Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 8th - Silky Sullivan

March 8th in history!

Mother's Day in Bulgaria!

International Women's Day celebrated in 62 countries

1702 King William III died following a riding accident.
1782 Gnadenhutten Massacre: Ohio militia kills 90 Indians
1787 Karl Ferdinand von Grafe help create modern plastic surgery
1841 Oliver Wendell Holmes born in Massachusetts, 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32)
1855 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
1887 Telescoping steel fishing rod patented
1894 New York passes 1st state dog license law
1910 Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris France becomes 1st licensed female pilot
1911 International Women's Day 1st celebrated
1913 Internal Revenue Service begins to levy & collect income taxes

1921 Cyd Charisse [Tula Ellice Finklea] born in Amarillo TX, dancer/actress (East Side West Side, Brigadoon) (now there was a good name change!!)
1927 Pan American Airlines incorporates
1930 William Howard Taft 27th US President (1909-13)/Chief Justice, dies at 72
1930 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with New York Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"
1930 Mahatma Gandhi starts civil disobedience in India
1934 Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars
1946 1st helicopter licensed for commercial use
1951 The Honeymoon Killers (Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez) die in electric chair
1958 Silky Sullivan comes from 40 lengths back to win by 3 at Santa Anita
1962 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
1966 Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame

1972 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
1973 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis
1979 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io)
1986 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Since March 7th snuck by without recognition, here we go!

March 7th in history:

Peace Corps Day in America - not sure why today is considered Peace Corps Day, since March 1st is the anniversary, and they usually dedicate the first week of March for anniversary celebrations . . . I suspect my source of historic events goofed here. Anyway, detailed info on the Peace Corps, originally suggested by JFK while still a Senator, can be found at

322 -BC- Aristotle dies
1530 King Henry VIII's divorce request is denied by the Pope Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church
1774 British close port of Boston to all commerce
1801 Massachusetts enacts 1st state voter registration law
1854 Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes
1934 Willard Scott born to be a weather forecaster (Today Show)
1857 Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone
1908 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announced that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
1912 Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole
1926 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-New York)
1933 Game of "Monopoly" invented
1938 Janet Guthrie was born - race car driver, 1st woman to race in Indy 500
1939 Glamour magazine begins publishing
1939 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record "Auld Lang Syne"
1942 Tammy Faye Bakker was born - gospel singer/wife of Jim Bakker (PTL)
1848 In Hawaii, Great Mahele (division of lands) signed
1950 Franco Harris NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1951 Ali Razmara Shah of Iran (1950-51), assassinated
1952 Lynn Swann NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster (must have been great birthday parties around Steeler land with two of the best when Pittsburg was at its best having birthdays on the same day)
1955 Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised
1965 Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma
1994 US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women on combat ship
1996 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
1997 5 sue Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life

Daylight Savings TIme

Turns out Arizona and Hawaii were right in choosing not to observe Daylight Savings Time! The news today says:

One less hour of sleep may not be the only side effect of Daylight Saving Time.
It turns out, turning your clock forward could be bad for your ticker.

Doctors in Sweden looked at the number of heart attacks during the days immediately following the clock change and compared them to the period two weeks before and two weeks after.

So, not only do we not have to worry about which way to set the clocks, and remember to get the right amount of sleep, we have one less thing to worry about! How's that for an easy heart healthy decision!

I've never really worried about changing times, having lived almost all of my life in places that don't observe Daylight Savings - Hawaii and Arizona. So it takes major thinking time to figure who's doing what when everywhere else.

Indiana has been mightily confused for a long time, with the state split into two time zones, Eastern and Central, plus having some counties observing DST and some staying on standard time throughout the year. That finally changed in April of 2005 when, after considerable debating, the State passed legislation placing the entire state into the DST system.

Wikipedia says "North America generally follows the same procedure, with each time zone switching at 02:00 LST (local standard time) to 03:00 LDT (local daylight time) on the second Sunday in March, and back from 02:00 LDT to 01:00 LST on the first Sunday in November since 2007. Previously, daylight saving time was four to five weeks shorter.

All I know and have to remember is that Arizona will be on California (Pacific) time today, rather than Mountain time. That's important only so I can watch my favorite TV shows instead of missing them by an hour!

Too much information about changing times internationally can be found at and .

Just remember to get to work on time tomorrow, wherever you might be!

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