March 3rd – ♫Oh Say Can You See♫

March 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Friday, March 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Anthem Day

On this date in 1931, the “Star-Spangled Banner” officially became the National Anthem of the United States. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. It was made the official national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, which was signed by President Herbert Hoover; well over a century after it was written.
Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. “Hail, Columbia” served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, whose melody is identical to “God Save the Queen”, the British national anthem, also served as a de facto anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them “The Star-Spangled Banner”, as well as “America the Beautiful”.
Many people mistakenly believe that “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written during the Revolutionary War, but this is not the case. It was composed during the War of 1812. In August 1814, during the War of 1812, the British army detained Dr. William Beanes as a prisoner of war. He was a friend of Francis Scott Key. On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key and a U.S. negotiator boarded a British vessel where Beanes was being held. He negotiated his friends’ release. But then, Francis Scott Key was detained that day along with the negotiator. They were held until after the attack on Fort McHenry, which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore. He watched the bombardment of the fort from the ship. The next morning, he was ecstatic to see that the American flag was still flying over Fort McHenry. This inspired Mr. Key to write the poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry” the following day (September 14, 1814).  The lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner” were derived from that poem and were set to the melody of a popular British drinking song, “To Anacreon in Heaven” (or “The Anacreontic Song”), written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London. The melody was already popular in the United States. With its new-found lyrics, “To Anacreon in Heaven” soon became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” which soon became a well-known American patriotic song in its own right. With a range of one octave and one-fifth (a semitone more than an octave and a half), it is known for being difficult to sing. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today.

World Wildlife Day 

On March 3rd, 1973 The United Nations General Assembly created World Wildlife Day to protect Endangered Species throughout the world. The importance of wildlife, whether plant or animal, in every area of human life, from culinary to medical, can not be understated. Hundreds of endangered species are being threatened every year, and extinction is at an all-time high. They created CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to ensure that the world did not continue to lose species vital to the survival of mankind.
Wildlife takes many forms – from plants to birds, from sea life to the cute bunnies and deer that roam our forests. Wildlife benefits us in many ways and has must be preserved if we are to survive. World Wildlife Day serves to remind us of our responsibilities to our planet and all of the life forms with which we share it.
To celebrate World Wildlife Day, why not visit your local zoo or botanical garden? Concentrate not only of the many types of wildlife there but on the steps that the staff there are taking to preserve each species. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a nature walk, with a book of local flora and fauna in hand, to help you identify the species of wildlife in your local area and figure out their role in nature. And, as always, you can celebrate World Wildlife Day with your wallet. There are probably a number of worthwhile environmental organizations in your area that could use your financial support.

Peach Blossom Day

Peach Blossom Day is a holiday that celebrates the approach of spring when peach trees begin to blossom; and for girls to celebrate being girls. The roots of Peach Blossom Day trace directly back to Japan, but there it has less to do with the approach of spring and more to do with young women being looked upon as delicate flowers, like the peach blossom. A Doll Festival is held in Japan every year on March 3rd, which just happens to coincide with the time when peach trees bloom in Japan.
Simply said, in Japan, it’s an opportunity for girls to celebrate being girls; but in the rest of the world, it signifies the approach of spring.

“I Want You to be Happy ” Day  

“I Want You to be Happy ” Day encourages yo to go out of your way to make people happy. There are endless ways to make someone happy. Give an old friend a call, compliment someone on a job well done, send your sweetie a bouquet of flowers, or cook a special meal for your family. Be creative. Make an extra effort today to make someone happy…even if it means simply leaving their presence.

Dress in Blue Day

National Dress in Blue Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday of March and seeks to bring national attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. It all began with Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor who had lost a close friend and her father to the disease. Ms. Mitchell saw a need to bring greater awareness to colon cancer. What started in her child’s classroom in 2006 blossomed into a nationally recognized event when the Colon Cancer Alliance created Dress in Blue Day in 2009. [The Colon Cancer Alliance was created in 1999 out of the need to promote public awareness about colon cancer and provide support for those affected by the disease].
Today, individuals, businesses, and community groups across the country unite to celebrate and honor those who have battled this disease. You can participate in National Dress in Blue Day by wearing blue and encouraging others to do the same. By “going blue,” you can help to raise public awareness and educate people on the facts about colon cancer and how they can reduce their risk of the disease.

International Sister-Cities Day

Sister Cities are partnerships between cities in different countries which provide each culture the ability to share their ideas on government, business, community, education, and a variety of other subjects. These exchanges are meant to advance the culture of each. Palo Alto, where I currently live, has six ‘sister cities’. They are Linkoping, Sweden; Albi, France; Enschede, The Netherlands; Palo, Leyte, Philippines; Oaxaca, Mexico; and Tsuchiura, Japan. Does your City have a Sister-City?

National Cold-Cuts Day  

National Cold-Cuts Day is one holiday where it is acceptable to be “full of bologna”. Cold-cuts are precooked sausages, meats, or meat loaves that are usually served cold in sandwiches or on party trays. They are available in supermarkets, local groceries, delicatessens, butcher shops…heck, you can even find them in convenience stores. You can buy them already sliced in vacuum packs, or have them sliced to order at the deli counter. Beware! Although tasty, most cold-cuts are high in fat and sodium, so celebrate responsibly.

National Mulled Wine Day

Mulled wine is a favorite drink throughout most of Europe during the winter months. It is nothing more than wine (usually red) served warm with spices such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, star anise seeds, and sugar added. The ingredients differ slightly from region to region, but it is still basically warm spiced wine.

More Holidays

Canadian Bacon Day 

Employee Appreciation Day – First Friday in March.

National Day of Unplugging – First Friday in March.

National Doodle Day – First Friday in March.

National Tartar Sauce Day – First Friday after Lent begins.

National Salesperson Day – First Friday in March.

National Speech and Debate Education Day – By Annual Resolution.

What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

World Day of Prayer – First Friday in March.

On This Date

  • In 1791 – Congress passed a resolution that created the U.S. Mint.
  • In 1803 – The first impeachment trial of a United States Judge, John Pickering, began.
  • In 1812 – Congress passed the first foreign aid bill.
  • In 1817 – The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.
  • In 1845 – Florida became the 27th state.
  • In 1845 – Congress passed legislation overriding a U.S. President’s veto. It was the first time the Congress had achieved this.
  • In 1849 – Congress created the territory of Minnesota.
  • In 1863 – Free city delivery of mail was authorized by the United States Postal Service.
  • In 1885 – The Post Office began offering special delivery for first-class mail.
  • In 1894 – The “Atlantis” was first published. It was the first Greek newspaper in America.
  • In 1903 – In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting.
  • In 1903 – The United States imposed a $2 per head tax on immigrants.
  • In 1908 – The U.S. government declared open war on U.S. anarchists.
  • In 1910 – J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his father’s fortune for an “uplift in humanity”. He also appealed to the Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • In 1915 – The motion picture “Birth of a Nation” debuted in New York City.
  • In 1923 – The first issue of Time magazine was published.
  • In 1924 – The last remnant of the Ottoman empire in Turkey was abolished. The end of the Islamic caliphate marked the demise of the 600-year old empire and gave way to the formation of a reformed Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
  • In 1938 – The world’s fastest steam locomotive was built. The Mallard, as it was named, could reach a speed of over 100 miles per hour.
  • In 1945 – Superman encountered Batman and Robin for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System.
  • In 1952 – The Supreme Court upheld New York’s Feinberg Law that banned Communist teachers in the United States. Alas, now, being a Communist seems to be a prerequisite,  at least at the college level.
  • In 1953 — Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins merged their independent ice cream companies to form Baskin-Robbins. When they merged, they found that they had 31 different flavors of ice cream.
  • In 1959 – The San Francisco Giants officially named their new stadium Candlestick Park.
  • In 1969 – Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy.
  • In 1974 – All 345 people on board a Turkish Airlines jet died as it plunged to the ground near Paris, France. The crash has the 4th highest death toll of any aviation accident in history.
  • In 1978 – The remains of Charles “Charlie” Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.
  • In 1985 – The U.K. miners’ strike ended. The year-long dispute was the country’s longest-running industrial dispute and a defining issue of Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government.
  • In 1985 – Women Against Pornography awarded its ‘Pig Award’ to Huggies Diapers. The activists claimed that the TV ads for diapers had “crossed the line between eye-catching and porn.”
  • In 1987 – The House of Representatives rejected a package of $30 million in non-lethal aid for the Nicaraguan Contras.
  • In 1991 – Footage of Los Angeles police officers severely beating Rodney King caused a global outcry. The acquittal of the police officers involved sparked the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
  • In  1995 – A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia ended. Several gunmen were killed by U.S. Marines in Mogadishu while overseeing the pull out of peacekeepers.
  • In 1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. you share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

  • Alexander Graham Bell 1847  – Inventor.
  • Rupert Brooke 1887 – poet.
  • Matthew Ridgway 1895 – US Army General.
  • Jean Harlow 1911 – Actress.
  • Julius Boros 1920 – Golfer.
  • Gia Scala 1934 – Actress.
  • Jennifer Warnes 1947 – Singer.
  • Miranda Richardson 1958 – Actress.
  • Mary Page Keller 1961 – Actress.
  • Herschel Walker 1962 – Football player.
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1962 – Olympic gold medalist.
  • Julia Bowen 1970 – Actress.
  • David Faustino 1974 – Actor.
  • Danny Masterson 1976 – Actor.
  • Jessica Biel 1982 – Actress.
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