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11:55 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Datebook: March 20 - Uncle Tom's Cabin Published 160 Years Ago

Uncle Tom's Cabin is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe published on March 20, 1852. It is considered to have played a major part in laying the groundwork for the Civil War. Stowe was a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist. The novel depicts the reality of slavery while asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as the enslavement of fellow human beings. Her character Uncle Tom was a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of the other characters revolve.

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11:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Datebook: March 19 - Sydney Harbour Bridge Opens 80 Years Ago

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge connecting Sydney's central business district and the North Shore. Neighboring the harbor and the nearby Sydney Opera House, it's an iconic image for Sydney and Australia. According to the 2004 edition of The Guinness World Records, it is the world's widest long-span bridge. It's also the fifth-longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 440 feet from top to water level. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coat-Hanger" because of it's arch-based design.

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10:49 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Datebook: March 16 - Wanderers F.C. Win First FA Cup 140 Years Ago

We've all got March Madness and Racer Mania this month, but it's also the 140th anniversary of the oldest association football (soccer) competition in the world. The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London. This was the final match of the first staging of the FA Cup, which became the primary cup competition in English football. 15 teams entered the competition in its first season. Morton Betts (then, known as "A.H. Chequer") scored the single goal.

It’s Friday, March 16

 

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10:15 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Datebook: March 15 - The Ides of March

You know the saying, "Beware The Ides of March!" This is the 15th day in the Roman calendar. "Ides" is Latin for "half division" and typically marks the middle of a month, but in modern times the term has been associated with the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.E. Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. According to Plutarch, a seer had forseen that Caesar would be harmed.

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9:45 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Datebook: March 14 - Pi Day!

Pi Day is a holiday created by Larry Shaw in 1988, commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14). In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day. Some call "Real Pi Day" March 14, 2015 at 9:26:53 AM (3.141592653). There are many ways of celebrating Pi Day. Some celebrate by eating pie.  Or you could embrace this video:

 

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10:45 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Datebook: March 13 - Act Prohibiting the Return of Slaves 150 Years Ago

"Contraband" - escaped slaves captured by the Union
Library of Congress

On March 13, 1862, Congress approved an act prohibiting the military from sending escaped slaves back into slavery. The Act of Prohibiting the Return of Slaves was spawned as a result of Union armies entering Southern territory, and some commanders putting fleeing slaves to work digging trenches, building fortifications, and performing other camp work. These slaves were called "contraband," emphasizing their status as captured enemy property. The reaction from Congress effectively annulled the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

 

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10:21 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Datebook: March 12 - Jack Kerouac turns 90

Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 (and died October 21, 1969). He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Richard Brautigan, Curtis Meanor, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Tom Robbins, Will Clarke, Ben Gibbard, Haruki Murakami, Jacquelyn Landgraf.

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11:11 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Datebook: March 9 - Gold Discovered in California 170 Years Ago

Leon Worden, www.scvhistory.com

On March 9, 1842, Francisco Lopez took a rest under an oak tree in Placerita Canyon and had a dream that he was floating on a pool of gold. When he awoke, he pulled a few wild onions from the ground and found flakes of gold clinging to the roots. Lopez had studied mineralogy at the University of Mexico, so some believe he had actually been systematically looking for gold. Lopez's discovery was the first documented discovery of gold in the state. This sparked a minor gold rush for several years until the word got out and became the famous California Gold Rush in 1848.  How about that?

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11:08 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Datebook: March 8 - International Women's Day (and the 310th Birthday of Anne Bonny)

It's International Women's Day! Celebrations range from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. It also happens to be the 310th birthday of one of the most famous and notorious female pirates, Anne Bonny! Anne Bonny was an Irish woman who became a famous and feared pirate operating in the Caribbean in the early 1700s.  Anne was notably beautiful, with flowing red hair. She married a poor sailor and small-time pirate named James Bonny. She was disowned by her father, a wealthy merchant.

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8:18 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Datebook: March 7 - Happy Purim!

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

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