FACTS ABOUT MARCH
According to the Georgian calendar, March is the third month of the year. According to the early Roman calendar, it was the first month and was called Martius. The ancient Romans later made January 1 the beginning of the year, and March became the third month on the calendar.
March has always had 31 days. Its name honors Mars, the Roman God of war.
The winter ends with March, and end comes Spring. Spring in the northern half of the world begins with March 19, 20, or 21. Its the day when the sun is directly over the equator. March can either fill wintry or springy, with as many blustery, windy days as there are mild, sunny days.
In the northern hemisphere, the animals end their hibernation and many plants come to life again in March. The sap flows in the trees again, and the buds begin to show up. Bears, woodchucks, and chipmunks leave their hibernating spots. People begin to start looking for the first robin, for the beginning of Spring arrival.
There are no national holidays in March, but there are important state and religious holidays celebrated.
- Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the Union on March 1.
- Texas celebrates March 2 as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
- On March 4, the people of Pennsylvania commemorate the granting of the state's charter to William Penn in 1681.
- The Irish celebrate March 17 as the feast day of St. Patrick.
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- In Maryland, March 25 is set apart for a celebration of the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
- The Jewish festival of Purim usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.
POPULAR BELIEFS in MARCH
There are many superstitions about March. We often hear that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." This means that the first day of March is often stormy, and the last day is mild and warm. Another saying is, "April borrowed from March three days, and they were ill." This refers to the first three days of April, which are generally rough and blustery like March. A third saying calls the first three days of March "blind days" because they are "unlucky." If rain falls on these days, farmers supposedly will have poor harvests.
Source - World Book Millenium 2000
|IMPORTANT MARCH EVENTS
- March 1
--Ohio became the 17th state, 1803.
--Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American sculptor, born 1848.
--Nebraska became the 37th state, 1867.
- March 2
--Sam Houston, American political leader, born 1793.
--Bedrich Smetana, Czech composer, born 1824.
--Carl Schurz, American political leader, born 1829.
--Texas declared its independence from Mexico, 1836.
--Pope Pius XII born 1876.
--Kurt Weill, German composer, born 1900.
- March 3
--Missouri Compromise passed, 1820.
--George Pullman, American inventor and businessman, born 1831.
--Florida became the 27th state, 1845.
--Inventor Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
--Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, 1918.
- March 4
--William Penn received grant of Pennsylvania, 1681.
--The first Congress under the U.S. Constitution met, 1789. This date was used as Inauguration Day until 1937.
--Vermont became the 14th state, 1791.
--Knute Rockne, American football coach, born 1888.
- March 5
--Gerardus Mercator, Flemish geographer, born 1512.
--British soldiers fired on a mob in the Boston Massacre, 1770.
--Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, born 1887.
--Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator, died 1953.
- March 6
--Italian artist Michelangelo, born 1475.
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet, born 1806.
--Santa Anna captured the Alamo, 1836.
--Ring Lardner, American humorist, born 1885.
- March 7
--Luther Burbank, American horticulturist, born 1849.
--Tomas Masaryk, cofounder of Czechoslovakia, born 1850.
--Maurice Ravel, French composer, born 1875.
--Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone, 1876.
- March 8
--Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., born 1841.
- March 9
--Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer, born 1454.
--The Merrimack (then called the Virginia ) fought the Monitor, 1862.
--Samuel Barber, American composer, born 1910.
- March 10
--Arthur Honegger, French composer, born 1892.
- March 11
--Torquato Tasso, Italian poet, born 1544.
- March 12
--Canadian politician William Mackenzie born 1795.
--Sir John J. C. Abbott, prime minister of Canada, born 1821.
--Clement Studebaker, American manufacturer, born 1831.
--Gabriele d'Annunzio, Italian poet, born 1863.
--Juliette Low founded the Girl Scout movement in America, 1912.
--First transatlantic radio broadcast, 1925.
--President Harry S. Truman announced the Truman Doctrine, 1947.
- March 13
--Joseph Priestley, English chemist, born 1733.
--Johann Wyss, Swiss author, born 1781.
- March 14
--Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, 1794.
--Johann Strauss, Austrian composer, born 1804.
--Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist, born 1879.
- March 15
--Julius Caesar assassinated, 44 B.C.
--Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, born in Waxhaw settlement, either North Carolina or South Carolina, 1767.
--Maine became the 23rd state, 1820.
--American Legion founded, 1919.
- March 16
--James Madison, fourth President of the United States, born at Port Conway, King George County, Va., 1751.
--Georg S. Ohm, German physicist, born 1787.
--United States Military Academy founded at West Point, N.Y., 1802.
- March 17
--St. Patrick's Day.
--British evacuated Boston, 1776.
- March 18
--John C. Calhoun, American statesman, born 1782.
--Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States, born in Caldwell, N.J., 1837.
--Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer, born 1844.
--Rudolf Diesel, German inventor, born 1858.
- March 19
--Missionary and explorer David Livingstone born 1813.
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--Political leader William Jennings Bryan born 1860.
--Ballet producer Sergei Diaghilev born 1872.
- March 20
--Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian poet and dramatist, born 1828.
--Lauritz Melchior, Danish tenor, born 1890.
- March 21
--Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer, born 1685.
--Benito Juarez, Mexican political leader, born 1806.
--Modest Mussorgsky, Russian composer, born 1839.
- March 22
--Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Flemish painter, born 1599.
--Randolph Caldecott, English illustrator, born 1846.
--Robert Millikan, American physicist, born 1868.
- March 23
--Patrick Henry, according to tradition, declared "Give me liberty, or give me death!" 1775.
--Roger Martin du Gard, French novelist and Nobel Prize-winner for literature, born 1881.
- March 24
--William Morris, English poet and artist, born 1834.
--Andrew Mellon, American financier, born 1855.
- March 25
--Lord Baltimore's colonists landed in Maryland, 1634.
--British Parliament abolished slave trade, 1807.
--Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, born 1867.
--Bela Bartok, Hungarian composer, born 1881.
- March 26
--A. E. Housman, English poet, born 1859.
--Robert Frost, American poet, born 1874.
--James Conant, American chemist and educator, born 1893.
--Tennessee Williams, American playwright, born 1911.
--Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman justice of Supreme Court of the United States, born 1930.
- March 27
--Louis XVII of France born 1785.
--Lithographer Nathaniel Currier born 1813.
--Wilhelm Roentgen, German physicist who discovered X rays, born 1845.
--Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-born architect, born 1886.
- March 28
--Pierre Laplace, French astronomer and mathematician, born 1749.
--Aristide Briand, French statesman, born 1862.
- March 29
--John Tyler, 10th President of the United States, born at Greenway Estate, Charles City County, Va., 1790.
--Parliament passed the British North America Act, 1867.
--Cy Young, American baseball player, born 1867.
- March 30
--Francisco Goya, Spanish painter, born 1746.
--Treaty of Paris ended the Crimean War, 1856.
--United States purchased Alaska from Russia, 1867.
--Amendment 15 to the U.S. Constitution, stating that a person cannot be denied the ballot because of race or color, proclaimed, 1870.
--Albert Einstein announced revised Unified Field Theory, 1953.
- March 31
--Rene Descartes, French philosopher-scientist, born 1596.
--Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer, born 1732.
--Commodore Matthew C. Perry made the first treaty between the United States and Japan, 1854.
--United States took possession of the Virgin Islands by purchase from Denmark, 1917.
--Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States, 1918.
--Newfoundland became the 10th province of Canada, 1949.
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