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MARCH 30, 2018 | NATIONAL VIRTUAL VACATION DAY | NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY | NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY | NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY | NATIONAL PENCIL DAY | NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY

National Virtual Vacation Day - March 30
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NATIONAL VIRTUAL VACATION DAY

When March 30 arrives, so does National Virtual Vacation Day, reminding us that we all need to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate.

Vacations are good for our minds, bodies, and souls. Studies show that taking a vacation lowers the risk of heart disease. They also help hone our problem-solving skills and promote overall brain health. Furthermore, we’re more satisfied with money spent on vacations than on material goods.

But virtual vacations do not require money, packing, or transcontinental flights. All you need to achieve a virtual vacation is your imagination and free VR apps or a VR headset.

If you can dream it, you can achieve a virtual vacation. Enjoy an exciting African safari, hike the exotic Amazon rainforest, hit the beach in Bali, or join in the festivities at Mardi Gras. Space vacations are even possible! Adventurers to armchair travelers will thrill at the possibilities.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Learn more about virtual vacations and all the ways to enjoy one at Terrance Talks Travel http://terrancetalkstravel.com/virtual-vacation-day/. Sign up to win prizes and share your dream vacation. Use #VirtualVacationDay.

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HISTORY

Terrance Talks Travel founded National Virtual Vacation Day in 2016 to share the genius and potential of Virtual Vacations.

The Registrar of National Day Calendar proclaimed National Virtual Vacation Day to be observed annually on March 30.

About Terrance Talks Travel

TerranceTalksTravel.com shares cheap travel tips, affordable adventures, and little-known travel resources—and includes an archive of all Terrance Talks Travel: Über Adventures podcasts. Additionally, dozens of free travel reports can be downloaded at www.terrancetalkstravel.com.

National Doctors Day - March 30
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NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.

 

Healthcare today is more complex than ever.  With more advancements, tools and information at their fingertips doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients every day.  This is the day to honor the men and women who see us 365 days a year.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Take the opportunity to thank your physician for responding to late night phone calls, working long hours and providing unswerving care. Use #NationalDoctorsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

March 30, 1933, was the first observance of Doctors Day in Winder, Georgia.   Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians.  On this first day in 1933, greeting cards were mailed and flowers placed on the graves of deceased doctors.  The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day.

The first ether anesthetic for surgery was administered by Crawford W. Long, M.D. on March 30, 1842, marking the date for Doctors Day.  On that day, before Dr. Long operated to remove a tumor from a man’s neck, he administered ether anesthesia.   Following surgery, the man would swear that he felt nothing during the surgery and was not aware of anything until he awoke.

In 1991, National Doctors Day was proclaimed by President George Bush. The following is the complete proclamation.

George Bush
Proclamation 6253 – National Doctors Day, 1991
February 21, 1991

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation by President George Bush

More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellowman understand the tremendous responsibility it entails. Referring to the work of physicians, Dr. Elmer Hess, a former president of the American Medical Association, once wrote: “There is no greater reward in our profession than the knowledge that God has entrusted us with the physical care of His people. The Almighty has reserved for Himself the power to create life, but He has assigned to a few of us the responsibility of keeping in good repair the bodies in which this life is sustained.” Accordingly, reverence for human life and individual dignity is both the hallmark of a good physician and the key to truly beneficial advances in medicine.

The day-to-day work of healing conducted by physicians throughout the United States has been shaped, in large part, by great pioneers in medical research. Many of those pioneers have been Americans. Indeed, today we gratefully remember physicians such as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Dr. Charles Drew, who not only advanced their respective fields but also brought great honor and pride to their fellow Black Americans. We pay tribute to doctors such as Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk, whose vaccines for poliomyelitis helped to overcome one of the world’s most dread childhood diseases. We also recall the far-reaching humanitarian efforts of Americans such as Dr. Thomas Dooley, as well as the forward-looking labors of pioneers such as members of the National Institutes of Health, who are helping to lead the Nation’s fight against AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening diseases. These and other celebrated American physicians have enabled mankind to make significant strides in the ongoing struggle against disease.

However, in addition to the doctors whose name we easily recognize, there are countless others who carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States — indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice. All those Americans who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours, and many must cope with the conflicting demands of work and family life.

As we recognize our Nation’s physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury, it is fitting that we pay special tribute to those who serve as members of the Armed Forces and Reserves and are now deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Whether they carry the tools of healing into the heat of battle or stand duty at medical facilities in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, these dedicated physicians — along with thousands of nurses and other medical personnel — are vital to the success of our mission. We salute them for their courage and sacrifice, and we pray for their safety. We also pray for all those who come in need of their care.

In honor of America’s physicians, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 366 (Public Law 101-473), has designated March 30, 1991, as “National Doctors Day” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 30, 1991, as National Doctors Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fifteenth.

GEORGE BUSH
Citation: John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters,The American Presidency Project [online]. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California (hosted), Gerhard Peters (database). Available from World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=47267.

National Take a Walk in the Park Day - March 30
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NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY

National Take A Walk In The Park Day is observed annually on March 30th.  After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a nice, leisurely walk in the park.

Taking a walk at a local park is an excellent way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize and at the same time, to improve health.

During a walk, the opportunity to capture a beautiful photograph, compose an original poem, or have an uninterrupted conversation may arise.  The chance to lose track of time and run into a familiar face could occur, too.  When taking a walk in the park, all sorts of pleasant surprises could blossom. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Go out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside. Use #TakeAWalkInTheParkDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Take A Walk In The Park Day.

National I am in Control Day - March 30
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NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

National I am in Control Day is observed each year on March 30th.  

With the President being rushed to surgery on a rainy afternoon, a bullet lodged in his lung; a statement was made. “As of now, I am in control here in the White House.” Those are the words of Secretary of State Alexander Haig on March 30, 1981, after the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

He was taken to task for those words by the media. Haig later explained that he only meant that he was in charge until Vice President George Bush could be sworn in. Bush was en route at the time.

Sources believe that this was the beginning of National I am in Control Day.  This day has evolved and taken on a different context.  It is a day to get things under control in your life on a day to day basis.

HOW TO OBSERVE

There are ways to help the “out of control” feeling.  One way to begin is to take a break for a minute and evaluate your situations.
Then you may want to:

  • Start using a daily planner
  • De-clutter
  • Make lists
  • Tackle one project at a time
  • Learn organizational skills
  • Ask for help
  • Talk with someone
  • Feel confident with your decisions

Begin the steps that are needed for you to feel that you are in control of the things (at least those that can be managed) in your life.

Use #NationalIAmInControlDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of this day.

National Pencil Day March 30
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NATIONAL PENCIL DAY

Each year, March 30th is National Pencil Day.  Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858.

The majority of these writing utensils made in the United States are painted yellow.  It is believed that this tradition began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond.  This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil.  Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high-quality brand.

Notable pencil users (Wikipedia)

  • Thomas Edison had his pencils specially made by Eagle Pencil. Each pencil was three inches long, was thicker than standard pencils and had softer graphite than was typically available.
  • Vladimir Nabokov rewrote everything he had ever published, usually several times, by pencil.
  • John Steinbeck was an obsessive pencil user and is said to have used as many as 60 a day. His novel East of Eden took more than 300 pencils to write.
  • Vincent van Gogh used only Faber pencils as they were “superior to Carpenters pencils, a capital black and most agreeable.”
  • Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.
  • Roald Dahl used only pencils with yellow casing to write his books. He had six sharpened pencils ready at the beginning of each day and only when all six became unusable did he resharpen them.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Pick up some new pencils and use #NationalPencilDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Pencil Day.

National Turkey Neck Soup Day - March 30
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NATIONAL TURKEY NECK SOUP DAY

National Turkey Neck Soup Day is observed annually on March 30th.   The neck of a turkey makes flavorful soup and a homemade stock. Often called a bone soup, seasonings, vegetables and noodles can be added as well.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Recipes for Turkey Neck Soup:

http://www.food.com/recipe/turkey-neck-soup-304247
http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/turkey/turkey-neck-soup.html

Use #TurkeyNeckSoupDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Turkey Neck Soup Day.

 

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