Spring begins on the March or vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long. The amount of sunlight will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer. The vernal equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the … Read more…
NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY
On March 20th, the days and nights balance, and National Proposal Day offers an equal opportunity for a marriage proposal. For many, this is the day they’ve been waiting patiently to arrive without success. Others will pop… Read more…
NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY
March 20th celebrates a fun-filled and versatile pasta. National Ravioli Day is a food holiday for pasta lovers! So pick your favorite filling and sauce and cook up a meal everyone will love! Ravioli are a traditional Italian-filled pasta. Pasta makers fill… Read more…
WORLD FLOUR DAY
On March 20th, World Flour Day recognizes the importance of flour in our daily diets and our health. In every part of the world, products made from flour provide daily sustenance for billions of people. Flour is the main ingredient in delicious foods like… Read more…
NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
On March 20th, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day brings many groups across the United States together to increase education and provide support in communities nationwide. Over 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS. One in seven… Read more…
- National California Strawberry Day
- National Common Courtesy Day
- National Countdown Day
- National Fragrance Day
- National French Bread Day
- National Single Parent Day
- World Down Syndrome Day
- World Down Syndrome Day
- World Poetry Day
- International Day of Colour
- International Day of Nowruz
- International Day of Forests
- World Puppetry Day
Recipe of the Day
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50-60 minutes
2 pie crusts – homemade or bought
3-4 cups rhubarb, chopped
3 cups strawberries, sliced
1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
1 egg white
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a large mixing bowl, add chopped rhubarb, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well.
Spoon mixture into pie pan containing pie crust.
Place top crust over mixture and pinch outer edges to seal.
Cut vent slices into the top crust, brush on egg white over top, and place in oven.
Bake 50 – 60 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping. Enjoy!
March 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
John P. Jewett and Company publishes Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Former Whigs and Free-Soilers meet in Ripon, Wisconsin, and form the Republican Party with the primary goal to prevent slavery from extending into western territories.
Albert Einstein publishes his Theory of General Relativity in the scientific journal Annalen der Physik.
The United States Navy commissions its first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley.
In a race riddled with storms, Libby Riddles claimed victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the first woman to win the famed endurance race.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the antiviral drug azidothymidine (AZT) for the treatment of AIDS patients.
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first non-stop circumnavigation of the Earth by balloon.
March 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Amanda Clement – 1888
In 1905, the seventeen-year-old college student became the first woman to be paid to umpire professional baseball games. Having grown up playing the game with her brothers and his friends, Clement was well versed in the game. One reporter from her inaugural year wrote, “Altogether Miss Clement is declared to be the equal if not the superior of most of the league umpires.” – The Creston Statesman (Creston, Nebraska) October 6, 1905.
Bases loaded. Bottom of the ninth, a tied game between Hudson and Hawarden.
The batter stepped to the plate. Behind the pitcher, arbiter Amanda Clement leaned forward, prepared to make her call. Sweat dampened her black blouse, a blouse she ironed and folded the night before.
The pitcher’s delivery rose to the challenge; the batter’s reply – a ricochet to the mound.
Runners advanced. Men converged at home. Clement’s skirt kicked up dust as the lone woman sped toward the play, scanning the field. The ball shot to the catcher’s glove. Runner slides, dust flies.
Catcher lays the tag.
At the Plate by Michele Schaaf
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 1915
Considered the Godmother of Rock & Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s spiritual gospel vocals against the background of her signature electric guitar inspired many Hall of Fame inductees.
BF Skinner – 1904
The American psychologist firmly believed in behaviorism developing his own philosophy called “radical behaviorism.” During his career, he would further develop theories regarding operant conditioning.
Carl Reiner – 1928
The award-winning comedic actor, director, and writer began making his mark on pop culture in the 1950s. From The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Jerk and the Ocean’s series, Reiner saw both popular and critical success. He often teamed up with Mel Brooks, creating iconic projects such as “The 2000 Year Old Man.”
Fred Rogers – 1928
On February 19, 1968, the Presbyterian minister launched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on the National Education Network. The program introduced children to a world of puppets, creativity, and a safe environment to discuss concerns children have. Central to Mister Roger’s daily routine was his iconic sweaters, which he donned at the beginning of every episode.
Bobby Orr – 1948
Considered one of hockey’s greatest players, the defenseman for the Boston Bruins played nine seasons in the National Hockey League.
Notable MentionsVera Panova – 1905
Bettye Washington Green – 1935
Pat Riley – 1945
William Hurt – 1950
David Thewlis – 1963
Kathy Ireland – 1963
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