Near Miss Day
- On March 23, 1989, an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth. In interstellar terms, it was a near miss. Had it collided with the Earth, it would have left a devastating crater the size of Washington, D.C. It's affect on the planet would have been catastrophic.
National Chip and Dip Day
- celebrates America's favorite snack duet. If you're holding a party, it is almost certain that chips and dips are on the snack list. Even if you don't have a party, you can celebrate in the evening with a bag of chips and your favorite dip.
World Meteorological Day
- marks the anniversary of the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on March 23, 1950 - which provides information such as weather forecasts and mean temperature readings worldwide.
Kick Butts Day
- a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events from coast to coast. Learn more about what Big Tobacco does to attract youth and get more people addicted its products by downloading and checking out the 2011 Kick Butts Day Activity Guide.
Dixie Cup Birthday
- The history of the Dixie Cup began when Lawrence Luellen first became interested in an individual paper drinking cup in 1907. The object was to dispense a pure drink of water in a new, clean, and individual drinking cup. In the years leading up to the 20th century everyone drank at the public water barrel, well, pump, or spigot with a communal tin cup or common dipper. This sharing by both healthy and sick alike often was the source for spreading germs and disease.
Liberty Day -
Anniversary of Patrick Henry’s speech for arming the Virginia militia at St. John’s Church, Richmond, VA. “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Read more
National Puppy Day
- a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further our mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores.
- It started one day in 1839, when a few newspaper editors were joking around. "They had a lot of abbreviations that they were using and made up on the spot and thought they were terrifically funny," Allan Metcalf says. "And OK was an abbreviation for 'All Correct.' "
- This was updated by Catherine on March 23, 2012 -
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