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Saturday 7 April 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • National Beer Day (United States)

Events

  • 1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
  • 1995 – First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.
  • 1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first Space Shuttle spacewalk.
  • 1980 – During the Iran hostage crisis, the United States severs relations with Iran.
  • 1954 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference.
  • 1945 – World War II: The Yamato, one of the two largest battleships ever constructed, is sunk by American aircraft during Operation Ten-Go.
  • 1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
  • 1933 – Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment. (Now celebrated as National Beer Day in the United States of America)
  • 1927 – The first long-distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
  • 1922 – The United States Secretary of the Interior leases federal petroleum reserves to private oil companies on excessively generous terms.
  • 1890 – Completion of the first Lake Biwa Canal.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Union's Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Ohio defeat the Confederate Army of Mississippi near Shiloh, Tennessee.
  • 1827 – John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.
  • 1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
  • 1798 – The Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.
  • 1788 – American pioneers to the Northwest Territory establish Marietta, Ohio as the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory.
  • 1348 – Charles University is founded in Prague.
  • 1141 – Empress Matilda became the first female ruler of England, adopting the title 'Lady of the English'.
  • 529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.

Births

  • 1990 – Anna Bogomazova, Russian-American kick-boxer, martial artist, and wrestler
  • 1987 – Jamar Smith, American football player
  • 1986 – Brooke Brodack, American comedian
  • 1982 – Sonjay Dutt, American wrestler
  • 1981 – Vanessa Olivarez, American singer-songwriter, and actress
  • 1979 – Adrián Beltré, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1979 – Danny Sandoval, Venezuelan-American baseball player
  • 1979 – Patrick Crayton, American football player
  • 1978 – Lilia Osterloh, American tennis player
  • 1976 – Barbara Jane Reams, American actress
  • 1976 – Kevin Alejandro, American actor and producer
  • 1975 – John Cooper, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1975 – Ronde Barber, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Ronnie Belliard, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Tiki Barber, American football player and journalist
  • 1973 – Brett Tomko, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Ricky Watters, American football player
  • 1968 – Jennifer Lynch, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Bill Bellamy, American comedian, actor, and producer
  • 1964 – Jace Alexander, American actor and director
  • 1963 – Dave Johnson, American decathlete and educator
  • 1962 – Andrew Hampsten, American cyclist
  • 1961 – Thurl Bailey, American basketball player and actor
  • 1960 – Buster Douglas, American boxer and actor
  • 1958 – Brian Haner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Christopher Darden, American lawyer and author
  • 1955 – Gregg Jarrett, American lawyer and journalist
  • 1955 – Tim Cochran, American mathematician and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1954 – Tony Dorsett, American football player
  • 1952 – Dennis Hayden, American actor
  • 1952 – Jane Frederick, American hurdler and heptathlete
  • 1951 – Bruce Gary, American drummer (d. 2006)
  • 1951 – Janis Ian, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Brian J. Doyle, American press secretary
  • 1949 – John Oates, American singer-songwriter guitarist, and producer
  • 1949 – Mitch Daniels, American academic and politician, 49th Governor of Indiana
  • 1947 – Patricia Bennett, American singer
  • 1946 – Stan Winston, American special effects designer and makeup artist (d. 2008)
  • 1946 – Zaid Abdul-Aziz, American basketball player
  • 1945 – Marilyn Friedman, American philosopher and academic
  • 1944 – Bill Stoneman, American baseball player and manager
  • 1944 – Julia Phillips, Jewish-American film producer and author (d. 2002)
  • 1944 – Warner Fusselle, American sportscaster (d. 2012)
  • 1941 – James Di Pasquale, American composer
  • 1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1939 – Gary Kellgren, American record producer, co-founded Record Plant (d. 1977)
  • 1938 – Freddie Hubbard, American trumpet player and composer (d. 2008)
  • 1938 – Iris Johansen, American author
  • 1938 – Jerry Brown, American lawyer and politician, 34th and 39th Governor of California
  • 1938 – Spencer Dryden, American rock drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – Charlie Thomas, American R&B singer
  • 1935 – Bobby Bare, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1935 – Hodding Carter III, American journalist and politician, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  • 1933 – Wayne Rogers, American actor, investor, and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1932 – Cal Smith, American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Daniel Ellsberg, American activist and author
  • 1931 – Donald Barthelme, American short story writer and novelist (d. 1989)
  • 1930 – Yves Rocher, French businessman, founded the Yves Rocher Company (d. 2009)
  • 1928 – Alan J. Pakula, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1928 – James Garner, American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian-American drummer, educator, and activist (d. 2003)
  • 1922 – Mongo Santamaría, Cuban-American drummer (d. 2003)
  • 1920 – Ravi Shankar, Indian-American sitar player and composer (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Bobby Doerr, American baseball player and coach
  • 1917 – R. G. Armstrong, American actor and playwright (d. 2012)
  • 1916 – Anthony Caruso, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1915 – Billie Holiday, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1959)
  • 1915 – Henry Kuttner, American author (d. 1958)
  • 1915 – Stanley Adams, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1914 – Ralph Flanagan, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1913 – Charles Vanik, American soldier, judge, and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1913 – Louise Currie, American actress (d. 2013)
  • 1909 – Pete Zaremba, American hammer thrower (d. 1994)
  • 1903 – Edwin T. Layton, American admiral (d. 1984)
  • 1897 – Walter Winchell, American journalist and radio host (d. 1972)
  • 1896 – Frits Peutz, Dutch architect, designed the Glaspaleis (d. 1974)
  • 1895 – John Flannagan, American soldier and sculptor (d. 1942)
  • 1893 – Allen Dulles, American lawyer and diplomat, 5th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1969)
  • 1891 – Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish businessman, founded the Lego Group (d. 1958)
  • 1890 – Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American journalist and activist (d. 1998)
  • 1886 – Ed Lafitte, American baseball player and soldier (d. 1971)
  • 1884 – Clement Smoot, American golfer (d. 1963)
  • 1876 – Fay Moulton, American sprinter, football player, coach, and lawyer (d. 1945)
  • 1874 – Frederick Carl Frieseke, German-American painter (d. 1939)
  • 1873 – John McGraw, American baseball player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 1860 – Will Keith Kellogg, American businessman, founded the Kellogg Company (d. 1951)
  • 1859 – Walter Camp, American football player and coach (d. 1925)
  • 1803 – James Curtiss, American journalist and politician, 11th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • 1780 – William Ellery Channing, American preacher and theologian (d. 1842)
  • 1506 – Francis Xavier, Spanish missionary and saint, co-founded the Society of Jesus (d. 1552)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Blackjack Mulligan, American professional wrestler (b. 1942)
  • 2015 – Geoffrey Lewis, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2015 – José Capellán, Dominican-American baseball player (b. 1981)
  • 2015 – Stan Freberg, American puppeteer, voice actor, and singer (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Tim Babcock, American soldier and politician, 16th Governor of Montana (b. 1919)
  • 2014 – George Dureau, American painter and photographer (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – George Shuffler, American guitarist (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – James Alexander Green, American-English mathematician and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Royce Waltman, American basketball player and coach (b. 1942)
  • 2014 – Zeituni Onyango, Kenyan-American computer programmer (b. 1952)
  • 2013 – Andy Johns, English-American record producer (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – Carl Williams, American boxer (b. 1959)
  • 2013 – Les Blank, American director and producer (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Lilly Pulitzer, American fashion designer (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Marty Blake, American businessman (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Mickey Rose, American screenwriter (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – David E. Pergrin, American colonel and engineer (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Mike Wallace, American television news journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2009 – Dave Arneson, American game designer, co-created Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • 2007 – Barry Nelson, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Johnny Hart, American author and illustrator (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Bob Kennedy, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2004 – Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 2003 – David Greene, English-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2002 – John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2001 – Beatrice Straight, American actress (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – David Graf, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 1998 – Alex Schomburg, Puerto Rican-American painter and illustrator (b. 1905)
  • 1997 – Luis Aloma, Cuban-American baseball player (b. 1923)
  • 1990 – Ronald Evans, American captain, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1933)
  • 1984 – Frank Church, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1924)
  • 1981 – Norman Taurog, American director and screenwriter (b. 1899)
  • 1966 – Walt Hansgen, American race car driver (b. 1919)
  • 1955 – Theda Bara, American actress (b. 1885)
  • 1950 – Walter Huston, Canadian-American actor and singer (b. 1883)
  • 1947 – Henry Ford, American engineer and businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company (b. 1863)
  • 1943 – Jovan Dučić, Serbian-American poet and diplomat (b. 1871)
  • 1918 – George E. Ohr, American potter (b. 1857)
  • 1891 – P. T. Barnum, American businessman and politician, co-founded The Barnum & Bailey Circus (b. 1810)
  • 1719 – Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, French priest and saint, founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (b. 1651)
  • 1663 – Francis Cooke, English-American settler (b. 1583)
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