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Born On This Day:

  • Prince Otto von Bismarck, 1815
  • Jim Fisk, 1834
  • Edmond Rostand, 1868
  • Serge Rachmaninoff, 1873
  • Lon Chaney, 1883
  • Wallace Beery, 1886
  • Laurette Taylor, 1887
  • Eddie Duchin, 1909
  • Hans Conried, 1915
  • Jan Kadar, 1918
  • Toshiro Mifune, 1920
  • William Manchester, 1922
  • George Grizzard, 1928
  • Jane Powell, 1929
  • Debbie Reynolds, 1932
  • Ali McGraw, 1939
  • Rusty Staub, 1944
  • David Eisenhower, 1947
  • Susan Boyle, 1961

Died On This Day:

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1204
  • Scott Joplin, 1917
  • Ferenc Molnar, 1952
  • Max Ernst, 1976
  • Marvin Gaye shot, 1984
  • Fibber McGee (Jim Jordan), 1988
  • Martha Graham, 1991
  • Bella Abzug, 1998
  • Larry Tucker, 2001
  • Carrie Snodgrass, 2004
  • John Forsythe, 2010
  • Steven Bochco, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1621 - Pilgrims sign first peace treaty with Indians-Massasoit, war chief of the Wampanoags.
  • 1806 - Britain declares war on Prussia after seizure of Hanover.
  • 1853 - Firefighting first becomes a profession in Cincinnati. Salaries established for firemen.
  • 1856 - Western Union founded.
  • 1866 - Western Union buys U.S. Telegraph Company thereby becoming first American monopoly.
  • 1891 - Wrigley chewing gum company founded in Chicago by William Wrigley Jr.
  • 1904 - Henry Royce tests his first Rolls Royce.
  • 1909 - Opium imports banned in America.
  • 1918 - Killer flu outbreak in America; 1.5 million Americans to die; 20 million around world in pandemic.
  • 1918 - Royal Air force formed in Britain; Royal Flying Corps incorporated into RAF.
  • 1924 - Adolf Hitler sentenced to five years in jail for Munich beer hall putsch; becomes National hero.
  • 1928 - First automatic changer for record players introduced.
  • 1930 - 'Blue Angel,' starring Marlene Dietrich opens in Germany directed by Josef von Sternberg.
  • 1933 - Nazis boycott all Jewish businesses in Germany; Jewish doctors prohibited from seeing patients.
  • 1945 - Battle of Okinawa begins; biggest amphibious operation of Pacific War. WWII
  • 1954 - U.S. Air Force Academy created.
  • 1960 - First weather satellite launched in U.S.
  • 1976 - Steven Jobs and Steve Wozniac found Apple Computer.
  • 1979 - Members of Oxford Dangerous Sports Club first attach bungee cords and dive from bridge in Bristol.
  • 1979 - Ayatollah Knomeini declares Iran to be an Islamic republic.
  • 1998 - World record price for musical instrument - 1727 Stradivarius violin sold at Christies for £947,500.
  • 2001 - Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriages legal; 3 gay couples and a Lesbian couple are married by the Mayor of Amsterdam.
  • 2005 - From today, children conceived from sperm donors in Britain will have the right to know their biological parent at age 18.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Hugh of Grenoble

Holiday:

  • April Fool's Day (AKA All Fools Day)
  • Day of Noah

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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