Born On This Day:
- William Shakespeare, 1564
- Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775
- James Buchanan, 1791
- Chauncey Depew, 1834
- Ruggiero Leoncavallo, 1857
- Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
- Vladimir Nabokov, 1899
- Warren Spahn, 1921
- Janet Blair, 1921
- J. P. Donleavy, 1926
- Shirley Temple Black, 1928
- Halston, 1932
- Jim Fixx, 1932
- Rod McKuen, 1933
- Roy Orbison, 1936
- Lee Majors, 1940
- David Birney, 1942
- Sandra Dee, 1942
- Hervé Villechaize, 1943
- Bernadette Devlin, 1948
- Michael Moore, 1954
- Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Died On This Day:
- Boris Gudunov, 1605
- Miguel de Cervantes, 1616
- William Shakespeare, 1616
- William Wordsworth, 1850
- Joseph Jefferson, 1905
- Rupert Brooke, 1915
- Elizabeth Schumann, 1952
- Maxfield Parrish, 1966
- Herb Shriner, 1970
- Buster Crabbe, 1983
- Sam Ervin, 1985
- Harold Arlen, 1986
- Otto Preminger, 1986
- Arthur Michael Ramsey Archbishop of Canterbury, 1988
- Paulette Goddard, 1990
- Satyajit Ray, 1992
- Cesar Chavez, 1993
- Howard Cosell, 1995
- James Earl Ray, 1998
- Jay Chiat, 2002
- Sir John Mills, 2005
- Boris Yeltsin, 2007
- David Halberstam killed, 2007
- 1344 - King Edward III founds Order of the Garter, a chivalric order with membership limited to 24 knights.
- 1635 - First naval battle fought by Caucasians in America at Wicomoco River, E. Maryland.
- 1789 - Following his January 7 election, President Washington and Martha move into Franklin House mansion, NY.
- 1860 - Explorer John Stuart reaches center of Australia.
- 1867 - William E. Lincoln of Providence patents first machine to show animated pictures, the Zoetrope.
- 1872 - Charlotte E. Ray becomes first Black woman lawyer admitted to Supreme Court (District of Columbia)
- 1879 - Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford-upon-Avon.
- 1896 - First projected film show in a 34th Street Music Hall in New York; Shorts of prize fight, dances and ocean waves projected by a Vitascope.
- 1904 - U.S. acquires property of French Panama Canal Company.
- 1932 - Shakespeare memorial theatre opens at Stratford-on-Avon.
- 1962 - Ranger IV launched; becomes first American satellite to reach the moon 3 days later.
- 1968 - United Methodist Church formed from merger of Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren.
- 1968 - Decimalization comes to British money as 5p and 10p coins are introduced.
- 1969 - Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death in gas chamber for murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
- 1983 - Britain introduces a new £1 coin replacing the paper note.
- 1984 - Federal researchers announce they have identified virus that causes AIDS; 4,000 Americans now ill.
- 1985 - Coca-Cola Company announces decision to get rid of 99 year-old recipe in favor of a sweeter version.
- 1988 - Smoking banned on domestic U.S. flights of less than two hours; Northwest Airlines bans all flights.
- 2005 - First YouTube video uploaded at 8:27 pm called "Me at the Zoo" featuring musings of Jawed Karim, one of the YouTube founders.
Feast Day of Saint:
- St. George (died today A.D. 303) Patron Saint of England, Aragon & Portugal
- Adalbert of Prague
- Day of St. George, patron saint of England
- Children's Day celebrations in Turkey
- World Book Day
- 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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