On this day March 29 - April 4, 2020 (week 14) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.
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On this day March 29 - April 4, 2020 (week 14)

March 29, 2020 - April 4, 2020 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the first modern automobile, the invention of a pencil with built-in eraser, English novelist and poet Charlotte Bronte, the assault on Okinawa in World War II, Pope John Paul II, the Poly Express U.S. mail service, and the Kennel Club registry of purebred dogs.

March 29, 1901: Daimler’s Mercedes 35 HP, regarded as the first modern automobile, made its debut. It was named after the daughter of the man who commissioned it

March 30, 1858: Philadelphia stationer Hymen Lipman received a patent for his invention of a pencil with a built-in eraser. He sold the patent in 1862 for $100,000 (around $2m today)

March 31, 1855: English novelist and poet Charlotte Bronte, the eldest of three literary sisters and best known for her novel Jane Eyre, died during pregnancy

April 1, 1945: An assault by 50,000 U.S. troops on the Japanese-held island of Okinawa heralded the beginning of the last major battle of the Pacific in World War II

April 2, 2005: Pope John Paul II, spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, died at age 84. Born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, he was the first non-Italian pope in over 450 years

April 3, 1860: The first Pony Express carrying the U.S. mail set out on its 2,000-mile run from St Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento in California

April 4, 1873: The Kennel Club, the world’s oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs was founded in Britain. As of 2020, it recognised 218 breeds of dog

PUBLISHED: 16/03/2020; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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