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Did You Know?

March 11—Johnny Appleseed Day
Celebrating John Chapman, legendary American pioneer and folk hero who planted apple trees across the American frontier. Chapman’s birthday is on September 26, but Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated today.

March 14—Daylight Saving Time Begins
Spring forward! For most of the country, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. (ET). It’s time to turn your clocks one hour ahead.

Calculate sunrise and sunset times for your location in the U.S. or Canada.

Credit for Daylight Saving Time goes to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight. See more about Daylight Saving Time.

Tell Us: Do you like Daylight Saving Time? Cast your vote here (and comment if you wish).

March 15—The Ides of March
This has long been considered an ill-fated day. The word ides comes from a Latin word meaning “to divide.”

The concept of unlucky days has survived Julius Caesar (who was assassinated on March 15, 44 B.C.—talk about bad luck!) and calendar reforms.

William Shakespeare made the phrase “Beware the ides of March” a popular saying in his play Julius Caesar.

See more about the Ides of March.

Weather History

The Blizzard of ’88
The famous Blizzard of ’88 hit the Northeast on March 11, 1888.
• Saratoga, New York, received 58 inches of snow. Fifty inches fell on Middletown, Connecticut; 46.7 inches on Albany, New York; and 20.9 inches on New York City.

• The blizzard was followed by record cold. Between the snowfall and the frigid temperatures, more than 400 people lost their lives and 200 ships sunk or were heavily damaged.

To find out weather from your location, see our Daily Weather History Tool.


In March is good grafting,
the skillful do know,
So long as the winds
in the east do not blow.

–Thomas Tusser (1524–80)



How to Make Irish Soda Bread

As any leprechaun will tell you, the key to good soda bread is to avoid overworking either yourself or the dough.

Our Irish Soda Bread is easy and quick to make. See how!

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

20 eco-friendly seed packets for you! AND, select 5 friends who will receive 10 packets each! Urban Farmer offers a large variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardens.

Home & Garden Two-Basket Gift Set

For a limited time, SAVE 50%!

We love these hand-made baskets—great for gathering from the garden, shopping, or storing vegetables in the kitchen.

Made of 100% genuine ash, this two-basket set has unlimited uses. For easy one-handed carrying, there are two smooth swing handles, and there’s an antique brass "drawer-pull" handle on each end.
• 100% American-made!
• Limited Availability
• Lifetime Guarantee from Peterboro Basket Co.

For a limited time, SAVE 50%! Retail price: $59.95. Pay only $29.95! Offer valid while supplies last.


St. Patrick’s Day is next Wednesday, March 17. Try out some Irish recipes!

Start with Murphy’s Irish Toast for breakfast.

Prepare delicious Irish Oatmeal Scones for afternoon tea.

Make Irish-Style Pot Roast for a special dinner.

For some, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day without making a few loaves of Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread.