Today is Earth Hour, a global event (organized by World Wildlife Fund) held usually on the last Saturday of March. Earth Hour is celebrated annually by asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.
Earth Hour 2018 will be held from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. EDT (hopefully you've already read this post.)
It's National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day - a day to enjoy this tasty combination of chocolate and fruit. Chocolate lovers who like raisins, find the combination simply irresistible. Kids find them irresistible, too.
Just make sure nobody owns a rabbit (or a guinnea pig, believe me, we know from personal experience) at the home where you are enjoying those Raisinets (TM).
A vaccine that prevented tuberculosis would merit a Nobel Prize, but it's just very difficult to develop. - Tom Frieden
(also it is supposed to remind people that tuberculosis still remains an epidemic in much of the world.)
Today is also National Cocktail Day but since it is Lent,
March 24, 1939 -
... The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.....
While not entirely passive, Watson's original role was mostly as an observer of Holmes and the chronicler of his cases. With this film a new tradition began where Watson enjoyed equal billing with Holmes.
Oh Watson, the needle
March 24, 1951 -
Scent-Imental Romeo, another funny Looney Tunes short starring Pepé Le Pew, was released on this date.
This is the only Golden Age Pepe Le Pew cartoon in which Pepe does not continue chasing the cat (nor catches her) in the end.
March 24, 1973 -
Pink Floyd, release the album Dark Side of the Moon, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, on this date.
I wonder how it did on the charts?
March 24, 2005 -
NBC-TV allowed us to follow the goings on at Dunder Mifflin when The Office, starring Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and B.J. Novak premiered on this date.
John Krasinski accidentally insulted Greg Daniels while waiting to audition for the series by telling him, "I hope they [the show's developers] don't screw this up," as had been done to many British series adapted to American television. It was at this point that Daniels introduced himself to Krasinski as one of the show's developers.
The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour today
Today in History:
March 24, 1401 -
Tamerlane conquered Damascus on this date. Tamerlane (Timur the Lane) was a descendant of Ghenghis Khan, and one of the greatest Tater leaders ever, expanding the Mongol empire from the Pacific to the Mediterranean.
March 24, 1603 -
Tudor Queen Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen," died on this date. She had reigned from 1558-1603 and claimed never to have had a date.
Scottish King James VI, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, became King James I of England in the union of the crowns.
March 24, 1874 -
Harry Houdini, Erik Weisz (Ehrich Weiss) magician, escape artist, performed his first trick when he escaped from his mother's womb in Budapest on this date.
He is still working on perfecting his final trick of coming back from the dead.
March 24, 1895 -
Arthur Murray, American dancer who founded dance schools, was born on this date.
He proved to millions of Americans that they have no innate sense of rhythm.
March 24, 1944 -
76 Allied officers escaped Stalag Luft 3 on this date. In 1949 Paul Brickall wrote The Great Escape. The story of Jackson Barrett Mahon, an American fighter pilot, and the Allied POW escape from Stalag Luft III in Germany during WW II.
The 1963 film The Great Escape starred Steve McQueen, directed by John Sturges, was based on the true story.
March 24, 1958 - (Please note, you are about to see Elvis, stripped to the waist, in his skivvies. Should you need healing of any sort, please press your sweaty hand upon the screen and your even damper palm upon your afflicted region.)
Elvis Aron Presley entered the United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee (serial number 53 310 761), on this date, and then spent three days at the Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Reception Station.
March 24, 1975 -
Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King's Lynn, England, died laughing while watching an episode of The Goodies, featuring a Scotsman in a kilt battling a vicious black pudding with his bagpipes on this date.
After 25 minutes of continuous laughter Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and expired from heart failure. His widow later sent The Goodies a letter thanking them for making Mitchell's final moments so pleasant. (And the address where they can send her check.)
March 24, 1989 -
Cold Fusion was announced 29 years ago on this date.
He ran the Valdez into a well-charted reef at Prince William sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil. An estimated 250,000 seabirds were killed.
And so it goes
Before you go - All across this country, kids will be joined by celebrities, teachers, parents and everyday Americans today to march for their lives.
March for Our Lives — organized by the student survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were shot and killed by a former student on Valentine’s Day. More than 500,000 people - in cities large and small - are expected to march in solidarity with the Florida shooting survivors to advocate for gun control and school safety.