26 APRIL
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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)

Holiday:

  • Union Day in Tanzania
  • Confederate Memorial Day celebrated in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi

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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