On This Day: March 7
Today is Friday, March 7, 2014. This is the 66th day of the year, with 299 days remaining in 2014.
Fact of the Day: asteroids
An asteroid, also called a minor planet or planetoid, is any of a number of small rocky bodies, about 600 miles (1,000 km) or less in diameter, that orbit the sun, mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They are called minor planets because of their small size and large numbers relative to the nine major planets. The first asteroid was discovered on January 1, 1801, by Giuseppe Piazzi at Palermo, Italy. Piazzi named the object Ceres after the ancient Roman grain goddess, starting the tradition of asteroids being named by their discoverers (in contrast to comets, which are named after their discoverers). Because of their large numbers, asteroids are assigned numbers as well as names. The numbers are assigned after accurate orbital elements have been determined.
Feast day of St. Eosterwine, St. Perpetua, and St. Felicitas.
1917 - The first gramophone record of a jazz band was released, by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
1936 - Nazi leader Adolf Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact by sending German military forces into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along the Rhine River in western Germany.
1965 - About 525 people began a 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery, demonstrating for African-American voting rights and to commemorate the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, shot three weeks earlier by an state trooper while trying to protect his mother at a civil rights demonstration.