19 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Eliot Ness, 1903
  • Frank Fontaine, 1920
  • Hugh O'Brian, 1925
  • Don Adams, 1927
  • Alexis Korner, 1928
  • Fernando Botero, 1932
  • Jayne Mansfield, 1932
  • Dudley Moore, 1935
  • Alan Price, 1942
  • Paloma Picasso, 1949
  • Ruby Wax, 1953
  • Ashley Judd, 1968
  • Kate Hudson, 1979
  • Maria Sharapova, 1987

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Leo IX, 1054
  • Queen Christina Sweden, 1689
  • Benjamin Rush, 1813
  • Lord Byron, 1824
  • Benjamin Disraeli, 1881
  • Charles Darwin, 1882
  • Pierre Curie, 1906
  • Joe Laurie, Jr., 1954
  • Konrad Adenauer, 1967
  • Daphne du Maurier, 1989
  • Frankie Howerd, 1992
  • Norris McWhirter, 2004
  • J. G. Ballard, 2009

Today's Events:

  • 1587 - Sir Francis Drake leads raid of 26 ships in Cadiz harbor destroying 30 Spanish galleons.
  • 1775 - U.S. War of Independence begins with British defeat at battle of Lexington and Concord which Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837 called 'the shot heard 'round the world.'
  • 1839 - Treaty of London separates Belgium and Netherlands with Luxembourg independent.
  • 1892 - The first automobile for sale completed by Charles Edgar Duryea in Springfield, Mass.
  • 1897 - First Boston marathon run; winner is John J. McDermott of New York City in 2 hrs, 55 min.
  • 1905 - Researcher Jos. Goldberg proves pellagra is caused by poor nutrition; can be cured by B vitamins.
  • 1906 - San Francisco earthquake ends, fire continues.
  • 1911 - First performance by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes of 'Le Spectre de la Rose' in Russia.
  • 1943 - Warsaw Ghetto uprising begins as Jews organized resistance begins; Nazis crush ghetto in a month.
  • 1943 - Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann takes first LSD trip seeing "demons and witches" and fearing insanity.
  • 1956 - Prince Rainier, the Prince of Monaco marries American actress Grace Kelly at Monte Carlo
  • 1965 - First all-news radio format goes on the air-WINS, New York.
  • 1988 - Record nine million dollars paid for 85.9 carat pear-shaped diamond at Sotheby's, New York.
  • 1991 - Heavyweight boxing challenger George Foreman, 42, outpointed by Evander Holyfield.
  • 1993 - 86 Branch Davidian cult members under David Koresh die in mass incineration near Waco TX.
  • 1995 - Car bomb explosion in Oklahoma City kills 168 and injures 500 at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
  • 1999 - Genentech Inc. receives $30 million criminal fine and $20 million in civil penalties for marketing a synthetic human growth hormone without FDA approval.
  • 2005 - New Pope elected to succeed the late John Paul II; Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger becomes Pope Benedict XVI.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Expeditus
  • Leo IX (died today in 1054)
  • Alphege

Holiday:

  • Primrose Day
  • Feast of Sham El-Nesim celebrated in Egypt

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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