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Wednesday 19 April 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Dutch-American Friendship Day (United States)

Events

  • 2011 – Fidel Castro resigns as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba after holding the title since July 1961.
  • 1987 – The Simpsons first appear as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, first starting with Good Night.
  • 1975 – India's first satellite Aryabhata launched in orbit from Kapustin Yar, Russia.
  • 1973 – The Portuguese Socialist Party is founded in the German town of Bad Münstereifel.
  • 1971 – Launch of Salyut 1, the first space station.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Baltimore riot of 1861: A pro-Secession mob in Baltimore attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.
  • 1809 – An Austrian corps is defeated by the forces of the Duchy of Warsaw in the Battle of Raszyn, part of the struggles of the Fifth Coalition. On the same day the Austrian main army is defeated by a First French Empire Corps led by Louis-Nicolas Davout at the Battle of Teugen-Hausen in Bavaria, part of a four-day campaign that ended in a French victory.
  • 1782 – John Adams secures the Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.

Births

  • 1990 – Jackie Bradley, Jr., American baseball player
  • 1986 – Candace Parker, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Gabe Pruitt, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan-American baseball player
  • 1983 – Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Joe Mauer, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Zach Duke, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Ignacio Serricchio, Argentinian-American actor
  • 1982 – Joseph Hagerty, American gymnast
  • 1982 – Samuel C. Morrison, Jr., Liberian-American journalist, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1981 – Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • 1979 – Kate Hudson, American actress
  • 1979 – Rocky Bernard, American football player
  • 1978 – Amanda Sage, American-Austrian painter and educator
  • 1978 – James Franco, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Joe Beimel, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Scott Padgett, American basketball player, coach, and radio host
  • 1972 – Jeff Wilkins, American football player
  • 1969 – Andrew Carnie, Canadian-American linguist, author, and academic
  • 1969 – Susan Polgar, Hungarian-American chess player
  • 1968 – Ashley Judd, American actress and activist
  • 1967 – Dar Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Steven H Silver, American journalist and author
  • 1965 – Suge Knight, American record producer, co-founded Death Row Records
  • 1964 – Kim Weaver, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic
  • 1962 – Al Unser Jr., American race car driver
  • 1961 – Alan Kirschenbaum, American producer and writer (d. 2012)
  • 1961 – Spike Owen, American baseball player and coach
  • 1960 – Frank Viola, American baseball player and coach
  • 1960 – John Schweitz, American basketball player and coach
  • 1958 – Denis O'Brien, Irish businessman, founded BT Ireland
  • 1958 – Steve Antin, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Stevie B, American singer-songwriter and record producer
  • 1953 – Rod Morgenstein, American drummer
  • 1953 – Ruby Wax, British-based American comedian, actress, and screenwriter
  • 1952 – Tony Plana, Cuban-American actor and director
  • 1951 – Barry Brown, American actor and playwright (d. 1978)
  • 1949 – Larry Walters, American truck driver and pilot (d. 1993)
  • 1948 – Rick Miller, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 – Mark Volman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1947 – Murray Perahia, American pianist and conductor
  • 1944 – Bernie Worrell, American keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1944 – James Heckman, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1944 – Keith Erickson, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1942 – Bas Jan Ader, Dutch-American photographer and director (d. 1975)
  • 1942 – Jack Roush, American businessman, founded Roush Fenway Racing
  • 1942 – Maarten van den Bergh, American-Dutch businessman
  • 1941 – Bobby Russell, American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1939 – E. Clay Shaw, Jr., American accountant, judge, and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Stanley Fish, American theorist, author, and scholar
  • 1937 – Elinor Donahue, American actress
  • 1936 – Jack Pardee, American football player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – Justin Francis Rigali, American cardinal
  • 1934 – Dickie Goodman, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1989)
  • 1933 – Jayne Mansfield, American model and actress (d. 1967)
  • 1925 – Hugh O'Brian, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Anna Lee Aldred, American jockey (d. 2006)
  • 1921 – Leon Henkin, American logician (d. 2006)
  • 1920 – Gene Leis, American guitarist, composer, and producer (d. 1993)
  • 1920 – John O'Neil, American baseball player and manager (d. 2012)
  • 1920 – Marian Winters, American actress (d. 1978)
  • 1920 – Marvin Mandel, American lawyer and politician, 56th Governor of Maryland (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Sol Kaplan, American pianist and composer (d. 1990)
  • 1913 – Ken Carpenter, American discus thrower and coach (d. 1984)
  • 1912 – Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1903 – Eliot Ness, American law enforcement agent (d. 1957)
  • 1899 – George O'Brien, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1898 – Constance Talmadge, American actress and producer (d. 1973)
  • 1894 – Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (d. 1966)
  • 1883 – Henry Jameson, American soccer player (d. 1938)
  • 1883 – Richard von Mises, Austrian-American mathematician and physicist (d. 1953)
  • 1877 – Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American engineer, invented the outboard motor (d. 1934)
  • 1806 – Sarah Bagley, American labor organizer (d. c. 1888)
  • 1787 – Deaf Smith, American soldier (d. 1837)
  • 1721 – Roger Sherman, American lawyer and politician (d. 1793)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Aaron Hernandez, American football player (b. 1989)
  • 2016 – Milt Pappas, American baseball player (b. 1939)
  • 2015 – William Price Fox, American journalist and author (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Lindy Berry, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Al Neuharth, American journalist, author, and publisher, founded USA Today (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – E. L. Konigsburg, American author and illustrator (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Levon Helm, American singer-songwriter, drummer, guitarist, instrumentalist, and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2008 – John Marzano, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1963)
  • 2006 – Albert Scott Crossfield, American engineer, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – Clement Meadmore, Australian-American sculptor and author (b. 1929)
  • 2005 – Ruth Hussey, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2004 – Norris McWhirter, English author and activist co-founded the Guinness World Records (b. 1925)
  • 2002 – Reginald Rose, American writer (b. 1920)
  • 2001 – Meldrim Thomson, Jr.. American publisher and politician, 73rd Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1912)
  • 1993 – David Koresh, American religious leader (b. 1959)
  • 1993 – George S. Mickelson, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 28th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1941)
  • 1987 – Hugh Brannum, American vocalist, arranger, and composer (b. 1910)
  • 1975 – Percy Lavon Julian, American chemist and academic (b. 1899)
  • 1960 – Beardsley Ruml, American economist and statistician (b. 1894)
  • 1937 – William Morton Wheeler, American entomologist and zoologist (b. 1865)
  • 1916 – Ephraim Shay, American engineer, designed the Shay locomotive (b. 1839)
  • 1914 – Charles Sanders Peirce, American mathematician and philosopher (b. 1839)
  • 1901 – Alfred Horatio Belo, American publisher, founded The Dallas Morning News (b. 1839)
  • 1813 – Benjamin Rush, American physician and educator (b. 1745)
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