Born On This Day:
- Leonardo da Vinci, 1452
- Theodore Rousseau, 1812
- Henry James, 1843
- Violet Bonham Carter, 1887
- Wallace Reid, 1891
- Molly McGee (Marian Jordan), 1898
- Bessie Smith, 1898
- Joe Davis, 1901
- Kim Il Sung, 1912
- Hans Conried, 1917
- Harold Washington, 1922
- Roy Clark, 1933
- Elizabeth Montgomery, 1933
- Claudia Cardinale, 1939
- Jeffrey Archer, 1940
- Dave Edmunds, 1944
- Michael Kamen, 1948
- Michael Cooper, 1956
- Emma Thompson, 1959
- Emma Watson, 1990
Died On This Day:
- Madame de Pompadour, 1764
- Abraham Lincoln assassinated, 1865
- Matthew Arnold, 1888
- Col. John Jacob Astor (Titanic), 1912
- John Singer Sargent, 1925
- Wallace Beery, 1949
- Gerald L.K. Smith, 1976
- Jean-Paul Sartre, 1980
- Jean Genet, 1986
- Greta Garbo, 1990
- Stavros Niarchos, 1996
- Pol Pot, 1998
- Clement Freud, 2009
- 1621 - After terrible winter of 1620-21, when half of the colonists died, Mayflower sails back to England.
- 1755 - Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary after eight years - 40,000 words, pronunciations, and more.
- 1770 - English inventor Joseph Priestley discovers that India rubber erases lead pencil marks.
- 1865 - Andrew Johnson becomes 17th president on death of Abraham Lincoln at 7:22 a.m.
- 1912 - SS Titanic goes under at 2:20 a.m.; 1,635 dead; 705 survive.
- 1920 - South Braintree, MA is scene of murder and payroll theft which becomes the Sacco & Vanzetti case.
- 1922 - Senate begins investigation of U.S. oil lands illegal lease to private company - Teapot Dome Scandal.
- 1945 - 60,000 Bergen-Belsen concentration camp inmates liberated by British and Canadian troops.
- 1952 - Franklin National Bank in New York issues the first credit card.
- 1955 - McDonald's Hamburger chain founded by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines Il near Chicago.
- 1966 - The expression "swinging London" coined by Time Magazine to describe London's new fashion influence.
- 1974 - Kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst aids captors, Symbionese Liberation Army, in bank robbery.
- 1981 - Washington Post returns Pulitzer Prize after learning that reporter invented winning story.
- 1989 - 96 dead, 766 injured in worst stadium disaster in British history; human crush during match between Liverpool and Nottingham at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield.
- 2013 - Chechnyan brothers set off two pressure cooker bombs at Boston Marathon killing 3 and injuring 264.
Feast Day of Saint:
- 4/15 INCOME TAX DEADLINE!
- Patriot's Day celebrated in Maine and Massachusetts
- 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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