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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Texas Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836, in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas. The document listed grievances against the Mexican government by the citizens of this Mexican territory, and then declared Texas a β€œfree, sovereign, and independent republic.” Meanwhile, Mexican dictator Santa Anna was besieging the Alamo as part of a campaign to quell the rebellion.

The Christian season of Lent begins today, 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays). Many Christians attend church services on Ash Wednesday to receive ashes on their foreheads in the sign of the cross. (Ashes are a symbol of penance in the Old Testament and in pagan antiquity.) In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting. In the sixth century, Christians who had committed grave faults were obliged to do public penance. On Ash Wednesday, they donned a hair shirt (which they wore for 40 days), and the local bishop blessed them and sprinkled them with ashes. Then, while others recited the Seven Penitential Psalms, the penitents were turned out of the holy place. They could not enter the church again until Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter), when they received absolution.

Question of the Day

When does maple sugaring usually start?
Although maple sugaring sometimes starts as early as the second or third week of February, it usually begins about the first week of March.

Advice of the Day

Heavy bedclothes cause restlessness and weariness.

Home Hint of the Day

To remove stubborn streaks and film from a car windshield, try rubbing with kerosene and wiping with crumpled newspaper.

Word of the Day

Spring Tide
A tide of increased range that occurs at times of syzygy each month. Named not for the season of spring but from the German springen (β€œto leap up”), a spring tide also brings a lower low water.

Puzzle of the Day

What stones are never seen together?
Milestones

Born

  • Sam Houston (president of Texas, 1836-38; 1841-44) –
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss; author) –
  • Desi Arnaz (musician & actor) –
  • Mikhail Sergeyvich Gorbachev (former Soviet political leader) –
  • Tom Wolfe (writer) –
  • John Irving (author) –
  • Karen Carpenter (singer) –
  • Laraine Newman (comedienne & actress) –
  • Jon Bon Jovi (musician) –
  • Daniel Craig (actor) –
  • Chris Martin (musician) –
  • Heather McComb (actress) –
  • Ben Roethlisberger (football player) –

Died

  • DH Lawrence (writer) –
  • Philip K. Dick (author) –
  • Dusty Springfield (singer) –
  • Jeff Healey (musician) –

Events

  • John Dix of Boston founded the first school for educating the blind, the New England Asylum for the Blind–
  • U.S. Congress passed first Reconstruction Act, setting up conditions for reintegration of Southern states into the Union–
  • Rutherford B. Hayes declared U.S. President by a special Electoral Commission in the disputed election of 1876–
  • Hatch Act, providing for the promotion of U.S. agricultural science by creating state agricultural experiment stations, became law–
  • Congress adopted the Platt Amendment, which established a U.S. protectorate over Cuba–
  • Martha Washington Hotel, for women only, opened in N.Y.C.–
  • Puerto Rico became U.S. territory and its inhabitants became U.S. citizens–
  • World premiere of King Kong–
  • Battle of Bismarck Sea began, resulting in major victory by U.S. over Japanese shipping and aircraft–
  • US Air Force Captain James Gallagher and 13 crew members completed the first round-the-world nonstop flight in a Boeing B-50 Superfortress, Lucky Lady II–
  • First crossing of Antarctica by land completed by Dr. (later Sir) Vivian Fuchs and team. It had taken 99 days.–
  • Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA scoring record of 100 points as the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks–
  • Concorde prototype 001, a supersonic jetliner, tested for the first time–
  • Pioneer 10, unmanned U.S. interplanetary probe, was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida–
  • The FDA approved the first commercial blood test for AIDS–
  • Queen Elizabeth II signed the Australia Act, defining Australia as a sovereign, independent, and federal nation–
  • A 3.5 earthquake rattled parts of Quebec along the border of the United States–
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II–
  • The new U.S. $10 bills went into circulation. The redesigned note had shades of orange, yellow, and red–

Weather

  • A car crossed frozen Penobscot Bay, Maine–

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