“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
―Marcus Tullius Cicero
Today is National Reading Day. Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
March’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. These stones symbolize courage. Its birth flower is the Daffodil. The zodiac signs for the month of March are Pisces (astrology) (until March 19) and Aries (astrology) (March 20 onwards).
Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign on March 1, where on this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon, write “LOVE” on their arms, draw a butterfly on their wrists in awareness of “the Butterfly Project” wristband or beaded bracelet to encourage awareness of self-harm. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.
March first is National Horse Protection Day. This holiday was created to raise awareness through public education about the plight of horses in America, the abuse, neglect, homelessness and slaughter and to promote adoption events around the nation on March 1st to help unwanted horses find a forever home.
March first is also National Pig Day, which is an event held annually in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” The holiday is most often celebrated in the Midwest. National Pig Day includes events at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. It is also recognized at “pig parties” where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs’ honor.
Some of the writers born on March 1st include:
Martial (40), William Dean Howells (1837), Giles Lytton Strachey (1880), Oskar Kokoschka (1886), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Moriz Seeler (1896), Ralph Ellison (1914), Robert Lowell (1917), Richard Wilbur (1921), Péter Kuczka (1923), Arnold Drake (1924), Jean-Edern Hallier (1936), Alan Thicke (1947), Steven Barnes (1952), Nevada Barr (1952), Mary Lou Lord (1965), Jason V Brock (1970), Éowyn (1979), Elan Sara DeFan (1983), and Justin Bieber (1994).
Also born today was Wilford Woodruff, Sr., in 1807. He was the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Woodruff’s large collection of diaries provides an important record of Latter Day Saint history, and his decision to formally end the practice of plural marriage among the members of the LDS Church in 1890 brought to a close one of the most difficult periods of church history.
George Grossmith passed away on this day in 1912. He was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer whose performance career spanned more than four decades. As a writer and composer, he created 18 comic operas, nearly 100 musical sketches, some 600 songs and piano pieces, three books and both serious and comic pieces for newspapers and magazines. Grossmith is best remembered for two aspects of his career. He created a series of nine memorable characters in the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and he wrote, in collaboration with his brother Weedon, the 1892 comic novel The Diary of a Nobody. Grossmith was also famous in his day for performing his own comic piano sketches and songs, both before and after his Gilbert and Sullivan days, becoming the most popular British solo performer of the 1890s.
The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded March 1, 1565.
It was on this day in 1692 that Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba were brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials.
Sweden introduced its own Swedish calendar on March 1, 1700, in an attempt to gradually merge into the Gregorian calendar, reverted to the Julian calendar on this daye in 1712, and introduced the Gregorian Calendar on this date in 1753.
The first United States census was authorized March 1, 1790.
Ohio was admitted as the 17th U.S. state on March 1, 1803.
It was on this day in 1872 that Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park.
March 1st Movement began in Korea on this day in 1919. The March 1st Movement, or Samil Movement, was one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the occupation of the Korean Empire by Japan. The name refers to an event that occurred on March 1, 1919, hence the movement’s name, literally meaning “Three-One Movement” or “March First Movement” in Korean. It is also sometimes referred to as the Manse Demonstrations.
The Hoover Dam was completed on this day in 1936. On the same day that the Hoover Dam was completed a strike occurred aboard the S.S. California which led to the demise of the International Seamen’s Union and the creation of the National Maritime Union.
The International Monetary Fund began financial operations on March 1, 1947. IMF is an international organization that stated goal was to stabilize exchange rates and assist the reconstruction of the world’s international payment system post World War II. Countries contribute money to a pool through a quota system from which countries with payment imbalances can borrow funds temporarily. Through this activity and others such as surveillance of its members’ economies and policies, the IMF works to improve the economies of its member countries. The IMF describes itself as “an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” Its headquarters are in Washington, D.C., United States.
As part of nuclear testing, the Castle Bravo was detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean on March 1, 1954. This 15-megaton hydrogen bomb resulted in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States.
On March 1, 1971, a bomb exploded in a men’s room in the United States Capitol. The Weather Underground claimed responsibility. The Weather Underground Organization (WUO), commonly known as the Weather Underground, was an American radical left organization founded on the Ann Arbor of the University of Michigan. Originally called Weatherman, the group became known colloquially as the Weathermen. Weatherman first organized in 1969 as a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) composed for the most part of the national office leadership of SDS and their supporters. Their goal was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the US government.
On March 1, 1989, the United States became a member of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, usually known as the Berne Convention, is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland, in 1886.
Yahoo! Was incorporated March 1, 1995.
Also on this day in 2002 the Envisat environmental satellite successfully reached an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (8.5 tons).
Seven years ago today the English-language Wikipedia reached its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
On the same day that Wikipedia reached its millionth article, tornadoes broke out across the southern United States, killing at least 20. Eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
Today’s highlighted title is The Tempest by William Shakespeare. We have a couple different versions of this in stock including the mass market paperback Folger version. Like many of Shakespeare’s works, this is often a required reading assignment for students. This edition is about 218 pages long.
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