ON THIS DAY: March 5, 2017

March 5th is


Absinthe Day

Boston Massacre Day *

Cheese Doodle Day

Mercator Day *

Namesake Day

MORE! Copernicus, Annie Oakley and Winston Churchill, click



French Polynesia – Arrvée de l’Evangileinternational Flags
(Gospel Day/First Missionaries)

Iran – Tree Planting Day

Iraq – ’91 Rebellion Anniversary

Morocco – Erg Chebbi:
Beyond Sahara Desert Adventure

United Kingdom – Cornwall:
St. Piran’s Day (patron saint of Cornwall)

Vanuatu – Custom Chief’s Holiday

On This Day in HISTORY

1046 – Nasir Khusraw, Persian poet-philosopher-scholar, begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama (Book of Travels)widely regarded as the most authentic account of the Muslim world in the mid-11th century, it is still required reading in Iran today

1496 – King Henry VII of England issues letters of patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorizing them to explore unknown lands

1512 – Gerardus Mercator * born, Flemish mathematician-geographer-cartographer-philosopher; creates the Mercator projection, a 1569 world map based on projection of sailing courses with constant bearings (rhumb lines, still used on nautical charts); also maker of terrestrial and celestial globes, astrolabes and astronomical rings


1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus’ book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres is added to the Index of Forbidden Books 73 years after it was first published


1623 – The first alcohol temperance law in America is enacted in the Virginia colony:  “The proclamations for swearing and drunkenness sett out by the governor and counsell are confirmed by this Assembly . . . Ministers shall not give themselves to excess in drinking, or riott, or spending their tyme idellye day or night”

1624 – The Virginia Company charter is revoked by King James I, and the Virginia colony is transferred to royal authority as a crown colony; in Virginia, the upper class are exempted from whipping, passed by a legislative body comprised of landed gentry

1637 – Jan van der Heyden born, Dutch painter and engineer


1748 – William Shield born, English violinist and composer

1750 – The first Shakespearean play is presented in America, Richard III, in NYC

1766 – Antonio de Ulloa, first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans

1770 – The Boston Massacre *: a squad of British troopers, sent to support a sentry being heckled and hit with snowballs by a crowd, fire on the civilians, killing five people; Captain Thomas Preston, the officer in charge, and eight of his men are arrested for manslaughter, but only two soldiers are found guilty, the rest are acquitted. The conflict was made inevitable by the large number of British troops in Boston – 4,000 men in a city of 20,000 – sent to enforce the Townsend Acts of 1767 which imposed duties on many imports to the colonies; the Quartering Act of 1774 made the colonies responsible for housing all troops sent from Britain; regarded as ‘Intolerable Acts’ by the colonists, they would lead to the American Revolution


1841 – The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate begins, lasting until March 11th, when several Senators object to the hiring of Senate printers and refuse to yield the floor

1842 – Mexican General Rafael Vasquez invades the Republic of Texas with over 500 men, occupies San Antonio, raises the Mexican flag and declares the city under the laws of Mexico, but returns to Mexico on March 7, presumably with plunder

1845 – U.S. Congress appropriates $30,000 to create the U.S. Camel Corps, an experiment in using camels as pack animals in the Southwest; the Army declines to adopt them for military use; then the Civil War diverts Congressional attention, so the project is abandoned, and the camels are sold at auction

1852 – Lady Augusta Gregory born, Irish writer, folklorist and playwright; co-founder of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, a leader of the Irish Literary Revival


1853 – Howard Pyle born, American author and illustrator

1868 – U.S. Senate becomes a court of impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson for his resistance to implementing reconstruction policies passed by Congress, and his firing of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (the War Department being the federal agency responsible for carrying out reconstruction programs)

1867 – A Fenian uprising against British rule in Ireland is put down

1870 – Frank Norris born, American journalist-author; McTeague, The Octopus: A Story of California


1871 – Rosa Luxemburg born, Polish-Russian economist and philosopher


1872 – George Westinghouse patents the air brake

1882 – Dora Marsden born, English radical feminist, literary journal editor


1887 – Heitor Villa-Lobos born, Brazilian guitarist and composer

1874 – Arthur van Schendel born in the Dutch East Indies, prolific Dutch novelist and short-story writer; Het fregatschip Johanna Maria (The frigate Johanna Maria)

1876 – Édouard Belin born, French photographer-engineer; inventor of the Bélinographe, for transmitting photos by wire

1900 – Two U.S. battleships leave for Nicaragua to halt revolutionary disturbances

1901 – Germany and Britain begin negotiations with hopes of creating an alliance

1902 – In France, the National Congress of Miners decide to call for a general strike to demand an 8-hour workday

1907 – In St. Petersburg, Russia, the new Duma opens; 40,000 demonstrators are dispersed by troops

1910 – In Philadelphia PA, 60,000 people leave their jobs to show support for striking transit workers

1910 – The Moroccan envoy signs the 1909 agreement with France, caught between the opposing interests of France and Germany, which will lead to Moroccan tribal rebellion

1912 – The Italians are the first to use dirigibles for military purposes, behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli on reconnaissance flights

1918 – The Soviets move the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow

1922 – Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Moses) breaks all existing records for women’s trap shooting, hitting 98 out of 100 targets


1923 – Old-age pension laws are enacted in the states of Montana and Nevada

1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders a four-day bank holiday to stop a panic in which large amounts of money are withdrawn from U.S. banks

1933 – The Nazi Party wins 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections; in alliance with the Nationalists, they gain a slim majority in the Reichstag

1943 – Germany calls up 15- and 16-year-olds for military service due to war losses

1946 – Winston Churchill delivers his famous  “Iron Curtain Speech” at Westminster College in Fulton MO


1946 – The U.S. protests the USSR on incursions into Manchuria and Iran

1953 – Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin dies, after being in power for 29 years

1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools

1960 – Elvis Presley ends his 2-year hitch in the U.S Army

1963 – The Beatles record “From Me to You”

1969 – Gustav Heinemann is elected as West German President

1970 – A nuclear non-proliferation treaty goes into effect after 43 nations ratify it

1974 – Candide opens on Broadway

1976 – The British pound falls below the equivalent of $2 USD for the first time ever

1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter appears on CBS News with Walter Cronkite for the first “Dial-a-President” radio talk show

1978 – Hello Dolly! opens at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

1984 – U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities may use public money for Nativity scenes as part of their Christmas display

1984 – The U.S. accuses Iraq of using poison gas

1984 – Six thousand miners in the U K begin their strike at Cortonwood Colliery

1992 – “Rubbergate” – U.S. House Ethics Committee votes to reveal congresspersons who were allowed to bounce checks without penalty by the House Bank, which is unregulated and unaudited; there is no longer a House Bank. Members of both houses now use either the House or Senate credit unions, which are regulated and give them no special privileges

1993 – Cuban President Fidel Castro says that Hillary Clinton is “a beautiful woman”

1995 – The graves of Tsar Nicolas II and his family are found in St. Petersburg

1997 – North Korea and South Korea meet for first time in 25 years for peace talks

1998 – NASA announces that an orbiting craft found enough water on the moon to support a human colony and rocket fueling station

1998 – Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins is announced as the leader of Columbia’s crew on a mission to launch a large X-ray telescope, the first woman to command a space shuttle

2004 – Author, TV Host and Entrepreneur Martha Stewart is convicted of obstructing justice and committing perjury in testimony about selling her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted


2009 – It is revealed that the CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes documenting torture of two Al Qaeda suspects detained in Thailand during the aftermath of 9-11


  • Absinthe ‘green fairy’
  • International flags
  • 1569 Mercator world map
  • Nicolaus Copernicus’ book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
  • View-of-Delft by Jan van der Heyden, Institute of Arts Detroit
  • Boston Massacre print by Paul Revere
  • Lady August Gregory learning quote
  • Frank Norris, conditions quote
  • Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary quote
  • Dora Marsden, with New Freewoman and The Egotist
  • Annie Oakley, not afraid quote
  • Winston Churchill, iron curtain quote
  • Martha Stewart, rebuilding quote


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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7 Responses to ON THIS DAY: March 5, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Will post again once my comments are released from the WordPress Vortex.

    • Russell,
      I looked in the spam and pending folders. Nothing there that had your name on it. Something is going on with WP. Stuff seems to be disappearing. Terry wrote his TFR story last night, but when he hit “Publish” it disappeared, and he had to do it over. I installed the Lazarus add-on which saves copy for just such events.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Russell –

      Sorry that you’re having trouble. Technology is so great – until it isn’t

  2. websterisback says:

    Thanks all, so chuck your erecting the dead post. Thank you.

    I don’t even get the option to subscribe.

    Ms. Cloud, you are so right. And it seems I have my share of technology issues.

    • Webster, you should be able to subscribe. Look for the blue “Subscribe” bar at the very bottom of the right hand frame, below “Recent Comments.” If it is hard to find, I will look for a way to move it to a more obvious spot at the top.

  3. Russell says:

    It the “Demons that lie within” it’s a paranormal book title. So I am trying to figure out if it is myself or WordPresses’.

    I can say that I am aching to travel, I want to hit Norway, Sweden, Amsterdam, Belgium and Poland again.

    Couples travel is good, single travel is good for me, I am not on anyone’s schedule except to make it to the airport on time.

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