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Sunday, the 9th of March, 2014 is the 68th day in 2014 and in the 10th calendar week.

Daylight Saving Time
March 9, 2014

Most of the US, Canada and Mexico’s northern border cities will start Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2 am (02:00) local time on March 09, 2014. The clocks will “spring forward” (by shifting the clock forward) an hour to daylight time, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. The most of Europe will start DST on the last Sunday in March. Most of North America shifts at 02:00 local time, so its zones do not shift at the same time; for example, Mountain Time can be temporarily either zero or two hours ahead of Pacific Time.

Daylight saving time – also summer time in several countries – is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. The modern idea of daylight saving was first implemented during the First World War. Many countries have used it at various times since then.

The practice has been both praised and criticized. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how Daylight Saving Time currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.

Starting in 2007, most of the United States and Canada observe DST from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, almost two-thirds of the year. The 2007 US change was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; previously, from 1987 through 2006, the start and end dates were the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October, and Congress retains the right to go back to the previous dates now that an energy-consumption study has been done.

DST clock shifts present other challenges. They complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Software can often adjust computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when Daylight Saving Time protocols are changed.

Daylight Saving Time Around the World 2014:
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2014.html

Where is Daylight Saving Time?
Nationwide

Barbie’s Birthday
March 9, 2014 in the World

The 55th birthday of Barbie is on March 9, 2014. Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel. The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. This date is also used as Barbie’s official birthday.

It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second. Barbie has become a cultural icon and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world. In 1974 a section of Times Square in New York City was renamed Barbie Boulevard for a week. In 1985 the artist Andy Warhol created a painting of Barbie. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle.

Barbie’s full name is Barbra Millicent Roberts. In a series of novels published by Random House in the 1960s, her parents’ names are given as George and Margaret Roberts from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin. She has an on-off romantic relationship with her boyfriend Ken (Ken Carson), who first appeared in 1961.

Barbie has had over 40 pets including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra. She has owned a wide range of vehicles, including pink Corvette convertibles, trailers and jeeps. She also holds a pilot’s license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant. Barbie’s careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of roles in life, and the doll has been sold with a wide range of titles including Miss Astronaut Barbie, Doctor Barbie and Nascar Barbie.

Where is the event?
Worldwide

Panic Day 2014
March 9, 2014 in the World

Try to stay calm. Take a deep breath. For today is Panic Day. Can you handle today? Good, we were worried for a moment.

Hopefully, everything is going just swell in your life, and you have no need for this day. But, if problems and troubles are looming, try to hold off hitting the panic button until this day arrives. The day is your chance to push the panic button for all your problems and troubles: be worried and concerned in a panic way!

Where is Panic Day?
Worldwide

National Crabmeat Day
March 9, 2014 in the USA

National Crabmeat Day is an American food holiday that is celebrated on March 9. It is a day dedicated to crab meat and all of the recipes it is related to, such as crab cakes and crab bisques. A variant of the holiday, National Crabmeat Newburg Day, is celebrated on September 25.

The Blue crab is a type of crab commonly used for the production of processed crab meat. The blue crab is also the state crustacean of Maryland. The annual amount of blue crab harvested from the Chesapeake Bay make up fifty percent of the total landings in Maryland’s commercial fisheries.

Although the history and origins of National Crabmeat Day are unknown, the commercial harvesting of blue crabs began in the mid-1800s in the Chesapeake Bay area. The word Chesapeake is a Susquehanock term for “great shellfish bay.” The blue crab was designated as the state crustacean of Maryland in 1989. Blue crabs are also harvested near Florida and near gulf states like Texas.

Where is National Crabmeat Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

141 BC – Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China.

1276 – Augsburg becomes an Imperial Free City.

1497 – Nicolaus Copernicus’ 1st recorded astronomical observation

1562 – Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)

1822 – Charles Graham of NY patents artificial teeth

1834 – French Foreign Legion is founded.

1841 – US Supreme Court rules Negroes are free (Amistad Incident)

1907 – 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana

1918 – Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party

1959 – 1st known radar contact is made with Venus

1959 – Barbie, the popular girls’ doll, debuted, over 800 million sold

1964 – 1st Ford Mustang produced

1974 – Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended

1989 – Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court

2007 – The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens.