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Calendar for April 14th, 2014

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.

1860s

  • 1865: President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C.

  • Born 1866: Anne Sullivan (teacher and mentor to Helen Keller)

  • 1890s

  • 1891: New Jersey passed the first law providing state aid for public roads

  • 1900s

  • 1902: James Cash Penney opened his first store, Kemmerer, Wyoming

  • 1910s

  • 1910: President William Howard Taft threw a pitch to open the baseball season

  • 1912: The world's largest passenger ship, the RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage

  • 1920s

  • 1921: Judge ruled “aspirin” is generic trademark in U.S.

  • 1930s

  • Born 1935: Loretta Lynn (singer)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1941: Pete Rose (baseball player)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1960: Brad Garrett (actor)

  • 1969: First major league baseball game in Canada, Expos vs. Cardinals

  • 1969: Katharine Hepburn became the first to win three Best Actress Oscars

  • 1970s

  • Born 1973: Adrien Brody (actor)

  • Born 1977: Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1995: Burl Ives (actor & singer)

  • Born 1996: Abigail Breslin (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Buck Baker (race car driver)

  • Died 2007: Don Ho (entertainer)

  • 2008: 51-pound 4-ounce monkfish caught in Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts

  • 2009: Beatle George Harrison received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

  • 2010s

  • 2010: A massive fireball shot across the evening sky, visible for about 15 minutes in the Midwest. A sonic boom and lightning were reported.

  • 2010: A 7.1-magnitude earthquake devastated China’s Yushu County in the Qinghai Province

  • Died 2011: Trevor Bannister (actor)

  • Died 2011: Walter Breuning (retired railroad worker from Montana who was, at the time of his death, the world's oldest man at 114 years old.)


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