March Interesting Facts

Did you know March was the first month of the Roman calendar? It was changed to January when the Julian and Gregorian Calendars were introduced. To learn more about the Julian and Gregorian calendars and Leap Day in out February Blum’s Post!

March is the month known for a lack of productivity. Why would people be less productive in March? March Madness of course! The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place mostly in March each year. Who do you think will become this year’s National Champion?

March Holidays and Observances

The first notable days that take place in March are the Ember Days which take place on March 4, 6, and 7. Ember days are great days for destroying unwarranted growth regardless of the moon phase or sign. They also are known to predict the upcoming weather.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 am. We will “spring forward” in time and have more Sunlight in the evening hours just in time for spring and summer cookouts!

Tuesday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. The celebration of St. Patrick has turned into a worldwide phenomenon full of Irish traditions, beer, and, of course, GREEN! Parades are a big part of the celebration with large ones taking place in the United States in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Savannah, GA.

Spring Begins this year on Thursday, March 19th at 11:50pm EDT.


Historical Events

The U.S. Census is a population count conducted every 10 years by the federal government. The census is mandatory per Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution. This count has a large impact on the entire nation. On a Federal level the census impacts the reapportion of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the distribution of government funding. In the States the census can impact redistricting, state programs and even community programs. 230 years ago on March 1, 1790 was when the first U.S. Census was authorized by Congress. As the 2020 census approaches, we thought we would take a look back at the 1790 and 2010 censuses.

 1790 Census  2010 Census
Population: 3,929,214 Population: 308.7 Million
Largest City (New York) - Population: 33,131 Largest City (New York) - Population: 8,175,133
Cost of Census: $44,377 Cost of Census: $13 Billion

Counted by: U.S. Marshalls

Counted by: Census Bureau


Did you know?
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson thought that the 1790 census was under counted.
  • New York has always been the largest city. Starting with 1790 and continuing on to the most recent completed census in 2010. 

Get ready! According to the Census Bureau website, you will start receiving invitations to complete the census in mid-March. 


From the Almanac


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Phone:  1-800-776-2586
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