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Calendar for March 10th, 2013

Daylight Saving Time Begins at 2:00 A.M.

Today is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, time for moving the clocks one hour ahead. The exceptions are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight. The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks). During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel.


  • Born 1452: Ferdinand V (King of Aragon)

  • 1780s

  • 1785: Thomas Jefferson became U.S. minister to France

  • 1790s

  • Born 1791: Angel de Saavedra (poet, dramatist)

  • 1797: Thomas Jefferson presented a paper on the megalonyx (which was later determined to be an extinct giant ground sloth)

  • 1860s

  • 1862: U.S. national paper currency first issued

  • 1863: The first royal wedding took place at Windsor Castle in St. George's chapel. Edward, Prince of Wales, married Alexandra, Princess of Denmark

  • 1864: Ulysses S. Grant became the Lt. Gen. of Union army in the Civil War

  • Born 1867: Lillian D. Wald (social worker)

  • 1870s

  • 1876: Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant saying, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."

  • 1880s

  • 1880: Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers officially began the work of the Salvation Army in the U.S.(Battery Park, N.Y.C.)

  • Born 1888: Barry Fitzgerald (actor)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1903: Bix Beiderbecke (jazz musician)

  • 1910s

  • Died 1913: Harriet Tubman (American abolitionist)

  • 1913: William Knox bowled first perfect 300 game in competition

  • Born 1918: Victor Manuel Blanco (astronomer who helped build the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1923: Kenneth Burns (singer)

  • Born 1928: James Earl Ray (convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • 1930s

  • 1933: A 6.4 earthquake killed 120 people and caused $50 million in damages, Long Beach, California

  • 1940s

  • Born 1940: Chuck Norris (actor)

  • Born 1940: David Rabe (playwright)

  • Died 1948: Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald)

  • 1949: Mildred E. Gillars, who made wartime broadcasts for the Nazis under the name Axis Sally, was convicted of treason in Washington-- she served 12 years in prison

  • 1950s

  • 1959: Tennessee Williams's play, Sweet Bird of Youth, opened on Broadway

  • 1960s

  • Born 1960: Lance Burton (magician)

  • Born 1964: Prince Edward (youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II)

  • Born 1966: Mike Timlin (baseball player)

  • 1969: James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and was sentenced to 99 years in prison

  • 1970s

  • 1970: U.S. Army Captain Ernest L. Medina was court-martialed on murder charges in connection with the My Lai incident of March 1968 (Vietnam War)

  • Born 1977: Shannon Miller (gymnast; Olympic gold medalist)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1983: Carrie Underwood (singer)

  • Died 1985: Konstantin Chernenko (Soviet leader)

  • 1987: The Vatican declared its opposition to test tube fertilization, embryo transfer, and most other forms of scientific interference in procreation

  • 1990s

  • Born 1992: Emily Osment (actress)

  • Died 1998: Lloyd Bridges (actor)

  • 2000s

  • 2003: A previously healthy 25-year old man from Virginia became the first known fatality in the U.S. linked to raccoon rabies

  • Died 2005: Danny Joe Brown (musician)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Corey Haim (actor)

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