22 February 2018
What’s on in March 2018
or what will be in the news?
|THURS 1st||*SAINT DAVID’S DAY. Patron saint of Wales – wear a leek or a daffodil
* New car registration GK18 NEW
* Last official date for using the old paper £10 note – after this date, they will no longer be legal tender. The plastic £10 note was launched in September 2017, following the new polymer £5 note.
* World Book Day – annual charity event in the UK and Ireland as manifestation of UNESCO’s ‘World Book and Copyright Day’ which promotes reading, publishing and copyright. A book voucher is given to every child in full-time education in the UK.
* Swimming – Edinburgh International Swim Meet, including the British Championships
– until 4th April
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Bismarck Sea. U.S. and Australian navies sank eight Japanese troop transports near New Guinea.
* Sir Timothy Laurence (husband of Princess Anne) is 63 & Justin Bieber is 24 today
|FRI 2nd||* Athletics – World Indoor Championships, Birmingham – until 4th April
* Daniel Craig (007) is 50 today
|SAT 3rd||* World Wildlife Day (WWD) – the 2018 theme is “Big cats – predators under threat”
* Cricket – New Zealand v England, 3rd ODI, Wellington
* Formula E – Mexico City E-Prix, Race 5
* Football – Scottish Cup quarter-finals – until 4th April
* 30 years ago: Liberal Democrats (British political party) formed.
* 100 years ago: WW1 – Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (Belarus), Russia signed a treaty with the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria) thus ending its participation in WW1.
|SUN 4th||* THE OSCARS (aka Academy Awards) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) give 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry annually, as assessed by a vote by the Academy’s membership. Category winners get a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit” but nicknamed “an Oscar”.
* Election: Italy, Parliament
* Election: El Salvador, Legislative Assembly
* Athletics – The Big Half, London
* Basketball – BBL Trophy final, Glasgow
* Patsy Kensit (British actress) is 50 today
|MON 5th||* Election: Pakistan, Senate|
|TUES 6th||* Football: Champions League – last 16 second legs – until 7th April
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of Medenine, Tunisia. Rommel’s last battle in Africa
* 30 years ago: Operation Flavius: SAS shoots dead 3 members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Gibraltar.
|WED 7th||* Election: Sierra Leone, President and Parliament
* Cricket: New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Dunedin
|THURS 8th||* International Women’s Day – celebrates the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women across the globe.
* Crufts Dog Show, NEC Birmingham – until 11/03/2018.
* Geneva International Motor Show – until 18/03/2018
* Motorsport: WRC Mexico – until 08/03/2018
|FRI 9th||* Winter Paralympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea – until 18th April
* 75 years ago: WW2 – Operation Creek (aka Longshanks”) members of the Calcutta Light Horse covertly attacked German merchant ship transmitting information to U-boats from Mormugão Harbour in neutral Portugal’s territory of Goa.
|SAT 10th||* Rugby Union Six Nations Week 4
– Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Dublin KO 14:15 GMT (UTC+0)
– France v England, Stade de France, Saint-Denis KO 17:45 CET (UTC+1)
* Boxing – WBO world featherweight, Scott Quigg v Oscar Valdez, Los Angeles
* Cricket – New Zealand v England, 5th ODI, Christchurch
* 75 years ago: WW2 – USAAF 14th Air Force is formed in China, under General Claire Lee Chennault, former head of the “Flying Tigers.”
*Prince Edward is 54 and Rupert Murdoch is 87 today.
|SUN 11th||* MOTHERS DAY
* Election: Colombia, Congress
* Election: Cuba, Parliament
* Rugby Union Six Nations (MEN’S)
– Wales v Italy, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff KO 15:00 GMT (UTC+0)
* Rugby Union Six Nations (WOMEN’S)
– Wales v Italy,
– Ireland v Scotland
* Rowing: Head of the River Race (River Thames) 400 crews take part in a 4¼ mile processional race over the Thames Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney (i.e. Boat Race course in reverse)
|MON 12th||* Commonwealth Day (formerly Empire Day)
* 25 years ago: North Korea nuclear weapons program -North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear sites.
|TUES 13th||* Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement: Philip Hammond to respond to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast.
* Football: Champions League last 16 second legs – until 14th April
* Horse racing – Cheltenham Festival – until 16th April
* 75 years ago: WW2 – German forces liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków.
|WED 14th||* Badminton – All England Championships, Birmingham – until 18th April|
|THURS 15th||* Ides of March… et tu Brute? Julius Caesar assassinated 55BC|
|FRI 16th||* Rugby Union Six Nations (WOMEN’S)
– England v Ireland
– Wales v France
* 50 years ago: Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre – American troops kill scores of civilians. Large contributor to the undermining of public support for the U.S. war effort in Vietnam.
|SAT 17th||* SAINT PATRICK’S DAY (Patron saint of Ireland) – wear a shamrock
* SPORT RELIEF – a biennial charity event from Comic Relief. Supported by BBC Sport bringing together celebrities to raise money for charitable organizations in the UK and overseas.
* Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia – until 02/04/2018
* Rugby Union Six Nations (MEN’S) Week 5
– Italy v Scotland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, KO 13:30 CET (UTC+1)
– England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, London, KO 14:45 GMT (UTC+0)
– Wales v France. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 17:00 GMT (UTC+0)
* Formula E – Punta del Este E-Prix, Race 6
* Football – FA Cup quarter-finals – until 18th April
|SUN 18th||* ELECTION: RUSSIA PRESIDENT 2018
– Rugby Union Six Nations (WOMEN’S) – Italy v Scotland
|TUES 20th||* MARCH EQUINOX – (aka Vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and as the autumnal equinox in the Southern) UK day and night are equal 04.15/16.15.
* 25 years ago: Warrington bomb attacks – Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes in Warrington Town Centre and kills two children.
* Yvette Cooper (aka Mrs Ed Balls) is 49 today
|WED 21st||* Elections: Dutch Municipal
* Gymnastics – World Cup, Birmingham- until 22nd April
* 100 years ago: WW1 – Last German offensive started.
|THURS 22nd||* Cricket – New Zealand v England, first Test, Auckland – until 22nd April|
|FRI 23rd||* Football: Netherlands v England, Amsterdam Arena (friendly International).
* Princess Eugenie is 28 and Damon Albarn (Blur) and Mike Atherton (English cricketer) are 50 today
* Olympians Birthdays day: Mo Farah is 35, Chris Hoy is 42, Jason Kenny is 31 and Steve Redgrave is 56 (who together have won 79 medals, 19 of which were Olympic) all share this birthday date.
|SAT 24th||* ROWING: OXFORD V CAMBRIDGE BOAT RACES, River Thames
* Chatsworth House re-opens after winter closure
* Football – Scottish Challenge Cup final (date & venue TBC) – until 25th April
* Women’s Cricket – Women’s T20 tri-series: England v Australia, Mumbai
|SUN 25th||* DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME UK (+ one hour) begin at 01:00hrs (ends Sun 28/10/2018 at02:00hrs)
* Palm Sunday: moveable Christian feast that falls on Sunday before Easter commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Mentioned in all four Gospels.
* The Annunciation Arch Angel Gabriel informs the Virgin Mary she would bear a son conceived by the Holy Spirit.
* 100 years ago: death of Claude Debussy (French composer) born 1862
* Formula 1 – Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
|MON 26th||* Election: Egypt, President – until 28/03
* Cricket – Women’s T20 tri-series: India v England, Mumbai
* Keira Knightley is 33 and Lord Hague of Richmond (aka William Hague) is 57 today
|TUES 27th||* Football – England v Italy, Wembley (friendly International)
* 50 years ago: Death of Yuri Gagarin 1934-1968 (Soviet cosmonaut, first human in space)
|WED 28th||* 50years ago: death of Maxim Gorky (Russian writer) born 1867
* Nasser Hussain (English cricketer) is 50 today
|THURS 29th||* ONE YEAR UNTIL BREXIT` EFFECTIVE
* Maundy Thursday
|FRI 30th||GOOD FRIDAY – BANK HOLIDAY
*Cricket: New Zealand v England, second Test, Christchurch (starts 22:00 GMT on 29/03) – until 03/04
* Rugby union: European Champions Cup quarter-finals – until 1st April
* Cricket: Women’s T20 tri-series: England v Australia, Mumbai
* Celine Dion (singer) is 50 today
|SAT 31st||* Boxing: Heavyweight unification, Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker, Cardiff
* 28 years ago: Poll Tax protest when 200,000 take to London streets.
|SUN 1st APRIL||* EASTER DAY
* APRIL FOOLS DAY all pranks to be completed before 12pm, be fully risk assessed & comply with Health & Safety Legislation…er no Easter eggs will be a bit obvious!
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