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About Betty Jo

I'm Betty Jo, a wife to my knight in (not so) shinning armor for nearly 22 years. We have 5 kids and another one that currently lives with us. We have been Christian home educators for 18 years with 8 more (at least) to go.

Special Days in March

March is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for seasonal studies, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of special days for March gives you plenty to choose from!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of March’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

March Themes, Awareness, and Observances 

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig
Athletic Training
Brain Injury Awareness
Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Child Life
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
Clean Up Your IRS Act
Colic Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness
Color Therapy
Craft
Credit Education
Deaf History
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Diabetes Alert
Dolphin Awareness
Employee Spirit
Endometriosis Awareness

Ethics Awareness
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering
Flower
Gender Equality
Hemophilia
Honor Society
Humorists Are Artists
Hypothermia Awareness and Training
International Ideas
Irish American Heritage
Kidney
Kite
Listening Awareness
Mad for Plaid
March Into Literacy
Mirth
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
Music In Our Schools
On Hold

Play the Recorder
Poison Prevention Awareness
Problem Gambling Awareness
Red Cross Save Your Vision
Sing With Your Child
Social Work
Spiritual Wellness
Umbrella
Women’s History
Women Inventors
Youth Art

March Food Themes
Bell Peppers
Berries
Broccoli
Caffeine Awareness
Celery
Cherries
Exotic Winter Fruits
Flour
Frozen Foods
Green Onion
Leeks
Meatout
Noodle
Nutrition
Peanut
Sauce

March Special Days with Varying Dates

● World Math Day (1st Wed.)
● World Book Day (1st Thurs.)
● Day of Unplugging (1st Fri.)
Dress in Blue Day (1st Fri.)
● World Day of Prayer (1st Fri.)
● International Festival of Owls (1st full weekend)
● Celebrate Your Name Week begins (1st full week)
● Namesake Day (Sun. of 1st full week)
● Fun Facts About Names Day (Mon. of 1st full week)
● Unique Names Day (Tues. of 1st full week)
Discover What Your Name
Means Day (Wed. of 1st full week)
Name Tag Day (Thurs. of 1st full week)
● Middle Name Pride Day (Fri. of 1st full week)
● Descendants Day (Sat. of 1st full week)
● Read an E-Book Week (1st full week)
Words Matter Week (1st full week)
● Newspaper in Education Week (1st Mon.)
● School Breakfast Week begins (Mon. of 1st full week)
● Share a Story – Shape a Future Week begins (1st Mon.)
● Women of Aviation Worldwide Week begins (week with March 8)
● Chocolate Chip Cookie Week * (2nd week)
● Commonwealth Day (2nd Mon.)
● Organize Your Home Office Day (2nd Tues.)
● Kidney Day (2nd Thurs.)
● Girl Scout Week (week of 12th)
● Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (3rd Thurs.)
● Quilting Day (3rd Sat.)
● Button Week (3rd full week)
● Chocolate Week (3rd full week)
● Folktales and Fables Week (3rd Week)
● Act Happy Week (3rd Mon.)
● Wellderly Week begins (3rd Mon.)
● Cleaning Week begins (last week)
● Diabetes Alert Day (4th Tues.)
● Little Red Wagon Day (last Wed.)

. Manatee Appreciation Day (last Wed.)

. Brother and Sister Day (last Sat.)
● Earth Hour (last Sat.)

March Special Days Without Set Dates

● Iditarod Race
● Lent (Sometimes Feb.)
● Return the Borrowed Books Week
● Sleep Awareness Week
● Teen Tech Week
● Ta’anit Esther/Purim (Sometimes Feb.)
● Procrastination Week
● Agriculture Week
● Science and Engineering Week (UK)
● Tsunami Awareness Week
● Daughters’ and Sons’ Day
● Check Your Batteries Day
● Daylight Savings Time begins
● Napping Day (day after Daylight Savings Time)
● Brain Awareness Week
● Ag Day
● Fix a Leak Week
● Naw-Ruz
● Ostara
● Spring Equinox/ 1st Day of Spring
● Shakespeare Week
● Nano Days
● Mothering Sunday (UK) (3 weeks
before Easter
● Consider Christianity Week begins (2 Sundays before Easter)
Holy Week (week before Easter)
● Good Friday (Fri. before Easter)
● Easter

Special Days with Set Dates

March 1

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence 1992
  • Cheer-leading Week begins
  • Dadgum That’s Good Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Fruit Compote Day
  • Ghost Writers Week begins
  • Horse Protection Day
  • Nebraska Statehood 1867
  • Ohio Statehood 1803
  • Peace Corps Week begins – established 1961
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • Pet Sitters Week begins
  • Pig Day
  • Plan a Solo Vacation Day
  • Save Your Vision Week begins
  • Share a Smile Day
  • Sock Monkey Day
  • Universal Human Beings Week begins
  • World Compliment Day
  • Write a Letter of Appreciation Week begins
  • Yellowstone National Park established 1872

March 2

  • Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Dr. Seuss Day – Author Theodor Geisel born 1904
  • Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev born 1931
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Read Across America Day

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st TV Appearance 1955
  • Severe Storm Preparedness Week
  • Speech and Debate Education Day
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a G.I. Day
  • March Forth – Do Something Day
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Scrapbooking Industry Day
  • Slinky patented 1947
  • Toy Soldier Day
  • US Constitution went into effect 1789
  • Vermont Statehood 1791
  • Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678

March 5

  • Absinthe Day
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • Cheese Doodle Day
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • St. Piran’s Day

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Corndog Day
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Dress Day
  • Frozen Foods Day
  • Ghana Independence 1957
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

March 7

  • Be Heard Day
  • Cereal Day
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • No More Week begins
  • Roast Pork Day
  • Telephone patented 1876

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Universal Women’s Week begins

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Crabmeat Day
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Panic Day
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Bagpipe Day
  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • International Day of Awesomeness
  • Mario Day
  • Pack Your Lunch Day
  • Ranch Dressing Day
  • Salvation Army Day
  • 1st Telephone Call Made 1876
  • Harriet Tubman born 1820
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Ken Day (the boy Barbie)
  • Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
  • Plumbing Day
  • Rattlesnake Roundup begins
  • Worship of Tools Day

March 12

  • Baked Scallops Day
  • Genealogy Day
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • Mauritius Independence 1968
  • 1st Parachute Jump from an Airplane 1912
  • Plant a Flower Day

March 13

  • Coconut Torte Day
  • Comet Day
  • Commonwealth Day (Canada)
  • Donald Duck debuted 1942
  • Earmuffs Day (earmuffs patented 1877)
  • Ginger Ale Day
  • Good Samaritan Day
  • Jewel Day
  • K9 Veterans Day
  • Ken Day
  • Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
  • Uranus discovered 1781

March 14

  • Ask a Question Day
  • Children’s Craft Day
  • Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Learn About Butterflies Day
  • Pi Day (3.14)
  • Potato Chip Day
  • Reuben Sandwich Day

March 15

  • Buzzards Day
  • Escalator patented 1892
  • Everything You Think is Wrong Day
  • Ides of March
  • President Andrew Jackson born 1767
  • Maine Statehood 1820
  • Pears Helene Day
  • Shoe the World Day
  • True Confessions Day
  • World Consumer Rights Day
  • World Speech Day

March 16

  • Artichoke Hearts Day
  • Curlew Day
  • Everything You Do Is Right Day
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • Lips Appreciation Day
  • 1st Liquid-Fuel-Powered Rocket launched 1926
  • President James Madison born 1751
  • Panda Day
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • St. Urho’s Day

March 17

  • Corn Dog Day
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day

March 18

  • Awkward Moments Day
  • Biodiesel Day / Inventor Rudolph Diesel born 1858
  • President Grover Cleveland born 1837
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Mount St. Helen erupted 1980
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Sloppy Joe Day

March 19

  • Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Let’s Laugh Day
  • Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813
  • Nurses Day
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom began 2003
  • Poultry Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965

March 20

  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • Great American Meat Out
  • Hugh of St. Cher’s Concordance 1263
  • International Day of Happiness
  • French Language Day
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Tunisia Independence 1956
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin published 1852
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928)
  • World Frog Day
  • World Story Telling Day

March 21

  • Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685
  • Common Courtesy Day
  • Reformer Thomas Cranmer Burnt at the Stake 1556
  • Down Syndrome Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Day of the Forests and the Tree
  • Fragrance Day
  • French Bread Day
  • Namibia Independence 1990
  • Renewable Energy Day
  • Single Parents Day
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • Strawberry Day
  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Carbonated Water invented 1733
  • Coq Au Vin Day
  • Education and Sharing Day
  • Goof-off Day
  • International Day of the Seal
  • Tuskegee Airmen Day
  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Chia Day
  • Chip and Dip Day
  • Ponce De Leon discovered Florida 1513
  • Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition began the return journey 1806
  • Melba Toast Day
  • Meteorological Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • Puppy Day

March 24

  • Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Week begins
  • Harry Houdini born 1874
  • King James Crowned 1603
  • Tuberculosis Day

March 25

  • Annunciation Day/Tichborne Dole/Lady’s Day
  • Democracy Celebration Day
  • Greek National Day/Greece Independence 1821
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • Lobster Newburg Day
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Bangladesh Independence 1971
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day
  • Nougat Day
  • Poet Robert Frost born 1874
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Spinach Day

March 27

  • Celebrate Exchange Day
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • 1st Radio Transmission 1899
  • Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen born 1845
  • Spanish Paella Day
  • World Theater Day

March 28

  • Accidents at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 1979
  • Barnum and Bailey Day
  • Black Forest Cake Day
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Washing Machine patented 1930
  • Weed Appreciation Day

March 29

  • Borrowed Days begin
  • Coca Cola invented 1886
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
  • Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
  • Niagara Falls Runs Dry 1848
  • Pop-up Toaster patented 1919
  • President John Tyler born 1790
  • Week of the Ocean begins

March 30

  • Doctor’s Day
  • Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Pencil patented 1858
  • Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31

  • Scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen born 1811
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Clams on the Half Shell Day
  • Crayon Day
  • Composer Joseph Hayden born 1732
  • Eiffel Tower Opened 1889
  • Oranges and Lemon’s Day
  • She’s Funny That Way Day
  • Tater Day
  • World Backup Day

SPECIAL DAYS RESOURCES:

FREE PRINTABLE – SPECIAL DAYS IN MARCH

MARCH RESOURCES –

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

I make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars, holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in. Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/march.htm

http://food.unl.edu/march-food-calendar

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/march.html

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-march

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/holidays-march.asp

Happy March!

betty jo

For the Birds! Ornithology Resource List

Our family’s favorite February theme has been “Birds” for several years. We have already started our bird labs and have begun attracting several species to our yard. Here’s the link to our resource list to help you with your bird studies and to be ready for the Great Backyard Birdcount (Feb. 12-15)

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2020/02/09/for-the-birds-ornithology-resource-list/

The United States Supreme Court – Free Resource List

As I was looking over the Special Days in February list, I saw that the date of first US Supreme Court Assembly was February 1, 1790. It’s been a few years since we’ve studied our Supreme Court (apart from recent news stories). So… the boys and I will take a detour today away from our current projects to focus on the highest court in our country.

Supreme Court Resource List

Article III of the US Constitution sets up the Judicial Branch https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/article/article-iii

Video Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tzLQrbc_Qg

History and Traditions https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/historyandtraditions.aspx

Current Justices Biographies https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx

History, Timeline, Interactives, and Games https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/supremecourt/index.html

Special Days in February

Here is the list of February’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of February’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

February Awareness and Observation Themes

  • African American History
  • American History
  • Bird Feeding
  • Black History
  • Boost Self Esteem
  • Dental Health
  • Dog Training/Education
  • Expect Success
  • Friendship
  • Heart
  • Haiku Writing
  • Hoof Care
  • Humpback Whale Awareness
  • Laugh Friendly
  • Library Lovers
  • Love the Bus
  • Low Vision
  • Mend a Broken Heart
  • Plant Seeds of Greatness
  • Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall
  • Responsible Pet Owner
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Time Management
  • Youth Leadership

February Food Themes

  • Avocado
  • Bake for Family Fun
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Berry Fresh
  • Canned Food
  • Celebration of Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Exotic Vegetables
  • Great Pies
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Grapefruit
  • Potato Lover’s
  • Snack Food
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato

Special Days Not Falling on the Same Date Each
Year

Blame Someone Else Day (1st Fri.)
Bubble Gum Day (1st Fri.)
Extraterrestrial Culture Day (2nd Thurs.)
Jello Week (2nd full week)
Clean Out Your Computer Day (2nd Mon.)
Family Day (2nd Mon.)
Oatmeal Day (2nd Mon.)
International Friendship Week (last full
week)
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (3rd Mon.)
Presidents’ Day (3rd Mon.)
World Whale Day (3rd Sat)
Pangolin Day (3rd Sat)
Inconvenience Yourself Day (4th Wed.)
Chili Day (last Thurs.)
French Fry Friday (4th Fri.)
Sword Swallowers Day (last Sat.)


February Special Days with Dates That Vary
Super Bowl
Chinese New Year
Engineers’ Week (sometimes March)
Great Backyard Bird Count
Homes for Birds Week
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Academy Awards
Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras (sometimes
March)
Pancake Day (sometimes March)
Lent (sometimes March)
Daytona 500
Whooping Crane Festival
Justice for Animals Week
Invasive Species Awareness Week

February’s Special Days with Set Dates 

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Imbolc
  • National Freedom Day
  • Oxford English Dictionary published 1884
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day
  • World Wetlands Day

Feb.3

  • Bean Toss Day/Risshun
  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Communist Party of Vietnam  established 1930
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • World Cancer Day

Feb. 5

  • Baseball’s Hank Aaron born 1934
  • Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Loop-the-Loop Centrifugal Railway patented 1901
  • Theologian Dwight L. Moody born 1837
  • Nutella Day
  • Robert Peel born 1788
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Chopsticks Day
  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911
  • Sami National Day
  • Waitangi Day (New Zealand)

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Grenada Independence Day 1974
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Propose Day
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Toothache Day

Feb. 10

  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Inventor Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Iran National Day
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Pancake Day
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892
  • World Radio Day

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Nest Box Week
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Decimal Day
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Singles Awareness Day
  • Total Defense Day (Singapore)

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Lithuania Independence Reinstate 1918
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • World Cabbage Day

Feb. 18

  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Queen Mary I born 1516
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872 Women in Blue Jeans Day

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Saint Lucia Independence Day 1979
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • Composer George Frideric Handel born 1685
  • Writer Samuel Pepys born 1633
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Flying Scotsman begins service 1923
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • Pistol Patented 1836 (Samuel Colt)
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Pierre Auguste Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • 1st Grand National Steeplechase 1839
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Dominican Republic Independence Day 1844
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins
  • World NGO Day

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Free Printable – Special Days in February

 February Resources 

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive  – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web.  These are the best sites for finding special days resources online.

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/february

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2018/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo

Special Days in January

Here’s the list of January’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or foods to add to the menu, you’re going to find it here!

Resources for teaching through January, including a PDF of January’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

January’s Themes

  • Book Blitz
  • Change Your Stars
  • Clean Up Your Computer
  • Creativity
  • Family Fit Lifestyle
  • Get Organized
  • High Tech
  • Hobby
  • It’s OK To Be Different
  • Mail Order Gardening
  • Mentoring
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Polka Music
  • Reaching Your Potential
  • Reference Book
  • Rising Star
  • Shape Up
  • Skating
  • Thank You
  • Train Your Dog
  • Way Finding

January’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Be Kind to Food Servers
  • Bread Machine Baking
  • Candy
  • Dried Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Fiber Focus
  • Hot Foods
  • Hot Tea
  • Meat
  • Oatmeal
  • Prune Breakfast
  • Slow Cooking
  • Soup
  • Wheat Bread

January Awareness

  • Bath Safety
  • Blood Donor
  • Birth Defects
  • Braille Literacy
  • Celebration of Life
  • Eye Care
  • Financial Wellness
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of Life
  • Personal Self-Defense
  • Poverty in America
  • Prune the Fat
  • Teen Driving
  • Thyroid

Special Days without Set Dates

● Thank God It’s Monday Day (1st Mon.)
● Handsel Monday (1st Mon.)
● Weigh-In Day (1st Monday after New Year’s
Day)
● Folic Acid Awareness Week (varies)
● Pizza Week (2nd Sun.)
● Clean Off Your Desk Week begins (2nd Mon.)
● Coming of Age Day – Japan (2nd Mon.)
● Plough Monday (Mon. after the 5th)
● Hunt for Happiness Week begins (3rd full
week)
● International Printing Week begins (week
including Jan. 17)
● Healthy Weight Week (3rd Sun.)
● Women’s Healthy Weight Day (varies)
● World Religion Day (3rd Sun.)
● Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Mon.)
● Sugar Awareness Week begins (3rd Mon.)
● Maintenance Day (3rd Wed.)
● Women’s Healthy Weight Week (varies)
● Celebrity Read a Book Week (last full week)
● Meat Week (varies)
● Take Back Your Time Week (last full work
week)
● School Nurse’s Day (4th Wed.)
● Chinese New Year (Sometimes in Feb.)
● Seed Swap Day (last Sat.)
● Leprosy Day (last Sun.)
● Big Garden Bird Watch

January Special Days with Set Dates

Jan. 1

  • Apple Gifting Day
  • Australia Independence Day 1901
  • Cameroon Independence Day 1960
  • Commitment Day
  • Copyright Law Day
  • The Council on Environmental Quality established 1969
  • Daydreamers Day
  • Diet Resolution Week begins
  • Ellis Island Anniversary 1892
  • Emancipation Proclamation Day 1868
  • Euro Day
  • First Foot Day
  • Global Family Day
  • Haiti Independence Day 1804
  • Hogmanay
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Resolutions Week begins
  • Paul Revere born 1735
  • Polar Bear Plunge
  • St. Basil’s Day
  • Betsy Ross born 1752
  • Samoa Independence Day 1962
  • Sudan Independence Day 1956
  • Z Day

Jan. 2

  • Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland)
  • Buffet Day
  • Cream Puff Day
  • Georgia Statehood 1788
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats
  • Motivation and Inspiration Day
  • Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
  • Science Fiction Day
  • Someday We’ll Laugh About Week begins
  • Suffragist Martha Carey Thomas born 1857

Jan. 3

  • Alaska Statehood 1959
  • Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • Drinking Straw patented 1888
  • Festival of Sleep
  • Fruitcake Toss Day
  • Humiliation Day
  • Olelo margarine patented 1871
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day

Jan. 4

  • Blender patented 1910
  • Louis Braille born 1809
  • Burma/Myanmar Independence Day 1948
  • Author Jacob Grimm born 1785
  • Home Office Safety and Security Week begins
  • Hypnotism Day
  • Scientist Issac Newton born 1643
  • Pop Music Chart Day
  • Spaghetti Day
  • Trivia Day
  • Utah Statehood 1896

Jan. 5

  • Bird Day
  • Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779
  • Twelfth Night
  • Weigh-In Day
  • Whipped Cream Day
  • X-Ray discovered 1896

Jan. 6

  • Apple Tree Day
  • Bean Day
  • Joan of Arc born 1412
  • Bean Day
  • Cuddle Up Day
  • Epiphany
  • New Mexico Statehood 1912
  • Shortbread Day
  • Telegraph First Demonstrated 1838
  • Three Kings Day

Jan. 7

  • President Millard Fillmore born 1800
  • Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
  • Old Rock Day
  • Programmers’ Day
  • Tempura Day

Jan. 8

  • Argyle Day
  • Bubble Bath Day
  • Earth’s Rotation Day
  • Elvis Presley born 1935
  • English Toffee Day
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking born 1942
  • Joygerm Day
  • Midwife’s Day
  • War on Poverty Day
  • Universal Letter Writing Week begins

Jan. 9

  • Apricot Day
  • Balloon Ascension Day
  • Connecticut Statehood 1788
  • 1st Dear Abby Newspaper Column published 1956
  • President Richard Nixon born 1913
  • Static Electricity Day
  • Word Nerd Day

Jan. 10

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • London Underground begin operating 1863
  • Peculiar People Day
  • !st UN Meeting Anniversary 1944

Jan. 11

  • Scientist Joseph Charles Arthur born 1850
  • Chad Independence Day Celebrated (Actual date Aug. 11, 1960)
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week begins
  • Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908
  • Milk Day
  • Secret Pal Day
  • Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day
  • Thank You Day

Jan. 12

  • Clean Your Desk Day
  • Curried Chicken Day
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Marzipan Day
  • Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution Day
  • Work Harder Day

Jan. 13

  • Author Michael Bond born 1926
  • Composer Stephen Foster born 1864
  • Frisbee introduced 1957
  • Saint Hilary’s Day
  • Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • Peach Melba Day
  • Poetry Break Day
  • Public Radio Broadcasting Day
  • Rubber Ducky Day
  • Skeptics Day

Jan. 14

  • Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
  • Organize Your Home Day
  • Missionary Albert Schweitzer born 1875

Jan. 15

  • Elementary School Teacher Day
  • Hat Day
  • Humanitarian Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929
  • Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 1st Super Bowl Game (1967)

Jan. 16

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • Fig Newton Day
  • Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • Missionary Eric Liddell born 1902
  • Nothing Day
  • Religious Freedom Day

Jan. 17

  • Cable Car Day
  • Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
  • Inventor/Author/Patriot Benjamin Franklin born 1706
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice Week begins
  • Hot Heads Chili Day
  • Kid Inventors’ Day
  • Popeye the Sailor Man debut 1929

Jan. 18

  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Day (18 & 19)
  • Peking Duck Day
  • Prayer of Christian Unity Week begins
  • Sanctity of Human Life Day
  • Scott reaches South Pole 1910
  • Thesaurus Day
  • Daniel Webster born 1782
  • Winnie the Pooh Day (A.A. Milne born 1882)

Jan. 19

  • Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839
  • International Flower Day
  • Metric System Day
  • Neon Sign patented 1915
  • Author Edgar Allan Poe born 1809
  • Popcorn Day
  • Tin Can Day

Jan. 20

  • Saint Agnes’s Eve
  • Astronaut Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin born 1930
  • Buttercrunch Day
  • Cheese Lovers’ Day
  • Disc Jockey Day
  • Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • 1st English Parliament 1265
  • Penguin Awareness Day
  • Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day
  • 1st Webster’s American Dictionary 1825

Jan. 21

  • Granola Bar Day
  • Hugging Day
  • New England Clam Chowder Day
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day

Jan. 22

  • 1st American Postal Route established 1673
  • Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
  • Blonde Brownie Day
  • Celebration of Life Day

Jan. 23

  • John Hancock born 1737
  • Handwriting Analysis Week begins
  • Handwriting Day
  • Measure Your Feet Day
  • Pie Day

Jan. 24

  • Apple introduced the Macintosh Personal Computer 1984
  • Belly Laugh Day
  • Compliment Day
  • Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848  (Other sources say Dec. 5)
  • Peanut Butter Day
  • Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Jan. 25

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
  • Burns Night (Scotland)
  • Poet Robert Burns born 1759
  • Chinese New Year *
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week begins
  • Saint Dwynwen’s Day
  • Meat Week
  • Opposite Day

Jan. 26

  • Australia Day (founded 1788)
  • Michigan Statehood 1837
  • Peanut Brittle Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • School Choice Week begins
  • Spouse’s Day

Jan. 27

  • Author Lewis Carrol born 1832
  • Chocolate Cake Day
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Composer Mozart born 1756
  • Punch the Clock Day
  • Vietnam Peace Day 1973

Jan. 28

  • Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 1986
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Kazoo day
  • US Coast Guard formed 1915

Jan. 29

  • Corn Chip Day
  • Free Thinkers Day
  • Kansas Statehood 1861
  • President Wm. McKinley born 1843
  • Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737
  • Puzzle Day
  • Seeing Eye Dog Day

Jan. 30

  • Croissant Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Mohandas Gandhi assassinated 1948
  • 1st Lone Ranger radio broadcast 1933
  • Preschool Fitness Day
  • President Franklin Roosevelt born 1882
  • Yodel For Your Neighbors Day

Jan. 31

  • Backwards Day
  • Explorer 1 launched 1958
  • Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
  • Nauru Independence Day 1968
  • Composer Franz Schubert born 1797
  • Street Children Day
  • International Zebra Day

Free Printable  – Special Days in January

January Resources                                             https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/01/01/january-resources/

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

I make my monthly special days lists from several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://food.unl.edu/january-food-calendar

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/january.htm

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Have a Happy January!

betty jo