What Are Some Important Facts About the Month of March?


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The month of March was named after the Roman god of war, Mars. Until the Gregorian calendar replaced the Roman calendar in 1752, March was the first month of the year, rather than the third as it became after the adoption of the new calendar.

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March is March Women’s History Month, American Red Cross Month and Fire Prevention Month. Other holidays, including St. Patrick’s Day, Pi Day and Purim, also occur in the month of March. Easter occasionally falls on a date in March as well. People born between the 1st and the 20th of March have the astrological sign of Pisces, while those born on or after the 21st are Aries.

Many historical events took place in March, including: the Boston Massacre, the first ever telephone call, the murder of Julius Caesar and the invention of the polio vaccine. The Eiffel tower opened in March of 1889, and the invention of Coca Cola occurred in March of 1886.

Alexander Graham Bell, King Henry II, Neville Chamberlain and Andrew Lloyd Webber were all born in the month of March. President Benjamin Harrison died in March, as did Susan B. Anthony, Isaac Newton and Ludwig van Beethoven. Wabash, Indiana, became the first town illuminated by electric lights in March of 1880.

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