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The Month of April in History - Each Date Illustrated
April 01, this day is the beginning of International Daffynitions Month. Here are a few from author Joe Heuer to get you started: Better: what we instantly feel when we realize our neighbor's problems are as bad as our own. Company policy: the corporate equivalent of your parents saying, "Because I said so!" Celebrate by coming up with your own daffynitions!
April 02, this day is Oscar Streaker Day. At the 1974 Oscar ceremony broadcast on TV, a lone man streaked across the stage giving a peace sign as David Niven was introducing Elizabeth
April 03, this day is International Surf Day. In 1868, a native Hawaiian successfully surfed one of the highest waves ever, a 50 foot tidal wave. A man named Holua of Minole, Hawaii, was
washed out to sea in his house as a tidal wave receded. He succeeded in wrenching off a rafter and boldly struck out for shore and landed safely with the return wave. The feat was
witnessed by several people onshore.
April 04, this day is National Day of Nonviolence. This day commemorates the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 by asking everyone to work harder for peace.
April 05, this day is Miracle Worker Day. On April 5, 1887, about a month after beginning to work with Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan finally got through to the wild deaf and blind child when Helen finally made the connection between running water and the symbols Anne had been signing into her hand.
April 06, this day is Rolling Stones Records Day. In 1971, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and the rest of the Rolling Stones created their own record label to promote their albums. Their logo, designed by Andy Warhol, was patterned after Jagger's lips.
April 07, this day is No Housework Day. You don't have to carry out the trash, do dishes, make beds, or anything else. Guilt-free! Enjoy!
April 08, this day is Chicago Rock Group Day. Chicago became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City (1971). Through the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago scored big with these hits: Make Me Smile, 25 or 6 to 4, Saturday in the Park, Old Days and many others. Celebrate by listening to your favorite group today!
April 09, this day is Longest Word Day. The longest word (207,000 letters) was published in a science journal in 1981. The word - deoxyribonuclaecacid (DNA) -- has never been printed in full.
April 10, this day is 3-D Movie Day. Can you guess which one was first. Surprisingly, in 1953, Vincent Price starred in "The House of Wax," the first full-length movie in 3-D. Trivia fans: it was also one of the few horror films of the period to be shot in color.
April 11, this day is Saint Gemma Galgani Feast Day. A daughter of a pharmacist, Saint Gemma Galgani is patron saint of hospital pharmacists. Take a moment to thank these health professionals today.
April 12, this day is National Tap Dance Party Day. On the birthday of Ann Miller, the 1950's actress who was famous for her tap dancing, throw a tap dance party. Miller was born as Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923, at Houston, Texas.
April 13, this day is Catfight Day. In the April 13, 1983, episode of the "Dynasty" soap opera, Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans) fight no-holds-barred in the Carrington lily pond.
April 14, this day is the birthday of Dungeons and Dragons. The Dungeons and Dragons game was invented in 1974. As of 2006, Dungeons and Dragons remains the best-known
and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 20 million people having played the game and more than US$1 billion in book and equipment sales.
April 15, this day is the anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic. The luxury liner Titanic sank at 2:27 a.m. on April 15, 1912. About 1,500 people died in the tragedy, but 700 were rescued. Later, in 1985, the sunken ship was located and photographed.
April 16, this day is the birthday of the Sulfur Pearl of Namibia. In the April 16, 1999, issue of "Science," scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology announced that they had discovered the Godzilla of bacteria, a single cell 100 times larger than the next largest bacteria. They called it Thiomargarita namibiensis.
April 17, this day is the birthday of Snooker. In 1875, Snooker, a variation of the game of pool, was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain in India. A little trivia: Snooker, despite many attempts, has never achieved Olympic status; a full-size snooker table measures eleven feet, eight and a half inches by five feet ten inches; and Mary Queen of Scots owned a snooker table.
April 18, this day is Umbrella Swallowing Can Be Dangerous Day. In 1999, a German sword swallower died when he accidentally hit the push button that opened the umbrella he had just swallowed. And obviously, please don't try this at home.
April 19, this day is Pink Think Day. On the birthday of Jayne Mansfield (April 19, 1932), the Patron Saint of Pink Think, think pink! Note: According to author Lynn Peril, pink think is a set of ideas and attitudes about what constitutes proper female behavior.
April 20, this day is the birthday of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. In 1832, the U.S. Congress established the Hot Springs Reservation, thus establishing the precursor of the current national park. Hot Springs National Park is the oldest park in the current National Park system.
April 21, this day is Kartini Day. On this day, the Republic of Indonesia honors Raden Ajeng Kartini, a pioneer in working for women's rights in Indonesia. She worked tirelessly to promote education for Indonesian women.
April 22, this day is Discovery of Brazil Day. Brazil was discovered by Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500. He had originally intended to go around Africa to India but was blown westward by heavy tradewinds.
April 23, this day is U.S. Executive Mansion Day. In 1789, President-elect George Washington and his wife Martha moved into the Franklin House in New York City, the first executive mansion for American presidents.
April 24, this day is USA Couple Travel Day. In 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock became the first people to travel across the United States by car. They left Los Angeles in their Packard and thirty-two days later, they arrived in New York City.
April 25, this day is Cuckoo Day. In England, this is the traditional day honoring the cuckoo, which heralds the return of migratory birds from the south and, hence, the coming of summer.
April 26, this day is Hug an Australian Day. Show appreciation for the people from down under for all the love and support they've given us over the years by hugging an Australian or anyone else in your vicinity.
April 27, this day is Natural Law Day. In 1417, a chicken in Basel, Switzerland, was burned at the stake for violating natural law by laying a brightly colored egg. The chicken was believed to be an Araucana-Ameraucana Strainn, which lay colored eggs of blue-green shades from turquoise to deep olive. He'd be great to have around Easter.
April 28, this day is the anniversary of the Kon-Tiki
Journey. In 1947, Thor
Heyerdahl and five others began a voyage across the Pacific Ocean aboard a balsa-wood raft called the Kon-Tiki. Their 101-day voyage proved that others could have made the same voyage from Peru west
April 29, this day is the anniversary of the Tomahawk Incident. In an April 29, 1965, episode of The Tonight Show, Ed Ames of the Daniel Boone TV show demonstrated to Johnny how to throw a tomahawk. In doing so, he buried his tomahawk in the crotch of the silhouetted target. The audience roared with laughter.
April 30, this day is Ho Chi Minh City Name Day. On April 30, 1975, Saigon was captured and renamed Ho Chi Minh City. The last American civilians were airlifted out of Saigon on this date. This marked the final and complete end of the Vietnam War.