National Potato Chip Day
- It is hard to believe that the world's most famous snack food began as a joke. Potato Chips were first made in 1853 while Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was on vacation in New York. At one restaurant, he kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because he said they were "too thick". The chef, George Crum, decided that he would cut them into paper-thin slices, boil them in oil, fry them, and salt them as a joke to the Commodore. It backfired. They became an instant success and the restaurant was well known for them.
Learn about Butterflies Day
- celebrate by learning a little more about the wide range of butterflies. Buy a Butterfly identification book, so you will know what butterflies inhabit your yard. Learn how to attract them to your yard, by planting flowers that they like. If it is still too early, plant them inside for now.
Save a Spider Day
- Spiders are quite helpful, but despite that fact these little eight legged creatures inspire fear in many. Save a Spider Day is the perfect time for parents and teachers to introduce children to these little wonders who consume countless crop-destroying, disease-carrying insects annually.
Casey Jones' Birthday
- an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee, who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). On April 30, 1900, he alone was killed when his passenger train, the "Cannonball Express," collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night. His dramatic death, trying to stop his train and save lives, made him a hero; he was immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an African American engine wiper for the IC.
National Children's Craft Day
- The 14th of each National Craft Month is designated as National Children’s Craft Day, which is an excellent opportunity for families to help develop their children’s self-esteem and learning skills through arts and crafts. With hobbyist and craft organizations holding events all month long, there are many valuable opportunities to bring families and community closer.
Albert Einstein's Birthday
- Albert Einstein, the discoverer of the Theory of Relativity, was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. Einstein always appeared to have a clear view of the problems of physics and the determination to solve them. He had a strategy of his own and was able to visualize the main stages on the way to his goal. He regarded his major achievements as mere stepping-stones for the next advance.
Celebrate Scientists Day
- On the birthday of Albert Einstein, we honor all scientists.
International Ask A Question Day
- Almost everyone has heard, "There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers," well today is the day that you can ask as many questions as you want. Answer every question today with a question.
- A day set aside to honor moth collectors and specialists. Celebrated in museums or libraries with moth collections. Read more
Pi (3.14159265...) Day
- Founded at the Exploratorium by our own Prince of Pi, physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world. The ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer approximation.
- founded by Boston University professor William Anthony and his wife Camille in 1999. Napping Day is an unofficial holiday set aside to help people adjust to Daylight Saving Time and to promote health and productivity benefits of napping. After losing an hour of sleep by "springing forward," people are more sleep-deprived and find it easier to nap.
- This was updated by Catherine on March 14, 2012 -
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