Born On This Day:
- A .E. Housman, 1859
- A.E. Houseman, 1859
- King Fuad Egypt, 1868
- Gerald du Maurier, 1873
- Robert Frost, 1874
- Condé Nast, 1874
- Duncan Hines, 1880
- Tennessee Williams, 1911
- Sterling Hayden, 1916
- Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1923
- Bob Elliott, 1923
- Pierre Boulez, 1925
- Sandra Day O'Connor, 1930
- Leonard Nimoy, 1931
- Alan Arkin, 1934
- James Caan, 1939
- Richard Dawkins, 1941
- Erica Jong, 1942
- Bob Woodward, 1943
- Diana Ross, 1944
- Teddy Pendergrass, 1950
- Martin Short, 1950
- Curtis Sliwa, 1954
- Leeza Gibbons, 1957
- Marcus Allen, 1960
- Jennifer Grey, 1960
- William Hague, 1961
- Keira Knightley, 1985
Died On This Day:
- Pope Stephen II, AD 752
- John Winthrop, 1649
- Joseph Ignace Guillotin, 1814
- King John VI Portugal, 1826
- Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1827
- Walt Whitman, 1892
- Cecil Rhodes, 1902
- Sarah Bernhardt, 1923
- David Lloyd George, 1945
- Max Ophuls, 1957
- Raymond Chandler, 1959
- John Kennedy Toole suicide, 1969
- Noel Coward, 1973
- Anthony Blunt, 1983
- Halston AIDS, 1990
- Edmund Muskie, 1996
- Alex Comfort, 2000
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 2003
- James Callaghan, 2005
- Geraldine Ferraro, 2011
- 1484 - English printer William Caxton publishes the first printed version of Aesop's Fables in English; preceeded by German version in 1476, Italian 1479, French 1480.
- 1636 - University of Utrecht founded in the Netherlands.
- 1639 - The first Drury Lane Theatre opens.
- 1674 - The second Drury Lane Theatre opens.
- 1780 - First Sunday newspaper issued-The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor.
- 1793 - The Holy Roman Empire declares war on France.
- 1812 - Earthquake measuring 7.7 destroys Caracas, Venezuela killing 20,000 and creating a new lake.
- 1830 - Book of Mormon published by Joseph Smith - a 'translation' from golden plates with Egyptian glyphs.
- 1885 - Eastman Dry Plate Co. in Rochester, NY, manufactures first movie film.
- 1886 - First cremation in England takes place in Woking of 'a lady well-known in literary and science circles.'
- 1915 - Miami Beach founded.
- 1917 - Battle of Gaza; British under Gen. Sir Charles Dobell fail.
- 1923 - BBC Radio broadcasts its first daily weather forecast.
- 1933 - In a meeting with Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler orders boycott of all Jewish businesses in Germany.
- 1942 - First Jewish women and girls, 999 of them, arrive at Auschwitz Concentration Camp
- 1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk of the University of Pittsburgh reports successful tests of polio vaccine.
- 1973 - Women allowed on the trading floor of the London Stock Exchange for first time in 200 year history.
- 1979 - Middle East peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt; Sadat & Begin sign at Camp David.
Feast Day of Saint:
- William of Norwich
- Indendence Day Bangladesh (1971)
- 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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