5 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas Hobbes, 1588
  • Joseph Lister, 1827
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1837
  • Booker T. Washington, 1856
  • La Mistinguette (Jeanne Bougeeois), 1871
  • Spencer Tracy, 1900
  • Chester Bowles, 1901
  • Melvyn Douglas, 1901
  • Bette Davis, 1908
  • Herbert von Karajan, 1908
  • Mary Hemingway, 1908
  • Gregory Peck, 1916
  • Arthur Hailey, 1920
  • Gail Storm, 1922
  • Roger Corman, 1926
  • Frank Gorshin, 1934
  • Colin Powell, 1937
  • Peter Greenaway, 1942
  • Michael Moriarty, 1942
  • Max Gail, 1943
  • Jane Asher, 1946

Died On This Day:

  • George Savile, 1st marquess of Halifax, 1695
  • Edward Young, 1765
  • Chauncey Depew, 1928
  • Vincent Youmans, 1946
  • General Douglas MacArthur, 1964
  • Mischa Elman, 1967
  • Igor Stravinsky, 1971
  • Chiang Kai-Shek, 1975
  • Howard Hughes, 1976
  • Abe Fortas, 1982
  • Kurt Cobain suicide, 1994
  • Sol Hurok, 1994
  • Allen Ginsberg, 1997
  • Saul Bellow, 2005
  • Gene Pitney, 2006
  • Charlton Heston, 2008
  • Richard Dysart, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 2348 BC - Traditional date that Noah's Ark touched dry land.
  • 1614 - Native American Princess Pocahontas marries Virginia colonist John Rolfe.
  • 1722 - First Europeans, led by Dutch captain Jacob Roggeveen, discover Easter Island on Easter Sunday; 800 amazing statues viewed for the first time.
  • 1792 - George Washington becomes first president to veto a Congressional bill - the Apportionment Bill.
  • 1815 - Volcano begins erupting in Tambora Sumbawa, Indonesia; death toll 92,000.
  • 1862 - Month-long Civil War Battle of Yorktown begins in Virginia.
  • 1874 - Johann Strauss's lyric opera Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is a sensation at its Vienna premiere.
  • 1881 - Treaty of Pretoria-Britain recognizes Transvaal independence.
  • 1915 - Jess Willard KO's Jack Johnson for World Heavyweight boxing Championship in Havana, Cuba.
  • 1933 - First lung removal performed by Dr. Evarts Ambrose Graham in St. Louis.
  • 1943 - Tragic WWII American bombing mistake: 936 civilians including 209 schoolchildren killed in bombing of Minerva car factory in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 1951 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg sentenced to death for spying for Russia.
  • 1955 - 81 year-old Winston Churchill resigns; Anthony Eden becomes British Prime Minister.
  • 1962 - Herb Gardner's 'A Thousand Clowns' opens on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
  • 1976 - Harold Wilson resigns as British Prime Minister.
  • 1980 - World's rarest stamp, the one-cent British Guiana 1856 magenta, auctioned for $850,000 in NY.
  • 1984 - Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar beats Wilt Chamberlain's all time scoring record-31,419 points.
  • 1986 - West Berlin disco bombed by Libyan terrorists provoking U.S. bombing retaliation on April 14.
  • 1992 - Largest demonstration in Washington DC history - 700,000 march in support of abortion rights.
  • 1998 - Largest suspension bridge in the world opens in Japan - the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge joining Honshu and Shikoku.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Vincent Ferrer (died today in 1419)

Holiday:

  • Day of Avalokiteshvara-God of Mercy in Tibetan Buddhism.

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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