4 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Roman Emperor Caracalla, AD 186
  • Linus Yale, 1821
  • Rémy de Gourmont, 1858
  • Pierre Monteux, 1875
  • Arthur Murray, 1895
  • Robert E. Sherwood, 1896
  • John Cameron Swayze, 1906
  • Muddy Waters, 1915
  • Elmer Bernstein, 1922
  • Maya Angelou, 1928
  • Anthony Perkins, 1932
  • Hugh Masekela, 1939
  • Kitty Kelley, 1942
  • Craig T. Nelson, 1947
  • Christine Lahti, 1950
  • Marilu Henner, 1952
  • David E. Kelley, 1956
  • Graham Norton, 1963
  • Robert Downey, Jr., 1965
  • David Blaine, 1973
  • Heath Ledger, 1979

Died On This Day:

  • King Frederick II Denmark, 1588
  • Oliver Goldsmith, 1774
  • William Henry Harrison, 1841
  • Karl Benz, 1929
  • Andre Michelin, 1931
  • Martin Luther King assassinated, 1968
  • Gloria Swanson, 1983
  • Max Frisch, 1991
  • Sammy Reshevsky, 1992
  • Roger Ebert, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1406 - James I, King of Scots, accedes to throne of Scotland although he is prisoner of the English.
  • 1460 - University of Basle, Switzerland, opened.
  • 1581 - Sir Francis Drake is knighted by Queen Elizabeth I on board his Golden Hind following his successful circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1692 - Andrew Hamilton appointed Colonial Postmaster General under act of British parliament.
  • 1818 - Congress approves flag of US: 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, one for each state.
  • 1841 - John Tyler is first vice-president to become President automatically on death of William Henry Harrison, the first president to die in office and serve the shortest term.
  • 1850 - Los Angeles incorporated as a city.
  • 1859 - Daniel Emmett's song 'Dixie' first performed by Bryant's Minstrels at Mechanics Hall, NY.
  • 1877 - First telephone is placed in a private home in Boston.
  • 1887 - First Colonial conference opens in London.
  • 1887 - First woman mayor of an American City elected - Susanna Medora Salter of Argonia, KS.
  • 1891 - Edwin Booth's last stage performance; Ends career as Hamlet.
  • 1905 - Earthquake in Kangra valley in India destroys three cities and kills 20,000.
  • 1914 - First movie matinee cliffhanging serial, 'The Perils of Pauline' opens in New York.
  • 1917 - U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter WW1; House approval by vote of 373 to 50.
  • 1932 - Vitamin C isolated by Charles Glen King, professor of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 1939 - Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
  • 1945 - Hungary liberated by Soviets who take control of country. WWII
  • 1949 - North Atlantic Treaty signed by twelve nations at Washington DC, NATO formed.
  • 1968 - Martin Luther King shot in neck by James Earl Ray on hotel balcony in Memphis with Rev. Jesse Jackson standing by.
  • 1969 - NBC Television cancels Star Trek after 79 episodes.
  • 1969 - CBS Television cancels Smothers Brothers, probably for anti Vietnam War parodies.
  • 1972 - Charlie Chaplin, 82, walks on American soil after 20 years of exile to receive honorary Oscar.
  • 1974 - Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York dedicated. (Destroyed by terrorists 9/11/01.)
  • 1981 - Henry Cisneros becomes first Latino Mayor of a US City, San Antonio, TX. (see 1887!)

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Chionia & Irene
  • Ambrose
  • Benedict the Black
  • Isidore of Seville (died today in 636)
  • Agape

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Senegal (1960)

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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