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National Get Over it Day - March 9


Each year on the 9th of March, people across the country observe National Get Over It Day.  Just as it implies, the day is to do exactly that, GET OVER IT.

“It” may be a variety of things. Sometimes we need to get over the small things like spilled milk or traffic. Even news such as being passed over for a promotion, poor grades, or an argument with a family member shouldn’t cause us to live our lives in a state of misery forever. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGetOverItDay

Don’t fume over something minor any longer. Settle the score with yourself and your burden will feel lighter. Say goodbye to the worry of the “if onlys” and “what ifs” and look forward to days with a more positive attitude. 

Has something trivial been weighing on your mind? Get over it and use #NationalGetOverItDay to post on social media.


Get Over It Day was created by Jeff Goldblatt in 2005 after having trouble getting over an ex-girlfriend. For more information visit his website at thewhatevernetwork.com.  

National Barbie Day - March 9


On March 9th, National Barbie Day celebrates an iconic toy that premiered on this day in 1959. Barbie debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York. 

March 9th, 1959 also celebrates Barbie’s official birthday.

In 1959, Ruth Handler created the Barbie doll and launched an American icon. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she came with a full array of accessories. While toymakers mass-produced toys for years, before Barbie, none of them had adult features. Barbie’s adult features made the toy a first of its kind. Interestingly, Barbie’s marketing strategy relied on television advertising. For example, Barbie was the sole sponsor of the Mickey Mouse Club, marketing directly to children. At the time, the approach was unique. Estimates place over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries. 

Detractors often criticize Barbie for being an unattainable ideal of a woman. While her figure alone is unrealistic, over the years, Barbie evolved both in style and shape. In 2019, the Barbie brand honored pioneering women across several eras, as well. The modern Barbie offers positive role models in business, science, education, and more. Barbie continues to change, year after year, keeping up with the styles and the headlines.

In 1961, Mattel introduce Ken Carson as Barbie’s boyfriend.

In 1998, the Toy Hall of Fame inducted Barbie into its hallowed halls. The toy joined hundreds of other famous toys, some of which National Day Calendar celebrates throughout the year. Some of those include the Duncan yoyochess, and Radio Flyer wagon

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBarbieDay

Be sure to join in the celebration with fans all over the world. While you’re at it, be sure to invite friends and family to join you, too.

  • Visit the largest Barbie Museum in Montreal.
  • Explore the Toy Hall of Fame.
  • Discover vintage barbies tucked away in a closet, attic, or basement – they may be worth something.
  • Introduce a Barbie doll to a new generation.
  • Read Dream Doll: The Ruth Handler Story by Jacqueline Shannon.
  • Throw Barbie a birthday party with all her friends.
  • Share your favorite Barbie Doll and accessories.
  • Explore these 5 Iconic Toys & How They Came to Be

Use #NationalBarbieDay to post on social media.


National Barbie Day commemorates the day the Barbie doll made its debut in 1959. However, we have not identified the origins of the first celebrations. 



On March 9th, we recognize one of the great American food holidays, National Meatball Day.

It is not clear how this day got started, but who can resist the idea of celebrating National Meatball Day?  There are many different ways to celebrate meatballs:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Meatball Sub
  • Meatball Pizza
  • Turkey Meatballs
  • Lamb Meatballs
  • Porcupine Meatballs (made with rice)
  • and the list goes on and on.

We can’t put a number on the variety of meatballs in the world. Nor can we limit how many you put on your plate. One giant meatball will more than satisfy but a bowlful of smaller ones is easier to share. And as we’ve already pointed out, their variety is unquestionably a selling point. Not only do meatballs allow for variety, but did we mention how flexible they are? Meatballs move from appetizer to side dish to the main dish quite easily. Meatballs can be made the night before and put in the crockpot, or days before, and kept in the freezer.   

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMeatballDay

To celebrate, some restaurants give a free side order of meatballs, while others are donating money to homeless shelters. Cook yourself up your favorite meatballs or go out and order some from a restaurant near you! You can even try this tangy Apple Butter Meatball Sub recipe. Share your favorite recipes with friends and family. They’re sure to ask for seconds!

Use #NationalMeatballDay to share on social media.  


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this very filling food holiday.

National Crab Meat Day - March 9


Observed annually on March 9th, National Crab Meat Day (also National Crabmeat Day) offers a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite crustaceans. With 1.5 million tons of crab consumed every year around the world, plenty of crab meat lovers celebrate every year. 

While crab meat is a healthy choice, once you add the butter, the fat and calories add up.  And there are thousands of species of crabs, but only certain ones are edible. In the United States, some of the more popular and tasty ones are the blue crab, stone crab, Dungeness, king, and rock or snow crabs. They come in both hard and soft shells and can be found along all the coasts and Hawaii.

Enjoying the meat of these crustaceans can be done in many ways. Boiled crab, either the legs or the whole creature, results in a feast requiring some labor from the diner. However, every tasty morsel is well worth the effort. Mix the meat with other ingredients to create dips, cakes, or soups. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCrabMeatDay

Boil or steam some crab.  There are a variety of ways crab can be used. Or, give one of these recipes a try:

True Maryland Crab Cakes

King Crab Appetizers

Oregon Dungeness Crab Chowder

 Use #NationalCrabMeatDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues digging for the origins of this tasty food holiday.

March 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The battle between the North’s U.S.S. Monitor and the South’s C.S.S. Virginia marks a turning point in naval warfare. Originally a Union ship named the U.S.S. Merrimack and sunk by the U.S. Navy the year before to prevent capture, the Virginia was resurrected by the Confederates and clad in iron below the waterline. The Union Navy’s response was its first iron-clad vessel named the Monitor. The battle between the two ironclad warships resulted in little damage to either ship and signaled the end of the wooden warship era.


Porky Pig makes his Warner Brothers animation debut in I Haven’t Got a Hat


Ruth Handler introduces the first Barbie Doll at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.


Jerry Lee Lewis marries for the seventh time. The 76-year-old musician married his caregiver Judith Brown who was 62 at the time.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Apple Strudel
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes

Total Prep: 1 hour
Servings: 12 
Apple Strudel - Recipe


5 cups sliced apples
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon flour

3 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 egg yolk and white, divided
1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup powdered sugar


In a medium bowl, mix apples, raisin, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Set aside.

Cream together flour and shortening. Mix in the milk and egg yolk. Divide dough in half and roll out the first layer to fit into the bottom of jelly roll pan.

Add filling evenly to the pan. Roll out the remaining dough and cover the filling.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes.

Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

March 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Edward Acheson – 1856

Credited with 69 patents, Edward Acheson developed synthetic abrasives, perfected methods for making graphite and producing artificial diamonds. Many of his companies continue today.

Margaret Murray Washington – 1861

Throughout her career, Margaret Murray Washington was an advocate for women and the founder of several schools. Her focus and programs paralleled those of her husband, Booker T. Washington in many ways.

Samual Barbar – 1910

Samuel Barber gained musical recognition for his compositions during the 20th century. His distinctive, modern style earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and an international following.

Yuri Gagarin – 1934

The Soviet cosmonaut became the first human in space on April 12, 1961, when he was launched into orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok 1.

Raúl Juliá – 1940

The award-winning Puerto Rican actor gained international recognition during his career. Some of his most noted roles include Gomez in The Adams Family, Alejandro in Presumed Innocent, and Chico Mendes in The Burning Season.

Bobby Fischer – 1943

In 1958, the American chess player became the youngest chess master at the age of 15. Fourteen years later in 1972, Fischer became the first American chess player to take home the world championship chess title when he defeated Soviet Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Juliette Binoche – 1964

The award-winning French-actress has found international success. Some of her notable films include Chocolat, The English Patient, and Certified Copy.

Emmanuel Lewis – 1971

During the 1980s, Emmanuel Lewis was best-known for playing Webster in the television sit-com by the same name.

Notable Mentions

Leland Stanford – 1824
Tamara Platonovna – 1885
Howard Aiken – 1900
Mickey Spillane – 1918
Ornette Coleman – 1930

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