Born On This Day:
- Dean Acheson, 1893
- Leo Rosten, 1908
- Oleg Cassini, 1913
- Hugh Carey, 1919
- Ethel Kennedy, 1928
- Joel Grey, 1932
- Michael Deaver, 1938
- Louise Lasser, 1939
- Peter Riegert, 1947
- Jeremy Clarkson, 1960
Died On This Day:
- Antoine Rivarol, 1801
- William Macy "Boss" Tweed, 1878
- John Merrick (the Elephant Man), 1890
- Luther Burbank, 1926
- Sir Gerald du Maurier, 1934
- John O'Hara, 1970
- Dolores Del Rio, 1983
- Primo Levi suicide, 1987
- Erskine Caldwell, 1987
- Sir Harry Secombe, 2001
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 2007
- Jonathan Winters, 2013
- Maria Tallchief, 2013
- 1713 - Queen Anne's War ends (War of Spanish Succession in Europe). France loses Hudson Bay to Britain.
- 1775 - German's last trial and execution for witchcraft.
- 1783 - U. S. Congress declares that the Revolutionary War is over.
- 1814 - Abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte; exile to Elba; Louis XVIII accedes to throne.
- 1840 - The Penny Black postage stamp, the world's first, begins printing at Perkins, Bacon & Co. in London.
- 1865 - Last public speech of Abraham Lincoln 2 days after Lee's surrender; discusses reconstruction.
- 1868 - Shogunate abolished in Japan ending reign of the warlords.
- 1894 - Uganda declared a British protectorate.
- 1921 - World's first cigarette tax passed in Iowa.
- 1921 - World's first radio sports broadcast-Johnny Ray vs. Johnny Dundee fight on KDKA Pittsburgh.
- 1938 - Founding of Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in U.S.
- 1947 - Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson is first Black person to play in a major league baseball game.
- 1951 - President Harry S. Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur from UN forces command in Korea.
- 1953 - Oveta Culp Hobby of Texas becomes first Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
- 1968 - Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, a follow-up to the '64 Act which included Fair Housing.
- 1970 - Ill-fated Apollo 13 launched; explosion in fuel cell disables spacecraft with Lovell, Haise & Swigert.
- 1979 - Idi Amin deposed as dictator of Uganda.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Leo the Great
- Gemma Galgani
- Liberation Day celebrated in Uganda
- 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
- EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the veral equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches;
- EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
- 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
- BAISAKHI (in India) or VOISHU (in Kerala) or BOHAG BIHU (in Assam) - (Hindu New Year Festival)
- VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
- MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
- FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
- MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
- MAHAVIR JAYANTI, Indian festival celebrating birth of Lord Mahavira, celebrated early April
- AKSHAYA TRITIYA, Hindu Festival, celebrated late April
- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - begins first Sunday in April - clocks forward
- Arbor Day - last Friday in April
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