16 APRIL
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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
  • Bernadette
  • Benedict Labre

Holiday:

  • Birthday of Patanjali, founder of Yoga school

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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