Born On This Day:
- Samuel F. B. Morse, 1791
- Herbert Spencer, 1820
- Ulysses S. Grant, 1822
- Edward Whymper, 1840
- Norman Bel Geddes, 1893
- Rogers Hornsby, 1896
- Walter Lantz, 1900
- Cecil Day-Lewis, 1904
- Jack Klugman, 1922
- Coretta King, 1927
- Casey Kasem, 1932
- Anouk Aimee, 1934
- Sandy Dennis, 1937
- August Wilson, 1945
- Sheena Easton, 1959
Died On This Day:
- Philip the Bold, 1404
- Ferdinand Magellan killed, 1521
- Czar Theodore III, 1682
- Brig. Gen. Zebulon M. Pike, 1813
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1882
- Hart Crane, 1932
- Edward R. Murrow, 1965
- Kwame Nkrumah, 1972
- Carlos Castaneda, 1998
- Mstislav Rostropovich, 2007
- 1784 - 'Marriage of Figaro' first performed in Vienna, later transformed by Mozart into opera.
- 1805 - U.S. Marines capture fort at Derna, Tripoli in battles with Barbary pirates. 'From the halls of...'
- 1813 - York, Canada, now Toronto, surrendered by British Forces. War of 1812.
- 1828 - London Zoo opens in Regent's Park
- 1830 - Simon Bolivar abdicates as president of Colombia.
- 1865 - Mississippi steamboat 'Sultana' blows up near Memphis; 1547 dead (more than Titanic!)
- 1880 - The hearing aid patented by Francis D. Clarke and M.G. Foster.
- 1938 - Royal wedding in Albania -Geraldine Apponyi is first woman of American descent to become a queen.
- 1950 - Almost two years after State of Israel proclaimed, Britain finally recognizes it.
- 1968 - Abortions are now legal in England as Abortion Act passes into law.
- 1983 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan of Houston Astros strikes out 3,509th batter; passes Walter Johnson's record.
- 2005 - European airliner Airbus 380, the world's largest seating 550, makes maiden flight over Toulouse.
- 2014 - 800,000 gather in St. Peter's Square Rome to see Pope Francis canonize late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Peter Canisius
- Toribio of Lima
- Sierra Leone Independence Day. (1961), Togo (1960)
- Revolution Day in Afghanistan
- Founding of the 2nd Austrian Republic (1945)
- 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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