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Daily Calendar for Thursday, April 1, 2021 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Thursday, April 1, 2021

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. On this day, Christians recall Jesus’ final Passover mealβ€”which we now call the Lord’s Supperβ€”at which he washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating his humility to value others above himself. He then commanded them to do the same for each other. β€œMaundy” is a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means β€œcommand.” It was on the next day, Good Friday, that Jesus was crucified. Today is also a holy day for those who serve as clergy for they often renew their ordination vows, recommitting themselves to service.

Born

  • Edwin Austin Abbey (illustrator) –
  • Gordon Jump (actor) –
  • Debbie Reynolds (actress) –
  • Randy Orton (professional wrestler) –
  • Courtney McCool (gymnast) –

Died

  • Scott Joplin (ragtime musician & composer) –
  • Marvin Gaye (singer) –
  • Martha Graham (dancer & choreographer) –
  • John Forsythe (actor) –
  • Misao Okawa (Japanese woman who was recognized as the world’s oldest person at the time. She was born on March 5, 1898, and died at age 117.) –
  • Dan Robbins (artist who created paint-by-numbers pictures) –

Events

  • In Ohio, the Cincinnati Fire Department became the first full-time, salaried fire department in the U.S.–
  • The U.S. invasion of Okinawa began (WW II)–
  • The United States Air Force Academy is established–
  • The satellite Tiros I was launched from Cape Canaveral and eventually transmitted thousands of photographs showing the distribution of Earth’s cloud formations–
  • Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Computer, Inc.–
  • Nunavut territory created–
  • The Netherlands legalized euthanasia–
  • French acrobat Willy Martignon broke the world record for longest-distance somersaulting slam dunk–

Weather

  • April Fool’s Day Blizzard in the Dakotas, heavy drifting snow–
  • Houston, Texas, got its first natural waterspout as an April Fools Day joke from Mother Nature, when a high-velocity tornado hit the downtown area and broke into the water table.–
  • April Fool’s cold, -34 degrees F in Bergland, Michigan, and 16 degrees F in Georgia–
  • 27 degrees F, Atlanta, Georgia–
  • Blizzard left 37 inches of snow in East Jewett, New York–

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