Holidays Calendar for March 7, 2017

March 7 is the feast day of Perpetua and Felicitas, Christian saints and martyrs, who died in 203. These women are honored in the Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran Churches and Anglican Communion.

Annual celebration of Teacher's Day in Albania falls on March 7. This holiday celebrates opening of the first secular school that taught lessons in Albanian in the small city of Korçë.

Transport and Telecommunication Workers Day is an official professional holiday in Turkmenistan. It is celebrated on March 7. The holiday was officially established by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in October 2017, and the first celebration took place in 2018.

Alexander Graham Bell was a renowned Scottish-born inventor, scientist, engineer, and educator. His scientific interests were extremely varied, but Bell’s most famous invention is, of course, the telephone. Canada, where Bell lived and worked between 1870 and 1882, even celebrates Alexander Graham Bell Day on March 7 to commemorate his first patent for the telephone.

Sulaymaniyah (Slemani) Liberation Day in Iraqi Kurdistan (an autonomous region in northern Iraq populated primarily by Kurds) is observed on March 7. It commemorates the capture of the city by Kurdish rebels during the 1991 uprisings in Iraq.

A bowl of cereal is the best way to begin your day. Today, on March 7, celebrate National Cereal Day.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Damiano Damiani, Italian director and screenwriter, best known for the first most notable political Spaghetti Westerns. He directed the most famous Italian TV series La piovra, that was a description of the contemporary Italian mafia and its involvement in politics.
  • 2009 The Kepler space observatory was launched. The observatory was designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.
  • 2006 A series of bombings occurred across the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. 101 were injured and at least 28 killed. The terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba took responsibility for the bombings.
  • 1999 Died: Stanley Kubrick, American director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for such films as Paths of Glory, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange.
  • 1997 Died: Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and solids.
  • 1989 The diplomatic relations between Iran and the United Kingdom were broken after a row over a controversial novel The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.
  • 1988 Died: Robert Livingston, American actor, best known for his role as Zorro/Don Diego Vega in The Bold Caballero (1936).
  • 1971 Born: Peter Sarsgaard, American actor, best known for his role as Mark in Garden State. He achieved critical recognition for the role in Boys Don't Cry (1999) and since then has appeared in numerous movies and TV series.
  • 1967 Born: Jean-Pierre Barda, French-Swedish singer and actor, best known as the founder of pop group Army of Lovers (Crucified, Sexual Revolution, Obsession, Let the Sunshine In).
  • 1965 600 civil right marchers were brutally attacked by state and local police in Selma, Alabama. 17 marchers were hospitalized.
  • 1963 Born: E. L. James, English author of the bestselling erotic romance novel trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades of Darker and Fifty Shades of Freed.
  • 1960 Born: Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis player. Lendl was the most dominant tennis player in the 1980s and the early 1990s and often described as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
  • 1957 Died: Wyndham Lewis, English author and painter, best known as the co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art.
  • 1954 Died: Otto Diels, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for synthesis of diene.
  • 1952 Died: Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru and yogi, who introduced westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga.
  • 1951 United Nations troops began operation Ripper. Troops led by General Matthew Ridgway began an assault against Chinese forces.
  • 1945 Born: Elizabeth Moon, American author, best known for novels The Speed of Dark, Remnant Population and Sheepfarmer's Daughter.
  • 1938 Born: David Baltimore, American biologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discoveries of interaction between tumor viruses and the cells.
  • 1936 Germany reoccupied the Rhineland, that violated the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, which became the prelude to World War II.
  • 1914 Prince William of Wied arrived in Albania and began his reign. His reign lasted for about half a year, but officially came to an end on January 31, 1925, when the country was declared an Albanian Republic.
  • 1913 Died: Pauline Johnson, Canadian poet and writer, known for her poems and performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage. The Song My Paddle Sings is one of such poems that is the most frequently anthologized.
  • 1900 The first wireless signals were sent to shore from the German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.
  • 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for an invention of telephone.
  • 1857 Born: Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian physician, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of the therapeutic value of malaria inoculation in the treatment of dementia paralytica.
  • 1850 Born: Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Austrian-Czech sociologist and politician. Masaryk advocated Czechoslovak independence during World War I and later became the founder and the first president of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa, Palestine, and killed more that 2,000 captives.
  • 1765 Born: Nicéphore Niépce, French inventor. He is credited as the inventor of photography and the pioneer of that field.
  • 1671 Born: Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish outlaw and folk hero of the 18th century. Rob Roy is sometimes regarded as the Scottish Robin Hood.
  • 1625 Died: Johann Bayer, German lawyer and cartographer, best known for his work on determining the positions of objects in the celestial sphere.
  • 1274 Died: Thomas Aquinas, Italian priest and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism.