Born On This Day:
- King Frederick III Denmark, 1609
- John Calhoun, 1782
- Friedrich Hebbel, 1813
- Grover Cleveland, 1837
- Rimsky-Korsakov, 1844
- Rudolf Diesel, 1858
- Neville Chamberlain, 1869
- Edward Everett Horton, 1886
- Robert Donat, 1905
- Richard Condon, 1915
- Peter Graves, 1926
- George Plimpton, 1927
- John Updike, 1932
- F.W. de Klerk, 1936
- Charley Pride, 1939
- Wilson Pickett, 1941
- Kevin Dobson, 1944
- Brad Dourif, 1950
- Will Durst, 1952
- Irene Cara, 1959
- Vanessa Williams, 1963
- Queen Latifah, 1970
Died On This Day:
- Edward the Martyr of England killed, AD 978
- Pope Honorius III, 1227
- Alexander III, King of Scotland, 1286
- Ivan the Terrible, 1584
- Sir Robert Walpole, 1745
- Laurence Sterne, 1768
- King George I Greece assassinated, 1913
- William Crapo 'Billy' Durant, 1947
- King Farouk of Egypt, 1965
- Lauritz Melchior, 1973
- King Umberto II Italy, 1983
- Bernard Malamud, 1986
- Bil Baird, 1987
- Anthony Minghella, 2008
- Natasha Richardson, 2009
- Fess Parker, 2010
- Chuck Berry, 2017
- AD 37 - Caligula proclaimed emperor by the Roman Senate which annuls Tiberius's reign.
- AD 978 - Edward, King of England, is assassinated while visiting brother Ethelred in Corfe; stepmother ordered killing.
- 1229 - Roman Emperor Frederick II crowns himself King of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.
- 1543 - First recorded flood in America; Mississippi River overflows observed by Hernando de Soto.
- 1848 - Italian revolution starts in Milan.
- 1850 - Wells Fargo founders Henry Wells and William Fargo set up American Express.
- 1855 - First working railway suspension bridge officially opens across Niagara Falls as a fully laden passenger train drives across the upper deck at 5 mph.
- 1890 - Bismarck resigns as German Emperor.
- 1891 - London-Paris telephone system operational.
- 1902 - Enrico Caruso records world's first good quality records at the Hotel di Milano, in Milan, Italy.
- 1905 - Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt marry in New York.
- 1910 - First controlled, powered flight of an airplane in Australia made by escapologist Harry Houdini in a Voisin biplane.
- 1922 - Mohandas Gandhi sentenced to six years in prison for sedition by British authorities.
- 1922 - Judith Kaplan, daughter of Reconstructivist Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, has first American Bat Mitzvah ceremony in New York.
- 1925 - 689 die, 13,000 injured, $18 million damage in tornado disaster in IN, IL, KY & TN.
- 1931 - Schick Company puts the world's first electric razor (electric dry shaver) on sale in Stamford CT.
- 1944 - Latest eruption of Mt. Vesuvius destroys 88 US Airforce aircraft based at Pompeii Airfield.
- 1963 - Supreme Court rules that denial of legal counsel is violation of due process of law.
- 1963 - Houston Astrodome starts construction-world's first enclosed sports arena.
- 1965 - Russian Cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov first to walk in space; takes movies, free falls for 10 minutes.
- 1967 - Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster disgorges 30,000 tons of crude oil off Cornwall, England.
- 1970 - Post office workers strike for the first time; to last one week.
- 1990 - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston robbed; $300 million in art stolen including Rembrandt.
- 1991 - Exxon Corporation fined $125 million for spilling 11 million gallons of crude off Alaska shoreline.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Cyril of Jerusalem
- Salvator of Horta
- Edward the Martyr
- 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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