Born On This Day:
- Buddha - Siddhartha Gautama Shaka, 563 BC
- Philip IV Spain, 1605
- Albert I, King of Belgians, 1875
- Sir Adrian Boult, 1889
- E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg, 1898
- Ilka Chase, 1905
- Sonja Henie, 1912
- Betty Ford, 1918
- Ian Smith, 1919
- Carmen McRae, 1922
- Shecky Greene, 1926
- Fred Ebb, 1928
- Jacques Brel, 1929
- Joey 'Crazy Joe' Gallo, 1929
- John Gavin, 1935
- Kofi Annan, 1938
- Vivienne Westwood, 1941
- Michael Bennett, 1943
- John Schneider, 1954
- Barbara Kingsolver, 1955
- Julian Lennon, 1963
- Robin Wright, 1966
- Patricia Arquette, 1968
Died On This Day:
- Gaetano Donizetti, 1848
- Elisha Otis, 1861
- Nijinsky, 1950
- George Jean Nathan, 1958
- Joey 'Crazy Joe' Gallo murdered, 1972
- Pablo Picasso, 1973
- Gen. Omar Bradley, 1981
- Ryan White AIDS, 1990
- Marian Anderson, 1993
- Claire Trevor, 2000
- Annette Funicello, 2013
- Margaret Thatcher, 2013
- 1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Léon claims Florida for Spain.
- 1646 - First newspaper advertisement appears in the Imperial Intelligencer in England.
- 1730 - First Jewish synagogue consecrated in U.S. -Shearith Israel in New York.
- 1838 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel's steamship Great Western sails from Bristol on her maiden voyage to NY.
- 1862 - Aerosol bottle patented by John Lynde of Philadelphia.
- 1873 - Alfred Paraf of New York obtains patent for process to make margarine.
- 1904 - Entente Cordiale settles Anglo-French differences in Morocco, Egypt & Newfoundland.
- 1946 - League of Nations holds its last meeting before dissolution.
- 1960 - Senate passes first civil rights legislation.
- 1974 - Atlanta Braves baseball star Hank Aaron hits 715th home run at Atlanta Stadium breaking Babe Ruth's 47 year record.
- 1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, CA in landslide.
- 1992 - Punch Magazine folds in England after 150 years of continuous publication.
- 2001 - Upon winning the Masters in Augusta, Tiger Woods becomes first golfer to hold all 4 pro titles at once.
- 2004 - Times Square New York celebrates centenary; was renamed from Longacre Square.
- 2005 - Funeral of Pope John Paul II draws 200 world leaders and 4 million pilgrims to Rome.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Birth of Buddha celebrated (563BC)
- Kambutsue - Birthday of Buddha in Japan celebrated with Hana Matsuri Flower Festival
- Birthday of Rama in India
- 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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