Saturday, the 15th of March, 2014 is the 74th day in 2014 and in the 11st calendar week.

Ides of March 2014
March 15, 2014 in the World

Ides of March is celebrated on March 15, 2014. The Ides of March is the name of the 15th day of March in the Roman calendar. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. In Canada, the day is celebrated with the drinking of Bloody Caesars.

Where is Ides of March?
Worldwide

Purim
March 15, 2014 in the World

Purim, a day that celebrates deliverance, begins at sundown today and ends at sundown tomorrow. This Jewish spring holiday honors the Jewish community’s escape from destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word itself is derived from the Persian word for “lots”, which is reference to the fact that the date set for this group’s elimination was chosen by casting lots.

Purim occurs every year on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, the day that follows the victory of the Jewish people over their enemies.

The plot to kill all Jewish people in the Empire was foiled, and this day of deliverance became a day to feast and rejoice. This holiday is celebrated by the exchange of gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), public readings from the Book of Esther (k’riat megillah), and donation to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim), a celebratory meal known as se’udat Purim. However, this holiday is most known for its boisterous feast (se’udah), which usually includes a costumed, joyous public celebration.

Where is Purim?
Worldwide

Honen Matsuri 2014
March 15, 2014 in Japan

Honen Matsuri is observed on March 15, 2014. Honen Matsuri is a fertility festival celebrated every year in Japan. Honen means prosperous year in Japanese, implying a rich harvest, while a matsuri is a festival. The Honen festival and ceremony celebrate the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility.

Where is Honen Matsuri?
Nationwide Japan

World Consumer Rights Day
March 15, 2014 in the World

World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is an awareness day, which is observed on March 15, 2014. The WCRD was first celebrated in 1983 and became an important annual occasion for mobilizing citizen action and solidarity within the international consumer movement. The day is an opportunity for promoting the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected and protesting about the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

The day takes place on 15 March to mark the definition of consumer rights, outlined by US President John F. Kennedy. He was the first world leader to set out a vision of consumer rights and he also recognized the importance of consumers as a group. Kennedy gave the American consumer four basic rights: the right to safety, to choose, to information and to be heard. The aim of WRCD is to celebrate solidarity within the international consumer rights movement.

The day is organized by Consumers International (CI), which is the world federation of consumer groups that serves as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers and was founded in 1960. Currently it has over 220 member organizations in 115 countries around the world.

Each year, the CI Council selects a theme for the following World Consumer Rights Day activities, for example: “Our money, our rights” in 2010, “Consumers and water” in 2004 or “Unethical Drug Promotion” in 2007. Around the world the day will be marked with local initiatives, including campaigns, press conferences, workshops and street events.

World Consumer Rights Day:
http://www.consumersinternational.org/our-work/wcrd/

Where is World Consumer Rights Day?
Worldwide

Day Against Police Brutality
March 15, 2014 in the World

International Day Against Police Brutality is observed on March 15, 2014. It first began in 1997 as an initiative of the Montreal based Collective Opposed to Police Brutality and the Black Flag group in Switzerland. Acceptance of March 15 as a focal day of solidarity against police brutality varies from one place to another.

In the United States, the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a group mounted by the RCP, has succeeded in building support for October 22 (also known as O22) as National Anti Police Brutality Day since 1995.

Where is Day Against Police Brutality?
Worldwide

Dumbstruck Day
March 15, 2014 in the World

Dumbstruck Day takes place on March 15, 2014. If you’re dumbstruck, you are so shocked that you’re unable to speak. You can use Dumbstruck Day to be dumbstruck over all the shocking things you see, hear, read und smell.

“Dumbstruck” is a combination of “dumb” and “struck”: you are dumbstruck as if you are struck dumb with astonishment and surprise. “Dumb” means “silent, silent, speechless, mute, unable to speak”.

Where is Dumbstruck Day?
Worldwide

Everything You Think is Wrong Day
March 15, 2014 in the World

Everything You Think is Wrong Day is observed on March 15, 2014. You should recognize during this day that we are all vulnerable and are not always right: it is a special day to recognize that everyone has a bad day once in a while and it can even happen to you.

Where is Everything You Think is Wrong Day?
Worldwide

National Quilting Day
March 15, 2014 in the USA

National Quilting Day is observed on March 15, 2014. It celebrates quilts and those who make them annually on the third Saturday in March. The National Quilting Association started National Quilting Day in 1991. Their members passed a resolution in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 1991.

A quilt is a type of bed cover, traditionally composed of 3 layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting. A quilt is distinguishable from other types of blankets because it is pieced together with several pieces of cloth. “Quilting” refers to the technique of joining at least two fabric layers by stitches or ties.

National Quilting Association, Inc.:
http://www.nqaquilts.org/nqd/

Where is National Quilting Day?
Nationwide USA

National Pears Helene Day
March 15, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Pears Helene Day! Pears Helene or Pears Belle-Helene is a delicious French dessert that combines warm poached pears, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce. Auguste Escoffier created this dish and named it after the opera La belle Helene.

Did you know that there are thousands of pear varieties? Some of the most popular types are Anjou, Bartlett, French Butter, and Comice. Pears are the third most important fruit crop in the United States (behind apples and peaches). They are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, copper, fiber, and potassium.

To celebrate National Pears Helene Day, poach your favorite kind of pears for dessert tonight!

Where is National Pears Helene Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

44 BC – Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.

221 – Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty.

1493 – Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his 1st New World voyage

1778 – Nootka Sound, Vancouver Is discovered by Capt Cook

1812 – 1st Russian settlement in California, Russian River

1848 – A revolution breaks out in Hungary. The Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party.

1892 – 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)

1906 – Britons Rolls, Royce & Johnson form Rolls Royce Ltd

1907 – Finland is 1st European country to give women the right to vote

1937 – 1st state contraceptive clinic opens (Raleigh NC)

1946 – British premier Attlee agrees with India’s right to independence

1952 – Greatest 24-hr rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean

1964 – LBJ asks for a War on Poverty

1971 – Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet

1985 – The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).

1988 – NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK

1999 – Pluto again becomes outermost planet