Born On This Day:
- King Philip III France, 1245
- King Henry IV, 1367
- George Herbert, 1593
- Washington Irving, 1783
- William Macy "Boss" Tweed, 1823
- John Burroughs, 1837
- Ma Rainey, 1888
- Leslie Howard, 1893
- Dooley Wilson, 1894
- Henry Luce, 1898
- George Jessel, 1898
- Herb Caen, 1916
- Marlon Brando, 1924
- Doris Day, 1924
- Gus Grissom, 1926
- Helmut Kohl, 1930
- Jane Goodall, 1934
- Wayne Newton, 1942
- Marsha Mason, 1942
- Jonathan Lynn, 1943
- Tony Orlando, 1944
- Lyle Alzado, 1949
- Alec Baldwin, 1958
- David Hyde Pierce, 1959
- Eddie Murphy, 1961
- Amanda Bynes, 1986
Died On This Day:
- Pope Honorius IV, 1287
- Washington Irving, 1859
- Jesse James murdered, 1882
- Johannes Brahms, 1897
- Richard D'Oyly Carte, 1901
- Bruno Hauptmann executed, 1936
- Kurt Weill, 1950
- Russel Crouse, 1966
- Marston Bates, 1974
- Milt Caniff, 1988
- Sarah Vaughan, 1990
- Charles Goren, 1991
- Graham Greene, 1991
- Lionel Bart, 1999
- Milos Forman, 2018
- 1367 - John of Gaunt and his uncle Edward, the Black Prince, are victorious at the battle of Najara, Spain.
- 1721 - Sir Robert Walpole becomes Britain's first Prime Minister.
- 1753 - Samuel Johnson begins second volume of his dictionary.
- 1829 - James Carrington of Wallingford, Conn. patents the coffee mill.
- 1860 - Pony Express begins fast mail service between Missouri and Sacramento, CA - 10 days, $5 per oz.
- 1860 - Pretoria becomes capital of Transvaal.
- 1865 - Union forces capture Richmond, VA, the capital of the Confederate States of America in the Civil War.
- 1922 - Joseph Stalin elected General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
- 1949 - Arab armistice with Israel.
- 1968 - Stanley Kubrick's '2001 A Space Odyssey' opens.
- 1973 - The first mobile phone call is made in downtown New York by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey.
- 1973 - Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first public cellular phone call on Sixth Avenue, New York City.
- 1975 - Anatoly Karpov wins world chess championship by default when Bobby Fischer refuses match.
- 1989 - Pierre-Auguste Renoir's 'La Promenade' sold by Sotheby's London for $17.6 million.
- 2007 - French TGV train breaks the world speed record reaching 357 MPH near Le Chemin, France.
- 2010 - Apple's new tablet, the iPad, goes on sale in US and sells 300,000 on its first day. By end of 2010 it will sell 4.2 million worldwide.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Pancras of Taormina
- Richard of Chichester (died today in 1253)
- Jimmu Tenno-Sai (anniversary of death of Emperor Jimmu) 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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