Born On This Day:
- William I (The Silent) Prince of Orange, 1533
- Saint Vincent de Paul, 1581
- Anthony Trollope, 1815
- Sir Stafford Cripps, 1889
- Willem de Kooning, 1904
- Robert Penn Warren, 1905
- Jack E. Leonard, 1911
- Clement Freud, 1924
- Shirley MacLaine, 1934
- Jill Ireland, 1936
- Barbra Streisand, 1942
- Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
- Eric Bogosian, 1953
- Paula Yates, 1959
- Bruce Feirstein, 1962
Died On This Day:
- Saint Wilfrid, AD 709
- E. J. Trelawny, 1875
- Finley Peter Dunne, 1936
- Willa Cather, 1947
- Bud Abbott, 1974
- Duchess of Windsor, 1986
- Pat Paulsen, 1997
- 1184 BC - Traditional date of Greeks using Trojan horse to get inside city of Troy and win war.
- 1704 - Boston News-Letter, first regular newspaper in the American colonies published by John Campbell.
- 1767 - First professional play produced in America; 'Prince of Parthia' by Thos. Godfrey opens in Philly.
- 1792 - 'The Marseillaise' composed by Rouget de Lisle.
- 1800 - Library of Congress established on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C..
- 1814 - British burn Washington D.C.; Yanks destroy Navy Yard to avoid falling into British hands. War1812.
- 1877 - Russia declares war on Turkey and invades Roumania.
- 1898 - Spain declares war on the US after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
- 1903 - New York Stock Exchange's new building at Broad and Wall Street dedicated.
- 1915 - Turkish government arrests 200 Armenian leaders in Constantinople, the beginning of the Armenian Genocide that killed 1.5 million people between 1915 - 1923..
- 1916 - Irish fight British in 'Easter Rising' in Dublin; Irish revolutionaries seize General Post Office.
- 1967 - Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov becomes first person to die on space mission inside Soyuz-1.
- 1970 - China launches her first earth satellite.
- 1985 - Van Gogh's 'Landscape with Rising Sun' sells for $9.9 million.
- 1993 - Irish Republican Army, IRA, rocks London financial area with huge bomb; $1.5 billion in damages.
- 1996 - IRA plants largest bomb to date under Hammersmith Bridge on 80th anniversary of Easter Rising.
- 2013 - Garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh kills 400, injures 2,500.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Euphrasia Pelletier
- Day of Buddaghosa, translator of Buddist scriptures (Sri Lanka)
- Liberation Day Armenia (1915)
- 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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