Born On This Day:
- George Pullman, 1831
- Alexander Graham Bell, 1847
- Norman Bethune, 1890
- Gen. Matthew Ridgway, 1895
- Jean Harlow, 1911
- Robert Whitehead, 1916
- Julius Boros, 1920
- James Doohan, 1920
- Ronald Searle, 1920
- Diana Barrymore, 1921
- Princess Lee Radziwill, 1933
- Perry Ellis, 1940
- Ed Marinaro, 1950
- Miranda Richardson, 1958
- Herschel Walker, 1962
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1962
Died On This Day:
- Robert Adam, 1792
- Arthur Koestler OD, 1983
- Danny Kaye, 1987
- Arthur Murray, 1991
- Albert Sabin, 1993
- Carlos Montoya, 1993
- Horst Buchholz, 2003
- Roger Bannister, 2018
- 1592 - The Rose Theatre in London first presents Shakespeare's Henry VI performed by Strange's Men.
- 1770 - Boston massacre, a brawl between civilians and troops.
- 1791 - Internal Revenue Act passed by Congress, placing first excise tax on liquor.
- 1802 - 'Moonlight Sonata' by Ludwig van Beethoven published.
- 1820 - Missouri Compromise; state to be admitted without slavery restriction.
- 1845 - Florida becomes 27th state admitted to Union.
- 1849 - Home Department, later the U.S. Department of the Interior, created.
- 1861 - Emancipation of the Russian serfs by Alexander II.
- 1863 - Idaho organized as a territory of the U.S. from pieces taken from Washington, Utah, Dakota & Nebr.
- 1863 - First draft act in the U.S. passed by Congress; all males from 20 - 45 must register.
- 1863 - National Academy of Sciences founded in Washington, D.C.
- 1875 - First recorded hockey match played in Montreal.
- 1875 - Georges Bizet's last opera 'Carmen' first performed at Opera Comique in Paris; critics hated it and a depressed Bizet died 3 months later.
- 1879 - Attorney Belva Ann-Lockwood becomes first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- 1885 - AT&T (Atlantic Telephone and Telegraph) incorporated.
- 1918 - Russians lose Poland, Ukraine and border areas in Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
- 1923 - First issue of Time Magazine appears.
- 1931 - Congressional act makes 'The Star Spangled Banner' national anthem.
- 1939 - John Ford's seminal western 'Stagecoach' premieres; John Wayne stars as the Ringo Kid.
- 1953 - Claire Booth Luce becomes first woman Ambassador of a major nation - Italy.
- 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in basketball game against N.Y. Knicks in Hershey PA.
- 1974 - Worst disaster in aviation history: Turkish DC-10 crashes outside Paris killing 345.
- 1991 - LA police beat driver Rodney King with clubs; videotape by George Holliday leads to trials, race riots.
- 2005 - Steve Fossett completes first nonstop flight 'round-the-world' without refueling; lands in Kansas at 2:49 pm.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Marinus of Caesarea
- Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival or Peach Festival in Japan
- National Day (Anniversary of the Throne) Morocco (1956)
- Independence Day Bulgaria (1887)
- Martyr's Day in Malawi
- 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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