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National Backyard Day - March 19th


Where would we be without our backyards? Backyards – whether right behind your home or a neighborhood park – are a place for fun, happiness and freedom. On March 19, we celebrate National Backyard Day and all the creative ways we embrace and enjoy our backyard.

From gardening to scavenger hunts to backyard campouts and homemade obstacle courses, these green spaces let us find solace and creativity outdoors. In celebration of all the simple, but special backyard memories from this past year and every year, we encourage everyone to celebrate #NationalBackyardDay.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBackyardDay

On National Backyard Day, share photos and stories of how you’ve been spending time in your backyard space with the hashtag #NationalBackyardDay. We want to see your backyard movie nights, impromptu soccer games and picnics in your local park.

Spotlighting all of the simple, yet special backyard memories, ZYRTEC® created a video montage filled with the unexpected, creative ways families enjoyed their backyards this past year.


ZYRTEC® has always believed in the power of the backyard – whether right behind your home or a neighborhood park– and in 2020, backyards truly became a place of safety and happiness. On the anniversary of backyards becoming the green space to escape to, ZYRTEC® officially designated March 19, 2021, as the first-ever National Backyard Day.

Recognizing the importance of backyard spaces everywhere, ZYRTEC® committed $50,000 to The Conversation Fund’s Parks with Purpose program in 2021. These funds will support the program’s partnership with neighborhood residents to transform neglected green spaces into vibrant parks, community gardens, and more, providing additional spaces for urban communities to enjoy what’s right in their own neighborhood.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Backyard Day to be observed on March 19, annually.

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Each year, National Let’s Laugh Day on March 19th reminds us to add a little humor to our day. It’s never good to be serious all the time and letting the laughter bubble up from time to time is good for all of us!

We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” This is the day to take your medicine.

Some studies have shown that laughter may boost your immune system, relieve tension and help you relax. Who does not need any of those things in our busy and hectic world?

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can. ~ Elsa Maxwell

We don’t laugh because we’re happy — we’re happy because we laugh. ~ William James

As we all know, laughter can also be contagious. Even faking it seems to have some benefits. Classes called “laughter yoga” engage the abdominal muscles, lungs, arms, and facial muscles while using humor to get us laughing to cure what ails us.

When you and a friend have those long bouts of uncontrolled laughter that end in tears and aching stomach muscles that last a good 10 minutes or longer, you burn between 10-40 calories per 10 minutes. So, keep giving each other those don’t-look-at-me-or-I’ll-start-laughing-again looks and you’ll keep right on burning more laugh-healthy calories and you’ll enjoy a good memory, too!


Add a laughing baby ringtone to your phone. Use humor to make someone’s day. Take some time to laugh and use #LetsLaughDay to post on social media.

Try laughter yoga to get you started.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more fun ways to celebrate the day, too!


The origins of this funny holiday have slipped by us. However, we continue to find humor in everyday events and continue to #CelebrateEveryDay, too!



Every March 19th, National Certified Nurses Day celebrates the certified nurses who impact lives every day.  

Certified nurses dedicate their entire careers to helping others and often work long, hard hours. The day honors and recognizes them and their significant achievements. Their advanced skills require continuing education, re-certification, and continued knowledge of ever-changing technology. Certified nurses balance clinical needs and patient care. Helping patients meet their healthcare goals in complex and challenging times makes a Certified Nurse’s commitment even more valuable.

A nursing career is as varied as a doctor’s. They specialize and can earn certifications in specialties and sub-specialties. Certified nurses study and take certification exams to demonstrate their competency, skill, and knowledge in a field. Board certification is available in a variety of fields including:

  • Ambulatory Care Certification
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification
  • Informatics Certification
  • Medical-Surgical Certification
  • Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification
  • Psychiatric Nursing Certification

Nurses can also obtain sub-specialty certifications. Certified nurses provide skilled experience in the medical fields where they work. They also improve the quality of the health care provided. Now, more than ever, health care needs more qualified nurses providing the care that we need. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCertifiedNursesDay

Thank a certified nurse, and all they do. If you know someone who is striving to become a certified nurse, encourage them in their endeavors. Encourage certified nurses to attend job fairs to share their experiences and inspire others to become certified nurses. Consider taking a certification you’ve had your eye on. Learn more about the certification process. Speak to other certified nurses. Use #CertifiedNursesDay to post on social media.


National Certified Nurses Day was established on March 19th in honor of Margretta (Gretta) Madden Styles (March 19, 1930 – November 20, 2005), MSN, Ph.D. Her pioneering and distinguished career inspired nurses around the country. She was recognized worldwide for her leadership and contributions to the study and practice of nursing.



Poultry is the theme for March 19th as it is National Poultry Day. No fowl moods or ruffled feathers. However, there may be some quackers and gobbling going on. 

Kick the day off with eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. Around lunchtime, serve an open-faced turkey avocado sandwich. Then perhaps, finish off the day with a good, ol’ fashioned fried chicken dinner. 

Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs. These birds include chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant. Poultry is farmed in large numbers with chickens being the most numerous.

It is believed that chicken was introduced to American soil by European explorers in the 16th century. Most Americans raised small flocks, enough to feed their families. Over time, chicken consumption in the United States increased. And during World War II, due to a shortage of beef and pork, chicken stepped in to fill the protein need.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees poultry production in the United States. Estimates place production at around 9 billion chickens in the United States. Chicken and turkey are lower in fats and cholesterol than other meats.

Poultry can be prepared in many different ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming, and broasting. The size of the chicken typically determines the best cooking style to use. 

A Brooding and a Gaggling

While a group of chickens is called either a brood or peep, if they are chicks we call them a clutch or chattering. When it comes to ducks and geese, their collective nouns depend on where they are in relation to the Earth. A group of ducks in flight is called a flock, but once they land on the ground their collective nouns change. We call them either a brace or a badling. If they take to water they could be called a raft, team or paddling. Whether geese are in the air, ground, or on the water, we generally use the collective noun flock. However, in flight, they can be called a skein, too. Once they land, though, they can be a gaggle, herd or corps.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPoultryDay

Enjoy your favorite poultry dish, either at home or your favorite restaurant. Feel free to try one of the following recipes:

Chicken Bacon Bites
Chicken Enchiladas I
Classic Turkey Pot Pie
Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Smothered Pheasant
Easy Pheasant Casserole

Use #NationalPoultryDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food and ag holiday. However, it has been celebrated since at least 2004. Before that, different states and organizations celebrated a National Poultry Day throughout the year, recognizing farmers, the produce they raised, and the industry as a whole. 



A great combination is celebrated each year on National Chocolate Caramel Day. On March 19th, enjoy chocolate and caramel in your favorite candy bar, ice cream, or dessert.  It will put a smile on most people’s faces! The combination also invokes some cravings for chocolate caramel coffee, milkshakes, or just about any treat with this hard-to-resist combination. 

While Milton Hershey receives a lot of credit for making chocolate caramel popular (he did make his living making caramel first), recipes for chocolate caramels existed as early as the 1880s. At about the same time, the first mass-produced chocolate bar became available.

In 1893, the World’s Colombian Exposition came to Chicago. Hershey’s fascination with an exhibit featuring machinery for the production of German chocolate became apparent. So fascinated, in fact, he purchased the equipment. Soon he was producing chocolate bars, many of which included his company’s bedrock ingredient: caramel. 

Chocolate and caramel make a sweet pair. It explains why we find them coupled together in so many recipes. Delicious cakes, bars, brownies, fudge, and cookies get the chocolate caramel treatment. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate this heavenly confection combination?

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCaramelDay

There are so many ways to celebrate this day! Add caramel to chocolate ice cream. Enjoy your favorite chocolate caramel candy bar. Make a delicious chocolate caramel dessert or order one from your favorite bakery. Want to add even more variety? Consider that chocolate and caramel also pair well with nuts and whole grains, too. Adding a little dark chocolate and caramel to your granola and yogurt routine in the morning might be a nice treat. Also, drizzle a little over your popcorn. 

Of course, the best way to celebrate is by sharing. Try making up a big batch of your favorite recipe for co-workers or the neighbors. Another option is to create recipe cards to give out to friends and family. We also have one recipe for you to try. 

Enjoy this delicious Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn recipe.

Use #ChocolateCaramelDay to post on social media.

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

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March 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Nevada legalized gambling, setting the stage for “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”


NBC presents the first televised Academy Awards. Master of Ceremonies, Comedian Bob Hope opened the 25th Oscars at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. The Greatest Show on Earth directed by Cecil B. DeMille took home Best Picture honors. Best Actor actor went to Gary Cooper for High Noon and Best Actress went to Shirly Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba.


Geraldine Mock departs from Columbus, Ohio in her single-engine Cessna 180 christened the “Spirit of Columbus” in an ambitious adventure. She earned the nickname the “Flying Housewife” and became the first woman to fly around the world solo when she returned to Columbus on April 17, 1964.


C-Span launches and begins broadcasting live from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Best Dinner Rolls
Prep: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4









Tangzhong (starter)

3 tbsp water 43g
3 tbsp whole milk 43g
2 tbsp bread flour 14g


380 g bread flour 2 ¾ cups
50 g sugar 1/4 cup
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried yeast
113 g whole milk 1/2 cup
1 large egg
60 g butter melted and cooled (1/4 cup)


The Canuck Chef in the Netherlands submitted this recipe. Check out the website DevonCameron.com to find tips and recipes to use with these delicious dinner rolls.


  1. Mix all of the ingredients from the tangzhang into a small saucepan and heat gently. Whisk for about 3 minutes until there are no more lumps and the whisk leaves lines on the bottom of the pan. Let this cool.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together with the cooled tangzhang and knead until a smooth elastic dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky add a bit of flour until it is smooth.
  3. Roll into a giant ball and place in a lightly floured bowl. Lightly dust the top with flour and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Rest for about one hour.
  4. After about an hour the dough should have expanded slightly but not doubled. Lightly press the air out and begin shaping into 8 smaller balls. Attach them together on a parchment-lined baking tray and lightly dust with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Lightly brush the dough with an egg wash (1 egg with a splash of cold water mixed in). Bake for about 23-35 minutes or until nicely golden on top and a thermometer reaches 87°C/190°F.
  6. Transfer to a resting rack and let cool for ten minutes. These buns are amazing hot out of the oven with a little butter and crunchy sea salt. They also make an incredible egg sandwich the next day with a little fried egg.

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March 19th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

David Livingstone – 1813

The Scottish missionary and explorer took an expedition deep into south-central Africa. He explored the upper Zambezi River and discovered Victoria Falls. During his third expedition, Livingstone began a search for the source of the Nile. When no word from Livingston was received for many months, journalist Henry Morton Stanley set out to find him. On November 10, 1871, his search party arrived in the village Ujiji in Tanzania after an eight-month-long search for the explorer and spoke the now-famous phrase. “Mr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Wyatt Earp – 1848

In a short six years, Wyatt Earp developed a legendary status when at the age of 26 he turned from outlaw to lawman in Wichita, Kansas. Just a few short years later, the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, between Earp, his brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton and McLaury created pulp western fodder.

Josef Albers – 1888

The American-German visual artist is best known for his color square paintings and in 1971, his work became the subject of a solo exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the first by a living artist.

Earl Warren – 1891

Before being named Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1953, Earl Warren served many roles as an attorney. He began as deputy district attorney before being elected Attorney General of California.

Moms Mabley – 1894

Born Loretta Mary Aiken, the African American comedian earned the stage name “Moms” for her motherly and mentoring spirit. With one of the most successful stand-up acts headlining on stages such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater, her routines rarely avoided edgy or crude topics.

Glenn Close – 1947

The award-winning American actress best known for her role as Alex in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction began her acting career on stage. Close has been nominated for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress eight times, the most recent for 2021’s Hillbilly Elegy. It remains to be seen if she will finally win.

Bruce Willis – 1955

One of the biggest debates in December on social media is whether or not Die Hard is a holiday movie. One thing we know for sure, it is a Bruce Willis movie. The American actor came to prominence in the 1980s on the television sitcom Moonlighting. Since then, he’s made numerous memorable films including The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, and Death Becomes Her.

Clayton Kershaw – 1988

The left-handed professional pitcher has played in 13 years in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2020, Kershaw and the Dodgers won the World Series Championship. It was Kershaw’s first and the Dodgers first since 1988.

Notable Mentions

John Henry Taylor – 1871
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet – 1890
Jill Abramson – 1954

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