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MARCH 15, 2021 | NATIONAL NAPPING DAY | EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY | NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY | NATIONAL PEARS HELENE DAY | NATIONAL KANSAS DAY

National Napping Day - Day After Daylight Saving Time

NATIONAL NAPPING DAY

Each year, National Napping Day recognizes our need the day following the return of daylight saving time. Not only does the observance encourage a nap, it reminds us that there’s no shame in taking one either. While preparing for the time change can offset the shock to our internal clock, many other things in our life may not handle the change so well causing us to still lose sleep. Young children and pets do not adjust as easily and certain work schedules do not permit early adjustment, either.

Mid-afternoon naps are an integral part of most cultures, and scientifically proven to be good for you.

A needed rest can make you feel better and also improve your mood. After having the extra amount of sleep, a person will notice that they will be more productive and energetic. Numerous studies have shown that short 10-20 minute naps are the most effective when midday fatigue hits. Improvements in alertness, productivity and mood have all been shown to improve with this type of snooze.  

Though there are some of us who are just not the napping kind, if you can reap those benefits, find a cozy spot for 10 minutes or so on National Napping Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNappingDay

Catch some zees! Be sure to nap early enough in the day so as to not interrupt your regular sleep cycle. Take a relaxing nap and use #NationalNappingDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL NAPPING DAY HISTORY

William Anthony, Ph.D., a Boston University Professor, and his wife, Camille Anthony, created National Napping Day in 1999 as an effort to spotlight the health benefits to catching up on quality sleep.  “We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time,” Anthony said in B.U.’s press release.

EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY – March 15

EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY

March 15th recognizes Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, a day where decision-making should be avoided, as your thoughts are (according to the founder of this holiday) wrong. It is also a day created for some people to realize that they are not always right.

While starting a conversation, one might want to avoid using the words “I think.” The observance may be a time for all to contemplate our own lack of knowledge. It is okay that one does not know everything, and if there is a need to feel as if you do, hold on. Tomorrow will be here soon, and then once again, you can think that you do!

HOW TO OBSERVE #EverythingYouThinkIsWrongDay

While you might think it would be ok to point out how wrong others’ thoughts are, you’d still be wrong. You’d still be wrong for thinking that. However, it would be a good day to scroll on by all those Twitter comments that annoy you. Of course, if you’re wrong on this holiday, take solace in the thought that so is the person to the right and left of you. Then again, you’d still be wrong, according to the name of the day. Share your thoughts and let us know just how wrong you think you are using #EverythingYouThinkIsWrongDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY HISTORY

We might be wrong, but we’ve not been able to identify the origin of this day. You might be right, but that’s another day. It’s not this day. So, you’d be wrong.

NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY - March 15

NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY

Each year, National Shoe The World Day on March 15th shines a light on the value of good footwear for millions of people around the world. 

Each day, over 500 million children, teens, and adults do not have a pair of shoes to wear. Despite the terrain and the climate, they walk barefoot everywhere. Their daily struggle is one we cannot begin to imagine. Living daily without protection on your feet can lead to a lifetime of problems including pain, injury, cuts, sores, infections, parasites. Schools and businesses ban students and customers without shoes. We attach stigmas to people who do not have proper footwear, too. Life without footwear also affects their health, education, and financial well-being. One issue leads to another, creating a never-ending cycle.

There are a few who are fortunate enough to have one pair of shoes even though they are much too big for them. This way, their shoes will last for many years as they grow, and they are only allowed to be worn for special occasions. In other cases, they may have one pair of shoes that are too small and tight for them (they will make them work) but to have a pair at all is a luxury.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalShoeTheWorldDay

The observance brings awareness, to everyone across the nation, of the incredible need to help those people around the world who do not have shoes to wear. It’s a call to action, and there are several ways to help.

  • Start a shoe drive at work, school, or in your community. 
  • Volunteer. There are 9 distribution centers in the United States.
  • You can also volunteer in your own community to help those who need footwear locally.
  • Create a fundraiser. 
  • Visit Soles4Souls to donate shoes.

Use #NationalShoeTheWorldDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL SHOE THE WORLD DAY HISTORY

Donald Zsemonadi and the United Indigenous People in Fontana, California inspired National Shoe the World Day in March of 2014.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the observance to be March 15th, annually.

NATIONAL PEARS HELENE DAY – March 15

NATIONAL PEARS HELENE DAY

On March 15th, National Pears Hélène Day celebrates a food holiday about the delicious, smooth French dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce.

Pears Hélène is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and crystallized violets. Around 1864, French Chef Auguste Escoffier created the dessert in honor of the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 

Over time, Pears Hélène simpler versions have been developed by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds. These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert. 

FUN PEAR FACTS:

  • There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown in the world.
  • Washington, Oregon and Northern California grow more than 95% of the pears sold in the United States.
  • California grows 60% of all Bartlett pears in the United States.
  • Pears ripen best off of the tree.
  • They are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as copper, fiber, and potassium.
  • Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPearsHeleneDay

Prepare a recipe of Pears Hélène. Add it to an elegant evening or make it to simply enjoy and celebrate the day. We’ve provided a recipe for you to try as well. Share your recipes, too!

Pears Belle Helene recipe.

Use #NationalPearsHeleneDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PEARS HÉLÈNE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday. 

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!

National Kansas Day - March 15

NATIONAL KANSAS DAY

On March 15th, National Kansas Day recognizes The Sunflower State.

Magnificent herds of bison, elk, mule deer, and antelope roamed the vast open plains populated by Cherokee, Osage, Pawnee, and many other tribes. The region became a part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

Generations of travelers came to Kansas as the country expanded. From the Corps of Discover in 1804 to the Pony Express, all the roads in Kansas seemed to point westward.

Railroads brought rapid settlement to the territory and with it the divisive decision for citizens regarding statehood. Would Kansas be free or slave? The debates turned so vicious, the territory earned the name “Bleeding Kansas” before entering the union on January 29, 1861, as the 34th state and free.

With the railroads, ranching, livestock, and agriculture grew. The verdant, fertile soil of the Kansas farmland made the state the Breadbasket of the World.

Frank L. Baum even depicted farm life for one young girl named Dorothy in his books about a place called Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took the world by storm, especially when Hollywood put Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton, and Billie Burke in the cast. There was indeed no place like home, no place like Kansas.

One of the most critical decisions in Civil Rights history took place in Topeka, Kansas. The appeal of Brown vs. the Board of Education was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954. What had started with groups of parents and teachers in all-black schools in communities across the country had finally culminated in a final decision. Separate but equal violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKansasDay

Discover the trails and byways of Kansas! Follow the Yellow Brick Road, find an adventure and history or explore the back roads. Dive into barbeque while listening to live jazz. Celebrate National Kansas Day with us! Use #NationalKansasDay to share on social media.


March 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1892

Jesse W. Reno of New York City patented an “endless conveyor or elevator” that operated as a ride at Coney Island. His patent no. 470,918 describes an escalator-type machine. The Otis Elevator Company would purchase Reno’s company after the turn of the century.

1913

The first presidential press conference is held in the Oval Office. Just eleven days before, President Woodrow Wilson had been inaugurated and his secretary encouraged him to hold a meeting with the press. An appointment was made and more than 100 reporters fill Wilson’s office. While the location of the presidential press conference may be different, that meeting over 100 years ago kicked off a tradition that still continues today.

1919

Over a weekend in Paris, more than 1,000 American Expeditionary Forces gathered to launch a patriotic veteran service organization. Today the American Legion is comprised of current and former members of the military. The organization makes many contributions in support of youth and veterans including creating the American Legion Baseball program, leadership programs, financial support to the Vietnam Memorial, scholarships, and much more.

1954

The Chords record the first Doo-wop song “Sh-boom.”

Recipe of the Day

Quiche

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Servings:  6

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces cheese
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
4 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease a 9-inch tart or quiche pan.

Line the bottom of the pan with cheese and bacon.

Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour into the pan.

Bake for 35 minutes until set.

March 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Andrew Jackson – 1767

The people elected the durable seventh U.S. president known as “Old Hickory” for being tough in battle to a two-term presidency.

Alice Cunningham Fletcher – 1838

As an anthropologist, Alice Cunningham Fletcher immersed herself in Native American cultures and pioneered ethnological study.

Emil von Behring – 1854

In 1901, the German physiologist received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “for his work on serum therapy, especially its application against diphtheria…” It was the first Nobel Prize for medicine in the history of the award.

Liberty Hyde Bailey – 1858

In 1903, the American horticulturist and botanist co-founded the American Society for Horticultural Science. He was immensely dedicated to rural communities and their cooperative efforts. Many of his influences still exist today in the form of county extension services, 4-H Clubs, and rural services.

Madelyn Pugh – 1921

The American writer is best known for her work on television sitcoms like I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Life with Lucy.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – 1933

In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court of the United States. She served thirteen years, often seen as an advocate for women’s rights, until her death in 2020.

Sly Stone – 1944

The pioneer of funk was born Sylvester Stewart and led the band Sly and the Family Stone. Songs like “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People” brought dancers to their feet.

Notable Mentions

Alan Bean – 1932
Rosabeth Moss Kanter – 1943
Bret Michaels – 1963
Naoko Takeuchi – 1967

About National Day Calendar

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