter

Sprinkle with cinnamon

Bake for 1 hour

March 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Frederic Chopin – 1810

The Polish composer of the Romantic era wrote his first piano composition at the age of 7.

Ralph Waldo Ellison – 1914

In 1953, the American author won the National Book Award for his novel the Invisible Man. Some of his other books include Juneteenth, Flying Home and Trading Twelves.

Harry Caray – 1919

“It might…it could …it is! A home run!” The colorful major league sports announcer started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945. He’s known for starting the tradition of singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at Chicago White Sox games when he began announcing there. He ended his 53-year career with the Chicago Cubs, the rivals of the team where his fantastic career started.

Harry Belafonte – 1927

The “King of Calypso” took an interest in theater and music following the navy. Stardom found Belafonte following his 1953 performance in Carmen Jones. His 1956 album Calypso featured hits such as “Jamaica Farewell” and “Banana Boat (Day-O).” The latter was also featured in the 1988 film, Beetlejuice.

Ron Howard – 1954

Though he guest-starred on several shows, he was introduced to television audiences as Opie on the Andie Griffith Show in 1960. The actor would go on to direct and produce award-winning films including 2002’s A Beautiful Mind and 2017’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.

Yolanda Griffith – 1970

For 16 years, the professional basketball played center in the American Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball Association. In 2014, she was elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Notable Mentions

Blanche Kelso Bruce – 1841
Donald Slayton – 1924
Archer JP Martin – 1924
Roger Daltrey – 1944

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