Born On This Day:
- Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis), AD 38
- Frédérick Chopin, 1810
- William Dean Howells, 1837
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1848
- Lytton Strachey, 1880
- Dimitri Mitropoulous, 1896
- Glenn Miller, 1904
- David Niven, 1910
- Robert Lowell, 1917
- Terence Cardinal Cooke, 1921
- Yitzhak Rabin, 1922
- William Gaines, 1922
- Michael Flanders, 1922
- Deke Slayton, 1924
- Pete Rozelle, 1926
- Robert Bork, 1927
- Harry Belafonte, 1927
- Joan Hackett, 1934
- Robert Conrad, 1935
- Judith Rossner, 1935
- Roger Daltrey, 1944
- Alan Thicke, 1947
- Ron Howard, 1954
- Chris Webber, 1973
- Justin Bieber, 1994
Died On This Day:
- George Herbert, 1633
- Emperor Leopold II, 1792
- Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. murdered, 1932
- Gabriele d'Annunzio, 1938
- Jackie Coogan, 1984
- Stuart Keate, 1987
- Edwin Land, 1991
- Jack Wild, 2006
- Bonnie Franklin, 2013
- 1493 - Spain first hears of discovery of New World as Martin Pinzon arrives prior to Columbus in Bayona.
- 1498 - Mozambique discovered by Vasco da Gama.
- 1638 - First settlers from Sweden arrive in U.S. and begin building log cabins.
- 1642 - Georgeana, Maine (now York) becomes first U.S. city to incorporate.
- 1711 - The Spectator periodical first published in London.
- 1781 - Articles of Confederation formally ratified by original 13 States becoming law of the land.
- 1803 - Ohio is 17th State admitted to Union.
- 1867 - Nebraska is 37th State admitted to Union,
- 1869 - Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev prints the first draft of his Periodic Table with all 63 known elements.
- 1872 - Yellowstone becomes first National Park in America as President Ulysses S. Grant signs a bill to protect its 2.2 million acres of wilderness in Wyoming. (3% is in Montana.)
- 1912 - First parachute jump from an airplane made by Capt. Albert Berry over St. Louis, MO.
- 1921 - Harry Houdini receives patent for deep sea diving suit that allows diver to safely escape from danger.
- 1932 - Baby son of aviator Charles Lindbergh kidnapped; most intensive manhunt in history begins.
- 1950 - Chaing Kai-Shek resumes presidency of Taiwan.
- 1954 - Five congressmen wounded as Puerto Rican terrorists open fire in House of Representatives.
- 1961 - President Kennedy establishes Peace Corps.
- 1962 - Greatest ticker-tape parade in history down Broadway in New York for returned astronaut John Glenn.
- 1962 - First K-Mart department store opens at Garden City, MI.
- 1966 - Soviet space probe Venera 3 becomes first manmade object to (crash) land on another planet (Venus); no data was retrieved from its mission.
- 1969 - Les Halles food market in Paris closes. (Founded 1135 by King Louis VI known as Louis the Fat).
- 1974 - Seven Nixon aides indicted in connection with Watergate burglary including Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell, and Colson.
- 1976 - First National City Bank changes name to Citibank, holding company calls itself Citicorp.
- 2017 - Dow Jones slips over 21,000 after Trump speech. Slips back again.
Feast Day of Saint:
- David ( or Dewi)
- Independence Day (Samiljol) in Korea (1919)
- St. David's Day celebrated in Wales
- SHROVE TUESDAY. Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fastnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S. & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
- ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
- PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
- HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring), celebrated early March
- LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
- SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
- CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
- TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
- PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
- PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
- MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
- GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
- LAILAT AL-QADR, I'D AL-FITR & IDU'L FITAR, Muslim Festivals
- EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches
- CHING MING FESTIVAL & QING MING (Singapore), All Souls Day in Far East
- NOTE; EASTER is also called Ostern in Germany and Switzerland, Pasqua in Italy, Pascua Florida or Domingo de Gloria in Spain, Pâques in France, Velykos in Lithuania, Wielkanoc in Polish, Pasha in Greece, Påske in Norway, Påskdagen in Sweden, Zadig in Armenia, Paschen in The Netherlands, Paschoa in Portugal,
- EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
- RAMA-NAVAMI, Hindu Festival of Rama, celebrated at the end of March
- CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
- NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
- COMMONWEALTH DAY in Britain Second Monday in March
- MOTHERING SUNDAY - fourth Sunday of Lent celebrated in England
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