Fill Our Staplers Day
United Kingdom: Commonwealth Day
In 1913, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman died (born either 1820 or 1821).
Birth anniversary of Oscar-winning actor Barry Fitzgerald (1888-1961).
Birth anniversary of playwright and stateswoman Clare Boothe Luce (1903-87).
In 1862, the first paper money was issued in the US.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message.
TV premieres: “The Incredible Hulk” (1978) and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997).
Happy Birthday! Sepp Blatter, Prince Edward, Jasmine Guy, Jon Hamm, Chuck Norris, David Rabe, Emeli Sandé, Sharon Stone, Timbaland, Carrie Underwood
Dream 2014 Day
Johnny Appleseed Day: death anniversary of John Chapman (1774-1845)
Organize Your Home Office Day
Lithuania: Restitution of Independence Day
England: Cheltenham Hunt Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Mar 11-14). See www.cheltenham.co.uk
In 1918, the first cases of Spanish influenza were reported in the US at Fort Riley, KS--the start of a pandemic that took the lives of 500,000 Americans. Worldwide, the pandemic killed 1 percent of the global population by 1920--22 million people.
10 years ago, in 2004, ten terrorist bombs exploded on four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and injuring 1,800.
In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Japan and triggered a massive tsunami that caused widespread damage and destruction. The dead and missing were estimated at 24,500.
25th premiere anniversary of "Cops" (1989).
Birth anniversary of bandleader, accordionist, TV star Lawrence Welk (1903-92).
Happy Birthday! John Barrowman, Elton Brand, Sam Donaldson, Didier Drogba, Terrence Howard, Alex Kingston, Bobby McFerrin, Rupert Murdoch, Antonin Scalia, Jerry Zucker
Registered Dietitian Day
Gabon: National Day
Lesotho: Moshoeshoe’s Day
Mauritius: Independence Day
Spain: Fiesta de las Fallas
1888: a devastating blizzard hit the northeastern US and more than 400 people died.
1912: the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded.
1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the first of his Sunday evening “fireside chats” to the American people.
1938: Germany invaded Austria.
20 years ago, in 1994: the Church of England for the first time ordained women.
Birth anniversaries of astronomer Simon Newcomb (1835-1909); Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey (1881-1938); Beat author Jack Kerouac (1922-69); Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra (1923-2007) and Charles Boycott, whose name became part of the English language (1832-97).
Happy Birthday! Edward Albee, David Daniels, Aaron Eckhart, Barbara Feldon, Marlon Jackson, Al Jarreau, Liza Minnelli, Mitt Romney, Darryl Strawberry, James Taylor, Andrew Young.
World Kidney Day. See www.worldkidneyday.org
Good Samaritan Involvement Day
National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
Smart & Sexy Day
Holy See: National Holiday
Deaf History Month begins (Mar 13-Apr 15).
Clarence Darrow Death Commemoration, Jackson Park, Chicago, IL.
In 1781, Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus.
In 1887, Chester Greenwood of Maine received a patent for earmuffs.
In 1961, Mattel introduced the Ken Carson doll—a boyfriend for Barbie.
50 years ago, in 1964, Catherine Genovese was stabbed to death in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, NY. The murder became infamous when it appeared (and was reported by the media) that neighbors did not immediately respond to her cries for help.
40 years ago, in 1974, oil-producing Arab countries agreed to lift their five-month embargo on petroleum sales to the US.
In 2013, Argentine cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first Jesuit.
100th birth anniversary of WWII aviator and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Butch O'Hare (1914-43). For whom O'Hare International Airport is named.
Birth anniversary of astronomer Percival Lowell (1855-1916).
Birth anniversaries of publisher/diplomat/philanthropist Walter Annenberg (1908-2002), baseball great Helen Candaele Saint Aubin (1929-92), restaurateur and gastronomic authority Lorenzo Delmonico (1813-1881), author and founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), scientist Joseph Priestly (1733-1804).
Happy Birthday! Charo, Adam Clayton, Dana Delany, Glenne Headly, Emile Hirsch, William H. Macy, Neil Sedaka.
Pi Day: a day to celebrate pi—the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (3:14).
150th birth anniversary of legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones (1864-1900).
Birth anniversary of Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
Birth anniversary of author Horton Foote (1916-2009).
In 1950, the FBI instituted the “10 Most Wanted” list.
Happy Birthday! Frank Borman, Michael Caine, Tom Coburn, Billy Crystal, Rick Dees, Bobby Jenks, Quincy Jones, Grace Park, Rita Tushingham.