18 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Lucrezia Borgia, 1480
  • Clarence Darrow, 1857
  • Leopold Stokowski, 1882
  • Marcel Pagnol, 1895
  • Wendy Barrie, 1910
  • Huntington Hartford, 1911
  • Clive Revill, 1930
  • Ed Garvey, 1940
  • Hayley Mills, 1946
  • James Woods, 1947
  • Rick Moranis, 1953
  • Eric Roberts, 1956
  • Conan O'Brien, 1963
  • Melissa Joan Hart, 1976

Died On This Day:

  • Erasmus Darwin, 1802
  • Sir John Fleming, 1945
  • Ernie Pyle killed, 1945
  • Albert Einstein, 1955
  • Ben Hecht, 1964
  • Marcel Pagnol, 1974
  • Thor Heyerdahl, 2002
  • Dick Clark, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1521 - Martin Luther ends his defense at the Imperial Diet of worms. Protest sparks Protestantism reform.
  • 1593 - Shakespeare's first published work, Venus and Adonis, entered in Stationer's Register.
  • 1775 - Paul Revere's ride from Boston to Lexington to warn leaders-'The British are coming!'
  • 1846 - R.E. House of New York patents telegraph ticker that prints letters of alphabet.
  • 1906 - 8.3 San Francisco earthquake begins 5:15 a.m.; 600 dead, 300,000 homeless, $5.44 billion damage.
  • 1909 - Joan of Arc beatified by the pope.
  • 1910 - Walter R. Brookins is first person to make airplane flight at night at Montgomery, AL.
  • 1923 - 74,000 baseball fans flock to the first game at New York's new Yankee Stadium; Babe Ruth homers.
  • 1934 - First public washing machines installed in Fort Worth 'washateria' by J.F. Cantrell.
  • 1942 - First American air attack against Japanese-bombs dropped on Kobe, Yokohama & Nagoya. WWII
  • 1949 - Eire renounces ties with British Commonwealth and becomes Republic of Ireland.
  • 1980 - Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe at midnight; independence from Britain delivered by Prince Charles.
  • 1983 - Arabs blow up American Embassy in Beirut with 300 lb. car bomb.
  • 2009 - Prince Philip becomes Britain's longest serving consort overtaking the record of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, of 57 years 70 days.

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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