Saturday, the 1st of March, 2014 is the 60th day in 2014 and in the 9th calendar week.

March is International Ideas Month: IIM is “dedicated to all ideas—large, small, great, not-so-great, past and current as well as ideas yet to come. Without constant new ideas, progress and people stagnate.”

Self-injury Awareness Day
March 1, 2014 in the World

Self-injury Awareness Day is observed on March 01, 2014. Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign, where on this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon, write “LOVE” on their arms, draw a butterfly on their wrists in awareness of “the Butterfly Project” wristband or beaded bracelet to encourage awareness of self-harm. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.

Where is Self-injury Awareness Day?
Worldwide

Whuppity Scoorie Day
March 1, 2014 in Scotland

Whuppity Scoorie Day takes place on March 01, 2014. Whuppity Scoorie is a traditional festival dating from the early 19th century observed by people in Lanark, Scotland to celebrate the approach of spring. Local children gather around the local St. Nicholas kirk where at 6 pm the wee bell is rung. This is the starting sign for the children to run around the church in an anticlockwise direction, making noise and swinging paper balls on strings above their heads as they run. It is no longer a race for safety reasons and to increase fairness for the younger participants. After three laps, they scramble for coins thrown by members of the Community Council who host the event. The Community Council also hosts a “Whuppity Scoorie Storytelling Festival” and art workshops after the event until March 7.

Where is Whuppity Scoorie Day?
Nationwide Scotland

Baba Marta Day
March 1, 2014 in Bulgaria

Baba Marta Day takes place on March 01, 2014. Baba Marta is the name of a mythical figure who brings with her the end of the cold winter and the beginning of the spring. All Bulgarians celebrate on March 1 a centuries-old tradition and exchange martenitsi on what is called the day of Baba Marta, which this year dawned with a shy sun, spelling relatively nice weather ahead. Eagerly followed on March 1 every single year, the tradition of giving your friends red-and-white interwoven strings brings health and happiness during the year and is a reminder that spring is near.

Where is Baba Marta Day?
Nationwide Bulgaria

Saint David’s Day
March 1, 2014 in the World

Saint David’s Day is celebrated on March 01, 2014. Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. The first day of March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David. Tradition holds that he died on that day in 589. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.

Where is Saint David’s Day?
Worldwide

Beer Day in Iceland
March 1, 2014 in Iceland

Beer Day in Iceland is observed on March 01, 2014. Following the end of prohibition, some Icelanders celebrate Beer Day on March 1. Prohibition in Iceland went into effect in 1915 and lasted, to some extent, until March 1, 1989. Some people may take part in a “rúntur” (bar crawl) on Beer Day, with a few bars staying open until 4:00 a.m. the next day. The legalization of beer remains a significant cultural event in Iceland as beer has become the most popular alcoholic beverage.

Where is Beer Day in Iceland?
Nationwide Iceland

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 1, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Whether you prefer it smooth, chunky, or natural, peanut butter is the perfect addition to any snack. It goes with practically everything: crackers, pretzels, celery, carrots, apples, bananas, chocolate, and much more.

Did you know that the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school? Peanut butter has been popular since the early 1900s, but no one knows who invented it. Today, it is an $800 million industry dominated by household names such as Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan.

Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, and can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. For the healthiest choice, look for brands that have no oil or sugar added. Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day with a delicious peanut butter snack in honor of the occasion!

National Peanut Board – Fun Facts:
http://nationalpeanutboard.org/the-facts/fun-facts/

Where is National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day?
Nationwide USA

National Pig Day
March 1, 2014 in the USA

National Pig Day is observed on March 01, 2014. National Pig Day is an event held annually in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” The holiday is most often celebrated in the Midwest.

National Pig Day includes events at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. It is also recognized at “pig parties” where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs’ honor. The question of whether the holiday is a time to honor pigs by “giving them a break” or to appreciate their offerings (spare ribs, bacon and ham) is an open question.

Where is National Pig Day?
Nationwide USA

Natural events:

Beginning of meteorological spring
March 1, 2014 in Northern Hemisphere

In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, spring begins on March 01, 2014. It is also called the beginning of meteorological spring. The meteorological seasons are divided according to the calendar months. Spring months are March, April and May.

Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons following winter and preceding summer. Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life (both plant and animal) being born. The term is also used more generally as a metaphor for the start of better times, as in the Prague Spring.

Unstable weather may more often occur during spring, when warm air begins on occasions to invade from lower latitudes, while cold air is still pushing on occasions from the Polar regions.

Where is Beginning of meteorological spring?
Worldwide Northern Hemisphere

March New Moon
March 1, 2014 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05

On March 01, 2014 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.

The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.

Where is March New Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05

Historical Events:

752 BC – Romulus, first king of Rome, celebrates the first Roman triumph after his victory over the Caeninenses, following the Rape of the Sabine Women.

293 – Roman emperor Maximianus introduces tetrarchy

743 – Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited

1562 – Blood bath at Vassy: Gen de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder

1565 – Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1634 – Battle at Smolensk: Polish King Wladyslaw IV beats Russians

1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrest for witchcraft (Salem, MA)

1780 – Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)

1815 – Sunday observance in Netherlands regulated by law

1847 – Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)

1872 – Yellowstone becomes world’s 1st national park

1873 – E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.

1896 – Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.

1912 – Capt Albert Berry performs 1st parachute jump from an airplane

1921 – Sailors revolt in Kronstadt Russia

1941 – “Captain America” appears in a comic book

1945 – FDR announces success of Yalta Conference

1946 – British government takes control of Bank of England, after 252 years

1953 – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.

1957 – Kokomo the Chimp becomes Today Show animal editor

1962 – K-Mart opens

1970 – End of US coml whale hunting

1985 – Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter

1989 – The United States becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

1995 – Belgium ends military conscript

2000 – The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.