Monday, the 3rd of March, 2014is the 62th day in 2014 and in the 10th calendar week.

If Pets Had Thumbs Day
March 3, 2014 in the World

If Pets Had Thumbs Day is celebrated on March 03, 2014. On this day you should think about what would happen if your pet has thumbs? What would it do? Would it open its own food and open doors or refrigerators on its own?

Many non-human animals also have some kind of opposable thumb or toe. An animal species is said to have opposable thumbs if the thumb is capable of bending in such a way that it can touch all the other digits on the hand or foot. Most species do not have opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs are a signature feature of the primate family, and played a large role in the ancient humans’ invention and use of tools.

In humans, the distal pads are wider than in other primates. The distal pad of the human thumb is divided into a proximal and a distal compartment, the former more deformable than the latter, which allows the thumb pad to mold around an object.

Where is If Pets Had Thumbs Day?
Worldwide

I Want You to be Happy Day
March 3, 2014 in the World

“I Want You to be Happy Day” is an unselfish day. Its a thought that we wish upon others that we care for or love.

Celebrate today by doing more than wishing someone is happy. Do something to make others happy. It can start with an Ecard that will put a smile on someone’s face. Other ideas include a phone call, making positive compliments, or cooking a special meal. Be creative. There are endless ways to make others happy.

Where is I Want You to be Happy Day?
Worldwide

National Anthem Day
March 3, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Anthem Day! In 1814, a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key wrote a poem called “Defence of Fort McHenry.” Key penned the verses after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. The sight of the American flag flying triumphantly over Fort McHenry in the morning inspired his legendary words.

Key decided to set his piece to music, and borrowed the tune from a popular song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Not long after it was first published, people began referring to the piece as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The song became an overnight success, and bands began playing it during public events and military occasions. In March of 1931, over a hundred years after Key wrote it, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the official national anthem of the United States.

Do you know all of the words to the national anthem (including verses two, three, and four)? Today’s a great day to refresh your memory. Happy National Anthem Day!

Where is National Anthem Day?
Nationwide USA

Hinamatsuri 2014
March 3, 2014 in Japan

Hinamatsuri takes place on March 03, 2014. Hinamatsuri is also called the Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.

The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi, in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. The Shimogamo Shrine celebrates the Nagashibina by floating these dolls between the Takano and Kamo Rivers to pray for the safety of children. People have stopped doing this now because of fishermen catching the dolls in their nets

Families generally start to display the dolls in February and take them down immediately after the festival. Superstition says that leaving the dolls past March 4 will result in a late marriage for the daughter.

Where is Hinamatsuri?
Nationwide Japan

Rose Monday 2014
March 3, 2014 in Germany

Rose Monday – also known as Rosenmontag – takes place on March 03, 2014. It is the highlight of the German “Karneval” (carnival), and is on the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The “Mardi Gras,” though celebrated on Tuesday, is a similar event. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland, but most heavily in the “Hochburgen” (carnival strongholds), which include the Rhineland, especially in Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Mainz.

Celebrations usually include dressing up in fancy costumes, dancing, parades, heavy drinking and general public displays with floats. Every town in the Karneval areas boasts at least one parade with floats making fun of the themes of the day. Usually sweets (“Kamelle”) are thrown into the crowds lining the streets among cries of “Helau” or “Alaaf”, whereby the cry “Kölle Alaaf” is only applied in the Cologne area, meaning “Cologne over all”. The celebrations become quieter the next day, known as Veilchendienstag (“Violet Tuesday”, Shrove Tuesday), and end with “Aschermittwoch” (Ash Wednesday).

Carnival is not a national holiday in Germany, but schools are closed on Rosenmontag and the following Tuesday in the strongholds and many other areas. Many schools as well as companies tend to give teachers, pupils and employees the Thursday before Rosenmontag off as well and have celebrations in school or in the working place on Weiberfastnacht, although every now and then there are efforts to cut these free holidays in some companies.

Where is Rose Monday?
Nationwide Germany

Peach Blossom Day
March 3, 2014 in the World

Peach Blossom Day is observed on March 03, 2014. It is a day to celebrate peach blossoms and a day for girls to celebrate being girls. Peach Blossom Day refers to the Japanese Doll Festival, which takes place on March 3.

The peach, Prunus persica, is a deciduous tree, native to China and South Asia, where it was first cultivated. It bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach. The flowers are produced in early spring before the leaves; they are solitary or paired, pink, with five petals. The fruit has yellow or whitish flesh, a delicate aroma, and a skin that is either velvety in different cultivars.

Peaches are not only a popular fruit, but are symbolic in many cultural traditions, such as in art, paintings and folk tales such as Peaches of Immortality. Momotaro, one of Japan’s most noble and semihistorical heroes, was born from within an enormous peach floating down a stream. Momotaro or “Peach Boy” went on to fight evil oni and face many adventures.

Where is Peach Blossom Day?
Worldwide

Casimir Pulaski Day
March 3, 2014 in Illinois

Casimir Pulaski Day takes place on March 03, 2014. Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski (March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779), a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born in Poland as Kazimierz Pu?aski. He is known for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution by training its soldiers and cavalry.

Where is Casimir Pulaski Day?
Nationwide Illinois

Historical Events:

78 – Origin of Saka Era (India)

1284 – Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England

1575 – Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.

1634 – 1st tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole)

1803 – Colégio Militar is founded in Portugal by Colonel Teixeira Rebello.

1838 – Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario Canada

1855 – Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use

1857 – Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.

1861 – Alexander II of Russia signs the Emancipation Manifesto, freeing serfs [OS=Feb 19].

1865 – Opening of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group.

1873 – US Congress & government raise own salary, retroactively

1875 – 1st recorded hockey game (Montreal)

1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

1904 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison’s cylinder.

1921 – Toronto’s Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin

1923 – US Senate rejects membership in Intl Court of Justice, The Hague

1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem

1933 – NYC premiere of “King Kong”

1939 – In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India.

1956 – Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)

1962 – British Antarctic Territory forms

1972 – Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

1991 – Latvia & Estonia vote to become independent of the USSR

1992 – The nation of Bosnia was established.

2002 – Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.