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 last longer, which is a benefit for you.
- Go shopping for new tools. You know there must be one you don’t have.
- Get to work on your latest project and put your tools to work!
- 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.
Q. Can you use a flathead screwdriver on a Philips screw?
A. You can, but a Philips screwdriver will provide more torque allowing for a tighter fit.
Q. Is there a reason why my spouse has three saws?
A. Yes. Different types of saws do different kinds of jobs.
Q. What is the benefit of having many kinds of tools?
A. The more tools, the more projects you can tackle. They’re not there to look pretty. They’re there to get a job done. (Psst…to the spouse: as long as there are tools there are projects to be done.)
March 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
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.
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.
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.
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.