March 29 in Pop Culture History

March 29 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

March 29 History Highlights

  • 845 – Paris was sacked by Viking raiders, possibly under Ragnar Lodbrok.
  • 1848 – Large blocks of ice blocked Niagra Falls until April 1.
  • 1951 – Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage with the Soviet Union.
  • 1999 – The Dow Jones Index topped 10,000 for the first time.
  • If you were born on March 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 6th (prior year)

Smoke and Mirrors Day

Based on magicians’ illusions, Smoke & Mirrors Day is celebrated on March 29th of each year. Magicians are known for making people and objects appear or disappear, often through the use of mirrors, along with a cloud of smoke.

“Smoke and Mirrors” can refer to any type of show or production in which the audience is intended to be deceived. The term was first used in the 1770s after its use by Johann Georg Schröpfer, who claimed the apparitions to be conjured spirits.

March 29 is…

Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Smoke and Mirrors Day
Vietnam War Veteran’s Day

March 29 Birthday Quotes

“Before you can give of yourself to others you must know what of yourself you have to give. Every person is special. In all the land there is only one you, possibly two, but seldom more than sixteen.”
– Amy Sedaris

“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.”
– Pearl Bailey

“A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate.”
– Eric Idle

“I was originally cast to be the brains of the Enterprise. Somehow I became The Chick. There’s a little ugly girl inside of me going ‘Yay! I’m a sex symbol!'”
– Marina Sirtis

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”
– Sam Walton

“Happiness is a choice. You grieve, you stomp your feet, you pick yourself up and choose to be happy.”
– Lucy Lawless

March 29 Birthdays

1790 – John Tyler, American lawyer and politician, 10th President of the United States (died in 1862)
1816 – 10th Dalai Lama (died in 1837)
1867 – Cy Young, American baseball player and manager (died in 1955)
1889 – Warner Baxter, American character actor (died in 1951)
1918 – Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (died in 1990)
1918 – Sam Walton, American businessman, founded Walmart and Sam’s Club (died in 1992)
1940 – Astrud Gilberto, Brazilian singer-songwriter
1943 – Vangelis, Greek keyboard player and songwriter
1943 – Eric Idle, English comedic actor
1948 – Bud Cort, American actor
1955 – Marina Sirtis, British-American actress
1958 – Marc Silvestri, American comic book publisher, founded Top Cow Productions
1961 – Amy Sedaris, American actress
1964 – Elle Macpherson, Australian model
1968 – Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress

March 29 History

1638 – Swedish colonists established the first European settlement in Delaware, naming it New Sweden.

1867 – Queen Victoria gave Royal Assent to the British North America Act which established the Dominion of Canada, effective on July 1.

1871 – The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.

1882 – The ‘Knights of Columbus’ was established.

1886 – John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

1908 – Long-running comic strip Mutt and Jeff debuted.

1951 – Broadway Show – The King and I (Musical) March 29, 1951

1951 – Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.

1986 – #1 Hit March 29, 1986 – April 18, 1986: Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

1998 – BBC America made its debut on digital cable.

2009 – In a very unusual political/business situation, Rick Wagoner, the chairman, and chief executive of General Motors, resigned at the request of President Obama’s administration.

2006 – Queen Elizabeth II pronounced the singer ‘Sir’ Tom Jones a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

2010 – Fox Reality Channel was replaced with Nat Geo Wild on cable television.

2012 – Broadway Show – Newsies (Musical) March 29, 2012

2017 – Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, beginning the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

March 29, 2336 Birthday (fictional) Deanna Troy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, TV

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Hey, hey, hey, hey-now. Don’t be mean; we don’t have to be mean, cuz, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai #moviequotes

Fist bumps have been scientifically proven to be a safer and more hygienic greeting than handshakes and high-fives.

Roulette Odds: numbers 19 to 36: Payoff: 1:1 True Odds: 47.37%

The biggest film of 1961: 101 Dalmatians (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $153,000,000

You know… I’ll bet those golden tickets make the chocolate taste terrible.” – Charlie Bucket #moviequotes

In 100 years, people will probably still use the term ‘MacGyver it’ for using ingenuity in order to fix a problem using only the tools at hand, but they will have no idea where the term comes from.

Bok’s Law: If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.

In the original “Dracula” movie from 1931, Dracula and Van Helsing are played by Bela Lugosi and Edward Van Sloan. So their names are…”Bela” and “Edward”.

The Capital of Turkey is Ankara

A healthy cat’s normal body temperature is between 100°F (37.7°C) and 102.5°F (39.1°C).

Daniel Radcliffe went through 160 pairs of prop glasses by the end of the Harry Potter series.

People say taking selfies nowadays shows we are the vainest generation, but back in the day, people posed for days for their selfies to be painted.

A group of Goldfish is called a Glint or Troubling.

A prime number (or a prime) is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself.
Prime Days include:
March: 3/2 ,3/3 ,3/5 ,3/7 ,3/11 ,3/13 ,3/17 ,3/19 ,3/23 ,3/29 ,3/31

May: 5/2 ,5/3 ,5/5 ,5/7 ,5/11 ,5/13 ,5/17 ,5/19 ,5/23 ,5/29 ,5/31

July: 7/2 ,7/3 ,7/5 ,7/7 ,7/11 ,7/13 ,7/17 ,7/19 ,7/23 ,7/29 ,7/31

November: 11/2 ,11/3 ,11/5 ,11/7 ,11/11 ,11/13 ,11/17 ,11/19 ,11/23

February: 2/2 ,2/3 ,2/5 ,2/7 ,2/11 ,2/13 ,2/17 ,2/19 ,2/23 ,2/29/17, 2/29/19, 2/29/23, 2/29/29

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