Calendar day; March 17, 2015

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Tuesday, the 17th of March, 2015 is the 76th day in 2015 and in the 12th calendar week.
General Events:
St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2015 in Ireland
Saint Patrick’s Day, colloquially St. Paddy’s Day or simply Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on 17th of March.
The day is a national holiday of Ireland: it is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and in Montserrat. In Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Argentina and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by those of Irish descent and increasingly by people of other ethnicities as well, notably in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink and attending parades, which have a particularly long history in the United States and in Canada.
As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick’s Day is a Christian festival celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and some other denominations. The day almost always falls in the season of Lent, and some bishops will grant an indult, or release, from the Friday no-meat observance when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday; this is sometimes colloquially known as a “corned-beef indult”.
Where is St. Patrick’s Day?
Nationwide Ireland
National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
March 17, 2015 in the USA
To “corn” something is simply to preserve it in a salty brine (the term corn refers to the coarse grains of salt used for curing).
In the traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes, salt pork or bacon joint were used instead of corned beef.  Uncertain of the date, but knowing it was sometime in the early 1800’s and possibly even earlier, in Ireland, cows were not used for their meat.  Cows were used for their dairy.  Considered a luxury food, it was only by the wealthy that beef was consumed.   Instead of beef,  it was pork that was served to celebrate the holidays.
Sometime in the mid 1800’s when the Irish immigrated to America, they found that Jewish corned beef was very similar in texture to bacon joint (pork).  It was then that corned beef was used as a replacement for the bacon when preparing corned beef and cabbage meals.    Soon after that time, the Irish-Americans began having Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.
In Ireland today, the serving of corned beef is geared toward tourist consumption and most Irish in Ireland do not identify it as native cuisine. Corned beef and cabbage remain a popular food in some areas of the United States.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Submarine Day 2015
March 17, 2015 in the World
Believe it or not, the first recorded submersible was built by Cornelius Drebbel in 1620 for James I of England, although why anyone would want to plunge beneath the surface of a 17th century Thames is beyond us.
Today’s submarines are of course far more sophisticated than that particular oar-powered contraption, having played major parts in military operations for over a century. The amount of expertise that goes into their design, construction, maintenance and operation is quite staggering, especially when you take into account the inclusion of navigation and communication networks; sensors, armaments and weaponry; powerful propulsion systems; and of course, a large number of rigorously trained and highly skilled men and women, often putting their lives on the line for their countries.
So today can take many forms: We can think about the ingenuity and majesty of the mighty submarine itself. We can celebrate its place in the modern world. We can imagine what they’ll be like in a hundred years’ time. But most importantly, we can take a moment to think about those lost at sea over the years, and pay tribute to the courage of those who are beneath the ocean waves at this exact moment in time.
Submarine Day 2015 in the USA takes place on April 11, 2015.
Where is the event?
Evacuation Day in Massachusetts
March 17, 2015 in Massachusetts
Evacuation Day in Massachusetts takes place on March 17, 2015. It is observed in Suffolk County and also by the public schools in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts. The holiday commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the Siege of Boston, early in the American Revolutionary War. Schools and government offices are closed. If March 17 falls on a weekend, schools and government offices are closed on the following Monday in observance. It is the same day as Saint Patrick’s Day, a coincidence that played a role in the establishment of the holiday.
Where is Evacuation Day in Massachusetts?
Nationwide Massachusetts
Historical Events on 17th March:
45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
432 – St Patrick aged 16 is carried off to Ireland as a slave (traditional date)
1190 – Crusades complete massacre of Jews of York England
1521 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
1753 – 1st official St Patrick’s Day
1756 – St Patrick’s Day 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern
1762 – 1st St Patrick’s Day parade in NYC
1845 – Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
1861 – Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed
1876 – Gen Crook destroy Cheyennes & Oglala-Sioux indian camps
1898 – John Philip Holland achieves successful test runs of the first modern submarine off Staten Island
1908 – Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
1912 – Camp Fire Girls organization announced by Mrs Luther Halsey Gulick
1921 – Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain’s 1st birth control clinic (London)
1921 – Sailors revolt in Kronstadt (thousands die)
1926 – Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
1927 – US government doesn’t sign league of Nations disarmament treaty
1939 – Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945): The Battle of Nanchang between the Kuomintang and the Japanese breaks out
1955 – After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city
1959 – Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
1960 – Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
1963 – Eruptions of Mount Agung Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
1973 – Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge
1992 – De Klerk wins a white only referendum
1995 – USt approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co
2000 – The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult


Calendar Day; January 6, 2015

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Tuesday, the 6th of January, 2015 is the 6th day in 2015 and in the 2nd calendar week.
General Events:
Cuddle Up Day 2015
January 6, 2015 in the World
Cuddle Up Day: It’s time to make yourself a hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows, pull on your PJs and snuggle up with a teddy bear, a good book, or maybe even another human being if you’re especially lucky.
We’ve all got our personal responsibilities, from careers and family to finances and charity work, so we’re allowed a day to just relax and let all the week’s stresses melt away. Without the occasional day of rest and relaxation we’ll just burn out; even those who consider themselves dynamic go-getters and hard as nails need to cuddle up every now and then, whether they admit it or not.
This day is a great opportunity to:
… cuddle with your cutie
… snuggle with your sweetie
… hug your honey
So get that pillow all plumped up, pick out some DVDs and surround your bed or sofa with as many snacks as can fit within arm’s reach, because this isn’t your day to shine, it’s your day to cuddle up!
Where is Cuddle Up Day?
Little Christmas
January 6, 2015 in Ireland
Little Christmas is observed on January 06, 2015. Little Christmas is one of the traditional names in Ireland for 6 January, more commonly known in the rest of the world as the Feast of the Epiphany. It is so called because under the older Julian calendar, Christmas Day celebrations fell on that day whereas under the Gregorian calendar it falls on 25 December. It is the traditional end of the Christmas season and the last day of the Christmas holidays for both primary and secondary schools in Ireland. In other parts of the world, it is sometimes referred to as Old Christmas or Old Christmas Day, so called for the same reasons as in Ireland, in that this was the traditional day of celebration under the Julian calendar.
Where is Little Christmas?
Nationwide Ireland
Apple Tree Day
January 6, 2015 in the World
Apple Tree Day started as a celebration of an old apple tree almost two centuries old, and has grown to become a celebration of the apple itself.
Even if you don’t have access to an organised function on Apple Tree Day, you can still participate – just eat an apple, drink apple cider or eat meals with apple in them. Traditionalists will take apple tree cuttings and plant them, but if you don’t have a green thumb it’s just as acceptable to plant an apple tree bought from a plant nursery. Sign up for a course on fruit tree pruning. If you’re at work, hold a competition to see who can peel an apple to make the longest ‘Slinky’ – you don’t have to like apples to be involved.
And since this day comes just once a year, if you’re in love declare it by throwing a Golden Delicious at the ‘apple of your eye’ and see if they reciprocate your affections by catching it. If they don’t, there’s always next year!
Where is Apple Tree Day?
National Shortbread Day
January 6, 2015 in the USA
Shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert  traditionally was made with:
1 part white sugar
2 parts butter
3 parts flour
Modern recipes deviate from the 3 ingredient rule by splitting the sugar portion into equal parts of granulated sugar and powdered sugar and add salt.  Plain white (wheat) flour is commonly used however ground rice or cornflour are also sometime added to alter the texture.
Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture which is caused from its high fat content, provided by the butter.   “Shortening” is its related word that refers to any fat that may be added to produce a “short” (crumbly) texture.
Prepared often during the 12th century, the refinement of shortbread is credited to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century.  Shortbread was expensive and it was reserved as a luxury for special occasions.
In Shetland (northeast of mainland Britain) , it is tradition to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride upon her enterance of  her new home.
Where is National Shortbread Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 6th January:
1066 – King Harald of England crowned
1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
1720 – The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings.
1898 – 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
1912 – Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt
1929 – Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest and diseased people.
1939 – Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts
1971 – Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
1974 – In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States
1987 – Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
1995 – A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.


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