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Calendar day; April 30, 2014

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Wednesday, the 30th of April, 2014 is the 120th day in 2014 and in the 18th calendar week.

General Events:

Honesty Day 2014
April 30, 2014 in the World

Honesty Day is celebrated on April 30, 2014. Honesty Day was invented by M. Hirsh Goldberg, who chose the last day of April since the first day of that month, which is April Fools’ Day, celebrates falsehoods. On this day, anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question has knowledge of Honesty Day.

Where is Honesty Day?
Worldwide

Walpurgis Night
April 30, 2014 in Europe

Walpurgis Night is a traditional spring festival on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe. Its celebration is associated with dancing and with bonfires. The current festival is, in most countries that celebrate it, named after Saint Walpurga (ca. 710-777/9). As Walpurga was canonized on 1 May (ca. 870), she became associated with May Day, especially in the Finnish and Swedish calendars. The eve of May day, traditionally celebrated with dancing, came to be known as Walpurgisnacht (“Walpurga’s night”).

In Germany, Walpurgisnacht, the night from 30 April to 1 May, is the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Blocksberg and await the arrival of spring. In some parts of northern coastal regions of Germany, the custom of lighting huge fires is still kept alive to celebrate the coming of May, while most parts of Germany have a derived Christianized custom around Easter called “Easter fires”.

In rural parts of southern Germany, it is part of popular youth culture to play pranks such as tampering with neighbours’ gardens, hiding possessions, or spraying graffiti on private property. These pranks occasionally result in serious damage to property or bodily injury. In Berlin, traditional leftist May Day riots usually start at Walpurgis Night in the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg. There is a similar tradition in the Schanzenviertel district of Hamburg, though in both cases, the situation has significantly calmed down in the past few years.

Where is Walpurgis Night?
Nationwide Europe

Valborgskalaset
April 30, 2014 in Sweden

Valborgskalaset is celebrated on April 30, 2014. Valborgskalaset is, according to its host FestU, Sweden’s biggest party. It takes place on Chalmers on the 30th of April every year in the Chalmers student union building, to celebrate Walpurgis Night. The party usually have 11 to 12 bars serving drinks, 8 dancefloors and a scene with live performances. The party often features a lot of different “toys” like bouncy castles (the Festu Fraternity have their own purple bouncy castle), rodeo-bull, sumo-suit-fighting and a pretty amazing laser show.

Where is Valborgskalaset?
Nationwide Sweden

Reunification Day in Vietnam
April 30, 2014 in Vietnam

Reunification Day in Vietnam is celebrated on April 30, 2014. Victory Day, Reunification Day, or Liberation Day is a public holiday in Vietnam that marks the occasion Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon on April 30, 1975. This signalled the end of the Vietnam War. It was the start of the transition period toward reunification, which occurred July 2, 1976 when the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam merged to form the modern-day Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Where is Reunification Day in Vietnam?
Nationwide Vietnam

International Guide Dog Day
April 30, 2014 in the World

oday is International Guide Dog Day! This day celebrates the importance of guide dogs and how they help the blind and visually impaired live their daily lives. Guide dogs are carefully trained to avoid obstacles, access public transportation, cross roads safely, and other daily tasks to help their handlers’ specific needs.

Did you know that Guide Dogs of America trains 70% Labrador retrievers, 15% Golden Retrievers, and 15% German Shepherds for their guide dogs? Once the dogs complete their formal 2-year training, they are matched with a blind or visually impaired student based on size, lifestyle, energy level, and personalities of both the student and dog to form a happy relationship.

Today honors guide dogs, as well as the hard working people who dedicate their time to train and match guide dogs to their owners. Celebrate International Guide Dog Day by expressing your gratitude to these dedicated dogs!

Where is International Guide Dog Day?
Worldwide

International Jazz Day
April 30, 2014 in the World

International Jazz Day takes place on April 30, 2014. International Jazz Day is a yearly event organized by UNESCO to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”

While jazz is considered difficult to define, improvisation is consistently regarded as being one of its key elements. When Louis Armstrong was asked what the definition of jazz was, he famously replied “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.” Today is a worldwide day of celebration of jazz and its unique history.

The official birthplace of jazz music is New Orleans, but Kansas City and Chicago also have similar claims. Jazz fuses together African and European musical traditions. Blue notes, syncopation, and swing notes are all found in this style of music. There are many different sub-genres of jazz including early ragtime, swing, and bepop. Improvisation is also a large component of jazz; musicians often only start a song with one key and time signature from the bandleader.

Jazz Day:
http://live.jazzday.com/

Where is Jazz Day?
Worldwide

Hairstyle Appreciation Day
April 30, 2014 in the World

Hairstyle Appreciation Day is observed on April 30, 2014. It celebrates the uniqueness of all styles of hair and honors the people who make artful hairstyles possible. Hairstyling is an artful skill, on April 25 you can show your favorite hairstylist your appreciation.

A hairstyle’s aesthetic considerations may be determined by many factors, such as the subject’s physical attributes and desired self-image or the stylist’s artistic instincts. Physical factors include natural hair type and growth patterns, face and head shape from various angles, and overall body proportions; medical considerations may also apply. Self-image may be directed toward conforming to mainstream values, identifying with distinctively groomed subgroups, or obeying religious dictates, though this is highly contextual and a “mainstream” look in one setting may be limited to a “subgroup” in another.

A hairstyle is achieved by arranging hair in a certain way, occasionally using combs, a blow-dryer, gel, or other products. The practice of styling hair is often called hairdressing, especially when done as an occupation.

Where is Hairstyle Appreciation Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

313 – Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule.

711 – Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).

1492 – Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet

1562 – 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida

1772 – John Clais patents 1st scale

1808 – 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical All the Year Round, continues in weekly installments until Nov 26

1871 – The Camp Grant Massacre of Apaches in Arizona Territory, perpetrated by white & Mexican adventurers; 144 die

1888 – Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi

1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.

1904 – Ice cream cone makes its debut

1935 – World Congress for Women’s Rights concludes in Istanbul

1937 – The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1942 – 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wi

1952 – Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

1975 – Last US helicopter leaves US embassy grounds, Saigon surrenders

1980 – Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates

1988 – Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Penns

1993 – The World Wide Web is born at CERN.

Calendar day; April 29, 2014

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Tuesday, the 29th of April, 2014 is the 119th day in 2014 and in the 18th calendar week.
International Dance Day
April 29, 2014 in the World
On April 29, 2014 International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID). The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727, a French dancer and ballet master and a great reformer of dance.
The annually observed World Dance Day should increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education.
Dancing has been a part of human culture since the beginning of our history. Through the ages, people have used dance for artistic expression, celebration, prayer, and entertainment.
Around the world, there are events on World Dance Day, such as open-door-courses, exhibitions, articles concerning all kinds of dance, dance evenings, street shows, and special performances, etc. Above this, every year a message from a well known dance personality is circulated throughout the world.
The CID is a non-profit umbrella organization for all forms of dance in the world. It was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters and has its headquarters in Paris, France. CID advises the UNESCO, national and local government agencies, international organizations and institutions. Currently it is represented in over 120 countries.
International Dance Day 2014, 29th April:
http://www.international-dance-day.org/en/
Where is Dance Day?
Worldwide
Showa Day 2014
April 29, 2014 in Japan
Showa Day is celebrated on April 29, 2014. Showa Day is a Japanese annual holiday held on April 29. It honors the birthday of the Showa Emperor (Hirohito), the reigning Emperor from 1926 to 1989. The purpose of the holiday is to encourage public reflection on the turbulent 63 years of Hirohito’s reign.
Where is Showa Day?
Nationwide Japan
National Shrimp Scampi Day
April 29, 2014 in the USA
National Shrimp Scampi Day takes place on April 29, 2014. In the USA, “scampi” is often the menu name for shrimp in Italian-American cuisine. The term “scampi”, by itself, is also the name of a dish of shrimp served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served either with bread, or over pasta or rice, although sometimes just the shrimp alone.
Most variants of the “shrimp scampi” come on pasta. The word “scampi” is often construed as that style of preparation rather than an ingredient, with that preparation being called “shrimp scampi”, and with variants such as “chicken scampi”.
Where is National Shrimp Scampi Day?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
April New Moon
April 29, 2014 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On April 29, 2014 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is April New Moon?
Eastcoast North America
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events:
1429 – Joan of Arc arrives at the seige of Orleans
1553 – Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
1623 – 11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru
1661 – Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan
1707 – English and Scottish parliaments accept Act of Union; form United Kingdom of Great Britain
1813 – Ist US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel
1882 – The “Elektromote” – forerunner of the trolleybus – is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
1901 – Antisemitic riot in Budapest
1912 – 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
1926 – France & US reach accord on repayment of WW I
1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
1965 – Australian government announces it would send troops to Vietnam
1975 – Ethiopia nationalizes all land
1990 – Wrecking cranes began tearing down Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate
1991 – Cyclone strikes Bangladesh, 139,000 die/10 million homeless
1995 – Longest sausage ever, at 28.77 miles, made in Kitchener, Ontario
1997 – The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 enters into force, outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.

Calendar day; April 28, 2014

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Monday, the 28th of April, 2014 is the 118th day in 2014 and in the 18th calendar week.

Kiss Your Mate Day
April 28, 2014 in the World

Kiss Your Mate Day is celebrated on April 28, 2014. The day is a great opportunity to cuddle your partner and bless with kisses. Kissing on the lips is a physical expression of affection or love between two people in which the sensations of touch, taste, and smell are involved.

The kiss is an important expression of love and erotic emotions. Romantic kissing in Western cultures is a fairly recent development and is rarely mentioned even in ancient Greek literature. Kissing in particular has been studied in a controlled experiment and it was found that increasing the frequency of kissing in marital and cohabiting relationships results in a reduction of perceived stress, an increase in relationship satisfaction, and a lowering of cholesterol levels.

Surveys indicate that kissing is the second most common form of physical intimacy among United States adolescents (after holding hands), and that about 85% of 15 to 16-year-old adolescents in the US have experienced it. In many cultures, it is considered a harmless custom for teenagers to kiss on a date or to engage in kissing games with friends.

Where is Kiss Your Mate Day?
Worldwide

World Day for Safety and Health at Work
April 28, 2014 in the World

World Day for Safety and Health at Work takes place on April 28, 2014. The day was declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign “intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide”.

Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The goals of occupational safety and health programs include to foster a safe and healthy work environment. OSH may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, and many others who might be affected by the workplace environment.

Occupational safety and health can be important for moral, legal, and financial reasons. All organisations have a duty of care to ensure that employees and any other person who may be affected by the companies undertaking remain safe at all times. Moral obligations would involve the protection of employee’s lives and health. Legal reasons for OSH practices relate to the preventative, punitive and compensatory effects of laws that protect worker’s safety and health.

International Labour Organization (ILO):
http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang–en/index.htm

Where is World Day for Safety and Health at Work?
Worldwide

Day of Mourning
April 28, 2014 in Canada

National Day of Mourning takes place on April 28, 2014. The National Day of Mourning is observed annually in Canada. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Where is National Day of Mourning?
Nationwide Canada

Workers’ Memorial Day
April 28, 2014 in the World

The Workers’ Memorial Day, also known as International Workers’ Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured takes place on April 28, 2014. It is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. The day is celebrated annually.

Workers’ Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1984. The Canadian Labor Congress declared an annual day of remembrance on April 28, 1985, which is the anniversary of a comprehensive Workers Compensation Act passed in 1914. In Canada the day is known as Day of Mourning: In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, so that on April 28, 1991, it was officially the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace; making April 28, an official Workers’ Mourning Day.

Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organization in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is “Remember the dead – Fight for the living”. Although the April 28 is used as the focal point for remembrance and a day of International solidarity; campaigning and other related activities continue throughout the year right around the world.

Where is Workers’ Memorial Day?
Worldwide

Yom HaShoah 2014
April 28, 2014 in Israel

Yom HaShoah is observed on April 28, 2014. Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day.

Where is Yom HaShoah?
Nationwide Israel

Great Poetry Reading Day
April 28, 2014 in the World

This holiday celebrates all of the fantastic poetry and poets out there. Poems are words written to express an idea or emotion with imagery and metaphors. Poetry is believed to predate literacy, and all of the oldest written works are in poetry form.

Poetry is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language – such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre – to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.

There are many different types of poetry, all unique in their own way. Four popular kinds of poems are ballad, free verse, haiku, and epic. A ballad is a narrative poem that explains a story, made up of four-line stanzas, in which the second and third lines rhyme. A free verse poem has no rhyme scheme and no specific length; it is a free-form poem to write as the poet wishes. A Haiku is a poem focusing on nature, with three lines- 5 syllables on the first and third lines and 7 syllables on the second line. Lastly, an epic is a long narrative poem that tells the story of a heroic journey.

Poetry is an impressive and beautiful type of literary work. Celebrate today by reading some great poetry, throw a poetry reading party, or try writing a poem of your own!

Where is Great Poetry Reading Day?
Worldwide

Mujahideen Victory Day
April 28, 2014 in Afghanistan

Mujahideen Victory Day is celebrated on April 28, 2014. Mujahideen Victory Day is a political holiday observed in parts of Afghanistan. It commemorates the day when Mujahideen rebel forces overthrew Mohammad Najibullah’s Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in 1992. It is celebrated mostly by former warlords and their followers, such as the Northern Alliance. Other Afghans are against celebrating the day because it marks the start of civil war, and the fact that the Mujahideen were not only Afghans but included men from over 50 Islamic nations around the Muslim world.

Where is Mujahideen Victory Day?
Nationwide Afghanistan

National Blueberry Pie Day
April 28, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Blueberry Pie Day! Americans have been filling their pies with delicious, fresh-picked berries since the colonial era. Today, blueberry pie is one of the most popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry season begins in May and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Fourth of July celebrations.

Did you know that Maine produces more blueberries than any other state? In fact, 25% of all low bush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine. That makes this New England state the largest producer of blueberries in the world!

Head to your favorite local bakery or make your own tasty blueberry pie today to celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day!

Where is National Blueberry Pie Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

585 – War between Lydia & Media ended by solar eclipse

1253 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.

1550 – Powers of Dutch inquisition extends

1686 – 1st volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia” published

1770 – Capt James Cook aboad Endeavor lands at Botany Bay in Australia

1789 – Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty & Capt William Bligh

1818 – Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes & Lake Champlain

1848 – Free last slaves in French colonies

1902 – Using the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero definition for the Gregorian calendar preceded by the Julian calendar, the one billionth minute since the start of January 1, Year Zero occurs at 10:40 AM on this date.

1914 – W H Carrier patents air conditioner

1932 – Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced

1949 – Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.

1952 – WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect

1965 – US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966

1973 – Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over the course of 18 hours in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures are damaged, and the town of Antelope, California ceases to exist, with every building being reduced to the foundation. This accident leads to the passing of the Transportation Safety Act of 1974 which makes the NTSB an independent agency.

1983 – Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead

Calendar day; April 27, 2014

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Sunday, the 27th of April, 2014 is the 117th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.

Freedom Day in South Africa
April 27, 2014 in South Africa

Freedom Day in South Africa is observed on April 27, 2014. Freedom Day is a South African public holiday. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. They were the first national elections in South Africa in which the franchise did not depend upon race.

Freedom Day – 27 April:
http://www.sahistory.org.za/topic/freedom-day-27-april

Where is Freedom Day in South Africa?
Nationwide South Africa

Veterans’ day in Finland
April 27, 2014 in Finland

National veterans’ day in Finland is observed on April 27, 2014. National veterans’ day is a remembrance day for all the war veterans in Finland. On 27th April, 1945, the very last German troops had left Finland and crossed the German occupied Norwegian border in the municipality of Enontekiö and the Finnish defence forces achieved the three-country border of German occupied Norway, neutral Sweden and Finland.

Where is National veterans’ day in Finland?
Nationwide Finland

UnFreedom Day 2014
April 27, 2014 in South Africa

UnFreedom Day is observed on April 27, 2014. UnFreedom Day is an unofficial South African holiday or day of mourning. UnFreedom Day is planned to coincide with the official South African holiday called Freedom Day, an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. UnFreedom Day was started by Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban and has become a day of education in which films, discussions and performances play a major role. The theme of the day is to demonstrate that the poor are still not free in South Africa.

Where is UnFreedom Day?
Nationwide South Africa

World Graphics Day
April 27, 2014 in the World

World Graphics Day is observed on April 27, 2014. The day was established by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), which was founded on April 27, 1963. World Graphics Day – also called World Graphic Design Day – is a chance to recognize communication design and its role in the world.

Graphic design is a creative process, one most often involving a client and a designer, and traditionally completed in conjunction with producers of form. Graphic design is undertaken to convey a specific message to a targeted audience, usually from the client, known as the ‘brief’. The term “graphic design” can also refer to a number of artistic and professional disciplines that focus on visual communication and presentation.

Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce a balanced, focused and symmetrical final result.

Where is World Graphics Day?
Worldwide

Tell a Story Day
April 27, 2014 in the USA

Tell a Story Day is celebrated on April 27, 2014. In the U.S., it celebrates story-telling of all kinds. Libraries celebrate this day with story telling hours for kids. Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters, and narrative point of view.

Where is Tell a Story Day?
Nationwide USA

National Prime Rib Day
April 27, 2014 in the USA

National Prime Rib Day is observed on April 27, 2014. It’s a day to enjoy one of America’s favorite steaks. A prime rib, also known as standing rib roast, is a cut of beef from the primal rib, which is one of the eight primal cuts of beef. A slice of standing rib roast will include portions of the so-called “eye” of the rib as well as the outer, fat-marbled muscle known as the “lip” or “cap”.

The traditional preparation for a standing rib roast is to rub the outside of the roast with salt and seasonings and slow-roast with dry heat. In the United States, it is common for barbecue purists to apply smoke to the uncooked rib roast at low heat for two to three hours before dry roasting.

To cook your own prime rib, begin by removing the extra fat from the bottom of the roast. Combine 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 cup fresh rosemary, 1/2 cup fresh tarragon, 1/4 cup fresh thyme, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil. Coat the meat with the herb mixture and then cook at 325 degrees for about 2 1/2 hours (or until the internal temperature reaches 120 degrees). Allow the prime rib to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Where is National Prime Rib Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1124 – David I becomes King of Scots.

1526 – Mogol King Babur beats sultan of Delhi

1565 – 1st Spanish settlement in Philippines, Cebu City, forms

1667 – The blind and impoverished, John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.

1773 – British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won’t like this)

1813 – Americans under Gen Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed

1865 – Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.

1920 – Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence

1940 – Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

1950 – South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races

1961 – Sierra Leone declares independence from UK

1977 – Bloody riots in Soweto South Africa

1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

1989 – Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China

1992 – Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

Calendar day; April 26, 2014

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Saturday, the 26th of April, 2014 is the 116th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.

General Events:

World Intellectual Property Day
April 26, 2014 in the World

World Intellectual Property Day is observed on April 26, 2014. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.

April 26th was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970. The World Intellectual Property Organization is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations.

Intellectual property is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works. Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets.

Where is World Intellectual Property Day?
Worldwide

Richter Scale Day
April 26, 2014 in the World

Richter Scale Day takes place on April 26, 2014. It celebrates the birthday of the inventor of the Richter Scale, Charles F. Richter. The Richter magnitude scale – often shortened to Richter scale – was developed to assign a single number to quantify the energy released during an earthquake. The scale is a base-10 logarithmic scale. The magnitude is defined as the logarithm of the ratio of the amplitude of waves measured by a seismograph to an arbitrary small amplitude. An earthquake that measures 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0, and corresponds to a 31.6 times larger release of energy. The Richter Scale was developed in 1935 by Charles Francis Richter in partnership with Beno Gutenberg.

Where is Richter Scale Day?
Worldwide

Koninginnedag 2014
April 26, 2014 in Kingdom of the Netherlands

Koninginnedag takes place on April 26, 2014. Koningsdag or King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander.

From 1890 to 2013, the day was known as Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day. The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, the fifth birthday anniversary of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired the name, Koninginnedag.

Where is Koninginnedag?
Nationwide Kingdom of the Netherlands

Ely Eel Day 2014
April 26, 2014 in Ely, Cambridgeshire

Ely Eel Day takes place on April 26, 2014. Ely Eel Day is an annual celebration observed by people from Ely, Cambridgeshire to celebrate the city’s namesake – the eel. The celebrations start with a parade which begins from Cross Green outside Ely Cathedral and proceeds through the city to the Jubilee Gardens, passing by the Market Square and along the River Great Ouse at Ely’s Waterside.

Where is Ely Eel Day?
Nationwide Ely, Cambridgeshire

Hug an Australian Day
April 26, 2014 in the World

Hug an Australian Day is observed on April 26, 2014. The day is your chance to give a big hug to any Australians today! Hug an Australian Day is an annual event that was founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy. Australians are the citizens of Australia.

Where is Hug an Australian Day?
Worldwide

National Pretzel Day
April 26, 2014 in the USA

National Pretzel Day is celebrated on April 26, 2014. It’s a day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy. National Pretzel Day was declared in 2003 by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. A pretzel is a type of baked food made from dough in soft and hard varieties and savory or sweet flavors in a unique knot-like shape, originating in Europe. In the 19th century, southern German and Swiss German immigrants introduced the pretzel to North America. Today, Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both the hard crispy and the soft bread types of pretzels. The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million. The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds (0.7 kg) of pretzels per year.

Where is National Pretzel Day?
Nationwide USA

National Kids and Pets Day
April 26, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Kids and Pets Day! Created in 2005, this day is dedicated to celebrating the magical bond between kids and animals. It helps to bring awareness to the many animals in need of a loving home, as well as educates the public about safety between kids and pets.

Colleen Paige, a mother and pet lover, established this day to honor the strong connection that kids have with their beloved pets. Children who grow up with pets learn about compassion, responsibility, caregiving, and more.

This day also encourages pet adoption through local animal shelters – with an importance placed on safe interactions between kids and pets. On Colleen Paige’s website, you can find a useful list of safety tips and guidelines for families looking for the right pet.

Celebrate today by reminiscing about your favorite childhood pet, or bring your children to interact with animals at a local shelter. How did your pets impact your childhood?

Colleen Paige’s website:
http://www.colleenpaige.com/#!kids-and-pets/c1z80/tips.htm

Where is National Kids and Pets Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1514 – Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1607 – 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va

1721 – Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated

1841 – “Bombay Gazette” begins publishing on silk

1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used

1904 – Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms

1928 – Madame Tussaud’s waxwork exhibition opens in London

1945 – Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason

1954 – Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

1959 – Cuba invades Panama

1971 – Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15″ in 24 hrs

1974 – Malta adopts constitution

1982 – Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island

1986 – Worst nuclear disaster, 4th reactor at Chernobyl USSR explodes, 31 die

1994 – 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote

Calendar day; April 25, 2014

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Friday, the 25th of April, 2014 is the 115th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.

General Events:

Parental Alienation Awareness Day
April 25, 2014 in the World

Parental Alienation Awareness Day takes place on April 25, 2014. April 25 has been chosen as Parental Alienation Awareness Day (PAAD), part of a global awareness campaign to raise awareness about parental alienation. The idea was introduced in Canada by Sarvy Emo in late 2005, with the original date being March 28. This was changed after the start of the campaign for marketing reasons and was put into practice in 2006.

Parental alienation is a social dynamic, generally occurring due to divorce or separation, when a child expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent difficult or impossible. These feelings may be influenced by negative comments by the other parent and by the characteristics, such as lack of empathy and warmth, of the rejected parent. The term does not apply in cases of actual child abuse, when the child rejects the abusing parent to protect themselves.

Parental alienation is controversial in legal and mental health professions, both generally and in specific situations. Terms related to parental alienation include child alienation, pathological alignments, visitation refusal, brainwashing, pathological alienation, the toxic parent and parental alienation syndrome though the last term is a specific formulation of a medical syndrome proposed by psychiatrist Richard Gardner that is not well accepted.

Parental Alienation and Hostile Aggressive Parenting Awareness Day:
http://www.paawarenessday.com/events.asp

Where is Parental Alienation Awareness Day?
Worldwide

Arbor Day 2014
April 25, 2014 in the USA

Arbor Day is in 2014 on the 25th of April. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Neb., in the United States in 1872. J. Sterling Morton is the founder of Arbor Day. The first Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated 1 million trees were planted that day.

In the US, the national holiday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April; in Nebraska, it is a civic holiday. Each state celebrates its own state holiday. Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in Spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

Trees are an important component of the natural landscape because of their prevention of erosion and the provision of a weather-sheltered ecosystem in and under their foliage. They also play an important role in producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as moderating ground temperatures.

They are also elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their orchard crops (such as apples). Wood from trees is a building material, as well as a primary energy source in many developing countries. Trees also play a role in many of the world’s mythologies.

Where is Arbor Day?
Nationwide USA

World Malaria Day
April 25, 2014 in the World

World Malaria Day 2014 is commemorated every on 25 April. It recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2009, 781 000 people died from malaria, mainly women and children in Africa

World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization. The day was established to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.”

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Americas. The disease results from the multiplication of malaria parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that typically include fever and headache, in severe cases progressing to coma, and death.

Malaria is not just a disease commonly associated with poverty but also a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development. Tropical regions are affected most, however malaria’s furthest extent reaches into some temperate zones with extreme seasonal changes. The disease has been associated with major negative economic effects on regions where it is widespread. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a major factor in the slow economic development of the American southern states.

Where is the event?
Worldwide

World Penguin Day
April 25, 2014 in the World

World Penguin Day is celebrated on April 25, 2014. The annual northward migration of penguins is on or around April 25th. Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers.

The largest living species is the Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri): on average adults are about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 35 kg (75 lb) or more. The smallest penguin species is the Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor), also known as the Fairy Penguin, which stands around 40 cm tall (16 in) and weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb).

Where is World Penguin Day?
Worldwide

DNA day 2014
April 25, 2014 in the World

DNA day is celebrated on April 25, 2014. DNA Day commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. It celebrates the discovery and understanding of DNA and the scientific advances that understanding has made possible.

In the United States, DNA Day was first celebrated on April 25, 2003 by proclamation of both the Senate[6] and the House of Representatives. However, they only declared a one-time celebration, not an annual holiday. Every year from 2003 onward, annual DNA Day celebrations have been organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). April 25 has been since declared “International DNA Day” and “World DNA Day” by several groups.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. Along with RNA and proteins, DNA is one of the three major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life. Genetic information is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides.

Where is DNA day?
Worldwide

Anzac Day 2014
April 25, 2014 in Australia / New Zealand

Anzac Day takes place on April 25, 2014. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.

Where is Anzac Day?
Nationwide Australia / New Zealand

Liberation Day in Lebanon
April 25, 2014 in Lebanon

Liberation Day in Lebanon is celebrated on April 25, 2014. On May 25, 2000, the Israeli army withdrew from territory in Southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation. The United Nations certified that the withdrawal was complete, with troops having left territory demarcated by the Blue Line. Lebanon disputed the completion of withdrawal, claiming that the Blue Line did not match with its international borders in a region between it and Syria called the Shebaa Farms.

Where is Liberation Day in Lebanon?
Nationwide Lebanon

Día de la Chupina
April 25, 2014 in Rosario / Argentina

Día de la Chupina is celebrated on April 25, 2014. The Día de la Chupina is a popular event and self-styled “holiday” created by secondary school students in the city of Rosario, Argentina. It is held annually, on the last Friday of every April. On this day, the students do not attend their classes, but gather instead in some particular spots of the city center, especially the National Flag Memorial and the highly commercial pedestrian-only section of Córdoba Street.

Where is Día de la Chupina?
Nationwide Rosario / Argentina

St. Mark’s Day
April 25, 2014 in the World

St. Mark’s Day is celebrated on April 25, 2014. St. Mark’s Day is a festival in Venice celebrating Venice’s patron saint, St. Mark. On this day, men traditionally give a single rosebud to the woman they love.

Where is St. Mark’s Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1185 – Sea battle at Dan-no-ura: Minamoto Yoritomo beats Taira-family

1507 – Geographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st used name America

1607 – Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish/Portuguese fleet

1684 – Patent granted for thimble

1719 – Daniel Defoes publishes “Robinson Crusoe”

1792 – Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier

1846 – Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.

1849 – The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal’s English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.

1859 – Ground broken for Suez Canal

1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April

1915 – 78,000 ANZAC troops land at Gallipoli

1928 – Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank

1953 – Scientists identify DNA

1960 – 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)

1967 – Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland

1976 – Portugal adopts constitution

1978 – Supreme Court rules pension plans can’t require women to pay more

1982 – In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal

1990 – Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery

1994 – 14″ of snow in Southern Calif

Calendar day; April 24, 2014

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Thursday, the 24th of April, 2014 is the 114th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.
Genocide Remembrance Day
April 24, 2014 in Armenia
Genocide Remembrance Day is celebrated on April 24, 2014. Genocide Remembrance Day or Genocide Memorial day, is a national holiday in Armenia and is observed by Armenians in dispersed communities around the worl. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. In Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, hundreds of thousands of people walk to the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame. The date 24 April commemorates the Armenian notables deported from the Ottoman capital in 1915, of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, most of whom would be executed, which was a precursor to the ensuing events.
Where is Genocide Remembrance Day?
Nationwide Armenia
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
April 24, 2014 in Canada
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day takes place on April 24, 2014. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is an educational program in the USA and Canada that revolves around parents taking their children to work for one day. It is the successor to Take Our Daughters To Work Day, which was expanded to include boys in 2003. It occurs on the fourthThursday of April every year.
Where is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day?
Nationwide Canada
St. Mark’s Eve
April 24, 2014 in the World
St. Mark’s Eve is observed on April 24, 2014. St. Mark’s Eve is the day before the feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist. In liturgical Christian churches, this feast of St. Mark is observed on April 25 of each year; thus St. Mark’s Eve is April 24.
Where is St. Mark’s Eve?
Worldwide
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Pig in a Blanket Day
April 24, 2014 in the World
Pig in a Blanket Day is observed on April 24, 2014. Pigs in blankets refers to a variety of different sausage-based foods. They are typically small in size and can be eaten in one or two bites. For this reason, they are usually served as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre or are accompanied by other dishes in the ‘main course’ section of a meal.
This delicious finger food is popular with kids and cocktail party guests all across the world. In fact, there are many different cultures that have their own unique twist on this comfort food classic.
In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven
In the West, especially in the United States and Canada, the bite sized variety of pigs in a blanket is a common hors d’oeuvre served at cocktail parties and is often accompanied by a mustard or aioli dipping sauce. Pigs in a blanket are usually different from sausage rolls, which are a larger, more filling item served for breakfast and lunch in parts of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and, more rarely, the United States and Canada.
Where is Pig in a Blanket Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
1184 BC – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date).
1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed
1596 – Pacificatie of Ireland drawn
1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain
1888 – Eastman Kodak forms
1898 – Spanish-American War: Spain delares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
1915 – Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)
1916 – Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begins
1920 – British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
1950 – Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”
1981 – IBM-PC computer introduced
1990 – Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.

Calendar day; April 23, 2014

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Wednesday, the 23rd of April, 2014 is the 113th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.
Administrative Professionals’ Day
April 23, 2014 in North America
It’s Administrative Professionals Day! Send a free eCard to your office admin to express your appreciation! Where would we be without our administrative professionals? These are the dedicated individuals who take notes, answer phones, remember all the little details, and keep everyone in the office organized.
In 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals organized the first Administrative Professionals Day. This holiday is a worldwide celebration that brings millions of people together to honor secretaries, receptionists, and administrative assistants. It is one of the largest workplace observances of the year, and with good reason. There are over 4.1 million Americans that have the job title “administrative assistant,” and another 8.9 million Americans that work in administrative support roles.
To celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, show your appreciation for the admins at your office today. Surprise them with a bouquet of flowers or a thoughtful gift card. They certainly deserve it!
International Association of Administrative Professionals:
http://www.iaap-hq.org/events/apw
Where is Administrative Professionals’ Day?
Nationwide North America
World Book and Copyright Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day) is observed on April 23, 2014. The annually celebrated day is organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It was first celebrated in 1995.
The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. Nowadays the World Book and Copyright Day is observed in over 100 countries, where schools, private businesses, voluntary organizations and lots of more people and groups come together to pay a tribute to authors and books.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that on this date the World Book and Copyright Day should be celebrated because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare and some other authors.
Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. It is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work and other, related rights. It is an intellectual property form.
Where is World Book and Copyright Day?
Worldwide
Canada Book Day
April 23, 2014 in Canada
Canada Book Day is observed on April 23, 2014. Canada Book Day is a yearly event celebrated in Canada to promote reading and books. The week surrounding April 23 is celebrated as Canada Book Week.
Canada Book Day is celebrated on the same day as World Book and Copyright Day, a yearly event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
Where is Canada Book Day?
Nationwide Canada
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is observed on April 23, 2014. International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is a commemoration declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed “to the increasing presence in our organization [the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America] of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free”. The purpose of the day, according to Walton was to encourage writers to post “professional quality” works for free on the internet. The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the “webscabs” are “converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch.”
Where is Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day?
Worldwide
UN English Language Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
UN English Language Day takes place on April 23, 2014. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. April 23 was chosen as the date for the English language because it is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Where is UN English Language Day?
Worldwide
Lover’s Day 2014
April 23, 2014 in the World
Lover’s Day takes place on April 23, 2014. Lover’s Day is celebrated in Barcelona and Spain. The day is the death anniversary of writer Miguel de Cervantes. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel.
Where is Lover’s Day?
Worldwide
World Laboratory Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
World Laboratory Day takes place on April 23, 2014. It celebrates the place where great inventions emerge which helps to make the world better. A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed.
Labs used for scientific research take many forms because of the differing requirements of specialists in the various fields of science. A physics lab might contain a particle accelerator or vacuum chamber, while a metallurgy lab could have apparatus for casting or refining metals or for testing their strength. A chemist or biologist might use a wet laboratory, while a psychologist’s lab might be a room with one-way mirrors and hidden cameras in which to observe behavior.
Scientific laboratories can be found in schools and universities, in industry, in government or military facilities, and even aboard ships and spacecraft. A laboratory might offer work space for just one to more than thirty researchers depending on its size and purpose.
Where is World Laboratory Day?
Worldwide
Saint George’s Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
Saint George’s Day takes place on April 23, 2014. Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches which use the Julian calendar, 23 April corresponds to 6 May on the Gregorian calendar.
Where is Saint George’s Day?
Worldwide
Take a Chance Day
April 23, 2014 in the USA
Take a Chance Day is celebrated on April 23, 2014. This day is your chance to … take a chance! What you’ve always wanted to do but had too afraid to do it? Today is the day to take the risk and try new things.
Where is Take a Chance Day?
Nationwide USA
National Zucchini Bread Day
April 23, 2014 in the USA
National Zucchini Bread Day is observed on April 23, 2014. It’s a day to enjoy Zucchini bread. Zucchini can be baked into bread similar to banana bread or incorporated into a cake mix.
Where is National Zucchini Bread Day?
Nationwide USA
National Picnic Day
April 23, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Picnic Day! People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.
During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal! Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket.
To celebrate National Picnic Day, take your meal outdoors and enjoy a picnic with your friends and family!
Where is National Picnic Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
215 BC – A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.
1014 – King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf
1343 – St. George’s Night Uprising in Estonia
1597 – William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance.
1616 – Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
1798 – Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1867 – Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1900 – 1st know occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)
1908 – Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord
1935 – Polish Constitution of 1935 is adopted.
1968 – 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
1969 – Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
1984 – AIDS-virus identified (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
1985 – New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1989 – Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
1991 – USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
2003 – Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.
2009 – The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 it’s observed for 10 seconds as the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.

Calendar day; April 22, 2014

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Tuesday, the 22nd of April, 2014 is the 112th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.
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Earth Day
April 22, 2014 in the World
Today is Earth Day! Every year on April 22, more than 1 billion people in 175 countries participate in Earth Day events. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and its purpose is to raise awareness about important environmental issues.
The first Earth Day took place in 1970. After witnessing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a grassroots “environmental teach-in” on college campuses across the country. Many people believe that this first Earth Day celebration marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. 
To celebrate Earth Day, plant a tree, help clean up a beach or park, or participate in a local event near you. Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day Network:
http://www.earthday.org/
Earth Day Canada:
http://www.earthday.ca/
Where is Earth Day?
Worldwide
Girl Scout Leader Day
April 22, 2014 in the World
Girl Scout Leader Day is observed on April 22, 2014. It honors all the adult volunteers acting as Girl Scout leaders to the girl scouting program. Girls and ther families can use this special day to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.
Where is Girl Scout Leader Day?
Worldwide
National Jelly Bean Day
April 22, 2014 in the USA
National Jelly Bean Day is celebrated on April 22, 2014. It’s a special day for those who loves the sweet little candy. Jelly beans are a small bean-shaped type of confectionery with a hard candy shell and a gummy interior which come in a wide variety of flavors. The confection is primarily made of sugar.
Most jelly beans are sold as an assortment of around eight different flavors, most of them fruit based. Assortments of “spiced” jellybeans and gumdrops are also available, which include a similar number of spice and mint flavors. The colors of jelly beans often correspond with a fruit and a “spiced” flavor.
Some premium brands, such as Jelly Belly and The Jelly Bean Factory, are available in many different flavors, including berry, tropical fruit, soft drink, popcorn, licorice, and novelty ranges, in addition to the familiar fruit and spice flavors.
Where is National Jelly Bean Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1056 – Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye
1370 – Building begins of Bastille fortress in Paris
1500 – Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil & claims it for Portugal
1529 – Treaty of Saragosa: Spain & Portugal divide eastern hemisphere
1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposong flogging as cure for witchcraft
1769 – Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV’s “official” mistress
1817 – Curacao prohibits use of white paint due to fierce sunlight
1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates
1897 – NYC Jewish newspaper “Forward” begins publishing (still active)
1915 – 1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I
1930 – US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
1940 – Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable
1955 – Congress orders all US coins bear motto “In God We Trust”
1969 – 1st human eye transplant performed
1970 – 1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources
1970 – Flat Earth celebrated
1994 – 7,000 Tutsi’s slaughtered in stadium of Kibuye Rwanda
1994 – In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made

Calendar Day; April 21, 2014

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Monday, the 21st of April, 2014 is the 111th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.
General Events:
World Creativity and Innovation Day
April 21, 2014 in the World
It’s World Creativity and Innovation Day! Today is the day to celebrate your creativity and new ideas! World Creativity and Innovation Day is the final day of celebration during World Creativity and Innovation Week. It has been celebrated in over 46 countries since 2002. People in businesses, organizations, schools, and communities take part in this day to generate new ideas for a brighter future.
Marci Segal, a creativity specialist, came up with the idea for World Creativity and Innovation Day. After reading a newspaper headline, “Canada in Creativity Crisis,” Segal decided to do something about it. With the help of her colleagues, she organized the first World Creativity Day to encourage people to use creativity to make the world a better place.
There are many ways to celebrate this day, so just use your imagination! Invite some friends over tonight for some creative activities or a brainstorm session to solve a neighborhood problem. Good luck!
World Creativity and Innovation Week Global:
http://worldcreativity.wordpress.com/about/
Where is World Creativity and Innovation Day?
Worldwide
Kindergarten Day
April 21, 2014 in the World
Kindergarten Day takes place on April 21, 2014. The day celebrates the preschool educational institution for children and honors the creator of the concept of the “kindergarten”. The term “kindergarten” was created by Friedrich Fröbel (born on April 21, 1782) for the play and activity institute that he created in 1837 in Bad Blankenburg as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school. His goal was that children should be taken care of and nourished in “children’s gardens” like plants in a garden.
The term kindergarden is used around the world to describe a variety of different institutions that have been developed for children ranging from the ages of two to seven, depending on the country concerned. Many of the activities developed by Fröbel are also used around the world under other names.
Where is Kindergarten Day?
Worldwide
Grounation Day
April 21, 2014 in Jamaica
Grounation Day is observed on April 21, 2014. Grounation Day is an important Rastafarian holy day, and second after Coronation Day (November 2). It is celebrated in honor of Haile Selassie’s 1966 visit to Jamaica.
Where is Grounation Day?
Nationwide Jamaica
San Jacinto Day
April 21, 2014 in Texas
San Jacinto Day is observed on April 21, 2014. San Jacinto Day is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. It was the final battle of the Texas Revolution where Texas won its independence from Mexico. It is an official holiday in the State of Texas. An annual festival, which includes a reenactment, is held on the site of the battle.
Where is San Jacinto Day?
Nationwide Texas
Patriots’ Day 2014
April 21, 2014 in Massachusetts and Maine
Patriots’ Day is observed on April 21, 2014. Patriots’ Day (officially Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and Patriot’s Day in Maine) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine, and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.
Where is Patriots’ Day?
Nationwide Massachusetts and Maine
Religious Events:
Easter Monday 2014
April 21, 2014 in the World
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is celebrated as a holiday in some largely Christian cultures, especially Roman Catholic cultures. Easter Monday in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar is the second day of the octave of Easter Week. In Poland and parts of the United States, Easter Monday is called Dyngus Day, meaning “Wet Monday“, referring to traditional pranks involving water.
Formerly, the post-Easter festivities involved a week of secular celebration, but this was reduced to one day in the 19th century. Events include egg rolling competitions and, in predominantly Roman Catholic countries, dousing other people with water which traditionally had been blessed with holy water the day before at Easter SundayMass and carried home to bless the house and food.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite, EasterMonday is known as Bright Monday or Renewal Monday, and is the second day of Bright Week. The services are exactly the same as on Pascha (Easter Sunday), except that the hymns from the Octoechos are in Tone Two. It is customary to have a Crucession (procession headed by a cross) either after Paschal Matins or after the Paschal Divine Liturgy. It is customarily a day for visiting family and friends. Easter Monday is also the day when the feast day of St. George is celebrated, in years when St George’s Day (April 23) falls during Holy Week or on Easter Sunday.
Where is Easter Monday?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
753 BC – Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional date).
1509 – Henry VIII becomes King of England
1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship
1785 – Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges
1836 – Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico
1857 – Alexander Douglas patents the bustle
1898 – Spanish-American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain as of this date.
1908 – Frederick A Cook claims to reach North Pole (He didn’t)
1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron”, is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. Canadian pilot Captain Arthur Roy Brown was credited with the kill.
1946 – Socialistic Einheitspartei Germany forms in East Germany
1952 – Secretaryies’ Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.
1967 – Military coup in Greece, Konstantinos Kollias becomes premier
1970 – The Principality of Hutt River (previously Hutt River Province) secedes from Australia – it remains unrecognised by Australia or other nations
1982 – Dr Michael E Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant
1984 – Centers for Disease Cont says virus discovered in France causes AIDS
1989 – Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
1994 – The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.
1997 – Ashes of Timothy Leary & Gene Roddenberry launched into orbit

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