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Tuesday 26 March 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Prince Kūhiō Day (Hawaii, United States)
  • Purple Day (Canada and United States)
  • Purple Day (Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy)

Events

  • 1981 – Social Democratic Party (UK) is founded as a party.
  • 1958 – The United States Army launches Explorer 3.
  • 1945 – World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends as the island is officially secured by American forces.
  • 1942 – World War II: The first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.
  • 1931 – Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union is founded in Vietnam.
  • 1931 – Swissair is founded as the national airline of Switzerland.
  • 1922 – The German Social Democratic Party is founded in Poland.
  • 1917 – World War I: First Battle of Gaza: British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.
  • 1915 – The Vancouver Millionaires win the 1915 Stanley Cup Finals, the first championship played between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association.
  • 1839 – The first Henley Royal Regatta is held.
  • 1812 – A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term "gerrymander" to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.
  • 1636 – Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands.
  • 1344 – The Siege of Algeciras, one of the first European military engagements where gunpowder was used, comes to an end.

Births

  • 2005 – Ella Anderson, American actress
  • 1991 – Matt Davidson, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Jermichael Finley, American football player
  • 1985 – Jonathan Groff, American actor and singer
  • 1985 – Matt Grevers, American swimmer
  • 1984 – Jimmy Howard, American ice hockey player
  • 1984 – Sara Jean Underwood, American model, television host, and actress
  • 1983 – Floriana Lima, American actress
  • 1983 – Mike Mondo, American wrestler
  • 1982 – Brendan Ryan, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Nate Kaeding, American football player
  • 1981 – Josh Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Bianca Kajlich, American actress
  • 1976 – Amy Smart, American actress and former model
  • 1973 – Larry Page, American computer scientist and businessman, co-founder of Google
  • 1973 – T. R. Knight, American actor
  • 1972 – Jason Maxwell, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Leslie Mann, American actress
  • 1971 – Erick Morillo, Colombian-American DJ and producer
  • 1968 – James Iha, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1968 – Kenny Chesney, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Jason Chaffetz, American politician
  • 1966 – Michael Imperioli, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Nick Wirth, English engineer, founded Wirth Research
  • 1965 – Trey Azagthoth, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1964 – Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish-American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1962 – John Stockton, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Kevin Seitzer, American baseball player and coach
  • 1961 – William Hague, English historian and politician, First Secretary of State
  • 1960 – Jennifer Grey, American actress and dancer
  • 1960 – Marcus Allen, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1959 – Chris Hansen, American journalist
  • 1957 – Leeza Gibbons, American talk show host and television personality
  • 1956 – Charly McClain, American country singer
  • 1954 – Curtis Sliwa, American talk show host and activist, founded Guardian Angels
  • 1953 – Elaine Chao, Taiwanese-American banker and politician, 24th United States Secretary of Labor
  • 1953 – Lincoln Chafee, American academic and politician, 74th Governor of Rhode Island
  • 1952 – T. A. Barron, American novelist
  • 1951 – Carl Wieman, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1950 – Alan Silvestri, American composer and conductor
  • 1950 – Martin Short, Canadian-American actor, screenwriter, and producer
  • 1950 – Teddy Pendergrass, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1949 – Ernest Lee Thomas, American actor
  • 1949 – Fran Sheehan, American bass player
  • 1949 – Vicki Lawrence, American actress, comedian, talk show host, and singer
  • 1948 – Steven Tyler, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1946 – Johnny Crawford, American actor and singer
  • 1944 – Diana Ross, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1943 – Bob Woodward, American journalist and author
  • 1942 – Erica Jong, American novelist and poet
  • 1940 – James Caan, American actor and singer
  • 1940 – Nancy Pelosi, American lawyer and politician, 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • 1938 – Anthony James Leggett, English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1937 – Barbara Jones, American sprinter
  • 1937 – Wayne Embry, American basketball player and manager
  • 1934 – Alan Arkin, American actor
  • 1932 – James Andrew Harris, American chemist and academic (d. 2000)
  • 1932 – Leroy Griffith, American businessman
  • 1931 – Leonard Nimoy, American actor (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Gregory Corso, American poet (d. 2001)
  • 1930 – Sandra Day O'Connor, American lawyer and jurist
  • 1929 – Edward Sorel, American illustrator and caricaturist
  • 1929 – Edwin Turney, American businessman, co-founded Advanced Micro Devices (d. 2008)
  • 1925 – Ben Mondor, Canadian-American businessman (d. 2010)
  • 1925 – James Moody, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2010)
  • 1925 – Vesta Roy, American politician, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 2002)
  • 1923 – Bob Elliott, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1919 – Strother Martin, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1917 – Rufus Thomas, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1916 – Christian B. Anfinsen, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1916 – Sterling Hayden, American actor and author (d. 1986)
  • 1914 – William Westmoreland, American general (d. 2005)
  • 1911 – Tennessee Williams, American playwright, and poet (d. 1983)
  • 1904 – Joseph Campbell, American mythologist and author (d. 1987)
  • 1898 – Rudolf Dassler, German businessman, founded Puma SE (d. 1974)
  • 1893 – James Bryant Conant, American chemist, academic, and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to West Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1886 – Hugh Mulzac, Vincentian-American soldier and politician (d. 1971)
  • 1884 – Georges Imbert, French chemical engineer and inventor (d. 1950)
  • 1881 – Guccio Gucci, Italian fashion designer, founded Gucci (d. 1953)
  • 1879 – Othmar Ammann, Swiss-American engineer, designed the George Washington Bridge and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (d. 1965)
  • 1874 – Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (d. 1963)
  • 1850 – Edward Bellamy, American author, socialist, and utopian visionary (d. 1898)
  • 1804 – David Humphreys Storer, American physician and academic (d. 1891)
  • 1773 – Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician and navigator (d. 1838)
  • 1753 – Benjamin Thompson, American-French physicist and politician, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1814)
  • 1749 – William Blount, American politician (d. 1800)
  • 1698 – Prokop Diviš, Czech priest, scientist and inventor (d. 1765)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Jim Harrison, American novelist, essayist, and poet (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Dick Guidry, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – Roger Birkman, American psychologist and author (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Dave Leggett, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1964)
  • 2013 – Tom Boerwinkle, American basketball player and sportscaster (b. 1945)
  • 2012 – David Craighead, American organist and educator (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Sisto Averno, American football player (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Thomas M. Cover, American theorist and academic (b. 1938)
  • 2011 – Geraldine Ferraro, American lawyer and politician (b. 1935)
  • 2010 – Charles Ryskamp, American art collector and curator (b. 1928)
  • 2008 – Robert Fagles, American poet and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2006 – Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2004 – Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2003 – Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American sociologist and politician, 12th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (b. 1927)
  • 2002 – Randy Castillo, American drummer and songwriter (b. 1950)
  • 1996 – David Packard, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (b. 1912)
  • 1996 – Edmund Muskie, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 58th United States Secretary of State (b. 1914)
  • 1995 – Eazy-E, American rapper and producer (b. 1963)
  • 1993 – Louis Falco, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1942)
  • 1992 – Barbara Frum, American-Canadian journalist and radio host (b. 1937)
  • 1990 – Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • 1987 – Walter Abel, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1979 – Beauford Delaney, American-French painter (b. 1901)
  • 1979 – Jean Stafford, American author and academic (b. 1915)
  • 1973 – Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1969 – John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (b. 1937)
  • 1959 – Raymond Chandler, American crime novelist and screenwriter (b. 1888)
  • 1951 – James F. Hinkle, American banker and politician, 6th Governor of New Mexico (b. 1864)
  • 1942 – Jimmy Burke, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
  • 1934 – John Biller, American jumper and discus thrower (b. 1877)
  • 1932 – Henry M. Leland, American machinist, inventor, engineer, automotive entrepreneur and founded of Cadillac and Lincoln (b. 1843)
  • 1920 – William Chester Minor, American surgeon and lexicographer (b. 1834)
  • 1905 – Maurice Barrymore, American actor (b. 1849)
  • 1892 – Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist (b. 1819)
  • 1885 – Anson Stager, American general and businessman, co-founded Western Union (b. 1825)
  • 1862 – Uriah P. Levy, American commander (b. 1792)
  • 1858 – John Addison Thomas, American lieutenant, engineer, and politician, 3rd United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1811)
  • 1776 – Samuel Ward, American jurist and politician, 31st Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island (b. 1725)
  • 1726 – John Vanbrugh, English playwright and architect, designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard (b. 1664)
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