28 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Edward IV, 1442
  • James Monroe, 1758
  • Karl Kraus, 1874
  • Lionel Barrymore, 1878
  • António Salazar, 1889
  • Alistair MacLean, 1922
  • Kenneth Kaunda, 1924
  • Harper Lee, 1926
  • Blossom Dearie, 1926
  • Cy Twombly, 1928
  • James Baker, 1930
  • Carolyn Jones, 1933
  • Saddam Hussein, 1937
  • Ann-Margret, 1941
  • Alice Waters, 1944
  • Jay Leno, 1950
  • Penelope Cruz, 1974

Died On This Day:

  • Sir Samuel Cunard, 1865
  • King Fuad I, 1936
  • Luisa Tetrazzini, 1940
  • Benito Mussolini executed, 1945
  • Ed Begley Sr., 1970
  • Francis Bacon, 1992

Today's Events:

  • 1780 - First recorded advertisement for abortion clinic in London Morning Post.
  • 1788 - Maryland admitted to Union becoming 7th of original 13 states to ratify the Constitution.
  • 1789 - Mutiny on the Bounty begins. Thirsty crew angry when Captain Bligh uses water for breadfruit plants.
  • 1887 - First auto race from Paris to Neuilly and back (19 miles) won by Count De Dion on his De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux
  • 1919 - Leslie Le Roy Irvin makes first freefall parachute jump from a DH-9 over Dayton; broke ankle on fall.
  • 1936 - King Farouk ascends throne of Egypt.
  • 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl sails from Peru on a balsa raft called Kon-Tiki on 101 day journey to Polynesia.
  • 1968 - After a successful run at NY Public Theatre and failure at Cheetah nightclub, 'Hair' opens on Broadway.
  • 1969 - Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
  • 1986 - Soviets finally reveal nuclear accident at Chernobyl, USSR. Radiation spreads over Europe & Asia.
  • 1990 - 'A Chorus Line' finally closes on Broadway after record 6,137 performance run.
  • 2001 - LA tycoon Dennis Tito is first tourist in space; pays $20 million to Russians; links with Endeavor.
  • 2011 - Killer tornados strike American South; 350 dead, 245 in Alabama; second worst in history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Paul of the Cross
  • Peter Chanel
  • Louis Grignion

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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