Life Day 25072: March Forth

March 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is March 4th. The first holiday today is March Forth (Do Something) Day. March Forth is a little known holiday that was created by Deborah Shouse, a famous writer, speaker, and creativity coach. It is, of course, a play on the words ‘forth’ and ‘fourth’ which is why it is celebrated on March 4th. It invites us to ‘march forth’ into our lives, take on new experiences, and celebrate our accomplishments. Here are a few things you can do to participate in this holiday:

  1.  Take some quiet time for yourself to reflect on your life and the year that just passed.
  2.  Write down a list of goals that you would like to achieve by March 4th of next year.
  3.  Try something new on March 4th. Explore a new hobby or tackle a fun project that you haven’t made time for.
  4. Spend some time during the day doing something just for yourself.

Celebrate March Forth by pampering yourself. Take a long hot bubble bath, crawl into bed with a good book, or go for a long walk.

The second holiday is Hug A GI Day. Today is a day that we all can embrace. Give a great big hug to any and all GIs you see today. The men and women in our armed forces deserve our thanks and appreciation. Our Soldiers, Sailors Airmen, and Marines  perform an invaluable service to our country. They risk their lives for our freedom, and to keep us safe. A simple hug is small thanks for this vital service to our country. If you are uncomfortable with physical contact with a stranger, you can still participate. If you encounter a GI today walk up to him/her and say “Thank You”. If you encounter them in a restaurant, discretely pay for their meal. I’ve done that before. It’s a good feeling.

The next holiday today is National Grammar Day. The ability to communicate properly these days is vital. I am not the best grammarian, but I, at least, know the basics. Since I am retired and now spent way too much time on several “social media” websites, I am chagrined to see the amount of  blatant grammatical errors. There, their, and they’re; your and you’re; it’s and its; aid and aide, are but a few examples. The list is endless. I sincerely hope that a majority of these grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors are just typos, or are done in the interest of humor or brevity (140 characters or less). If they are an indication of the literacy of our country as a whole, we’re in a lot of trouble.

The last holiday today is Old Inauguration Day. March 4 was the date set for beginning the US presidential term of office, 1789–1933. Although the Continental Congress had set the first Wednesday in March 1789 as the date for the new government to convene, a quorum was not present to count the electoral votes until Apr 6. Though George Washington’s term of office began on Mar 4, he did not take the oath of office until Apr 30, 1789. All subsequent presidential terms (except successions following the death of an incumbent), until Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second term, began Mar 4. The 20th Amendment (ratified Jan 23, 1933) provided that “the terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of their successors shall then begin.”

 

The rest of the holidays on this ‘holiday-laden’ day are listed below. I will link each one to a website that will give you more information if one piques your interest.

The food-related holiday today is National Pound Cake Day. The origins of pound cake can be traced back to at least the beginning of the 18th century  Pound Cake Day celebrates this simple, yet extravagant, dessert. While the pound cake is one of the better-known pastries in many different cultures, few are aware of how the name originated. The name pound cake is derived from the ingredients used to make it: one pound of butter, one pound of eggs, one pound of flour, and one pound of sugar. Some say that this was done so that those who were unable to read would be able to memorize the recipe. Although literacy rates have dramatically increased, our love of sweet cakes has remained constant. For this reason, pound cake is just as popular today as it was centuries ago.

On this date in 1794 – The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. The Amendment limited the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by the citizens of another state. Later interpretations expanded this to include citizens of the state being sued, as well.

Other significant historical events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1681 – England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area that later became the state of Pennsylvania.
  • In 1766 – The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the U.S. colonies.
  • In 1789 – The first Congress of the United States met in New York and declared that the U.S. Constitution was in effect.
  • In 1791 – Vermont was admitted as the 14th U.S. state. It was the first addition to the original 13 American colonies.
  • In 1826 – The first railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy, MA.
  • In 1837 – The state of Illinois granted a city charter to Chicago.
  • In 1861 – The Confederate States of America adopted the “Stars and Bars” flag.
  • In 1902 – The American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
  • In 1917 – Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives.
  • In 1925 – Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office in Washington, DC. The presidential inauguration was broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • In 1933 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”
  • In 1952 – Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married.
  • In 1954 – In Boston, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital reported the first successful kidney transplant.
  • In 1974 – “People” magazine was sold for the first time.
  • In 1975 – Queen Elizabeth knighted Charlie Chaplin.
  • In 1997 – President Clinton barred federal spending on human cloning.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court said that federal law banned on-the-job sexual harassment even when both parties are the same sex.
  • In 1999 – Monica Lewinsky’s book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton went on sale in the U.S.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:

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