ON THIS DAY: March 7, 2018

March 7th is

Be Heard Day *

Cereal Day *

Roast Pork Day


MORE! Janet Guthrie, Eva Brunne and Jaqueline de Jesus, click



Christianity – Mid-Lent/ Mi-Caręme: a holiday in Guadeloupe, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin

Germany – Biberach:
Biberach Film Festival
(ongoing through o4-11-18)


On This Day in HISTORY

203 – Vibia Perpetua, daughter of a prominent Carthaginian family and a Christian convert, becomes the first diarist noted in history when she keeps a record of her time waiting in a Roman prison with her pregnant slave Felicitas under sentence of death. She records her thoughts, dreams, and an argument with her father, who wants her to renounce her faith

321 – Emperor Constantine I decrees that dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire

1574 – John Wilbye born, English madrigal composer

1671 – Rob Roy McGregor born, Scottish cattle rustler and folk hero

1765 – Nicéphore Niépce born, French pioneer in photography, invents heliography, a photographic process that makes the earliest known plate to recreate an image

View from the Window at Le Gras, by Nicéphore Niépce

1774 – In reaction to the Boston Tea Party, King George III makes a speech, charging the colonists with attempting to injure British commerce; this leads to the Boston Port Act, which closes it to all commerce, and moves the port of entry to Marblehead

1792 – Sir John Herschel born, English astronomer and mathematician

1804 – John Wedgwood, son of Josiah, founds the Royal Horticultural Society

1848 – In Hawaii, the Great Māhele is signed, King Kamehameha’s land redistribution plan, abolishes a semi-feudal system, gives the crown one-third of the land, the chiefs another third, and the remaining third is to go to the people, but many Hawaiians, with no concept of private land ownership, make no claim, forfeiting their rights

1849 – Luther Burbank born, American horticulturist, developed new varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers

1850 – U.S. Senator Daniel Webster gives his “Seventh of March” speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 as a method of preventing civil war and preserving the Union

1872 – Piet Mondrian born, Dutch abstract art painter

Composition With Red Yellow & Blue – Mondrian, 1921

1875 – Mary T. Norton born, American politician, labor and women’s rights advocate, first female Democrat to serve in the US House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 13th District (1933-1951)

1875 – Maurice Ravel born, French composer and conductor

1893 – Lorena A. Hickok, American journalist and author, Minneapolis Tribune, New York Daily Mirror and AP reporter, one of the few women to have a byline in the 1920s, becoming nationally known; numerous interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt led to an intimate friendship – ‘Hick’ encouraged the First Lady to write her “My Day” newspaper column; she works as the Federal Emergency Relief Administration’s chief investigator 

1894 – Ana María O’Neill born, Puerto Rican scholar and women’s rights activist; first woman professor in the field of Commerce at the University of Puerto Rico (1929-1951); author of  Ética Para la Era Atómica (Ethics for the Atomic Age)

1895 – Dorothy de Rothschild born, English philanthropist and Jewish activist; chair of charity which donated funds for the Knesset and the Supreme Court of Israel buildings

1897 – Cereal Day * Dr. John Kellogg serves corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek MI

1904 – Russo-Japanese War: Japan bombs the Russian town of Vladivostok

1906 – Finland grants women the right to vote

1908 – Cincinnati’s Mayor Leopold Markbreit announces before the city council that “Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles”

1908 – The first film adaptation of Robert Louis Stephenson’s novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, called simply Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, premieres

1911 – Willis Farnworth patents the coin-operated locker

1917 – Betty Holberton born, one of the six original programmers of ENIAC; inventor of breakpoints in computer debugging; recipient of the 1997 Augusta Ada Lovelace Award and the 1997 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award, for developing the sort-merge generator

1922 – Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya born, Russian mathematician, known for her work in partial differential equations and fluid dynamics

1924 – Kōbō Abe born, Japanese poet-novelist-playwright; Woman in the Dunes

1927 – A Texas law that bans Negroes from voting is ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court

1938 – Janet Guthrie born, American woman pioneer in auto racing, in 1977, became the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500

1940 – Hannah Wilke born, American artist, focused on works that celebrated female sexual pleasures; later documented ravages of treatment of aggressive cancer while dying

Intra Venus №4 – Hannah Wilke

1945 – Elizabeth Moon born, American sci-fi/fantasy author and newspaper columnist: The Speed of Dark won the 2003 Nebula Award, and 2007 Robert A. Heinlein Award for hard science/technical fiction that inspires space exploration

1947 – John L. Lewis denounces the Taft-Hartley Act as authorizing “government by injunction,” and refuses to allow any of his officials to take the non-Communist oath the act requires

1954 – Eva Brunne born, first openly lesbian Church of Sweden priest to be elected as bishop and first bishop living in registered homosexual partnership; Bishop of Stockholm since 2009

1955 – Peter Pan is presented as a television special for the first time, starring Mary Martin as Peter

1959 – Melvin C. Garlow is the first pilot to fly over a million miles in jet airplanes

1964 – Wanda Sykes born, African American comedian, writer and actress; activist for LGBTQ rights, in support of at-risk and runaway teens, and against chaining dogs

1965 – Bloody Sunday: state troopers and a sheriff’s posse use tear gas, nightsticks and whips to break up civil rights demonstrators’ march in Selma Alabama, protesting the shooting of Jimmy Lee Jackson at a previous demonstration at the county courthouse; over 20 marchers hospitalized, including John Lewis, and dozens more receive first aid

1975 – The U.S. Senate revises the filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate instead of the previous two-thirds

1978 – Jaqueline Gomes de Jesus born, Brazilian psychologist, writer and anti-discrimination activist, advocate for human rights for all races and sexual orientations

1985 – The first AIDS antibody test, an ELISA-type test, is released

1994 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” that does not require permission from the copyright holder

1994 – In Moldova, a referendum is rejected by 90% of voters to form a union with Rumania

2003 – Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announce that they have transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnvale, CA, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds via fiber-optic cables, a distance of 6,800 miles

2004 – Be Heard Day * is launched by Shannon Cherry as a day to help small business be heard through all the big business marketing

2009 – NASA’s Kepler Mission, a space photometer for searching for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, is launched from Cape Canaveral

2010 – Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director for her Iraq War thriller The Hurt Locker, which won six Oscars, including best picture


About wordcloud9

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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6 Responses to ON THIS DAY: March 7, 2018

  1. pramegha says:

    Be heard day! This day must be celebrated everyday.
    And yes……..peter pan has been one of my favourite.

  2. Malisha says:

    I love the Mary Martin Peter Pan. When I was eight, I was allowed to take part in a free “summer stock theater” program for children that was held in a barn theater. Two college drama students ran the program and the kids who attended only included one boy (those were the days when boys did not do drama because it was “for sissies”). The boy was immediately cast as Captain Hook (actually, that was good casting because he was really big and brawny and he could not have learned to “fly” with the equipment we had there). The rest of us had auditions for all the parts and the instructors/directors chose me for Peter. Many years later, all my friends laughed about that because it seemed so incongruous. ALL the girls wanted to play Wendy but I secretly DID want to play Peter, and only SAID I wanted to play Wendy so I wouldn’t seem too proud or show-offy. (“Aw, darn, I failed; I really wished I was chosen for the part of Wendy!”) Everything in the role came easy to me (the harness and trapeze for flying were pretty easy and not even scary) except learning that high note on the crow, in “I gotta crow, er-er-ah-errrrrruh!”
    You know I can still do that crow? The last one in the song is a throat-killer but I can still do it, 63 years later. I studied the crow by listening over and over again to the vinyl 33-1/3 record of Mary Martin. Never will forget.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I’m impressed that you can still hit that note in the crow!

      I just wrote little plays, and put them on in our carport, dragging the neighborhood kids into it, including boys – I was very bossy! I was also in charge of costumes and props. The audience? Usually our pets, leashed to something they couldn’t drag away.

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