23 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • William Shakespeare, 1564
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775
  • James Buchanan, 1791
  • Chauncey Depew, 1834
  • Ruggiero Leoncavallo, 1857
  • Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
  • Vladimir Nabokov, 1899
  • Warren Spahn, 1921
  • Janet Blair, 1921
  • J. P. Donleavy, 1926
  • Shirley Temple Black, 1928
  • Halston, 1932
  • Jim Fixx, 1932
  • Rod McKuen, 1933
  • Roy Orbison, 1936
  • Lee Majors, 1940
  • David Birney, 1942
  • Sandra Dee, 1942
  • Hervé Villechaize, 1943
  • Bernadette Devlin, 1948
  • Michael Moore, 1954
  • Valerie Bertinelli, 1960

Died On This Day:

  • Boris Gudunov, 1605
  • Miguel de Cervantes, 1616
  • William Shakespeare, 1616
  • William Wordsworth, 1850
  • Joseph Jefferson, 1905
  • Rupert Brooke, 1915
  • Elizabeth Schumann, 1952
  • Maxfield Parrish, 1966
  • Herb Shriner, 1970
  • Buster Crabbe, 1983
  • Sam Ervin, 1985
  • Harold Arlen, 1986
  • Otto Preminger, 1986
  • Arthur Michael Ramsey Archbishop of Canterbury, 1988
  • Paulette Goddard, 1990
  • Satyajit Ray, 1992
  • Cesar Chavez, 1993
  • Howard Cosell, 1995
  • James Earl Ray, 1998
  • Jay Chiat, 2002
  • Sir John Mills, 2005
  • Boris Yeltsin, 2007
  • David Halberstam killed, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1344 - King Edward III founds Order of the Garter, a chivalric order with membership limited to 24 knights.
  • 1635 - First naval battle fought by Caucasians in America at Wicomoco River, E. Maryland.
  • 1789 - Following his January 7 election, President Washington and Martha move into Franklin House mansion, NY.
  • 1860 - Explorer John Stuart reaches center of Australia.
  • 1867 - William E. Lincoln of Providence patents first machine to show animated pictures, the Zoetrope.
  • 1872 - Charlotte E. Ray becomes first Black woman lawyer admitted to Supreme Court (District of Columbia)
  • 1879 - Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • 1896 - First projected film show in a 34th Street Music Hall in New York; Shorts of prize fight, dances and ocean waves projected by a Vitascope.
  • 1904 - U.S. acquires property of French Panama Canal Company.
  • 1932 - Shakespeare memorial theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon.
  • 1962 - Ranger IV launched; becomes first American satellite to reach the moon 3 days later.
  • 1968 - United Methodist Church formed from merger of Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren.
  • 1968 - Decimalization comes to British money as 5p and 10p coins are introduced.
  • 1969 - Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death in gas chamber for murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1983 - Britain introduces a new £1 coin replacing the paper note.
  • 1984 - Federal researchers announce they have identified virus that causes AIDS; 4,000 Americans now ill.
  • 1985 - Coca-Cola Company announces decision to get rid of 99 year-old recipe in favor of a sweeter version.
  • 1988 - Smoking banned on domestic U.S. flights of less than two hours; Northwest Airlines bans all flights.
  • 2005 - First YouTube video uploaded at 8:27 pm called "Me at the Zoo" featuring musings of Jawed Karim, one of the YouTube founders.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • St. George (died today A.D. 303) Patron Saint of England, Aragon & Portugal
  • Adalbert of Prague

Holiday:

  • Day of St. George, patron saint of England
  • Children's Day celebrations in Turkey
  • World Book Day

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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