Here in Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day is the holiday highlight of March — we even turn the Chicago River green. It’s a great local tradition, though I think the copywriter slightly overstates the case:
“A modern day miracle occurs each year as part of the St. Patricks (sic) Day Parade celebration when the Chicago River turns an incredible shade of Irish green. This spectacular transformation ranks right up there with the parting of the sea by Moses and the Pyramids of Egypt.”
And while other holidays in March are few and far between, the month hosts maybe the biggest one-two holiday punch of all — Pi Day followed by the Ides of March.
Born in March
Elton John, Harry Houdini, Frederic Chopin, Dr Seuss, Albert Einstein, Shaquille O’Neal, Mitt Romney, Liza Minnelli, Hadrian, Ovid, Billy Crystal, Aretha Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Diana Ross, Michael Caine, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Michelangelo, Lou Costello, Bryan Cranston, Amerigo Vespucci, Bobby Fischer, Grover Cleveland, Wyatt Earp, Roger Daltrey, Yuri Gagarin.
Died in March
Isaac Newton, Milton Berle, Virginia Woolf, Earl Scruggs, Ludwig van Beethoven, Elizabeth Taylor, Constantine, Millard Fillmore, Al Capone, Joseph Stalin, Hugo Chavez, Anne Frank, Julius Caesar, Lloyd Bridges, Aristotle, Karl Marx, Joe DiMaggio, Stanley Kubrick, Ayn Rand, Davy Crockett, Yuri Gagarin.
Ironically, John Philip Sousa, The March King, died in March.
History in March
537: Goths besiege Rome.
1733: Seltzer water invented.
1875: First recorded hockey game, in Montreal.
1882: False teeth patented.
1918: Daylight savings time is introduced.
1954: First shopping mall opens, in Southfield, Michigan.
1962: Kmart opens.
March in Literature
The March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse enjoy tea with Alice. The image above is an illustration from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland. Here’s a closer look:
He’s mad as a March hare, he is.