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The show starts this morning,
at 12:20 AM,
Wichita time,
and ends after 5 AM.

'Nuff said?

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here we are again,
another bigjac Tuesday.

I'm posting events,
selected from
Chase's Calendar of events,
every Tuesday,
until further notice.

Plus a few items,
selected from other sources,
if I take time
to do so.

This is my new,
regular topic,
and here's the link,
in case you want to look for yourself:

Chase's Calendar of Events

By the way,
even if I'm tired,
even if I'm running late,
I read all this Chase's information carefully,
and delete any items that seem,
shall we say,
of very low interest to me.

I do not copy and paste
the whole shebang,
and expect you folks
to wade through
a lot of what I feel is
not very interesting.

I delete names of those who have birthdays,
if I've never heard of them,
or barely heard of them.

Here we go:

April 16, 2014

Emancipation Day: Anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia (1862).

National Bookmobile Day. See

Anniversary of the 1947 Texas City Disaster.

Anniversary of the 2007 Virginia Tech University shootings that took 32 lives.

125th birth anniversary of Charlie Chaplin (1889-1975).

Birth anniversaries of Henry Mancini (1924-94), Peter Ustinov (1921-2004), Wilbur Wright (1867-1912).

Birth anniversary of Tejana singer Selena (1971-95).

Happy Birthday! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Martin Lawrence, Bobby Vinton

April 17, 2014

Maundy Thursday

Ellis Island Family History Day. See

National Haiku Poetry Day

In 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba was launched.

In 1975, Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge. The Pol Pot regime inaugurated “Year One” and the wholesale slaughter of intellectuals, political enemies and peasants began.

25 years ago, in 1989, Solidarity was granted legal status by the Polish government.

Happy Birthday! Jennifer Garner

April 18, 2014

Good Friday

International Amateur Radio Day

National Adult Autism Awareness Day
(That's bigjac!)

England: British and World Marbles Championship, Greyhound Public House, Tinsley Green, West Sussex.

England: Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (Apr 18-21). 66th year. See

The “Midnight Ride” of Paul Revere and William Dawes took place (at about 10 pm) in 1775.

Anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Birth anniversary of American attorney Clarence Darrow (1857-1938).

Happy Birthday! America Ferrera, Hayley Mills, Rick Moranis, Conan O’Brien, James Woods

April 19, 2014

Easter Even

1775: The Battle of Lexington and Concord

1943: Warsaw Ghetto Revolt

1989: Explosion on the USS Iowa--25th anniversary

1990: Nicaragua Civil War truce.

1993: Branch Davidian Fire at Waco, TX

1995: Oklahoma City Bombing

Birth anniversary of legendary crimefighter Eliot Ness (1903-57).

Happy Birthday! Kate Hudson, Ashley Judd, Hugh O’Brian

April 20, 2014


Merrie Monarch Festival with World’s Largest Hula Competition, Hilo, HI (Apr 20-26). See

100 years ago, in 1914, striking mine workers at Ludlow, CO, were attacked by National Guard troops resulting in 18 people killed--11 of which were children.

75 years ago, in 1939, future baseball legend Ted Williams made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox.

15th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings at Littleton, CO, in 1999.

In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in US history.

Birth anniversaries of Lionel Hampton (1908-2002) and Tito Puente, The King of the Mambo (1923-2000).

Happy 94th Birthday, John Paul Stevens, former Associate Justice of the US!

Happy Birthday! Carmen Electra, Shemar Moore, Ryan O’Neal

Here's the link again:

Chase's Calendar of Events.

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