NATIONAL CHEESESTEAK DAY
National Cheesesteak Day on March 24th not only celebrates a fantastic sandwich but it recognizes one of this nation’s greater debates; Who created this deliciousness?
It’s like March Madness for a cheesesteak. Pat’s and Geno’s square off at 10 AM followed by Chubby’s and Dalessandro’s at 11 AM. Then Jim’s and Tony Luke’s at Noon. Basketball fans know how brackets go. Someone is gonna get a by.
However, the credit is given to a hot dog vendor from the 1930s, Pat Olivieri. According to Philadelphia’s tourism site, Pat’s King of Steaks sits on its original location and is still going strong. This writer has had a cheesesteak from there and would go back in a heartbeat.
The important thing is this fabulous, juicy sandwich on a hoagie roll. The roll is filled with chipped steak, and you can order it with or without cheese and onions. If you’ve never had one, you can really only get an authentic one in Philly. Other places try, so go where you can. But someday, go to Philadephia. It is the real deal.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheesesteakDay
Invite your friends and head over to your favorite cheesesteak restaurant. Get it with cheese (it’s cheesesteak day, not steak day) and add the onions, too. Use #NationalCheesesteakDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL CHEESESTEAK DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the founder of National Cheesesteak Day.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY
When it comes to a National Day, a chocolate covered raisin or a box of them is worth celebrating. On March 24th, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day celebrates raisins coated in a shell of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
Moviegoers have been snacking on chocolate covered raisins for many, many years. Somehow, popcorn, a box of chocolate covered raisins go together perfectly. It doesn’t matter the kind of movie either. Chocolate covered raisins are also a conventional bulk vending item across the country.
More than 1 million Raisinets are produced per hour.
In some countries, chocolate covered raisins are known as Raisinets. Raisinets produced the first and one of the most popular brands of the product. Currently made by Nestle, they are the third-largest selling candy in United States history. The Blumenthal Chocolate Company introduced the Raisinets to the United States in 1927, and then in 1984, Nestle acquired the brand. However, a large number of other brands produce chocolate covered raisins for us to enjoy.
Raisins are an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, fiber and vitamin B. When you combine the raisins with dark chocolate, you have a great tasting, healthy snack.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay
Enjoy your favorite brand of chocolate covered raisins. Or, make your own. We’ve even provided several different recipes using this delicious snack.
Use #ChocolateCoveredRaisinDay to post on social media.
CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISIN DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this snack food holiday.
NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY
Each year on a day in March or April, National Equal Pay Day brings awareness to pay discrepancies between women and men for the same work. The day represents how far into the year a woman works to earn as much as a man doing the same job.
While the observance is only a couple of decades old, the fight for equal pay has been going on for nearly a century. Early in the 20th century, women in the United States and around the world began taking a stand. They demanded fair pay and better working conditions, voting rights, and legal rights. Since that time, women have made great strides toward equal pay, but there is still work to be done.
In 2018, employers continued to fail to pay equally skilled women the same amount of pay they were paying their male counterparts. While education gave women an edge, they still were paid 88% of their male equivalents. In positions that didn’t require analytical skills, the gap increased to 83%. (Pew Research, January 20, 2020)
More women are in the workplace, too. They also hold more skilled positions. With the demand for skilled workers increasing, women’s hourly wages are growing faster than men’s. However, despite that, the gap remains. (Pew Research January 30, 2020)
HOW TO OBSERVE #EqualPayDay
How can you take part in Equal Pay Day? As an employer, review your pay policies with a critical eye. Look to organizations who’ve made an effort to re-align their salaries and hiring practices. Wear red representing how much longer women have to work to make the same as a man and use #EqualPayDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY HISTORY
Equal Pay Day first started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to bring awareness to demonstrate wage inequities between men and women. For more information, visit www.pay-equity.org.
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March 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Robert Koch reports that he isolated and grew tubercle bacillus.
The U.S. Army drafts Elvis Presley.
The Exxon Valdez spills 270,000 barrels of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound causing the worst oil spill in history. The environmental and economic costs were devastating.
Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy discover a comet orbiting Jupiter when they take a photograph using a Schmidt telescope.
Halle Berry wins the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. It is the only time the Academy has awarded an Oscar to an African American leading lady in its history to date.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.
Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.
Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.
Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.
Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.
Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)
Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.
Add Parmesan cheese.
Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.
Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)
March 24th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Harry Houdini – 1874
One of the world’s most renowned magicians, Harry Houdini was known for his escapology. Houdini developed a range of stage magic tricks and made full use of a variety of conjuring techniques. They included fake equipment and collusion with individuals in the audience. He was both a savvy businessman and an exceptional showman.
Dorothy Height – 1912
During the Civil Rights Movement, Height played a pivotal role, serving as president of the National Council of Negro Women. She spoke on behalf of both African Americans and women in her efforts for equality. Height has been the hero of many generations of racial minorities as she advised presidents and government committees. Three presidents honored her with medals. The first in 1989, President Ronald Regan presented Height with the Citizens Medal Award. In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented her with the Medal of Freedom. President George Bush honored her with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
Louie Anderson – 1953
The Emmy-winning American comedian and actor developed his career throughout the 1980s, ’90s, and early 2000s. Anderson earned his first two Emmy’s for an animated series he created and produced for Fox in 1995 called Life with Louie. In 2016, he landed the role of Christine Baskets on the comedy series Baskets. The role led to his third Emmy win.
Jim Parsons – 1973
The award-winning American Actor is best known for his role as Sheldon Cooper in the long-running comedy series The Big Bang Theory. He can also be seen in The Boys in the Band, Hollywood, and A Kid Like Jake.
Peyton Manning – 1976
The American quarterback played 18 seasons in the National Football League. During his career, Manning played his first 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, he led the Colts to a Super Bowl win, beating the Chicago Bears 27-17. Manning became a Denver Bronco in 2012. He would bring home his second Super Bowl ring in 2016 by defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
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