Born On This Day:

  • John Tyler, 1790
  • Cy Young, 1867
  • William Walton, 1902
  • Senator Eugene McCarthy, 1916
  • Man O' War, 1917
  • Pearl Bailey, 1918
  • Eileen Heckart, 1919
  • Dirk Bogarde, 1921
  • Richard Rodney Bennett, 1936
  • Billy Carter, 1937
  • Eric Idle, 1943
  • Vangelis, 1943
  • John Major, 1943
  • Bud Cort, 1950
  • Elle Macpherson, 1964
  • Jennifer Capriati, 1976

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Stephen IX, 1058
  • King Gustav III Sweden, 1792
  • John Jacob Astor, 1848
  • Georges Seurat, 1891
  • John Burroughs, 1921
  • Joyce Carey, 1957
  • J. Arthur Rank, 1972
  • Montovani, 1980
  • Nathan Twining, 1982
  • Paul Henried, 1992
  • Alistair Cooke, 2004
  • Johnnie Cochran Jr., 2005
  • Maurice Jarre, 2009
  • Patty Duke, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1461 - Battle of Towton in Yorkshire, England; Yorkist defeat Lancastrians with death toll of over 30,000.
  • 1638 - Swedish colonists found what later will become Wilmington, Delaware.
  • 1799 - New York State passes law to gradually abolish slavery; but masters can keep younger slaves in bondage to recoup investment.
  • 1814 - Andrew Jackson's troops kill 90% of Indians in final battle of Horseshoe Bend, AL ending Creek War.
  • 1824 - Society for the Rehabilitation of Juvenile Delinquents founded in N.Y.; first reformatory opens.
  • 1864 - Britain cedes the Ionian Islands to Greece.
  • 1867 - British North America act establishes Dominion of Canada.
  • 1871 - Royal Albert Hall opened by Queen Victoria.
  • 1886 - First batch of Coca-Cola brewed by John S. Pemberton in his Atlanta backyard..
  • 1919 - Solar eclipse proves Einstein's theory of relativity accurate; replaces Newton's absolute theory.
  • 1936 - Referendum to ratify Germany's reoccupation of the Rhineland passes with Hitler receiving 99% of the votes.
  • 1951 - 'The King and I' starts 1246 performance run in New York.
  • 1960 - Largest theatre built since fall of Rome, Roxy in NY (built 1927), closes doors for the last time.
  • 1961 - 23rd Amendment ratification gives Washington DC residents ability to vote for the first time.
  • 1973 - Last regular American troops leave South Vietnam. Last soldier is Master Sergeant Max Beilke of MN.
  • 1999 - Dow Jones closes over 10,000 for the first time.
  • 2014 - At 12:01 a.m. gay marriage becomes legal in Britain; first couple to wed is Peter McGraith and David Cabreza in Islington, London.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Berthold
  • Jonah and Berikjesu
  • Mark of Arethusa


  • Canton Martyr's Day in China
  • Commemoration Day in Madagascar
  • Youth Day in Taiwan

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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