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March 31, 2017

Today we celebrate:

National Farm Workers Day - We would not have any food to purchase in our grocery stores if it were not for the hard work of farm workers all over the country. All over the world really, but since this is a national day, I guess only the ones in this nation are recognized today. They work very hard for very little pay and deserve our gratitude. Without them we would have to grow our own food in backyard plots and spend days and days canning the results like they used to do in the old days.

Cesar Chavez Day - Born on this day in 1927, Cesar Chavez was a civil rights and labor movement activist. He and Dolores Huerta created the National Farm Workers Association. He dedicated his life to working to make sure that farm workers, particularly Hispanic farm workers, were treated fairly.

National Crayola Crayon Day - Who doesn’t love crayons? All those colors that we put into the hands of children who would be happy with just a couple of primary colors. But Crayola has a multitude of different colors sure to please even the most particular artist. So don’t be shy, go get yourself a coloring book and have some fun, children or no children.

World Backup Day - Backing up our information is so important and yet is something that so many of us, including myself, tend to not do. But what would you do if you lost everything because your computer crashes? Or your phone is stolen? Where do you store your digital pictures? Your financial information? Take the time today to back it all up onto more than one system (because sometimes backups fail to).

Eiffel Tower Day – On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was dedicated. It took two years, two months and five days to complete. It was built by Gustave Eiffel for the International Exhibition of Paris in that year. The tower had the distinction of being the tallest structure in the world until 1930.

National Bunsen Burner Day – On this day in 1811, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born in Germany. He was a professor of chemistry and created the Bunsen burner which has made life so much easier for chemists and chemistry students. I'm not sure how they conducted their classroom experiments before then.

National “She's Funny That Way” Day – Today is a day to celebrate women and all the ways we make everyone laugh. Some women make a living out of being funny, such as Ellen Degeneres, one of my favorite comedians  For others it's a pleasant hobby, and for the rest, like me, it's a happy accident.

National Clams On The Half Shell Day – These are clams that are served on an open shell. They are usually raw but I think if you look hard enough, and you better believe that I will, you just might be able to find a recipe for cooked clams on a half shell.

International Day Of Prayer And Remembrance For Terri Schindler Schiavo, And All Our Vulnerable Brothers And Sisters – Also known simply as “Terri’s Day”. You probably remember the big controversy regarding Terri Schiavo. I'm not going into details and taking sides here, I'll just say that today is a day to remember her and everyone else who is or has been in her and her family's heartbreaking position. It was on this day in 2005 that she died.

National Tater Day - Today we celebrate potatoes and the vitamins, minerals and fiber they provide us. They have been a staple of Americans ever since the early 1600’s. Of course, back then potatoes were shipped in from Europe because Idaho hadn’t been discovered yet.

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