NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY
National Grammar Day is observed across the United States each year on March 4th. The observance encourages the use of correct grammar in both verbal and written language.
According to the Global Language Monitor, the estimated number of words in the English language is 1,025,109. There is some controversy over that figure, but it’s safe to say it is over a million.
Language is something to celebrate. Some people might suggest that grammar is a set of rules for language, but it is a system for understanding language. Understanding the system and the structure helps us to understand each other better and can help us to learn new languages.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGrammarDay
There’re so many ways to celebrate the day. Try these on for size:
- Read a new blog, book, magazine, or newspaper. You might learn a new turn of phrase or word.
- Learn a new word from another language. Not all languages use the same grammar rules. Some languages even have words that don’t exist in other languages.
- Spend time with someone who speaks your first language as a second language. You might learn something new about syntax, tense, or spelling.
- What might be a grammar error in one language is perfectly fine in another. Do you speak two languages or more? What are the unique differences between grammar rules that you’ve noticed?
Do your best to use proper grammar and use #NationalGrammarDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY HISTORY
Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, designated National Grammar Day in 2008.
NATIONAL SONS DAY
National Sons Day on March 4th honors the sons of the world and those who raise them.
Around the world, slightly more sons are born than daughters. Both bring joy to families. When it comes to our children, our rambunctious sons grow into adult men. Some are soft-spoken and gentle. Others with a spark of curiosity fill every hour with questions, some unanswerable.
Parents and family members strive to mold them into a person better than we are. Sons, like many children, test the boundaries until one day, they stand before us, grown. National Sons Day encourages parents to be role models and provide the boundaries sons need. Celebrate their successes while guiding them through their failures. Give them a foundation of skills that they will rely on for a lifetime and pass on to their sons.
Each day as a son and the parent of one is a treasure. Boys need us to model responsibility, hard work, and integrity. As they work and learn beside us, those qualities will be instilled in them. The day reminds us of the value our sons bring to our lives and others.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSonsDay
Consider all the things you want your son to know and be when he’s an adult. Take the day to teach your son something you think is important for him to know. Change a tire or balance the checkbook. The small tasks, the mundane ones are the ones that get in the way when we don’t know how to do them. Bond over the experience by letting him know you teach him these skills to clear a path for the bigger events in his life.
Other ways to celebrate the day include:
- Join an organization for mentoring boys without male role models.
- Find a role model that fits the interests of your son.
- Teach your son something your father taught you.
- Offer to give a skills class at a school.
Make the day unique by taking a photograph with all the sons together and share on social media using #NationalSonsDay.
NATIONAL SONS DAY HISTORY
In 2018, Jill Nico created National Sons Day celebrating the importance and significations of sons and those who raise them. While there’s no single reason for selecting March 4th, the founder explains spring seemed ideal, and the date resounds with momentum when spoken. Additionally, many sons enjoy spring sports, and it’s an excellent time to spend time outdoors. Visit the Facebook page to join in the celebration.
In the late 1990s, an effort to create National Sons Day began as a counterpart to National Take Your Daughters to Work Day. By 1998, the group called National Sons Day created National Take Your Sons to Work Day. In later years, the separate observances joined forces.
NATIONAL HUG A G.I. DAY
As the only day on the calendar that is mnemonically a military command, March 4th recognizes National Hug a G.I. Day.
Gather around your servicemen and women to give them a hug. It’s simply a way to show your support. With either a pat on the back or a hearty handshake, be sure to give both past and present G.I.s your appreciation. While G.I.s refer to Army personnel, the day encompasses all those who have served in the military. So, hug those Jarheads, Wingnuts, Squids, and Coasties, too!
Today the term G.I. is fairly commonly known to refer to those serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. How that came to be is a little less military protocol and more the American story.
It seems at the turn of the 20th century, G.I. was a notation used in supply records for galvanized iron. It was later used during World War I for German artillery shells made from galvanized iron.
Sometime during the war soldiers started interpreting the initials as “Government Issue” or “General Issue”. By the time World War II came around it was starting to gain meaning as the generic enlisted man.
Not surprisingly, sarcastic usage among many servicemen was common, feeling they were just like any other Government Issued supply being mass-produced for Uncle Sam.
About that time G.I. Joe was born. His creator, comic strip artist, and former Army Sergeant David Breger, issued his first G.I. Joe cartoon series in Yank magazine on June 17, 1942.
The term G.I. became more permanently etched in the American language when in 1944 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill that became known as the G.I. Bill; Servicemen’s Readjustment Act.
And then there was no going back when Hasbro trademarked their G.I. Joe as an action figure in 1964.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HugAGIDay
Find a G.I. you know and give them a hug. Is your G.I. too far away to give a hug? Send him or her a virtual one via text, e-mail, phone or even snail mail. Use #HugAGIDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HUG A G.I. DAY HISTORY
In 1996, Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith created Hug A G.I. Day. She selected the only day on the calendar that was also a military command to salute and celebrate the men and women who risk their lives for our country and freedoms. We have included the link to the original page for you. http://adriennesiouxkoopersmith.blogspot.com/2013/02/hug-gi-day-1996-ask-style-celebrating.html
NATIONAL HOSPITALIST DAY
National Hospitalist Day recognizes the contributions of more than 60,000 hospitalists nationwide on the first Thursday in March annually. Hospital medicine is one of the fastest-growing specialties in modern medicine, and those who practice it are known as hospitalists.
Hospitalists manage patient care throughout their inpatient stay and have been proven to reduce readmissions while also serving as leaders in quality improvement and patient safety. Drs. Lee Goldman and Bob Wachter first coined the term “hospitalist” in a New England Journal of Medicine article in 1996.
Today, hospitalists include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and practice administrators. They may be certified in a wide range of specialties, including internal medicine, family medicine and more. Hospitalists continue to drive improvement in care as they have for the last 20 years. Hospitalists’ careers can take many different paths, ranging from a member of a hospital executive team to an academic leader at a medical institution.
Notable names in the specialty include former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, CMS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kate Goodrich and FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHospitalistDay
Learn more about the hospital medicine specialty and how hospitalists are transforming patient care by visiting the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) website, www.hospitalmedicine.org.
On SHM’s website, you will find printable posters and flyers as well as shareable social media graphics on a dedicated National Hospitalist Day page, www.hospitalmedicine.org/hospitalistday. This page also features profiles of exceptional hospitalists from varied backgrounds making notable contributions to the specialty and to the healthcare landscape.
On social media, use #NationalHospitalistDay and #HowWeHospitalist to recognize a hospitalist you know, share your success stories and reasons why you are proud to practice hospital medicine.
NATIONAL HOSPITALIST DAY HISTORY
In 2019, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) founded National Hospitalist Day to recognize the growing number of dedicated hospitalists around the country. SHM is the leading non-profit medical society serving the entire hospital medicine care team, and its mission is to promote exceptional care for hospitalized patients through education, advocacy, research, quality improvement initiatives, and more.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Hospitalist Day to be observed on the first Thursday in March annually.
NATIONAL POUND CAKE DAY
On March 4th, National Pound Cake Day recognizes one of the dessert world’s most versatile cakes. Each year it is celebrated by bakers and cake lovers alike. Celebrate with a piece (or two) of this deliciously rich delight.
The traditional recipe for pound cake makes a cake much larger than most families can consume, as it calls for a pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Hence the name Pound Cake.
In the United States, sour cream pound cake is a popular variation apart from the traditional pound cake recipe. Other variations include adding vanilla or almond flavoring or dried fruits.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPoundCakeDay
Celebrating National Pound Cake Day is easy! You can visit your favorite bakery and pick up a pound of deliciously sweet cake to share. While you’re there, be sure to give the baker a shout-out, too. You can also turn on your oven and bake up a traditional pound cake. We have just the right recipe for you to try. Slice it up and add some sweet berries, whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate or fruit syrup, and this dessert will dazzle even the most serious critics.
Use #NationalPoundCakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL POUND CAKE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this dessert holiday.
MARCHING MUSIC DAY
March forth to the rhythm of life on Marching Music Day every March 4th. Honor the dedicated musicians and performers of many diverse styles and backgrounds. Marching Music Day celebrates all varieties of art forms that bring us “music on the move.”
For centuries, the beat of a drum has kept military units moving in unison. From the training field to the battlefield, the football stadium to the Broadway stage, marching music delights performers and spectators. They also perform in small gyms, auditoriums, and grand arenas. From small parades to impressive spectacles, fifers, pipers, buglers, drum corps, marching bands, parade groups, drill teams, and color guards bring music to life. They bring audiences to their feet while stirring a crowd to an enthusiastic roar.
Military Roots & Technology
Did you know, the military roots of the drum corps have evolved over time. As a well-rooted art form, marching music moves us during somber memorials. And yet it thrills us with an ability to perform delightful music and execute intricate routines with exact precision. Drill squads, marching bands, drum lines, and drum corps name but a few of the many styles of marching music. They engage hundreds of thousands of performers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.
We see marching music in schools, military units, community celebrations, and local auxiliaries. The music is as varied as the ensembles themselves, too! While instruments may be limited to brass in some settings, others may include woodwinds and electric guitars in others. Dance teams, baton twirlers, and color guards perform to modern soundtracks. They take center stage with performances ranging from traditional, standard marches to rock and roll, jazz, contemporary, and electronic dance music.
Furthermore, marching music keeps changing! Spectacular string bands incorporate their own unique sound and elaborate costuming. Technology has brought about the production of lighter, electronic and digital instruments making it possible for musicians to march with violins, cellos, basses, and synthesizers to entertain crowds in unique and creative new ways.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MarchingMusicDay
March forth! Support your local marching music groups. There are many ways to take part.
- Attend their performances and bring new supporters with you.
- Back their competitions by contributing to their fundraisers.
- If you’re a musician, consider becoming part of the band.
- Share your experience by teaching others.
Whether it is through a school, a veterans group, or an independent ensemble, they will appreciate your support. And you will appreciate the entertainment and music! Use #MarchForth #MarchingMusicDay to share your support on social media.
MARCHING MUSIC DAY HISTORY
Drum Corps International founded Marching Music Day to celebrate marching music as an engaging and ever-expanding art form around the world. The day also celebrates Music In Our Schools Month. The observance chose March Fourth as a clever play on words.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to March forth into celebration annually, beginning in 2017.
On Deck for March 5, 2021
- National Absinthe Day
- National Cheese Doodle Day
- National Multiple Personality Day
- National Day of Unplugging – First Friday in March
- National Dress in Blue Day – First Friday in March
- National Speech and Debate Education Day – First Friday in March
- National Employee Appreciation Day – First Friday in March
March 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President William Henry Harrison sits for the first presidential photograph following his inauguration.
The Boston Globe publishes its first issue.
After being elected by the citizens of Montana, Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Name your favorite road song. “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar or “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane. Nine motor clubs combined to form the American Automobile Association (AAA or Triple-A) in Chicago, Illinois.
Charles Curtis takes the oath of office and becomes the first Native American vice president.
The first woman Cabinet member takes office. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins from Massachusetts to Secretary of Labor.
In a private ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II knights Charlie Chaplin, Sir Charles Chaplin Knight Commander of the British Empire.
The Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year goes to Olivia Newton-John for “I Honestly Love You.” Stevie Wonder wins Album of the Year for Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Best Male Pop Performance.
Recipe of the Day
1 pound cake flour (3-1/2 cups)
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar (2 cups)
1 pound eggs (9 large)
1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla or 1/2 to 1 tablespoon almond
Preheat oven to 300°F. Prepare two or three bread loaf pans or one bundt pan and a loaf pan.
Cream butter well, add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy.
Add eggs two at a time, and beat well after each. Add flavoring.
Add flour gradually and beat until smooth.
Pour mixture into pans. Bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Enjoy!
March 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Garrett Morgan – 1877
Of the American inventor’s patents, two provided significant progress in safety. The first was a gas mask, and the second was a three-position traffic. Similar to previous traffic signals, Morgan’s include stop and go positions, but it also included an all-direction stop. This allowed the intersection to clear before giving traffic from the other direction the go signal.
Knute Rockne – 1888
Considered one of football’s most storied players and coaches, Rockne coached Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish for 13 seasons and 105 wins.
Barbara Newhall Follett – 1914
In 1927, the young American author published her first novel, The House Without Windows, at the age of twelve. The Lost Island: Plus Three Stories and an Afterword was published two years later.
Miriam Makeba – 1932
The South African musical artist is known as “Mama Africa” and landed the lead in the Broadway show King Kong in 1959. After testifying before the United Nations in 1963 about apartheid, the South African government revoked her citizenship. In 1966, Makeba and Harry Belafonte won the Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording for An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.
Peyton Manning – 1976
The American professional football player competed for 18 seasons in the National Football League. Manning played quarterback for 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and spent the remainder of his career with the Denver Broncos. He made four Super Bowl appearances, two with each team, and won twice; once with the Colts in 2006 and once with the Broncos in 2015, his final season.
David Watson Taylor – 1864
Margaret Osborne duPont – 1918
Bobby Womack – 1944
Peggy Rathmann – 1953
Ray Mancini – 1961
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