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Calendar for March 26th, 2013

Passover begins at sundown.

(The first full day of Passover is tomorrow.) Pesach or Passover is an annual weeklong festival commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and slavery. The holiday, which begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, derives its name from the passing over of the homes of the Israelite slaves during the tenth plague. Family and friends gather together on the first and second nights of the holiday for the high point of the festival observance, the Seder. During the Seder, which means "order" in Hebrew, the experience of the Exodus is told in story, song, prayer, and the tasting of symbolic foods. Perhaps the most well-known of these foods is the matzoh (flat, crackerlike unleavened bread), which is a reminder of the haste with which the slaves -- who had no time to wait for the bread to rise -- left Egypt.

Every Year

  • Hawaii: Regatta Day

  • 1640s

  • Died 1649: John Winthrop (founder of Mass. Bay Colony)

  • 1800s

  • 1804: Congress created the Territory of Orleans

  • 1820s

  • 1821: North West Company merged with Hudson's Bay Company

  • Died 1827: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)

  • 1870s

  • Born 1874: Robert Frost (writer)

  • 1890s

  • Died 1892: Walt Whitman (poet)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1911: Tennessee Williams (playwright)

  • Born 1914: Gen. William Westmoreland (military commander)

  • 1920s

  • Died 1923: Sarah Bernhardt (actress)

  • Born 1923: Bob Elliot (comedian)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Sandra Day O'Connor (first female U.S. Supreme Court justice)

  • Born 1931: Leonard Nimoy (actor)

  • Born 1934: Alan Arkin (actor)

  • 1937: Popeye statue unveiled during spinach festival, Crystal City, Texas

  • Born 1939: James Caan (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1943: Bob Woodward (journalist)

  • Born 1944: Diana Ross (singer)

  • 1946: The U.N. Security Council met for the first time in New York

  • Born 1948: Steven Tyler (musician; lead singer of Aerosmith)

  • Born 1949: Vicki Lawrence (actress)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Martin Short (actor)

  • 1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced development of polio vaccine

  • Born 1954: Curtis Sliwa (founder of the Guardian Angels)

  • 1960s

  • 1964: Perpetrators of the Great Train Robbery were convicted in London

  • Born 1968: Kenny Chesney (country singer)

  • 1970s

  • 1975: North Vietnamese took Hue (Vietnam War)

  • 1980s

  • 1982: Groundbreaking took place in Washington, D.C., for a memorial to honor American armed forces members killed in Vietnam

  • Born 1985: Keira Knightley (actress)

  • 1987: The U.S. government sold its 85% ownership of Conrail, one of the nation's largest rail systems, and earned $1.6 billion in one of the largest stock offerings in history

  • 1989: The post-perestroika Soviet Union held its first nationwide multiparty, multicandidate elections

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Margaret Millar (Canadian author)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2004: Jan Sterling (star of Hollywood's film noir movies in the 1940s and 1950s)

  • Died 2005: Paul Hester (drummer)

  • Died 2005: A black spider monkey believed to be the world's oldest monkey other than apes died at age 53

  • Died 2006: Paul Dana (race car driver)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Harry Wesley Coover Jr. (inventor of Super Glue)

  • Died 2011: Geraldine Ferraro (in 1984 became the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major U.S. party ticket)

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