Life Day 25083: Beware the Ides of March

March 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning doom and gloomers. Today is March 15th. The first holiday today is Brutus Day (aka the Ides of March). On this date in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his closest friend, Marcus Brutus. You can thank William Shakespeare for creating the ominous superstitions that are associated with the Ides of March today. In his play “Julius Caesar”, Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to: “Beware the Ides of March”.
Brutus Day aims to remind people that betrayal, backstabbing, and dirty politics aren’t necessarily a thing of the past. They are as widespread today as they were in the forums of ancient Rome. Watch your back, avoid office politics, and look out for your ‘friends’ today.

The next holiday is Everything You Think is Wrong Day. Everyone has one of those days once in a while where nothing goes right. Everything You Think is Wrong Day urges you to just grit your teeth and forge ahead. Instead of tackling big projects today, occupy yourself with menial tasks that don’t require much thought. Hopefully tomorrow, you’ll be back in the groove.

The third holiday today is Dumbstruck Day. Dictionary.com defines dumbstruck as: “temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded. Using that definition, pretty much every day is Dumbstruck Day for me. I am  dumbstruck every time I read an article in the newspaper or online about how depraved some members of our society have become. I am dumbstruck every time I watch the evening news or the Sunday morning “talking head” shows at how inept our elected officials have become, and how polarized our media is. I am dumbstruck every time I go through a checkout stand and read the bilge in the headlines of the “slander rags” about the depths of human depravity. I could go on giving examples ad infinitum, but I don’t want to risk Carpel-tunnel Syndrome.

The next holiday today is Buzzard Day. Every March 15th, for at least the last 150 years, turkey vultures have returned to Hinkley Ohio from their winter habitats in the south. Buzzard Day is reminiscent of a more celebrated return of birds from their winter environs…the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano in California later this month. It may seem odd to celebrate a bird whose circling overhead was once a signal to the cowboys of old that a once living creature had met its demise. Yet, each year, many Ohioans eagerly scan the skies watching for the buzzards to return. For them the return of these graceful birds with their bald head and red beak signals, rebirth and the approach of spring, not death.

The last holiday today is National Ag (Agriculture) Day. National Ag Day was created by The Agriculture Council of America in 1973, and recognizes the abundance provided by agriculture. It is dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand or appreciate how vital to their existence agriculture really is. Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people … a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population increases, there is an even greater demand for products produced in the United States.

The rest of the holidays today are listed below. A link for each is provided on the off chance you might actually care about one of them.
Freedom of Information Day.
International Day Against Police Brutality.
International Day of Action Against Canadian Seal Slaughter.
International Eat an Animal for PETA Day.
True Confessions Day.
World Consumer Rights Day.
World Social Work Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Pears Helene Day. Pears Helene are basically pears poached in ‘simple syrup’, served with vanilla ice cream, and covered with chocolate sauce and originally, crystallized violets, but more commonly today, sliced almonds.
There are thousands of pear varieties. Some of the most popular types are Anjou, Bartlett, French Butter, and Comice. Pears are the third most important fruit crop in the United States (behind apples and peaches). They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, copper, fiber, and potassium.

On this date in 1998 – CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired an interview with former White House employee Kathleen Willey. Wiley said U.S. President Clinton made unwelcome sexual advances toward her in the Oval Office in 1993.

Other historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1781 – During the American Revolution, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place in North Carolina. British General Cornwallis’ 1,900 soldiers defeated an American force of 4,400.
  • In 1820 – Maine was admitted as the 23rd state of the Union.
  • In 1864 – Red River Campaign began as the Union forces reach Alexandria, LA.
  • In 1877 – The first cricket test between Australia and England was played in Melbourne. Australia won by 45 runs.
  • In 1892 – New York State unveiled the new automatic ballot voting machine.In 1892 – Jesse W. Reno patented the Reno Inclined Elevator. It was the first escalator.
  • In 1907 – In Finland, woman won their first seats in the Finnish Parliament. They took their seats on May 23.
  • In 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.
  • In 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson sent 12,000 troops, under General Pershing, over the border of Mexico to pursue bandit Pancho Villa. The mission failed.
  • In 1937 – In Chicago, IL, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital.
  • In 1938 – Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
  • In 1951 – General de Lattre demanded that Paris send him more troops for the fight in Vietnam.
  • In 1951 – The Persian parliament voted to nationalize the oil industry.
  • In 1955 – The U.S. Air Force unveiled a self-guided missile.
  • In 1960 – The first underwater park was established as Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve.
  • In 1968 – The U.S. mint halted the practice of buying and selling gold.
  • In 1971 – CBS television announced it was going to drop “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
  • In 1977 – The U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.
  • In 1985 – In Brazil, two decades of military rule came to an end with the installation of a civilian government.
  • In 1989 – The U.S. Food and Drug administration decided to impound all fruit imported from Chili after two cyanide-tainted grapes were found in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1989 – The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs became the 14th Department in the President’s Cabinet.
  • In 1991 – Four Los Angeles police officers were indicted in the beating of Rodney King on March 3, 1991.
  • In 2002 – In Texas, Andrea Yates received a life sentence for drowning her five children on June 20, 2001.

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

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