Born On This Day:

  • Rob Roy, 1671
  • John Herschel, 1792
  • Luther Burbank, 1849
  • Tomas Masaryk, 1850
  • Piet Mondrian, 1872
  • Maurice Ravel, 1875
  • Anna Magnani, 1908
  • Eduardo Paolozzi, 1924
  • Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon), 1930
  • Willard Scott, 1934
  • Daniel J. Travanti, 1940
  • Piers Paul Read, 1941
  • Michael Eisner, 1942
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 1944
  • Ivan Lendl, 1960

Died On This Day:

  • Aristotle, 322 BC
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, 1274
  • Pope Innocent XIII, 1724
  • Alice B. Toklas, 1967
  • Stevie Smith, 1971
  • Jacob Javits, 1986
  • Divine (Harris Milstead), 1988
  • Stanley Kubrick, 1999
  • Paul Winfield, 2004
  • Gordon Parks, 2006

Today's Events:

  • 1571 - Cervantes loses use of left arm at Battle of Lepanto in Venetian-held Cyprus.
  • 1573 - Venetians sign peace treaty surrendering Cyprus, lost in Battle of Lepanto two years earlier.
  • 1854 - Charles Miller of St. Louis patents sewing machine capable of stitching buttonholes.
  • 1857 - Dred Scott case ends with Supreme Court holding that a slave cannot sue for freedom in fed court.
  • 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell gets patent #174,465 on his telephone which he thought was a hearing aid.
  • 1893 - H. J. Heinz Co. receives print patent #1 on label for preserves, celery sauce and ketchup.
  • 1896 - First movies shown in England at Empire Leicester Square - 1 minute reels including 'Feeding Baby.'
  • 1896 - Gilbert and Sullivan's last collaboration 'The Grand Duke' premieres at Savoy Theatre, London.
  • 1897 - Dr. John Kellogg first serves his new invention, corn flakes-to patients in a mental institution.
  • 1917 - First 78 rpm jazz record issued: 'Dixie Jazz Band One Step' backed with 'Livery Stable Blues.'
  • 1926 - First transatlantic telephone call between London and New York.
  • 1933 - Game of 'Monopoly' invented
  • 1936 - Hitler occupies Rhineland violating the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 1965 - Bloody Sunday as 600 civil rights demonstrators in Alabama are beaten with clubs by state troopers.
  • 2010 - Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Academy Award for direction of the Oscar winning best film "Hurt Locker"

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274)

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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