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National I Want You to be Happy Day on March 3rd encourages us to do something that makes others happy. It also asks us to see others’ happiness from their point of view. Putting a smile on someone’s face tends to put one on ours, too.

Genuine happiness takes effort. While we’re not individually responsible for other’s happiness, we do play a role in spreading joy and good cheer. One way to do that is to see happiness from another person’s perspective. Happiness doesn’t fit a mold. Everything from being a morning person or a night owl, a favorite season and seafood can make or break a person’s general idea of happiness. A person’s overall journey through life gives them a unique outlook on happiness, too.

Being happy may merely be about quality, not quantity.


National I Want You to Be Happy Day is quite limitless. Give a flower here. Tell a silly knock-knock joke there. Buy the person’s coffee standing in line behind you. Remind your kids how much you love them. Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a spectacular day, a happy day. Draw a happy face in the snow for a stranger to come across later. Give someone a hug.

But no matter what, consider someone else’s happiness from their point of view.

Use #IWantYouToBeHappyDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this uplifting national day.

National Anthem Day - March 3


National Anthem Day commemorates the day the United States adopted “The Star Spangled Banner” as its National Anthem. Written by Francis Scott Key, the “Star Spangled Banner” became the National Anthem in 1931. 

Oh Say Can You See Fort McHenry

The story behind “The Star Spangled Banner” is as moving as the anthem itself. While an attorney, Key was serving in the Georgetown Light Field Artillery during the War of 1812. In 1814, his negotiation skills as a lawyer were called upon to release Dr. William Beane, a prisoner on the British naval ship, Tonnant. Early in September, Key traveled to Baltimore in the company of Colonel John Skinner to begin negotiations.

While Key and Skinner secured Beane’s release, the British navy had begun attacking Baltimore. The trio waited at sea to return to Georgetown.

Fort McHenry is built on a peninsula of the Patapsco River. Just across the Northwest Branch is the city of Baltimore. In 1814, the population of Baltimore was roughly 50,000 people, hardly the metropolis it is today. The country itself was still young, and often families of soldiers lived nearby, providing support to their soldiers.

The Rocket’s Red Glare

The British navy abandoned Baltimore and turned their full attention to Fort McHenry on September 13th. As the 190-pound shells began to shake the fort, mother nature brought a storm of her own. Thunder and rain pelted the shore along with the bombs and shells. Throughout the night, parents, wives, and children in their homes could hear and feel the bomb blasts across the way. There were reports of the explosions being felt as far away as Philadelphia. It was a long night of fear, worry, and providing comfort to one another.

At sea, Key had a similar night. Being a religious man, one who believed the war could have been avoided, he watched the bombs bursting in air over the water and steadily pummeling Fort McHenry. It was undoubtedly a sight to behold.

For 25 hours, the star-shaped fort manned by approximately 1,000 American soldiers endured over 1,500 cannon shots. The Fort answered with their own with almost no effect.

Does that Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave

In the early morning of September 14th, after Major George Armistead’s troops stopped the British landing party in a blaze of gunfire, the major ordered the oversized American flag raised in all its glory over Fort McHenry. Sewn a few months before by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter, the enormous banner replaced the storm flag, which had flown during battle.

As Key waited at sea for dawn to break and smoke to clear, imagine the inspiring sight in the silence of the morning to see his country’s flag fully unfurled against the breaking of the day and the fort standing firm. 

Key was so moved by the experience he immediately began penning the lyrics to a song which were later published by his brother-in-law as a poem titled “Defence of Fort M’Henry.”


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAnthemDay

Sing the Star Spangled Banner.  Did you know there are three more verses to the original song? As a challenge, try learning them all. Use #NationalAnthemDay to post on social media.


Nearly 117 years passed after Key penned “Defence of Fort M’Henry” before it became the national anthem of the United States of America. “Hail Columbia” and “My Country’ Tis of Thee” held honorary places as patriotic songs. But, the United States didn’t have an officially declared anthem until a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover, until “The Star Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3rd, 1931.

*Historical note: The spelling of “defence” in the original title of Key’s song is correct for the period.

National Soup It Forward Day - March 3


National Soup it Forward Day on March 3rd encourages us to deliver love and kindness by the bowlful. We all know a warm cup of kindness comes in many forms.

When I make a pot of soup, it is nearly always enough to feed an army. Those time-worn recipes grow over time, and love seasons it to perfection. I make it to warm my home, to cure a cold, and warm a soul.

Just as the recipes grow and provide a nourishing warmth, so can National Soup it Forward Day. When making one of your favorite soups at home, Soup it Forward. Deliver a healing pot of your delicious chicken noodle or split pea to a family or friend in need. Perhaps they have been ill or down on their luck. Whatever the situation, a little of your home cooking and visit will be a nice change.

I know my creamy potato soup will Soup it Forward nicely. What soup will you be making on National Soup it Forward Day?

HOW TO OBSERVE #SoupItForwardDay & #HugInABowl

Make up your favorite soup and deliver it to someone you know who could use the warmth of kindness in their life. Use #HugInABowl and #SoupItForwardDay to share on social media.

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Soup Sisters founded National Soup it Forward Day to encourage everyone to make a difference in each other’s lives through the warm, healing kindness of sharing a bowl of soup.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the National Soup it Forward Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.    

Soup Sisters is an award-winning National non-profit organization Founded on March 3, 2009. Since that time more than 1 million servings of nurturing and nourishing soup made by community people has been delivered monthly to 40 emergency shelters in North America for women and children fleeing family violence and domestic abuse. The organization’s Founder, Sharon Hapton launched Soup Sisters by celebrating a milestone birthday with a soup-making birthday party that provided the first delivery of soup to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

That is the simplicity of Sharon’s vision: to give people a way to give back to their community by doing something tangible – getting into the kitchen, spending a night with friends, rolling up their sleeves, and creating something heartwarming, heartfelt and with it a message of support to women and kids in crisis. Now operating in over 25 cities Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers deliver the gift of soup by providing a much-needed ‘Hug in a Bowl’. Soup it forward with the universal comfort food and for added inspiration, you can find over 300 soup recipes in the Soup Sisters trilogy of cookbooks.



Dagwood will eat his heart out on March 3rd because it’s National Cold Cuts Day. Call them lunch meats, deli meats, sandwich meats, or cold cuts. Some like them thick, while others stack them mile high. Others still just like them with cheese and crackers. However you like them, National Cold Cuts Day was made for sandwich and snack makers.

There are the deli staples like the humble turkey and ham.  Then there are the culinary delights like salami and prosciutto and flavors that require a more acquired taste like head cheese and braunschweiger. Whatever your taste, there is a cold cut for everyone. Well, everyone except the vegetarian.

Every nationality has a flavor all their own when it comes to seasoning, curing and aging a variety of meats. Spices, smoking, and time alters the taste. When the animal is butchered, temperature and air circulation affect the flavor, too.

It’s essentially an art history lesson all rolled into one, and at the end of it all, there’s mouth-watering food that can be enjoyed with friends and a good beverage.

Or, it’s merely a piece of meat meant to make a meal. Breaking bread with friends sounds so much more delightful, though.

Bologna is one of the most popular cold cuts in the United States due to a famous commercial. Named after the Italian city of the same name, bologna is similar to an Italian sausage called Mortadella.

Other popular cuts are chicken, roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, and pepperoni.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalColdCutsDay

Visit a local deli and enjoy the following recipes:

Cold Cuts Party Salad
Dill Pickle Ham Pinwheels Ham Rollups
Crock Pot BBQ Ham Sandwiches

Use #NationalColdCutsDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origin of this meat lovers’ holiday. 

National Mulled Wine Day - March 3


National Mulled Wine Day on March 3rd warms us up with fruits, spices, and wine. In the lingering days of winter, a hot mug of mulled wine hits the spot and fills the home with pleasant aromas. 

Mulled spirits are wine and liquors that have been heated and spiced. Mulled wine is usually made with red wine with various spices, fruits and sometimes slightly sweetened with honey.  Popular blends include cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus, vanilla, anise, cloves, raisins or pears.

 Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in First Century Rome.

The combination of the heated spirits and spices are a warm welcome on a cold winter’s day and have long been considered a balm against illness during this time of year.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMulledWineDay

Make up some mulled wine and invite someone to share it with you. If you’re looking for a recipe, try this one: 

Mulled Wine

Enjoy some mulled wine (Remember always drink responsibly and never to drink and drive) and use #NationalMulledWineDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this spicy beverage day. 

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March 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


For the first time, Congress overrides a presidential veto. Outgoing President John Tyler vetoed an appropriations bill from Congress. It wasn’t Tyler’s first use of his veto powers. At the time, only one other president use the veto more and that was Andrew Jackson. (Since then, presidents have found their veto stride.) On the last day of the Congressional session, Congress used its power to override the veto for the first time.


After graduating law school in 1873, Belva Lockwood lobbied to be admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar. It wasn’t until March 3, 1879, that she would become the first woman admitted to appear before the Supreme Court.


Time Magazines publishes its first issue.


President Herbert Hoover signs a Congressional resolution making the “Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order designating the song written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 as the country’s national song and the U.S. Navy had long honored the song.

Recipe of the Day

Caramel Popcorn
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves 8


8 cups popped popcorn
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Prepare popcorn according to instructions.

Place popcorn in two large, shallow baking dishes or jelly roll pans.

Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt butter.

Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.

Stirring constantly bring to a boil.

Allow to boil without stirring for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.

Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until evenly coated.

Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes.

Bake for 1 hour.

Store in an air-tight container.

March 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

George Pullman – 1831

All aboard!! The innovator of the industrial age developed luxurious passenger cars. Pullman also created company towns and under his watch union strikes broke out during one of the country’s worst depressions.

Chief Joseph – 1840

Born Hin-mah-too-ya-lat-kekt, or Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain, Joseph became Chief of the Nez Perce in 1871 following the death of his father. At the time, the federal government was making efforts to remove the Nez Perce from the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon to land in Idaho. Chief Joseph is best known for being a part of the resistance that lasted months and gained the respect of military leaders, despite its failure and his uncertain role as the leader.

Alexander Graham Bell – 1847

“Mr. Watson. Come here. I want to see you.” “E.T. phone home.” “Can you hear me now?” All these sentences connect us to one invention. While the Scottish-born inventor patented the telephone, his interests were broad including medical research and aeronautics.

Patricia MacLachlan – 1938

The award-winning American children’s author is best known for her novel Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Herschel Walker – 1962

The multi-talented American athlete won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. His 16-year professional football career was split between the United States Football League (USFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Between the two leagues, the running back accumulated a combined 13,787 rushing yards.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee – 1962

One of track and field’s greatest athletes, Joyner-Kersee has collected three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals. She appeared in her first Olympic games in 1984 in Los Angeles, winning silver in the heptathlon. Four years later, Joyner-Kersee brought home two golds, conquering the heptathlon and the long jump at Seoul. In 1992 in Barcelona, she repeated her win in the heptathlon and brought home bronze in the long jump. In her final appearance at the Atlanta games in 1996, Joyner-Kersee won her final medal, the bronze in the long jump.

Notable Mentions

Ruby Dandridge – 1902
Jean Harlow – 1911
Margaret Bonds – 1913

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