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Here is the link
to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood:

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

March 20th
is the birth anniversary of
Fred Rogers (1928-2003).

Two or three weeks ago,
my wife told me to put on one of her sweaters,
when I said my side of the room was cold.

When I put on the sweater,
she said I looked like Mr. Rogers,
since the sweater had a zipper up the front.

More annual events,
below the divider doodle.

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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 18, 2014

Birth anniversary of Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913).

Birth anniversary of 22nd and 24th US president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908).

Birth anniversaries of George Plimpton (1927-2003) and John Updike (1932-2009).

In 1937, the London School at New London, TX, exploded from a catastrophic natural gas leak, killing 295 students and teachers.

In 1965, Cosmonaut Leonov became the first human to leave a spaceship. He stepped out of Voskhod 2 for 20 minutes on this day.

Happy Birthday! Queen Latifah, Charley Pride, Vanessa Williams

March 19, 2014

Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, CA--as they have since 1776.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA (Mar 19-23). Features the "Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest." See

150th birth anniversary of western artist Charles M. Russell (1864-1926).

Birth anniversary of Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), railroad hand, saloon keeper, gambler, lawman, gunslinger, miner, real estate agent.

Birth anniversaries of  William Jennings Bryan, the “Silver-Tongued Orator” (1860-1925); missionary/explorer David Livingstone (1813-73); artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917); and Watergate judge John Sirica (1904-92).

Happy Birthday! Ursula Andress, Glenn Close, Brent Scowcroft, Bruce Willis

March 20, 2014

Spring begins, Northern Hemisphere (Mar 20-June 21).

Autumn begins, Southern Hemisphere (Mar 20-June 21).

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC (Mar 20-Apr 13). See

Birth anniversaries of dramatist Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), children’s educator and entertainer Fred Rogers (1928-2003), psychologist B.F. Skinner (1904-90).

Happy Birthday! Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Spike Lee, Hal Linden, Bobby Orr, Carl Reiner

March 21, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day

175th birth anniversary of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky (1839-81).

(Here is a link to one of his works,
Pictures at an Exhibition)

Pictures at an Exhibition

Birth anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

In 1617, Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) died at Gravesend, England.

Anniversary of the Selma Civil Rights March in 1965.

15 years ago, in 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first round-the-world balloon flight.

Happy Birthday! Matthew Broderick, Timothy Dalton, Rosie O’Donnell, Gary Oldman

March 22, 2014

World Day for Water (UN)

International Day of the Seal

India: New Year's Day

Birth anniversaries of Louis L’Amour (1908-88) and Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers (1887-1961).

In 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, was activated.

In 1960, the first patent for a laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) was granted--to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes.

In 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, was sent to the states for ratification after the Senate passed it. By the end of 1972, 22 states had ratified it.

Happy Birthday! George Benson, Bob Costas, Orrin Hatch, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Matthew Modine, William Shatner, Stephen Sondheim, Reese Witherspoon


Here's the link again:

Chase's Calendar of Events.

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