Born On This Day:
- Anatole France, 1844
- Wilbur Wright, 1867
- John Millington Synge, 1871
- Lord Halifax, 1881
- Charles Chaplin, 1889
- Polly Adler, 1900
- Fifi D'Orsay, 1904
- Lily Pons, 1904
- Spike Milligan, 1918
- Merce Cunningham, 1919
- Barry Nelson, 1920
- Peter Ustinov, 1921
- Kingsley Amis, 1922
- Henry Mancini, 1924
- Edie Adams, 1929
- Bobby Vinton, 1935
- Dusty Springfield, 1939
- Queen Margrethe II Denmark, 1940
- Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabar), 1947
- Ellen Barkin, 1955
- Jimmy Osmond, 1963
- Martin Lawrence, 1965
- Selena, 1971
Died On This Day:
- Francisco de Goya, 1828
- Madame Tussaud, 1850
- Charles Alexis de Tocqueville, 1859
- Fay Bainter , 1968
- Edna Ferber, 1968
- David Lean, 1991
- Joe Davis, 1998
- Robert Urich, 2002
- 1705 - Isaac Newton knighted by Queen Anne of England at Trinity College, Cambridge; first scientist Knight.
- 1746 - British army defeats Jacobites under Bonnie Prince Charlie at Battle of Culloden Moor in England.
- 1787 - 'The Contrast,' first American comedy dealing with native characters, opens to huge success.
- 1862 - Slavery abolished in District of Columbia.
- 1900 - First books of postage stamps issued by U.S. Postal Service.
- 1905 - Andrew Carnegie creates Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with $10 M grant.
- 1912 - English channel first flown by a woman-American aviatrix Harriet Quimby.
- 1947 - US worst harbor explosion in Texas City, TX; French ship Grandcamp blows; 700 dead/missing.
- 1947 - Expression 'cold war' coined by financier Bernard Baruch.
- 1947 - NBC demonstrates first zoom camera lens in New York City.
- 1966 - Metropolitan Opera House at Broadway & 39th St. closes doors with 444th production of 'La Boheme.'
- 2007 - Korean student Cho Seung-Hui kills 31 classmates and wounds 29 at Virginia Tech in deadliest shooting rampage in US history.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Magnus of Orkney
- Benedict Labre
- Birthday of Patanjali, founder of Yoga school
- 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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