Born On This Day:
- Queen Isabella I Spain, 1451
- Henry Fielding, 1707
- Immanuel Kant, 1724
- Madame Germaine de Stael, 1766
- V. I. Lenin, 1870
- Robert Oppenheimer, 1904
- Eddie Albert, 1906
- Jan de Hartog, 1914
- Yehudi Menuhin, 1916
- Charlie Mingus, 1922
- Aaron Spelling, 1923
- Charlotte Rae, 1926
- Glen Campbell, 1936
- Jack Nicholson, 1937
- Steve Fossett, 1944
- Peter Frampton, 1950
- Kaká (Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite), 1982
Died On This Day:
- Henry Royce, 1933
- 'Papa Doc' François Duvalier, 1971
- Will Geer, 1978
- Earl Fatha Hines, 1983
- Walter Slezak suicide, 1983
- Ansel Adams, 1984
- Richard Nixon, 1994
- Erma Bombeck, 1996
- Alexander H. Cohen, 2000
- Linda Lovelace killed, 2002
- Eduardo Paolozzi, 2005
- 1500 - Brazil discovered by Admiral Pedro Alvarez Cabral.
- 1509 - Henry VIII, 18, accedes to the throne of England upon the death yesterday of his father, Henry VII.
- 1769 - Announcement of Madame Dubarry becoming official mistress of Louis XV to the king's court.
- 1834 - St. Helena becomes British Crown Colony.
- 1864 - Motto 'In God We Trust' approved by Congress to be placed on all U.S. coins.
- 1889 - Oklahoma land rush begins; 1.9 million acres bought from Creek & Seminoles claimed by settlers.
- 1898 - Spanish-American War begins; USS Nashville captures Spanish merchant ship off southern Florida.
- 1915 - Poison gas first used by Germans at second battle of Ypres WWI
- 1970 - 200 million people in 140 nations participate in Earth Day; 750,000 crowd Central Park in New York.
- 1979 - Jean-Claude Duvalier ('Baby Doc') named President of Haiti on death of his father, 'Papa Doc.'
Feast Day of Saint:
- Conrad of Parzham
- Theodore of Sykeon
- St. George's Eve celebrated in Rumania
- Fast Day celebrated in New Hampshire
- Discovery Day in Brazil
- Earth Day
- 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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