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Special Days in April, 2019

 

Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, awareness days, and famous birthdays for April, 2019.

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

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Arab American Heritage
  • Astronomy
  • Autism Awareness
  • Car Care
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Home Improvement
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness

April Food Themes

  • BLT Sandwich
  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soft Pretzel
  • Soy Foods
  • Tomato

April’s Daily Specials  (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Public Health Week *
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • Walking Day * (1st Wed.)
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Explore Your Career Options Week *
  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • NATO established 1949
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Island “discovered” 1722
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Week of the Young Child *

April 7

  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Library Week *
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Georgia Independence 1991
  • Name Yourself Day
  • Library Day * (Tues. during Library Wk.)

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Wk.)

April 12

  • Big Wind Day
  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Baby Massage Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Garden Week * (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Holy Week *
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Palm Sunday *
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912
  • Volunteer Week begins *

April 16

  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day *
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Good Friday *
  • Hanging Out Day
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Passover *
  • Primrose Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Husband Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Look Alike Day
  • National Park Week *
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Boys & Girls Club Week * (3rd full week)
  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Day of Silence
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Preservation Week *
  • Princess Week * (last full week)
  • Rome Founded 753 BC
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of the 24th)

April 22

  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Earth Day
  • Easter Monday *
  • Environmental Education Week * (Mon. of last full week)
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Playground Safety Week *
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564 (other sources say April 26)
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Dance Week begins
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Fiddler’s Frolic *
  • Gathering of the Nations PowWow *
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Ireland Independence 916
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Infant & Toddler Immunization Week *
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • National Gardening Week (UK) *
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Tapir Day
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Floralia
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Animal Advocacy Day
  • Bugs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Money Smart Week *
  • National Gardening Week * (UK)
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

Free Printable Download – Special Days in April

Collection of free ‘Special Days’ learning resources for April                                                                  April Resource List 

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 April calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

Happy April!

betty jo

Special Days in March, 2019

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, 2019 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
Optimism

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’s Daily Specials    (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)                                                                                                               

March 1

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence 1992
  • Cheerleading Week begins
  • Dadgum That’s Good Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Day of Unplugging * (1st Fri.)
  • Dress in Blue Day * (1st Fri.)
  • 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
  • Shabbot Across American/Canada *
  • 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
  • International Festival of the Owls begins *(1st full weekend)
  • Iditarod Race *
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Read Across America Day

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Celebrate Your Name Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • International Festival of Owls (1st full
    weekend)
  • Namesake Day *
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st TV Appearance 1955
  • Read an E-Book Week * (1st full week)
  • Return the Borrowed Books Week begins *
  • Severe Storm Preparedness Week
  • Sleep Awareness Week begins *
  • Speech and Debate Education Day
  • Teen Tech Week begins *
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • Women of Aviation Worldwide Week begins * (week with the 8th)
  • Words Matter Week begins * (1st full week)
  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Fun Facts About Names Day *
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a G.I. Day
  • March Forth – Do Something Day
  • Newspaper in Education Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Procrastination Week begins *
  • School Breakfast Week begins * (Mon.of 1st full week)
  • Scrapbooking Industry Day
  • Share a Story Shape a Future Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 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
  • Fasnacht Day * (day before Lent begins)
  • Mardi Gras * (day before Lent begins)
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • St. Piran’s Day
  • Unique Names Day *

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Corndog Day
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Discover What Your Name Means Day *
  • Dress Day
  • Frozen Foods Day
  • Ghana Independence 1957
  • Lent begins *
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • Procrastination Week begins)
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
  • World Math Day * (1st Wed.)

March 7

  • Be Heard Day
  • Cereal Day
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • Name Tag Day *
  • No More Week begins
  • Roast Pork Day
  • Telephone patented 1876
  • World Book Day *(1st Thurs.)

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week begins
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Middle Name Pride Day *
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Universal Women’s Week begins

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Crabmeat Day
  • Descendants Day *
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Panic Day
  • Science and Engineering Week (UK) begins *
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Agriculture Week begins *
  • Bagpipe Day
  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • Check Your Batteries Day *
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week begins * (2nd week)
  • Daylight Savings Time begins *
  • Girl Scout Week begins * (week with the 12th)
  • 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
  • Tsunami Awareness Week begins * (other sources say March 25)
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Johnny Appleseed Day (Sept. 26 is an alternate date)
  • Brain Awareness Week begins *
  • Commonwealth Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Ken Day (the boy Barbie)
  • Napping Day * (day after Daylight Savings Time)
  • 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
  • Organize Your Home Office Day * (2nd Tues.)
  • 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

  • Ag Day *
  • Ask a Question Day
  • Children’s Craft Day
  • Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Kidney Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • 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
  • Quilting Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • St. Urho’s Day

March 17

  • Corn Dog Day
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Fix A Leak Week begins *
  • Folk Tales and Fables Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day
  • World Folktales and Fables Week begins

March 18

  • Act Happy Week begins * ( 3rd Mon.)
  • 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
  • Shakespeare Week begins *
  • Sloppy Joe Day
  • Wellderly Week begins * (3rd Mon.)

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

  • Ag Day
  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • 1st Day of Spring/Spring Equinox *
  • Great American Meat Out
  • Hugh of St. Cher’s Concordance 1263
  • International Day of Happiness
  • French Language Day
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Ostara *
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Ta’anit Esther/Purim begins *
  • 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

  • Absolutely Incredible Kid Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • 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
  • Naw-Ruz *
  • 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
  • Cleaning Week begins * (last week)
  • 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
  • Holy Week begins * (week before Easter)
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • Lobster Newburg Day
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Tsunami Awareness Week begins * (other sources say March 10)
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Bangladesh Independence 1971
  • Diabetes Alert Day * (4th Tues)
  • 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
  • Little Red Wagon Day * (last Wed.)
  • Manatee Appreciation Day * (last Wed.)
  • 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

  • Brother and Sister Day * (last Sat.)
  • Earth Hour * (last Sat.)
  • Doctor’s Day
  • Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Nano Days begin *
  • 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
  • Mothering Sunday *
  • 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 – Currently being updated and edited for 2018

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

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/month/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

 

Special Days in February, 2019

Here is the list of February 2019 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

February’s Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Blame Someone Else Day (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day (1st Fri.)
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Imbolc
  • 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
  • Super Bowl *

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
  • Chinese New Year *
  • 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

  • Homes for Birds Week *
  • Jello Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Inventor Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Iran National Day
  • Jello Week begins (2nd full week)
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • 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
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day (2nd Thurs.)
  • 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
  • Great Backyard Bird Count *
  • 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
  • Pangolin Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923
  • World Whale Day * (3rd Sat.)

Feb. 17

  • Daytona 500 *
  • Human Spirit Day
  • International Friendship Week * (last full week)
  • 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)
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • 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
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885
  • Whooping Crane Festival *

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • French Fry Friday * (4th Fri.)
  • 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
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)

Feb. 24

  • Academy Awards *
  • 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
  • Justice for Animals Week *
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Invasive Species Awareness Week *
  • 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
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • 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

  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • 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

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

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

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

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, 2019

Click Here For Special Days in January updated for 2020!

Christmas Resource Roundup!

This will be my twenty-first December of teaching Christmas related lessons!  Quite a few of those have been with online resources.  Here’s the roundup of my Christmas themed resource and idea blog posts (all have been recently checked and updated!)

Here’s a free printable of the “Holiday” related list of December’s Special Days                                      CHRISTMAS THEMED SPECIAL DAYS

This is my collection of Advent and Christmas Countdown, cross curricular resources from a few  years ago.  These made everyday until Christmas even more special     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/06/countdown-to-christmas/

And another cross curricular Christmas Countdown and Advent Resource List     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/12/06/learning-christmas-with-countdowns/

We have learned about Christmas traditions from around the world.  It was an awesome study!  We used these resources –                                                                    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=melting+pot

Christmas Sciences!  Here’s a fantastic collection of Science resources to add to your Christmas learning!                                                 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/13/how-holidays-are-made-and-other-christmas-science-lessons/

Christmas Break Fun –  Collection of Christmas themed online games and unplugged activities   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/20/christmas-break-fun/

How about a research project about Elves?              https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/12/11/questioning-elves/

Hanukkah Activities and Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/12/hanukkah-oh-hanukkah/

Need some holiday humor?  I’ve got that too!

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/11/homeschool-humor-the-almost-christmas-break-edition/

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/18/homeschool-humor-the-christmas-break-edition/

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/18/homeschool-humor-the-christmas-break-edition/

Merry Teaching and Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in December, 2018

Click here for Special Days in December updated for 2019!

Around the World in 80 Days

In Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days, the calm, orderly main character, Phileas Fogg, makes a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days.  He does this on October 2, 1873.  Today we have fun holiday in honor of this fictional occasion, “Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day”! If your family hasn’t read Around the World in 80 Days, October 2 would be a perfect time to start. Of course, anytime is a good time to begin such a thrilling adventure.

We chose to “read” this classical story via audio a couple of years ago and the whole family loved it!  The reader from “Loyal Books” was excellent.  Please note that Around the World in 80 Days is not a children’s book. There are some rather mature scenes in Verne’s tale, however my youngest (11 at the time) was fine after some discussion. Actually, this book inspired a lot of discussion.

Here’s a collection of resources to add some extra fun and some lessons to the reading.

Learn to Play Whist   (this is the game that Phileas Fogg was playing when he begins his adventure)                                                                                                                               https://cardgames.io/whist/

Listen to the audio book                                                                           http://www.loyalbooks.com/book/around-the-world-in-eighty-days-by-jules-verne

Read the book                                                                                                   http://literatureproject.com/around-the-world/index.htm

Several Free Printables                        https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:around%20the%20world%20in%2080%20days/Price-Range/Free

Study Guide                                                                                                    https://www.shmoop.com/around-the-world-in-eighty-days/

Map of the trip                https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Around_the_World_in_Eighty_Days_map.png

Interactive Game               http://www.freeworldgroup.com/games6/gameindex/aroundtheworldin80days.htm

Vocabulary Lists (the vocabulary is intensive)                                                                                          https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/204437

Oh, and the movie from 2004 staring Jackie Chan?  Let’s just say it was barely based on the book.  Just barely.

betty jo