Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday. Author of at least 38 plays and 154 sonnets, the dramatist, actor, poet and theater manager Shakespeare created the most influential and lasting body of work in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 at Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
Photo: Today is Earth Day. Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 and has become a yearly event to focus on nature and ecology.
Apr 21– May 4, 1865. After President Abraham Lincoln’s death and a Washington, DC, funeral, a special train was used to transport the body to its final resting place at Springfield, IL. An un-utilized train called The United States, which had been built for presidential travel, was transformed into a nine-car funeral train. On Apr 21, 1865, with the President’s portrait fastened on the front of the engine, “The Lincoln Special” began its 1,654-mile journey through 444 communities in seven states from Washington to Springfield. Millions of people came out over two weeks to see the passing funeral train. At a dozen scheduled stops, the coffin was transported by horse-drawn hearse to public buildings, including Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where Lincoln lay in state and mourners waited for up to five hours to pass by the closed coffin. Lincoln was buried on May 4.
On 20 April 1999, at Columbine High School at Littleton, CO, students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 other students, a teacher and then themselves.
On 19 April 1995, a car bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at Oklahoma City, OK, at 9: 02 AM, killing 168 people, 19 of them children at a day-care center; a nurse died of head injuries sustained while helping in rescue efforts. The bomb, estimated to have weighed 5,000 pounds, had been placed in a rented truck. The blast ripped off the north face of the nine-story building, leaving a 20-foot-wide crater and debris two stories high. Structurally unsound and increasingly dangerous, the bombed building was razed May 23.
On April 18, 1906, nearly 4,000 people died as a result of the San Francisco Earthquake and resulting fires.
By official proclamation of our nation’s governors, 17 April has been designated as “Ellis Island Family History Day.” Sponsored by The Statue of Liberty– Ellis Island Foundation, Inc, this annual day recognizes the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants. Historically, Apr 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through the island than on any other day in its colorful history: 11,747 people. In addition, the Foundation has established the “Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards,” which are given annually to a select number of Ellis Island immigrants or their descendants who have made a significant contribution to the American experience.
Photo: Apr 16. Commemorates the Resurrection of Christ. Most joyous festival of the Christian year. The date of Easter, a movable feast, is derived from the lunar calendar: the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon on or after Mar 21— always between Mar 22 and Apr 25. The Council of Nicaea (ad 325) prescribed that Easter be celebrated on the Sunday after Passover, as that feast’s date had been established in Jesus’s time. After 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, Orthodox Christians continued to use the Julian calendar, so Easter can sometimes be as much as five weeks apart in the Western and Eastern churches.
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The “unsinkable” luxury liner Titanic on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, NY, struck an iceberg just before midnight Apr 14, and sank at 2: 27 AM, Apr 15. The Titanic had 2,224 persons aboard. Of these, more than 1,500 were lost. About 700 people were rescued from the icy waters off Newfoundland by the liner Carpathia, which reached the scene about two hours after the Titanic went down.