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March 16, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Black Press Day - On this day in 1827, the first issue of Freedom’s Journal was published by John Brown Russwurm and Rev. Samuel Cornish. It was the first Black newspaper to ever be published in the United States. This website has some good ways to celebrate this day.

Goddard Day – Robert Goddard, born on October 5, 1882, was the first to launch a rocket propelled by a liquid fuel. He accomplished this feat on this day in 1926 on his Aunt Effie's farm in Massachusetts. He may also have been the first to state that space travel to the moon was possible. He was ridiculed in the New York Times and other papers for this belief. It's a shame that he died in 1945 before seeing the papers eat their words.

Lips Appreciation Day – This is a really important day. Make sure you take good care of your lips because it's really hard to kiss your honey without them. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep them hydrated and protect them with your favorite lip balm.

National Artichoke Heart Day – Artichoke heart lovers! Today is your day! For those of you who aren't sure yet about this crazy looking food, you can try this web site for recipes that might appeal to you.

National Everything You Do Is Right Day – You knew this was coming right? After all, you can't do everything wrong every day. There had to be a flip side. So whatever it is you want to do today, do it with confidence because you're in the groove today!

Curlew Day – A curlew is a bird with a long bill. And this time of year, they are busy practicing for their extravagant courtship flights. So if you see one, make sure you don't do anything to break their concentration. May the best bird win. This is the date that they usually arrive at the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge for their nesting season.

Freedom Of Information Day – Recognized by Congress in 1989, this day was chosen for the purpose of highlighting the importance of the freedom of the press, religion, the public library system and the public's right to know.....stuff. It is celebrated today because today is the birthday of President James Madison (our 4th President of the U.S.) who was the biggest contributor to the writing of the Bill of Rights.

St. Urho's Day – I could not determine who created the story of St. Urho, but it apparently began in the 1950's and involves a man driving grasshoppers out of Finland, saving the famed Finnish grape crops. Wear purple and green during your celebrations today.

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day – And speaking of the Campfire people, this day was created by Campfire USA, and is always celebrated on the third Thursday in March, to remind us that kids need positive encouragement in their lives. To that end, your job is to write a love letter to your kids or to kids that are important to your life whether they are yours or not. This is one of those goofy sounding things that your kids will scoff at, but will also, in all likelihood, treasure for the rest of their lives. If you go on the website you can download Absolutely Incredible Kid Day stationery to use.

Companies That Care DayCelebrated on the third Thursday of March, this day encourages employers to recognize the people that help make their company successful, whether they are employees or members of the community, and to find ways for the company to make a difference in improving their community for the benefit of everyone.

Oranges and Lemons Day - This is a day that is celebrated every year in London.  It is usually celebrated on the third Thursday of March by the children of St. Clement Danes Church of England Primary School.  The reason for this lies in a song, the first line of which is, “‘Oranges and Lemons,’.say the bells of St. Clement’s.”

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