Author: Logan Sachon

National K9 Veterans Day – March 13

Are you excited for National K9 Veterans Day this March 13, or are we barking up the wrong tree? Our little furry friends are already awesome as it is. But dogs who have been trained to serve our country are even more heroic. Plus, they look so cute and serious in their little uniforms. K9 dogs have been around ever since 1942, when an organization called Dogs for Defense was founded to train dogs to be sentries for supply depots. The program was approved by the U.S. Army in March 1942, the U.S. Army K9 Corps was founded on March 13, 1942, and the rest is history (literally). Get ready to celebrate America’s patriotic puppers!

National Pi Day – March 14

3.14159265359.... need we go on? Celebrated on March 14 each (yes, that's 3-14), Pi Day not only commemorates a very special number but also celebrates the birthday of the great scientist and mathematician Albert Einstein. Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. These days, all of the numerical fun is sometimes accompanied by delicious food items such as pizza pie, fruit pie, and even pot pies! So please channel your inner math geek and get ready to calculate, eat, and celebrate everybody's favorite never-ending number.

Ides of March – March 15

Beware the Ides of March! Why, you ask? On March 15 (“ides” roughly corresponds to 15) in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by his BFF and 60 other of his closest friends. Harsh, right? He was the leader of Rome, and was killed by 60 senators at a senate meeting because, as far as history knows, they thought he had the potential to turn into a dictator. His death has become so legendary that “Brutus,” the name of his best friend who betrayed him, has become synonymous for “traitor.” Meanwhile Caesar got so famous that Shakespeare famously immortalized his life and death in a play (that’s when you know you’ve made it). And that play is where the common phrase “et tu, Brute” (you too, Brutus) comes from. Caesar says it when he sees Brutus about to stab him! The Romans were a crazy bunch.

National Kick Butts Day – March 15

Get ready to kick some butts this March 15! We’re not talking about beating people up — we want you to kick those cigarette butts to the curb. National Kick Butts Day is a day of anti-smoking activism. Teachers, kids, youth leaders, and health advocates all participate! They come together and organize events that raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their communities, encourage kids to stay tobacco-free, and try to get anti-tobacco legislation passed. The day is organized by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and it was first held in 1996. Get ready to kick some butts and take some names!

National Artichoke Day – March 16

March 16 is National Artichoke Hearts Day, a day to celebrate and chow down on these nutritious, delicious plants. Artichokes are from the Mediterranean and are one of the oldest foods in the world — the Greeks and Romans ate them in the 8th century! Today, we love eating them boiled, baked, steamed, grilled, fried, and every other which way. In America, 99.9% of the artichokes we buy are grown in California, and in fact, the artichoke is the official state vegetable! To get to heart of that matter, we love everything about this yummy vegetable.

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17

We’re giving you the green light to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March 17! We know you’ve commemorated this holiday in the past, but have you ever learned about why it exists? Today’s your lucky day, because we’re about to tell you. (We’re trying to fit as many St. Patty’s puns in here as possible. Can you tell?) St. Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious celebration. It falls on the date of the death of St. Patrick, who was a patron saint of Ireland. In the early 17th century, it was even made an official Christian feast! But now, people celebrate it all kinds of ways — from drinking green beer to wearing green clothing. Grab your beer (if you’re of legal drinking age) and let’s celebrate!

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