25 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Louis IX (Saint Louis) King of France, 1214
  • Edward II, 1284
  • Oliver Cromwell, 1599
  • Gugliemo Marconi, 1874
  • William Brennan, 1906
  • Fred Zinnemann, 1907
  • Edward R. Murrow, 1908
  • Ella Fitzgerald, 1918
  • Paul Mazursky, 1930
  • Meadowlark Lemon, 1932
  • Al Pacino, 1940
  • Talia Shire, 1946
  • Renée Zellweger, 1969

Died On This Day:

  • Anders Celsius, 1744
  • William Cowper, 1800
  • George Sanders suicide, 1972
  • Sir Carol Reed, 1976
  • David A. Kennedy OD, 1984
  • Dexter Gordon, 1990
  • Ginger Rogers, 1995
  • Saul Bass, 1996
  • Wright Morris, 1998
  • David Merrick, 2000
  • Estée Lauder, 2004
  • Beatrice Arthur, 2009
  • Alan Sillitoe, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 1507 - Ignorant of Columbus, German mapmaker Waldseemuller publishes 'America' as name of new world.
  • 1719 - Daniel Defoe publishes his best-selling book 'Robinson Crusoe.'
  • 1792 - 3:30 pm - Guillotine first used in Paris at Place de Greve; Highwayman Nicolas Pelletier chopped.
  • 1856 - Charles Dodgson, later known as Lewis Carrol, meets Alice Liddel, model for Alice in Wonderland.
  • 1859 - Work begins on construction of Suez Canal.
  • 1898 - Spanish American War begins; U.S. declares war on Spain one day after Spain declares war on U.S.
  • 1915 - First allied landing on Gallipoli, WWI
  • 1945 - Delegates of 50 countries begin meetings in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
  • 1945 - US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau on the Elbe River cutting Nazi Germany in two. WWII.
  • 1953 - James Watson and Francis Crick first publish idea that DNA exists in double-helix in Nature Magazine.
  • 1954 - G. Pearson, C. Fuller and D. Chapin of Bell Telephone announce invention of solar battery.
  • 1959 - St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; 400 mi. system between Montreal and Lake Erie.
  • 1967 - Colorado legalizes therapeutic abortions if three-doctor board approves.
  • 1974 - Coup in Portugal.
  • 1982 - Israel formally returns Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.
  • 1990 - Hubble Space Telescope launched from space shuttle Discovery to survey the heavens.
  • 1993 - 300,000 homosexuals march on Washington, DC demanding freedom from discrimination.
  • 2005 - Classic photo by Robert Doisneau of couple kissing outside Paris city hall sold at auction for 10x more than expected - £105,000, by Francoise Bornet, the kissee.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • William of Monte Vergine
  • Mark

Holiday:

  • Anzac Day
  • Arbor Day
  • Day of Rubigalia the Roman
  • Portugal's Day or Macau celebrated in Portugal
  • Sinai Day in Egypt

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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