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Wichita Eagle


Nine Kansas women are expected to race Tuesday in the 65th running of the International Pancake Day Race against 25 women from Olney, England.

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Pancake Day



The friendly little competition between Liberal, Kansas, and Olney, England, with women running down the streets of each town flipping pancakes, has been going on for more than 60 years now. It is still the only race of its kind on the planet.

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here we are again,
another bigjac Tuesday.

I'm posting events,
selected from
Chase's Calendar of events,
every Tuesday,
until further notice.

Plus a few items,
selected from other sources,
if I take time
to do so.

This is my new,
regular topic,
and here's the link,
in case you want to look for yourself:

Chase's Calendar of Events

Here we go:


March 4, 2014

Shrove Tuesday

Mardi Gras

National Grammar Day. See

Peace Corps Day

International Pancake Race: Olney, England, and Liberal, KS, USA.

225 years ago, in 1789, the first US Congress met in New York, NY.

In 1837, the city of Chicago was incorporated.

30 years ago, in 1984, the Television Academy Hall of Fame was formed at Burbank, CA. The inaugural inductees were Lucille Hall, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff.

40 years ago, in 1974, the first issue of People magazine was officially launched. It featured a cover photo of Mia Farrow.

Happy Birthday! Chaz Bono, Patricia Heaton, Paula Prentiss, Mary Wilson

March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins (Mar 5-Apr 19)

Crispus Attucks Day (anniversary of the Boston Massacre in 1770)

Birth anniversary of cartographer-geographer Gerhardus Mercator (1512-94).

On Mar 5, 1940, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin ordered the killings of more than 21,000 Polish prisoners of war. In early April, the killings began at sites across Russia, with the largest mass graves in Katyn Forest. The USSR denied the massacre until 1990.

In 1946, at Westminster College, Fulton, MO, Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech that defined Cold War boundaries.

Happy Birthday! Penn Jillette, Eva Mendes, Dean Stockwell

March 6, 2014

Anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo in 1836.

In 1857, the US Supreme Court made the Dred Scott Decision: declaring the 1820 Missouri Compromise unconstitutional and that slaves were property, not citizens.

Birth anniversaries today include Elizabeth Barrett-Browning (1806-61), Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Bob Wills, Father of Western Swing (1905-75).

Happy Birthday! Tom Arnold, D.L. Hughley, Shaquille O’Neal, Rob Reiner

March 7, 2014

XI Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, Russia (Mar 7-16). See

American Crossword Tournament, Brooklyn, NY (Mar 7-9). 37th annual. See

England: Words by the Water Literature Festival, Keswick, Cumbria (Mar 7-16). See

International Festival of Owls begins at Houston, MN (Mar 7-9). See

Birth anniversary of Luther Burbank (1849-1926), American naturalist and author, creator and develop of many new varieties of flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees.

In 1869, the Suez Canal opened. The waterway across Egypt connects the Mediterranean and Red seas.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson authorized the creation of a new bronze medal—the Distinguished Service Medal—to be given to US Army personnel for “exceptionally meritorious service.”

Happy Birthday! Willard Scott

March 8, 2014

International Women’s Day

United Nations: Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace

International Fanny Pack Day

National Proofreading Day
(Hey! This is my day! I'm always finding typos, and wishing folks would:

300th birth anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-88), German composer, keyboard performer and theorist, son of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In 1913, the IRS began to levy and collect income tax.
(As Karl Marx suggested,
back in the 1840's.)

Happy Birthday! Kathy Ireland, Camryn Manheim, Freddie Prinze Jr, Aidan Quinn, Carole Bayer Sager

Copyright 2013 McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC

Here's the link again:

Chase's Calendar of Events.

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