Born On This Day:
- Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, 1550
- Henry Clay, 1777
- Lily Pons, 1904
- William L. Springer, 1909
- Tiny Tim, 1922
- Ann Miller, 1923
- Jane Withers, 1927
- Jack Gelber, 1932
- Sir Alan Ayckbourn, 1939
- Herbie Hancock, 1940
- Bill Bryden, 1942
- Charles Ludlum, 1943
- Tom Clancy, 1947
- David Letterman, 1947
- Scott Turow, 1949
- David Cassidy, 1950
- Andy Garcia, 1956
- Shannon Doherty, 1971
Died On This Day:
- Seneca suicide/assassination, AD 65
- Saint/Pope Julius I, AD 352
- Vittorio Bracciolini (Harlequin), 1523
- Clara Barton, 1912
- Fyodor Chaliapin, 1938
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1945
- Josephine Baker, 1975
- Paul Ford, 1976
- Philip K. Wrigley, 1977
- Joe Louis, 1981
- Alan Paton, 1988
- Sugar Ray Robinson, 1989
- Abbie Hoffman suicide, 1989
- June Pointer, 2006
- 1204 - Armies of the 4th Crusade capture Constantinople.
- 1631 - The first militia established by Massachusetts Bay Colony.
- 1682 - In London, French inventor Denis Papin prepares first meal in a pressure cooker ('steam digester').
- 1833 - Charles James Gayler of New York receives patent on fireproof safe.
- 1858 - First American Billiard championship played in Detroit; Mike Phelan beats John Seereiter in 9.5 hrs.
- 1861 - Civil War starts at 4:30 a.m. with bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston S.C.
- 1922 - Fatty Arbuckle acquitted of killing /raping Hollywood starlet; career smashed by accusations.
- 1945 - American troops enter Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany which killed 57,000 in 8 years.
- 1945 - Harry S. Truman becomes 33rd President on death of Roosevelt.
- 1961 - Yuri Gagarin becomes first man to orbit earth in space vehicle; Vostok I in 108 minute voyage.
- 1971 - Bangladesh government claims sovereignty over East Pakistan.
- 1982 - U.S. launches world's first space shuttle Columbia with Astronauts Robert L. Crippen & John Young.
- 1987 - Texaco goes into bankruptcy, one of the largest in history.
- 1988 - Harvard University receives first patent on animal life form: genetically altered mouse.
- 1992 - Euro Disneyland theme park opens at 09:01 a.m. 20 miles east of Paris at Marne-la-Vallée.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Sabas the Goth, Zeno of Verona
- Birthday of Mahavira - founder of Jainism
- 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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