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On March 18th, we recognize National Awkward Moments Day. This is an annual day that every person can relate. We have all had our awkward moments from time to time. They are a part of life; they just happen.

Awkwardness or embarrassment is defined as an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself.

Have you ever called someone by the wrong name, tripped over nothing, walked into a door, had the completely wrong words come out of your mouth or just forgot what you were doing?  The list could go on and on. Sometimes, things just do not seem to go right and something happens that may make you feel like you want to run and hide. No matter the day, today or any other day, everyone has them. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #AwkwardMomentsDay

Find the ability to laugh at yourself, see the humor in awkward moments and have fun with them. Relive old awkward moments by telling stories about them. Laugh over them and enjoy the memory. They may be embarrassing at first. However, as time goes by, the humor in these moments real just how human we can be. After all, don’t we all start out somewhere? We learn something new or misunderstand someone’s meaning. No one is perfect, ever. And it’s important to keep that in mind on this day and take a little humility with us as we celebrate it. 

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While it may be awkward to admit it, we have been unable to identify the origin of this awkward holiday. 

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day - March 18


There are cookie holidays and then there is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. Each year on March 18th, this holiday celebrates a delicate cookie made from oats.

Some people may refer to this day as National Oatmeal Cookie Day (which is celebrated on April 30th). The difference between the two is that lacy oatmeal cookies are wafer-thin and typically accompany a scoop of ice cream or sorbet.

In the early 1900s, oatmeal became a major ingredient in the American diet. Before that, Americans relied on other grains. Originating in England, oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s.  However, it is believed that they were created after the oatcake. Soldiers used to carry oatcakes with them for a quick boost of energy during battle. Most research found that the first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896.  Considered a health food, the cookies quickly became popular. By the early 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats.

Oatmeal cookies are an excellent source of iron and fiber

Bakers use many different recipes for the lacy oatmeal cookies. Additionally, home bakers bake with a variety of oats including old fashioned oats, quick-cooking oats, oat bran or oat flour.  For a healthier cookie, add finely chopped or ground fruits (such as raisins) or nuts and use a sugar substitute. You can also decorate your lacy oatmeal cookies with icing drizzled on top of the cookie.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LacyOatmealCookieDay

Lacy oatmeal cookies make pretty decorations on top of cakes and other baked goods, too. They also make excellent gifts. Make some for a friend or neighbor. 

Enjoy this delicious recipe:  Lacy Oatmeal Cookies recipe.

Use #LacyOatmealCookieDay to post on social media.

Milk and Cookies SocksEvery cookie day deserves to be remembered. Remember them with a pair of Milk and Cookie socks! There are no calories here.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this cookie holiday, but we admit, we’ve been distracted by cookies.



On March 18th, National Supreme Sacrifice Day honors those who have made tremendous sacrifices for the sake and the good of others as well as those who sacrifice their lives every day for us.

We may most readily call to mind the men and women in uniform who have laid down their lives protecting their country and communities. This day also honors those who may have stepped forward during times of crisis to rescue a stranger or a neighbor and gave the supreme sacrifice that day. 

These sacrifices come in many forms. We don’t always recognize them when we see them, nor do we always expect them. Like in the case of one young Miner who saved the lives of 11-year-old Emmet and 8-year-old Myrdith when the sleigh they were in overturned during a blizzard so fierce they couldn’t see their house, though they were only 200 yards away. Wind howling so loudly, they couldn’t hear their father’s voice calling to them. On March 15, 1920, they’d set home from school in rural North Dakota and been caught up in the blizzard. Their 16-year-old sister, Hazel Miner protected her siblings with her body, keeping the blankets in place over her siblings through the night. Hazel Miner died that night, but her actions saved the lives of her siblings.

These sacrifices don’t always come in uniform and are often unsung. Often, these heroes step up when we least expect it and when we need it most. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #SupremeSacrificeDay

Honor someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Visit with their families, support them and the people in uniform who place their lives on the line, daily. Visit a local memorial and learn the names of local heroes. Participate in events around your state that support the military and first responders. Use #SupremeSacrificeDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this day. However, the day has been observed since at least 2004.



No matter how you make this hot sandwich, on March 18th, celebrate National Sloppy Joe Day. 

The Sloppy Joe is one of America’s all-time favorite hot sandwiches. Its base ingredient is often ground beef. However, others use turkey and buffalo, too. The other elements give it its flavor, though. Onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it – and of course, any secret ingredient families may add over the years. All of it is served up on a hamburger bun or roll. And is it ever sloppy! Be sure to grab more than one napkin!

Who Created The Sloppy Joe

Meet Joe

There are different claims to the origin of the sloppy Joe.  In Havana, Cuba, in the 1930s, there was a genuine bartender who gained popularity with vacationers who went by the name of Sloppy Joe. He earned his name for his less than enthusiastic way of cleaning the bar.  He was, however, an attentive bartender, and the bar was a hot spot for the jet set.

However, no mention is found in papers from the era of a hot sandwich on the menu matching the description of a Sloppy Joe, and the man of the same name retired to Spain in 1933.

Town Hall Deli

Reader Steven Hirsch wrote to National Day Calendar and informed us that Town Hall Deli in Maplewood, NJ has a direct connection to Sloppy Joe of Havana fame. It opened in 1927, and during the 1930s, Maplewood’s Mayor Sweeney traveled to Havana, where he met the bartender named Sloppy Joe and was served a delicious sandwich. The mayor came back to New Jersey and with a well-developed taste for Joe’s sandwich. The mayor enjoyed it so much he asked one of Town Hall Deli’s proprietors, Fred Heinz, to replicate it. According to the website, “It was made with coleslaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing and was served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!”

Then in 1934…

At the Ye Olde Tavern Inn, in Sioux City, Iowa, Abraham and Bertha laid claim to the Sloppy Joe when they added a loose meat sandwich on their menu in 1934. 

Whoever brought the Sloppy Joe to the world, Hunt’s made it more convenient in 1969. They put it in a can and called it Manwich.

Today many families have their secret recipes that make their Sloppy Joe’s special.  Whether it’s an unusual spice, a novel ingredient for sweetening or a homemade tomato sauce, a Sloppy Joe lends itself to originality and personality.  A new flavor is just around the corner.  In the south, you might come across a barbecue flavor while in the north, Sloppy Joe might be a little sweeter. Whatever your flavor, it is undoubtedly an all-American food holiday!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSloppyJoeDay

You know what to do! Whip up your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and sides. Enjoy one of the following Sloppy Joe recipes:

Super Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes
Crockpot Sloppy Joe Sandwiches for a Crowd
Sloppy Joes II
Gumbo Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes with Chicken Gumbo

Use #NationalSloppyJoeDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of the food holiday. However, you know, with all the recipes, we get sidetracked. 

National Farm Rescuer Day - Third Thursday in March


National Farm Rescuer Day dedicates the third Thursday of March to those who support farmers in need.

When crisis strikes in the form of illness, injury or natural disaster, Farm Rescuers throughout the heartland get the jobs done. Whether hay needs to be baled or crops need to be harvested, these men and women plant the fields and feed the souls of the farm family when times take a turn for the worse.

What was once a community tradition is now a non-profit called Farm Rescue. Founded in 2005, Farm Rescue and its volunteers have assisted more than 400 farm and ranch families throughout the region. The day encourages you to join the community that lends a hand when crisis strikes.

Whether a Farm Rescuer volunteers their time, talents or financial resources, their commitment is valuable. Keeping a farm running is hard work.  When the unexpected happens, many hands make the work manageable.  There are several ways to get involved with Farm Rescue and make a difference on National Farm Rescuer Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FarmRescuerDay

Consider volunteering your skills and time. Support a volunteer by being a sponsor. Make an individual donation. Thank a Farm Rescuer and spread the word by using #BeAFarmRescuer and #FarmRescuerDay on social media.


Farm Rescue founded National Farm Rescuer Day to recognize all the amazing men and women who help get the crops in the ground or to the market from all around the country. It’s also an opportunity to give thanks to the many individual donors, business sponsors and grantors who make the organization’s mission possible. Founded by Bill Gross in 2005, Farm Rescue has helped nearly 800 families across the region. In 2008, People Magazine named Farm Rescue’s Founder and President, Bill Gross, the original Farm Rescuer. Like Gross, many Rescuers have a deep appreciation for the land and the strong community spirit found in farming and ranching. But, Farm Rescuers come from all walks of life, from coast to coast and often generations removed from the family farm.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar®  declared the day to be celebrated annually on the third Thursday of March.


National Biodiesel Day


Each year, National Biodiesel Day on March 18th commemorates the birthday of Rudolf Diesel and a few that continue to gain a growing interest across the country and around the world.

Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. The engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil, and R. Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America.

In a 1912 speech, Diesel said, “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.”

Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil, and recycled cooking oil. It is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel and creating green jobs as well as improving our environment. Biodiesel is America’s first advanced Biofuel and has become an increasingly popular fuel. Some of the benefits of biodiesel include:

  • provides fuel from domestic and sustainable resources
  • reduces imports
  • reduces emissions
  • accessible in nearly every state in the U.S. and growing
  • few to no modifications necessary to diesel fleet vehicles to start using biodiesel
  • renewable
  • cost-effective

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBiodieselDay

Learn more about biodiesel and how it continues to change. More and more plant products are being utilized for biodiesel and biodiesel blends. 

Read more about Rudolf Diesel in the book Rudolf Diesel: Pioneer of the Age of Power by W.Robert Nitske and Charles Morrow Wilson.

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National Day Calendar continues to research the fuel behind this national holiday.  

March 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Henry Wells, John Butterfield, and William Fargo found the joint-stock corporation American Express.


Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor-General of Canada, donates the cup as the award for the best hockey team in Canada creating the Stanley Cup. It was first awarded to Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.


Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov leaves the spacecraft Voskhod 2, taking the first space walk.


Paul Simon’s singles “Mother and Child Reunion” and “Me and Julio Down by the School Yard” launch his self-titled debut album to the top of the UK charts.

Recipe of the Day

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Total Prep:  55 minutes
Servings:  2 servings







2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
2 slices deli ham
2 slices Swiss cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 350°.

Using a meat tenderizer, flatten chicken breast to 1/4 inch.

Top a slice of ham and cheese on each.

Roll up the chicken halves and tuck the ends, securing with toothpicks.

Melt the butter in a shallow bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs, salt, and paprika.

Dip the chicken in the butter and then roll in the crumb mixture.

Place chicken in a greased 8-inch baking dish.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.

March 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Grover Cleveland – 1837

Grover Cleveland first served as president in 1885. Serving as the 22nd and the 24th President of the United States, Cleveland’s terms as president were highlight by several points of interest. He is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Benjamin Harrison served as the 23rd president. During his first term, he became the first and only president to marry in the White House. The marriage raised quite a stir, too. His bride, Frances Folsom, became the youngest first lady at the age of 21. Cleveland comes in second place for the number of vetoes cast. During his tenure, he used his veto power 584 times. His social agendas were mixed. From the southern issues to immigration and suffrage, Cleveland often stood with his party but also changed his stance depending on the climate of the time.

Louis Bouché – 1896

The talented artist, Louis Bouché, was born to a French designer. Commissioned for numerous murals, his work can be seen at Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and Ellenville, New York Post Office to name a few.

Ernest Gallo – 1909

Along with his brother Julio, Ernest Gallo started a winery in 1933. From Modesto, California, they created a brand that dominated the inexpensive wine market. Gallo gained a reputation as a savvy businessman with marketing know-how. Over the years, Gallo eventually branched into finer wines.

John Updike – 1932

One of the 20th century’s most beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, John Updike wrote about the human condition in a broad range of formats. He published more than 20 novels, including the Rabbit series, Witches of Eastwick, numerous short stories, poems, and essays. He was a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, a book and art critic.

Mike Roe – 1962

Television host, narrator, and advocate for skilled trade training, Mike Rowe has made a name for himself stating things frankly and without apology. In 2017, he became the host of one of Facebook’s first TV shows, Returning the Favor. 

Bonnie Blair – 1964

In 1984, the American speed skater made her Olympic debut in the Sarajevo Winter Olympics. But it wasn’t until the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer that she brought home her first two of five gold medals. Blair would continue her success in 1992 and complete her medal collection in Calgary in 1988 bringing home her fifth gold and a bronze medal.

Queen Latifah – 1970

Born Dana Owens in Newark, New Jersey, the talented Queen Latifah hails as Hip-Hop’s First Lady. Her long list of credits includes numerous acting and musical awards. For her 2002 role in Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton, she was the first female hip-hop artist nominated for an Academy Award. In 2018, Queen Latifah tacked the role of executive producer on the set of MTV’s Scream.

Notable Mentions

Rudolf Diesel – 1858
Fred Shuttlesworth – 1922
Ben Cohen – 1951
Vanessa Williams – 1963

About National Day Calendar

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