29 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, 1769
  • Czar Alexander II Russia, 1818
  • James Fenimore Cooper, 1851
  • William Randolph Hearst, 1863
  • Rafael Sabatini, 1875
  • Sir Thomas Beecham, 1879
  • Sir Malcolm Sargent, 1895
  • Duke Ellington, 1899
  • Emperor Hirohito, 1901
  • Tom Ewell, 1909
  • Celeste Holm, 1919
  • Zizi Jeanmaire, 1924
  • Jeremy Thorpe, 1929
  • Zubin Mehta, 1936
  • Bernard Madoff, 1938
  • Jerry Seinfeld, 1954
  • Kate Mulgrew, 1955
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, 1957
  • Michele Pfeiffer, 1958
  • Andre Agassi, 1970
  • Uma Thurman, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • St. Catherine of Siena, 1380
  • George Farquhar, 1707
  • Alfred Hitchcock, 1980
  • James McCracken, 1988
  • William E. Colby killed, 1996
  • John Kenneth Galbraith, 2006
  • Amarillo Slim, 2012
  • Bob Hoskins, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 1429 - Joan of Arc arrives in Orleans, France; Inspired French troops throw out English on May 8.
  • 1749 - Benjamin Franklin becomes first person to cook with electricity-a turkey.
  • 1851 - First U.S. college to accept students of all races and religions opens in NY - Cooper Union College.
  • 1852 - Peter Mark Roget signed preface to first edition of Thesaurus of English Words & Phrases.
  • 1913 - Improved Zipper patented by Gideon Sundback.
  • 1930 - A telephone link between Britain and Australia is established.
  • 1936 - Worlds first television interview-with actress Peggy O'Neal.
  • 1945 - Adolf Hitler marries Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker where they will commit suicide the next day.
  • 1945 - Dachau Death Camp liberated by U.S.troops, but not by all-Black 76first Tank Battalion as suggested.
  • 1945 - German army in Italy surrenders to allies. WWII
  • 1961 - Tenor Luciano Pavarotti makes opera debut in 'La Boheme' at Reggio Emilia, Italy.
  • 1970 - U.S. launch military invasion of Cambodia with 50,000 troops to destroy Vietcong.
  • 1986 - Halley's comet returns to perihelion (the point in its orbit where it is nearest to the sun).
  • 1992 - Riots and looting in Los Angeles after jury finds four police officers innocent in Rodney King beating.
  • 1998 - David Hempleman-Adams becomes first man to scale all high mountains and reach North & South poles.
  • 2011 - Nearly one-third of the world's population watches televised wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton from Westminster Abbey, London; 2.5 billion viewers.
  • 2013 - Basketball star Jason Collins becomes first professional athlete in any mainstream sport in the US to come out as gay.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Robert of Molesme
  • Hugh of Cluny (died today in 1109)

Holiday:

  • Emperor's Birthday in Japan

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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