March 15th – Beware the Ides of March

March 15, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning doom and gloomers. Today is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are: 

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”.
The Ides of March remind us 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.
Author’s Note: Although March (Martius) was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first through the Ides often reflect their origin as new-year celebrations. The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th of March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.

Dumbstruck Day 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.
Every time I go on social media, read a newspaper, watch the evening news or the Sunday morning “talking head” shows, I am dumbstruck by how far our society has regressed. From simple things like grammar, punctuation, and spelling to the total lack of civility and the amount of misinformation being touted as “news” today, I am convinced that the “dumbing down” of America is complete – and I’m sure that I’m not alone.
My source revealed no information regarding by whom, when, or why Dumbstruck Day was created. It was merely listed among the holidays today…along with the definition of dumbstruck and some pabulum about being dumbstruck by what’s around you. So, I guess that how/if you celebrate Dumbstruck Day is up to you.

 Everything You Think is Wrong Day

Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, a holiday where making a decision should be avoided, as your thoughts are wrong…at least according to this holiday’s creator. It is also a holiday created for some people to realize that they are not always right. It is a holiday for all to contemplate our own lack of knowledge.
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.

Buzzard Day

Buzzard Day celebrates the annual return of buzzards to Hinkley Ohio. Every March 15th, for at least the last 150 years, buzzards (turkey vultures) have returned to Hinkley Ohio from their winter habitats in the south.
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.
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.

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. Farm co-ops, universities, 4-H clubs, FFA clubs, businesses and other organizations at the city, county and state levels celebrate with a variety of events that give the general public an opportunity to see how their food, clothing and other products get from the farm to you.
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 1960’s. 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.

National Pears Helene Day  

Pears Helene is 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.  It was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach.
To celebrate National Pears Helene Day, try this recipe – unless you already have one.
Pear Facts:

  • There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown in the world.
  •  Pears are the third most important fruit crop in the United States (behind apples and peaches).
  • Washington, Oregon, and Northern California grow more than 95% of the pears that are sold in the United States.
  • California grows 60% of all Bartlett pears in the United States.
  • Pears ripen best off of the tree.
  • Pears are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as copper, fiber, and potassium.
  • Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • 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 1895 – Enrico Caruso made his stage debut. The Italian tenor is arguably the most famous opera singer of all time.
  • In 1907 – In Finland, women 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 1917 – The last emperor of Russia abdicated. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated following the February Revolution. He was later executed together with his family and some of his servants.
  • 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 the French government send him more troops for their war 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 1972 – Francis Ford Coppola’s movie, The Godfather, premiered. The gangster movie based on Mario Puzo’s novel is one of the most popular films of all time.
  • In 1977 – The 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 1985 – The world’s first internet domain name was registered. Symbolics Computer Corporation of Massachusetts registered There are over 1 billion domains today.
  • In 1989 – The Food and Drug administration decided to impound all fruit imported from Chile after two cyanide-tainted grapes were found in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1989 – The Department of Veteran’s Affairs became the 14th Department of the President’s Cabinet.
  • In 1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev became President of the Soviet Union. His economic and political reforms, as well as his advocacy of free speech, strengthened pro-democracy movements in other Eastern European countries and ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War
  • In 1991 – Four Los Angeles police officers were indicted in the beating of Rodney King on March 3, 1991.
  • In 1998 – CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired an interview with former White House employee Kathleen Willey. Wiley said President Clinton made unwelcome sexual advances toward her in the Oval Office in 1993.
  • In 2002 – In Texas, Andrea Yates received a life sentence for drowning her five children on June 20, 2001.

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.

  • Andrew Jackson 1767 – Statesman.
  • Macdonald Carey 1913 – Actor.
  • Harry James 1916 – Musician.
  • Norm Van Brocklin 1926 – NFL.
  • Alan L. Bean 1932 – Astronaut.
  • Judd Hirsch 1935 – Actor.
  • Mike Love 1941 – Musician.
  • Sly Stone 1944 – Musician.
  • Tracy Smith 1945 – Newscaster.
  • Fabio 1961 – Model.
  • Kim Raver 1969 – Actress.
  • Eva Longoria 1975 – Actress.

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