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; March 1, 2015

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Sunday, the 1st of March, 2015 is the 60th day in 2015 and in the 9th calendar week.
Women’s History Month
March 131, 2015 in USA, UK, Australia
March 2015 is Women’s History Month. In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women’s History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women’s Day).
In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements
In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA, UK, Australia
Irish American Heritage Month
March 131, 2015 in USA, Ireland
In March 2015 Irish American Heritage Month is celebrated. Irish-American Heritage Month is a special proclamation issued yearly by the United States President or Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday that honours the saint who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the early fifth century, but the holiday has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. Boston and New York City both claim the world’s first Saint Patrick’s Day parade
Each year in March, the Irish Taoiseach visits the United States for Saint Patrick’s Day. A Shamrock Ceremony takes place in the morning at the White House where a crystal bowl containing shamrock, a traditional symbol of Ireland, is presented to the President in the Oval Office.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA, Ireland
General Events:
Self-injury Awareness Day
March 1, 2015 in the World
Self-injury Awareness Day is observed on March 01, 2015. Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD) is a grassroots annual global awareness event / campaign, where on this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, some people choose to be more open about their own self-harm, and awareness organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some people wear an orange awareness ribbon, write “LOVE” on their arms, draw a butterfly on their wrists in awareness of “the Butterfly Project” wristband or beaded bracelet to encourage awareness of self-harm. The goal of the people who observe SIAD is to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.
Where is Self-injury Awareness Day?
Baba Marta Day
March 1, 2015 in Bulgaria
Baba Marta Day takes place on March 01, 2015. Baba Marta is the name of a mythical figure who brings with her the end of the cold winter and the beginning of the spring. All Bulgarians celebrate on March 1 a centuries-old tradition and exchange martenitsi on what is called the day of Baba Marta, which this year dawned with a shy sun, spelling relatively nice weather ahead. Eagerly followed on March 1 every single year, the tradition of giving your friends red-and-white interwoven strings brings health and happiness during the year and is a reminder that spring is near.
Where is Baba Marta Day?
Nationwide Bulgaria
Whuppity Scoorie Day
March 1, 2015 in Scotland
Whuppity Scoorie Day takes place on March 01, 2015. Whuppity Scoorie is a traditional festival dating from the early 19th century observed by people in Lanark, Scotland to celebrate the approach of spring. Local children gather around the local St. Nicholas kirk where at 6 pm the wee bell is rung. This is the starting sign for the children to run around the church in an anticlockwise direction, making noise and swinging paper balls on strings above their heads as they run. It is no longer a race for safety reasons and to increase fairness for the younger participants. After three laps, they scramble for coins thrown by members of the Community Council who host the event. The Community Council also hosts a “Whuppity Scoorie Storytelling Festival” and art workshops after the event until March 7.
Where is Whuppity Scoorie Day?
Nationwide Scotland
Beer Day in Iceland
March 1, 2015 in Iceland
Beer Day in Iceland is observed on March 01, 2015. Following the end of prohibition, some Icelanders celebrate Beer Day on March 1. Prohibition in Iceland went into effect in 1915 and lasted, to some extent, until March 1, 1989. Some people may take part in a “rúntur” (bar crawl) on Beer Day, with a few bars staying open until 4:00 a.m. the next day. The legalization of beer remains a significant cultural event in Iceland as beer has become the most popular alcoholic beverage.
Where is Beer Day in Iceland?
Nationwide Iceland
Clean Up Australia Day
March 1, 2015 in Australia
Clean Up Australia Day takes place on March 01, 2015. Clean Up Australia Day is held on the first Sunday of March every year, and encourages people to clean up their local areas. Any person can register a place they plan to clean up, on the Clean Up Australia website, and others can join them there. Activities on the day include removing large items such as car bodies from water ways and the collection of general waste lying around.
Where is Clean Up Australia Day?
Nationwide Australia
Pig Day
March 1, 2015 in the USA
National Pig Day is observed on March 01, 2015. National Pig Day is an event held annually in the United States to celebrate the pig. The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” The holiday is most often celebrated in the Midwest.
National Pig Day includes events at zoos, schools, nursing homes, and sporting events around the United States. It is also recognized at “pig parties” where pink pig punch and pork delicacies are served, and pink ribbon pigtails are tied around trees in the pigs’ honor. The question of whether the holiday is a time to honor pigs by “giving them a break” or to appreciate their offerings (spare ribs, bacon and ham) is an open question.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
Beginning of meteorological spring
March 1, 2015 in Northern Hemisphere
In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, spring begins on March 01, 2015. It is also called the beginning of meteorological spring. The meteorological seasons are divided according to the calendar months. Spring months are March, April and May.
Spring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons following winter and preceding summer. Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life (both plant and animal) being born. The term is also used more generally as a metaphor for the start of better times, as in the Prague Spring.
Unstable weather may more often occur during spring, when warm air begins on occasions to invade from lower latitudes, while cold air is still pushing on occasions from the Polar regions.
Where is Beginning of meteorological spring?
Worldwide Northern Hemisphere
Historical Events on 1st March:
752 BC – Romulus, first king of Rome, celebrates the first Roman triumph after his victory over the Caeninenses, following the Rape of the Sabine Women.
743 – Slave export by Christians to heathen areas prohibited
1260 – Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis, conquerors Damascus
1457 – The Unitas Fratrum is established in the village of Kunvald, on the Bohemian-Moravian borderland. It is to date the second oldest Protestant denomination
1565 – Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1634 – Battle at Smolensk: Polish King Wladyslaw IV beats Russians
1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachussets
1811 – Egyptian king Muhammad Ali Pasha oversees ceremonial murder of 500
1854 – SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbor & is never seen again
1873 – E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter
1875 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883
1896 – Battle of Adwa: 80,000 Ethiopians destroy 20,000 Italians in Ethopia
1919 – The March 1st, or Samil Movement, begins in Korea: it is a demonstration of resistance to Japanese occupation
1921 – Sailors revolt in Kronstadt, Russia
1934 – Henry Pu Yi crowned emperor Kang Teh of Manchuria
1941 – “Captain America” appears in a comic book
1947 – International Monetary Fund begins operation
1950 – Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Formosa
1953 – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later
1962 – K-Mart opens
1967 – Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain
1970 – End of US commercial whale hunting
1977 – US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
1978 – Charlie Chaplin’s coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery
1985 – Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
1995 – Belgium ends military conscript
2000 – The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.
2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.

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