Wednesday, the 9th of April, 2014 is the 99th day in 2014 and in the 15th calendar week.

Vimy Ridge Day
April 9, 2014 in Canada

Vimy Ridge Day remembers Canadians who fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge during World War I. The battle of Vimy Ridge, which was part of the larger battle of Arras in northern France, began on Easter Monday, which was April 9, in 1917. About 30,000 Canadians fought at Vimy Ridge and claimed victory. However, this victory came at a high cost. The Canadians suffered about 11,000 casualties. Of these, nearly 3,600 Canadians were killed.

At Vimy, regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity. After Vimy, the Canadian corps never looked back, and its success raised Canada’s international stature and earned a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war. In 2003 the Canadian government declared April 9 as “Vimy Ridge Day” to honor and remember the battle that took place at Vimy Ridge.

Museums, such as the Canadian War Museum, may hold special activities that commemorate the battle of Vimy Ridge on or around April 9 each year. Activities may include historical story-telling about the battle of Vimy Ridge, as well as costumed interpreters dressed in World War I uniforms explaining soldiers’ equipment. Other events that have occurred in recent times include laying wreaths at memorials and a national ceremony to honor Canadians who fought during World War I, including the battle of Vimy Ridge. The Canadian flag on Canada’s Peace Tower is also lowered at half-mast on April 9 each year.

Vimy Ridge Day is not a public holiday in Canada. Public offices, businesses, schools and public transport systems operate to their usual schedule.

Canadian War Museum – Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917:
http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/vimy/index_e.shtml

Where is Vimy Ridge Day?
Nationwide Canada

Bataan Day 2014
April 9, 2014 in Philippines

Bataan Day is observed on April 09, 2014. Araw ng Kagitingan (Filipino for “Day of Valor”), also known as Bataan Day or Bataan and Corregidor Day, is a national observance in the Philippines which commemorates the fall of Bataan during World War II.

The 72nd Araw ng Kagitingan: Remembering the valiant:
http://www.mb.com.ph/the-72nd-araw-ng-kagitingan-remembering-the-valiant/

Bataan Death March:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March

Bataan Death March – New Mexico National Guard:
http://www.bataanmuseum.com/bataanhistory/

Where is Bataan Day?
Nationwide Philippines

Day of Pink
April 9, 2014 in the World

International Day of Pink is celebrated on April 09, 2014. The International Day of Pink is a Canadian anti-bullying event held annually on the second Wednesday of April. The day started when David Shepherd and Travis Price saw a student being bullied in their high school in Nova Scotia and supported the student by getting everyone at school to wear pink in support of him. The initiative inspired youth at Jer’s Vision who founded The International Day of Pink, an effort to support their peers internationally with resources and ways to make their schools safer.

International Day of Pink:
http://www.dayofpink.org/

Where is Day of Pink?
Worldwide

Winston Churchill Day
April 9, 2014 in the World

Winston Churchill Day is observed on April 09, 2014. On April 9, 1963 Winston Churchill was the first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States. Winston Churchill Day commemorates this event. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, acting under authorisation granted by an Act of Congress, proclaimed Churchill the first honorary citizen of the United States. Churchill was physically incapable of attending the White House ceremony, so his son and grandson accepted the award for him.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, he served as Prime Minister twice. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist.

Where is Winston Churchill Day?
Worldwide

National Cherish an Antique Day
April 9, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Cherish an Antique Day! Do you have any family heirlooms hidden away in your closets? Today is the day to polish them up and put them on display! Humans have been collecting antiques since the beginning of our history. We have always been fascinated by the stories behind these curiosities and the rare glimpse they give us into the lives of our predecessors.

In 1979, the first episode of Antiques Roadshow aired in the United Kingdom. Local residents presented their family heirlooms and collectibles for appraisal, and learned their true value. The show was an instant success and is still in production today. On the American version of the show, the most valuable find to date was a set of carved rhinoceros horn cups, which were appraised at $1-$1.5 million!

To celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day, learn the story behind your favorite antique and share the tale with family and friends. Happy antiquing!

Where is National Cherish an Antique Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

193 – Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).

1241 – Battle of Liegnitz – Mongol armies defeat Poles & Germans

1483 – Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England. He was never crowned, and disappeared, presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard (the “Princes in the Tower”

1682 – Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1865 – General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops, surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant

1869 – Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada

1917 – Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops

1927 – Italy & US anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti given death sentences

1942 – Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan

1950 – Bob Hope’s 1st TV appearance

1952 – Hugo Ballivian’s government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalisation of tin mines

1953 – Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.

1963 – Winston Churchill becomes 1st honorary US citizen

1976 – US & Russia agreed on size of nuclear tests for peaceful use

1991 – Georgia SSR votes to secede from USSR

2002 – Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey UK. More than a million people line the streets

2003 – Baghdad falls to U.S. forces resulting in widespread looting