Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11 - World Plumbing Day

On this day in history, we celebrate World Plumbing Day. Living in North American, with our comfort and security (comparatively), it is easy to take for granted things like flushing toilets and clean water.

As a lover of "memes", this one hit me particularly hard yesterday:

World Plumbing Day was initiated by the World Plumbing Council to celebrate the importance plumbing is to the healthy and safety of modern society.

To learn more about World Plumbing Day, and why we celebrate it, check out their site:

Check out some of the books we have in the library on the subject:
"Miller's Guide to Home Plumbing", by Mark R. Miller, Rex Miller, and Glenn E. Baker
"Poop Happened! A History of the World From the Bottom Up", by Sarah Albee
"The Complete Guide to Home Plumbing: a Comprehensive Manual, From Basic Repairs to Advanced Projects", edited by Creative Publishing International, Inc. in association with Black & Decker
"Where's the Poop?", by Julie Markes
Today is also Dream 2013 Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, Fill Our Staplers Day, and Napping Day (the Monday after Daylight Savings).
Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:
- Romeo and Juliet were married in 1302 (according to Shakespeare)
- George Kingsmill set up the first formal police force in Canada in 1835
- Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania became the first female medical school in 1850
- The Bank of Canada opened in 1935
- F.M. Adams became the first female army doctor commissioned in 1953
- Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth and Venus in 1960
- Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer starred in the film adaptation of "The Sound of Music" in 1965
- Randy Holt, famous for his penalties, earned more penalty minutes than there was time in the game (67 total minutes) in 1979
- Popsicle announced a new, flat, one-stick model for its frozen treat in 1986
- Wayne Gretzky scored his 1500th NHL point in 1987
- Environment Canada began issuing weekly ozone warnings in 1992
- The ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, were launched into space in 1997
- Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997
- Michelle Bachelet became the first female president of Chile in 2006
- A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, killing 15 840 people, leaving another 3926 missing in 2011
- US soldiers kill 16 civilians in Afghanistan in 2012
Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History". 

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