Born On This Day:
- King James V Scotland, 1512
- Hugo Grotius, 1583
- William Hazlitt, 1778
- Commodore Matthew Perry, 1794
- William Booth, 1829
- Joseph Pulitzer, 1847
- Harry Morgan, 1915
- Chuck Connors, 1920
- Max von Sydow, 1929
- Omar Sharif, 1933
- David Halberstam, 1934
- John Madden, 1935
- Don Meredith, 1938
- Paul Theroux, 1941
- Steven Seagal, 1952
- Orlando Jones, 1968
- Mandy Moore, 1984
- Haley Joel Osment, 1988
Died On This Day:
- King Louis II (the Stammerer) France, AD 879
- Pope Gregory XIII, 1585
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1909
- Emiliano Zapata assassinated, 1919
- Khalil Gibran, 1931
- Auguste Lumiere, 1954
- Michael Curtiz, 1962
- Evelyn Waugh, 1966
- Marjorie Main, 1975
- Sam Kinison killed, 1992
- Dixie Carter, 2010
- 1606 - King James grants first charter for settlement of Virginia in New World.
- 1633 - New fruit appears in British markets for the first time - bananas.
- 1790 - U.S. Patent system established.
- 1790 - Capt. Robert Gray brings his ship Columbia to Boston Harbor after first circumnavigation of globe.
- 1820 - First British settlers arrive in Algoa Bay, South Africa.
- 1841 - New York Tribune first published by New England minister Horace Greeley.
- 1849 - Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt of New York City.
- 1858 - Big Ben, the 13.7 metric ton bell, is cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London; another year would pass before first ringing at Parliament.
- 1864 - Maximilian made Emperor of Mexico.
- 1866 - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) incorporated in NY.
- 1877 - 'The catamaran' boat patented by inventor Nathanael Greene Herreshoff of Providence, RI.
- 1912 - S.S.Titanic leaves Southampton, narrowly avoiding collision with New York liner.
- 1916 - First PGA (Professional Golfer's Association) championship at Siwanoy , Bronxville, NY.
- 1917 - After 11 year exile, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returns to Russia to lead Bolsheviks.
- 1953 - 'House of Wax,' first full-length 3-D movie, opens in New York starring Vincent Price.
- 1970 - Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church changes name to Orthodox Church in America.
- 1970 - Paul McCartney announces intention to leave the Beatles.
- 1972 - Earthquake of 6.9 magnitude in Qir, Iran near Persian Gulf kills 5,057.
- 1978 - First American-made Volkswagen rolls off assembly line in Pennsylvania; Honda next to open plant.
- 1998 - Good Friday brings peace in Northern Ireland ending 30 years of bloodshed.
- 1998 - Pfizer launches its new drug Viagra.
- 2000 - NASDAQ plunges 258 points, 2nd biggest drop ever, starting fall of technology stocks.
- 2001 - Dutch parliament confirms law that makes The Netherlands first country to decriminalize euthanasia.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Day of Ezekiel the prophet
- 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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