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MARCH 31ST is......

NATIONAL TATER DAY         

National Tater Day is observed annually on March 31.  This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.

There are numerous ways to fix and enjoy the potato:  

Baked – Boiled – Steamed – Roasted – Mashed – Fried – Grilled – Scalloped – French Fries – Cottage Fries – Hash Browns – In Stew – In Soup – Potato Salad – Potato Dumplings – Potato Pancakes – Anyway You Like Them!!

This day may have originally had a different meaning.  At the beginning of April, there is a celebration of the sweet potato (Tater Day) in parts of Kentucky.  Sweet potatoes are one of the main cash crops in that area.  Tater Day started way back in the early 1840s with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes.  It is the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.

Worldwide, there are more than four thousand potato varieties

Since the time potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, their consumption has been a major part of the North American diet. 

 

A Few Potato Facts

There are over 100 potato varieties in the United States and more than 4,000 worldwide. Potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 1600s and today they are a large part of the typical American diet. They are full of vitamin C and antioxidants, and they have more potassium than a banana.

 

So let’s all give potatoes some recognition by making them the star of the meal rather than a side dish. Try the following breakfast recipe if you want some inspiration. Served with OJ and coffee, this will start your day off just right.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Have your potato, tater or spud the way you like it. Use #NationalTaterDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

In Benton, Kentucky, where this unofficial national holiday is best known, games, floats, carnival rides, mule pulls, sweet potato-eating contests and “who can grow the biggest potato” competitions are the order of the day. Sweet potatoes are one of the main cash crops of that region, and National Tater Day is a day of celebration there. But why limit it to Kentucky? We all love potatoes, both sweet and not, so let’s celebrate this holiday in style with some fries, wedges, mashed potatoes or whatever happens to be your favorite tater dish.

Enjoy!

 

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MARCH 29TH is.....

 

NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29 honors the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history.

It was on March 29, 1973, when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, Veterans of this time period are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five U.S. presidents, crossing nearly two decades and 500,000 U.S.military personnel, it left an indelible mark on the American psyche.

Returning Veterans did not always receive respectful welcomes upon their arrive on American soil. There were 58,000 killed, never to return. National Vietnam War Veterans Day recognize the military service of these men and women who answered the call to service their country when she needed them. They didn’t make the decisions to go to war.

On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, we recognize the service and duty rendered by all servicemen and women of this era.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Around the country, commemorative events, speeches and luncheons are being held inviting Vietnam Veterans as honored guests.  Thank a Vietnam Veteran.  Buy them a drink or lunch.  Send them a shout out using #VietnamWarVeteransDay on social media.

HISTORY

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., introduced legislation in 2017 to honor Vietnam Veterans with a day on the anniversary of the withdrawal of military units from South Vietnam.  President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Day Act on March 28, 2017, calling for U.S. flags to be flown on March 29 for those who served.

 

THANK YOU, VIETNAM VETERANS AND ALL AMERICAN VETS AS WELL!

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March 28th is: 

Respect Your Cat Day

Today is Respect your Cat Day, celebrated on this day every year because on March 28, 1384, Richard II of England issued an edict forbidding the consumption of cats.

Just to be clear, around here, every day is Respect Your Cat Day. It should be at your house, too. But in case it isn’t, start with today and work from there. You have to start somewhere.

 

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Respect Your Cat Day Activities

  1. Spend some quality time with your cat

    Schedule some time with kitty. Go ahead, actually put it in your calendar. Our lives get so busy, but it's definitely worth taking some time to give your kitty some TLC. How else are you going to develop a strong bond with your best friend?

  2. Get your cat a new cat toy

    Sometimes showing your love is as easy as refreshing that catnip mouse or getting a new scratching post to replace the old beat-up one. You know she'll love it when you wave that ribbon wand around.

  3. Learn new ways to make your cat happy

    You knew that kitty likes a good scratch behind the ears, but did you know she also likes to play peekaboo with you behind the curtain? Find fun new games or places your kitty likes to be petted today, even if it takes a bit of experimentation. It's all in service of letting your cat know he or she is loved.

     

    And if all else fails, you can always give him or her a nice massge.

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    They'll love you for it!!!

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MARCH 27TH is......

 

National Spanish Paella Day – March 27, 2019
 
WEDMAR 27

Considered by many to be the national dish of Spain, paella originated, as many traditional dishes do, as “peasant” food — a lunchtime rice dish prepared by workers in the field over an open fire. National Spanish Paella Day, on March 27, celebrates a food filled with tradition. Always cooked in a round, flat bottomed pan with handles, the dish most likely takes its name from the Latin term “patella,” a flat plate on which offerings were made to the gods. The open flame is essential, as it creates the layer of toasted rice at the bottom of the pan that is essential and unique to paella. Delicious!

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March 26th is...

PURPLE DAY for EPILEPSY AWARENESS 

EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY -PURPLE DAY – March 26

EPILEPSY AWARENESS DAY -PURPLE DAY

Epilepsy Awareness Day is observed annually on March 26th.  The day has become known as “Purple Day” as people are encouraged to wear the color to increase awareness of Epilepsy.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people around the world live with epilepsy.  While it is not contagious, and in many cases, there is no known cause for the condition, sometimes the reason is due to disease or injury such as stroke or infection.
 
It is a treatable condition, but it can be confusing especially for children.  In some parts of the world, treatment may be difficult to get.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Learn more about epilepsy.  Wear purple and use #EpilepsyAwarenessDay or #PurpleDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Purple Day was started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada to encourage awareness of epilepsy and to cast away some of the myths that cloud the general public’s view of the condition.  While other awareness days had been observed in the past, Purple Day and its founder have begun to get a bit of a following and awareness is spreading around the globe.

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Today is March 25th!  And what is special about today is, it's the......

 

Yes, on this day, several countries around the world set aside to remember the horrors of slavery and the victory in it's defeat.  At the United Nations today, the following words were given by Secretary-General of the United Nations ANTÓNIO GUTERRES :

 

Secretary-General's remarks for International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade [as delivered]

 

Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade were among history’s most appalling manifestations of human brutality.
 
On this International Day of Remembrance, we pay homage to the millions of African men, women and children who were denied their humanity and forced to endure abominable cruelty across centuries.
 
The enslaved peoples from Africa were irrevocably harmed, and in many instances killed, by an institution that should never have existed.
 
Yet they were far more than victims.

Enslaved people struggled against a system that they knew was wrong.  They resisted.  On many occasions, they sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom and dignity.

And so we remember not just the domination of people against their will, but also the invincible spirit that led the oppressed to revolt.

We are inspired by remarkable endurance, resilience and countless contributions to bettering our world.

We need to tell the stories of those who stood up against their oppressors, and recognize their righteous resistance – from Zumbi dos Palmares in Brazil … to Queen Nanny of the Maroons in Jamaica … to Queen Nzinga of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms in present-day Angola … to Harriet
Tubman in the United States and so many more.
 
The theme of this year’s observance is: “Remember Slavery: Power of the Arts for Justice.”
 
Since the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery, to empower enslaved communities, and to honour those who made freedom possible.
 
Literature, music, poetry and other artforms have been vital tools in commemorating past struggles, highlighting ongoing injustices and celebrating the achievements of people of African descent.
 
Today, the artists, the writers, the poets who are committed to the struggle for racial equality and empowerment should know we are with them.
 
As we mark the International Day of Remembrance, let us resolve to carry their messages far and wide.
 
To fight racism.  To combat xenophobia.  To tackle discrimination.  To end social and political marginalization.  To uphold human dignity for one and all. 
 
Together, let us stand up against old and new forms of slavery, by raising awareness of the dangers of racism in our time, and by ensuring justice and equal opportunities for all people of African descent today.
 
Thank you.

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Wow, Dave!  Thanks for sharing what turned out to be a wonderful story of triumph in the face of adversity indeed.

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Mary's dad had an issue breathing when her parents were on a trip in Switzerland in the early 1980's. They were going up the Matterhorn when he became breathless for a while. When they got back down he had an x-ray and was told he had spots on his left lung. He had it checked here and the specialist here in Madison removed part of the lung which showed he had TB at some point. He never had any more problems. He lived to be 89.

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To those born on March 24th,   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 

Peyton Manning, former quarterback/football player

 

Star Jones, attorney and former TV personality

 

Jim Parsons, actor (The Big Bang theory)

 

and to the late....

 

Dorothy Height, civil rights activist

 

Harry Houdini, magician

 

Clyde Barrow, bank robber of the duo Bonnie and Clyde

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Today is March 24th and it is:

World Tuberculosis Day

 

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness about tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

March 24th marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis--the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.

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I plan on posting interesting tidbits about each day/date of the calendar.  I hope others will add to it as well.  It can be related to any subject as long as it happened on or is correlated in some way with that particular date.

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