MARCH 23, 2021 | NATIONAL PUPPY DAY | NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY | NATIONAL AG DAY | NATIONAL CHIA DAY | NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY | AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY | NATIONAL TAMALE DAY | NATIONAL 3-D DAY | NATIONAL MELBA TOAST DAY | NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY
NATIONAL PUPPY DAY
Observed each year on March 23rd, National Puppy Day celebrates the unconditional love and affection puppies bring to our lives. Their cuddles and wiggles make us smile and without a doubt, there are squeals of delight when there are puppies around!
The day also brings awareness to the need for care of and homes for orphaned pups as well as to educate people about the horrors of puppy mills across the country. Puppies are a big responsibility. Be sure to consider everything involved and adopt from a shelter. The puppies there need love and a home just as much as any other and they grow into loyal pets, too!
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. Some of these dogs come with litters of puppies. If you’re seeking a puppy to start your furry family, check the shelters first. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPuppyDay
- Use #NationalPuppyDay and post photos of your puppy on social media.
- Go to the dog park and let your puppy play.
- Pick up a special treat for your puppy.
- Go for a walk with your young friend.
Show your puppy love every day! Get your puppy socks here.
NATIONAL PUPPY DAY HISTORY
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige. Paige is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day.
NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY
On March 23rd, it is a National Day just for the chip and dip! National Chip And Dip Day celebrates a perfect combination loved by many across the country. Chips and dip are the quick and easy party dish that also makes for great parties. We enjoy them for just about any occasion. From watching the game to hunkering down for a big storm, chips and dips are the way to go. Just no double-dipping, please!
Only a few days earlier on March 14, we celebrate Potato Chip Day, and now we add a partner, the dip. And people have been dipping their food for centuries. Hummus-like recipes date back to the 13th century. These are some of the first “dip” recipes found.
Potato chips are not the only mode of celebrating the day. There are tortilla chips, corn chips, pretzel chips, and even popcorn chips to name a few. After you have chosen your chips, there are dozens of dips to partner with them. There are a variety of dips usually made with sour cream, cheeses, salsas, and seasonings. The combinations are endless. Don’t hesitate to mix up your favorite or try something new!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChipAndDipDay
Invite some family and friends over and have a chip and dip party! Be sure to share your favorite recipes, too. Like this Mexican Party Dip recipe or one of the many others we’ve provided below.
Use #NationalChipAndDipDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar has yet to discover the origins of this food holiday, we are certain no double-dipping occurred in the making of this holiday.
NATIONAL AG DAY
Each year, National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture across the United States. American agriculture plays a critical economic and food security role in our country.
The role of American agriculture is greater than the food on our tables. It runs deep in our communities, large and small. Just about every product we touch involves a farmer. From the clothes on our backs to the fuel in our cars and the medicines we take, agriculture grows our economy and keeps us healthy. Agriculture provides jobs from field to store and beyond. In every area of agriculture, innovation is happing every day. And it’s been that way since the first farmer decided to plant a seed in the ground.
Farm co-ops, universities, 4-H clubs, agricultural associations, FFA clubs, businesses, and other organizations at the city, county, and state levels celebrate with a variety of events that give the general public an opportunity to see how their food, clothing, and other products get from the farm to you.
While you may live in an urban area, agriculture is all around us. Events supported by organizations will demonstrate the economic impact agriculture has on society.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAgDay
Check your local newspaper or online listings for events near you. Other ways to participate include:
- Encourage students to join FFA or 4-H for hands-on experience with agriculture. They may find their future there.
- Volunteer to organize an event in your community.
- Support your local farmer’s market.
- Join a co-op.
Use #NationalAgDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL AG DAY HISTORY
The National Ag Day Program and The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) were both started in 1973 as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society. You will find additional information at http://www.agday.org/
On March 23rd, National Chia Day recognizes the tiny, yet powerful chia seed that has earned its reputation as being one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. Revered by the Maya and Aztecs for their amazing healing powers and natural energy, chia seeds have become a trusted staple for people around the world and can be enjoyed in many foods and beverages!
High in Omega-3s, antioxidants, fiber and complete protein, chia seeds are neutral in flavor and can be added to virtually any recipe to boost the nutritional profile.
- 8x more Omega-3s than salmon
- 25% more fiber than flaxseed
- 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
- 2x more potassium than bananas
- 6x more calcium than milk
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChiaDay
Add chia to your diet on this day (and every day) to enjoy the strength and vitality that these seeds bring to your life. Start your day with chia granola, power through the day with chia bars, and enjoy chia beverages anytime. Celebrate every meal by adding chia! Post on social media using #NationalChiaDay.
NATIONAL CHIA DAY HISTORY
Mamma Chia founded National Chia Day in February of 2016 to celebrate the powerful chia seed.
By the policies set forth to designate a National Observance, this proclamation has been certified by the Registrar at National Day Calendar® to be observed on March 23rd, annually.
From a national view, each day many of us face a near miss here and there. March 23rd commemorates the day the entire Earth faced a near miss when a massive asteroid (4581 Asclepius) nearly hit us in 1989. National Near Miss Day celebrates the day 4581 Asclepius flew right on by.
On March 22-23, 1989, a mountain-sized asteroid came within 500,000 miles of colliding with the earth. “On the cosmic scale of things, that was a close call,” said Dr. Henry Holt. Geophysicists estimate that a collision with Asclepius would release energy comparable to the explosion of a 600 megaton atomic bomb. A collision would have had catastrophic effects on our planet. Scientists discovered the asteroid on March 31, 1989 – nine days after its closest approach to Earth.
There have been other near misses that have happened on an infrequent basis.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNearMissDay
Have you ever had a near miss? This might be the day to share the story. There are several ways to celebrate this day.
- Explore asteroids up close by visiting the NASA website.
- Share stories about near misses. Write it out or share a video.
- Read about other near misses or not so near misses. Like the one known human to have been struck by a meteorite, Ann Hodges.
- Watch videos about asteroids, meteors, and meteorites, like the one below.
Use #NationalNearMissDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL NEAR MISS DAY HISTORY
While the origin of the observance is obvious, the creator of the day is considered nearly missing from our sources. However, we suspect the person to be a stargazer of sorts.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY
American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March. This one-day “wake-up call” informs the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages all to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes.
- Diabetes impacts approximately 34.2 million Americans. That’s about 10.5 percent of the U.S. population.
- Of those living with diabetes, 7.3 million – 1 in 7 adults – don’t know they have it.
- The risk of developing diabetes increases with age. But there are other factors, too. Ethnic background may increase your risk.
- An additional 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
There are two types of diabetes. While Type 1 diabetes is not as preventable, it can be managed well with insulin injections. Managing Type 1 diabetes might also require frequent blood sugar monitoring, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Education is key to learning how to manage symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. However, type 2 is much more preventable, and some actions can be taken.
Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes:
- Eliminate sugar and refined carbs
- Work out regularly and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
- Make water the primary beverage
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Eat a high fiber diet
- Optimize Vitamin D levels
- Take natural herbs, such as curcumin and berberine, that increase insulin sensitivity
Type 2 diabetes is not preventable for everyone. However, making healthy choices provides the best chance of not getting it. In the United States, 9 out of every 10 cases of diabetes can be avoided if the above lifestyle changes are implemented. Families, schools, workplaces, communities, and healthcare providers can all work together to make healthy choices easy ones.
The observance encourages you to discover if you or loved ones are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Consider taking this fast and easy Diabetes Risk Test.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanDiabetesAssociationAlertDay
Learn your risk factors. Speak with your doctor and have your blood sugars tested. Families, we’ve included a downloadable nutrition color page you can print off to use at home when teaching your children about diabetes or nutrition in general.
Use #AmericanDiabetesAssociationAlertDay to post on social media to share the news about the opportunities all have to check and manage their health risks.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY HISTORY
The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986. It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since.
NATIONAL TAMALE DAY
Sweet or savory, National Tamale Day on March 23rd celebrates a traditional Mexican dish made from a cornmeal dough and filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, or fruit.
Traditional tamales are made with a dough called masa. When making tamales, you spread the dough on a corn husk or banana leaf before adding the fillings. Then you wrap the leaves around the entire package and steam it into a fragrant, mouthwatering meal. While today they are popular street food in South America and the southern United States, the tamale likely has its origins in Mesoamerica as early as 8000 to 5000 B.C.
Masa is made from nixtamalized cornmeal. Nixtamalized corn has been
soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution such as limewater or hardwood ash to remove the seed husk.
Savory tamales consist of beans, rice, cheese, pork, chicken, turkey, and various vegetables and seasonings. Traditionally, people enjoy the tamale fresh from its steamy package, unenhanced by salsa and crema. However, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t drizzle a little hot sauce or guacamole if you choose.
Dessert tamales satisfy sweet tooths of every kind. Think fruity, caramel, and creamy steamed hand pies. Usually a smaller version of the hearty, savory tamale, these dessert tamales provide a little indulgence at the end of a meal.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTamaleDay
Discover a delicious new recipe on National Tamale Day. We offer several ideas for celebrating this food holiday:
- Take a cooking class to learn how to make authentic tamales.
- Share your favorite tamale recipe with others.
- Teach others how to make authentic tamales.
- Visit your favorite street vendor or restaurant for savory and dessert tamales. Be sure to give them a shout-out on social media.
- Let us know what your favorite kind of tamale is.
- Attend a tamale festival or celebration. There are over 40 across the nation.
- Try this delicious tamale recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch.
When you celebrate, use #NationalTamaleDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL TAMALE DAY HISTORY
In 2015, Richard Lambert, owner of Santa Barbara-based Tamales-To-Go, founded National Tamales Day to celebrate the family’s love of tamales and his signature dish. They chose March 23rd to encourage enjoyment of tamales all year long and because the only food competition on the calendar was Melba Toast.
NATIONAL 3-D DAY
National 3-D Day celebrates the art, science, and history of stereoscopic 3-D imagery. Every year, in March, on the third day of the third week of the third month, we explore the technologies used to create 3-D photographs, movies, and art, and we celebrate the many ways that these images have been viewed and enjoyed.
We experience the world in three dimensions because we have two eyes that see from slightly different perspectives. These two points of view are combined in our brains, and the differences between what our eyes see are perceived as depth. This is called stereoscopic vision.
Sir Charles Wheatstone created the first stereo 3-D drawings in 1838. During the second half of the 19th century, viewing 3-D photographs became a very popular form of home entertainment. The 20th century saw the invention of 3-D movies, comic books, holography, and more ways to view representations of the world in 3-D. Recent developments in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality offer new opportunities to create and interact with 3-D media. Advancements in 3-D technologies bring digital images to three-dimensional life, assisting surgeons, projecting art around the world, and educating students.
What does the future of 3-D hold? New developments in stereoscopic capture and display methods will prove to inspire young scientists and storytellers to create the next generation of immersive stereoscopic content. 3-D technology may change the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #National3DDay
National 3-D Day is the perfect time to explore everything 3-D!
- Learn about the history of 3-D technology. That includes Sir Charles Wheatstone and all the developments since.
- Explore the science behind 3-D. From cinema to 3-D printing, art and virtual reality programs, the science world offers more ways than ever to delve into the technology of 3-D.
- Invite friends and family to watch a 3-D movie. Share your favorite 3-D experiences, whether they are movies, books, or art.
- Develop a 3-D design. Share your idea and project, too!
- Visit the National 3-D Day website for even more ideas. www.3-DDay.com offers a wealth of adventure, projects, and ways to learn about 3-D.
When you do, be sure to use #National3DDay on social media.
NATIONAL 3-D DAY HISTORY
3-D Space, The Center For Stereoscopic Photography, Art, Cinema, and Education, founded National 3-D Day in 2020 to recognize the fantastic history and resurgence of 3-D technology in the world around us. Honoring three-dimensional vision on an annual basis and celebrating the way it contributes to our lives will continue to be an exciting endeavor.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National 3-D Day to be observed on the third day of the third week in March, annually.
About 3-D Space
3-D SPACE is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization located in Los Angeles, CA, dedicated to the advancement of current and future 3-D arts and sciences. The organization operates a museum, art gallery, and 3-D theater, offers educational workshops and programs, and is supported by a team of experts in the arts, non-profits, and 3-D. Their combined knowledge and resources provide a comprehensive learning experience for all ages.
March 23rd recognizes National Melba Toast Day, a food holiday. Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast. It is sometimes served with salad or soup or may be eaten plain or with a topping.
Chef Auguste Escoffier of the Savoy created Melba toast. He named it after Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of the Australian opera singer, Helen Porter Mitchell. The singer was quite popular with the chef. He created not just this diet toast for Ms. Melba, but a famous dessert as well – Peach Melba.
Over the years, chefs and cooks have developed recipes for Melba Toast because it’s such an excellent canvas to build appetizers. The sturdy toast holds up well and adds to a beautiful canapé plate. Top it with a variety of spreads, paté, fruits, and vegetables, it makes for a delicious and elegant service.
Another useful benefit of Melba toast’s firmness is it doubles as a teething biscuit for infants when they reach an age old enough to chew.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMelbaToastDay
Melba toast can be eaten much like crackers by adding toppings or spreads. Try seasoning some or include it with your meal. Other ways to celebrate include:
- Reading up about Chef Auguste Escoffier.
- Listen to Dame Nellie Melba Sing.
- Learn to make homemade Melba toast.
- Learn about the history of the Savoy.
- Create a new dish and name it after someone you know.
Use #NationalMelbaToastDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MELBA TOAST DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food holiday.
NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY
National Education and Sharing Day is observed annually on the 11th day of the month of Nisan on the Jewish calendar – or 4 days before Passover begins.
In his 2009 proclamation on Education and Sharing Day, President Barack Obama wrote:
“Few have better understood or more successfully promoted these ideas than Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who emphasized the importance of education and good character. Through the establishment of educational and social service institutions across the country and the world, Rabbi Schneerson sought to empower young people and inspire individuals of all ages. On this day, we raise his call anew.”
On March 21, 2013, while making his first trip to Israel as president, a proclamation was issued, and President Barack Obama declared March 22, 2013, Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A. This year is the 111th anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. Reinforcing the importance of education, in this proclamation, the President stated:
“We also know that learning does not stop when students leave the classroom. Whether at the dinner table or on the field, it is our task as parents, teachers, and mentors to make sure our children grow up practicing the values we preach. We have an obligation to instill in them the virtues that define our national character — honesty and independence, drive and discipline, courage and compassion.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #EducationAndSharingDay
Use #EducationAndSharingDay to post on social media.
On Deck for March 24, 2021
- National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
- National Cheesesteak Day
- National Equal Pay Day – Changes Annually (March 24, 2021)
March 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Elisha Otis installs the first public elevator in the E.V. Haughwout & Co. building located at 488, 490, and 492 Broadway in New York City. The five-story building in SoHo occupied three floors of ornate china, glassware, and textiles. Workers in the top two floors created custom cut glass and painted dinnerware.
The British survey ship, H.M.S. Challenger discovers the deepest known region of the Earth’s oceans when it made its first sounding of the Mariana Trench. The discovery was made during the ship’s global oceanographic expedition.
The United Nations established the World Meteorological Organization.
The first U.S. astronaut arrives at the Russian space station Mir for an extended stay. Astronaut Shannon Lucid boarded Mir after traveling aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis. The biochemist was the first woman to live aboard the space station. Another added achievement included being the first woman to fly in space five times.
After 15 years orbiting the Earth, the Russian space station Mir came to an end when it burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere. The strategic destruction of the first modular space station was a coordinated effort, with communications provided to island nations, ships, and planes in the debris zone over the Pacific Ocean.
Recipe of the Day
Baby Swiss And Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total Prep: 10 minutes
Slice 4 pieces of Baby Swiss, and 3 or 4 slices of ripened tomato.
Spread one side of each piece of bread with softened butter.
Heating medium fry pan and place 1 piece of bread buttered side down in pan.
Cover bread in layers with two pieces of cheese, sliced tomato, and finally second two pieces of cheese. Place second slice of bread buttered side up.
Turn sandwich occasionally with spatula until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
March 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Florence Ellinwood Allen – 1884
On November 2, 1920, Florence Ellinwood Allen became the first woman in the United States elected to a judicial office. She was elected to the judgeship of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. But she wouldn’t stop there. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated her for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for which the U.S. Senate unanimously approved. Allen became the first woman appointed and confirmed to a federal appeals court judgeship.
Fannie Farmer – 1857
In 1896, the American culinary expert published The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. Farmer immersed herself in the education of cooking and opened her own school – Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.
Wernher Von Braun – 1912
The German-born aerospace engineer was a leader in rocket development in the early stages of space exploration. During World War II he was instrumental in the development of V-2 ballistic missiles used by the Nazis. Braun and his team would surrender to Americans before the end of the war and through Operation Paperclip, many of them came to the U.S., including Braun.
Bette Graham – 1924
A single typo used to ruin an entire page. Wads of paper could fill wastebasket, hunting and pecking resume at the typewriter attempting to get it right. Until one day in 1951 when types Bette Nesmith Graham created a white fluid that she could brush onto the paper. Once dry, the experienced typist could retype the correct letter, word, or phrase. Her invention? Liquid Paper.
Robert C. Gallo – 1937
In 1984, Dr. Robert Gallo and researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Paris discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Moses Malone – 1955
Moses Malone played 19 seasons in the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. The 6’10 center was a 12-time NBA All-Star and named MVP 3 times. Despite his legendary career, his only championship win was in 1983 while with the 76ers.
Amalie Noether – 1882
Cedric Gibbons – 1893
Joan Crawford – 1904
Viktor Korchnoi – 1931
Chaka Khan – 1953
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