Pi Day derives from the three-digit approximation of "pi" - 3.14.
It is usually celebrated at 1:59 (in recognition of the six-digit approximation: 3.14159).
Admiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch for breach of the Articles of War.
He knelt on a cushion before the firing squad on the quarter deck and then dropped his hankie as a signal to fire.
Writer, farmer, bartender, model, journalist, private secretary, businessman, and violin teacher, Algernon Blackwood (Incredible Adventures) born in Shooter's Hill, Kent, England.
Illinois Central Railroad engineer Casey Jones born in Jackson, Tennessee.
Physicist Albert Einstein born Ulm, Bavaria.
Sylvia Beach, the founder of Shakespeare and Company, born in her father's parsonage in Baltimore.
Painter and illustrator Reginald Marsh born in Paris, France.
Painter and sculptor Adolph Gottlieb born in New York City.
Japanese origamist Akira Yoshizawa born in Kaminokawa, Japan.
Saxiphonist and Big Bandleader Les Brown born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania.
Playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (Tender Mercies) born in Wharton, Texas.
Cartoonist Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace) born in Seattle, Washington.
Photographer Diane Arbus born in New York.
Actor Michael Caine (The Man Who Would Be King) born in London, England.
Record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, and jazz trumpeter,Quincy Jones born in Chicago, Illinois.
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath published.
Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker David Byrne (Talking Heads) born in Dumbarton, Scotland.
American naturalist novelist, 'Cactus' Ed Abbey dies in Oracle, Arizona.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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