Fun Facts: March

We love facts here at On Your Doorstep, so each month we’ll be listing both the essential and most interesting tidbits about the month we’re in, this month we look at March…

• March was known as Hlyda, or Lide in Old English, which means ‘loud. This was referring to the March winds, which were considered very noisy.

• It was on 15 March 44BC that Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate chamber in Rome – the assassination was led by Marcus Junius Brutus.

• The flower of March is the daffodil and the birthstone is the aquamarine

• It was in March 1889 that the Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public. It was the tallest building in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building.

• Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever phone call on 10 March 1876. He called his assistant and said “Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you.”

• It was on 29 March 1886 that Coca-Cola was developed. The original formula included a small amount of cocaine to give the drinker a bit of a buzz.

• Famous people born in the month of March include Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Daniel Craig, Justin Bieber and Bruce Willis.

March was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after the Roman god of war, Mars.

• In book The Lord of the Rings 25 March is set as the start of a new year in Gondor – this is to honour the fall of Sauron.

• The phrase ‘mad as a March hare’ comes from the view that a hare will behave oddly during the breeding season, which is in March.