News, Events, Birthdays, History - March 12 - March 18

FDR's First Fireside Chat - March 12th, 1933.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the first of his Sunday evening "fireside chats" to the American people. Speaking by radio from the White House, he reported informally on the economic problems of the nation and on his actions to deal with them.

The Ides of March - March 15th.
The "Ides" was a term used in the ancient Roman calendar to refer to a specific part of the month. Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44 B.C., which explains the phrase "Beware the Ides of March" in William Shakespeare's play - Julius Caesar.
The Great Blizzard of '88 ! March 12, 1888.
Do you think THIS has been a rough winter? That our weather lately has been a bit extreme? HAH! On this day in 1888, one of the most devastating blizzards to hit the northeastern U.S. began, and before it was finished, snowfall totals of 40 to 50 inches and gale-force winds left snow drifts as high as 30 to 40 FEET! And there weren't any snowblowers back then, you know.
St. Patrick's Day - March 17th.
Commemorates the patron saint of Ireland, Bishop Patrick, who introduced Christianity into Ireland.  The day is a national holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Mitt Romney - March 12, 1947.
Former Governor of Massachusetts and a candidate for President during the 2007-2008 Republican primary, and again during the current 2012 primary.
Abigail Fillmore - March 13, 1798.
We have a special place in our heart for the wife of Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States. It is said that the White House was without any books until Abigail Fillmore, formerly a teacher, made a room on the second floor into a library. Within a year, Congress appropriated $250 for the books to be added to the collection. Way to go, Abigail!
Albert Einstein - March 14, 1879.
A Nobel Prize winner in 1921, Einstein was a theoretical physicist best known for his theory of relativity. "
George Clymer, March 16, 1739.
An American politician George Clymerand founding father, he was one of the first Patriots to advocate complete independence from Britain.
As a Pennsylvania representative, Clymer was, along with only five others, a signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
James Madison, March 16, 1751.
4th President of the United States, he was President when the British forces invaded Washington, D.C.  He and other top government officials were forced to flee while the British burned the Capitol, the president's residence and most other public buildings.
Grover Cleveland, March 18, 1837.
A popular week for President's birthdays!  Cleveland set the standard for Presidential "firsts".  He was the first President to serve two nonconsecutive terms, the only President to be married in the White House, and the first President to have a child born in the White House. 
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Earmuffs patented - March 13, 1887.
Chester Greenwood of Maine received the patent. And just in time for the great blizzard of 1888! (well, actually, a day late.  See above).