St. Patrick's Day
- in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.
Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland!
National Green Beer Day
- Green Beer Day is a holiday celebrated by students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. It is often thought to be the best event that takes place during the school year. The holiday is thought to have begun in the early 1950s when the United States was experiencing grain shortages after World War II - A 1952 Miami University Student newspaper article says that students would not be imbibing dark green-colored beer due to the lack of grain available to breweries for beer production.
- Celebrate by watching movies featuring submarines. Or, read a book about submarines. If you live near a naval museum, take a drive to see a submarine today, and if allowed, go aboard. If you work at a deli, celebrate with a hero submarine of your choice. If you own the deli, give us a deal and run a Submarine Day special!
Boys and Girls Campfire Founded
- founded on March 17, 1910, in Thetford, Vermont, by Luther Gulick M.D. and his wife Charlotte Vedder Gulick. Camp Fire Girls, as it was known at the time, was created as the sister organization to the Boy Scouts of America. The organization changed its name in 1975 to Camp Fire Boys and Girls when membership eligibility was expanded to include boys.
Rubber Band Invented
- In 1845, Stephen Perry, of the rubber manufacturing company Messers Perry and Co., invented the rubber band to hold papers or envelopes together. On March 17, 1845, Perry patented the rubber band. These first rubber bands were made of vulcanized rubber.
- The Fast of Esther (ta'anit Ester) remembers God's deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil scheming of Haman (said to be a descendant of the Amalekites) during the reign of the Persian King Xerxes (Ahasuerus in Hebrew) as described in the Biblical book of Esther. Xerxes became king of the great Medo-Persia empire at the death of his father Darius the Great in 485 BCE.
- This was updated by Catherine on March 17, 2012 -
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