24 MARCH
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • William Morris, 1834
  • Andrew William Mellon, 1855
  • Harry Houdini, 1874
  • Edward Weston, 1886
  • Fatty Arbuckle, 1887
  • Wilhelm Reich, 1897
  • Lucia Chase, 1897
  • Thomas Dewey, 1902
  • Malcolm Muggeridge, 1903
  • Dwight Macdonald, 1906
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919
  • Norman Fell, 1925
  • Steve McQueen, 1930
  • Bob Mackie, 1940
  • Tommy Hilfiger, 1951
  • Lara Flynn Boyle, 1970
  • Peyton Manning, 1976

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Nicholas V, 1455
  • Philip, Lord Chesterfield, 1773
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1882
  • Jules Verne, 1905
  • John Millington Synge, 1909
  • James Gibbons, 1921
  • Alexander Alekhine, 1946
  • Queen Mary (Geo V), 1953
  • Sam Jaffe, 1984
  • An Wang, 1990
  • Ray Goulding, 1990
  • John Hersey, 1993
  • Richard Widmark, 2008
  • Robert Culp, 2010
  • Lanford Wilson, 2011
  • Garry Shandling, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1603 - Scottish King James VI becomes James 1 on death of Queen Elizabeth I unifying Scotland & England.
  • 1603 - William Shakespeare and 8 colleagues from King's men march in James I coronation procession.
  • 1663 - King Charles II of England gives 8 members of the nobility land known as Carolina in North America.
  • 1664 - In London, Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island
  • 1797 - Battle of Santa Cruz in Tenerife, Canary Islands; Capt. Horatio Nelson loses right arm.
  • 1859 - Scottish National Gallery, designed by William Henry Playfair who died two years previously, opens in Edinburgh.
  • 1860 - Treaty of Turin cedes Nice and Savoy to France by Sardinia.
  • 1868 - Metropolitan Life Insurance Company formed.
  • 1877 - Only time in history Oxford and Cambridge boat race ends in a dead heat.
  • 1882 - Robert Koch announces discovery of bacillus responsible for tuberculosis in Berlin.
  • 1883 - First telephone line connects New York and Chicago.
  • 1900 - Groundbreaking ceremony for NY subwaysystem; East River tunnel to link Manhattan to Brooklyn.
  • 1900 - Last wild passenger pigeon killed by small boy with BB gun in Ohio.
  • 1944 - 76 US & British POWs escape from Stalag Luft III; 50 others were executed - inspiration for 'The Great Escape.'
  • 1955 - Pulitzer-prize winning 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' by Tennessee Williams opens at Morosco Theatre NY.
  • 1958 - Elvis Presley is drafted into the Army.
  • 1970 - $280,000 paid by Wilkes-Barre stamp collector for one of a kind one-cent 1856 magenta of Guiana.
  • 1984 - Burglars steal $22 million from Brinks vault in Rome.
  • 1989 - Exxon Valdez tanker runs aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil.
  • 2002 - Halle Berry becomes first black woman to win Oscar. Denzel Washington is best actor- first since '63.
  • 2015 - Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately crashed by mentally ill co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killing 150 passengers and crew.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gabriel
  • Katherine of Vadstena
  • Aldemar
  • Irenaeus of Sirmium
  • Simon of Trent
  • William of Norwich

Holiday:

  • Day of Lao Tse founder of Taoism

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SHROVE TUESDAY. Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fastnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S. & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring), celebrated early March
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • 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
  • LAILAT AL-QADR, I'D AL-FITR & IDU'L FITAR, Muslim Festivals
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches
  • CHING MING FESTIVAL & QING MING (Singapore), All Souls Day in Far East
  • NOTE; EASTER is also called Ostern in Germany and Switzerland, Pasqua in Italy, Pascua Florida or Domingo de Gloria in Spain, Pâques in France, Velykos in Lithuania, Wielkanoc in Polish, Pasha in Greece, Påske in Norway, Påskdagen in Sweden, Zadig in Armenia, Paschen in The Netherlands, Paschoa in Portugal,
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • RAMA-NAVAMI, Hindu Festival of Rama, celebrated at the end of March
  • 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
  • COMMONWEALTH DAY in Britain Second Monday in March
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY - fourth Sunday of Lent celebrated in England

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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