Where the World Gathers to Celebrate Every Day

MARCH 16, 2021 | NATIONAL CURL CRUSH DAY | NATIONAL PANDA DAY | WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY | NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY | NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY | NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY

National Curl Crush Day - March 16

NATIONAL CURL CRUSH DAY

National Curl Crush Day empowers everyone to be their own curl crush by loving and showing off their natural, gorgeous curls.

We’ve all done it, flipped through a magazine or scrolled through social media, and secretly wished our hair was different. In fact, 75%* have wished for a different texture and 82%* of women admit to curl envy. That’s why the time is now to flip the script and start crushing on your own curls. National Curl Crush Day on March 16th is a day that’s all about you and every single one of your bouncy, zigzagged curls and coils.

*Survey conducted in February 2021, amongst 100 Black women.
 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCurlCrushDay

Join the movement/Celebrate on March 16th by showing off your beautiful curls in all their glory on social media.

  • Use #NationalCurlCrushDay and #CurlCrush.
  • Tag @CarolsDaughter in your post.
  • Invite others with curly hair to join the celebration.

Share your photos and stories using #NationalCurlCrushDay on social media.

NATIONAL CURL CRUSH DAY HISTORY

Carol's Daughter logo CD - National Curl Crush Day

Carol’s Daughter founded National Curl Crush Day in 2021 to encourage women to stop wishing for someone else’s curls and instead be their own curl crush! They’re on a mission to celebrate and empower everyone to embrace and show off their beautiful, natural hair.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Curl Crush Day to be observed on March 16, 2021, annually.

National Panda Day - March 16

NATIONAL PANDA DAY

On March 16, National Panda Day draws attention to one of the world’s unique bears. Pandas are also one of the world’s most endangered and adored animals. Conservationists and animal lovers alike spread the word about increasing efforts of the international community dedicated to protecting and restoring habitat.

Native to China, giant pandas are members of the Bear (Ursidae) family. Their rapidly shrinking habitat is a major cause for concern. As an endangered species, successful panda breeding programs are rare. In the wild, there are approximately only 1,864 (according to the World Wide Fund for Nature) and 100 living in zoos around the world.

With their white face and black eyes and body, Panda bears are easily identifiable. However, their black and white coloring was designed for their natural habitat. They disappear into the snowy mountains and temperate forests of southwest China. And despite their sweet disposition, they tend to isolate themselves in the wild. They eat mostly plants and do not hibernate in the winter like many other bears.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPandaDay

Share your love for pandas! You can do that by learning more about them and supporting panda sanctuaries. You can also:

  • Promote ways to protect their shrinking habitat.
  • Support breeding and research programs.
  • Watch a documentary about pandas.
    • Director Lu Chuan filmed Born in China. It follows not only a panda family but also golden savvy monkeys and the snow leopard.
    • Drew Fellman and David Douglas direct Pandas. Researchers from the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding seek to take the program to a whole new level. Actress Kristen Bell narrates.

Use #NationalPandaDay on social media.

NATIONAL PANDA DAY HISTORY

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

WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY – Third Tuesday in March

WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY

World Social Work Day on the third Tuesday in March recognizes the hard work and dedication of social workers. A global organization of social workers comes together for social justice, human rights, and social development all through the promotion of best practices in social work.

Social workers serve many roles in their communities. They assess their client’s needs and challenges. As advocates, they speak for their clients, getting them access to the resources they need to improve their lives. Social workers also respond to crisis situations.

They work in many settings, too. Social workers find positions in medical facilities, child welfare and human service agencies, and schools. They can also work in education, teaching new social workers.

World Social Work Day celebrates the achievements of social work globally and locally. It also recognizes the efforts of individuals who’ve chosen social work as a profession.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WSWD

Be sure to give a shout-out to social workers in your community. If you’re a social worker, share your experience. Attend a job fair and encourage future social workers. If you’re interested in becoming a social worker, learn more about their educational path. 

To find out more visit ifsw.org. And use #WSWD on all your social media posts throughout this day.

WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY HISTORY

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) promotes World Social Work Day. Since 1983, The IFSW, an international, non-governmental organization of social workers has joined with other organizations to facilitate international cooperation, and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of social workers around the globe. Each year, the organization focuses on a theme. Some of the themes have included:

2021 I Am Because We Are – Strengthening social solidarity and global connectedness
2020 – Promoting the importance of human relationships
2017 – Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability
2015 – Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples

National Everything You Do Is Right Day - March 16

NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY

On March 16th let National Everything You Do Is Right Day correct all the wrong of March 15th. We know that day may have been a difficult day as it was National Everything You Think is Wrong Day. But this holiday, you get to feel good about everything that you do.

You can use the printer and everything will print beautifully. No typos, no duplicate paragraphs, and just the right number of copies. All the children will make their practices on time. You will pass exams with flying colors. If there’s a problem, you’ll be right about the solution and fix the problem. Tell right jokes. Like this one:

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Owls go.
Owls go who?
That’s right!

On National Everything You Do Is Right Day, you can be right, even when you take a left turn. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #EverythingYouDoIsRightDay

When you are right, you’re right. There is no wrong way about it. Take the good with the bad and have a right kind of day. There are so many ways to celebrate this day. 

  • Test out a theory and declare your rightness no matter what.
  • Guess how many jellybeans are in that jar!
  • Take up plumbing. You know you’ve always been right about that leaky faucet.
  • Talk politics with your dad just one more time. (Remember, everything he does is right, too.)
  • Start celebrating every day. (That is the most right thing to do on this list!)
  • Turn over a new leaf. Literally. Find a new leaf and just turn it over. Let us know what’s on the other side. 
  • Open a new pickle jar. You can do it, and it won’t be wrong.

Use #EverythingYouDoIsRightDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this right-minded kind of day. However, we think we’re on the right track. But we might be wrong.

National Freedom of Information Day - March 16

NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY

March 16th recognizes National Freedom of Information Day annually during Sunshine Week. It also commemorates the birthday of President James Madison.  

Madison earned the name the Father of the Constitution and was the foremost advocate for openness in government. Additionally, historians hail Madison as instrumental in drafting the United States Constitution and the leading advocate and author of the Bill of Rights. Madison held individual rights and freedom of information in high importance.

  • On March 16, 1751, James Madison, Jr. was born in Port Conway, Virginia. Madison died on June 28, 1836, on his Montpelier Estate.
  • The people elected James Madison as the 4th President of the United States of America (1809-1817).
  • In 1966, Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act into law.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FreedomOfInformationDay

The day reminds us that the Freedom of Information Act offers us a tool to keep us informed. While a request can be made for any record, personal records require permission from the party in question. Check out the FAQ from FOIA.gov. 

Learn more about the Freedom of Information Act and how it impacts your rights. Visit the FOIA.gov website to read more about the act. Exercise your rights to access certain unrestricted documents. Learn how to access and request records. 

Learn more about James Madison, his presidency, and his work for the young United States. For example:

  • Read the Federalist Papers
  • Visit the James Madison Museum of Orange County in Orange, Virginia
  • Watch A More Perfect Union (1989), told from the viewpoint of James Madison. 

Be sure to invite others to learn with you. As you know, it’s best to Celebrate Every Day with others! Use #FreedomOfInformationDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY HISTORY

Jim Bohannon, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host on the Westwood 1 stations, founded National Freedom of Information Day. U.S. Government websites recognize and document this day as well. 

National Artichoke Hearts Day - March 16

NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY

On March 16th, National Artichoke Hearts Day offers a tasty option to add flavor to any dish. 

According to the California Artichoke Advisory Board, artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, and magnesium. The antioxidants in artichokes are very good for your liver and help promote healthy skin.  Artichokes are also high in fiber, calcium, and protein while low in calories. These reasons, plus being fat-free and cholesterol-free, make artichokes a healthy and delicious food to celebrate!

  • The total antioxidant capacity of an artichoke flower head is one of the highest reported for vegetables.
  • The fleshy base of the artichoke is perhaps the most enjoyably edible part of this oddly-shaped vegetable. 
  • California is known as the artichoke capital of the world. They supply nearly 100% of North American fresh artichokes.

While artichokes may be a little difficult to prepare, you can find artichoke hearts packed in vinegar, oil, or marinade. Don’t let the artichoke heart fool you. They’re more versatile than they seem. Eat them as a snack or add them to dips or sauces. They also make excellent toppings on pizzas and flatbread. Toss them into the skillet for a savory sauté or infuse them into a broth. Artichoke hearts just might turn into a healthy addition to your cooking routine!

HOW TO OBSERVE #ArtichokeHeartsDay

Pick up some fresh artichokes or canned artichoke hearts to make your favorite recipes. You can even test out a few new recipes with friends and family. Be sure to save and share your best ones. We offer a few techniques for you to try with your artichoke hearts, too.

  • Roast artichoke hearts with your potatoes and carrots. Season them lightly with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Try grilling fresh artichoke hearts for a smoky addition to your meal.
  • Create an artichoke salad or an artichoke dressing.
  • Make an artichoke heart and grilled cheese sandwich with smoked provolone.
  • Warm-up with this Lemony Artichoke Soup.
  • Another hearty recipe is this Artichoke Hearts Gratin.
  • Make a variety of dips and sauces, too.

Use #ArtichokeHeartsDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY HISTORY

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


On Deck for March 17, 2021

National Days

 

March 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1802

President Thomas Jefferson signs the Military Peace Establishment Act instituting the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Military Academy known as West Point.

1827

Editors Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm publish the first issue of Freedom’s Journal in New York City. The newspaper is the first in the United States owned and operated by African Americans.

1850

Ticknor, Reed & Fields publishes Nathaniel Hawthorn’s historical fiction set in colonial America, The Scarlet Letter.

1926

It is rocket science. Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in the United States. The launch took place in a field in Auburn, Massachusetts. Goddard’s experiment led to modern rocket propulsion that makes space flight possible, and that’s why NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is named in his honor.

Recipe of the Day

Easy Corned Beef Hash
Prep:  15 mins
Cook:  25 mins
Servings:  3-4

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow medium onion chopped
2 cups chopped corned beef
3 cups 1/4 diced potatoes

Instructions:

Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat.

Saute onion in melted butter. About 4 or 5 minutes.

Add potatoes, corned beef and cook 10 to 12 minutes.

Stir occasionally so as not to burn potato. If desired, fry an egg or two for each serving, serve and enjoy.

Inspiration:

This recipe is the creation of our very own Snoop Doug here at National Day Calendar®. He says it is quick and easy to prepare, and fills you up to start the day strong.

March 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

James Madison – 1751

Considered the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison served two terms from 1809 to 1817. During his terms, tensions between the French and British increased over trade. By 1812, the country was at war, one that destroyed the wreaked havoc on the new capital for most of Madison’s second term.

Rebecca Cole – 1846

Dr. Rebecca Cole, the second African American woman to earn her medical degree, graduated from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1867. She gained further experience at the Infirmary for Woman and Children in New York, established by Elizabeth Blackwell. Cole’s career would span 50 years, serving as an advocate and a champion for her community.

Jurgis Bielinis – 1846

Between 1864 and 1904, Tsarist Russian ruled most of Lithuania. When the government attempted to eradicate the Lithuanian language and instituted a press ban to force Lithuanians to assimilate to the Russian language, Jurgis Bielinis and others like him stepped in. Bielinis organized a network of smugglers who brought books, newspapers, and other periodicals in the Lithuanian language across the border. Today, Lithuania celebrates March 16th as the Day of the Book Smugglers in his honor.

Patricia Ryan Nixon – 1912

The 39th First Lady took on the role when Richard Nixon took the oath of office on January 20, 1969. She is in good company as the fourth of six educators among the first ladies.

Jerry Lewis – 1926

“The King of Comedy” kept audiences laughing for more than eight decades. In the 1950s, Lewis began raising money for muscular dystrophy. The event grew into an annual televised event known as the MDA Labor Day Telethon. He hosted the televised event for 44 years.

Vladimir Komarov – 1927

In October 1964, the Soviet test pilot and cosmonaut commanded the first spaceflight to carry multiple crew members, the Voskhod 1. Komarov died tragically on April 24, 1967, during his second mission aboard the Soyuz 1 upon re-entry when the spacecraft’s parachute failed to deploy. He is the first casualty of space exploration.

C Vivian Stringer – 1948

For more than a quarter of a century, C. Vivian Stringer made 17 NCAA Tournament visits as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Women’s Basketball head coach.

Notable Mentions

Louise McPhetridge von Thaden – 1929
Carol O’Brien Sobieski – 1939
Chuck Woolery – 1941
Erik Estrada – 1949
Alice Hoffman – 1952
Michael J. Bloomfield – 1959
William Jonathan Drayton Jr – 1959

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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