ON THIS DAY: March 14, 2017

March 14th is

International Ask A Question Day *

MOTH-er (Moth Collectors) Day

Learn About Butterflies Day

National Pi Day (3.14 etc.) *

Potato Chip Day

Science Education Day

International Day of Action for Rivers *

MORE! Lucy Hobbs Taylor, Sylvia Beach and Diane Arbus, click



Sikhism – New Year – 1 Chet, Nanakshahi 540

Albania – Dita e Verës
(Summer Day)

Andorra – Constitution Day

India – Bihar: Holi/Dhuleti
(festival of colors/vermillion day)

Japan – White Day (men respond
to valentine gifts from women)

Lebanon – Cedar Revolution
(anti-Syria coalition founded)

Peru – Ica: Wine Harvest Festival
Lima: Lacuna Coil Concert

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines –
National Heroes Day

On This Day in HISTORY

1489 – Catherine Cornaro, the last Queen of Cyprus, goes into exile after being forced to abdicate and sell the administration of Cyprus to the Republic of Venice

1592 – Ultimate Pi Day: the largest correspondence between calendar dates and significant digits of pi since the introduction of the Julian calendar.

1629 – A British Royal charter is granted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony

1681 – Georg Philipp Telemann born, German Baroque composer

1743 – First American town hall meeting is held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall

1794 –Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin

1804 – Johann Strauss I born, Austrian Romantic composer, popularized the waltz; his son, Johann Strauss II, would be known as “The Waltz King”

1815 – Josephine Lang born, German composer

1833 – Lucy Hobbs Taylor born, women’s rights advocate, first American woman to graduate from dental school

1854 – Paul Ehrlich born, German biologist and immunologist, shared 1908 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contributions to immunology

1863 – Casey Jones born, American railroad engineer

1864 – Samuel Baker discovers another source of the Nile in East Africa, naming it Lake Albert Nyanza

1868 – Emily Murphy born, Canadian jurist, author, and activist, first female magistrate in Canada, one of the ‘Famous Five’ whose case establishes Canadian women as ‘persons’ under the law

1879 – Albert Einstein in born in Germany, theoretical physicist; E = mc² called “world’s most famous equation”; 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”

1887 – Sylvia Beach born, American proprietor of the famous English-language bookstore in Paris, Shakespeare and Company; first publisher of the controversial novel Ulysses by James Joyce

1891 – The submarine Monarch lays telephone cable along the bottom of the English Channel to prepare for the first telephone links across the Channel

1900 – The 1900 Gold Standard Act establishes gold as the only standard for redeeming paper money, ending bimetallism (allowing silver to be exchanged for gold)

1900 – In Holland, Botanist/Geneticist Hugo de Vries, working with the evening primrose, rediscovers Mendel’s laws of heredity and theory of biological mutation

1903 – U.S. Senate ratifies the Hay-Herran Treaty to guarantee U.S. rights to build a canal at Panama, but the Columbian Senate rejects the treaty; on November 6, 1903, a deal is signed with the newly independent country of Panama

1903 – President Theodore Roosevelt establishes the first U.S. national bird sanctuary to protect pelicans and herons nesting on Pelican Island, near Sebastian FL

1912 – Les Brown Sr. born, American Big Band leader, musician and composer

1914 – Henry Ford announces the new continuous motion method to assemble cars, which reduces the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes

1921 – Ada Louise Huxtable, American author and architecture critic, won the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

1923 – Diane Arbus born, American photographer

1923 – President Harding became the first U.S. President to file an income tax report.

1933 – Quincy Jones Jr. born, American composer-musician-producer

1936 – Adolf Hitler told a crowd of 300,000 that Germany’s only judge is God and itself

1939 – Hungary occupies the Carpatho-Ukraine, and Slovakia declares its independence

1939 – The Republic of Czechoslovakia is dissolved, leading to Nazi occupation.

1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President to fly in an airplane while in office

1947 – The U.S. signs a 99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines

1947 – Moscow announces 890,532 German POWs have been held in the U.S.S.R.

1956 – The movie Rock Around the Clock, with Bill Haley, debuts in Washington DC

1958 – Perry Como’s “Catch A Falling Star” is certified as the first gold single

1963 – Gerry & the Pacemakers release their first British single, “How Do You Do It”

1976 – Egypt formally abrogates a 1971 Treaty Friendship and Cooperation with USSR

1977 – Heart releases their Little Queen album, featuring “Barracuda”

1979 – The Census Bureau reports 95% of all Americans are or will be married

1983 – OPEC agrees to cut its oil prices by 15% for the first time in its 23-year history

1989 – Imported assault guns banned in the U.S. under President George H.W. Bush

1991 – The “Birmingham Six,” imprisoned for 16 years for their alleged part in an IRA pub bombing, were set free after a British court agrees the police fabricated evidence

1991 – Bolivian interior minister Guillermo Capobianco resigns after U.S. officials accuse him of receiving money from drug traffickers

1995 – American astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to enter space aboard a Russian rocket

1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton commits $100 million for an anti-terrorism pact with Israel to track down and root out Islamic militants

1998 – The first International Day of Action for Rivers * is organized by International Rivers Network, started  by volunteers in 1995 to link advocacy groups working to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them

2002 – Five Scottish appeals court judges uphold conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, ruling unanimously that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi is guilty of bringing down the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland

2003 – Marilee G. Adams starts Ask A Question Day * on Albert Einstein’s birthday to encourage everyone to keep asking questions

2004 – Socialists score a dramatic upset win in Spain’s general election, unseating conservatives stung by charges they’d provoked the Madrid terror bombings by supporting the U.S.-led war in Iraq

2005 – A million people protest in Beirut, Lebanon, demanding Syrian withdrawal

2008 – In Tibet, when police try to disperse a peaceful demonstration in Lhasa led by Buddhist monks, it escalates into violence, which spreads to other provinces; Chinese authorities close the region to foreign media; hundreds of police and Tibetan protesters are injured or killed; due to lack of press access, numbers vary and cannot be confirmed

2009 – National Pi Day (math Pi = 3.14159265 etc.) * started by Dan Hellerich, is recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives



  • Potato Chips
  • Butterfly, Science, River and Pi
  • International flags
  • Lady Philippa Speke, by unknown artist date 1592 – Can you find the 3 Pi now hidden in the picture?
  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor
  • Emily Murphy, women leaders quote
  • Albert Einstein, questioning quote
  • Sylvia Beach, books quote
  • Pelican Island bid sanctuary
  • Ada Louise Huxtable, bad building quote
  • Diane Arbus, photography quote
  • Four Year Old and Einstein
  • Three Pi pies


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 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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