17 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Samuel Chase, 1741
  • J. Pierpont Morgan, 1837
  • Artur Schnabel, 1882
  • Isak Dinesen, 1885
  • Nikita Khrushchev, 1894
  • Thornton Wilder, 1897
  • Gregor Piatigorsky, 1903
  • William Holden, 1918
  • Harry Reasoner, 1923
  • Lindsay Anderson, 1923
  • Don Kirshner, 1934
  • Daffy Duck (in Porky's Duck Hunt), 1941
  • Jan Hammer, 1948
  • Olivia Hussey, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I , 1711
  • Benjamin Franklin, 1790
  • Alexander MacKenzie, 1892
  • Eddie Cochran, 1960
  • Gen. Mark Clark, 1984
  • Dick Shawn, 1987
  • Louise Nevelson, 1988
  • Ralph Abernathy, 1990
  • Chaim Herzog, 1997
  • Linda McCartney, 1998
  • Robert Atkins, 2003
  • Kitty Carlisle, 2007
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 2014
  • Barbara Bush, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1421 - More than 100,000 drown in Dort, the Netherlands, when the sea broke through the dykes.
  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus makes deal with Queen Isabella; Spain to finance search for west route to Asia.
  • 1521 - Martin Luther excommunicated by the Diet of Worms.
  • 1524 - Florentine explorer Giovanni Verrazano discovers New York Harbor.
  • 1629 - Horses first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Company.
  • 1818 - Brooks Brothers Clothing Store opens in New York City.
  • 1824 - Treaty between U.S. and Russia gives Russia Alaskan territory north of 54º40'.
  • 1839 - Republic of Guatemala established.
  • 1897 - Turkey declares war on Greece.
  • 1912 - First million selling record recorded - Al Jolson's 'Ragging the Baby to Sleep' for Victor Records.
  • 1924 - Metro-Goldwyn Corp. merges with the Louis B. Mayer Co. in largest motion picture company merger.
  • 1961 - 1,500 C.I.A.-trained Cuban exiles invade Cuba-Bay of Pigs; disastrous attempt to overthrow Castro.
  • 1964 - Rolling Stones first album (self-titled) released in England.
  • 1964 - Ford Motor Company introduces new model - The Mustang
  • 1970 - Apollo 13 limps safely back to earth with astronauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise safe.
  • 1975 - Five year civil war in Cambodia ends; Communists size control of capital Phnom Penh.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Robert of Chaise-Dieu
  • Stephen Harding
  • Donnan

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Syria (1946)
  • Flag Day celebrated in American Samoa

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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