March 25, 2017

Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on 25 March. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works in education and library groups. The date of…

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March 24, 2017

Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1878. After settling in Appleton, Wis., a young “Ehrie” (Harry) moved with his father, a rabbi, to New York City. The young man was burdened with numerous…

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March 23, 2017

March 23 is World Meteorological Day.  I am always amazed by my holidays. Researching World Meteorological Day and its 2017 theme Understanding Clouds opened up a new world of cloud research I had never considered before. Quoting from the World Meteorological Organization website. “Understanding Clouds is the theme of World…

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March 22, 2017

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of fresh water and advocates for the Sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day is also used to highlight required improvements for access to WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) facilities in developing…

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March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 at 10:28 am Greenwich Mean Time is the March Equinox. An equinox is the moment in which the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice a year. On an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet.…

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March 19, 2017

On March 19, 1954, Willie Mosconi set the world record by running 526 consecutive balls during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio, a record which remains unbroken. In straight pool, the one and five balls are in each corner of the rack and the…

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March 18, 2017

March 18 Biodiesel Day Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel, German inventor and mechanical engineer, was born on March 18, 1858 and was last seen alive September 29, 1913. He originally designed the diesel engine in the late 19th Century to run on peanut oil. Only later did petroleum become the standard.…

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March 17, 2017

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Most of what we know about St. Patrick comes from his book “The Confession” which he wrote near the end of his life. He was the son of a deacon who was the son of a presbyter in the village of Bannavem Taberniea (England) around…

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March 16, 2017

March 16 is Lithuanian Book Smugglers Day. In the late 19th century, smugglers transported Lithuanian language books into Lithuanian-speaking areas of the Russian Empire, defying a ban on such materials in force from 1864 to 1904. The book smugglers (Lithuanian: knygnešys, or plural knygnešiai, Polish: kolporterzy książek) became a symbol…

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March 15, 2017

The Ides of March The name Ides was given to the approximate middle of the month in the Roman calendar. In Roman times, the Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of…

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