spring is sprung
Today is the 5th day of the 12th week, the 19th day of the 3rd month, the 79th day of 2020 [with only 280 shopping days until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
- Certified Nurses Day
- Client's Day
- Companies That Care Day
- Data Innovation Day:
- Great American Meatout Day
- International Astrology Day
- International Day of Nowruz
- International Earth Day
- Let's Laugh Day
- National Chocolate Caramel Day
- National Farm Rescuer Day
- National Poultry Day
- Oranges and Lemons Day
- Ostara ((or Mabon in the southern hemisphere))
- Proposal Day
- Snowman Burning
- St Joseph's Day (Roman Catholicism and Anglican Communion) and Father's Day (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Honduras, and Bolivia)
- Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day
- The First Day of Spring (Vernal Equinox) at 11:49 PM EDT
- World Storytelling Day
- Earliest day on which Maundy Thursday can fall, while April 22 is the latest; celebrated on Thursday before Easter.
1687 – Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men.
1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumière record their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph.
1915 - Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)
1918 – The US Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time.
1928 - "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)
1937 - Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term "supernova" and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays
1951 - Herman Wouk's novel "The Caine Mutiny" published (Pulitzer Prize 1952)
1962 – Bob Dylan releases his first album, Bob Dylan, for Columbia Records.
1964 - Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on James Bond film "Goldfinger"
1965 - The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000, said to have been most powerful Confederate cruiser, discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction.
1977 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1981 - two workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
2001 - The Bank of Japan issued a monetary policy known as quantitative easing, which stimulated the Japanese economy after the burst of the dot-com bubble.
2008 – GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed.
2013 - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers further evidence of water-bearing minerals
2018 – The last male northern white rhinoceros, Sudan, dies, ensuring a chance of extinction for the species.
2019 - "Superbloom" of poppies in Walker Canyon, southern California visible from space, after high rainfall
Quote of the day:
“Winter is nearly gone. Time flows on to a spring of little hope.”
~ JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings | The Fellowship of the Ring (Book 2, Chapter 9) : The Great River
Despite the pandemic, or the fact that it hasn’t been much of a winter hereabouts, it is officially spring