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National Joe Day - March 27


National Joe Day on March 27th encourages everyone to enjoy a cup of joe with all your friends named Joe, Jo, Joey, Joseph, and Josephine. While you’re at it, don’t forget Joette, Jody, Johanna, Jodie or any other variant of the name Joe. If you didn’t know it, quite a few nicknames can be created from this one name. 

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles. In 1910, it moved to No. 5.  From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower. Famous Joes, Jos and Jo Anns populate the world. They fill many roles, too. So their name does not define them. Just check out the variety of hats they wear!

Famous Joes:
  • American football player and coach – Joe Montana 
  • Politician – Jo Ann Emerson
  • Comedian, musician, and actor – Joe Pesci 
  • Politician and lawyer – Joe Biden 
  • Musician, singer, dancer -Josephine Baker
  • Theatrical producer, entrepreneur, film producer – Joseph Gordon
  • American football player – Joe Namath 
  • Opera singer – Dame Josephine Barstow
  • Formula one endurance driver – Jo Gartner
  • Politician, soldier – Joseph Stalin 
  • Songwriter, musician, singer – Joey Ramone 
  • Journalist – Jo Coburn
  • Baseball player – Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • Olympic medalist, swimmer – Josephine McKim
  • American football player – Joe Green
  • Actress – Jodie Foster
  • Musician – Joe Jonas
  • Businesswoman, politician – Jo Ann Davis
  • Baseball player, actor – Joe DiMaggio
  • Author – Josephine Cox
  • Musician – Joe Cocker
  • Boxer – Joe Frazier
  • Athlete, sprinter – Joanne Cuddihy
  • Baseball player – Joe Mauer
  • Journalist, author – Josephine Lawrence
  • Press Secretary – Jody Powell
  • Musician – Joe Walsh

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJoeDay

During our research, we found this day has a few different versions as to how it is celebrated.

1.  Honor all people with the name “Joe.”
2.  For the day, change your name to a name of your choice.
3.  Everyone changes their name to a version of “Joe” or “Jo” of your choice.
4.  Read the science fiction novella Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson. 

Another way to celebrate the day is by telling stories about friends and family named Joe. We all know someone from our past or present who have made our lives just a little bit better just by being the Joe or Jo that they are.

Use #NationalJoeDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this day. In the meantime, you can call us Joe, and we’ll call you Joe, too. It’s a great way to create confusion while avoiding it.



National Scribble Day on March 27 inspires children to kindness through art.

Each of us starts out as a little colorful, wrinkled up human being with eyes, nose and sometimes a shock of hair. Our personality develops as we go. We’re a bit like a scribble.

Children’s scribbles become more than just scribbles when eyes and a smile are added. Somehow a personality leaps onto the page and with it, encouragement for children to grow and express themselves. The positive result looking back at them spreads a surge of joy that is infectious.

That’s what’s so wonderful about scribbles – anyone can make them no matter their ability. This means everyone from Grandpa to the smallest family member can join in the day.  Gather up the crayons in every color and scribble up smiles for everyone!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScribbleDay

Scribble with a child on National Scribble Day.  Whether it laughs, dances or grins, it doesn’t really matter. The child can laugh, dance and grin, too!  Educators, visit for resources and to sign up for stickers.

Families, you can participate at home by bringing out the crayons and art supplies. Let the kids of all ages get creative with their scribbles. Art is an excellent way to relieve anxiety and there are no lines to stay between here! Here are some fun ways to enjoy creating scribbles:

  • Challenge your household to scribble sudsy scribbles – you know, ones that use the right amount of soap when they wash their hands.
  • Have fun naming your scribbles.
  • Turn your final scribbles into a game of who’s who. For example, whose scribble looks most like Mick Jagger or Marilyn Monroe?

Educators, also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ways to celebrate the day with your students.

Use #NationalScribbleDay to share your scribbles on social media.


Diane Alber, author of I’m NOT Just a Scribble, founded National Scribble Day in 2019 to share a message of kindness and acceptance and to encourage children to create art no matter their ability. Every artist started with a scribble!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Scribble Day to be observed annually on March 27th.







March 27th is the annual observance of National Spanish Paella Day.  A rice dish from Spain, paella has become very popular and is known around the world. It originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain.

At lunchtime, workers in the fields would make the rice dish in a flat pan over a fire. They mixed in whatever they could find – such as rabbits, snails, and vegetables. Later, for special occasions, chicken was added. Paella has spread to every region of Spain, as well as worldwide, using almost any type of ingredient that goes well with rice.

There are many versions of recipes of paella. Key ingredients are saffron and olive oil. Saffron is an essential spice that also turns the rice a beautiful golden color.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SpanishPaellaDay

Master this Spanish rice dish and share it with family and friends. We’ve provided a few versions for you to try, too!

Vegetarian Paella
Classic Seafood Paella
Easy Paella

Use #SpanishPaellaDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday.

International MSL Day - March 27


International Medical Science Liaison Day, on March 27th, recognizes the vital role Medical Science Liaisons (MSL) play in the success of a company.

Since being first established by Upjohn Pharmaceuticals in 1967, MSLs have become increasingly important to the companies’ success that employs them. According to the MSL Society website, “Today, MSLs are scientific experts to internal colleagues at their companies; they help to ensure that the drug or product they support are utilized effectively by physicians, and serve as scientific peers and resources within the medical community.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMSLDay

There are multiple ways to celebrate International MSL Day!

  • Show pride in your profession.
  • Share The International MSL Day logo on social media.
  • Take a photo where you are showing off your MSL pride!
  • Share your story of how you became an MSL.
  • Share why you love the MSL career.

To learn more about how to get involved, visit:

Give a shout-out to an MSL you know who is dedicated to the job. Use #InternationalMSLDay to share on social media.


International MSL Day Logo-Background_300x250 - BlueIn 2020, The Medical Science Liaison Society established International Medical Science Liaison Day to raise awareness of the importance of the MSL role in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and other companies that employ them. Their role ultimately improves patients’ lives.

Dr. Samuel Dyer, CEO of the MSL Society, commented: “Establishing International Medical Science Liaison Day is a way to celebrate our profession and demonstrate our commitment to the profession on a global scale. MSLs make important contributions in helping to advance science and medicine, which ultimately improves the quality of life for patients dealing with various diseases and conditions. Having an official day dedicated to MSLs is a unique way to recognize the profession and raise awareness of the importance of the global MSL profession.”

Paul Q. Ward, National MSL Lead, AstraZeneca, commented, “I’m very excited to have March 27th mark the first-ever International MSL Day and have this day set aside to recognize MSLs around the world for the incredible work they do. MSLs play an important part of educating prescribers on the disease state, safety, efficacy, and appropriate use of medications that ultimately lead to improvements in the care of patients. More and more, MSLs are being turned to for their scientific and clinical skills as a trusted source of information by health care providers. I am proud to be a part of the MSL Society and the work it does to grow, develop and recognize the contributions of MSLs around the world for all they do. Congratulations and thank you MSLs!”

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed International Medical Science Liaison Day to be observed on March 27th, annually.

About The Medical Science Liaison Society

The Medical Science Liaison Society is the only 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization exclusively dedicated to advancing the global MSL profession. Serving as a voice for the profession, the organization builds further awareness of the important contributions that MSLs make in advancing science, which ultimately improves the quality of life for patients dealing with various diseases and conditions. Additionally, The Medical Science Liaison Society provides numerous resources for those interested in the MSL career, as well as professional growth and development opportunities for current MSL Managers and individual MSLs.

The MSL Career has exploded in growth over the last several years, and the MSL has become vital to the success of pharmaceutical companies. As the MSL role continues to grow and evolve, The Medical Science Liaison Society will provide resources to members to increase their industry knowledge, connect them to the global MSL community, and give them the tools and resources they need to advance in their careers.

March 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History 2021

Branch managers of the American Bell Telephone Company in Boston, MA, made the first long-distance telephone call when they called the branch managers in New York.


The Coca-Cola Company officially submits Coke as a registered trademark.


The MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain premieres in New York City. Gene Kelly plays opposite Debbie Reynolds in the film about a production company and cast transitioning into the world of talkies.


NASA launches Mariner 7 on its mission to study the atmosphere and surface of Mars. Five days earlier, Mariner 6 launched with the same mission. However, Mariner 7 would successfully return usable data five months later.

Recipe of the Day

Carrot and Pear Soup

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings:  6


2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups diced carrots
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons diced, fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream for garnish
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

Add carrots, pears, ginger, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally until carrots are tender.

Let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth.

Garnish with dill, salt and pepper.

Serve topped with sour cream and bacon crumbles.

March 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 2021
Patty Hill – 1868

The American educator composed songs for children with her sister Mildred Hill. They would publish Song Stories for Kindergarten. The melody for one composition, “Good Morning to All” gained worldwide fame. We know it by the name “Happy Birthday to You.” In 2013, the song became the focus of a class-action lawsuit when the copyright came under scrutiny.

In 1996, the Songwriters Hall of Fame elected to induct both Patty and Mildred Hill posthumously into the Hall of Fame.

Effa Manley – 1897

In 1935, Effa Manley became part-owner of the Negro League team the Brooklyn Eagles.  And she grew it into a successful business. Effa was also known for her fierce stance on equal rights, often hosting Anti-lynching Days at games. Later known as the Newark Eagles they would win the 1946 Negro League World Series.

Quentin Tarantino – 1963

The award-winning director made his debut in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs. Two years later, Tarantino earned his first Oscar with the film Pulp Fiction.

Mariah Carey – 1970

The award-winning singer-songwriter is known for her broad vocal range. Carey rose to stardom in the 1990s with her self-titled album.

Notable Mentions

Wilhelm Rontgen – 1845
Sato Eisaku – 1901
Nathan Fillion – 1971
Dustin Byfuglien – 1985

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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