Born On This Day:
- Marcus Aurelius, AD 121
- William Shakespeare (baptised), 1564
- Queen Marie de Medici France, 1573
- John James Audubon, 1785
- Eugene Delacroix, 1798
- Alfred Krupp, 1812
- Artemus Ward, 1834
- Syngman Rhee, 1875
- Anita Loos, 1888
- Rudolf Hess, 1894
- Charles Richter, 1900
- Bernard Malamud, 1914
- Morris West, 1916
- I. M. Pei, 1917
- Carol Burnett, 1935
- Duane Eddy, 1938
- Bobby Rydell, 1942
Died On This Day:
- Daniel Defoe, 1731
- John Wilkes Booth shot, 1865
- Gypsy Rose Lee, 1970
- Count Basie, 1984
- Broderick Crawford, 1986
- Lucille Ball, 1989
- Jill Dando killed, 1999
- Maria Schell, 2005
- Jack Valenti, 2007
- Phoebe Snow, 2011
- Jayne Meadows, 2015
- 1803 - Meteors falling on L'Aigle in France convince Academie des Sciences that 'stones' are worth studying.
- 1819 - Odd Fellows Lodge established in Baltimore.
- 1900 - Fire reduces Ottawa, Canada to ashes; 12,000 homeless, $15 million damage.
- 1923 - Marriage of future George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
- 1925 - Hindenburg becomes president of Germany.
- 1928 - Madame Tussauds waxworks opens in London.
- 1937 - German Luftwaffe bombs old Basque city of Guernica; 10,000 die; later immortalized by Picasso.
- 1942 - Worst mining disaster in the world at the Benxihu Colliery in China kills 1,549 miners.
- 1964 - Union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar forms Tanzania.
- 1977 - Studio 54, New York's most famous celebrity nightspot, opens.
- 1986 - Nuclear accident at Chernobyl, USSR. Radiation spreads over Europe & Asia. Russians mum.
- 1994 - First non-racial election in the history of South Africa; end of white-minority rule and apartheid.
- 1995 - 258 day baseball player's strike ends as teams play late opening day; longest sports strike ever.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Steven of Perm
- Cletus (or Anacletus)
- Union Day in Tanzania
- Confederate Memorial Day celebrated in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi
- 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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