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Beer Day in Iceland image
1st March

Beer Day in Iceland

Today is Beer Day if you're Icelandic, and a day worth celebrating even if you're not. On this day in 1989, Icelanders were finally allowed to drink beer,

Lou Reed's Birthday image
2nd March

Lou Reed's Birthday

The late, great Lou Reed, one of rock's enduring icons, was born on this day in 1942, in Brooklyn, New York.

The anniversary of the inaugural Time magazine image
3rd March

The anniversary of the inaugural Time magazine

The world's largest-circulation weekly news magazine, Time, celebrates its anniversary today.

The US Constitution became law on this day image
4th March

The US Constitution became law on this day

The US Constitution is probably America's single most successful export. The first written constitution in world history, it provided a model for more

Absinthe Day image
5th March

Absinthe Day

Absinthe has long been the drink of choice for artists, poets, writers and painters so its being awarded a day is fitting.

Aspirin was discovered on this day image
6th March

Aspirin was discovered on this day

Headaches are, we're sad to say, an occupational hazard for the dedicated cocktail lover. So praise the lord for Felix Hoffmann, a genius pharmacist who

 Happy Birthday Corn Flakes! image
7th March

Happy Birthday Corn Flakes!

On this day in 1897, Doctor John Kellogg, a Seventh Day Adventist, served the world's first cornflakes to patients at his Michigan sanitarium, as part

International Women's Day image
8th March

International Women's Day

Today's International Women's Day, an excuse to ring up the special women in your life, and tell them how great they are - or even better, mix them a cocktail

Barbie went on sale this day image
9th March

Barbie went on sale this day

From a humble toy manufacturer came one of the world's biggest brands, Barbie, or to give the doll her full name, Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Bell gave Watson a bell today image
10th March

Bell gave Watson a bell today

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made a phone call - the world's first. His imaginative words? Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you.

Britain's first daily newspaper was published this day image
11th March

Britain's first daily newspaper was published this day

In 1702, in a room above Fleet Street's White Hart pub in London, Edward Mallet launched The Daily Courant, England's first regular daily newspaper.

The Internet's birthday image
12th March

The Internet's birthday

London-born computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee sent out a memo entitled WorldWide Web: Proposal for a HyperText Project on this day in 1989. In it, he

The anniversary of attempted manned rocket flight image
13th March

The anniversary of attempted manned rocket flight

Say what you like about the Human Fly or Human Bullet, F. Rodman Law, he wasn't superstitious. On 13 March 1913, Law made the first known attempt at a

Albert Einstein's birthday image
14th March

Albert Einstein's birthday

The father of modern physics, Albert Einstein, was born in Ulm, Germany, to Jewish parents, on this day in 1879. And we'd imagine that the father of E=MC2,

Espresso Martini Day image
15th March

Espresso Martini Day

Somebody somewhere (OK in America) as ordained March 15th Espresso Martini Day but we suspect this date was chosen due to its previous lack of notable

Bacchanalia image
16th March


Tonight is the night of Bacchanalia, one Roman festival that would be well worth reviving (if it weren't for the fact that the Romans themselves ended

St Patrick's Day image
17th March

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day is as good excuse as any to drink Irish whisky, Guinness, nostalgia, wearing green, listening to folk music and generally celebrating

Fra Angelico died this day image
18th March

Fra Angelico died this day

The folk behind the hazelnut liqueur Frangelico claim that their secret recipe dates back to a hermit monk named Fra Angelico in 18th-century Piedmont,

The anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge opening image
19th March

The anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge opening

Sydney Harbour Bridge (fondly known as the Coathanger) opened for public use on this day in 1932. The opening ceremony didn't run quite as smoothly as

Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere image
20th March

Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere

Spring is here! The daffodils are out, it's light when we leave the office and we're beginning to wean ourselves off hot-soup and onto summer salads.

World Planting Day image
21st March

World Planting Day

Yesterday brought the arrival of spring, so it's quite fitting that we should go green today as it's World Planting Day.

World Water Day image
22nd March

World Water Day

Water is the most abundant compound on the earth's surface, covering 70% of our planet. Yet almost a billion human beings live without access to clean

A star director's birthday image
23rd March

A star director's birthday

Akira Kurosawa, probably Japan's most influential film director, and the man who brought his country's cinema to a global audience, was born in Tokyo on

Cocktail Day image
24th March

Cocktail Day

Today has been pronounced National Cocktail Day in America, so by extension for the rest of us, it is simply Cocktail Day. It's worth remembering that

New Years - Take 2 image
25th March

New Years - Take 2

We're always sniffing about for an excuse for a party here - so when we learned that 25 March was the original New Years, we thought that we'd better celebrate

Beethoven died this day image
26th March

Beethoven died this day

A few days before Ludwig van Beethoven died, on this day in 1827, a case of wine arrived from his publisher, prompting the great man's last recorded words:

Quentin Tarantino's birthday image
27th March

Quentin Tarantino's birthday

The man who brought us Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, True Romance and the acclaimed Django Unchained is celebrating his birthday today.

First Seaplane Takes Off image
28th March

First Seaplane Takes Off

As Henri Fabre's Hydravion lifted from the waters of a lagoon outside Marseilles on 28 March 1910, and flew almost 600 metres (over 650 yards) through

The anniversary of the first London Marathon image
29th March

The anniversary of the first London Marathon

According to legend, the original marathon was run in Ancient Greece, when a soldier named Pheidippides allegedly raced some 40-odd kilometres (25 miles)

America bought Alaska image
30th March

America bought Alaska

On the penultimate day of March, 1867, America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, which works out at roughly five cents per hectare (two cents

Et VoilĂ ! La Tour Eiffel! image
31st March

Et VoilĂ ! La Tour Eiffel!

On this very day back in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated (it was opened on 6 May). It was then the tallest building in the world ... until the Chrysler