April 14-20, 2003

Monday 14

Birthdays Upper Marlboro KidsPost reader Travis Michael Monahan (1994). Silver Spring KidsPost reader Mackenzie Franz (1993). Washington KidsPost reader Lukas Petersen (1992). Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (1977).

On This Date President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington (1865). The ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg and began to sink (1912).

Today Jewish Heritage Week begins.

Tuesday 15

Birthdays Hermione actress Emma Watson (1990). "Empress of the Blues" Bessie Smith (1894). Artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci (1452).

On This Date Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc opened the first public school for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut (1817). Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American in the 20th century to play for a major league baseball team (1947)

Today Income Tax returns are due-a good day to not be an adult.

Wednesday 16

Birthdays Kensington KidsPost reader Amanda Silverstein (1997). Columbia KidsPost reader Thomas C. Reynolds (1996). Brookeville KidsPost reader Bailey Woodfolk (1994). Chevy Chase KidsPost reader Emily Lever (1993). Silver Spring KidsPost reader Christina Guardado (1993). Comedian Martin Lawrence (1965). Basketball's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947). Airplane co-inventor Wilbur Wright (1867).

On This Date Congress abolished slavery in Washington, D.C. (1862).

Today Passover begins at sundown.

Thursday 17

Birthdays Kensington KidsPost reader Amanda Silverstein (1997). Hyattsville KidsPost reader Suquan Thompson (1996). Forestville KidsPost reader Imani Pittmon (1990). "Our Town" author Thornton Wilder (1897).

On This Date The Bay of Pigs invasion took place-1,500 Cuban exiles backed by U.S. military forces tried unsuccesfully to invade Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro (1961). Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, completed a solo airplane flight around the world, becoming the first woman to do so (1962). The space shuttle "Columbia" was launched with seven astronauts and more than 2,000 crickets, mice, snails and fish (1998).

Today Blah Blah Blah day.

Friday 18

Birthdays Burke KidsPost reader Mimi Lynch (1991). Actress Melissa Joan Hart (1976). Late-night TV host Conan O'Brien (1963). Actor Rick Moranis (1953).

On This Date Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Masachusetts, warning American colonists that British troops were coming (1775).

Today Good Friday. Pet Owners Independence Day-stay home and have your dog or cat go to school for you (just kidding).

Saturday 19

Birthdays xxxxx KidsPost reader Kathleen Haggerty (1996). University Park KidsPost reader Monica V. Mason (1991). Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christensen (1981). Actresses Kate Hudson (1979) and Ashley Judd (1968). Race car driver Al Unser, Jr. (1962).

On This Date The American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord (1775).

Today The Old Dominion Dog Show takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, 703-406-2474.

Sunday 20

Birthdays University Park KidsPost reader Robin Rhodes (1990). Actor Joey Lawrence (1976). Jazz greats Tito Puente (1923) and Lionel Hampton (1908).

On This Date The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing-sending students to other school districts-to desegregate public schools (1971). Two students at Colorado's Columbine High School shot and killed 12 students and one teacher (1999). Tens of thousands of people marched in D.C. to protest how Israel treats Palestinians (2002).

Today Easter.


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