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March 9, 2015 – National Napping Day (Monday after Daylight Savings Starts)
National Napping Day was founded by Boston University professor William Anthony and his wife Camille in 1999. Napping Day is an unofficial holiday set aside to help people adjust to Daylight Saving Time and to promote health and productivity benefits of napping. After losing an hour of sleep by “springing forward,” people are more sleep-deprived and find it easier to nap.
Mid-afternoon is a time when many people experience a slump in alertness, especially after a poor nights sleep. It is felt by many that a heavy lunch causes this trough in energy. However, research show that this occurs because it is natural for us to take a mid-afternoon nap.
Dr Gregg D Jacobs wrote in July, 2004: “A mid-day nap is an integral part of the daily routine of many cultures, particularly those near the equator. This suggests that napping may have been part of an evolutionary mechanism to get us out of the hot midday sun. However, because the urge for a nap is appreciably weaker than the need to sleep at night, it can be suppressed (or masked by caffeine) but at the cost of increased sleepiness and reduced mood and performance. Also, because naps conflict with work schedules, they are becoming less common in industrialized societies (with the exception of college students and the elderly, who have more regular opportunities to nap). Unfortunately, this decline in napping may be causing poorer afternoon alertness and performance.”
Information on Napping:
1. Most people need between seven-and-a-half and eight hours of sleep
2. Naps can improve ones mood and performance
3.Studies show regular napping can redeuce risk level of death from heart related problems
4. It is a Spanish tradition, still practiced and observed by many, to take two hour nap in the afternoon.
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Calendar day; March 9, 2015

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Monday, the 9th of March, 2015 is the 68th day in 2015 and in the 11st calendar week.
General Events:
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Panic-Day
National Panic Day
March 9, 2015 in the USA
Imagine a whole day devoted to what most of us do every morning, at least Monday to Friday. With deadlines looming, alarm clocks failing and traffic jamming, panic comes naturally, yet we’re expected to quell our natural urges, take a deep breath and carry on regardless. No more!
Panic Day is the day to let rip and succumb to the terror, giving free reign to this much suppressed emotion. Flap your arms and scream, run around in circles, if it helps, or just stay in bed quivering with your head under the pillow.
Be sure to spread the holiday spirit to friends, family and colleagues, too. A good panic is contagious. However you celebrate Panic Day, you’ll feel better for it.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Commonwealth Day
March 9, 2015 in Commonwealth Nations
Commonwealth Day is observed on March 09, 2015. Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the secondMonday in March, and marked by a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by the Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, broadcast throughout the world.
Where is Commonwealth Day?
Nationwide Commonwealth Nations
Canberra Day 2015 (Second Monday in March)
March 9, 2015 in Canberra
Canberra Day is celebrated on March 09, 2015. Canberra Day is a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in March in the Australian Capital Territory to celebrate the official naming of Canberra. Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman.
Where is Canberra Day?
Nationwide Canberra
National Barbie Day
March 9, 2015 in the USA
On this day in 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. March 9th, 1959 is also used as Barbie’s official birthday.
Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on television advertising. It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries. We all know a little girl that loves Barbie dolls and has at least one doll, if not a whole collection of them.  Wish her a Happy Barbie Day!!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 9th March:
141 BC – Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China. Rules for 54 years
1276 – Augsburg becomes an Imperial Free City.
1522 – -16] Marten Luther begins preaching his Invocavit Sermons in German city of Wittenberg
1562 – Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)
1617 – Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Stolbowa
1765 – After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.
1776 – Publication of the economics book The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
1834 – French Foreign Legion is founded.
1839 – Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours
1841 – US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free
1893 – Congo cannibals killed 1000s of Arabs
1907 – 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana
1916 – Mexican General Francisco “Pancho” Villa invades US (18 killed)
1918 – Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
1932 – Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria
1951 – Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb
1959 – Barbie, the popular girls’ doll, debuted, over 800 million sold
1962 – US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
1974 – Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
1986 – NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
1989 – Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
2006 – Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn

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