March Events and Celebrations For Teachers
American Red Cross Month - Is celebrated all month long. It started in 1943 with the Presidential Proclamation. The Red Cross is a crucial organization not only for the United States but in times of disaster for several other countries in the world as well.
Mental Retardation Awareness - Is a monthly event and has been occurring since 1979 by the charity, The Arc of the United States, the purpose of this help people and society as a whole understand the issues and needs of people who are mentally retarded.
Music in Our Schools - The National Association for Music Education has chosen the month of March to be the time of year to focus on music education in schools all across the United States.
National Women's History Month - This is a month long event and each year a new theme is chosen. This year's theme is "Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet."
March 1st - The Peace Corps Founded - On March 1, 1961 president John F. Kennedy Founded the Peace Corps with an executive order.
March 1st - Yellowstone National Park - on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the very first National Park in the world.
March 1st - Nebraska Becomes a State - On mach 1, 1867 Nebraska became the 37th state to enter the union.
March 2nd - Dr. Seuss's Birthday - "Green Eggs and Ham!" On March 2, 1904, one of the greatest children's book authors was born ~ The great Dr. Seuss! Very few children or parents have not read his immortal words.
March 3rd - National Anthem Day - President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act that made the song "The Star- Spangled Banner" the song of the US on March 3, 1933.
March 3rd - The Missouri Compromise - The Missouri Compromise was an agreement passed by Congress to put and end the controversy about the extension of slavery. It was repealed and in 1857 declared unconstitutional.
March 3 - Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday - Bell is noted for inventing the telephone among many other things. He was born on March 3, 1847.
March 4th - The Inaugurated of Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated into office as the 16th president of the United States on March 4, 1861. Visit this website to learn about the former president and his first address "We Must Not Be Enemies."
March 4th - The Anniversary of the US Congress First Session - This event took place on March 4, 1789 in the state of New York. It was the first session of congress under the Constitution.
March 5th - The Boston Massacre - The Boston massacre took place late at night on March 5, 1770. A large group of men and boys started to taunt the British sentry that was on duty. Before long, more British soldiers showed up and rounds of gunfire were shot into the crowd of people. A total of 5 people died and 6 more were hurt.
March 5th - Winston Churchill and The Iron Curtain" Speech - The speech was given on March 5th 1946 in Missouri on the Fullerton college campus. Many people believe it was the beginning of the Cold War.
March 6th - The Fall of the Alamo - On March 6, 1836 during the Texas Revolution about a 145 rebels entered the Alamo mission. After a 13-day battle, the Alamo fell to the Mexican troops.
March 6th - The Supreme Court and The Dred Scott Case - On March 6, 1857 ruled that the currently free man returned to slavery. The Supreme Court also ruled that The Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional and that congress had no right to take it upon themselves to prohibit slavery in the territories.
March 8th - International Women's Day - It was organized in 1908 and has been celebrated around the world since March 8, 1975 with the support of the United Nations.
March 10th - The Birth of the Telephone - On March 10, 1876 Alexander graham Bell spook the very first words ever heard through a telephone. He said "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you."
March 11th - Ezra Jack Keats's Birthday - The children's book author wrote more than 85 books and won the Caldecott medal in 1963 for the classic children's book "The Snowy day." He was born on March 11, 1916.
March 12th - Virginia Hamilton's Birthday - Born on March 12, 1936 she was another award winning children's book author. In 1975 her book "M.C. Higgins, the Great" won a Newbury Medal.
March 13th - Uranus is Discovered - On March 13, 1781 the astronomer, William Herschel discovered Uranus. Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. He is considered the founder of modern astronomy.
March 14th - Albert Einstein's Birthday - He was born on March 14, 1879 and was regarded as one of the greatest minds of all time. There is so much to learn about and from him.
March 15th - Julius Caesar was Murdered - Caesar's friend Brutus stabbed him in the back and killed him on March 15, 44 B.C.
March 17th - St. Patrick's Day - A young man aged 16 named Patrick was taken to Ireland and held as a prisoner for six years. He managed to escape, returned to Britain, and joined the Catholic Church. He returned to Ireland to attempt to convert them to Christianity. That story doesn't sound anything like the St. Patrick's Day we celebrate.
March 20th - National Agriculture Day - This is the day when farmers, producers, organizations and numerous other agricultural associations celebrate all that is provided by agriculture.
March 20th - The Arrival of Spring - The day spring arrives in the Northern hemisphere. Followed by even warmer weather and eventually summer!
March 23rd - Liberty Day - Patrick Henry gave a famous speech on March 23, 1775. The speech was "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." That speech is still a very important part of American history today. To learn more about it visit this website.
March 25th - The Shirt Factory Fire - One of the most important fires in history happened on March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Still until this day, it is the worst fire in NYC history. 146 women died because of the lack of fire exits.
March 30th - The United States Buys Alaska - On March 30, 1867, the US under the direction of the Secretary of State William Seward signed a treaty with Russia to purchase Alaska. The price - $7 million dollars.
March 30th - The 15th Amendment is Adopted - On March 30, 1870, the 15th Amendment was adopted into the US Constitution. It only applied to men and stated the following "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
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March is known as a windy month, and although the weather doesn't always fit neatly into people's expectations, March actually does tend to have strong winds more often than all other months except November. Although this might seem hard to explain, it's actually because the month is the boundary between winter and summer. Without going into a lot of science, wind is caused by high and low pressure areas - spots where the air is sinking or rising because of temperature. High pressure areas are spots where air is sinking, and when it hits the ground, it flows outward towards the low pressure areas. In March, there tend to be a lot of very strong low pressure areas in the north - what is left of winter - and strong high pressure areas in the south - the first start of summer. The wind rushes between these different areas, creating the famous March winds that make the month "come in like a lion and go out like a lamb."
Whether it's the happy madness of a March hare or a Maryland sock burner, the start of an ancient Roman campaigning season or the winds that blow between the battling forces of summer and winter, March has plenty of strange facts to make it interesting and set it apart from the other months of the year.