13 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas Jefferson, 1743
  • Louis Philippe-Joseph duc d'Orleans, 1747
  • F.W. Woolworth, 1852
  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild, 1902
  • Samuel Beckett, 1906
  • Howard Keel, 1919
  • John Braine, 1922
  • Julius Nyerere, 1922
  • Stanley Donen, 1924
  • Brad Dillman, 1930
  • Edward Fox, 1937
  • Lanford Wilson, 1937
  • Bill Conti, 1942
  • Al Green, 1946
  • Christopher Hitchens, 1949
  • Ron Perlman, 1950
  • Peabo Bryson, 1951
  • Gary Kasparov, 1963
  • Rick Schroder, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • Sébastien Chamfort suicide, 1794
  • Diamond Jim Brady, 1917
  • Howard Thurston, 1936
  • Larry Parks, 1975
  • Laura Nyro, 1997
  • Dame Muriel Spark, 2006
  • Gunter Grass, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1598 - Edict of Nantes grants Protestants (Huguenots) in France some freedom, but not in Paris.
  • 1742 - Handels 'Messiah' first performed in Dublin.
  • 1788 - First riot in America! Mob in lower Manhattan attack New York Hospital for alleged body snatching.
  • 1796 - First elephant arrives in America from Bengal, India.
  • 1869 - Air brake patented by George Westinghouse of N.Y.
  • 1919 - Amritsar massacre in India; British Brigadier-General Reg Dyer orders firing into peaceful demonstrators; 1,000 dead 500 injured.
  • 1943 - Nazi Germany announces discovery of mass graves in Katyn Forest containing bodies of 4,143 Polish officers shot by NKVD of Russia. Russians deny charges blaming Nazis.
  • 1964 - Sidney Poitier becomes first Black actor to win Academy Award for 'Lilies of the Field.'
  • 1975 - Christians and Muslims begin fighting in Beirut.
  • 1976 - U.S.A. extends offshore fishing limit from 12 to 200 miles.
  • 1984 - Baseball star/future gambler Pete Rose gets 4,000th base hit approaching Ty Cobb (4191 career).
  • 1986 - Pope John Paul II becomes first pope to enter a Jewish Synagogue in Rome.
  • 2010 - 6.9 earthquake in Southern Qinghai China kills 2,183 injures 12,135.
  • 2029 - Major asteroid the size of the Rose Bowl to pass dangerously close to earth.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Carpus and Papylus

Holiday:

  • State holiday in Alabama and Oklahoma commemorating birth of Thomas Jefferson

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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