Happy birthday and many happy returns Helen Tran, Vinh Tran and John Wilson. Born on the same day as Freema Agyamen across the years. Making you like a friend with the Time Lord.
Malcolm Turnbull has been in top form lately:
SIMON CREAN: The future for us is not in changing the leader. It’s demonstrating strength of leadership.QUESTION: Is that happening?SIMON CREAN: That’s what must happen.QUESTION: But is it happening?SIMON CREAN: That’s what we all have to resolve. It does happen.QUESTION: But is it happening? Is Julia Gillard demonstratingSIMON CREAN: I won’t give up trying to make it happen.QUESTION: So it’s not happening?SIMON CREAN: It’s happening in part.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, now proposing state control over the media, deceitfully claims he wouldn’t use his power to influence media coverage:
STEPHEN CONROY: Traditionally it has been a minister who has had a fair amount of sway. And what we’ve done is created a position, a statutory independent position, that can’t take direction from the Government.BARRIE CASSIDY: But appointed by the Government?STEPHEN CONROY: But so’s the head of the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority), the regulatory body that looks after your regulation here on television. I appoint Chris Chapman to head up the agency that administers broadcast standards. No-one suggests I give him a ring every day and say look, Barrie Cassidy gave me a hard time...
But here is what I suggest, Steve. That you have rung up a media boss to warn against them giving me a platform.
I am obliged to respect a confidentiality, so cannot yet give details.
Bit if that is what Conroy does already - and to silence someone he once called friend - what else might he do if given the chance?
Dominic White in the Financial Review gives plenty more reason not to trust Conroy with power over the media when he is using his power to attack his perceived critics:
Many observers, including numerous Labor colleagues, feel Conroy has let his hatred of Murdoch and News get the better of him. It now appears to have been a huge misjudgment that could be the catalyst to end Julia Gillard’s leadership.Such a view of Conroy’s culpability ignores the fact that the Prime Minister shares his bloodlust against News and is said to have completely backed the introduction of the legislation. But the joy at Conroy’s pain shows the level of antipathy held by many in business, politics and the media.Anyone who has been on the wrong side of Conroy – and it is not a small club – is unlikely to forget the experience quickly.In July 2009 the Communications Minister took personal exception to a page one feature I had written in The Australian Financial Review. It suggested that Telstra held the trump card in its negotiations with Labor’s national broadband network because NBN Co needed access to the telco’s ageing copper network.On the morning the story appeared, Conroy called to explain why I was an utter disgrace to journalism. Confidentiality prevents me from disclosing what he said. But he was by turns barking with rage, quietly menacing, overbearing and profane.
This is a Minister now wanting more say over how the press reports. How could you possibly trust him?
How despicable - and hypocritical. The deceitful Gillard Government itself doctors a quote to justify its attack on the free press:
THE Gillard Government’s suggestion that a former head of the Australian Press Council was seriously offered double funding by an editor in return for not having findings against his paper has been exposed as a joke.Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, used the example of an offer to double contributions as evidence for the need to reform the Press Council and appoint a Public Interest Media Advocate…But the former head of the Australian Press Council, Professor Ken McKinnon, said tonight the conversation which he related to an inquiry into media standards was said jovially over a lunch.In his evidence to the Finkelstein Inquiry into media standards, Professor McKinnon… said: “One editor jovially once remarked that he would rather double his annual contribution than have a complaint upheld.”The exchange is recorded in Professor McKinnon’s written notes which he gave to the Finkelstein Inquiry.
That word “jovially” was omitted by the Government when it tried to argue it had reasons for demanding state control over the press:
BARRIE CASSIDY: Why is that needed? Where is the public benefit in that?STEPHEN CONROY: I’ve been entertained by the claim that this is a solution looking for a problem. Well let me read you some quotes from evidence given publicly to the Finkelstein Inquiry. It may come as a surprise to you, Barrie, they didn’t get a lot of coverage in the mainstream media.Let me read to you Professor Ken McKinnon who was a former chair of the Australian Press Council. He said: “I had an editor say to me if you promise not to uphold any complaints from my paper we will double our subscription, is that a deal?”
A joke by an editor is presented by Conroy was a serious proposal. And it is done by Conroy omitting a crucial word.
Doug Cameron seized on the same doctored non-evidence, presenting a joke by one editor as an offer by an entire media group.
Here is Cameron in Senate hearings he chaired this week quizzing Kerry Stokes, head of Seven West Media:
Professor Ken McKinnon, the former chair of the Press Council, indicated that he had been approached by one media group to say that they would double their contributions to the Press Council, provided no adverse findings were made against them. That wasn’t your group, was it?
CHAIR: You are aware of Professor Ken McKinnon?Mr Williams : Yes; he is a friend of mine.CHAIR: He is a friend of yours. Has he ever raised with you the issue of being told by one of the media groups that if he dropped off some of the claims and allegations that were being made against the group, the group would double itsMr Williams : No, he has never raised that with me.CHAIR: Are you aware of that claim?Mr Williams : I became aware of it yesterday when I heard the minister give that recital. We have conducted an investigation to the extent we could since yesterday.CHAIR: To the extent you could, has anyone from News Limited taken that position with Professor McKinnon?…CHAIR: Why don’t you ask Professor McKinnon who said it to him?… Maybe we will ask Professor McKinnon.Mr Williams : Senator, I am perfectly happy to ask Ken McKinnon about that.CHAIR: Excellent.Mr Williams : I am perfectly happy to do that, and I am very confident of the answer: the answer is no. In any case, I hope you had regard to what Campbell said. He said, ‘No editor is in any position to make any commitment to the Press Council as to money being given to the Press Council. It’s simply not true.’CHAIR: Hmm—Mr Williams : It’s not true.CHAIR: That’s your submission.Mr Williams : That happens to be the truthCHAIR: If that’s your submission, that’s fine.Mr Williams : That is the way it operates.CHAIR: That is fine. Professor McKinnon made the statement that somewhere it will come out who it was. Every group is denying it was them, and you have joined the list. That is okay.
CHAIR: ...If I could draw your attention to that, maybe you can once again establish that it was no-one from Fairfax that made that comment to Ken McKinnon.Mr Hywood : It was certainly not me.
And Labor has the hide to complain about misreporting of the media, using this misreport as one of its key evidences for the need for state control over the media.
So, what other evidence does the Government have of the media being out of control?
Throw out these louts before they do real damage.
More damage, I mean.
New Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is dropping the Government’s planned consolidation of the five anti-discrimination acts. He wants a ``lot more work to be done’’ on changes that reversed the onus of proof, expanded the grounds of complaint and originally threatened to make giving offence on even political grounds unlawful:
JULIA Gillard and her new Attorney-General have dumped their anti-discrimination reforms, breaking an election promise, outraging many Labor MPs and further destabilising the Prime Minister’s leadership.Yesterday Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus ... said the exposure draft was being sent back to his department for a “lot more work to be done” on the proposed reforms.“We can’t go forward at this time,” he said…“What I can’t do, between receipt of the Senate committee’s report and the end of these autumn sittings, is taken account of, fully consider what are more than 100 suggestions that arise from the Senate committee’s report.”
We could attack Dreyfus for demonstrating how dysfunctional this Government is, proposing draconian limits to free speech (now with the media laws) only to be forced into a messy retreat. All pain for the government, for no gain.
But I’d rather thank him for withdrawing the bills. I’m disappointed Dreyfus did not acknowledge how outrageous some of the Government proposals were - how authoritarian - but be grateful they are gone. For now.
Janet Albrechtsen is grateful to Roxon - and to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy - for reminding us that the Left is the natural enemy of free speech:
Her equally misguided attempt to set boundaries around speech pursuant to her Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill is another example of what many members of the Left will do if given the chance.Their paternalist preference for a new measure—fair speech, not free speech, where they determine what is fair—reeks of conceit and an assumption that people are too stupid to be trusted with unfettered speech.
Can Julia Gillard survive the week?
New speculation swept Canberra last night that Simon Crean was being pushed by senior Labor figures to offer himself as as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Julia Gillard.Senior ministers described the atmosphere across the Labor government as feverish, and one told Fairfax he wouldn’t be surprised if a leadership ballot was forced on caucus before the end of the week.
This should have been done more than a year ago, as I argued at the time, to give him the time to show Labor could government calmly and well.
Now it is too late. Labor needs a sugar hit before the polls, and Kevin Rudd is the only one likely to give it:
A spokesman for Mr Crean said there was ‘’no substance to the reports’’.However, another senior figure pointed out that if Ms Gillard’s position deteriorated to the point she felt it necessary to throw open the leadership and Mr Crean’s name was put forward, Kevin Rudd would immediately nominate.
The Age essentially calls Foreign Minister Bob Carr a liar when he says he still backs Gillard:
The manoeuvring came at the end of a day in which two ministers had to reaffirm their support for the Prime Minister after reports in The Age that they had lost confidence in the Prime Minister.Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Mental Health and Ageing Minister Mark Butler made separate public comments stating their support for her leadership.Senator Carr [said]… ‘’She has my support and I think the media’s in a frenzy of speculation – speculation feeding on itself that generates these stories.’’…The Age editor-in-chief Andrew Holden said: ‘’The Age stands by its story. Peter [Hartcher] and Mark [Kenny] are highly experienced political reporters and not given to flights of fancy.’’
Butler’s denial isn’t quite:
Mr Butler made his contribution via Twitter. ‘’Still a proud member of Julia Gillard’s team, contrary to latest media frenzy,’’ he tweeted.
Last year set a record of 17,000 boat people arrivals. This year threatens to be even worse. Shadow immigration minister Scott Morrison:
Two more illegal boat arrivals, with a total of almost 150 people on board, means 1,000 more people have arrived by boat so far this year than over the same period last year...
19 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…19 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…18 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…15 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel…15 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…14 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…14 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel…14 March 2013 - Australian authorities assist vessel…12 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel…12 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…10 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…9 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel…8 March 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel…5 March 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
In the last six years of the Howard Government, just 18 boats arrived. In just the last two weeks of the Gillard Government, 14 boats have arrived.
The Press Council, made overmighty by publishers fearing the Gillard Government would otherwise impose even worse, has already tried to stifle free speech in ways that suit Labor, which now wants it made even more overbearing under government regulation.
It has stopped journalists from referring to boat people as “illegal immigrants” - which in many cases they indeed appear to be.
It has demanded that highly deceptive spin by warmists be included in a column which accurately reported that the warmists’ data in fact showed a pause in the warming.
It has objected to the tone of an article by another sceptic, James Delingpole, in which a victim of useless windfarms was accurately reported:
AS a NSW sheep farmer fighting tooth and nail to stop a wind farm development near his beloved home told me the other day in trenchant style: “The wind-farm business is bloody well near a p***** ring.“They’re f . . .king our families and knowingly doing so.”
From the offensive adjudication by the Australian Press Council, which seems to me staffed by warmists only too quick to censor:
THE report of the anonymous remarks concerning paedophilia, a very serious and odious crime, were highly offensive.The Council’s principles . . . are breached where, as in this case, the level of offensiveness is so high that it outweighs the very strong public interest in freedom of speech.It was fully justifiable in the public interest to convey the intensity of feeling by some opponents of wind farms but that goal did not require quoting the reference to paedophilia.
Far, far more offensive than Delingpole’s article was the Press Council’s attempt to censor it.
And even more offensive was the jeering, insulting, belittling and plain nasty heckling from Senator Doug Cameron of two IPA staffers who appeared before his committee yesterday to defend free speech. I’ll write about the insults later, but here is where Cameron betrays Labor’s real intention - to punish opinions it does not like:
DOUG Cameron: So people can be equated to pedophiles as far as the (Institute of Public Affairs) is concerned?Chris Berg: . . . If you’re only going to defend speech you agree with then you’re not defending free speech at all.Cameron: So after the publication of that article, then we had the Press Council determination, we had the IPA press release, basically saying you should be allowed to do whatever you like, The Australian published Mr Delingpole’s response which again repeated some of the issues that the Press Council said should not have been there, is that fair and legal?. . . The Australian can basically ignore the Press Council and just print . . .Berg: That’s the definition of a voluntary self-regulatory scheme.Cameron: So it’s all voluntary. It’s really meaningless, the Press Council?Berg: I wouldn’t say it’s meaningless . . .Cameron: But The Australian decided it was just going to repeat the same allegation in a different form. It’s just ignoring the Press CouncilBerg: I think that it’s defying the Press Council in that case.Cameron: Defying?. . . That’s ok?. . . And then. . . Christopher Pearson repeats the pedophile statement.
But linking sceptics to pedophiles is fine when it’s done by ABC science presenter Robyn ”100 metres” Williams:
ROBYN Williams: Now what if I told you pedophilia is good for children ?You’d rightly find it outrageous. But there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths again and again in recent times, distorting the science (of climate change).. . . And the former chairman of the ABC, Maurice Newman. . . came out with some drivel in The Australian newspaper a couple of weeks ago about how climate science is a religion.
A COMPLAINT by former ABC chairman Maurice Newman over a radio program that linked scepticism about human-induced climate change to advocacy of pedophilia has been dismissed by the national broadcaster. . . . An ABC spokeswoman said . . . because the editorial context of the segment was reasonable, meaning “harm and offence” was justified.
IT’S important to note that unlike Williams, Delingpole wasn’t the person making the objectionable comparison. He simply reported it.
TONY Jones: What is the public interest test?David Feeney (Labor faction boss): Well, I guess the public interest test will be how on earth does the public interest be served by having further consolidation in the media industry.Jones: So this is isn’t this one of the . . .Barnaby Joyce: It’s the vibe.Jones: You call for a public interest test but can’t explain itFeeney: Well, it’s not something that I am able to take you through in verse and song but it is . . .Joyce: Can anybody?. . . But we’ve got this funny feeling that once this person arrives that the public interest will be very closely aligned to views of Senator Conroy.
TONY JONES: Viv, can I just ask you, as a young activist because there has been some claims in the media by opinion makers, by people who are writing columns and so on, that young activists are not engaged in this free speech debate with the same passion that they would have been engaged in internet free speech debate, for example?VIV BENJAMIN (CEO of the Oaktree Foundation): That’s because we’re not watching the mainstream media. We are on the internet. That’s where we get our media from. We’re on social media, we’re online, we’re making our own news.TONY JONES: But I’ve got to tell you this regulator we are talking about regulates both the internet and the newspapers.VIV BENJAMIN: Blogs as well?TONY JONES: Yes.
The Opposition should have made the same protest last year, when Julia Gillard first tried that foul smear. But at least this time she’s forced to withdraw it:
After describing herself as “a feisty lady” and slamming the Opposition Leader as “a policy weak man” during question time, Ms Gillard spat “Misogynist Tony is back” across the dispatch box after taking her seat…Amid the uproar, manager of opposition business Christopher Pyne leapt to his feet and repeated the word, demanding that the Speaker make her withdraw…Ms Burke said she had not heard the Prime Minister’s remarks but asked her to withdraw.“If the Leader of the Opposition is upset in any way then I withdraw,” she said.As Coalition members erupted in fury, Ms Burke ordered the Prime Minister to apologise “unreservedly” and sat down manager of government business Anthony Albanese as he attempted to take a point of order.
The Opposition should have responded just as strongly last year.
Paul Kelly says Labor’s attempt to impose state control over the press has made it a party the media cannot trust again:
The damage is done. Cabinet and caucus have crossed the threshold to authorise new instruments of state power against the media. This is now a Labor value. It guarantees a permanent divide.
While not every member of the Left supports Conroy’s attempt to muzzle the media, the silence of so many within Labor is telling. This dark episode is a stellar lesson of the Left’s illiberal DNA.
Or are Kelly and Albrechtsen too pessimistic?
Kerrie Kahlon, national president of Young Labor, proves some younger members of Labor have a greater love of free speech than their authoritarian elders:
In his crusade to ensure government regulation and oversight of media content, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is pursuing a regulatory act that would breach fundamentally the liberal ideal of a free press…[The] introduction of a government-appointed Public Interest Media Advocate who can determine what constitutes the “public interest” in relation to approving the standards of self-regulatory bodies is where the true danger lies…
Conroy has put freedom of speech and the independence of the press as an election issue… For the many members of the Labor Party at a youth level who are strong advocates of civil liberties, the abridgment of these freedoms should never be an election issue but protected by Labor governments.
Congratulations to Kahlon on her courage and integrity to fight for a free press when so many Labor MPs won’t.
Is anyone surprised to hear of yet further delays?
THE construction of Labor’s $37.4 billion National Broadband Network is behind schedule by 10 weeks as the companies building the mammoth project struggle against a dearth of qualified workers and ambitious rollout targets…Under the targets, the NBN Co has said it would pass a total of 341,000 homes and businesses (comprising 286,000 existing homes and 55,000 newly built homes) with the fibre portion of the network by June 30. However, as of December 31, only 72,400 premises had been passed.It is expected that as many as 140,000 premises could now be slashed from that June target.The revision, however, is not yet a fait accompli, and the NBN Co has this week been engaged in vigorous discussions with its construction partners on ways to ramp up the rollout to still achieve its targets.
So many billions, so few homes connected.
First Bloke Tim Mathieson to the CEO of the Richmond football club after seeing Tony Abbott getting the same VIP treatment enjoyed by him and mate Barrie Cassidy:
- 1602 – The Dutch East India Company was established.
- 1923 –The Arts Club of Chicago hosted the opening of Pablo Picasso's first United States showing, entitledOriginal Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the U.S.
- 1942 – World War II: After being forced to flee the Philippines, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur (pictured) announced in Terowie, South Australia, "I shall return."
- 1987 – The antiretroviral drug zidovudine (AZT) became the firstantiviral medication approved for use against HIV and AIDS.
- 1993 – The Troubles: The second of two bomb attacks by theProvisional IRA in Warrington, England, killed two children.
- 235 – Maximinus Thrax is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to hold the Roman throne.
- 1206 – Michael IV Autoreianos is appointed Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
- 1600 – The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
- 1602 – The Dutch East India Company is established.
- 1616 – Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.
- 1760 – The "Great Fire" of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
- 1815 – After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.
- 1848 – Revolutions of 1848 in the German states: King Ludwig I of Bavaria abdicates.
- 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.
- 1854 – The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- 1861 – An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
- 1883 – The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed.
- 1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
- 1913 – Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
- 1916 – Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
- 1922 – The USS Langley (CV-1) is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
- 1923 – The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso's first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.
- 1933 – Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida's electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 1933 – Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler ordered the creation of Dachau Concentration Camp as Chief of Police of Munich and appointed Theodor Eicke as the camp commandant.
- 1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return".
- 1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBSand NBC.
- 1951 – Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.
- 1952 – The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
- 1956 – Tunisia gains independence from France.
- 1964 – The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
- 1972 – The Troubles: A Provisional IRA car bomb kills seven and injures 148 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was the first of many car bomb attacks by the group.
- 1974 – Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace,London.
- 1980 – The Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo founders in a gale off the English coast.
- 1985 – Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
- 1985 – Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.
- 1987 – The Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
- 1988 – Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
- 1990 – Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
- 1993 – The Troubles: A Provisional IRA bomb kills two children in Warrington, England. It leads to mass protests in both Britain and Ireland.
- 1995 – A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
- 1999 – Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
- 2000 – Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after murdering Georgia sheriff's deputy Ricky Kinchen and critically wounding Deputy Aldranon English.
- 2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.
- 2006 – Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby..
- 43 BC – Ovid, Roman poet (d. 17)
- 1469 – Princess Cecily of York (d. 1507)
- 1477 – Jerome Emser, German theologian (d. 1527)
- 1502 – Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
- 1639 – Ivan Mazepa, Hetman of Ukraine (d. 1709)
- 1725 – Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1789)
- 1735 – Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist (d. 1784)
- 1736 – Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
- 1741 – Jean-Antoine Houdon, French sculptor (d. 1828)
- 1770 – Friedrich Hölderlin, German writer (d. 1843)
- 1771 – Heinrich Clauren, German author (d. 1854)
- 1799 – Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (d. 1839)
- 1800 – Braulio Carrillo Colina, Costa Rican Head of State (d. 1845)
- 1811 – George Caleb Bingham, American artist (d. 1879)
- 1811 – Napoleon II, Emperor of the French and King of Rome (d. 1832)
- 1821 – Ned Buntline (E.Z.C. Judson), American publisher (d. 1886)
- 1828 – Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian writer (d. 1906)
- 1831 – Solomon L. Spink, American politician (d. 1881)
- 1834 – Charles William Eliot, President of Harvard University (d. 1926)
- 1836 – Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (d. 1886)
- 1836 – Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (d. 1919)
- 1840 – Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894)
- 1852 – Frank MacKey, American polo player (d. 1927)
- 1856 – Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)
- 1856 – Frederick Winslow Taylor, American engineer, efficiency expert and golfer (d. 1915)
- 1870 – Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, German general (d. 1964)
- 1874 – Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (d. 1945)
- 1876 – Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1927)
- 1879 – Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)
- 1882 – René Coty, French President (d. 1962)
- 1882 – Harold Weber, American golfer (d. 1933)
- 1886 – Grace Brown, American murder victim (d. 1906)
- 1890 – Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (d. 1957)
- 1890 – Lauritz Melchior, Danish tenor (d. 1973)
- 1895 – Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (d. 1981)
- 1903 – Edgar Buchanan, American actor (d. 1979)
- 1904 – B. F. Skinner, American psychologist (d. 1990)
- 1905 – Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
- 1906 – Abraham Beame, American politician (d. 2001)
- 1906 – Nickolaus "Mickey" Hirschl, Austrian wrestler (d. 1991)
- 1906 – Ozzie Nelson, American bandleader and actor (d. 1975)
- 1907 – Hugh MacLennan, Canadian author and professor (d. 1990)
- 1907 – Ruby Muhammad, American matriarch of Black Islam (d. 2011)
- 1908 – Sir Michael Redgrave, English actor (d. 1985)
- 1911 – Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
- 1914 – Wendell Corey, American actor (d. 1968)
- 1915 – Rudolf Kirchschläger, Austrian politician, 8th President of Austria (d. 2000)
- 1915 – Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist (d. 1997)
- 1915 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American singer (d. 1973)
- 1916 – Pierre Messmer, French politician, Prime Minister (d. 2007)
- 1917 – Dame Vera Lynn, English actress and singer
- 1918 – Jack Barry, American TV host (d. 1984)
- 1918 – Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
- 1918 – Marian McPartland, British pianist
- 1920 – Pamela Harriman, British-American diplomat (d. 1997)
- 1920 – Vickie Panos, Greek-Canadian female professional baseball player
- 1920 – Rosemary Timperley, British author (d. 1988)
- 1921 – Dušan Pirjevec, Slovenian resistance fighter, philosopher and historian (d. 1977)
- 1921 – Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1970)
- 1922 – Larry Elgart, American saxophonist and bandleader
- 1922 – Ray Goulding, American comedian (d. 1990)
- 1922 – Carl Reiner, American director
- 1923 – Con Martin, Irish footballer (d. 2013)
- 1923 – Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist, and activist (d. 2006)
- 1924 – Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (d. 1998)
- 1925 – John Ehrlichman, American political figure (d. 1999)
- 1927 – John Joubert, South African-born British composer
- 1928 – Fred Rogers, American TV host (d. 2003)
- 1929 – William Andrew MacKay, Canadian lawyer and judge (d. 2013)
- 1929 – Germán Robles, Spanish actor
- 1931 – Hal Linden, American actor
- 1931 – Rein Raamat, Estonian director
- 1933 – Lateef Adegbite, Nigerian politician (d. 2012)
- 1933 – George Altman, American baseball player
- 1933 – Alexander Gorodnitsky, Russian geologist and poet
- 1933 – Renato Salvatori, Italian actor (d. 1988)
- 1934 – Willie Lewis Brown, Jr., American politician
- 1934 – David Malouf, Australian author
- 1935 – Ted Bessell, American actor (d. 1996)
- 1936 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican reggae artist
- 1936 – Vaughn Meader, American comedian (d. 2004)
- 1937 – Lois Lowry, American author
- 1937 – Jerry Reed, American singer and actor (d. 2008)
- 1938 – Sergei Novikov, Russian Mathematician
- 1939 – Don Edwards, American singer and guitarist
- 1939 – Brian Mulroney, Canadian politician 18th Prime Minister of Canada
- 1940 – Stathis Chaitas, Greek fooballer
- 1941 – Pat Corrales, American baseball player
- 1941 – Kenji Kimihara, Japanese long-distance runner
- 1942 – Robin Luke, American singer
- 1943 – Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
- 1943 – Naima Neidre, Estonian graphic artist
- 1943 – Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
- 1945 – Henry Bartholomay, American fighter pilot
- 1945 – Jay Ingram, Canadian television host and author
- 1945 – Pat Riley, American basketball player and coach
- 1946 – Douglas B. Green (Ranger Doug), American musician and songwriter
- 1947 – John Boswell, American historian (d. 1994)
- 1948 – John de Lancie, American actor
- 1948 – Marva Wright, American blues singer (d. 2010)
- 1948 – Bobby Orr, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1949 – Marcia Ball, American singer and pianist
- 1950 – William Hurt, American actor
- 1950 – Carl Palmer, English drummer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, and Atomic Rooster)
- 1951 – Curt Smith, American author and media host
- 1951 – Jimmie Vaughan, American guitarist (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
- 1952 – Geoff Brabham, Australian racing driver
- 1954 – Mike Francesa, American talk show host
- 1954 – Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
- 1954 – Paul Mirabella, American baseball player
- 1954 – Louis Sachar, American author
- 1956 – Catherine Ashton, British politician
- 1956 – Anne Donahue, American politician
- 1957 – Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
- 1957 – David Foster, Australian world champion woodchopper
- 1957 – Spike Lee, American film director
- 1957 – Theresa Russell, American actress
- 1957 – Chris Wedge, American animator
- 1958 – Holly Hunter, American actress
- 1958 – Rickey Jackson, American football player
- 1959 – Dave Beasant, English football goalkeeper
- 1959 – Steve McFadden, British actor
- 1959 – Mary Roach, American author
- 1959 – Sting (Steve Borden), American wrestler
- 1960 – Norm Magnusson, American artist
- 1960 – Norbert Pohlmann, German computer scientist
- 1960 – Yuri Shargin, Russian cosmonaut
- 1961 – Ingrid Arndt-Brauer, German politician
- 1961 – Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
- 1961 – Sara Wheeler, British travel writer and biographer
- 1962 – Stephen Sommers, American director and screenwriter
- 1963 – Paul Annacone, American tennis player
- 1963 – Anouk Grinberg, French actress
- 1963 – Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (d. 2007)
- 1963 – David Thewlis, British actor
- 1963 – Kathy Ireland, American model and actress
- 1963 – Gregg Binkley, American television actor
- 1964 – Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer (Transglobal Underground)
- 1965 – William Dalrymple, Scottish writer and historian
- 1965 – Adrian Oxaal, American-born English musician (James)
- 1966 – Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
- 1967 – Xavier Beauvois, French actor, director and screenwriter
- 1967 – Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock, American basketball player
- 1968 – A. J. Jacobs, American journalist and author
- 1968 – Paul Merson, English footballer
- 1968 – Liza Snyder, American actress
- 1969 – Caroline Brunet, Canadian sprint kayaker
- 1969 – Mannie Fresh (Byron O. Thomas), American rapper and producer (Big Tymers)
- 1969 – Jean Labonté, Canadian sledge hockey player
- 1970 – Michele Jaffe, American novelist
- 1970 – Michael Rapaport, American actor
- 1971 – Manny Alexander, Dominican baseball player
- 1971 – Alexander Chaplin, American actor
- 1971 – Ingrid Kavelaars, Canadian actress
- 1971 – Touré Neblett, American writer and television personality
- 1972 – Gonzales, Canadian musician, producer and songwriter.
- 1972 – Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand, The Yummy Fur, and The Karelia)
- 1972 – Marco Sejna, German footballer
- 1973 – Jane March, English actress
- 1973 – Jung Woo-sung, South Korean actor
- 1973 – Cedric Yarbrough, American actor
- 1974 – Paula Garcés, Colombian actress
- 1974 – Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish writer
- 1976 – Chester Bennington, American musician (Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise)
- 1979 – Silvia Abascal, Spanish actress
- 1979 – Shinnosuke Abe, Japanese baseball player
- 1979 – Freema Agyeman, British actress
- 1979 – Molly Jenson, American singer and songwriter
- 1979 – Bianca Lawson, American actress
- 1979 – Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
- 1979 – Bernard O'Connor, Irish Gaelic footballer
- 1979 – Fiona Wade, British actress
- 1980 – Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
- 1980 – Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer (Fin.K.L)
- 1980 – Aliénor Tricerri, Swiss tennis player
- 1981 – Ian Murray, Scottish footballer
- 1982 – Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
- 1982 – Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer
- 1982 – José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
- 1984 – Valtteri Filppula, Finnish ice hockey player
- 1984 – Markus Niemelä, Finnish racing driver
- 1984 – Christy Carlson Romano, American actress
- 1984 – Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
- 1984 – Marcus Vick, American football player
- 1984 – Winta (Winta Efrem Negassi), Norwegian singer and songwriter
- 1985 – Morgan Amalfitano, French footballer
- 1985 – Ronnie Brewer, American basketball player
- 1985 – Nicolas Lombaerts, Belgian footballer
- 1985 – Yoan Merlo, French e-sport gamer
- 1985 – Matt Taven, American professional wrestler
- 1986 – Dean Geyer, South African singer and actor
- 1986 – Ruby Rose Langenheim, Australian model and television personality
- 1986 – Julián Magallanes, Argentine footballer
- 1986 – Vanessa Morley, Canadian actress
- 1987 – Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
- 1987 – Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
- 1987 – Pedro Ken (Pedro Ken Morimoto Moreira), Brazilian footballer
- 1987 – Jô (João Alves de Assis Silva), Brazilian footballer
- 1987 – Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
- 1987 – Kangna Ranaut, Indian actress
- 1988 – Louie Vito, American snowboarder
- 1989 – Xavier Dolan, Canadian actor and filmmaker
- 1989 – Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1990 – Oliver Hein, German footballer
- 1991 – Mattia Destro, Italian footballer
- 687 – St. Cuthbert, patron saint of Northumbria (b. c. 634)
- 1239 – Hermann von Salza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (b. c. 1179)
- 1390 – Alexios III, Emperor of Trebizond (b. 1338)
- 1413 – King Henry IV of England (b. 1367)
- 1549 – Lord High Admiral Thomas Seymour, widower of Queen Catherine Parr (b. 1508)
- 1568 – Duke Albert of Prussia (b. 1490)
- 1586 – Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
- 1619 – Mathias, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1557)
- 1673 – Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (b. 1603)
- 1726 – Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian (b. 1642)
- 1730 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (b. 1692)
- 1732 – Johann Ernst Hanxleden, German philologist (b. 1681)
- 1746 – Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (b. 1656)
- 1780 – Sir Benjamin Truman – English brewer
- 1793 – William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (b. 1705)
- 1809 – Mary Bateman, English woman executed for witchcraft, known as the "Yorkshire Witch"
- 1835 – Louis Léopold Robert, French painter (b. 1794)
- 1849 – James Justinian Morier, British diplomat and novelist (b. 1780)
- 1855 – Joseph Aspdin, English mason and inventor (b. 1788)
- 1865 – Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
- 1874 – Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (b. 1810)
- 1878 – Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (b. 1814)
- 1890 – Alexander F. Mozhayskiy, Russian aviation pioneer (b. 1825)
- 1897 – Apollon Maykov, Russian poet (b. 1821)
- 1899 – Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist (b. 1822)
- 1916 – Ota Benga, Congolese pygmy (b. 1884)
- 1918 – Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
- 1925 – Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, British statesman, Viceroy of India (b. 1859)
- 1929 – Ferdinand Foch, French commander of allied forces in World War I (b. 1851)
- 1930 – Arthur F. Andrews, American cyclist (b. 1876)
- 1931 – Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
- 1933 – Giuseppe Zangara, American assassin of Anton Cermak and attempted assassin of Franklin Roosevelt (b. 1900)
- 1934 – Queen Emma of the Netherlands (b. 1858)
- 1940 – Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
- 1947 – Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (b. 1884)
- 1958 – Adegoke Adelabu, Nigerian politician (b. 1915)
- 1960 – Léon Sée, French fencer (b. 1877)
- 1964 – Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and author (b. 1923)
- 1965 – Daniel Frank, American athlete (b. 1882)
- 1968 – Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
- 1969 – Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
- 1970 – Manolis Chiotis, Greek singer, bouzouki player, and composer (b. 1920)
- 1972 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (b. 1921)
- 1974 – Chet Huntley, American television journalist (b. 1911)
- 1977 – Terukuni Manzō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 38th Yokozuna (b. 1919)
- 1981 – Gerry Bertier, American wheelchair Olympian (b. 1953)
- 1983 – Ivan Matveyevich Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (b. 1891)
- 1990 – Maurice Cloche, French film director, screenwriter and producer (b. 1907)
- 1990 – Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
- 1992 – Georges Delerue, French film composer (b. 1925)
- 1993 – Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
- 1994 – Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
- 1995 – Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (b. 1948)
- 1997 – V. S. Pritchett, British writer and critic (b. 1900)
- 1997 – Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
- 1998 – George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician (b. 1956)
- 1998 – Catherine Sauvage, French singer and actress (b. 1929)
- 2000 – Gene Eugene, Canadian singer and actor (Adam Again and Lost Dogs) (b. 1961)
- 2001 – Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
- 2003 – Sailor Art Thomas, American wrestler (b. 1924)
- 2004 – Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
- 2004 – Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1917)
- 2005 – Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
- 2007 – Raynald Fréchette, Canadian judge and political figure (b. 1933)
- 2007 – Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
- 2007 – Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
- 2007 – Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
- 2008 – Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
- 2008 – Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
- 2008 – Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
- 2008 – Klaus Dinger, German musician (Neu!, La Düsseldorf, La! Neu?, and Kraftwerk (b. 1946)
- 2009 – Mel Brown, American/Canadian blues guitarist (b. 1939)
- 2010 – Harry Carpenter, English television sports commentator (b. 1925)
- 2010 – Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
- 2010 – Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)
- 2010 – Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
- 2011 – Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)
- 2012 – Lincoln Hall, Australian mountaineer and author (b. 1955)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Earliest date for the vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere:
- Bahá'í Naw-Rúz, started at sunset on March 20. The end of the 19-day sunrise-to-sunset fast. (Bahá'í Faith)
- Chunfen (China)
- Earth Day, during its first celebration in 1971. Now celebrated on April 22.
- New Year (Thelema)
- Nowruz (Iranian diaspora, Kurdish diaspora, Zoroastrians)
- Ostara in the northern hemisphere, Mabon in the southern hemisphere. (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)
- International Astrology Day (astrologers and astrology enthusiasts)
- Shunbun no Hi, a national holiday in Japan.
- World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling.
- Earliest day on which Good Friday can fall, while April 23 is the latest; celebrated on Friday before Easter. (Christianity)
- Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Tunisia from France in 1956.
- International Day of the Francophonie (International Organization of the Francophonie)
- UN French Language Day (United Nations)
- World Sparrow Day, to raise public awareness about the decline of sparrows and throw light on the problems they face in their daily fight for survival.
On the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces, Fox News Channel's James Rosen and White House Press Sec. Jay Carney engaged in a heated exchange over the value of that conflict and whether any credit was due to President George W. Bush for going ahead with the invasion. Carney conceded that "credit is due" to President Bush for sending American troops into Iraq in 2003 which led to the toppling of Saddam Hussein.
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.. a family .. with little people and bigger ones .. all doing their job
Still, I feel that God needs to be part of any equation .. or the end will be bitter. - ed
Smile, today is World Happiness Day! What makes you happy?
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We hope you can spread a little happiness today!
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When you pray in the Spirit, a shield goes up all around you, quenching all of the enemy’s fiery darts! Check out today's devotional. Be sure to click "like" to help spread the word! Thanks, all! http://bit.ly/ZHZcA6
What pleases Jesus' heart and brings Him joy? Contrary to popular opinion, it's not our doing things for Him, or our giving to Him. What pleases Him is our coming to Him and taking from His limitless supply! Be blown away by our Lord's goodness and generosity in this video excerpt.
The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. (Ps 138:8, NLT)
Because you are born of God, you are born to win the fights of life! When you wake up in the morning, say “I am a winner because God is a winner!” Check out today's devotional. Be sure to click "like" to help spread the word! Thanks, all! http://bit.ly/ZHXSNF
In Psalm 110:1, the Bible says, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’” Did you notice that God is not saying, “Sit only when all your enemies have been destroyed”?
“Sit” is a picture of rest and what God is saying to us is to stop worrying and struggling, and start resting and believing in His love for us.
Instead of being conscious of your challenges, choose to be conscious that God is bringing all your enemies under your feet because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.