ON THIS DAY: March 6, 2017

March 6th is


Sofia Kovalevskaya Math Day

Day of The Dude *

Fun Facts About Names Day

Oreo Cookie Day *


Frozen Food Day *

White Chocolate Cheesecake Day


MORE! Michelangelo, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Ho Chi Minh, click



Western Australia – Labour Day

Belize – Heroes & Benefactors Dayinternational Flags

British Virgin Islands –
Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Day *

Ghana – Independence Day

Guam – History & Chamorro
Heritage Day

Kiribati – Honouring Women Day

Norfolk Island – Foundation Day

United States –
Texas: Alamo Day
Illinois: Casimir Pulaski Day

On This Day in HISTORY

12 BC – The Roman Emperor Augustus is named Pontifex Maximus (high priest of the College of Pontiffs, head of the state religion), adding it to the Emperor’s titles

632 – Farewell Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada’) of Islamic Prophet Muhammad,      in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, during the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj

1475 – Michelangelo born, Italian sculptor, painter and architect


1521 – Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam

1619 – Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac born, French dramatist and satirist


1665 – The first joint Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, publishes the first issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

1745 – Casimir Pulaski born, Polish nobleman, revolutionary and military commander, one of only 8 people awarded honorary American citizenship; organizer of the Pulaski Cavalry Legion for the Continental Army  during the American Revolution

1791 – Anna Claypoole Peale born, American painter, known for portrait miniatures and still life


1806 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning born, English poet


1808 – At Harvard University, the first college orchestra is founded

1820 – The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by U.S. President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory

1825 – Beethoven’s Opus 127: String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major premieres

1834 – The city of York in Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto.

1836 – The thirteen-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his Mexican army of 3000 defeat 189 Texas volunteers

1853 – Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata opera debuts in Venice

1854 – The Pope’s Stone is stolen from the lapidarium of the Washington Monument

1857 – The U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous ruling in the Dred Scott decision that “a negro, whose ancestors were imported and sold as slaves” whether enslaved or free, could not be an American citizen and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court

1882 – Sarah Wambaugh born, American political scientist, one of the world’s leading authorities on plebiscites, adviser to various commissions including the U.N. Plebiscite Commission to Jammu and Kashmir

1885 – Ring Lardner born, American writer and satirist


1886 – The Nightingale is launched, the first nursing magazine, edited by Sarah Post

1899 – Aspirin is patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser

1912 – Oreo * sandwich cookies are first introduced by the National Biscuit Co., which later became Nabisco

1924 – Sarah Caldwell born, American impresario-opera conductor-stage director


1928 – A Communist attack on Peking, China results in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fled to Swatow

1929 – Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Day * is celebrated on the nearest Monday to his birth on March 7; Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands (1967-1971)

1937 – Valentina Tereshkova born, Russian cosmonaut, engineer, and General-major in the Soviet Air Force, first woman to fly in space piloting Vostok 6; politically active after the collapse of the USSR, seen as a heroine in post-Soviet Russia

1939 – In Spain, Jose Miaja takes over the Madrid government after a military coup and vows to seek “peace with honor”

1944 – Mary Wilson born, American singer (The Supremes)

1946 – Ho Chi Minh, the President of Vietnam, strikes an agreement with France that recognizes his country as an autonomous state within the Indochinese Federation and the French Union

1947 – The first air-conditioned naval ship, The Newport News, is launched from Newport News VA

1947 – Winston Churchill announces he opposes British troop withdrawals from India

1957 – The British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland become the independent state of Ghana

1959 – The Drifters record “There Goes My Baby”

1960 – Switzerland grants women the right to vote in municipal elections

1960 – The U.S. announces that it will send 3,500 troops to Vietnam

1967 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his plan to establish a draft lottery

1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon imposes price controls on oil and gas

1973 – John Lennon’s visa extension is canceled by the New York Office of the Immigration Department only 5 days after it was granted: the “official” reason was his marijuana conviction in 1968, but really because of his involvement in left-wing politics while in America

1975 – Iran and Iraq announce that they have settled their border dispute

1980 –Islamic militants in Tehran say that they will turn over American hostages to the Revolutionary Council

1981 – Walter Cronkite appears on his last episode of “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite,” the end of 19 years on the job

1981 – U.S. President Reagan announces a plan to cut 37,000 federal jobs

1984 – The original Frozen Food Day * is proclaimed by President Reagan

1985 – Yul Brynner plays his 4,500th performance in The King and I

1990 – In Afghanistan, an attempted coup against President Najibullah fails

1990 – Russian Parliament passes a law sanctioning ownership of private property

1991 – In Paris, five men are jailed for plotting to smuggle Libyan arms to the Irish Republican Army

1992 – The computer virus “Michelangelo” goes into effect

1997 – A gunman steals “Tete de Femme,” a million-dollar Picasso portrait, from a London gallery, but the painting is recovered a week later

1997 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launches the first official royal Web site

2010 – First recorded Day of the Dude *founded by followers of Dudeism, inspired by the protagonist of the Coen Brothers’ 1998 film The Big Lebowski – Dudeism is founded by journalist Oliver Benjamin, based in Thailand, in 2005



  • Oreo cookies
  • Sofia Kovalevskaya – Women in Science
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • International flags
  • Michelangelo’s Pietà, St Peter’s Basilica (1498–99)
  • Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac – luckless quote
  • Anna Claypoole Peale,  Self-Portrait (1815)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, genius quote
  • Ring Lardner, smile quote
  • Sarah Caldwell, learn quote


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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: March 6, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Lots of good information.

    It should just be Women are generally More Intelligent than Men Day. Soon the Ukraine will celebrate Women day in March 8. I think that is interesting.

    I love my sweets, Oreo, ice cream, Whitley chocolate cheesecake, the list is endless.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Russell –

      March 8 is International Women’s Day.This Year’s theme is: #BeBoldForChange

      It’s going to get much more participation in 2017 than it has in the last several years – Drump has galvanized a lot of women, and not just in the U.S.

      Chocolate is a Basic Food Group at my house.

      • Russell says:

        I thought Ice Cream was a basic food group.

        I read about Air India had an all woman flight and crew. It appears some countries do not like women being Pilots.

        • wordcloud9 says:

          Saudi Arabia won’t let women drive cars, but Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi is the first Saudi woman to become a commercial airline pilot. She passed her final exams at the Middle East Academy for Commercial Aviation in Amman, Jordan on 15 June 2005.

          Meanwhile, the UAE’s first female fighter pilot, Major Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, has taken part in her kingdom’s military actions. Mansouri graduated from Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa bin Zayed Air College in 2007 and is veteran pilot of F-16 warplanes.

          • I suspect the problem is that the ultra religious types can actually SEE women driving.

            They can’t see a woman 30,000 feet above them, flying a 200,000 pound airplane at close to the speed of sound. That way their delicate sensibilities are protected. I have often wondered how they would handle being on an airliner when a female voice comes over the public address system, “This is your Captain speaking, welcome aboard Flight 123…….”

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