Born On This Day:

  • Georg Telemann, 1681
  • Johann Strauss (the elder), 1804
  • King Victor Emmanuel, 1820
  • Casey Jones, 1864
  • Albert Einstein, 1879
  • Sylvia Beach, 1887
  • Horton Foote, 1914
  • Max Shulman, 1919
  • Hank Ketchum, 1920
  • Diane Arbus, 1923
  • Frank Borman, 1928
  • Michael Caine, 1933
  • Quincy Jones, 1933
  • Rita Tushingham, 1942
  • Jasper Carrott, 1945
  • Billy Crystal, 1947
  • Rick Dees, 1950
  • Prince Albert of Monaco, 1958
  • Kevin Brown, 1965

Died On This Day:

  • Karl Marx, 1883
  • Walter Crane, 1915
  • George Eastman suicide, 1932
  • Ben Shahn, 1969
  • Susan Hayward, 1975
  • Busby Berkeley, 1976
  • Edward Abbey, 1989
  • Morey Amsterdam, 1996
  • Fred Zinnemann, 1997
  • Stephen Hawking, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1559 - Some of the worst storm floods in history ravage the Netherlands.
  • 1590 - French King Henri IV defeats the Catholics at the Battle at Ivry.
  • 1743 - First town meeting held in America at Boston.
  • 1794 - Eli Whitney finally receives a patent on his cotton gin originally filed on October 28, 1793.
  • 1812 - US Government authorizes issue of America's first war bonds for British American War of 1812.
  • 1885 - London premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado' at the Savoy Theatre.
  • 1891 - First underwater telephone line laid across the English Channel.
  • 1900 - U.S. currency act makes paper money redeemable in gold; President McKinley signs gold standard bill.
  • 1915 - German battleship Dresden sunk.
  • 1923 - Warren G. Harding becomes first U.S. President to file a tax return.
  • 1925 - First transatlantic radio broadcast.
  • 1930 - Garbo's first talkie, 'Anna Christie' opens.
  • 1948 - The Marshall Plan (economic aid to Europe) begins.
  • 1950 - FBI's list of ten most wanted fugitives debuts inspired by UPI news story on 'toughest guys.'
  • 1964 - Jack Ruby receives first televised death sentence for murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • 2011 - Nuclear crisis in Japan with a second and third major hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant; first explosion was on 3/12.
  • 2019 - Mozambique and Zimbabwe hit by major cyclone Idai flooding towns; perhaps as many as 1,000 die.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Matilda

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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