ON THIS DAY: March 22, 2017

March 22nd is

As Young As You Feel Day

Brain Injury Awareness Day

Goof-off Day

World Day for Water *

North American Wildlife Celebration

MORE! Anne Hutchinson, Greta Kempton and Barbra Streisand, click



Guadeloupe, Saint Barthélemy and
Saint Martin – Mi Carëme (mid-Lent)

India – Bihar: Bihar Day

Puerto Rico –
Día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud *
(Emancipation from slavery day)


On This Day in HISTORY

1394 – Ulugh Beg born, Persian astronomer and mathematician

1508 – Ferdinand II of Aragon commissions Amerigo Vespucci as chief navigator of the Spanish Empire

1599 – Anthony van Dyck born, Flemish-English painter and etcher

1621 – The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags

1630 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws possession of cards and dice

1638 – Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent

1712 – Edward Moore born, English playwright; The Foundling and The Gamester

1739 – Nader Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne

1765 – The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies

1784 – The Emerald Buddha is moved to Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand

1785 – Adam Sedgwick born, English scientist, pioneer in Geology

1814 – Thomas Crawford born, American sculptor; “Freedom” figure on top of the Capitol dome

1822 – Ahmed Cevdet Pasha born, Ottoman sociologist, historian, statesman and jurist;
Head of the Mecelle Commission, which issues the Civil Code of the Ottoman Empire in sixteen volumes of civil law; family law is left as the domain of Islamic religious law

1829 – In the London Protocol, the three protecting powers (United Kingdom, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece

1868 – Robert Andrews Millikan born, American physicist, 1923 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on measuring elementary electronic charge, and on the photoelectric effect

1873 – When petitions are brought to the Spanish National Assembly, it bans slavery in Puerto Rico * ; slave owners are given monetary compensation for each slave, but for the next three years slaves are still required to work for their former owners

1882 – U.S. outlaws polygamy

1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumiere show their first movie – the one-minute Employees Leaving the Lumiere Factory, generally regarded as the first public display of a movie projected onto a screen – to an invited audience in Paris

1899 – Ruth Page born, American ballerina and innovative choreographer; Frankie & Johnny, The Merry Widow, Billy Sunday

1901 – Greta Kempton born in Austria, American painter; official White House portraits of Bess and Harry Truman

1908 – Louis L’Amour born, American Western novelist and short story writer

1924 – Al Neuharth born, American journalist and author, founded USA Today 

1930 – Stephen Sondheim born, American composer and songwriter

1934 – Sheila Morag Clark Cameron CBE QC  born, Dean of the Arches and Official Principal of the Arches Court of Canterbury (the senior ecclesiastical judge of the Church of England, 2000-2009), since 1983, Vicar-General of Canterbury .

1936 – Roger Whittaker born in Kenya, English singer-songwriter, “The Wind Beneath My Wings”

1937 – Angelo Badalamenti born, American film and TV score composer; Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet

1941 – Billy Collins born, American poet, U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003)

1941 – The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state goes into operation.

1945 – The Arab League is formed when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt

1946 – Rivka Golani born, Israeli viola player and composer

1947 – James Patterson born, American mystery novelist

1948 – Andrew Lloyd Webber born, English composer

1960 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes are first to patent a laser

1962 – Barbra Streisand makes her Broadway debut in I Can Get it For You Wholesale

1965 – Bob Dylan releases his first electric guitar album, Bringing It All Back Home

1972 – U.S. Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification; it is ratified by 35 states, but is still three states short of the required 2/3 majority in order to be ratified

1972 – In Eisenstadt v. Baird, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that unmarried persons have the right to possess contraceptives

1982 – NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3

1990 – An Anchorage AK jury finds former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of three major charges in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but convicts him of a minor charge of negligent discharge of oil

1992 – The Democratic Party of Albania wins a decisive majority in the parliamentary election, ending communism in Albania

1993 – The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium computer chips

1995 – Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns to earth, after a record 438-days in space

1993 – World Day for Water * officially designated by the UN General Assembly

2010 – Google announces it is stopping censorship of Chinese search results on its site by shifting its location from the mainland to Hong Kong


  • Brain Injury Awareness
  • World Day for Water
  • International flags
  • 1508 map of the known world
  • Adam Sedgwick, geology quote
  • Freedom, Capitol dome statue, by Thomas Crawford
  • Billy Collins, radio listeners quote
  • James Patterson, no kids who hate reading quote
  •  Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov, after 438 days in space


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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