ON THIS DAY: March 12, 2018

March 12th is

National Napping Day *

Baked Scallops Day

Girl Scout Day *

Plant a Flower Day *


MORE!  Jane Delano, Rita Angus and Liza Minnelli, click



Commonwealth Day in the British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar Turks & Caicos Islands, and Tuvalu

Australia –
Adelaide: Adelaide Cup (horseracing)
Canberra ACT: Canberra Day *

Tasmania: Eight Hours Day
(1874 – shorter workday adopted)

Belize – Heroes & Benefactors Holiday

China and Taiwan– Arbor Day

Gabon – Renovation Day
(Democratic Party anniversary)

Mauritius – Independence Day

New Zealand – Taranaki:
Provincial Anniversary Day

Sweden –
Crown Princess Victoria’s Nameday

Zambia – Youth Day


On This Day in HISTORY

538 – Ostrogoth King Vitiges ends his siege of Rome, retreating to Ravenna, giving the victory to Byzantine general Flavius Belisarius, sent by Emperor Justinian I to reclaim as much as possible of the Western Roman Empire

1496 – Jews are expelled from Syria 

1613 – Andre Le Notre born, French landscape architect; designs gardens at Versailles

1664 – New Jersey becomes a British colony when King Charles II grants the land in the New World to his brother James, Duke of York 

1755 – In North Arlington NJ, the first time a steam engine is used  

1789 – The U.S. Post Office is established 

1809 – Britain signs a treaty with Persia, forcing the French to leave the country 

1831 – Clement Studebaker born, American wagon and carriage manufacturer; co-founder with brother Henry of the H & C Studebaker Company, precursor of the  Studebaker Corporation, building Pennsylvania-German Conestoga wagons and carriages during his lifetime, and automobiles after his death

1832 – Captain Charles Boycott born, English land agent for Lord Erne, he is so detested by the local Irish community that his name has become the term ‘boycott‘ in the English language. When the locals withdraw their labor because of threatened evictions, demanding fair rent, fixity of tenure and free sale, it becomes an anti-Irish cause célèbre in the British press, and the British government sends troops to guard 1,000 men of the Irish constabulary brought in to save the harvest, costing ₤10,000 for crops worth ₤500

1841 – Englishman Orlando Jones receives U.S. patent for process to make cornstarch

1857 – Simon Boccanegra by Verdi debuts in Venice

1858: The PONCAs sign a treaty (12 stat .997) on this date which grants them a permanent home on the Niobrara River, and protection from their enemies, both white and Indians. For these privileges, the Poncas give up a part of their ancestral lands. Unfortunately, several years later, a mistake by a government bureaucrat will force them to share land with the SIOUX. Repeated protestations over this error will go unheard. The Poncas would be continue to be vulnerable to attacks by the Sioux

1862 – Jane A. Delano born, American nurse and educator, who insists on using mosquito netting in Florida in 1887 to prevent the spread of yellow fever, before doctors know mosquitoes are carriers; serving as the Red Cross national committee chair on nursing service, and superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps (1909-12), she institutes the Red Cross Nursing Service as a reserve for the Army corps, so 8,000 nurses are ready for overseas duty when the U.S. enters WWI – she oversees mobilization of 20,000 nurses, plus nurses’ aides and other workers. In 1918, she becomes wartime director of the Department of Nursing, supplying nurses to the army, navy and Red Cross. The influenza epidemic that sweeps Europe and America in 1918-19 greatly increases demands on Delano and the Red Cross – exhausted, she falls ill and dies in France on a European inspection tour in 1919 – in her spare time, Delano also had served three terms as president of the American Nurses Association (1900–12) and one as president of the Board of Directors of the American Journal of Nursing (1908–11), plus co-authoring with Isabel McIsaac, The American Red Cross Textbook on Elementary Hygiene and Home Care of the Sick (1913)

1863 – Gabriele D’Annunzio born, Italian novelist, dramatist and political leader

1864 – Alice Tegnér born, Swedish, music educator, poet and composer, especially of children’s songs

1868 – Henry James O’Farrell is the first person to attempt a political assassination in Australia when he shoots HRH Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s son, in the back during the Royal’s good-will tour. The Prince is hospitalized for 2 weeks, nursed by women trained by Florence Nightingale, while incidents of anti-Irish protests and threats sweep Australia. When Prince Alfred learns of O’Farrell’s history of mental illness, he tries to intercede to get his death sentence commuted, but O’Farrell is hanged on April 21, 1868. A public subscription raises the funds to build the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to give thanks for the Prince’s recovery – still an important hospital in New South Wales 

1877 – Annette Abbott Adams born, American lawyer and judge, first woman to serve as Assistant U.S. Attorney General

1884 – Mississippi authorizes the first state-supported college for women, Mississippi Industrial Institute and College 

1889 – Vaslav Nijinsky born, Russian ballet dancer-choreographer, often cited as greatest male dancer of the early 20th century; star of the Ballets Russes

1894 – Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time, in Vicksburg, Mississippi

1903 – Der Wald, a one-act opera by Dame Ethel Smyth, debuts at the NY Metropolitan Opera, the only opera written by a woman ever performed at the Met

1907 – Dorrit Hoffleit born, American senior research astronomer at Yale University, works on variable stars, astrometry, meteors spectroscopy, and the Bright Star Catalog, and mentors generations of young women and men in astronomy

1908 – Rita Angus born, a leading artist of New Zealand, known for portraits and landscapes; her iconic 1936 painting Cass is voted New Zealand’s most-loved painting in a 2006 poll

1912 – Juliette Gordon Low founds the Girl Scouts * of the USA in Savannah, Georgia

1913 – Canberra Day * –Australia’s future capital is officially named Canberra (a temporary capital remains at Melbourne until 1927 while construction is underway)

1918 – Elaine De Kooning born, artist and art critic; her portraits and other art work have gained acclaim after being overshadowed by her husband William

Robert de Niro Sr. by Elaine De Kooning – 1973

1922 – Jack Kerouac born, American Beat poet, novelist; On the Road

1923 – Clara Fraser born, American feminist and socialist political organizer; leader of the Freedom Socialist Party in 1966, and co-founder of Radical Women in 1967. Hired in 1973 by publicly-owned utility Seattle City Light to run a hiring/training program for female electrical workers, she was fired in 1974, and filed a discrimination complaint documenting political bias and pervasive sexism. After a 7-year battle, she won a ruling affirming workers’ right to speak out against management and organize on their own behalf; reinstated in her former job at City Light, just as renewed furor arose over discrimination against women in non-traditional trades. Fraser joined with women and pro-affirmative action male employees to form the Employee Committee for Equal Rights at City Light (CERCL)

1924 – Mary Lee Woods born, English mathematician and computer programmer; during WWII, worked for the Telecommunications Research Establishment at Malvern; worked at Mount Stromlo Observatory in Australia (1947-1951); in 1951, joined the Ferranti International team that developed programs for University of Manchester Mark 1, Ferranti Mark 1 and Mark 1 Star computers

1928 – Edward Albee born, American playwright; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1929 – Lupe Anguiano born, Mexican-American civil rights activist, advocate for women’s rights, the rights of the poor, and protection of the environment; she was a member of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (1949-1964) but left the church after joining picket lines and protesting a proposed law to reverse the 1963 Rumford Fair Housing Act, aimed at stopping racial discrimination by landlords; worked for and in consultation with government agencies and legislative bodies, as well as Cesar Chavez, and as a national organizer for the United Farm Workers; founder of National Women’s Employment and Education, and founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus, which has helped hundreds of women gain education and work skills enabling them to get off welfare; advocate for the California Coastal Protection Network

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi begins his 240 mile ‘walk’ to the sea, to protest British rule of India by breaking the British salt monopoly, gathering thousands of followers as he goes

1932 – Andrew Young Jr. born, American Civil Rights leader, Southern Christian Leadership Executive Director (1964-68), first black U.S. Congressman (D) from Georgia (1973-1977) since Reconstruction, first African-American U.S. Ambassador to the UN (1977-1979)

1933 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt makes a presidential address to the nation on the radio, the first of his “Fireside Chats” 

1936 – Virginia Hamilton born, African American children’s author; won a National Book Award for Children’s Books, and the 1975 Newbery Award for M.C. Higgins, the Great; and in 1992, the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for lifetime achievement in children’s literature

1938 – The “Anschluss” takes place as German troops enter Austria; Adolf Hitler annexes his homeland the following day

1940 – Finland surrenders to Russia, ending the Russo-Finnish War

1946 – Liza Minnelli born, singer-actress, international star of stage, screen and television; on the board of the non-profit Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP/child brain development) for 20 years; and given generously of her time to AmfaR (foundation for AIDS research)

1947 – U.S. President Harry Truman establishes the “Truman Doctrine” – asks Congress for $400 million in aid to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism

1953 – Carl Hiaasen born, American author, journalist and newspaper columnist

1959 – U.S. House joins the Senate to approve Hawaiian statehood 

1968 – Tammy Duckworth born in Thailand, Thai-American Democratic politician; Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director (2006-2008); U.S. Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2009-2011); first disabled woman elected to Congress, and first Asian American elected to U.S. Congress from Illinois (2013-2017); elected as U.S. Senator (D-IL) in 2017; during the Iraq War, she served as a U.S Army helicopter pilot, and lost both her legs, the first female double amputee from that war


1978 – Arina Tanemura born, Japanese shōjo manga artist, known for I.O.N., and her several series, including Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Full Moon o Sagashite


1985 – The U.S. and the USSR begin arms control talks in Geneva 

1987 – Les Miserables opens on Broadway

1989 – About 2,500 veterans and supporters march at the Art Institute of Chicago protesting the placement of an American flag on the floor as part of an exhibit

1992 – Mauritius becomes a republic but remains a member of the British Commonwealth 

1993 – In the U.S., the Pentagon calls for the closure of 31 major military bases 

1994 – A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell of the Loch Ness monster is exposed as a hoax, taken of a toy submarine with a head and neck attached 

1994 – The Church of England ordains its first women priests 

1999 – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), all three countries are former members of the Warsaw Pact 

1999 – National Napping Day * is launched by William and Camille Anthony on the day after the change to Daylight Savings Time to compensate for losing an hour, and highlight the benefits of getting enough sleep

2002 – The U.N. Security Council approves a U.S.-sponsored resolution endorsing a Palestinian state for the first time

2003 – The Chinese government orders the Rolling Stones to eliminate four songs from their upcoming performances in Shanghai and Beijing, banning “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Beast of Burden,” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together” 

2003 – The U.S. Air Force announces resumption of reconnaissance flights off the coast of North Korea, which stopped on March 2 after an encounter with four armed North Korean jets 

2006 (year uncertain) – Plant a Flower Day * is a good day to start your spring gardening, even if you’re just planting seeds in containers indoors – the National Wildlife Federation encourages all of us to plant flowers that attract pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds – just garden organically, NO pesticides or herbicides

2009 – Announcement that the landmark Sears Tower in Chicago, IL, will be renamed the Willis Tower

2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff pleads guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street’s history

2011 – The Arab League asks the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone to protect Libyan rebels

2016 – In Santiago, Chile, Iron Maiden’s plane, Ed Force One, is damaged when a ground tug collides with two of the jet’s engines 


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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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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: March 12, 2018

  1. Malisha says:

    I strongly support Napping Day. During a period of time in the Nineties when I was working two jobs and doing outside activist work at the same time, I learned that my tiredest periods of the 24 hour day were 3 pm and 3 am. So long as I schedule four hours’ sleep in a 24-hour period, observing both “3s,” I was OK. But even if I got 8 hours together and I was awake for one of the “3s,” I was desperately, horribly tired. I have never figured that out but I did learn that it shouldn’t have happened because apparently four hours all in one “sitting” are called “combat sleep” and are considered essential to health. Go figure.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      In one of my favorite “Urban Fantasy” series – ‘The Hollows’ books by Kim Harrison – all the mythical creatures, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Pixies and so on, turn out to be real. Sleep patterns are one of the best ways to tell what kind of creature someone really is – Pixies, for example, sleep in four-hour stretches, from noon to 4 and midnight to 4 am. (Of course, in their case, it’s obvious what they are, since they’re only four inches tall). The main character is Rachel – a Witch – whose P.I. business partners are a Vampire named Ivy and a Pixie named Jenks. All the book titles in the series are plays on Clint Eastwood movie titles, beginning with Dead Witch Walking.

      As a Night Owl in a Morning Lark World, I’ve always felt out-of-step.

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