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Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

April 20 is a ro­man­tic day. Amer­i­can ac­tress Grace Kelly mar­ried Prince Rainier of Monaco on this day in 1956.

De­spite mak­ing only 11 films dur­ing her act­ing ca­reer, she none­the­less be­came a Hol­ly­wood icon. One of those films was Al­fred Hitch­cock’s “Rear Win­dow.” It was while film­ing an­other Hitch­cock movie, “To Catch a Thief,” in the French Riviera that Kelly met Prince Rainier. When she be­came Princess Grace of Monaco she re­tired from act­ing.

Speak­ing of no­table women, it was on April 20, 2008, that 26- year- old Dan­ica Pa­trick won the Indy Ja­pan 300 at Twin Ring Mon­tegi in Mon­tegi, Ja­pan. That win made her the first fe­male win­ner in IndyCar rac­ing his­tory.

And per­haps the world would be a lit­tle less en- ter­tain­ing if it weren’t for what might have hap­pened on April 23, 1564. It is widely ac­cepted that this is birth­day of Wil­liam Shake­speare. While it is im­pos­si­ble to be cer­tain the ex­act day, church records show that he was bap­tized on April 26, and three days was a cus­tom­ary amount of time to wait be­fore bap­tiz­ing a new­born.

Shake­speare went on to pen such works as “Othello,” “Mac­beth,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.”

In other arts news,

it was on April 25, 1917, that jazz leg­end Ella Fitzger­ald was born in New­port News, Va. She was called “The First Lady of Song” and was known for such songs as “Dream a Lit­tle Dream of Me” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing ( If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

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