Friday, the 11th of April, 2014 is the 101th day in 2014 and in the 15th calendar week.

World Parkinson’s Day
April 11, 2014 in the World

World Parkinson’s Day Is Held Annually on April 11th. The day is intended to boost awareness of the disorder and to spur new research and treatment innovations. It should be a day of advocacy for PD patients and their families.

Parkinson’s Awareness Day is to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, promoting a greater understanding of this condition and how it can affect a person.

Parkinson’s is a disease in which nerve cells that deliver the neurotransmitter dopamine to other cells are reduced in numbers. As cell death spreads to ever larger parts of the brain more centers are affected. This results in an aggravation of motor and non motor disorders.

Parkinson’s Disease Information:
http://www.parkinsons.org/index.html

Where is World Parkinson’s Day?
Worldwide

National Pet Day
April 11, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Pet Day! This holiday is all about appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life. Did you know that there are approximately 86.4 million pet cats and 78.2 million pet dogs living in the United States today? Gerbils, birds, turtles, and fish are also very common. If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are by no means alone. Six out of ten pet owners feel the same way!

Celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige founded National Pet Day to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!” and it is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, whose mission is to help animals in shelters find forever homes.

To celebrate National Pet Day, take your dog on a long walk or give your cat a little extra catnip to show your love and appreciation. Not a pet owner? Consider making a donation or volunteering at your local pet shelter. Happy National Pet Day!

Where is National Pet Day?
Nationwide USA

Barbershop Quartet Day
April 11, 2014 in the World

Barbershop Quartet Day is celebrated on April 11, 2014. It commemorates the founding of the Barbershop Harmony Society on April 11, 1938. Barbershop vocal harmony, as codified during the barbershop revival era (1940s–present), is a style of a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music characterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture. Each of the four parts has its own role: generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the chord, usually below the lead.

Where is Barbershop Quartet Day?
Worldwide

Submarine Day
April 11, 2014 in the USA

April 11, 2014 is commemorated by the United States submarine community as Submarine Day, the anniversary of April 11, 1900 when the American Government purchased its first commissioned submarine, the USS Holland. USS Holland was the United States Navy’s first commissioned submarine, named for her Irish-American inventor, John Philip Holland, although not the first submarine of the US Navy, which was the 1862 Alligator. The boat was originally laid down as Holland VI, and launched on 17 May 1897.

Holland VI eventually proved her validity and worthiness as a warship and was ultimately purchased by the U.S. government for the sum of $150,000 on 11 April 1900. She was considered to be the first truly successful craft of her type. It was decommissioned on July 17, 1905.

A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability. The term submarine most commonly refers to a large crewed autonomous vessel. However, historically or colloquially, submarine can also refer to medium-sized or smaller vessels, remotely operated vehicles or robots.

Where is National Submarine Day?
Nationwide USA

Eight Track Tape Day
April 11, 2014 in the USA

Eight Track Tape Day is observed on April 11, 2014. The day remembers the music era of the sixties and seventies. Stereo 8, commonly known as the eight-track cartridge, eight-track tape, or simply eight-track, is a magnetic tape sound recording technology. It was popular in the United States from the mid-1960s through to the early 1980s, but was relatively unknown in many European countries. It was, however, very popular in the United Kingdom during this period.

Where is Eight Track Tape Day?
Nationwide USA

National Cheese Fondue Day
April 11, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Cheese Fondue Day! Cheese fondue originated in Switzerland at the beginning of the 19th century. Based on the simple ingredients (melted cheese and whatever leftovers you want to use for dipping) historians believe that fondue began as a peasant meal.

A cheese fondue usually includes a blend of different cheeses like Gruyere, Emmental, Raclette, and cheddar. You can also add ingredients such as milk, spices, cream, wine, or brandy for additional flavor and to thicken the mixture. A traditional fondue pot is called a “caquelon.” The heavy earthenware vessel promotes even heat distribution and produces a delicious smooth fondue!

To celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day, invite some friends over for a fondue potluck. Ask everyone to bring dippers like bread, steamed vegetables, cured meats, and fresh fruit. Bon appétit!

Where is National Cheese Fondue Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

491 – Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I.

1564 – England & France sign Peace of Troyes

1689 – William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain

1775 – The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place.

1814 – Napoleon abdicates unconditionally; he is exiled to Elba

1868 – The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.

1899 – Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US

1900 – US Navy’s 1st submarine made its debut

1906 – Albert Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity

1942 – Distinguished Service Medal for Merchant Marines authorized

1945 – US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp “Buchenwald”

1950 – Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco

1957 – Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.

1967 – Harlem (NYC) voters defy Congress & reelect Adam Clayton Powell Jr

1976 – The Apple I is created.

1984 – Chinese troops invade Vietnam

1991 – UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration