Sacco’s Snippets: March 2019

March 2019 Edition: Sacco’s Snippets

Here we go again, the most stressful time of the year for Hockey Coaches, Basketball Coaches, Baseball Managers and Coaches and anyone who has ever played in any of these sports or had a family member that had.

Hockey, well plain and simple, this is where we end our season with playoffs and have the opportunity to see how good of a job we have done developing our charge.

College players in Basketball are starting the March Madness with a boat load of teams competing to get into the “Sweet Sixteen” to the “Great Eight” to the “Final Four” to the two team championship.

Hockey, at the college level, is playing out their leagues to advance to what will ultimately become the Frozen Four championship at both D1 and D3 levels.

Having a player in the D3 Frozen Four last year has made our family want to do it again even though it was one of the most stressful times in our lives.

This season we have both of our Junior Teams, the Elite, and the Premiere levels, going into the playoffs and representing the Aviator Hockey Club like true champions.

One of our alumni is in the NCAA D3 playoffs as we go to print and since we are related it has put that much on the shoulders of our Hockey Family.

Other teams are vying as well, such as out 16U team and several youth teams. What a year for our building and all involved!

March Madness comes from the aphorism “as mad as a March Hare”. This expression has been around since the 1500s and alludes to the very aggressive behavior during the breeding season of rabbits and has been adapted to the frenzy of Basketball players, teams and fans forever.

We have also fallen into the advent of spring and all that comes with it.

For people like me we love the heat of the sun and the itching watery eyes of our allergies due to the bloom and doom of Mother Nature’s rebirth. The days get longer and the weather gets more pleasant.

March is the third month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the second of seven months to have 31 days.

Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere. The name March comes from Martius (the first month of the old Roman calendar) named after the Roman god of war Mars.

This was also the month where the Romans would prepare for warfare.

The birthstones are Aquamarine and Bloodstone. The flower for the month is Daffodil, and the Zodiac signs are Pisces (up to 3/20) and Aries (from the 21st to the 31st).

It is also the start of when the wild animals come out of hibernation after a long winter sleep, and the fish start getting hungry.

An odd fact about the month is that each year March and June end on the same day of the week.

It is also instrumental for having the largest party every year on what is called “Fat Tuesday.”

This Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which signifies a month of fasting and atonement in the Christian world leading up to Easter Sunday.

New Orleans is the center of it all with a party that never seems to end and an all-out celebration that keeps that city rocking.

I was recently asked by someone who just started reading this page which are the people you mention in the historical significance section.

My answer was to start looking them up as well as the happenings next to the dates.

This is history that surrounds us every day, and while some may have little significance, others are extremely important to know. Know about where you live and what surrounds and has surrounded you.

Here we go, some Historical facts and famous birthdays;

3/1 – 1872 Yellowstone National Park established

1936 Hoover Dam completed

Birthday – Roger Daltry / Ron Howard


3/2 – 1949 the 1st nonstop around the world flight

1962 Wilt Chamberlin scores 100 points in a Basketball game

Birthday – Doctor Seuss / Desi Arnaz


3/3 – 1791 The U.S. Mint created

1931 The Star Spangled Banner officially becomes the U.S. National Anthem

Birthday – Alexander Graham Bell / Jackie Joyner-Kersee


3/4- 1801 Thomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S.President be inaugurated in the Whitehouse

1877 The Microphone invented by Emile Berliner

Birthday – Antonio Vivaldi / Knute Rockne


3/5 – 1770 the Boston Massacre

1982 John Belushi dies

Birthday – King Henry the 2nd


3/6 – 1836 Texas volunteers defeated at the Alamo

1981 Walter Cronkite’s last broadcast

Birthday – Michelangelo / Cyrano deBergerac


3/7 – 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents the Telephone

1965 the Selma riots

Birthday – Willard Scott


3/8 – 1884 Susan B Anthony petitions Congress for an amendment to allow women to vote

1972 First flight of the Goodyear Blimp

Birthday – Mickey Dolenz


3/9 – 1935 First Porky Pig cartoon breaths of air

1964 First Ford Mustang built

Birthday – Amerigo Vespucci / Yuri Gagarin


3/10 – 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first phone call

1982 All 9 planets align with the Sun

Birthday – Chuck Norris


3/11 – 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Soviet Leader

Birthday – Lawrence Welk / Antonin Scalia


3/12 – 515 BC Construction of the Jerusalem Temple completed

1894 Coca-Cola sold in bottles for the first time

Birthday – Darryl Strawberry


3/13 – 1639 Harvard named after Clergyman John Harvard

1781 – The Planet Uranus discovered

Birthday – P.M. Earl Grey


3/14 – 1900 U.S. currency placed on the Gold Standard

1923 The first Hockey broadcast on Radio airs

Birthday – Albert Einstein / Quincy Jones


3/15 – 44 BC Emperor Caesar is assassinated

1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain

Birthday – Andrew Jackson / Alan Bean


3/16 – 1521 Magellan reaches the Philippines

1802 West Point established as a military academy

Birthday – President James Madison / Erik Estrada


3/17 – 1756 St.Patrick Day first celebrated in New York City

1845 the Rubber Band invented

Birthday – Nat King Cole / Kurt Russell


3/18 – 1850 American Express founded

1965 first Spacewalk

Birthday – Vanessa Williams / Bonnie Blair


3/19 – 1918 Time Zones established in the United States

2003 Invasion of Iraq

Birthday – Wyatt Earp / Bruce Willis

3/20 – 1727 Sir Isaac Newton dies

1916 Albert Einstein publishes the Theory of Relativity

Birthday – Fred Rogers / Bobby Orr


3/21 – 1857 Japan Earthquake kills 100,000 people

1871 Journalist H.M. Stanley sets out to find explorer Dr. Livingston

Birthday – Johann Sebastian Bach / Ronaldinho


3/22 – 1894 First Stanley Cup Playoff

1963 The Beatles release their first LP “Please, please me”

Birthday – Marcel Marceau (quietly) / William Shatner


3/23 – 1857 Elisha Otis installs the first Elevator (he had his ups and downs)

1903 The Wright Brothers apply for a patent for their Airplane

Birthday – Ric Ocasek / Chaka Khan


3/24 – 1923 Greece becomes a republic

2005 Play Station Portable is released

Birthday – Harry Houdini / Steve McQueen


3/25 – 1655 the moon Titan is discovered

1807 Slavery is abolished in England and Ireland

Birthday – Howard Cosell / Elton John


3/26 – 1827 Ludwig van Beethoven dies

1953 Jonas Salk announces the Polio Vaccine

Birthday – Leonard Nimoy / James Caan


3/27 – 1794 The United States Navy is founded

1914 The first successful Blood transfusion

Birthday – Tony Banks (first Yes keyboardist)


3/28 – 1910 First Seaplane take off from water

1990 President Dwight D Eisenhower dies

Birthday – Reba McIntyre / Vince Vaughn


3/29 – 2004 Ireland first country to ban smoking in public places

2019 take a Hockey Coach for Coffee Day

Birthday – President John Tyler / Cy Young


3/30 – 1867 Alaska purchased for 7.2 million dollars (Seward’s Folly)

1981 President Reagan shot by John Hinckley

Birthday – Eric Clapton / Mc Hammer


3/31 – 1889 The Eiffel Tower inaugurated

1918 Daylight savings time begins for the first time in the U.S.

Birthday – Christopher Walken / Gabe Kaplan


Remember that Daylight savings time will begin on March 10th at 2:00 a.m. This is where we “Spring forward” and gain daylight but loses an hour of sleep on that Sunday. Those of us with Irish heritage will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. I can smell the Soda Bread and the Corned Beef and potatoes cooking in my mind’s eye. It is a day when all can be Irish and revel in the charm and culture of the Emerald Isle.

I am so very proud and excited to be a part of the Aviator Coaching Staff and we would like to cordially invite you all to watch the games on Friday 3/1 at 7:50 p.m. and Saturday 3/2 at 7:50 p.m. in Rink A. There is no admission fee, and there is plenty of parking to come and watch an exciting game or two. There is the DTS Soccer tournament March 3 and Intro to Ninja Warrior on March 16th. Check out our website at, and our playground welcomes you. There is always so much to do and enjoy. Ice Skating, Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Rock Climbing, Food Court, Sports Lounge, Game room and much more. The first step is through the door!


Located at 3159 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn NY or call us at 718-758-7500.


“There is something for everyone and everyone for something.”


John Sacco

AC NY Aviators

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