March 7 in Pop Culture History

March 7 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

March 7 History Highlights

  • 1850 – American Senator Daniel Webster gave his Seventh of March speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850.
  • 1869 – The Suez Canal opened for limited shipping.
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell received his patent for (#174,465) the telephone.
  • If you were born on March 7th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 14th (prior year)

Suez Canal

The 193.30 km (120 miles)-long Suez Canal is a man-made sea-level waterway located in Egypt and connects the Mediterranean with the Gulf of Suez, a northern branch of the Red Sea. It enables a more direct route for shipping between Europe and Asia, effectively allowing passage from the North Atlantic to the Indian Ocean without circumnavigating the African continent.

The journey from Europe through the Mediterranean and into the Red Sea, transiting through the Suez Canal, cutting around 4300 miles off the journey compared to the one carries out through the South Atlantic and southern Indian oceans. The canal also connects the Port Said in northeast Egypt with Port Tewfik at the town of Suez within the south.

Completed on November 17, 1869, the Suez Canal is one of the foremost heavily used shipping routes within the world, witnessing the passage of thousands of vessels per annum.

March 7 is…

Alexander Graham Bell Day
Cereal Day
Crown Roast of Pork Day
National “Be Heard” Day

March 7 Birthday Quotes

“Growing up, I was a very shy, wallflower type. I was not a nerd, but not popular. I was just invisible, like that person you probably didn’t know you were in school with.”
– Jenna Fischer

“If a player demonstrated that he is the best, and a team decides, even so, we don’t want to pay him, as in any other business, he should be able to play elsewhere.”
– Lynn Swann

“It was a big story and yesterday’s soup. Who cares?”
– Willard Scott

“I don’t have moments of weakness. I’m Rik Mayall.”
– Rik Mayall

“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.”
– Wanda Sykes

March 7 Birthdays

1792 – John Herschel, English mathematician and astronomer (died in 1871)
1837 – Henry Draper, American physician and astronomer (died in 1882)
1849 – Luther Burbank, American botanist and author (died in 1926)
1875 – Maurice Ravel, French pianist, composer, and conductor (died in 1937)
1934 – Willard Scott, American television personality
1938 – Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver
1942 – Michael Eisner, American businessman
1952 – Lynn Swann, American football player
1956 – Bryan Cranston, American actor
1958 – Rik Mayall, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter (died in 2014)
1962 – Taylor Dayne, American singer-songwriter and actress
1964 – Wanda Sykes, American comedian and actress
1970 – Rachel Weisz, English-American actress
1974 – Jenna Fischer, American actress
1980 – Laura Prepon, American actress

The Birth of Corn Flakes

If you love cornflakes, then you have Dr. John Kellogg to thank! In 1894, he served the world’s first bowl of cornflakes to his patients at a mental hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. At the time, cornflakes were a new and untested food, but Kellogg was convinced that they had great potential. He believed that they could help improve the health of his patients.

Kellogg was a doctor and nutritionist who was passionate about healthy eating. He believed that the key to good health was a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. In his quest to create the perfect breakfast, he experimented with all sorts of different grains and cereals. Cornflakes were his final invention – and they turned out to be a huge success!

Today, cornflakes are one of the most popular breakfast foods in the world. They’re enjoyed by people of all ages and nationalities. So next time you reach for a box of cornflakes, remember Dr. John Kellogg – the man who made them famous!

March 7 History

1894 – Dr. John Kellogg served the world’s first cornflakes to his patients at a mental hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.

1911 – Willis S. Farnsworth Patented (#985,990) the first coin-operated locker.

1933 The board game Monopoly was created and trademarked by Charles Darrow in Atlantic City.

1955 – Phyllis Diller made her comedy stand-up debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA.

March 7, 1955 – Peter Pan aired live as part of NBC’s Producer’s Showcase.

1983 – TNN (The Nashville Network) began broadcasting.

1987 – Mike Tyson defeated James “Bonecrusher” Smith to unify the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.

1996 – East End Show – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Play) March 7, 1996

2009 – The Kepler space observatory was launched.

2011 – Charlie Sheen was officially fired from Two and a Half Men.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Sony produced new Betamax cassettes until March of 2016.

Vegetables and animals have spent years upon years differentiating and evolving apart. Cooking is the art of bringing them back together.

“In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, Ben Stein’s economics lecture scene was completely improvised and done in one take.

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” – Ben Jonson

One day someone just started counting every moment they could and measured it; we now know this as time.

A group of protesters is called a tantrum.

Joan Crawford – Real Name: Lucille LeSueur

The official nickname of people from the state of Indiana is “Hoosiers”, making Indiana the first state not to have a version of their state name in their nickname (“Floridians”, “Pennsylvanians”, etc.).

Transparent Aluminum – first mentioned in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Bass is spelled the same as bass, but bass sounds the same as base. Also, red sounds the same as read, but read is spelled the same as read.

“Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.” – Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) #moviequotes

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues #1 – Temperance.
Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Irving Berlin – Real Name: Israel Baline

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