March 21: Kick Butts Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, California Strawberry Day,

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Kick Butts Day

You might be in the mood to kick butt, but March 21 is for kicking multiple butts. The 17th annual Kick Butts Day is "a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at hundreds of events from coast to coast," according to the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids. Observe the holiday by downloading free, printable activity sheets for kids and students.

Tobacco by the numbers:

* 19.5 percent: "High school students are current smokers."

* Almost 90 percent: "Adults who have ever been regular smokers began smoking by the time they were 18."

* $16 million a year: Amount tobacco companies spend on lobbying in Congress and contributing to federal candidates and political parties.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21 annually. In 1960, "police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid 'pass laws,'" according to the United Nations. On the same date, five years later, Martin Luther King Jr. began his march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., to demand federal protection of voting rights, according to BlackPast.

California Strawberry Day

Get out the hand mixer and whip some cream by hand, adding a little bit of sugar while your homemade biscuits are baking. You'll need something to serve with those plump and juicy strawberries on California Strawberry Day. Or enjoy strawberries dipped in chocolate or in cupcakes.

Strawberries are a good source of healthful antioxidants "thought to help defend the body against several diseases and conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological decline, and diabetes," according to the California Strawberry Commission. Eight medium strawberries provide more vitamin C than an orange, 3 grams of fiber and "nearly 9 percent of the daily requirement of folate."

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