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National Pound Cake Day - March 4


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 Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this dessert holiday. 

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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.

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.

Notable Mentions

David Watson Taylor – 1864
Margaret Osborne duPont – 1918
Bobby Womack – 1944
Peggy Rathmann – 1953
Ray Mancini – 1961