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Friday 14 April 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Pan American Day (several countries in The Americas)
  • The first day of Takayama Spring Festival (Takayama, Gifu, Japan)

Events

  • 2003 – U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.
  • 1994 – In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.
  • 1981 – STS-1: The first operational Space Shuttle, Columbia completes its first test flight.
  • 1958 – The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. This was the first spacecraft to carry a living animal, a female dog named Laika, who likely lived only a few hours.
  • 1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
  • 1928 – The Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 type aircraft, reaches Greenly Island, Canada - the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west.
  • 1927 – The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1894 – The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
  • 1890 – The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.
  • 1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
  • 1816 – Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados.
  • 1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

Births

  • 1996 – Abigail Breslin, American actress
  • 1993 – Graham Phillips, American actor
  • 1993 – Kent Jones, American rapper
  • 1989 – Joe Haden, American football player
  • 1987 – Michael Baze, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • 1984 – Adán Sánchez, American-Mexican musician (d. 2004)
  • 1984 – Blake Costanzo, American football player
  • 1984 – Tyler Thigpen, American football player
  • 1983 – William Obeng, Ghanaian-American football player
  • 1980 – Win Butler, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Patrick Somerville, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1979 – Rebecca DiPietro, American wrestler and model
  • 1977 – Nate Fox, American basketball player (d. 2014)
  • 1977 – Rob McElhenney, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress and producer
  • 1976 – Anna DeForge, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Georgina Chapman, English model, actress, and fashion designer, co-founded Marchesa
  • 1976 – Kyle Farnsworth, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Avner Dorman, Israeli-American composer and academic
  • 1975 – Lita, American wrestler
  • 1974 – Da Brat, American rapper
  • 1973 – Adrien Brody, American actor
  • 1973 – David Miller, American tenor
  • 1972 – Dean Potter, American rock climber and BASE jumper (d. 2015)
  • 1971 – Carlos Pérez, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1971 – Gregg Zaun, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Steve Avery, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Brad Ausmus, American baseball player and manager
  • 1969 – Martyn LeNoble, Dutch-American bass player
  • 1968 – Anthony Michael Hall, American actor
  • 1967 – Barrett Martin, American drummer, songwriter, and producer
  • 1966 – David Justice, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Greg Maddux, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1965 – Tom Dey, American director and producer
  • 1964 – Brian Adams, American wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1964 – Greg Battle, American-Canadian football player
  • 1964 – Jeff Andretti, American race car driver
  • 1964 – Stuart Duncan, American bluegrass musician
  • 1961 – Daniel Clowes, American cartoonist and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Brad Garrett, American actor and comedian
  • 1960 – Tina Rosenberg, American journalist and author
  • 1952 – Kenny Aaronson, American bass player
  • 1950 – Francis Collins, American physician and geneticist
  • 1949 – DeAnne Julius, American-British economist and academic
  • 1949 – John Shea, American actor and director
  • 1948 – Berry Berenson, American model, actress, and photographer (d. 2001)
  • 1946 – Mireille Guiliano, French-American author
  • 1941 – Pete Rose, American baseball player and manager
  • 1937 – Efi Arazi, Israeli businessman, founded the Scailex Corporation (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Arlene Martel, American actress and singer (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Bobby Nichols, American golfer
  • 1936 – Frank Serpico, American-Italian soldier, police officer and lecturer
  • 1934 – Fredric Jameson, American philosopher and theorist
  • 1933 – Shani Wallis, English-American actress and singer
  • 1932 – Loretta Lynn, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1930 – Arnold Burns, American lawyer and politician, 21st United States Deputy Attorney General (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Bradford Dillman, American actor and author
  • 1929 – Inez Andrews, African-American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Gloria Jean, American actress and singer
  • 1926 – Liz Renay, American actress and author (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Rod Steiger, American soldier and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1924 – Joseph Ruskin, American actor and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Shorty Rogers, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1994)
  • 1922 – Audrey Long, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Thomas Schelling, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)
  • 1918 – Mary Healy, American actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1917 – Marvin Miller, American baseball executive (d. 2012)
  • 1905 – Elizabeth Huckaby, American author and educator (d. 1999)
  • 1892 – Claire Windsor, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1868 – Peter Behrens, German architect, designed the AEG turbine factory (d. 1940)
  • 1866 – Anne Sullivan, American educator (d. 1936)
  • 1788 – David G. Burnet, American politician, 2nd Vice-President of Texas (d. 1870)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Mark Reeds, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1960)
  • 2015 – Percy Sledge, American singer (b. 1940)
  • 2014 – Crad Kilodney, American-Canadian author (b. 1948)
  • 2014 – Mick Staton, American soldier and politician (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Charlie Wilson, American politician (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Efi Arazi, Israeli businessman, founded the Scailex Corporation (b. 1937)
  • 2013 – George Jackson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2013 – R. P. Goenka, Indian businessman, founded RPG Group (b. 1930)
  • 2010 – Peter Steele, American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1962)
  • 2008 – Ollie Johnston, American animator and voice actor (b. 1912)
  • 2008 – Tommy Holmes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Don Ho, American singer and ukulele player (b. 1930)
  • 2004 – Micheline Charest, English-Canadian television producer, co-founded the Cookie Jar Group (b. 1953)
  • 2000 – Phil Katz, American computer programmer, co-created the zip file format (b. 1962)
  • 1999 – Bill Wendell, American television announcer (b. 1924)
  • 1999 – Ellen Corby, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1995 – Burl Ives, American actor, folk singer, and writer (b. 1909)
  • 1990 – Thurston Harris, American singer (b. 1931)
  • 1978 – Joe Gordon, American baseball player and manager (b. 1915)
  • 1975 – Fredric March, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1968 – Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • 1964 – Rachel Carson, American biologist and author (b. 1907)
  • 1951 – Al Christie, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1881)
  • 1935 – Emmy Noether, German-American mathematician and academic (b. 1882)
  • 1925 – John Singer Sargent, American painter (b. 1856)
  • 1914 – Hubert Bland, English activist, co-founded the Fabian Society (b. 1855)
  • 1911 – Addie Joss, American baseball player and journalist (b. 1880)
  • 1864 – Charles Lot Church, American-Canadian politician (b. 1777)
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