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MARCH 7, 2021 | NATIONAL CEREAL DAY | NATIONAL FLAPJACK DAY | NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY | FINISHER’S MEDAL DAY | NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY

NATIONAL CEREAL DAY – March 7

NATIONAL CEREAL DAY

March 7th urges us to get our bowl spoon ready for National Cereal Day each year! Since the end of the 19th century, cereal has become America’s most popular breakfast food.

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Now, not only is cereal eaten for breakfast, but it has become a popular bedtime snack. Some people even enjoy a bowl for an evening meal. Bakers turn to cereal in their cake, cookie and bar recipes. The most popular one is Rice Crispy Bar Treats.
A Little Cereal History:

Ferdinand Schumacher, a German immigrant, began the cereal revolution in 1854 with a hand oats grinder in the back room of a small store in Akron, Ohio. His German Mills American Oatmeal Company was the nation’s first commercial oatmeal manufacturer.  In 1877, Schumacher adopted the Quaker symbol, the first registered trademark for a breakfast cereal.

Granula, the first breakfast cereal, was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson, operator of Our Home on the Hillside, which was later replaced by the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, New York.  The cereal never became popular since it was inconvenient as the heavy bran nuggets needed soaking overnight before they were tender enough to eat.

Do you remember mornings eating a bowl of cereal, reading the back of the box and trying to find the toy inside the box?

The cereal industry rose from a combination of sincere religious beliefs and commercial interest in health foods. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg experimented with granola.  He boiled some wheat, rolled it into thin films, and baked the resulting flakes in the oven; he acquired a patent in 1891.  In 1895 he launched Cornflakes, which overnight captured a national market.

In 1906, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s brother, William K. Kellogg, after working for John, broke away, bought the corn flakes rights from his brother, and set up the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company.  His signature on every package became the company trademark and insurance of quality.

Charles W. Post introduced Grape-nuts in 1898 and soon followed with Post Toasties.

Because of Kellogg and Post, the city of Battle Creek, Michigan is nicknamed the “Cereal Capital of the World.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCerealDay

What’s your favorite cereal? Have a bowl for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Share it as a snack or bake something and share your recipes. Use #NationalCerealDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CEREAL DAY HISTORY

After two scoops, a prize, and second helping, the identity of the day’s founder has fruit us for a loop. We tried boo berry hard. If it were a life mission, perhaps it would be more than just trix for kids. However, we figure if we snap, crackle, and pop a few more times, we might cereously score the lucky charms we krave that will lead us to the answer. It might seem corny, but our capt’n crunches in the research department!

National Flapjack Day - March 7th

NATIONAL FLAPJACK DAY

March 7th delivers National Flapjack Day with piping hot flavor and goodness. The day honors the sturdy, wholesome cakes we’ve been cooking up for generations! Recipes handed down from grandmother to son and mother to daughter continue to bring smiles to families all across the country.

Flapjacks were a staple of pioneers pursuing new lives on the frontier. Packed with nutrients and energy, flapjacks provided the fuel they needed to withstand the often arduous trails.

Stacked high, flapjacks remind us of mornings in grandma’s kitchen when the coffee was fresh. We topped them with fresh blueberries and real maple syrup. Maybe today you add pecans or walnuts, thick-sliced bananas, and your favorite nut butter.  Fresh whipped cream always makes flapjacks seem extra special, too.

No matter where you go, the flavor and aroma of hot off the griddle flapjacks never goes wrong. They’ll fuel you up for a day of hiking, playing, exploring and celebrating, too!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFlapjackDay

Mix up a batch of flapjacks and invite the family to add their favorite toppings. Share your most enjoyable memories and the best ways to serve them up, too! Do you add chocolate chips or peaches? How tall is your stack – three, four, maybe five high?

Join the conversation by using #NationalFlapjackDay on social media.

NATIONAL FLAPJACK DAY HISTORY

Kodiak CakesKodiak Cakes_Logo_2017_Primary Logo 3-Color founded National Flapjack Day in 2020 to celebrate the celebrate a healthier flapjack to fuel our consumers’ daily frontier, whatever and wherever that may be.

Everyone loves flapjacks, they’re filling and delicious, but now there’s an even better reason to eat them all day long. This March 7th, join Kodiak Cakes in celebrating National Flapjack Day — but it’s not just a celebration of all things syrup, butter, and breakfast. It’s an excellent excuse to indulge in a staple food that’s been an important part of adventures of any size since the days of the frontier.

Before over-processed ingredients and nutrient-deprived grains, meals needed to be balanced, hearty, and full of ingredients that could keep folks going. That’s the legacy Kodiak Cakes is dedicated to preserving through our flapjack mix, a mix that began with our founder Joel Clark and a small red wagon.

Back then, he took to the neighborhood streets to sell brown bags of his mother’s heirloom recipe. Today, Kodiak Cakes has taken that same dedication to the national spotlight. So, grab a stack, split a few silver dollars, or fill a plate with your favorite flavor – Happy National Flapjack Day.

In 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Flapjack Day to be observed on March 7th, annually.

 

NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY - March 7

NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY

Each year on the 7th day of March, National Be Heard Day encourages small businesses across the country to make their presence known. The day recognizes the over 145 million small businesses in the United States striving to be heard over the big-business-dominated noise. 

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Around the United States, small businesses employ approximately 47% of the workforce. Standing out amongst the crowd can be a daunting task. But small businesses are unique in many ways. Not only do they supply cutting-edge services and products, but they also reinvest in small-town America and local neighborhoods in many ways. When small business owners live, work, and play in our communities, their dollars stay and grow. Many of these businesses create custom products solving unique problems for big businesses. Not only that, they support our schools in dollars, as mentors in the classroom, and on the field as coaches. 

When is Small Business Saturday?

It can be EVERY Saturday!

The day supports small businesses as they stand up and grab the attention of consumers. National Be Heard Day encourages small businesses to stand out through creative marketing, smart publicity tactics, a strong visual appearance, or any other inventive ways of making their presence known. When small businesses thrive, so do our communities. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeHeardDay

Join in this small business celebration! Whether you’re a business owner, shopper, or interested in growing your community, this day is for you. 

Small businesses, raise your voices! Let your communities hear you, your goals, and what you have to offer.

  • Review your marketing approach.
  • Take a look at trends in social media.
  • Make your presence known.
  • Ask your customers what works and what doesn’t. Then, make the changes that draw positive attention.
  • Showcase your unique qualities and make them shine!
  • Network with local businesses. Pairing your unique product with another merchant’s displays doubles the wow!

Communities, offer small businesses your support.

  • Provide seminars on mastering social media.
  • Invite small businesses to take marketing courses.
  • Generate interest in coffee shop networking to build your small business culture. Your civic pride won’t be sorry!
  • Organize events that bring shoppers to your merchants. 

Consumers, frequent your local small businesses.

  • We know you love your local businesses! Shop, eat, drink and order! If you don’t, they will not be around long. Small businesses do not survive without clientele.
  • When you like a service, tell others about it. Share their social media handles, specials, and invite others to join you on your next visit.
  • Give a positive review. All businesses hear what they are doing wrong, but they also need to know what they are doing right. 
  • Can’t make it to your favorite local shop? Check their website. Many traditional small businesses also run an online store, too! 

Use #NationalBeHeardDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BE HEARD DAY HISTORY

Business Mentor Shannon Cherry founded National Be Heard Day in 2004 to help small businesses stand up and be heard above the big business marketing. 

FINISHER’S MEDAL DAY – First Sunday in March

FINISHER’S MEDAL DAY

Finisher’s Medal Day on the first Sunday in March recognizes the long hours, days, weeks and even months of training thousands of men and women across the country have put in to achieve their goals of completing a race.

Every year, cities around the United States and the world hold half and full marathons, triathlons, and other endurance races. Most of the competitors are everyday working people who train before or after work, after caring for their families and keeping their other commitments. They remain on a schedule despite rain, snow, wind, and sometimes injury.

Some have been athletes all their lives. Others are just starting out and want to see if they can do it. Many are amputees and are regaining some of what was taken from them. There are those who train as a team and those for whom this challenge is a one-person mission.

Finisher’s Medal Day recognizes each of them who crosses the line. Whether they cross it once or many times, earning that medal is a lifetime achievement.

Marathon History

In 490 B.C., the Greek soldier Pheidippides was sent from the battlefield near Marathon, Greece to Athens to tell of the victory over the Persians. The distance was approximately 25 miles, and he ran the entire way. Once he arrived and delivered the message, the not quite fit soldier collapsed and died. Pheidippides earned a Finisher’s Medal.

His feat was revived over the years, and initially, the marathon race was 25 miles long. In 1896, the Olympics in Greece set the distance at 40 kilometers. There were varying distances along the way, always somewhere near but usually 25 miles. In 1904, for example, the Boston Marathon measured 25 miles. Michael Spring won the race in two hours thirty-eight minutes four and two fifth seconds. He earned his Finisher’s Medal.

At the 1908 London Olympics, the story goes that the route for the start and finish of the marathon was designed to pass beneath the royal nursery so the princess’s children could watch and the Queen and princess could participate in the ceremony of it all. This adjustment brought the distance to 26.2 miles. Everyone earned a Finisher’s Medal that day. The official distance for the Olympic marathon became 26.2 miles in 1921.

K.V. Switzer ran the Boston marathon in 1967 and completed the race in four hours forty-four minutes thirty-one seconds. Not an impressive pace, but Switzer finished. An official also tried to remove Switzer from the run. Why? Because Switzer was a woman and at the time the Boston marathon was still a men’s only race. However, she was allowed to complete the race and crossed the finish line. Kathrine Switzer earned her Finisher’s Medal.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FinishersMedalDay

Support all those you know who are striving to cross the finish line. Frequently a finish line means more than a single goal and getting there accomplishes more than just earning that medal.  It’s a long, challenging road to the finish line. What does it mean to you? Tell us your Finisher’s Medal Day story.

Use #FinishersMedalDay to share on social media.

FINISHER’S MEDAL DAY HISTORY

The Little Rock Marathon founded Finisher’s Medal Day to celebrate endurance athletes and their competitive spirit.  They encourage all finishers, whether you are a runner or a walker, to celebrate Finisher’s Medal Day, too!

2018 Little Rock Marathon March 4

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed Finisher’s Medal Day to be observed annually on the first Sunday in March in 2018.

The Little Rock Marathon #LRMarathon began in 2003 and offers races for all ages and distances from the 5K (3.1 miles) distance to the marathon (26.2 miles) distance.

National Crown Roast of Pork Day - March 7

NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY

March 7th recognizes a delicious and elegant, savory dish on National Crown Roast of Pork Day. The menu calls for a beautifully set table ready to receive a feast worthy of royalty or a celebration.

Crown roast of pork earns its name when a pork loin forms a circle with the ribs pointing upwards, creating the points of a crown. Often they are held together with twine.  It is then seasoned, and usually stuffed, roasted and served, making a beautiful centerpiece on the table. The ends of the bones may be given a paper frill treatment for added decoration.

For anyone familiar with roasting pork and other meats, this roast cooks much the same way. What makes it stand out from others is its presentation. It elevates an already flavorful cut of meat to a whole other level and makes the cook look exceptional in the process. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #CrownRoastOfPorkDay

Invite friends and family over for a feast. Roll up your sleeves and put on an apron. Set the table with your elegant best. Pour cocktails, mocktails, and wine. Serve a cheese plate and let the excitement build with conversation and good company. Then relish the compliments as you present the main course – a crown roast of pork. We even have a couple of recipes for you to try. Visit your butcher to help you find just the right size for your crowd. 

Crown Roast of Pork
Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

Use #CrownRoastOfPorkDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY HISTORY

While the crown roast is delicious, we’ve not been able to identify the creator of this most savory holiday celebration.


March 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1876

The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 174,465 to Alexander Graham Bell for the telephone.

1965

As American civil rights activists campaigning for voting rights march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on their way to the state capitol, state troopers and local police use nightsticks and teargas to turn them back. The day became known as Bloody Sunday and a turning point in the Civil Rights movement.

1983

The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame honored 10 new inductees during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Inductees included Fred Ebb, musical lyricist known for the Broadway hits “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” and piano players Stevie Wonder and Neil Sedaka.

2010

The Academy Award for Best Director goes to Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. It’s the first time a woman wins Best Director honors.

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter BBQ Chicken Pizza

Prep Time:  30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Prep: About 40 minutes

Serves 4 (with 2 slices each)

Ingredients:

1 package pizza crust
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 green onions, chopped
8 oz. mozzarella cheese

Instructions: 

Prepare packaged crust according to package directions.

Combine peanut butter with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.

Spread over the prepared and partially-baked crust.

Add chopped rotisserie chicken, green onions, and mozzarella cheese.

Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese begins to turn golden.

March 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Daniel David Palmer – 1849

In 1895, Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment and is considered the founder of chiropractic. He would later establish the Palmer School and Cure in Davenport, Iowa. It is now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Helen Parkhurst – 1857

In 1919, Helen Dalton developed the individual learning plan called the Dalton Plan and introduced it at a school for the handicapped. She then applied the model to the Dalton High School in Dalton, Mass.

Oseola McCarty – 1908

Small things greatly. Oseola McCarty always wanted to be a nurse and while her dream never came true, it didn’t stop her from making it a possibility for others. In 1995, she left $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi in the hopes that others may have an education. The university established the Oseola McCarty Scholar Program and Scholarship.

Willard Scott – 1934

Before becoming NBC’s Today show weatherman and birthday well-wisher, Scott was the original Ronald McDonald for the hamburger franchise.

Bret Easton Ellis – 1964

The American author and screenwriter is best known for the novels American Psycho and Less than Zero.

Notable Mentions

Juanita Kidd Stout – 1919
Michael Eisner – 1942
Lynn Swann – 1952
Bryan Cranston – 1956
Denyce Graves – 1964
Rachel Weisz – 1970

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