Happy birthday and many happy returns Stephen Tran andDanny BuTzka Georgiev. Born on the same day, across the years. But only Steve can successfully imitate Grumpy Cat
This should make you feel sick. The $37 billion the Gillard Government has bet on the NBN could soon seem small change:
The $37 billion National Broadband Network could be delayed by up to 10 years, according to a senior Melbourne academic.On Thursday NBN Co ... dropped its June 30 target of 341,000 premises connected to 190,000-220,000 premises, but the company maintains it is on track to complete the network in 2021 as planned.Senior engineering lecturer at RMIT University, Mark Gregory, says he expects NBN Co to downgrade its targets even further before the end of the year, which would have flow-on effects for the overall project’s timing.“If we continue down the path that we are going with external contractors doing the rollout, we’d expect [the rollout] could take five to 10 years longer than predicted,” Dr Gregory said.”We should expect it to cost anywhere between 50 to 100 per cent more than before.”
What a terrible, terrible waste of public money. Horrific.
(Thanks to reader Hmmm.)
Julia Gillard on the leadership showdown:
It’s over? Moving on? Someone forgot to tell Joel Fitzgibbon, who may have had to quit as Chief Whip but isn’t shutting up:
Fitzgibbon on his Labor colleagues:
...unfortunately they decided to stick with the Prime Minister.
No denial there, either, of the proposition that the Prime Minister would rather lose the next election than step down.
Fitzgibbon adds that too many colleagues in the leadership confrontation are under the control of union bosses:
We’re still operating on a 100-year-old architecture in the Labor Party where many people are influenced by outside forces. They are not their own people. They’re influenced in what they do by other people and that has a big impact on leadership challenges… Some of these people are influenced by outside forces and that includes trade unions.
And a Gillard supporter contemplates the consequence:
Special Minister of State Gary Gray spoke to Howard Sattler after Kevin Rudd decided against running for the leadership position and Julia Gillard was confirmed at Prime Minister by the Labor caucus. Mr Gray said if an election was called tomorrow he would lose his seat of Brand.
(Thanks to readers Jules and CA.)
Black Steam Train is one of the most interesting - and brave - voices in Aboriginal Australia. Beyond that, actually, because he is more than just some “racial” representative.
Read his latest post, on his adoptive parents::
Mum and Dad did all of this on a tight budget, and I watched them both go without time and time again to make sure each and every one of us had what we needed first. Dad worked long hours as a pump jockey, and never complained. I remember one day he had an accident at work and burnt his leg quite badly with LPG gas, but he refused to even take the afternoon off work, hopping around on one leg to fill other peoples cars with petrol because he had 12 hungry kids to feed. Mum was a financial wizard who knew where to find the best bargains and stretched Dads pay packet out to get value from every cent. We never went hungry, we always had a warm bed to sleep in, and there was always a hug and the door was always open.But it wasn’t always sunshine and roses.Two white people and a large brood of black kids tend to stand out. Often for all the wrong reasons. I don’t know how we came onto their radar, but after finding out about us, one of the local Aboriginal organisations began making noise about our situation. They were unhappy that white people were fostering Aboriginal children, and wanted us removed from their care. We were reported to Welfare, but thankfully the world wasn’t yet gripped by Stolen Generation hysteria, and when they found us to be well fed, clean and healthy, wanting to stay and very much loved, they had no grounds to remove us. This didn’t stop the cycle repeating several times over, and by the time I was in my teens, Mum had a thick folder full of letters from Welfare - all typed up on blue paper - all the result of people who cared not for our situation or our welfare, but were simply horrified that the people providing exceptional care to us were, shock horror, white.
We have heard much in recent times about Gillard’s toughness. Friend and foe acknowledge the remarkable emotional strength that has enabled her to withstand the enervating pressures of minority government and the intense and unrelenting attacks that she has endured from opponents inside and outside her party.But it is time to recognise that toughness not as a virtue but as a terrible flaw, an obstinacy that has encouraged Gillard to defy the harsh reality that her leadership has lost authority and that she is driving the Labor Party inexorably towards disaster.
Don’t think replacing Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd will do that much to improve Labor unity.
On Thursday, Simon Crean wanted Rudd to be Prime Minister and triggered the spill of leadership positions. But Rudd didn’t stand, claiming he didn’t want to break his promise not to challenge and that Crean was on a frolic of his own:
Mr Crean [described] Mr Rudd’s key support group as ‘’disorganised, unbelievable and shameless’’…“He reneged on our deal, it was gutless,” Mr Crean said. “At no stage did they say to me that Rudd wouldn’t run if he didn’t have the numbers.”
Rudd, in return, leaks the email he sent Crean hours before Crean called for a spill and urged Rudd to stand. He wants to demonstrate that Crean indeed took matters into his own hands:
“Gidday Simon. I’m told you saw the PM last night,” the message, believed to have been sent at 9.20am, reads. “If that’s so and if it in anyway touches the leadership, and if you are making any public comments, please give me a call beforehand. My position is as before. All the best. Kevin.”
Julia Gillard’s purge was followed by a resignation that should sting:
THE resignation of Resources Minister Martin Ferguson is a vote of “no confidence” in the leadership and policies of Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan and is a call to return to the Hawke-Keating tradition.Ferguson has repeated, with more force, the critique of the Gillard government made by his friend and former leader, Simon Crean, now sacked by Gillard.Unlike other ministers, Ferguson did not have to resign yesterday… Gillard was not planning to sack Ferguson in the same way that she feels other Rudd backers must resign or be removed because of their active de-stabilisation.Ferguson says Labor must change in order to “govern for all Australians”, that it must reclaim the Hawke-Keating model, that the “class war that started with the mining dispute of 2010 must stop,” that the recent media package reveals a “debacle” in cabinet process and that the current dealings between the government and the unions are on the wrong basis.
All of that right, of course, as others agree:
Testimonials flowed from industry lobby groups yesterday, with Minerals Council of Australia acting head John Kunkel saying: “He grasped that effective government is primarily about providing a framework for long-term growth and prosperity, not about fomenting conflict and class war.”Kevin Rudd said: “His words of wisdom I think we should all listen carefully to. The Hawke-Keating period took the (party) from a political industrial model frankly of the 50s, into one which has . . . set us up for the future.”
The departure of Simon Crean, Chris Bowen and Martin Ferguson deprives Labor of some of its wisest heads and leaves a largely compliant cabinet led by a weakened Prime Minister.
The departure from the Gillard government of Simon Crean, the last minister from a successful Labor government; Martin Ferguson, the only senior minister admired by business; and Chris Bowen, earmarked as a future leader, represents a narrowing of the arteries in the government’s sclerotic heart.
Cabinet minister Mark Butler, another Rudd supporter, was last night refusing to budge but sources close to the Prime Minister warned he could be dumped if he didn’t.
THE departure of Martin Ferguson turns a week of farce into one of serious concern. For the adult has now left the room. The only adult. Obviously, the cabinet room.Simply if brutally, now that he’s gone, there will be no restraining force on the Gillard government’s expanding war on business. A war which is being driven by an erratic combination of ideological malice and, the most common, the always-with-humanity stupidity.Plus, of course, the fact that we have as a prime minister someone whose survival, literally day to day, has been hostage, totally hostage—and now is even more hostage, notwithstanding the meaningless pledges from Kevin Rudd—to not just the union movement more generally, but to one union, the AWU, and indeed one unionist, the all too young Paul Howes, so arrogant in his ignorance…Now the list of anti-business behaviour and decisions of the government just continues to grow. From the carbon and mining taxes, through the increasing number of specifically union-favourable (as opposed to worker-favourable) moves to take us back to an even pre-Keating 1980s industrial relations future.They reached something of an apotheosis in the proposed amendments to the (Gillard’s own) Fair Work Act.The two critically disastrous—and revealing—proposals were to bring back compulsory arbitration and to give unions the right of entry to workplaces.
The Guardian last month announced a new push to cater for Left-wing readers in Australia:
Guardian Australia, which will launch in the coming weeks, will build on the lively commentary, on-the-ground reporting and ground-breaking open journalism that, with 1.3 million unique users already, has made Australia the Guardian’s fourth largest market.
And to please those readers it presents a version of Australia that would thrill them, were it only true. Observe Paola Totaro, former writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Ageand a dual Walkley Award finalist, at work:
Aussie voters happily travel with more money in their pockets than ever before, and still they grouch about wavering national confidence, or rail against the couple of hundred sad souls who land on their shores seeking asylum.
Couple of hundred? Try more than 17,000 a year.
Totaro goes on, describing a country she seems to have remembered from John Howard’s time:
And all the while, Australia’s government debt has been chipped at: surpluses have been delivered and real money squirrelled away to tide the nation through bad times.
Surpluses? Not in years. Yet on she goes:
A government budgetary surplus of up to 2% of GDP? Surely, that in itself should deliver government on its own. But not in Oz.
Astonishing. The Government is in fact on track to deliver yet another deficit.
Totaro’s piece still contains the howler on boat people, but has now carries this amendment:
• This article was amended on 22 March 2013. It previously referred to asylum seekers arriving “illegally” – that word has been removed. It also moved an incorrect reference to a 2% budget surplus. A sentence which implied that yesterday’s attempt to remove Gillard was instigated by Kevin Rudd has been amended to clarify that it is the third attempt by either himself or his supporters to do so.
(Via Tim Blair and various readers.)
Why is Julia Gillard getting herself photographed with children? This is such a lame thing to do!Just like kissing babies. She's done that too. Like a wolf kissing a lamb!
you have to take it to god - ed
4 her, so she can see how she looks through my eyes
Remember to keep your lights on this evening for Human Achievement Hour tonight.
DID YOU KNOW?
What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40?
Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?
WD-40 ~ Who knew!
I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup.
I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).
I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news.
He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do....
probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open.
Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.
It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed!
WD-40 who knew?
"Water Displacement #40".
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.
WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.
Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'Water Displacement' Compound.
They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40.
The 'Convair Company' bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
When you read the 'shower door' part, try it.
It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.
If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass.
It's a miracle!
Then try it on your stovetop.
It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers...
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.
As for that Basic, Main Ingredient.......
Well.... it's FISH OIL....
Who would have guessed ? ? ?
Jesus (Diogo Morgado) healing the sick in tomorrow night's episode of The Bible!
We're excited for Sunday's all-new episode of The Bible Series! LIKE and SHARE if you're tuning in!
In chapters 8 and 9 of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus
focuses on healing the sick and planting faith in his young disciples.
In Ch. 8:1-17, Jesus heals many kinds of sick people. Jesus heals a man with leprosy (1-4). Jesus heals a centurion's servant (5-13). Jesus heals Peter's wife's mother (14,15). Jesus heals many who were brought to the doors at sunset (16,17). Matthew prayerfully records Jesus' healing ministry, emphasizing the healing power of Jesus' word.
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The best response we can give to God is that of a child’s—you might not know why certain things are happening in your life, but you know that your Daddy will take care of everything.
March 23: Earth Hour (20:30 local time in various areas, 2013);Republic Day in Pakistan (1956); Day of Hungarian–Polish Friendship in Hungary and Poland
- 1888 – Led by William McGregor (pictured), tenfootball clubs met in London for the purpose of foundingThe Football League, the oldest league competition in world football.
- 1908 – American diplomat Durham Stevens, an employee of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was assassinated in San Francisco by two Korean immigrants unhappy with his recent support of the increasing Japanese presence in Korea.
- 1940 – Pakistan Movement: During its three-day general session, the Muslim League drafted the Lahore Resolution, calling for greater autonomy in British India.
- 1983 – The initial proposal to develop the Strategic Defense Initiative, a ground-based and space-based system to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles, was released.
- 1991 – The Sierra Leone Civil War began when the Revolutionary United Front, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor'sNational Patriotic Front of Liberia, invaded Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow Joseph Saidu Momoh.
- 1400 – The Tran Dynasty of Vietnam is deposed after one hundred and seventy-five years of rule by Ho Quy Ly, a court official.
- 1568 – The Peace of Longjumeau is signed, ending the second phase of the French Wars of Religion.
- 1708 – James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth.
- 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" – at St. John's Church inRichmond, Virginia.
- 1801 – Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael's Castle.
- 1806 – After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" begin their arduous journey home.
- 1821 – Greek War of Independence: Battle and fall of city of Kalamata.
- 1848 – The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
- 1857 – Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City.
- 1862 – The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marks the start of Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. Though a Confederate defeat, the engagement distracts Federal efforts to capture Richmond.
- 1868 – The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law.
- 1879 – War of the Pacific: The Battle of Topáter, the first battle of the war is fought between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia andPeru.
- 1888 – In England, The Football League, the world's oldest professional Association Football league, meets for the first time.
- 1889 – The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.
- 1901 – Emilio Aguinaldo, only President of the First Philippine Republic, was captured at Palanan, Isabela by forces of General Frederick Funston.
- 1905 – Eleftherios Venizelos calls for Crete's union with Greece, and begins what is to be known as the Theriso revolt.
- 1908 – American diplomat Durham Stevens is attacked by Korean assassins Jeon Myeong-un and Jang In-hwan, leading to his death in a hospital two days later.
- 1909 – Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
- 1918 – First World War: On the third day of the German Spring Offensive, the 10th Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment is annihilated with many of the men becoming Prisoners Of War
- 1919 – In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.
- 1931 – Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar are hanged for murder during the Indian struggle for independence.
- 1933 – The Reichstag passes the Enabling Act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.
- 1935 – Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
- 1939 – The Hungarian air force attacks the headquarters of Slovak air force in the city of Spišská Nová Ves, kills 13 people and began the Slovak–Hungarian War.
- 1940 – The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.
- 1942 – World War II: In the Indian Ocean, Japanese forces capture the Andaman Islands.
- 1956 – Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan)
- 1962 – NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, is launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace initiative.
- 1965 – NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).
- 1978 – The first UNIFIL troops arrived in Lebanon for peacekeeping mission along the Blue Line.
- 1980 – Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.
- 1982 – Guatemala's government, headed by Fernando Romeo Lucas García is overthrown in a military coup by right-wing General Efraín Ríos Montt.
- 1983 – Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
- 1989 – Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce their discovery of cold fusion at the University of Utah.
- 1991 – The Revolutionary United Front, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia, invades Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow Joseph Saidu Momoh, sparking a gruesome 11-year Sierra Leone Civil War.
- 1994 – At an election rally in Tijuana, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez.
- 1994 – Aeroflot Flight 593 crashes in Siberia when the pilot's fifteen-year old son accidentally disengages the autopilot, killing all 75 people on board.
- 1994 – A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collides with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashes, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground. This later became known as the Green Ramp disaster.
- 1996 – Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
- 1999 – Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
- 2001 – The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
- 2003 – Battle of Nasiriyah, first major conflict during the invasion of Iraq.
- 2005 – Texas City Refinery explosion: During a test on a distillation tower liquid waste builds up and flows out of a blowout tower. Waste fumes ignite and explode killing 15 workers.
- 2009 – FedEx Express Flight 80: A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flying from Guangzhou, China crashes at Tokyo Narita International Airport, Japan, killing both the captain and the co-pilot.
- 1430 – Margaret of Anjou, queen consort of Henry VI of England (d. 1482)
- 1599 – Thomas Selle, German baroque composer (d. 1663)
- 1638 – Frederik Ruysch, Dutch physician and anatomist (d. 1731)
- 1699 – John Bartram, American botanist (d. 1777)
- 1732 – Marie Adélaïde of France (d. 1800)
- 1749 – Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1827)
- 1750 – Johannes Matthias Sperger, Austrian contrabassist and composer (d. 1812)
- 1754 – Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
- 1769 – William Smith, English geologist and cartographer (d. 1839)
- 1769 – Augustin Daniel Belliard, French general (d. 1832)
- 1823 – Schuyler Colfax, American politician, 17th Vice President of the United States (d. 1885)
- 1826 – Léon Minkus, German/Czech composer and violinist (d. 1917)
- 1831 – Eduard Schlagintweit, German writer (d. 1866)
- 1834 – Julius Reubke, German composer (d. 1858)
- 1858 – Ludwig Quidde, German pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1941)
- 1862 – Nathaniel Reed, American outlaw turned evangelist (d. 1950)
- 1868 – Dietrich Eckart, German journalist and politician (d. 1923)
- 1869 – Calouste Gulbenkian, Armenian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1955)
- 1869 – Emilio Aguinaldo, First president of the Philippines (d. 1964)
- 1871 – Heinrich Schroth, German actor (d. 1945)
- 1874 – J. C. Leyendecker, German American illustrator (d. 1951)
- 1878 – Franz Schreker, Austrian composer (d. 1934)
- 1880 – Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (d. 1922)
- 1881 – Roger Martin du Gard, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
- 1881 – Lacey Hearn, American athlete and sprinter (d. 1969)
- 1881 – Hermann Staudinger, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
- 1882 – Amalie Emmy Noether, German mathematician (d. 1935)
- 1884 – Joseph Boxhall, English 4th Officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1967)
- 1887 – Josef Čapek, Czech writer (d. 1945)
- 1887 – Juan Gris, Spanish artist (d. 1927)
- 1887 – Sidney Hillman, American labor leader (d. 1946)
- 1887 – Prince Felix Yusupov, Russian assassin of Rasputin (d. 1967)
- 1893 – Cedric Gibbons, American art director (d. 1960)
- 1893 – G. D. Naidu, Indian inventor and engineer (d. 1974)
- 1895 – Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (d. 2001)
- 1895 – Dane Rudhyar, French author, composer, astrologer (d. 1985)
- 1899 – Dora Gerson, German actress and singer (d. 1943)
- 1900 – Erich Fromm, German psychoanalyst (d. 1980)
- 1904 – H. Beam Piper, American author (d. 1964)
- 1904 – Joan Crawford, American actress (d. 1977)
- 1905 – Lale Andersen, German singer-songwriter (d. 1972)
- 1907 – Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1992)
- 1909 – Charles Werner, American cartoonist (d. 1997)
- 1910 – Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director (d. 1998)
- 1912 – Neil McCorkell, English cricketer (d. 2013)
- 1912 – Wernher von Braun, German physicist and engineer (d. 1977)
- 1914 – Milbourne Christopher, American illusionist (d. 1984)
- 1915 – Thomas Pashby, Canadian ophthalmologist and advocate of safety in ice hockey (d. 2005)
- 1915 – Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II figure (d. 1991)
- 1918 – Stanley Armour Dunham, American sergeant (d. 1992)
- 1918 – Helene Hale, American politician (d. 2013)
- 1919 – Carl Graffunder, American architect
- 1920 – Neal Smith, American politician
- 1920 – Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
- 1921 – Donald Campbell, British car and motorboat racer (d. 1967)
- 1922 – Marty Allen, American comedian and actor
- 1922 – Ugo Tognazzi, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1990)
- 1924 – Rodney Mims Cook, Sr., American politician (d. 2013)
- 1924 – Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor (d. 1980)
- 1925 – David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
- 1927 – Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (d. 2011)
- 1929 – Roger Bannister, English runner
- 1930 – Ahmed Ramzy, Egyptian actor (d. 2012)
- 1931 – Yevgeny Grishin, Russian speed skater (d. 2005)
- 1931 – Viktor Korchnoi, Russian chess player
- 1931 – Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Russian skier (d. 2013)
- 1932 – Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1933 – Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist
- 1934 – Ludvig Faddeev, Russian mathematician
- 1934 – Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)
- 1934 – Mark Rydell, American director
- 1935 – Barry Cryer, British writer and comedian
- 1937 – Craig Breedlove, American land speed record holder
- 1937 – Robert Gallo, American physician
- 1938 – Jon Finlayson, Australian actor and scriptwriter (d. 2012)
- 1938 – Irwin Levine, American songwriter (d. 1997)
- 1938 – Dave Pike, American jazz musician
- 1941 – Jim Trelease, American educator and author
- 1942 – Michael Haneke, Austrian filmmaker and author
- 1942 – Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (d. 1980)
- 1943 – Andrew Crockett, English banker (d. 2012)
- 1943 – George P. Lee, American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 2010)
- 1943 – Lee May, American baseball player
- 1943 – Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (d. 2001)
- 1944 – Tony McPhee, English singer and guitarist (The Groundhogs)
- 1944 – Michael Nyman, British minimalist composer
- 1945 – Franco Battiato, Italian singer, songwriter and filmmaker
- 1945 – David Grisman, American bluegrass musician (Even Dozen Jug Band, Old and in the Way, and David Grisman Quintet)
- 1946 – Pepe Lienhard, Swiss band leader and musician
- 1947 – Barbara Rhoades, American actress
- 1948 – Marie Malavoy, Canadian teacher and politician
- 1948 – David Olney, American singer-songwriter
- 1949 – Ric Ocasek, American musician (The Cars)
- 1950 – Corinne Cléry, French actress
- 1950 – Anthony De Longis, American actor
- 1951 – Ron Jaworski, American football player and analyst
- 1951 – Phil Keaggy, American guitarist and vocalist (Glass Harp)
- 1952 – Kim Stanley Robinson, American author
- 1953 – Bo Díaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
- 1953 – Chaka Khan, American singer
- 1953 – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Indian entrepreneur
- 1954 – Geno Auriemma, American basketball coach
- 1954 – Kenneth Cole, American fashion designer
- 1955 – Petrea Burchard, American actress
- 1955 – Moses Malone, American basketball player
- 1956 – José Manuel Barroso, Portuguese politician
- 1956 – Andrew Mitchell, English politician
- 1957 – Teresa Ganzel, American actress
- 1957 – Lucio Gutierrez, Ecuadorian politician
- 1957 – Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
- 1957 – Amanda Plummer, American actress
- 1958 – Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
- 1958 – Bengt-Åke Gustafsson, Swedish ice hockey player and coach
- 1958 – Eldon Hoke, American singer and drummer (The Mentors and The Screamers) (d. 1997)
- 1958 – Michael Sorich, American voice actor, writer and director
- 1959 – Catherine Keener, American actress
- 1959 – Epic Soundtracks (Kevin Paul Godfrey), English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls) (d. 1997)
- 1959 – Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (d. 2005)
- 1960 – Nicol Stephen, Scottish politician, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
- 1961 – Steve Holmes, Romanian/German pornographic actor
- 1961 – Helmi Johannes, Indonesian newscaster
- 1962 – Steve Redgrave, British rower
- 1963 – Míchel (José Miguel González Martín del Campo), Spanish footballer
- 1964 – Hope Davis, American actress
- 1964 – John Pinette, American comedian
- 1965 – Sarah G. Buxton, American actress
- 1965 – Richard Grieco, American actor and model
- 1965 – Marti Pellow, Scottish singer (Wet Wet Wet)
- 1965 – Gary Whitehead, American poet
- 1966 – Marin Hinkle, American actress
- 1967 – David Ford, Canadian kayaker
- 1968 – Damon Albarn, English musician (Blur, Gorillaz, and The Good, the Bad & the Queen)
- 1968 – Mike Atherton, English cricketer
- 1968 – Mitch Cullin, American novelist
- 1968 – Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
- 1970 – Melissa Errico, American actress and singer
- 1970 – John Humphrey, American musician (The Nixons and Seether)
- 1971 – Yasmeen Ghauri, Canadian model
- 1971 – Karen McDougal, American model
- 1971 – Gail Porter, Scottish television presenter
- 1971 – Alexander Selivanov, Russian ice hockey player
- 1971 – Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Japanese wrestler
- 1972 – Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer
- 1972 – Judith Godrèche, French actress and author
- 1973 – Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer
- 1973 – Wim Eyckmans, Belgian racing driver
- 1973 – Jason Kidd, American basketball player
- 1976 – Jayson Blair, American journalist and author
- 1976 – Chris Hoy, British track cyclist
- 1976 – Dougie Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider
- 1976 – Michelle Monaghan, American actress
- 1976 – Jeremy Newberry, American football player
- 1976 – Joel Peralta, Dominican baseball player
- 1976 – Keri Russell, American actress
- 1976 – Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian race car driver
- 1977 – Miklos Perlus, Canadian voice actor
- 1978 – Simon Gärdenfors, Swedish cartoonist and radio host
- 1978 – Perez Hilton, American blogger
- 1978 – Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer
- 1978 – Nicholle Tom, American actress
- 1978 – David Tom, American actor
- 1979 – Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
- 1979 – Natalia Hadjiloizou, Belarusian Cypriot swimmer
- 1979 – Misty Hyman, American swimmer
- 1979 – Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
- 1979 – Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor
- 1980 – Russell Howard, English comedian
- 1980 – Itay Tiran, Israeli actor
- 1981 – Erin Crocker, American race car driver
- 1981 – Giuseppe Sculli, Italian footballer
- 1981 – Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
- 1982 – José Raúl Contreras, Chilean footballer
- 1982 – Andrea Musacco, Italian footballer
- 1983 – Mo Farah, British athlete
- 1983 – Sascha Riether, German footballer
- 1983 – Jerome Thomas, English footballer
- 1985 – Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
- 1986 – Patrick Bordeleau, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1986 – Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer
- 1986 – Steven Strait, American actor
- 1987 – Alan Toovey, Australian rules footballer
- 1988 – Michal Neuvirth, Czech ice hockey player
- 1988 – Jason Kenny, English cyclist
- 1989 – Nikola Gulan, Serbian footballer
- 1989 – Luis Fernando Silva, Mexican footballer
- 1990 – Jaime Alguersuari, Spanish racing driver
- 1990 – Princess Eugenie of York
- 1990 – Robert Zickert, German footballer
- 1992 – Tolga Ciğerci, German footballer
- 1992 – Kyrie Irving, Australian-American basketball player
- 1992 – Vanessa Morgan, Canadian actress and singer
- 1994 – Nick Powell, English footballer
- 1995 – Jan Lisiecki, Canadian pianist
- 1997 – Aidan Davis, English dancer
- 1103 – Eudes I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1058)
- 1361 – Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster (b. c. 1310)
- 1369 – King Peter of Castile (b. 1334)
- 1548 – Itagaki Nobukata, retainer of Takeda Shingen (b. 1489)
- 1555 – Pope Julius III (b. 1487)
- 1559 – Emperor Gelawdewos of Ethiopia
- 1596 – Henry Unton, English diplomat
- 1606 – Justus Lipsius, Flemish humanist (b. 1547)
- 1618 – James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn, Scottish politician
- 1653 – Johan van Galen, Dutch naval officer (b. 1604)
- 1675 – Anthoni van Noordt, Dutch composer and organist (b. 1619)
- 1680 – Nicolas Fouquet, French statesman (b. 1615)
- 1742 – Jean-Baptiste Dubos, French writer (b. 1670)
- 1747 – Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (b. 1675)
- 1748 – Johann Gottfried Walther, German music theorist, organist, and composer (b. 1684)
- 1754 – Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
- 1783 – Charles Carroll, American lawyer and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1723)
- 1801 – Paul I of Russia, Russian tsar (b. 1754)
- 1842 – Stendhal, French writer (b. 1783)
- 1914 – Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès (Saint Rebecca) Lebanese saint (b. 1832)
- 1923 – Hovhannes Tumanyan Armenian poet and writer (b. 1869)
- 1927 – Paul César Helleu, French artist (b. 1859)
- 1931 – Bhagat Singh (b. 1907), Rajguru (b. 1908), Sukhdev (b. 1907) Indian freedom fighters
- 1935 – Florence Moore, American actress (b. 1886)
- 1945 – Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Japanese diplomat and General of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff (b. 1891)
- 1947 – Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
- 1953 – Oskar Luts, Estonian writer and playwright (b. 1887)
- 1955 – Artur da Silva Bernardes, Brazilian President (b. 1875)
- 1960 – Franklin Pierce Adams, American newspaper columnist (b. 1881)
- 1960 – Said Nursî, Islamic theologian (b. 1878)
- 1960 – Raoul Paoli, French athlete, boxer and rower (b. 1887)
- 1964 – Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor (b. 1904)
- 1965 – Mae Murray, American actress (b. 1889)
- 1968 – Edwin O'Connor, American novelist and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner (b. 1918)
- 1970 – Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
- 1972 – Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish fashion designer (b. 1895)
- 1978 – Haim Ernst Wertheimer, Israeli biochemist, recipient of the Israel Prize (b. 1893)
- 1979 – Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
- 1980 – Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
- 1985 – Richard Beeching, British physicist, engineer, and chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
- 1985 – Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
- 1985 – Ben Hardwick, Britain's youngest liver transplant patient (b. 1982)
- 1990 – John Dexter, English director (b. 1925)
- 1991 – Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
- 1992 – Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)
- 1992 – Ron Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1949)
- 1994 – Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (b. 1950)
- 1994 – Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (b. 1921)
- 1994 – Donald Swann, British composer, musician and entertainer (Flanders and Swann) (b. 1923)
- 1995 – Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace and Smokie) (b. 1953)
- 1995 – Davie Cooper, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
- 1998 – Gerald Stano, American serial killer (b. 1951)
- 1999 – Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. 1932)
- 1999 – Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cameraman and cinematographer (b. 1898)
- 2001 – Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
- 2001 – Robert Laxalt, Basque-American author (b. 1923)
- 2001 – David McTaggart, Canadian environmentalist (b. 1932)
- 2002 – Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
- 2002 – Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
- 2003 – Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
- 2004 – Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
- 2006 – David B. Bleak, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
- 2006 – Desmond Doss, American soldier and first conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
- 2006 – Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
- 2007 – Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
- 2007 – Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer (b. 1973)
- 2008 – Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
- 2009 – Ghukas Chubaryan, Armenian sculptor (b. 1923)
- 2009 – Raúl Macías, Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
- 2010 – Barry George Redpath, Scottish business owner, dad, son and brother. (b. 1979)
- 2011 – Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (b. 1932)
- 2012 – Eric Lowen, singer-songwriter (Lowen & Navarro) (b. 1952)
Holidays and observances
- Pakistan Day:
- Christian Feast Day:
- Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship (Hungary and Poland)
- Day of the Sea (Bolivia)
- Earliest day on which Easter Monday can fall, while April 26 is the latest; celebrated on Monday after Easter. It is also the 2nd earliest that Easter Sunday can fall, After March 22. The next March 22 Easter Sunday will take place in 2285. The last March 23 Easter Sunday took place in 2008, and the next will take place in 2160.
- Lieldienas (Ancient Latvia)
- Republic Day (Pakistan)
- Tubilustrium, the fifth and final day of Quinquatria (Roman Empire)
- World Meteorological Day (International)