12 MARCH
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Clement Studebaker, 1831
  • Adolph Ochs, 1858
  • Gabriele d'Annunzio, 1863
  • Kemal Ataturk, 1881
  • Philip Guedalla, 1889
  • Vaslav Nijinsky, 1890
  • Charles Rembar, 1915
  • Gordon Macrae, 1921
  • Jack Kerouac, 1922
  • Wally Schirra, 1923
  • Edward Albee, 1928
  • Andrew Young, 1932
  • Al Jarreau, 1940
  • Barbara Feldon, 1941
  • Liza Minelli, 1946
  • James Taylor, 1948
  • Marlon Jackson, 1957
  • Darryl Strawberry, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • Saint/Pope Innocent I, AD 417
  • Saint/Pope Gregory I, AD 604
  • Cesare Borgia killed, 1507
  • John Bull, 1628
  • George Westinghouse, 1914
  • Sun Yat-Sen, 1925
  • Anne Frank, 1945
  • Charlie Parker, 1955
  • Josephine Hull, 1957
  • Eugene Ormandy, 1985
  • Maurice Evans, 1989
  • Yehudi Menuhin, 1999
  • Robert Ludlum, 2001
  • Howard Fast, 2003
  • Zoran Djindjic assassinated, 2003

Today's Events:

  • 1609 - Bermuda becomes a British colony.
  • 1622 - Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, canonized by Pope Gregory XV.
  • 1664 - King Charles II grants New Jersey to his brother James, the Duke of York.
  • 1789 - United States Post Office established.
  • 1868 - Britain annexes Basutoland.
  • 1877 - Britain annexes Transvaal & Southwest African Coast.
  • 1881 - First black international football player and captain Andrew Watson plays his first game for Scotland.
  • 1904 - Tunnel under Hudson River between Jersey City and New York completes drilling after 30 years.
  • 1912 - Girl Scout movement starts in USA with Janet Low organizing 18 girls in Savannah, GA.
  • 1917 - Izvestia, U.S.S.R. government daily newspaper, founded in Leningrad.
  • 1918 - Moscow takes over as capital of Russia from St. Petersburg which was capital for 215 years.
  • 1930 - Gandhi marches to Dandi in protest of British salt tax leading to imprisonment of himself and 60,000.
  • 1932 - First stereo recording made at the Academy of Music in Philly; Stokowski conducts Poem of Fire.
  • 1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt begins his fireside chats on radio. 'Let us unite in banishing fear.'
  • 1935 - Speed limit of 30mph introduced for motorists in England.
  • 1938 - Germany invades and annexes Austria.
  • 1969 - Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman.
  • 1993 - Janet Reno becomes first woman US Attorney General; confirmed 98-0 by Senate 3/11.
  • 1993 - On 105th anniversary of Great Blizzard, worst killer storm in century hits East and South US.
  • 1994 - Church of England ordains first women priests.
  • 2003 - First assassination of a Prime Minister since Sweden's Olof Palme in 1986 - Serbia's Zoran Djindjic.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gregory the Great (died today 604)
  • Maximilian
  • Paul Aurelian
  • Simeon the New Theologian (died today 1022)

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Mauritius (1968)
  • Anniversary of Sun Yat-Sen's death celebrated in China (and in Taiwan as Arbor Day)
  • O-Mizutori, Buddhist water festival in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SHROVE TUESDAY. Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fastnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S. & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring), celebrated early March
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
  • PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
  • GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
  • LAILAT AL-QADR, I'D AL-FITR & IDU'L FITAR, Muslim Festivals
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches
  • CHING MING FESTIVAL & QING MING (Singapore), All Souls Day in Far East
  • NOTE; EASTER is also called Ostern in Germany and Switzerland, Pasqua in Italy, Pascua Florida or Domingo de Gloria in Spain, Pâques in France, Velykos in Lithuania, Wielkanoc in Polish, Pasha in Greece, Påske in Norway, Påskdagen in Sweden, Zadig in Armenia, Paschen in The Netherlands, Paschoa in Portugal,
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • RAMA-NAVAMI, Hindu Festival of Rama, celebrated at the end of March
  • CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
  • NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
  • COMMONWEALTH DAY in Britain Second Monday in March
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY - fourth Sunday of Lent celebrated in England

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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