Full Worm Moon
At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. See the Full Worm Moon Guide for March.
International Theater Day
Died 1378: Pope Gregory XI
1776: British General William Howe, his troops, and many Tories, sailed from Boston's outer harbor for Halifax, Nova Scotia, after evacuating the city
Born 1813: Nathaniel Currier (lithographer)
1841: The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City
Born 1845: Wilhelm Roentgen (physicist)
Died 1850: Wilhelm Beer (astronomer)
1860: A corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn of New York City
Born 1863: Henry Royce (automobile manufacturer)
1866: Andrew Rankin received a patent for the urinal
Born 1868: Patty Smith Hill (educator)
1883: Regina made capital of N.W.T.
Born 1899: Gloria Swanson (actress)
1912: First cherry trees, a gift from Japan, planted on Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.
Born 1914: Snooky Lanson (singer)
1917: Seattle Metropolitans became first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup
Born 1924: Sarah Vaughan (jazz singer)
Born 1930: David Janssen (actor)
Born 1942: Michael York (actor)
1955: Steve McQueen made his debut on a Goodyear Playhouse episode called "The Chivington Raid"
1958: Nikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union in addition to first secretary of the Communist Party
Born 1963: Quentin Tarantino (actor, director, & writer)
1964: 9.2-magnitude earthquake, Prince William Sound, Alaska
Died 1968: Yuri Gagarin (first man in space)
Born 1970: Mariah Carey (singer)
1973: Marlon Brando turned down an Oscar for his performance in The Godfather as a gesture of support for the Indians occupying the Wounded Knee reservation in South Dakota
Born 1975: Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson (singer)
1977: A Dutch KLM 747 collided on takeoff with a Pan American 747 at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 582 people
1980: Mt. St. Helens erupted after 123-year dormancy, starting a series of events that led to a cataclysmic eruption on May 18.
Born 1988: Brenda Song (actress)
Died 1992: Easley Blackwood (bridge game expert)
Died 1998: Ferry Porsche (automobile manufacturer)
Died 2002: Milton Berle (comedian)
Died 2002: Dudley Moore (actor)
Died 2002: Billy Wilder (Oscar-winning filmmaker)
2004: X-43A Scramjet flew at Mach 7
Died 2004: Edward J. Piszek (once made too many crab cakes for a local bar and threw the extras in a freezer, an accident that led to a frozen seafood empire, Mrs. Paul's Kitchens)
2010: 25-pound 2-ounce burbot caught in Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan