24 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • William I (The Silent) Prince of Orange, 1533
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, 1581
  • Anthony Trollope, 1815
  • Sir Stafford Cripps, 1889
  • Willem de Kooning, 1904
  • Robert Penn Warren, 1905
  • Jack E. Leonard, 1911
  • Clement Freud, 1924
  • Shirley MacLaine, 1934
  • Jill Ireland, 1936
  • Barbra Streisand, 1942
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
  • Eric Bogosian, 1953
  • Paula Yates, 1959
  • Bruce Feirstein, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Wilfrid, AD 709
  • E. J. Trelawny, 1875
  • Finley Peter Dunne, 1936
  • Willa Cather, 1947
  • Bud Abbott, 1974
  • Duchess of Windsor, 1986
  • Pat Paulsen, 1997

Today's Events:

  • 1184 BC - Traditional date of Greeks using Trojan horse to get inside city of Troy and win war.
  • 1704 - Boston News-Letter, first regular newspaper in the American colonies published by John Campbell.
  • 1767 - First professional play produced in America; 'Prince of Parthia' by Thos. Godfrey opens in Philly.
  • 1792 - 'The Marseillaise' composed by Rouget de Lisle.
  • 1800 - Library of Congress established on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C..
  • 1814 - British burn Washington D.C.; Yanks destroy Navy Yard to avoid falling into British hands. War1812.
  • 1877 - Russia declares war on Turkey and invades Roumania.
  • 1898 - Spain declares war on the US after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
  • 1903 - New York Stock Exchange's new building at Broad and Wall Street dedicated.
  • 1915 - Turkish government arrests 200 Armenian leaders in Constantinople, the beginning of the Armenian Genocide that killed 1.5 million people between 1915 - 1923..
  • 1916 - Irish fight British in 'Easter Rising' in Dublin; Irish revolutionaries seize General Post Office.
  • 1967 - Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov becomes first person to die on space mission inside Soyuz-1.
  • 1970 - China launches her first earth satellite.
  • 1985 - Van Gogh's 'Landscape with Rising Sun' sells for $9.9 million.
  • 1993 - Irish Republican Army, IRA, rocks London financial area with huge bomb; $1.5 billion in damages.
  • 1996 - IRA plants largest bomb to date under Hammersmith Bridge on 80th anniversary of Easter Rising.
  • 2013 - Garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh kills 400, injures 2,500.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Ivo
  • Mellitus
  • Euphrasia Pelletier

Holiday:

  • Day of Buddaghosa, translator of Buddist scriptures (Sri Lanka)
  • Liberation Day Armenia (1915)

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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