Born On This Day:
- Thomas Hobbes, 1588
- Joseph Lister, 1827
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1837
- Booker T. Washington, 1856
- La Mistinguette (Jeanne Bougeeois), 1871
- Spencer Tracy, 1900
- Chester Bowles, 1901
- Melvyn Douglas, 1901
- Bette Davis, 1908
- Herbert von Karajan, 1908
- Mary Hemingway, 1908
- Gregory Peck, 1916
- Arthur Hailey, 1920
- Gail Storm, 1922
- Roger Corman, 1926
- Frank Gorshin, 1934
- Colin Powell, 1937
- Peter Greenaway, 1942
- Michael Moriarty, 1942
- Max Gail, 1943
- Jane Asher, 1946
Died On This Day:
- George Savile, 1st marquess of Halifax, 1695
- Edward Young, 1765
- Chauncey Depew, 1928
- Vincent Youmans, 1946
- General Douglas MacArthur, 1964
- Mischa Elman, 1967
- Igor Stravinsky, 1971
- Chiang Kai-Shek, 1975
- Howard Hughes, 1976
- Abe Fortas, 1982
- Kurt Cobain suicide, 1994
- Sol Hurok, 1994
- Allen Ginsberg, 1997
- Saul Bellow, 2005
- Gene Pitney, 2006
- Charlton Heston, 2008
- Richard Dysart, 2015
- 2348 BC - Traditional date that Noah's Ark touched dry land.
- 1614 - Native American Princess Pocahontas marries Virginia colonist John Rolfe.
- 1722 - First Europeans, led by Dutch captain Jacob Roggeveen, discover Easter Island on Easter Sunday; 800 amazing statues viewed for the first time.
- 1792 - George Washington becomes first president to veto a Congressional bill - the Apportionment Bill.
- 1815 - Volcano begins erupting in Tambora Sumbawa, Indonesia; death toll 92,000.
- 1862 - Month-long Civil War Battle of Yorktown begins in Virginia.
- 1874 - Johann Strauss's lyric opera Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is a sensation at its Vienna premiere.
- 1881 - Treaty of Pretoria-Britain recognizes Transvaal independence.
- 1915 - Jess Willard KO's Jack Johnson for World Heavyweight boxing Championship in Havana, Cuba.
- 1933 - First lung removal performed by Dr. Evarts Ambrose Graham in St. Louis.
- 1943 - Tragic WWII American bombing mistake: 936 civilians including 209 schoolchildren killed in bombing of Minerva car factory in Antwerp, Belgium.
- 1951 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg sentenced to death for spying for Russia.
- 1955 - 81 year-old Winston Churchill resigns; Anthony Eden becomes British Prime Minister.
- 1962 - Herb Gardner's 'A Thousand Clowns' opens on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
- 1976 - Harold Wilson resigns as British Prime Minister.
- 1980 - World's rarest stamp, the one-cent British Guiana 1856 magenta, auctioned for $850,000 in NY.
- 1984 - Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar beats Wilt Chamberlain's all time scoring record-31,419 points.
- 1986 - West Berlin disco bombed by Libyan terrorists provoking U.S. bombing retaliation on April 14.
- 1992 - Largest demonstration in Washington DC history - 700,000 march in support of abortion rights.
- 1998 - Largest suspension bridge in the world opens in Japan - the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge joining Honshu and Shikoku.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Vincent Ferrer (died today in 1419)
- Day of Avalokiteshvara-God of Mercy in Tibetan Buddhism.
- 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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