Thursday, March 14, 2013
National Pi Day
When : Always March 14th
National Pi Day celebrates Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends....at least no one has found the end yet. Often, we round it off to 3.14. If you are a mathematician, this is your day. For National Pi Day is a celebration of mathematics. And, more specifically.... it celebrates "Pi".
Today is the birthday physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. The date is also represented as 3.14. We strongly suspect some combination of these two facts is why someone created the day on March 14th. However, "Pi" was around long before Albert Einstein was born.
Origin of "National Pi Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History March 14
Spanish forces capture Fort Charlotte in Mobile, Alabama, the last British frontier post capable of threatening New Orleans in Spanish Louisiana. (1780)
Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin. (1794)
The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States currency on the gold standard. (1900)
The Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. The Colombian Senate would later reject the treaty. (1903)
George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, commits suicide rather than facing the ravages of cancer. (1932)
Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the United States successfully to treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin. (1942)
A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy. (1964)
The body of President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery. (1967)