Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lenten season for Christians. It takes place 46 days before Easter and the day after Shrove Tuesday. Those who celebrate Ash Wednesday reflect, fast, repent and celebrate. The ashes represent death and repentance and Ash Wednesday services focus on both… Read more…
NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY)
Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The annual event is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. Since the event is designed to encourage reading in children and is fostered through… Read more…
WORLD TEEN MENTAL WELLNESS DAY
On March 2nd, World Teen Mental Wellness Day aims to normalize conversations and dismantle stigmas around teen mental health issues. According to the American Psychological Association, Gen Z has the… Read more…
NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY
Always observed on March 2nd, National Old Stuff Day gives notice to all that old stuff and encourages you to try something new. Well, maybe not ALL the old stuff, but some of it. It’s a day to break out of the old routines and experience… Read more…
NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY
The calendar loves pie days and National Banana Cream Pie Day is no exception! On March 2nd, be sure to get your slice of one of America’s all-time favorite creampies. The traditional custard pie was modified into a recipe that resulted… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Name: Tropical Sangria
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2+ hours
Total Prep: 10 minutes + chill time
1 750 mL bottle of sparkling Moscato
1 can pineapple rings (or 1 fresh, ripe pineapple)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup orange juice
24 ounces grapefruit soda (Fresca)
1 Pink grapefruit
Slice half the pineapple into 1/4 inch pieces. Reserve the remaining rings for garnish.
Slice 2 limes and grapefruit in round slices.
Add the pineapple pieces and lime slices to a large pitcher. Pour juices and Moscato into the pitcher.
Chill for 2-3 hours.
Place grapefruit slices in each glass. Fill with ice. Pour sangria into glasses and garnish with pineapple slices.
March 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Carnegie Steel Company and Federal Steel Company merge creating United States Steel Corporation.
King Kong premieres in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, it starred Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot.
ABC broadcasts the Academy Awards ceremonies for the first time. Viewers tuned in to see their favorite movie stars receive their Oscars, including host Jack Benny, Jennifer Jones for Best Actress in The Song of Bernadette, and Paul Lukas for Best Actor in Watch on the Rhine.
Sony and Phillips introduced the compact disc to the United States for the first time.
March 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Susanna Salter – 1860
On April 4, 1887, the people of Argonia, Kansas, elected Susanna Salter as their mayor. She was the first woman elected as mayor in the United States and had more than just a little understanding of politics.
Theodor Geisel – 1904
The American children’s author wrote and illustrated books under the name Dr. Seuss. Some of his popular books include The Sneeches and Other Stories, The Cat and the Hat, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Desi Arnaz – 1917
The Cuban-born American actor is best known for producing the I Love Lucy television show alongside his wife Lucille Ball. The successful series broke several television taboos during its six years and garnered a record viewership, too.
Mikhail Gorbachev – 1931
The Russian Soviet politician was instrumental in ending the Cold War. In 1990, he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Simon Estes – 1938
The American baritone opera singer has performed around the world. His roles have included Carter Jones in Gunther Schuller’s The Visitation, Ramfis in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, and the Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman.
John Irving – 1942
The best-selling American author knows how to add a plot twist to his novels. He’s been doing it since The Water-Method Man, but critics first took notice when he published The World According to Garp.
Karen Carpenter – 1950
The talented Grammy-winning artist is known for the song “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and her tragically short life.
John Francis Bongiovi Jr. – 1962
Known as Jon Bon Jovi, he formed the band Bon Jovi in 1983. Their hit albums have included Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, and These Days.
Jennifer Jones – 1919
Mark Dean – 1957
Daniel Craig – 1968
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