NATIONAL TATER DAY
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. Read more…
NATIONAL CRAYON 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. Read more…
NATIONAL PROM DAY
On March 31st, National Prom Day honors friendship, cherished memories and celebrates the history, joy, and excitement this milestone event brings. Read more…
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. Read more…
NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY
National Bunsen Burner Day on March 31st each year honors the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen. Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Name: Spinach Cheddar Muffin
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 30 minutes
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole or 2% milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and pressed dry
1 cup shredded cheese
Heat oven to 375°F with rack placed in the center of the oven. Line muffin tin with 12 paper liners or coat with cooking spray, butter, or oil.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix milk, oil, and egg.
Gradually add liquid mixture to the dry mixture, stirring until just incorporated.
Fold in the spinach and cheese.
Fill muffin cups about 1/3 full with the batter. Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes clean.
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.
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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