March is a unique month, making early calendar changes, keeping hold of winter and spring and being a literary muse. This History of March. Popular Sayings, Birthdays and Events.
March is known as the “windy month” opening the door to spring. The name comes from the god of war, Mars. The vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring, occurs during the third week of March, making the month fall partly in the winter and partly in the spring.
While March may be the third month of the modern year, in the early Roman calendar it was the first month. It was not until after Julius Caesar reformed the calendar that March settled into the third spot. Despite the change, many European countries continued to regard March as the first month of the year for many years. For example, England did not recognize the new placement until the middle of the eighteenth century. March has always had thirty one days.
Popular March Sayings
Many sayings and superstitious beliefs have been attached to the month of March. Perhaps the most widely know pertaining to the month is “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” which pertains to the weather changes during the month. William Shakespeare recognized the month in more than one of his masterpieces when he spoke of the ides of March and daffodils in the the winds of March. Many poets, including John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, used the well know winds of March in their works.
March Holidays and Happenings
March is a month of many celebrations, including Women’s History Month, American Red Cross Month and marks the beginning of Girl Scout cookie sales. The most widely known March holiday is Saint Patrick’s Day, which the United States first publicy celebrated in Boston in 1737. Contemporary celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day includes parades, wearing green and drinking beer. March also claims the grand New Orleans celebration of Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Texas Independence Day.
A Few Famous March Birthdays
- Andrew Jackson 1767
- Alexander Graham Bell, 1847
- Albert Einstein, 1879
- Dr. Seuss, 1904
- Jack Kerouac, 1922
- Bruce Willis, 1955
- Spike Lee, 1957
- Darryl Strawberry, 1962
- Reese Witherspoon, 1976
- Peyton Manning, 1976
A Few Famous March Events
- Julius Caesar assassinated, 44 B.C.
- Boston Massacre, 1770
- U.S. Constitution went into effect, Washington became first president (although not inaugurated until April), 1789
- Ohio entered the Union, 1803
- Maine entered the Union, 1820
- End of the battle at the Alamo, 1836
- Florida entered the Union, 1845
- Nebraska entered the Union, 1867
- Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call, 1876
- John Lennon marries Yoko Ono, 1969
- Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor accident, 1979
- John Belushi found dead of a drug overdose, 1982