Thursday, March 13, 2014
Popcorn Lover's Day
When : Second Thursday in March
Many of us love popcorn. So, it only makes sense that there should be a special day just for popcorn lovers.
Popcorn is good for you, when eaten plain. It is not as healthy, when it's loaded with salt and butter.
This day is intended to enjoy popcorn and share it with others. Bring some to work. Or microwave some and put in in a basket in your office.
You can have it in a traditional way, with salt and butter. Or, you can add anyone of a number of flavors to it. Some popular flavors are cheddar cheese, parmesan garlic, and even hot pepper! There is no requirement as what seasoning to use today, as long as your eat plenty popcorn. Now, that's not hard to do, is it!?
Origin of Popcorn Lovers Day:
This day was created on January 6, 2012, by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY. It is Bob's favorite snack. He and his wife have it on most Thursdays, all year long. Bob is also an avid garden and has grown popcorn and dried it for popping.
This Day in History March 13th
Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad's army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraish of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia. (624)
The bones of Saint Nicephorus are interred in the Church of the Holy Apostles, Constantinople. (874)
Harvard College is named for clergyman John Harvard. (1639)
William Herschel discovers Uranus. (1781)
American Civil War: The U.S. federal government forbids all Union army officers to return fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation. (1862)
American Civil War: The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African American troops. (1865)
San Diego State University is founded. (1897)
The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory. (1930)
Great Depression: Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a "bank holiday". (1933)
World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States. (1938)
The Holocaust: German forces liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków. (1943)
Lyman Lemnitzer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers a proposal, called Operation Northwoods, regarding performing terrorist attacks upon Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The proposal is scrapped and President John F. Kennedy removes Lemnitzer from his position. (1962)
Police in Phoenix, Arizona arrest Ernesto Miranda and charge him with kidnap and rape. His conviction is ultimately set aside by the United States Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona (1963)
American Kitty Genovese is murdered, reportedly in view of neighbors who did nothing to help her, prompting research into the bystander effect. (1964)
Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module. (1969)
The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan. (1988)
The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. (1991)
Dunblane massacre: in Dunblane, Scotland, 16 Primary School children and one teacher are shot dead by a spree killer, Thomas Watt Hamilton who then committed suicide. (1996)
India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader. (1997)
Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy. (2003)
Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time. (2008)
Pope Francis is elected in the papal conclave to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. (2013)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Plant a Flower Day
When : Always March 12th
Plant a Flower Day is a day to get a little dirt under your fingernails. Take a few minutes to plant a flower today.
Gardening is a great hobby. It's enjoyed by millions of people, old and young alike. Its a hobby that virtually everyone can participate in, regardless of age, and health. Senior citizens love it, as they can garden long after they give up other hobbies and sports.
Identifying the correct date for celebrating Plant a Flower Day has proved frustrating and a bit futile. As we researched this day, we found multiple dates in March and May for Plant a Flower Day. We found no content sites defining the day, and no written documentation. No one claimed to be the creator of this day either.
Celebrate today by planting or transplanting any kind of plant. It can be done indoors, or weather permitting, outdoors.
Origin of "Plant a Flower Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. There is reference to this day as celebrated on multiple dates across multiple months. We have posted this day as March 12th, as it is by far the most common date referenced.
This Day in History March 12th
Several hundred Spanish and indigenous troops under the command of Pedro de Valdivia defeat an army of 60,000 Mapuche at the Battle of Penco during the Arauco War in present-day Chile. (1550)
Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits, are canonized as saints by the Catholic Church. (1622)
American Civil War: The Red River Campaign begins as a US Navy fleet of 13 Ironclads and 7 Gunboats and other support ships enter the Red River. (1864)
Henry O'Farrell attempts to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. (1868)
Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain. (1881)
Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph Biedenharn. (1894)
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States. (1912)
Canberra Day: The future capital of Australia is officially named Canberra. (Melbourne remains temporary capital until 1927 while the new capital is still under construction.) (1913)
Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years. (1918)
In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people. (1928)
Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march, known as the Salt March, to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt (1930)
Great Depression: Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This is also the first of his "fireside chats". (1933)
Anschluss: German troops occupy Austria. (1938)
Winter War: Finland signs the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population are immediately evacuated. (1940)
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism. (1947)
The Llandow air disaster occurs near Sigingstone, Wales, in which 80 people die when their aircraft crashed, making it the world's deadliest air disaster at the time. (1950)
Several bombs explode in Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more. (1993)
North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to its nuclear sites. (1993)
The Blizzard of 1993 – Snow begins to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds and record low temperatures. The storm lasts for 30 hours. (1993)
The Church of England ordains its first female priests. (1994)
The President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its National Assembly: the first such impeachment in the nation's history. (2004)
Financier Bernard Madoff pleads guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history. (2009)
A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake. (2011)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Worship of Tools Day
When : Always March 11th
There are few things that the male population worships more than his tools. To some, a tool is a natural extension of their arm. So, Worship of Tools Day is a logical day of celebration. And, it's definitely a guy thing. Please note however, there are more than a few ladies who love to work with their hands, and find today to be an important holiday.
Need a birthday or Christmas gift idea for one of the "boys" in the family? You're never lacking for tool ideas when you visit the local hardware store.
Celebrate today by working with tools, and buying a tool or two. Receiving a tool as a gift today, makes this truely a special day.
Song of the Day: If I Had a Hammer
Origin of "Worship of Tools Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This Day in History March 11th
Emperor Elagabalus is assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber. (222)
The Frondeurs and the French sign the Peace of Rueil. (1649)
The Daily Courant, England's first national daily newspaper is published for the first time. (1702)
Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation. (1708)
The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (1824)
The Flagstaff War: Unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Māori tribe members chop down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drive settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand. (1845)
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government. (1848)
American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted. (1861)
The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400. (1888)
USS Nevada (BB-36) is commissioned. The first US Navy "super-dreadnought". (1916)
World War I: Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude. (1917)
The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic. (1918)
In New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opens the Roxy Theatre. (1927)
Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, abbreviated as GTO, is introduced in the Soviet Union. (1931)
World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan. (1941)
World War II: General Douglas MacArthur leaves Corregidor. (1942)
World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy attempts a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2. (1945)
World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler. (1945)
Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops. (1946)
The 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege: more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations. (1977)
Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 are killed and more than 70 are wounded when Al Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel's Operation Litani. (1978)
Pakistan successfully conducts a cold test of a nuclear weapon. (1983)
Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States. (1993)
Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people. (2004)
Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile. (2006)
Georgia claims Russian helicopters attacked the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia, an accusation that Russia categorically denies later. (2007)
Winnenden school shooting: 16 are killed and 11 are injured before recent-graduate Tim Kretschmer shoots and kills himself, leading to tightened weapons restrictions in Germany. (2009)
Economist and businessman Sebastián Piñera is sworn in as President of Chile, while three earthquakes, the strongest measuring magnitude 6.9 and all centered next to Pichilemu, capital of Cardenal Caro Province, hit central Chile during the ceremony. (2010)
An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. (2011)
A US soldier kills 16 civilians in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan near Kandahar. (2012)
Monday, March 10, 2014
Middle Name Pride Day
When : Always March 10th
Middle Name Pride Day honors the seldom used middle name that often sets you apart from others. It was selected with care, so you should be proud of it.
Here's two big reasons to be proud of your middle name:
First, there are plenty of John Smiths and and Mary Jones. Its the middle name your parents gave you that makes your name unique.
Second, your parents chose your middle name with great care. It often was selected to honor a friend or relative. That person may have possessed certain characteristics that they want you to inherit.
Do you know why your were given your middle name? If not, todays the day to find out. If it was in honor of someone, find out a little more about that person.
We encourage you to enjoy your middle name on Middle Name Pride Day, and every day!
Note: Middle Name Pride Day is uniquely different from Name Yourself Day. (April 9)
Origin of "Middle Name Pride Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This Day in History March 10th
French Huguenot Jean Calas, who had been wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform. (1762)
Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States. (1804)
Napoleon I of France is defeated at the Battle of Laon in France. (1814)
Crossing of the Andes: A group of royalist scouts is captured during the Action of Juncalito. (1816)
The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis Philippe to support his war in Algeria. (1831)
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is ratified by the United States Senate, ending the Mexican–American War. (1848)
Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." (1876)
Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching. (1891)
The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst ever, kills 1099 miners in Northern France. (1906)
Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation. (1922)
An earthquake in Long Beach, California kills 115 people and causes an estimated $40 million in damage. (1933)
The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting conflagration kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians. (1945)
Fulgencio Batista leads a successful coup in Cuba and appoints himself as the "provisional president". (1952)
Military Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky sacked rival General Nguyen Chanh Thi, precipitating large-scale civil and military dissension in parts of the nation. (1966)
Vietnam War: Battle of Lima Site 85, concluding the 11th with largest single ground combat loss of United States Air Force members (12) during that war. (1968)
In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later unsuccessfully attempts to retract his plea. (1969)
Vietnam War: Captain Ernest Medina is charged by the U.S. Military with My Lai war crimes. (1970)
Vietnam War: North Vietnamese troops attack Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam, on their way to capturing Saigon. (1975)
Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus. (1977)
Madeira School headmistress Jean Harris shoots and kills Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower (1980)
The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom. (2000)
Tung Chee Hwa resigns from his post as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after widespread public dissatisfaction of his tenure. (2005)
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars. (2006)
Sunday, March 09, 2014
When : Always March 9th
Try to stay calm. Take a deep breath. For today is Panic Day. Can you handle today? Good, we were worried for a moment.
Hopefully, everything is going just swell in your life, and you have no need for this day. But, if problems and troubles are looming, try to hold off hitting the panic button until this day arrives.
Don't worry. Don't fret. and, above all, don't panic. However, if ever there was a day to panic, today is that day.
As you get through this unsettling day, you have another day to worry about.......International Panic Day. (June 18)
Origin of "Panic Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. Perhaps they were too rushed and panicked to record their creation.
This Day in History March 9th
First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg. (1009)
The fleet of Pedro Álvares Cabral leaves Lisbon for the Indies. The fleet will discover Brazil which lies within boundaries granted to Portugal in the Treaty of Tordesillas. (1500)
David Rizzio, private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland. (1566)
After a campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son may have actually committed suicide. (1765)
Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. (1796)
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in the United States v. The Amistad case that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them had been taken into slavery illegally. (1841)
The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush. (1842)
Mexican–American War: The first large-scale amphibious assault in U.S. history is launched in the Siege of Veracruz. (1847)
American Civil War: The USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fight to a draw in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle between two ironclad warships. (1862)
The Westmoreland County coal strike, involving 15,000 coal miners represented by the United Mine Workers, begins. (1910)
Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against the border town of Columbus, New Mexico. (1916)
Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to Congress, the first of his New Deal policies. (1933)
World War II: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville in a battle that would last five days. (1944)
The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States Army Air Forces begin, one of the most destructive bombing raids in history. (1945)
McCarthyism: CBS television broadcasts the See It Now episode, "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy", produced by Fred Friendly. (1954)
A magnitude 8.3 earthquake in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska triggers a Pacific-wide tsunami causing extensive damage to Hawaii and Oahu. (1957)
The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York. (1959)
Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight. (1961)
Forty-two people die in the 1976 Cavalese cable car disaster, the worst cable-car accident to date. (1976)
The Hanafi Siege: In a thirty-nine-hour standoff, armed Hanafi Muslims seize three Washington, D.C., buildings, killing two and taking 149 hostage. (1977)
Financially troubled Eastern Air Lines filed for bankruptcy. (1989)
Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights. (2011)
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