Wednesday, 2 March 2016

2 March

Hold on to your hats because there are just too many lucky events on this day, the 2nd of March! In 1717, The Loves of Mars and Venus was the first ballet performed in England and, in 1797, the Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes. Moving across the Atlantic, in 1903 the Martha Washington Hotel opened in New York City, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women, and in 1933, the film King Kong opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall. On this day in 1949, the first automatic street light were installed in New Milford, Connecticut and in 1983 compact discs and players were released for the first time in the United States and other markets, having previously been available only in Japan. Finally, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was elected Deputy President of the African National Congress.

Famous people born on this day include American novelist and screenwriter John Irving, born 1942; ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ singer-songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed was also born in 1942 (“One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.”). In 1950, Karen Carpenter, American singer, was born and in 1962, Jon Bon Jovi, another American singer-songwriter, was born. Moving back to the UK, we have Daniel Craig born on this day in 1968, and, in 1977, Chris Martin, lead singer and songwriter with Coldplay, was born.

But the day goes to a brilliant American author, poet and illustrator whose books have been enjoyed by children and adults alike for decades: Dr Seuss, born on this day in 1904:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”  

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 

“A person's a person, no matter how small.” 

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” 

Have a wonderfully lucky day my friend and remember to check whether today is your lucky day in our free prize draw.