Born On This Day:
- St. Francis Xavier, 1506
- William Wordsworth, 1770
- W.K. Kellogg, 1860
- Bert Wheeler, 1895
- Walter Winchell, 1897
- Percy Faith, 1908
- Billie Holiday, 1915
- Ravi Shankar, 1920
- Alan Pakula, 1928
- James Garner, 1928
- Wayne Rogers, 1933
- Ian Richardson, 1934
- Jerry Brown, 1938
- David Frost, 1939
- Francis Ford Coppola, 1939
- Gerhard Schroder, 1944
- John Oates, 1949
- Janis Ian, 1951
- Jackie Chan, 1954
- Russell Crowe, 1964
- Victoria Beckham, 1975
Died On This Day:
- Charles VIII of France, 1498
- El Greco, 1614
- Dick Turpin executed, 1739
- Phineas T. Barnum, 1891
- Henry Ford, 1947
- Walter Huston, 1950
- Theda Bara, 1955
- Molly McGee (Marian Jordan), 1961
- Norman Taurog, 1981
- Sen. Frank Church, 1984
- Tammy Wynette, 1998
- Barry Nelson, 2007
- Mike Wallace, 2012
- Stan Freberg, 2015
- Tim Pigott-Smith, 2017
- AD 30 - Many scholars reckon today is the day of Christ's crucifixion, or is this crucifiction? Some say April 3, 33.
- 1652 - Capetown, South Africa settled by Dutch under leader Jan van Riebeeck.
- 1788 - Marietta, the first permanent settlement in Ohio, founded.
- 1827 - First 100 wooden friction matches sold by Brit inventor John Walker to solicitor for one shilling - 2d for box.
- 1851 - First postage stamp issued in Canada-3 penny black.
- 1853 - Queen Victoria becomes first monarch to receive chloroform to ease birth of Prince Leopold.
- 1862 - Battle of Shiloh ends with Northern victory; 10,000 casualties on each side. Civil War.
- 1927 - First American demo TV broadcast - an image of Sec. of Commerce Herbert Hoover.
- 1936 - Britain's popular family vacation camping resort, Butlins, opens first branch at Skegness.
- 1940 - Booker T. Washington stamp issued by U.S. Post Office; first Black to appear on stamp.
- 1943 - The drug LSD first synthesized by Albert Hofman in Basel, Switzerland.
- 1947 - First annual Tony Awards for American theatre presented in New York; named for Antoinette Perry.
- 1948 - World Health Organization established in Geneva.
- 1949 - 'South Pacific' starts 1,694 performance run in New York.
- 1956 - Spain relinquishes its protectorate over Morocco.
- 1957 - Last New York electric trolley run from Queens Plaza to Manhattan; age of electric trolley ends.
- 1959 - U.S. selects first 7 astronauts-Cooper/Grissom/Slayton/Carpenter/Schirra/Shepard/Glenn.
- 2005 - Up to 4 million people attend Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome.
- 2009 - US Television stations must switch broadcasting from analog to digital on this date, says a Senate Commerce Committee in October, 2005.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Henry Walpole
- Herman Joseph
- John Baptist de la Salle
- Celsus or Ceallach of Armagh
- George the Younger
- Nilus of Sora
- Day of Adam
- World Health Day
- 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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