1990 – Kristen Stewart the American actress was born on the 9th April 1990.
2005 ~ KOKO the Australian Kelpie best known for his role as the title character of the 2011 film Red Dog was born on the 9th April 2005 (died 18th December 2012 aged 7). Koko was owned by Nelson Woss, a producer of Red Dog.
1947 ~ Steve Howe the English guitarist and songwriter from Yes and Asia was born on the 8th April 1947.
1959 ~ Grace Hopper led a team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people to discuss the creation of a new programming language on the 8th April 1959, that would be later called COBOL.
1962 ~ Evan Davis the English journalist, economist and presenter for the BBC was born on the 8th April 1962. Evan Davis is well known as the presenter for the BBC venture-capitalist programme Dragons’ Den.
1963 ~ Julian Lennon the English singer-songwriter, actor, and photographer was born on the 8th April 1963.
1966 ~ Charlotte Dawson the New Zealand-Australian television host was born on the 8th April 1966.
1973 ~ Pablo Picasso the Spanish painter and sculptor died while drawing in his bed, in Mougins, France on the 8th April 1973 aged 91 (born in Málaga, Spain 25th October 1881). Picasso official website: www.Picasso.fr | YouTube video: The Power of Art – Picasso (complete episode)…
1975 ~ Anouk the Dutch singer was born on the 8th April 1975.
1915 ~BiLLiE HOLiDAYthe American jazz singer and songwriter was born Eleanora Harris on the 7th April 1915, and died aged 44 in 1959.
1920 ~RAVi SHANKAR the Indian musician, composer and sitar player was born on the 7th April 1920. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, and received 3 Grammy Awards. In the 2000’s he still performs, often with his daughter Anoushka. The Beatles’ lead guitarist George Harrison involved himself in several of Shankar’s projects, and can be seen in this > ViDEO < on this link, being taught Sitar by Ravi Shankar. The video below is of Ravi Shankar on the Dick Cavett Show…
1951 ~JANiS iAN the American singer, songwriter, musician, and author was born Janis Fink on the 7th April 1951. Janis won a Grammy Award for At Seventeen in 1975. Another great song of Janis Ian is Fly Too High from 1979. At Seventeen is a beautiful song…
1954 ~JACKiE CHAN the Chinese actor, director, producer, and martial artist was born on this 7th April 1954.
1957 ~ SiMON CLiMIE the UK songwriter, producer and former lead singer of pop duo Climie Fisherwas born on the 7th April 1957. “Love Changes (Everything)” from 1987 was their biggest hit…
1964 ~RUSSELL CROWE the New Zealand / Australian actor was born on the 7th April 1964.
1964 ~IBM announced the System/360 computer on the 7th April 1964. The System/360 models had 256 kB to 8 MB of internal main memory, the same memory size of a standard SD memory card in a 2012 digital camera.
2001 ~MARS ODYSSEY was launched on the 7th April 2001. The robotic spacecraft for orbiting Mars was launched on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and reached Mars orbit on the 24th October in 2001. The NASA mission named as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke cost US$297 million. On the 15th of December in 2010 The Odyssey broke the record for longest serving spacecraft at Mars, after 3,340 days of operation. As of 2012 it holds the record for the longest-surviving continually active spacecraft in orbit around a planet other than Earth, for over 10 years.
1320 ~ The DECLARATiON OF ARBROATH was signed on the 6th April 1320. TARTAN DAY has been celebrated on the 6th of April in the United States and Canada since the 1980’s, to celebrate the day the Declaration of Arbroath. In Australia has a similar International Tartan Day but it’s held on the 1st of July, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan.
1483 ~RAPHAELthe Italian painter and architect was born on this 6th day of April in 1483 and also died on this 6th day of April in 1520 aged 37.
1820 ~NADARthe French photographer, caricaturist, journalist, novelist and balloonist was born on the 6th April 1820 (died 23 March 1910, 2 weeks before his 90th birthday).
1826 ~GUSTAVE MOREAU the French painter was born on this 6th day of April in 1826 (died aged 72 on 18 April 1898).
1926 ~GiL KANE the cartoonist who co-created the modern-day superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, was born on this 6th day of April in 1926 as Eli Katz (died aged 73 on 31 January 2000)
1930 ~GANDHi raised a lump of mud and salt and declared, “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire.” on the 6th April 1930, beginning the Salt Satyagraha aka the Salt March. This influenced American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and his fight for civil rights for blacks and other minority groups in the 1960s.
1933 ~ NEW BEER’S EVE has been celebrated on the 6th of April since 1933 in the United States, to celebrate the end of Prohibition, after the signing into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, resulting in beer becoming legal on the following day, 7th April in 1933. Cheers!
1957 ~ ARiSTOTLE ONASSiS decided that being one of the wealthiest men in the World as the Greek shipping tycoon wasn’t enough, so he bought the Hellenic National Airlines, and founded Olympic Airlines, on this 6th day of April in 1957. See Pam Ann’s comedy sketch One world Alliance as Olympic Airlines hostess Malaka Pustis…
1969 – Paul Rudd the American actor was born on the 6th April 1969.
1998 ~TAMMY WYNETTE the biggest-selling country female vocalists aka the First Lady of Country Music died on the 6th April 1998 aged 55. Tammy was best known for the biggest selling hit country single by a woman in history ~ Stand by Your Man (1968)
2012 ~THOMAS KiNKADE aka America’s most-collected living artist, notable for the mass marketing of his idealised popular printed reproductions, died of natural causes on the 6th April 2012, aged only 54. Thomas Kinkade estimated his mass-produced works hung in 1 out of 20 US homes, with his business expanding to include his art on mugs, watches, calendars, greeting cards, puzzles, 120 books, themed housing developments, and an autobiographical film, with Peter O’Toole playing his art teacher.
Thomas Kinkade became a multimillionaire, reported to have earned $53 million for his art fom 1997 to May 2005, and the only artist to have a company on the New York Stock Exchange. According to some accounts, by 2000, his art business was taking up to $US250 million a year, but a few years later the value of his company fell so much, he bought it back for $US32 million. Despite having a devoted following that numbered in the millions, Kinkade was not taken seriously by most critics.
In memory of Thomas Kinkade “A Lifetime of Light” video…
1147 ~ Moscow was first made mention of in historical records on the 4th April 1147, when Yuri Dolgorukiycalled upon the prince of the Novgorod-Severski to “come to me, brother, to Moscow.” The city is named after the river гра́д Моско́в, literally “the city by the Moskva River“YouTube video shows some marvelous Moscow footage in this great 1980 hit by Genghis Khan…
1581 – Francis Drake was knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world on the 4th April 1581.
1814 – Napoleon abdicated for the first time on the 4th April 1814.
1975 ~ The Tan Son Nhut C-5 accident occurrred on the 4th April 1975, with the crash of LockheedC-5A Galaxy during Operation Babylift. The C-5 crashed on approach during an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. The accident marked the 1st fatal crash for the C-5 Galaxy fleet, and the deadliest accident involving a U.S. military aircraft. Out of 313 people on board, the death toll included 78 children, 35 Defence Attaché Office employees and 11 U.S. Air Force personnel. 175 people survived, with all of the surviving orphans flown to the United States.
1978 – Sam Moran the Australian singer and guitarist from The Wiggles was born on the 4th April 1978.
1979 – Heath Ledger the Australian actor and director was born on the 4th April 1979 (died 2008).
1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-6) made its maiden voyage into space on the 4th April 1983.
0033 ~ The crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth was on the 3rd April in the year 33. This is the generally agreed-upon date for the historical crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Christianity.
1885 ~ Bud Fisher the American cartoonist was born on the 3rd April 1885 (d. 1954).
1885 ~ Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design on the 3rd April 1885.
1924 ~ Doris Day the American actress, singer and animal rights activist was born on the 3rd April 1924.
1924 ~ Marlon Brando the American actor was born on the 3rd April 1924 (d. 2004).
1725 ~ GiACOMO CASANOVA the Italian adventurer and writer was born on the 2nd of April in 1725 (died in 1798 aged 73)
1800 ~ LUDWiG VAN BEETHOVEN led the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna on the 2nd of April in 1800.
1805 ~ HANS CHRiSTiAN ANDERSEN the Danish author, fairy tale writer and poet was born on the 2nd of April in 1805 (died in 1875 aged 70). Hans Christian Anderson was best known for children’s stories such as The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
1891 ~ MAX ERNST the German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet was born on the 2nd of April in 1891 (died in 1976 aged 84). Max Ernst was one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement and Surrealism.
1914 ~ ALEC GUiNNESS the English actor was born on the 2nd of April in 1914 (died in 2000 aged 86). Alec Guinness was best known as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957 winning Academy Award for Best Actor) Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Yevgraf in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Professor Godbole in A Passage to India (1984) and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
1939 ~ MARViN GAYE the American singer was born on the 2nd of April in 1939 (died in 1984 aged 44).
1947 ~ EMMYLOU HARRiS the American singer was born on the 2nd of April in 1947.
1960 ~ SAM SEJAVKA the Australian writer, actor, song writer and lead singer of the ’80s Melbourne band Beargardenwas born on the 2nd April 1960. Sam Sejavka grew up in Mount Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne, and started his music career as a vocalist and song writer in the band The Ears. The 1986 film Dogs in Spacedrew inspiration from various episodes of Sam’s life during the late ’70s, which was written and directed by Sam’s friend Richard Lowenstein. The Dogs in Space film title comes from a song of the same name by The Ears. The main character of Sam was played by Michael Hutchence. Sam Sejavka appears in the film briefly in the party scene, addressed by Michael Hutchence as Michael. See more of Sam’s archival info here & read Sam’s blog Sails of Oblivion.
1826 ~ SAMUEL MOREY the American inventor patented the iNTERNAL COMBUSTiON ENGiNE on this 1st day of April in 1826. Samuel Morey was also a pioneer in steamships, and accumulated a total of 20 patents.
1891 ~ The WRiGLEY COMPANY was founded in Chicago, Illinois on this 1st day of April in 1891. The Wrigley Company originally started selling soap and baking powder, until William Wrigley, Jr. (the founder) began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder in 1892. Eventually the chewing gum became more popular than the baking powder selling in more than 180 countries, with factories in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
In 2004 The Wrigley Company purchased the Life Savers and Altoids businesses from Kraft Foods for US$1.48 billion, and in 2007 they purchased A.Korkunov for $300 million. In 2008 Mars Inc acquired Wrigley for approximately $23 billion.
1917 ~ Sheldon Mayer the American writer and illustrator was born on the 1st April 1917 (died 1991).
1917 ~ Sydney Newman the Canadian television producer and creator of Doctor Who was born on the 1st April 1917 (died 1997).
1932 ~ DEBBiE REYNOLDS the American actress was born on the 1st day of April in 1932.
1932 ~ Gordon Jump the American actor was born on the 1st April 1932 (died 2003).
1932 ~ APRiL FOOL’S DAY was first recorded in association with April 1st and foolishness on this 1st day of April in 1392, as found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. April Fools’ Day aka All Fools Day is celebrated by people playing good-humoured foolishness, funny jokes, hoaxes and practical jokes on friends, family, teachers, neighbors, work mates and others. The jokes only last till noon in Australia, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK, and if anyone who plays a trick after noon is called an April Fool and taunted with “April Fool’s Day’s past and gone, You’re the fool for making one.” The jokes last all day in most other countries such as America, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, South Korea, Russia and The Netherlands. In France, Italy and (French speaking) Canada they attempt to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed, and say “April’s fish” in their language.
The History of April Fool’s Day YouTube video by Jeremiah…
1971 ~ Lachy Hulme the Australian actor and screenwriter was born on the 1st April 1971.
1973 ~ KYM WiLSON the Australian actress was born in Brisbane on the 1st day of April in 1973. YouTube video: Kym Wilson 1991 Samboy Chips Hit Me ♫: also features Melissa Bell and Toni Pearon from E Street…