On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in an official (but non-binding) resolution declaring today, March 14, 2009 (3/14/09) as Pi day.The House periodically passes meaningless non-binding resolutions that frankly have no point, but they usually pass unanimously. This time 10 Republican Congress members voted against passing this resolution. Not sure what they have against Pi.
Basically the bill 1) supports the designation of a Pi Day and its celebration around the world. 2) recognizes the continuing importance of National Science Foundation math and science education programs. 3) encourages schools and educators to observe the day with appropriate activities that teach students about Pi and engage them about the study of mathematics.
Thanks to my college roommate Nancy for bringing this important news item to my attention!