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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PI Day and Genealogy

Genealogy and the world need to recognize an undeclared holiday. Today is Pi Day or the 3rd month and the 14th day, so 3/14. Do I really have to explain this to anyone? Well, just in case here is Wikipedia on Pi:
The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter "π" since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as "pi" (/paɪ/).
 Hence, 3/14 is Pi Day. What do you do on Pi Day? Eat pie, of course. Now that I have explained the obvious, is there really some genealogical connection? Not really. But doesn't everything I say or do somehow get around to genealogy? Here is the history of Pi Day again from Wikipedia:
The earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as a physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies. The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations. 
On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224), recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day. For Pi Day 2010, Google presented a Google Doodle celebrating the holiday, with the word Google laid over images of circles and pi symbols. 
The entire month of March 2014 (3/14) was observed by some as "Pi Month." In the year 2015, Pi Day had special significance on 3/14/15 (mm/dd/yy date format) at 9:26:53 a.m. and also at p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of π. Pi Day of 2016 was also significant because its mm/dd/yy represents pi rounded to the first five digits.
Two historic events that occurred on March 14th include President Abraham Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater and when the Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. [Note: both of these dates are wrongly cited from online sources, just a reminder to check your dates while doing genealogical research. Thanks to a reader who picked this up.]

1 comment:

  1. Great history, and pictures, and genealogy information! We appreciate your love for and dedication to continue to search for family history and to help so many in the process.