Saturday, the 12th of April, 2014 is the 102th day in 2014 and in the 15th calendar week.

Lao New Year 2014
April 12, 2014 in Laos

Lao New Year is celebrated on April 12, 2014. Lao New Year, called Pbeemai or Songkan, is celebrated every year from April 13 to April 15. Tourists that plan to travel to Laos during the New Year are advised to be prepared to be soaked. This has an important role in Laotian culture – they are not only wishing a long and healthy life for themselves, they are also wishing the same for others.

The festival is also celebrated by the Lao in the United States of America, Canada, France, and Australia.

History of the Lao New Year:
http://www.laonewyear.org/content/view/13/100/

Where is Lao New Year?
Nationwide Laos

Yuri’s Night 2014
April 12, 2014 in the World

Yuri’s Night is celebrated on April 12, 2014. Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held every year to commemorate space exploration milestones. The event is named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961.

The goal of Yuri’s Night is to increase public interest in space exploration and to inspire a new generation of explorers. Driven by space-inspired artistic expression and culminating in a worldwide network of annual celebrations and educational events, Yuri’s Night creates a global community of young people committed to shaping the future of space exploration while developing responsible leaders and innovators with a global perspective.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission.

Where is Yuri’s Night?
Worldwide

Big Wind Day 2014
April 12, 2014 in the World

Big Wind Day takes place on April 12, 2014. Big Wind Day commemorates the “big wind”, which was measured on April 12th, 1934 and reached 231 miles per hour. Until 2010, a weather observatory on the Mt. Washington NH held the world record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth’s surface, 231 mph (372 km/h or 103 m/s), on the afternoon of April 12, 1934.

It can still be argued that Mount Washington holds the record for the highest surface wind speed recorded ‘by man’; the new Australian record of 2010 was measured by an automated station while no human was present, while the Mount Washington wind gust was actually measured by a human being.

Phenomena measured via satellite or radar, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and air currents in the upper atmosphere, are not directly measured at the Earth’s surface and do not compete with either of these records.

Where is Big Wind Day?
Worldwide

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
April 12, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Although it only requires three ingredients (bread, cheese, and butter), grilled cheese is one of the most popular comfort foods in the world.

The Ancient Romans were the first civilization to make a cooked bread and cheese sandwich, but many cultures have invented their own take on this ancient dish. In France, people enjoy Croque Monsieur (a grilled ham and cheese sandwich) while in Switzerland it is customary to melt the cheese and toast the bread separately before combining them. The classic American grilled cheese sandwich emerged in the 1920s when inexpensive cheese and affordable sliced bread became available. It is now a staple in cafés, diners, and school cafeterias across the country.

To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich cooked your favorite way and served with a side of tomato soup!

Where is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

467 – Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

1204 – 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople

1606 – England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag/Union Jack

1654 – Ordinance of Union between England and Scotland passed by the Council of State

1709 – 1st edition of Tattler magazine in England

1857 – Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” published

1861 – Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War

1869 – North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law

1894 – British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa

1905 – French Dufaux brothers test helicopter

1919 – British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages

1931 – Spanish voters reject the monarchy

1934 – Highest velocity wind ever recorded on Mt Washington, NH, 231 mph

1938 – 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (NY)

1945 – Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Netherlands

1946 – Syria gains independence from France

1954 – Bill Haley & Comets records “Rock Around Clock”

1961 – Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

1963 – Birmingham police use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators

1966 – 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam

1973 – Sudan adopts constitution

1988 – Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)

1990 – 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgivenesss