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NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY – March 11

NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY     

March 11th is National Worship of Tools Day. This is a day to go out into the garage, the tool shed, the storage closet or wherever it is you keep your tools.  You can clean them, reorganize them, make something new with them or maybe go to the store and buy a new one.

It is hard to imagine the world without tools as they are a part of our daily lives. From the hammer, the screwdriver and the wrench to the most sophisticated tools, they are necessary. Upon their use, they sometimes get rusty and need to be shined, they get dirty and need to be cleaned, they get dull and need to be sharpened.  

Tool enthusiasts know a good tool when they see one. Often, they have a favorite brand or style. And they never seem to have enough, either. Collecting them is nearly as important as using them. Another common discussion about tools is the borrowing of tools. From one neighbor to another, tools have been loaned, borrowed and returned numerous times. The funny papers and the sitcoms humorously remind us of this from time to time. And sometimes, so do our neighbors. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWorshipOfToolsDay

Spend some extra time shining up your tools or fixing them if they needed it. Taking care of your tools helps them to last longer, which in turn is a benefit for you. Use #WorshipOfToolsDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar was not able to find the origin of this day. We suspect someone borrowed it. 

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March 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1869

Thanks to a pardon from out-going President Andrew Johnson, Dr. Samuel Mudd boards the steamer ship Liberty bound for his family in Maryland. He leaves behind his cell at Fort Jefferson located on an island of the Dry Tortugas off the Gulf Coast of Florida where he was imprisoned for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

1930

President William Howard Taft is interred at Arlington National Cemetery. He’s the first president and chief justice of the United States to be buried in the national cemetery. John F. Kennedy is the only other president buried there.

1959

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway in New York City debuts Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. It’s the first production written by an African American woman to be seen on Broadway.

2020

World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 outbreak is a pandemic.

March 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Lawrence Welk – 1903

As a bandleader, Lawrence Welk, brought wholesome music into the family rooms for more than two decades thanks to a syndication deal. His unique brand of “Champagne Music” and family-friendly programming continues to be found on Public Broadcasting stations.

Wanda Gág – 1893

The internationally recognized illustrator and author is best known for her children’s book Millions of Cats.

Dorothy Gish – 1898

The actress of both stage and screen found success during the silent era of film.

Ezra Jack Keats – 1916

The award-winning children’s author and illustrator wrote the popular book The Snowy Day among many others.

Vinnette Carroll – 1922

In 1972, Vinnette Justine Carroll became the first African American woman to direct on Broadway and the first to earn a Tony nomination for directing when she directed the musical Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope written by Micki Grant.

Sam Donaldson – 1934

For more than four decades, Donaldson served as an ABC News reporter and anchor. He also wrote the book Hold on, Mr. President.

Antonin Scalia – 1936

President Ronald Reagan appointed Antonin Scalia to the United States Supreme Court in 1986s after Chief Justice Warren Burger retired and Associate Justice William Rehnquist succeeded him. Associate Justice Scalia served the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years until his death in 2016.

Jerry Zucker – 1950

Jerry Zucker is known mostly by the zany films he directs, produces, and writes. Films like Airplane! and The Naked Gun series full of parody and satirical comedy surely leave audiences weak in the knees for more. He’s also dabbled in the romance genre with films like Ghost and A Walk in the Clouds.

Notable Mentions

Vannevar Bush – 1890
Rupert Murdoch – 1931
Bobby McFerrin – 1950
Douglas Adams – 1952

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