Monday, the 14th of April, 2014 is the 104th day in 2014 and in the 16th calendar week.
International Moment of Laughter Day
April 14, 2014 in the World
International Moment of Laughter Day is celebrated on April 14, 2014. The goal of this day is to get people to laugh, because “laughter is the best medicine”. Moment of Laughter Day was created by Humorologist Izzy Gesell to encourage people to laugh.
Laughing is an involuntary reaction to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered a visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, relief, etc.
A link between laughter and healthy function of blood vessels was first reported in 2005 by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center with the fact that laughter causes the dilatation of the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, and increases blood flow.
Laughter has also been shown to have beneficial effects on various other aspects of biochemistry. For example, laughter has been shown to lead to reductions in stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. When laughing the brain also releases endorphins that can relieve some physical pain.
Where is Moment of Laughter Day?
Worldwide
Reach as High as You Can Day
April 14, 2014 in the World
Reach as High as You Can Day is a day to expand your horizons. And, it truely will be an uplifting experience. Today, there are no limits. You can literally reach for the sky.
Is there something you’ve wanted to “go for”, and felt it was just out of reach? A new job, perhaps? Maybe a date with that cute co-worker or classmate. Whatever the challenge you face, if you reach as high as  you can, you just might win the prize. And, you will never know until you try.
So, use Reach as High as You Can Day to reach and attain, or even surpass, your goals and objectives. You’ll be oh, so glad that you did!
Where is Reach as High as You Can Day?
Worldwide
Look up at the Sky Day
April 14, 2014 in the World
Look up at the Sky Day takes place on April 14, 2014. The day is a goof opportunity to go outside and see what’s going on above you. Maybe there is an airplane, the shining sun, funny clouds or a meteor on it’s way. You can also try to look for our milky way in the night.
The sky, also known as the celestial dome, commonly refers to everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of Earth, including the atmosphere and the rest of outer space. During daylight, the sky appears to be blue because air scatters blue sunlight more than it scatters red. At night, the sky appears to be a mostly dark surface or region scattered with stars.
During the day, the Sun can be seen in the sky, unless obscured by clouds. In the night sky the moon, planets and stars are visible in the sky. Some of the natural phenomena seen in the sky are clouds, rainbows, and aurorae. Lightning and precipitation can also be seen in the sky during storms. Birds, insects, aircraft, and kites are often considered to fly in the sky.
Where is Look up at the Sky Day?
Worldwide
Pohela Boishakh
April 14, 2014 in South Asia
Pohela Boishakh is celebrated on April 14, 2014. Bengali New Year or Pôhela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in both Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, and in Bengali communities in the other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Odisha. It coincides with the New Year’s Days of numerous Southern Asian calendars.
Where is Pohela Boishakh?
Nationwide South Asia
Youth Day in Angola
April 14, 2014 in Angola
Youth Day in Angola is celebrated on April 14, 2014. Youth Day is celebrated annually in Angola.
Where is Youth Day in Angola?
Nationwide Angola
Black Day 2014
April 14, 2014 in Korea
Black Day is celebrated on April 14, 2014. Black Day is a South Korean informal tradition for single people to get together and eat jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce); sometimes a white sauce is mixed for those who did not celebrate White Day. The idea is that those who did not give or receive gifts on Valentine’s Day (February 14) or White Day (March 14) can get together and eat jajangmyeon, white Korean noodles with black bean sauce, to celebrate their singledom.
Where is Black Day?
Nationwide Korea
Ex Spouse Day 2014
April 14, 2014 in the World
Ex Spouse Day is observed on April 14, 2014. It is a day to recognize your Ex an takes place two months after Valentine’s Day. It’s also a day to forgive, forget and move on. According to The Deseret News, Ex Spouse Day was created in 1987 by Revered Ronald Coleman of Kansas City, Mo. In social relationships, an ex (plural is exes) is someone with whom a person was once associated. When used alone, ex as a noun is assumed to refer to a former sexual or romantic partner, especially a former spouse. This often has a derogatory tinge, especially if it refers to unrequited feelings.
Where is Ex Spouse Day?
Worldwide
National Pecan Day
April 14, 2014 in the USA
National Pecan Day is observed on April 14, 2014. It is celebrated since 1996 in the U.S. and was initiated by the National Pecan Shellers Association. “Pecan” is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.
Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Like walnuts (which pecans resemble), pecans are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts.
Where is National Pecan Day?
Nationwide USA
Passover
April 14, 2014 in the World
Passover begins tonight! Passover is an eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the emancipation of the Israelites. Jewish families usually celebrate Passover on the first two nights of the holiday. They hold seders to retell the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and to enjoy a festive meal eaten in remembrance of their ancestors’ hardships. During the meal, the youngest child asks the adults four questions about the significance of the Passover symbols.
Traditional Passover food is kosher and does not include any “chametz.” Chametz are leavened foods made with wheat, barley, or rye. When the Israelites fled Egypt, they could not wait for their bread to rise. Modern-day Jewish families eat unleavened matzo bread during Passover to honor this part of their history.
Where is Passover?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
43 BC – Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar’s assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is killed.
966 – Christianisation of Poland
1570 – Polish Calvinists/Lutherians/Hernhutters unify against Jesuits
1611 – Word “telescope” is 1st used (Prince Federico Cesi)
1699 – Khalsa: Birth of Khalsa, the brotherhood of the Sikh religion, in Northern India in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.
1792 – France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars
1828 – First American Dictionary: its author Noah Webster registers its copyright for publication
1849 – Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader.
1865 – US Secret Service created to fight counterfeiting
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater
1872 – Dominion Lands Act passed-Canada’s Homestead Act
1894 – 1st public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope (moving pictures)
1912 – RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland
1927 – The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1931 – Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII
1948 – A flash of light is observed in crater Plato on Moon
1956 – Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
1961 – Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
1988 – USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
1989 – 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
2000 – Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich files a lawsuit against P2P sharing phenomenon Napster. This law-suit eventually leads the movement against file-sharing programs.