8 APRIL
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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:

  • Waudru

Holiday:

  • Birth of Buddha celebrated (563BC)
  • Kambutsue - Birthday of Buddha in Japan celebrated with Hana Matsuri Flower Festival
  • Birthday of Rama in India

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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