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Calendar for March 9th, 2014

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 This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks).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.

Every Year

  • Belize: Baron Bliss Day

  • Every Year

    • St. Frances of Rome: Feast Day

    • 1450s

    • Born 1454: Amerigo Vespucci (merchant & navigator)

    • 1790s

    • 1796: Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais in Paris--he arrived two hours late for the wedding

    • 1800s

    • Born 1806: Edwin Forrest (Shakespearean actor)

    • 1820s

    • 1820: President James Monroe's daughter, Maria, became the first daughter of a president to be married in the White House

    • 1822: A patent for artificial teeth was granted to Charles Graham of New York

    • 1830s

    • 1832: Abraham Lincoln announced he was running for his first political office. He failed for his bid for a seat in the Illinois legislature

    • 1860s

    • 1860: First Japanese Ambassador to U.S. arrived in San Francisco, CA

    • 1862: Battle of U.S.S. Monitor and U.S.S. Merrimack (renamed C.S.S. Virginia) ended in a draw

    • 1900s

    • Born 1902: Will Geer (actor)

    • 1910s

    • Born 1910: Samuel Barber (composer)

    • Born 1918: Mickey Spillane (author)

    • 1930s

    • 1932: First V-8 Ford was built by Ford Motor Company

    • 1933: The Hundred Days began. President FDR pushed sweeping social and economic reforms of the New Deal through Congress within the next 100 days

    • Born 1934: Yuri Gagarin (first human to travel in space)

    • 1940s

    • Born 1940: Raul Julia (actor)

    • Born 1943: Charles Gibson (journalist)

    • Born 1943: Bobby Fischer (champion chess player)

    • Born 1947: David Hume Kennerly (photographer)

    • 1950s

    • 1954: Journalist Edward R. Murrow accused Sen. McCarthy of misleading the U.S. public and persecuting Congressional witnesses

    • 1955: Celebrity premiere of East of Eden, the film version of John Stienbeck's novel

    • 1959: Barbie doll debuted

    • 1960s

    • 1961: The first animal to return from space was a dog whose Russian name translated as Blackie, aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 9

    • Born 1964: Juliette Binoche (actress)

    • 1969: The Smothers Brothers' television show was cancelled after they refused to censor a comment made by Joan Baez. She wanted to dedicate her song to her husband, David, who was about to go to jail for objecting to the draft

    • 1970s

    • Born 1971: Emmanuel Lewis (actor)

    • 1975: Work began on the 789-mile Alaskan oil pipeline, the largest private construction project in U.S. history

    • 1977: Health and Welfare Canada banned saccharin as a food additive

    • 1980s

    • 1983: Anne M. Burford was forced to resign as head of the EPA following a dispute with Congress over the agency's enforcement of toxic waste regulations

    • 1987: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Carole Bayer Sager were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

    • Born 1987: Lil' Bow Wow (rapper, actor)

    • 1989: President George H. W. Bush's nominee for defense secratary, John Tower, lost Senate ratification vote

    • 1990s

    • Died 1994: Charles Bukowski (poet)

    • Died 1994: Fernando Rey (actor)

    • Died 1996: George Burns (comedian & actor)

    • 2000s

    • Died 2005: Chris LeDoux (country musician)

    • Died 2007: Brad Delp (musician)

    • 2010s

    • Died 2010: Doris "Granny D" Haddock (political activist)


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