MARCH 31, 2021 | NATIONAL CRAYON DAY | NATIONAL TATER DAY | NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY | NATIONAL PROM DAY | MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY | NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY
Each year, on March 31st children and adults alike, pick up their favorite colors for National Crayon Day. Opening up a box of crayons opens up a world of imagination and hours of fun.
Wax and chalk-based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.
In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal. The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate success.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCrayonDay
Get out your crayons and color away! We’ve provided three color pages for all age levels for you to download and print. We would love to see your final creations! Post them to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages and we’ll definitely respond.
Use #NationalCrayonDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL CRAYON DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the founder of this colorful and fun holiday. In the meantime, we’ll keep finding more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!
If you like your spuds, National Tater Day on March 31st is for you! The day recognizes all kinds of potatoes which provide us with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Potatoes are quite versatile, which might explain why so many people like them. They are the number one consumed vegetable in the United States. And when you consider how many ways we can eat the over 200 different kinds of potatoes in the United States, you shouldn’t be surprised.
First off, we can bake them. Who doesn’t like a baked potato? Yeah, we see you in back. Put your hand down. The rest of us absolutely love the baked spud. Plus those baked potatoes? You can bake them twice with all sorts of delicious toppings. Twice! Secondly, we can boil them. And from the boiled potatoes we can make soups, salads, or make one of the world’s all-time favorite potato dishes – mashed potatoes. And did you know, mashed potatoes have numerous different recipes, too? You can’t have shepherd’s pie without mashed potatoes. Dice them and slice them and we can make scalloped, fried, or even hashbrowns. And then, there’s potato dumplings and pancakes.
Beyond all the ways we use potatoes, this day may have originally had a different meaning. At the beginning of April, parts of Kentucky celebrated the sweet potato (Tater Day). Sweet potatoes are one of the main cash crops in that area. Tater Day started way back in the early 1840s with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes. It is the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.
Worldwide, there are more than four thousand potato varieties.
Since the time potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, their consumption has been a major part of the North American diet.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTaterDay
Have your potato, tater, or spud the way you like it. Sprinkle them with herbs, cheese, or just a hint of salt. What’s really important is that you celebrate this humble vegetable. Use #NationalTaterDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TATER DAY HISTORY
The day may have originated in Kentucky where they have celebrated Tater Day for some time. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Tater Day.
NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY
On the last Wednesday in March, National Little Red Wagon Day celebrates the memories in the making and the ones already made. One iconic toy wields the power of imagination for adults and children alike as it brings us together to explore, laugh and play.
For nearly 100 years, Radio Flyer has been bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. As a brand, Radio Flyer has always supported unstructured outdoor play and its positive impact on children. With their 100th anniversary on the horizon, Radio Flyer would like to establish a day that not only celebrates kids’ imaginations but the vehicles that help them explore it – their wagons.
This iconic toy is one of the most enduring toys of all time. For generations, children have led little red wagons down Independence Day parade routes, carried out infinite imaginary missions and voyages of childhood fantasy. It is not unusual for a little red wagon to be handed down from one generation to the next, treasured like a family heirloom. The adventures are enjoyed by all, regardless of age.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LittleRedWagonDay
As the weather gets warmer and spring officially begins, use the day to encourage kids to get outside, get active and go wherever their imaginations take them. Use #LittleRedWagonDay and tag @RadioFlyer to share on social media.
NATIONAL LITTLE RED WAGON DAY HISTORY
Radio Flyer founded National Little Red Wagon Day in honor of its 100th anniversary. The Registrar of National Day Calendar® declared the day in 2016.
NATIONAL PROM DAY
On March 31st, National Prom Day honors friendship, cherished memories and celebrates the history, joy, and excitement this milestone event brings.
The day celebrates this special time in every teen’s life. It is a time filled with fashion, friendship and fun. But at times safety, peer pressure, and insecurity go along with it. too. That is why building a community that encourages confidence, empowerment, individuality and inner beauty is so important. It is also why we celebrate young adults all around the world.
In 2016, the celebration proudly supported Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The organization shares common values and is a long-standing champion in educating young people. While SADD’s core focus remains on traffic safety, it has expanded its mission to include substance abuse, suicide, depression, bullying, violence, body image and more.
Another focus of the event is supporting youth in need. That’s why the observance also promotes the giving program Garden of Dreams.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPromDay
The day encourages all generations to share prom photos. Bring out photos from year’s past and share them on social media. Use the hashtag #NationalPromDay with the tag @promgirlxo and @promguytux. Let’s re-live history by sharing some of the most treasured memories in each of our lives and embrace this special occasion that continues to hold so much tradition. If prom photos are not available, we encourage sharing any image that celebrates confidence and tagging friends who have empowered with confidence.
NATIONAL PROM DAY HISTORY
PromGirl founded National Prom Day in 2016 to celebrate generations of proms gone by, the fashion, fun, and friendship and to look forward to the proms ahead of us. For more information visit nationalpromday.org.
In the first year, the observance recognized the efforts of SADD with a donation for every promgirl.com and promguy.com sale on March 31st. During the following years, their efforts continued with the promotion of the giving program Garden of Dreams.
In 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the day to be observed on March 31st, annually.
MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY
Manatee Appreciation Day on the Last Wednesday in March focuses the world’s attention on an herbivore with no known natural enemy. Also known as the sea cow, manatees are a vulnerable species due to their contact with humans. Boating and pollution, as well as other external forces, threaten the manatee.
These slow-moving herbivores inhabit slow rivers, canals, saltwater bays, estuaries, and coastal areas around the world. All three species of manatees are considered gentle giants, spending most of their time eating, sleeping, and traveling.
- Amazonian – Inhabiting the Amazon River Basin in northern South America, this species lives exclusively in freshwater.
- West Indian – This species includes two subspecies – the Florida Manatee and the Antillean manatee. The Florida manatee ranges from the Caribbean and up the coast of Florida toward North Carolina. They have also been spotted near Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. The West Indian manatee prefers slow-moving freshwater but is also found in saltwater, too.
- African Manatee – Inhabiting both salt and freshwater, the West African manatee travels all along the West African coastline. While mostly a herbivore, the West African manatee also occasionally eats fish.
Manatees weigh between 300-540 kg (600-1200 lbs) and live up to 60 years. Spending most of their time underwater, unpolluted habitats are vital to their survival. While they do surface occasionally to replenish their oxygen, manatees can remain submerged for about 20 minutes at a time. When they do surface, they are capable of replenishing 90 percent of the air in their lungs. By comparison, humans only replace about 10 percent.
More Manatee Facts:
- Belonging to the scientific order, Sirenia, they are also related to the dugong.
- Manatees are related to the elephant.
- Due to their immense size, they graze up to 8 hours a day.
- Manatees continually replace their teeth. A new set is always growing behind the current set of teeth.
The observance aims to bring awareness to some of the manatees’ most significant challenges. Due to loss of habitat, pollution, hunting, and climate change, manatee numbers are declining. While conservation efforts have brought the manatee back from the brink of extinction, more must be done.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ManateeAppreciationDay
There are several ways to recognize the day.
- Learn more about this amazing water mammal.
- Support saving their habitat.
- Take precautions while boating to prevent harming the manatee.
While celebrating National Manatee Appreciation Day, be sure to use #ManateeApprecicationDay to post on social media.
MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this appreciation day.
NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY
National Bunsen Burner Day on March 31st each year honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen.
Named after Robert Bunsen, a Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame. Labs use the Bunsen burner for heating, sterilization, and combustion. The gas can be either natural gas (usually methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane or a mixture of the two.
The invention of the Bunsen burner opened up new opportunities for the use of natural gas. A standard tool in chemistry, the Bunson burner is found throughout schools and laboratories around the world. Most students become familiar with the use of Bunsen burner for at least one semester during their high school career.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBunsenBurnerDay
Share your experiences from science class or in the lab as a scientist using the Bunsen burner. Give a shout out to your favorite science teacher or lab partner. You can also share your favorite experiments using the Bunsen burner. You can also learn more about Robert Bunsen, his career and life. Review the main types of flame produces by the Bunsen burner and what their colors mean. What temperatures does the Bunsen burner reach and how does this impact an experiment?
Use #NationalBunsenBurnerDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY HISTORY
The day commemorates the birth of chemist this standard chemistry tool is named for. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Bunsen Burner Day.
NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY
National Clams on the Half Shell Day on March 31st offers clam lovers a day to celebrate one of the world’s most unique dishes.
The best variety of hardshell clams (also called Quahogs) for serving on the half-shell is the topneck, but you will find recipes using littlenecks and cherrystone as well. The topnecks run about two inches across, and the meaty clam is enough for a bite-sized morsel of Atlantic saltwater goodness.
Clams on the half shell can be raw, steamed, grilled or even smoked.
One popular “on the half shell” recipe originated in Rhode Island. Often served as an appetizer, Clams Casino is a dish with toasted breadcrumbs and bacon. Legend has it the recipe for Clam Casino dates back to 1917 and the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island. According to Good Housekeeping Great American Classics, maître d’hôtel Julius Keller and Mrs. Paran Stevens developed clams casino for her guests, as she wanted to serve up something special and named it after the hotel. The dish soon became so successful, word spread, and it began appearing on menus across the nation.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ClamsOnTheHalfShellDay
National Clams on the Half Shell Day is easy to celebrate! Get steaming or grilling, depending on your preferences. Clam lovers dig in and show the rest of the crowd what they’ve been missing! Demonstrate the best way to enjoy them, the flavors and side dishes, too. Order up your favorite clam on the half shell meal. Then, give the restaurant a shout-out.
Use #ClamsOnTheHalfShellDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CLAMS ON THE HALF SHELL DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins National Clams on the Half Shell Day. It seems all clammed up about it. Either way, we’ll keep digging for more information and keep you posted.
March 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Charles Dickens publishes the first issue of the Pickwick Papers.
Electric lights illuminate Wabash, Indiana. Electricians install four of Charles F. Brush’s 3,000 candlepower lamps atop the courthouse. Once lit they cast a brilliant glow across the city. Because of this, Wabash lays claim to being the first in the world to be entirely lit with electric light. However, historians find the use of the word “first” to lack authenticity or accuracy.
Oklahoma! opens on Broadway. The Rogers and Hammerstein production would run for five years and although it won no awards (none existed at the time) the show was a critical and popular success.
The first daylight saving time begins in the United States. This is where the madness started.
Recipe of the Day
Mexican Bean & Chicken Dip
Prep: 10 mins.
Cook: 10 mins.
Servings: 12 – 15
2 cans pre-cooked shredded chicken
1 15 oz can Refried Beans
1 15 oz can Stewed diced Tomatoes
1 Can Green Chilis
1 Package Taco Seasoning
8 oz Shredded Cheddar
6 – 8 Green Onions
Open and drain chicken, add taco seasoning with shredded chicken, mixing into a saucepan. Slice and green onions while warming-pan over low heat. Keep on low heat and add refried beans, stewed tomatoes, and green chilis with chicken, stirring occasionally until mixed well and warm.
Place in a serving bowl, cover with shredded cheese, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy. Alternately, place dip into small warming crock to keep the dip warm while enjoying.
Recommended: Try this recipe with beef – Mexican Beef & Bean Dip
March 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen – 1811
In 1855, the German chemist introduced the single flame open gas burner commonly used for heating, sterilizing, and combustion in laboratories.
Octavio Paz – 1914
The Mexican poet and author of the essay The Labyrinth of Solitude gained worldwide acclaim for his literature. Throughout his lifetime, his literary prowess has been recognized, most notably with the 1977 National Prize for Arts and Literature in Linguistics and Literature, the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 1990 Nobel Prize.
Gordie Howe – 1928
The ambidextrous right wing played a phenomenal 26 seasons in the National Hockey League. In 1973, Howe signed a contract to play for the World Hockey League continuing his professional career another seven years. During his entire career, Howe’s performance logged records that in some cases remain unbroken. He is considered one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest NHL Players and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.
Cesar Chavez – 1927
A former migrant farmworker, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. The organization would later become the United Farm Workers of America and under Chavez’s guidance, it would gain higher wages and benefits for workers.
Liz Claiborne – 1929
The pioneering women’s fashion designer launched Liz Claiborne, Inc. on January 19, 1976, with Arthur Ortenberg, Leonard Boxer, and Jerome Chazen. Claiborne’s designs targeted the business woman’s need for easy-wear fashion appropriate for the office.
Herb Alpert – 1935
The award-winning trumpeter co-founded A&M records in the 1960s with Jerry Moss. He was also the leader of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. His foundation established The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts rewarding risk-taking artists in a variety of fields.
Rhea Perlman – 1948
Rhea Perlman is the four-time Emmy-winning actress from the sitcom Cheers. Her previous role was playing opposite Danny DeVito in Taxi.
Angus Young – 1955
In 1973, the energetic guitarist co-founded the Australian rock band AC/DC.
Mary Chestnut – 1823
Lizzie Miles – 1895
Shirley Jones – 1934
Richard Chamberlain – 1934
Christopher Walken – 1943
Ewan McGregor – 1971
Evan Williams – 1972
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