15 APRIL
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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:

  • Anastasia
  • Basilissa

Holiday:

  • 4/15 INCOME TAX DEADLINE!
  • Patriot's Day celebrated in Maine and Massachusetts

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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