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March Trivia: Things You Never Knew

Really interesting facts and historical trivia that took place or originated in the month of March world-wide.

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In today’s world there is much useless information, but some makes us smile and laugh out loud. Trivia about the month of March is interesting, weird at times and funny other times. Here are some bits and pieces of trivia about the month of March you might find funny and informative.

Have fun reading and expanding your brain.

March is named after the Roman God of War Mars. Most people know this one; I just had to start from the obvious. But did you know March was originally the first month of the Roman calendar until Julius Caesar changed it to number 3?

March has 2 Saint Day celebrations. Everyone knows St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, but St. David’s Day is celebrated on March 1st. St. David’s Day, is the national day of Wales.  The day is commemorated by the wearing of daffodils or leeks. [Both plants are traditionally regarded as national emblems.]

The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in New York City on March 17th, 1762.

The flower for March is a violet.

In the month of March we experience an equinox. This is when day and night are the same length of time and in the northern hemisphere the vernal equinox occurs in March; in the southern hemisphere it is the autumnal equinox. It happens on March 19, 20, or 21.

The month of March gave rise to some strange sayings such as:

“Mad as a March Hare”, which comes from the behavior of rabbits during their breeding season which begins in March. The male rabbits act crazy at this season dashing wildly around and often have “boxing” matches with each other over a female that has caught their fancy (hmmmm sounds quite familiar).

“Beware of the Ides of March”, comes from the days of Julius Caesar so many say. It signifies that someone is about to betray you or do you harm. The date that Caesar was killed by his friend Brutus in a “coup t’tat” was March 15th, The Ides of March!

A very common superstition held by many farmers about March is if there is rain for the first 3 days of the month this predicts a bad harvest later in the year.

Purim is a Jewish festival usually celebrated in March in remembrance of the time the Jews escaped destruction during the reign of the Persian king Xerxes.

March 1st is National Pig Day! This was started in Texas in 1972.

March 1st is celebrated by Bosnia – Herzegovina as their Independence Day [March 1 1992].

The third week in March is National Brain Awareness Week in the USA.

March is also considered National Umbrella Month!

March is also National Peanut Month and celebrations are held the entire month across America (it all began in 1941).

March 1st, 1803 was the day Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state and on March 1st, 1867 Nebraska became the 37th state to enter the union.

Yellowstone became the world’s first National Park on March 1st 1872.

In March of 1949 Newfoundland became the 10th province of Canada.

The US Presidential Inauguration took place in March until 1937, when it was changed to January.

In March of 1925 the first Transatlantic Radio Broadcast took place.

Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in March 7th, 1876.

Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 3oth, 1981.

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