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).”