March Calendar

Save the date to celebrate Einstein's birthday (March 14) and check out these other must-sees for the month.

By Elisa Neckar|Wednesday, March 20, 2013
CW from top left: NASA, NOAA, Thinkstock, San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

All month National Women’s History Month. Honor the women who have contributed to American innovation with this year’s focus on “Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

March 3-9 National Severe Storm Preparedness Week. Be ready for thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes before springtime severe weather hits; many states will conduct tornado drills and emergency siren tests.

March 9 Spot the comet Pan-STARRS with the naked eye as it reaches its perihelion, the closest it comes to our sun.

March 8-10 Princeton, N.J., celebrates Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday (both 3.14) with pi recitations, a pie-eating contest, an Einstein Look-A-Like Contest, and a “No-Socks Sock Hop.”

March 13 Registered Dietitian Day. When thanking your friendly registered dietitian for helping people enjoy healthy lives, here’s a tip: Skip the celebratory cake with extra frosting.

March 17 Chicago sees green on St. Patrick's Day once again as the city colors its river emerald, a 52-year tradition that originated with plumbers using dye to trace pollutant leaks into the river.

March 18 On this date in 1965, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov took the first space walk, spending 20 minutes outside his Voskhod 2 capsule. America launched Gemini 3, its first two-person space flight, on March 23 with Gus Grissom and John Young aboard.

March 16-23 San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. Family-friendly activities include hands-on experiments, chats with scientists and engineers, and real-world examples of how recent discoveries change our lives.

March 28 Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The British Museum opens an exhibition on the two Roman cities buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Visit through September 29.

March 29 Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer penned the novel that inspired sci-fi thriller The Host, opening today, about a parasitic alien bonding with her host to save the human world.

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