Born On This Day:
- Michelangelo, 1475
- Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806
- George Du Maurier, 1834
- Ring Lardner, 1885
- Stanislaw Lec, 1906
- Lou Costello, 1908
- Frankie Howerd, 1922
- Ed McMahon, 1923
- Alan Greenspan, 1926
- L. Gordon Cooper, 1927
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1928
- Marion Barry, 1936
- Ivan Boesky, 1937
- Rob Reiner, 1945
- David Gilmour, 1946
- Kiri Te Kanawa, 1947
- Tom Arnold, 1959
- Erica Hess, 1962
- Shaquille O'Neal, 1972
Died On This Day:
- Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, 1836
- Artemus Ward, 1867
- Louisa May Alcott, 1888
- Gottlieb Daimler, 1900
- John Philip Sousa, 1932
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1935
- Ivor Novello, 1951
- King Paul I of Greece, 1964
- Margaret Dumont, 1965
- Nelson Eddy, 1967
- Pearl Buck, 1973
- Ayn Rand, 1982
- Georgia O'Keeffe, 1986
- Harry Andrews, 1989
- Melina Mercouri, 1994
- Teresa Wright, 2005
- Sheila MacRae, 2014
- Nancy Reagan, 2016
- 1475 - Vatican Library founded in Rome by Pope Nicholas V.
- 1521 - Ferdinand Magellan discovers Island of Guam.
- 1834 - City of York in Canada becomes incorporated; name changes to Toronto.
- 1836 - 3,000 Mexican troops under Santa Anna storm Alamo and massacre garrison; 187 Americans die.
- 1853 - Verdi's opera 'La Traviata' premieres at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
- 1899 - Aspirin patented by Felix Hoffman of Bayer Company in Berlin.
- 1913 - The word 'jazz' first used in article in San Francisco Bulletin,
- 1930 - Clarence Birdseye's first frozen food appears in Springfield, MA including oysters, peas & rhubarb
- 1933 - U.S. banks close on Roosevelt's order to stem depression; bank holiday to last seven days.
- 1944 - 800 U.S. Flying Fortresses drop 2,000 tons of bombs on the German capital city of Berlin. WWII
- 1969 - Schweickart and McDivitt are first astronauts to transfer from one spacecraft to another.
- 1981 - Walter Cronkite retires as CBS anchorman after 19 years.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Peretua and Felicity
- Independence Day Ghana (1957)
- Chikyu Setsu (Empress' birthday) in Japan
- Discovery Day in Guam
- 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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