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
- 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)
- Emperor's Birthday in Japan
- 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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