March 15, 2004

*This Week

March 15
*The Ides of March. This is the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. In the Roman calendar, the days of the month were not sequential. Instead, there were three division days--kalends, nones, and ides. The days were numbered from those divisions. The ides were on the 15th of each month except in months with fewer than 31 days (then the ides were the 13th).
*Andrew Jackson was born in 1767.
*Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933.

March 16
*In 1827, the first black newspaper in the United States was founded. Freedom's Journal was published in New York City.
*James Madison was born in 1751.
*The U.S. Military Academy at West Point was founded in 1802.

March 17
*St. Patrick's Day honors Bishop Patrick (AD 389-461), who introduced Christianity to Ireland.
*In 1992, South African whites voted to end white minority rule by 68.6% of the white-only vote.

March 18
*Colonel Leonov of the Soviet Union left his space capsule Voskhod 2 for 20 minutes. He was the first man to leave a spaceship.
*Grover Cleveland was born in 1837.

March 19
*In 1918, Congress passed the Standard Time Act which resulted in U.S. time zones and established Daylight Savings Time to save fuel for the country (which was fighting World War I).
*Wyatt Earp was born in 1848.

March 20
*Mister Rogers was born in 1928.

March 21
*More than 3,000 demonstrators followed Martin Luther King, Jr. on a march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery in 1965. They were demanding federal protection of voting rights.
*Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685.

Posted by Jennifer at March 15, 2004 10:06 AM


Here's a question for Ask Jen... How is it that Daylight Savings Time saves money/fuel? Why don't we just adjust our schedules instead of playing a game with the clock?

Posted by: Tim at March 15, 2004 11:42 AM