Born On This Day:

  • Friedrich von Schlegel , 1772
  • Barry Fitzgerald, 1888
  • Clare Boothe Luce, 1903
  • Bix Beiderbecke, 1903
  • Heywood Hale Broun, 1918
  • Pamela Mason, 1922
  • James Earl Ray, 1928
  • David Rabe, 1940
  • Chuck Norris, 1940
  • Dean Torrance, 1940
  • Nobu Matsuhisa, 1949
  • Osama bin Laden, 1957
  • Sharon Stone, 1958
  • Prince Edward, 1964

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Simplicius, AD 483
  • King Max II Bavaria, 1864
  • Harriet Tubman, 1913
  • Irvin S. Cobb, 1944
  • Jan Masaryk killed, 1948
  • Zelda Fitzgerald, 1948
  • Konstantin Chernenko, 1985
  • Ray Milland, 1986
  • Andy Gibb, 1988
  • Lloyd Bridges, 1998
  • Irene Worth, 2002
  • Dave Allen, 2005
  • John Profumo, 2006
  • Anna Moffo, 2006
  • Merlin Olsen, 2010
  • Givenchy (Hubert de), 2018

Today's Events:

  • 515 BC - Building of the Great Jewish temple in Jerusalem is completed.
  • 241 BC - Romans win Battle of Aegates Islands in Italy in the First Punic War aka First Carthaginian War.
  • 1496 - Christopher Columbus heads back to Spain from Hispaniola at end of his second visit to West.
  • 1629 - King Charles I of Britain dissolves Parliament and it remained inactive for eleven years.
  • 1775 - Daniel Boone leaves Detroit to blaze Wilderness Road from Virginia to Kentucky and to the Ohio River.
  • 1848 - Senate ratifies treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo; war with Mexico ends.
  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell makes first phone call in Boston; 'Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.'
  • 1880 - Salvation Army sends pioneer party to USA including George Railton and seven women officers.
  • 1893 - French colonies Ivory Coast and French Guinea formally established.
  • 1906 - Europe's worst mining accident, the Courrieres mine disaster, kills 1,099 miners in Northern France.
  • 1906 - London Underground opens the Bakerloo Line.
  • 1910 - Slavery abolished in China.
  • 1913 - William Knox of Philadelphia becomes first to bowl perfect 300 game in ABC tournament.
  • 1922 - Mahatma Gandhi convicted for inciting Indians to violence against British rulers; gets six years a week later.
  • 1933 - Earthquake in Long Beach, CA kills 115 and causes $40 million in damages.
  • 1945 - Allied forces continue to bomb Tokyo for the second day killing 140,000. WWII
  • 1959 - Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth' starring Geraldine Page and Paul Newman opens in NY.
  • 1959 - Tibetan uprising against Beijing rule leads to exile of the Dalai Lama (on 3/16).
  • 1965 - Neil Simon's 'The Odd Couple' opens at Plymouth Theatre, N.Y. starring Walter Matthau.
  • 1982 - All nine planets in our solar system were aligned & facing same side of the Sun - known as syzygy.
  • 1993 - First Doctor killed during anti-abortion protest; David Gunn shot by Michael Griffin in Pensacola.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • The Forty Martyrs


  • Rikugun-Kinenbi (Army Commemoration Day) in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SHROVE TUESDAY. Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fastnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S. & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring), celebrated early March
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • 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
  • LAILAT AL-QADR, I'D AL-FITR & IDU'L FITAR, Muslim Festivals
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches
  • CHING MING FESTIVAL & QING MING (Singapore), All Souls Day in Far East
  • NOTE; EASTER is also called Ostern in Germany and Switzerland, Pasqua in Italy, Pascua Florida or Domingo de Gloria in Spain, Pâques in France, Velykos in Lithuania, Wielkanoc in Polish, Pasha in Greece, Påske in Norway, Påskdagen in Sweden, Zadig in Armenia, Paschen in The Netherlands, Paschoa in Portugal,
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • RAMA-NAVAMI, Hindu Festival of Rama, celebrated at the end of March
  • 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
  • COMMONWEALTH DAY in Britain Second Monday in March
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY - fourth Sunday of Lent celebrated in England


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