Sunday, the 16th of March, 2014 is the 75th day in 2014 and in the 11st calendar week.

This week is American Chocolate Week:

Great news chocolate lovers! It’s American Chocolate Week! This fabulous week falls on the third week of March every year, giving us the excuse to eat chocolate in between Valentine’s chocolates and Easter chocolates. Chocolate is right up there as a top feel-good food. Not only does it taste good, eating chocolate generates a euphoric feeling thanks to all the mood-altering chemicals and endorphins it releases.

***All over the States, chocolate stores are having sales and giveaways; many factories that are usually closed to the public will open their doors during this week to give free tours and samples.***

Freedom of Information Day
March 16, 2014 in the World

Freedom of information is an extension of freedom of speech, a fundamental human right recognized in international law, which is today understood more generally as freedom of expression in any medium, be it orally, in writing, print, through the Internet or through art forms. This means that the protection of freedom of speech as a right includes not only the content, but also the means of expression. Freedom of information may also refer to the right to privacy in the context of the Internet and information technology. As with the right to freedom of expression, the right to privacy is a recognised human right and freedom of information acts as an extension to this right.

Lastly, freedom of information can include opposition to patents, opposition to copyrights or opposition to intellectual property in general. The international and United States Pirate Party have established political platforms based largely on freedom of information issues.

Where is Freedom of Information Day?
Worldwide

Everything You Do is Right Day
March 16, 2014 in the World

Everything You Do is Right Day is observed on March 16, 2014. Everything You Do is Right Day rights your wrongs from the Everything You Think Is Wrong Day, which takes place one day ago on March 15, 2014. Just relax and feel good about yourself regardless of what you do!

Where is Everything You Do is Right Day?
Worldwide

National Artichoke Hearts Day
March 16, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Artichoke Hearts Day! Artichokes are one of the oldest foods known to man. The plant originated in the Mediterranean region and is part of the sunflower family. According to Greek mythology, Zeus turned his mistress Cynara into the first artichoke plant when he caught her sneaking away from Olympia.

Although we usually refer to it as a vegetable, the produce we eat is actually the flower bud of the artichoke plant. If you let the flower blossom, it turns a beautiful violet-blue color. People enjoy artichokes boiled, baked, steamed, grilled, deep fried, and stuffed with all sorts of yummy fillings.

Almost every artichoke produced in the United States comes from California. Did you know that the town of Castroville, California crowned its first “Artichoke Queen” in 1947? The winner was a young actress named Norma Jean Mortenson who later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe!

To celebrate National Artichoke Hearts Day, try out a new artichoke recipe for dinner tonight!

Where is National Artichoke Hearts Day?
Nationwide USA

Natural events:

March Full Moon
16th March 2014 * 01:08:24 pm (EDT) in Eastcoast (North America)

On March 16, 2014 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.

The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.

Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.

Where is March Full Moon?
16th March 2014 * 01:08:24 pm (EDT) in Eastcoast (North America)

Historical Events:

597 BC – Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.

1190 – York Progrom: Jews living in York, England, besieged in Clifford’s Tower and massacred or commit sucide rather than submit to baptism

1322 – The Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the First War of Scottish Independence.

1621 – Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass

1830 – London’s re-organised police force (Scotland Yard)

1867 – First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.

1876 – Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)

1881 – Barnum & Bailey Circus debuts

1916 – US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty

1935 – Hitler orders German rearmament, violating Versailles Treaty

1937 – All but one senior fouls out of a scrimmage game between seniors & sophomores, but he holds on to win the game 35-32

1955 – Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge

1955 – President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war

1977 – US president Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland

1995 – Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery & ratifies 13th Amendment

2003 – The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.