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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

Today's Events:

  • 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
  • Burgundofara
  • Richard of Chichester (died today in 1253)

Holiday:

  • Jimmu Tenno-Sai (anniversary of death of Emperor Jimmu) 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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