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The Month of March in History - Each Date Illustrated
March 01, this day is College Scholarship Day. Founded in 2002, this day encourages businesses to fund additional college scholarships and for parents to help their children explore all the funding options for their college education.
March 02, this day is the birthday of Silly Putty. Silly Putty, that wonderful pinkish substance that bounces like rubber and stretches like taffy, was introduced to the public on this date in 1950. Trivia buffs: Silly Putty can be used to pick up dirt, lint, and pet hair and is used in large quantity by physical therapists for rehabilitative therapy of hand injuries.
March 03, this day is Japanese Girl's Day. During this
special festival for young girls in Japan, ornate dolls are dressed up and displayed in homes. The dolls represent the emperor and
empress. Also known as Japan Doll Festival (Hina Matsuri).
March 04, this day is the birthday of the Television Hall of Fame. The Television Hall of Fame was established on this date. In 1984, the first people were inducted into the TV Hall of Fame:
Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Morrow, William S. Paley, and David Sarnoff.
March 05, this day is Online University Day. Established in 1995, Jones International University became the first U.S. university operating entirely online to earn accreditation when the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools granted it accreditation on March 5, 1999.
March 06, this day is Frozen Food Day. In 1930, Birds Eye Frosted Foods, part of General Foods, marketed frozen peas and spinach for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts. Flash freezing was developed by Clarence Birdseye. Which probably made a whole lot of people happy.
March 07, this day is Philosopher Emperor Day. In 161 A.D., Marcus Aurelius became the Emperor of Rome. He was a noted stoic philosopher as well as a wise and benevolent ruler, one of the few Roman emperors who were good rulers.
March 08, that March is National Craft Month. Celebrate by making it your goal to start crafting for a charity this month or spread the word about crafting for charity.
March 09, this day is Bang Clang Day. This day celebrates the Battle of Hampton Roads (March 9, 1862), the first battle between armored ships, the Monitor and the Merrimac.
March 10, this day is Harriet Tubman Day. This day honors the 1913 death of Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist and underground railroad leader.
Dennis the Menace
March 11, this day is Shad Return Day. In the early history of America, the shad ascended up the Hudson River on March 11th with such clockwork regularity that the Dutch colonists called
the shad "elft" (eleven fish). In other places, the shad would ascend to spawn as late as May.
March 12, this day is the birthday of the Dennis the
Menace comic strip. Created by Hank Ketcham, it first appeared in newspapers in 1951. Trivia fans: The inspiration for the
comic strip came from Dennis Ketcham, the real life son of Hank Ketcham, who was only four years old when he refused to take a nap and somehow messed up his whole room.
Hank tried many possible names for the character, and translated them into rough pencil sketches. But when his studio door flew open and his then-wife Alice, in utter
exasperation, exclaimed, "Your son is a menace!", the "Dennis the Menace" name stuck.
March 13, this day is Uncle Sam Character Day. On March 13, 1852, the "New York Lantern" first featured the Uncle Sam character. Uncle Sam came to be a symbol of American patriotism. The nickname of Uncle Sam was first used in the September 7, 1813, issue of the Troy Post (New York).
March 14, this day is the anniversary of the First American in Space Aboard a Russian Rocket. In 1995, Norman Thagard became the first American astronaut to go into space aboard a Russian spacecraft. He and two Russian cosmonauts headed for the Mir space station aboard a Soyuz rocket.
March 15, this day is Most Rainfall in 24 Hours Day. In
1952, 74 inches of rain fell on Cilaos (on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion) during a 24-hour period, the most rain ever recorded
during 24 hours.
March 16, this day is Women Pharmacist Day. In 1883, Susan Hayhurst became the first woman to become a certified pharmacist when she graduated from Philadelphia College of
March 17, this day is Ireland National Day. The patron saints of Ireland are Saint Patrick,
Saint Bridget and Saint
Columba. However, Saint Patrick is the only one of the three who is
commonly recognized as the patron saint. Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is celebrated in Ireland and abroad as the Irish national day, with parades and other celebrations.
March 18, today is the anniversary of the largest art theft in US history (1990). Twelve paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. This included Vermeer's The Concert and three Rembrandts (including his only seascape The Storm on the Sea of Galilee). To date, these paintings have not been recovered.
March 19, this day is High School Girls Against Boys Day. In 1975, Pennsylvania became the first state to allow girls to compete against boys in high school sports.
March 20, this day is Bibliomania Day. On March 20, 1990, Stephen Blumberg of Ottumwa, Iowa, was arrested for stealing over 23,600 books worth $20 million and weighing 19 tons. So look out for a man carrying a ton of books!
March 21, this day is Seashell Shower Day. In 1983, a shower of seashells fell near Stoke-on-Kent, England, during a severe storm that also included several tornadoes and instances of ball lightning.
March 22, this day is Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Women's Day. In 1996, Sgt. Heather Johnsen of the 3rd U.S. Infantry became the first woman to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. To earn the badge, one must be a soldier with an unblemished military record, stand at least 5-foot-10, know cemetery history and be able to scramble into dress blues in three minutes flat.
March 23, this day is Welcome Back Buzzards Day. On this date, the resident turkey vultures return to Arizona from their winter migration in Mexico. Gosh, that must be a sight!
March 24, this day is the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. One of the greatest oil spills and natural disasters ever to occur, the Exxon Valdez spilled over 11,000,000 gallons of oil off the shores of Alaska in 1989. It is considered one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters ever to occur at sea.
March 25, this day is Titan Discovery Day. Titan, Saturn's
moon, was discovered by the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens on March 25, 1655, and was the first moon to be found with the
aid of a telescope after the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter.
March 26, this day is Kiss and Hug Protest Day. In 2002,
more than 100 couples held a kiss and hug protest outside the office of the mayor of Calcutta.
They demanded a special area for
romantics where people could kiss and hug without being harassed by nosy police officers or hawkers. Quick trivia: Kissing in public is disapproved of in India.
March 27, this day is Florida Discovery Day. Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer, sighted Florida in 1513. He named the land Pascua Florida, which means "flowery Easter."
March 28, this day is Istanbul Name Day. In 1930, the Turkish city of Constantinople changed its name to Istanbul and Angora changed its name to Ankara.
March 29, this day is Niagara Falls Silence Day. In 1848,
Niagara Falls was silenced for the first and only
time in recorded history when strong winds created an ice dam at the mouth of
Lake Erie, thus stopping the flow of water through the falls. Normal water flow resumed a day later.
March 30, this day is Sunflowers Are Expensive Day. In 1987 auction at Christie's in London, Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sold for $39.7 million ($76.6 million in 2010 dollars), the most ever paid for sunflowers.
March 31, this day is Dance Marathon Day.
The first dance marathon in the United States was held in New York City in 1923. Alma Cummings danced non-stop for 27 hours, wearing out six
different partners, breaking the previous record set in Britain and gaining brief national acclaim for her feat.