Monday, the 31st of March, 2014 is the 90th day in 2014 and in the 14th calendar week.
Baseball Opening Day
March 31, 2014 in the USA
Today is Baseball Opening Day! Often hailed as the true beginning of spring, Opening Day is the most important day of the year for baseball lovers across the country. For the next six months, over 750 players on thirty Major League teams will compete in 2,430 games.
Baseball has been revered as America’s National Pastime for over a century. Opening Day is a national event that brings fans together to celebrate the beginning of a new season. In recent years it has also provided an arena for “political pitchers.” Since 1910, every President except Jimmy Carter has thrown a ceremonial first pitch for Opening Day, the All-Star Game, or the World Series.
To celebrate Baseball Opening Day, tune in to watch the game, head outside to throw a few pitches, or invite friends and family over for hotdogs and traditional ballpark snacks. Play ball!
Where is Baseball Opening Day?
Nationwide USA
Cesar Chavez Day
March 31, 2014 in USA (California, Colorado, Texas)
Cesar Chavez Day is celebrated on March 31, 2014. César Chávez Day is an official state holiday in the U.S. states of California, Colorado and Texas. The day is commemorated to promote service to the community in honor of César Chávez’s life and work. Many, but not all, state government offices, community colleges, and libraries are closed. Many public schools in the state are also closed.
Where is Cesar Chavez Day?
Nationwide USA (California, Colorado, Texas)
Transfer Day 2014
March 31, 2014 in Virgin Islands
Transfer Day takes place on March 31, 2014. Transfer Day is a holiday celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 31. It marks the transfer of the islands from Denmark to the United States that took place in 1917. The year of 2007 marked the 90th anniversary of the acquisition of the islands.
Where is Transfer Day?
Nationwide Virgin Islands
Seward’s Day 2014
March 31, 2014 in Alaska
Seward’s Day takes place on March 31, 2014. Seward’s Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska. It falls on the last Monday in March and commemorates the signing of the Alaska Purchase treaty on March 30, 1867. It is named for then-Secretary of State William H. Seward, who negotiated the purchase from Russia. It should not be confused with Alaska Day, which marks the formal transfer of control over Alaska from Russia to the United States.
Where is Seward’s Day?
Nationwide Alaska
National Clam on the Half Shell Day
March 31, 2014 in the USA
National Clam on the Half Shell Day is observed on March 31, 2014. The day is a chance to eat clams in a raw way and in their natural packaging. A clam’s shell consists of two usually equal halves. Clams can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, baked or fried. They can also be made into clam chowder or they can be cooked using hot rocks and seaweed in a New England clam bake.
Where is National Clam on the Half Shell Day?
Nationwide USA
Bunsen Burner Day
March 31, 2014 in the World
Bunsen Burner Day takes place on March 31, 2014. The holiday commemorates the birthday of the inventor of the Bunsen burner: chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811. A Bunsen burner is a common piece of laboratory equipment that produces a single open gas flame, which is used for heating, sterilization, and combustion. The gas can be natural gas (which is mainly methane) or a liquefied petroleum gas, such as propane, butane, or a mixture of both.
Bunsen Burner Day is celebrated in different ways. Some even compose songs with lyrics such as: “Just one spark is all that’s needed / To start this show of sweet combustion. / That’s its penultimate function. / Just one light to wake my blue angel of fire. Bunsen burner / It’s the flame that never dies. / My bunsen Burner / You light up the sky in my lab” (by Blegen/Hallock/Roper).
Where is Bunsen Burner Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1146 – Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
1521 – Magelhaes takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus
1667 – France & England sign anti-Dutch military accord
1822 – The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following a rebellion attempt, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.
1854 – Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US
1870 – 1st black to vote in US (Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy NJ)
1889 – 300m Eiffel Tower officially opens (commemorates French Revolution)
1916 – Dutch government ends all milt engagements
1917 – US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands
1920 – British parliament accept Irish Home Rule law
1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.
1932 – Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine
1939 – Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany
1948 – Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe
1949 – Newfoundland becomes Canada’s 10th province
1951 – US tanks exceed 38° of latitude in Korea
1959 – Dalai Lama fled China & was granted political asylum in India
1965 – US ordered the 1st combat troops to Vietnam
1979 – The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
1983 – Earthquake in Colombia kills some 5,000 people
1990 – Riots began in London over the new poll tax laws
1991 – The Establishment of Islamic Constitutional Movement – Hadas in Kuwait.
2007 – In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.