Born On This Day:
- Isambard Kingdom Brunel, 1806
- Charles Pierre Baudelaire, 1821
- King Leopold II Belgium, 1835
- Charles Steinmetz, 1865
- Sol Hurok, 1888
- Efrem Zimbalist, 1890
- Mary Pickford, 1893
- Tommy Manville, 1894
- Michel Simon, 1895
- Paul Robeson, 1898
- Lord David Cecil, 1902
- Ward Bond, 1904
- J. William Fulbright, 1905
- Hugh Gaitskell, 1906
- Robert Helpmann, 1909
- Hugh Hefner, 1926
- Tom Lehrer, 1928
- Michael Learned, 1929
- Cheeta (the Chimp), 1932
- Carl Perkins, 1932
- Jean-Paul Belmondo, 1933
- Dennis Quaid, 1954
- Iain Duncan Smith, 1954
- Seve Ballesteros, 1957
- Jacques Villeneuve, 1971
- Keshia Knight Pulliam, 1979
Died On This Day:
- King Edward IV, 1483
- Lorenzo de' Medici, 1492
- François Rabelais, 1553
- Sir Francis Bacon, 1626
- William Law, 1761
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1882
- Queen Isabella II Spain, 1904
- Helena Modjeska, 1909
- Mrs. Patrick Campbell, 1940
- Frank Lloyd Wright, 1959
- Linda Darnell, 1965
- Phil Ochs suicide, 1976
- John Henry Faulk, 1990
- Richard Condon, 1996
- Sidney Lumet, 2011
- 1388 - Six hundred Swiss men of Glarus in stunning victory over 6,000 Austrian invaders at Näfels.
- 1413 - Henry V crowned King of England.
- 1483 - 12 year-old Edward V becomes King of England on death of Edward IV; to reign only 77 days.
- 1682 - La Salle discovers mouth of the Mississippi river; names it Louisiana and claims it for France.
- 1770 - Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay, S.E. Coast Australia.
- 1865 - Robert E. Lee surrenders to U.S. Grant forces at Appomattox-the beginning of the end to Civil War.
- 1896 - Government of Canada takes possession of all Hudson Bay Company property.
- 1940 - Germany invades Denmark and Norway.
- 1942 - Bataan surrenders to the Japanese WWII; tomorrow 5,200 U.S. soldiers to die in Death March.
- 1992 - Manuel Noriega convicted of eight crimes; first foreign criminal head of state to be convicted in U.S.
- 2003 - Fall of Baghdad; Saddam Hussein statues come tumbling down in Second Gulf War. Looting. Chaos.
- 2005 - Charles, Prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker Bowles, who becomes Duchess of Cornwall.
- Bataan Day in Philippines
- 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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