11 APRIL
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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:

  • Guthlac
  • Leo the Great
  • Gemma Galgani

Holiday:

  • Liberation Day celebrated in Uganda

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • 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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