12 APRIL
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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

Holiday:

  • Birthday of Mahavira - founder of Jainism

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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