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
- 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:
- State holiday in Alabama and Oklahoma commemorating birth of Thomas Jefferson
- 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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