21 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • John Law, 1671
  • Charlotte Brontë, 1816
  • Josh Billings, 1818
  • John Muir, 1838
  • Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, 1905
  • Norman Parkinson, 1913
  • Anthony Quinn, 1915
  • John Mortimer, 1923
  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, 1926
  • Robert Brustein, 1927
  • Silvana Mangano, 1930
  • Elaine May, 1932
  • Charles Grodin, 1935
  • Iggie Pop, 1947
  • Patti LuPone, 1949
  • Tony Danza, 1951
  • Andie MacDowell, 1958
  • Jamie Sale, 1977

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Alexander II, 1073
  • King Henry VII, 1509
  • Jean Racine, 1699
  • Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), 1910
  • Baron von Richthofen (Red Baron) shot down, 1918
  • Eleonora Duse, 1924
  • Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1938
  • John Maynard Keynes, 1946
  • Sir Stafford Cripps, 1952
  • Gummo Marx, 1977
  • Rudi Gernreich, 1985
  • I.A.L. Diamond, 1988
  • James Kirkwood, 1989
  • Erté, 1990
  • Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder, 1996
  • Nina Simone, 2003
  • Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), 2016

Today's Events:

  • 753 BC - Traditional date of founding of Rome by Romulus.
  • 43 BC - Marcus Antonius defeated by Octavian near Modena, Italy.
  • 1789 - John Adams sworn in as first Vice President of the United States.
  • 1790 - Largest gathering of people at one time in America - 20,000 attend funeral of Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1836 - 900 Texans under Sam Houston defeat Mexicans under Gen. Santa Anna at Battle of San Jacinto.
  • 1857 - The 'Bustle' patented by inventor Alexander Douglas.
  • 1906 - San Francisco fire ends.
  • 1908 - Dr. Frederick Cook reaches North Pole, he claims, but in fact he didn't.
  • 1933 - World's First Television Revue - 'Looking In' starring the Paramount Astoria Girls broadcast on the BBC.
  • 1940 - Radio quiz show $64 Dollar Question premieres.
  • 1955 - 'Inherit the Wind' opens 806 performance run at National Theatre, N.Y.
  • 1959 - World record great white shark weighing 2,664 lbs caught offf Ceduna, S. Australia by Alfred Dean.
  • 1960 - Brasilia is now the capital of Brazil.
  • 1967 - Greek military junta takes over government.
  • 1967 - Russian monster Joseph Stalin's daughter defects to US; Svetlana Aliluyeva arrives in New York City.
  • 1967 - General Motors celebrates the manufacture of its 100 millionth car - an Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • 1976 - General Motors makes very last Cadillac Eldorado convertible.
  • 2001 - Hasim Rahman knocks out Lennox Lewis in Johannesburg in surprise World Heavyweight Boxing win.
  • 2019 - Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka by educated, prosperous Islamist suicide bombers kill 359.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Beuno
  • Anastasius I of Antioch
  • Conrad of Parzham
  • Malrubius
  • Simeon Barsabbas
  • Anselm (died this day 1190)

Holiday:

  • Birthday of Rome celebrated in Italy
  • San Jacinto Day celebrated in Texas

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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