Monday, March 5, 2012

Fun Facts about March

March is the third month of the year, but did you know that Ancient Rome considered March to be the first month? Since Rome is in the Mediterranean, where the climate is warmer, March was the first month of Spring, and the start of the military campaign season.

March starts on the same day of the week as November, every year.

March is named after Mars, the Greek god of war. Lentmonat was the historical name used by the Saxons, and the eventual namesake of Lent.

March's birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. Both stones signify courage. The birth flower is the Daffodil.

People born before March 20th are considered Pisces and those born after March 21st are under the zodia sign of Aries.

Famous Birthdays:

March 2, 1904--Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel)
March 9, 1918--Mickey Spillane (Crime novelist)
March 6, 1806--Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Poet)
March 10, 1940--Chuck Norris (Actor and Badass)
March 14, 1920--Hank Ketcham (Creator of Dennis the Menace)
March 22, 1947--James Patterson (Author)
March 26, 1911--Tennessee Williams (Author)
March 26, 1874--Robert Frost (Poet)

March is the National Month for:

Music In Our Schools
Irish American Heritage
Women's History
Youth Art
Baseball Spring Training (Go Yankees!)

Notable Days in March:

March 7--Purim begins at sundown
March 8--International Working Women's Day
March 11--Worship of Tools Day
March 14--National Pi Day (3.14 is the value of Pi)
March 15--Ides of March
March 17--St. Patrick's Day
March 20--International Earth Day
March 20--The First Day of Spring!
March 25--Waffle Day (I'll have mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, please.)
March 28--Something on a Stick Day (Umm. Ok.)
March 29--National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. (Hey, that's me and John!)