Tuesday, the 15th of April, 2014 is the 105th day in 2014 and in the 16th calendar week.
Natural events:
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April Full Moon
April 15, 2014 in Eastcoast (North America)
On April 15, 2014 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
**A total lunar eclipse will occur on April 15, 2014. It will be visible from North America, South America and Australia. Parts of Asia, Africa and Europe will see a partial eclipse.
The penumbral phase of the eclipse will begin at 4:55 AM (04:55) UTC on April 15 and the eclipse will end at 10:36 AM (10:36) UTC on April 15.
The term, Blood Moon, has recently become popular while referring to the April 15 total lunar eclipse. This term has no technical or astronomical basis and it is unclear where such a description comes from.
Space.com – Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15: Complete Coverage of the Blood Moon
http://www.space.com/25462-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-complete-coverage.html
Where is April Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
General Events:
Tax Day
April 15, 2014 in the USA
It’s Tax Day! Today is the day that tax returns are due to the United States federal government. Although this might not be the jolliest of occasions, checking this particular item off your to-do list is definitely worth celebrating.
Every year since 1955, people have paid their taxes on April 15, except when this date falls on a weekend or holiday. (In that case, Tax Day is the following business day.) Federal income tax was first established by the Revenue Act of 1861. Its purpose was to fund the Civil War. Over the years there have been several Supreme Court cases that have challenged the constitutionality of income taxes.
To celebrate Tax Day, send in your tax return and then have a little victory party. You won’t have to worry about taxes again for a whole year!
Where is Tax Day?
Nationwide USA
Titanic Remembrance Day
April 15, 2014 in the World
Titanic Remembrance Day is observed on April 15, 2014. The day commemorates the sinking of the Titanic and and over 1500 people who died. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.
The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,502 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. It was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew. The disaster was greeted with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life and the regulatory and operational failures that had led to it.
Public inquiries in Britain and the United States led to major improvements in maritime safety. One of their most important legacies was the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still governs maritime safety today. The Titanic has gone down in history as the ship that was called unsinkable. For more than 100 years she has been the inspiration of fiction and non-fiction.
The Titanic has gone down in history as the ship that was called unsinkable. For more than 100 years she has been the inspiration of fiction and non-fiction. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, her memory kept alive by numerous books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials.
Where is Titanic Remembrance Day?
Worldwide
Jackie Robinson Day
April 15, 2014 in the USA
Jackie Robinson Day takes place on April 15, 2014. Jackie Robinson Day is a traditional event which occurs annually in Major League Baseball, commemorating and honoring the day Jackie Robinson made his major league debut.
Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated each year on that day. The festivity is a result of Robinson’s memorable career, best known for becoming the first black major league baseball player of the modern era in 1947.
Where is Jackie Robinson Day?
Nationwide USA
Rubber Eraser Day
April 15, 2014 in the World
Rubber Eraser Day takes place on April 15, 2014. It celebrates the invention of erasers, which allows you to kill your mistakes. On April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestley described a vegetable gum to remove pencil marks: “I have seen a substance excellently adapted to the purpose of wiping from paper the mark of black lead pencil.” He dubbed the substance “rubber”.
An eraser or rubber is an article of stationery that is used for removing pencil markings. Erasers have a rubbery consistency and are often pink or white. Some pencils have an eraser on one end. Typical erasers are made from synthetic rubber, but more expensive or specialized erasers are vinyl, plastic, or gum-like materials. Cheaper erasers can be made out of synthetic soy-based gum.
Where is Rubber Eraser Day?
Worldwide
National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
April 15, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day! Glazed spiral ham is a hearty, savory dish that often makes an appearance at holiday feasts. A traditional ham glaze contains sugar, honey or orange juice, and flavorful ingredients like cloves, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
Americans have been making glazed ham for many years. Recipes for the dish first appeared in local newspapers during the 1940s. Around the same time, a man named Harry Hoenselaar invented a piece of equipment that could efficiently cut glazed ham into uniform slices. His patented machine carved the ham into a single, continuous spiral. In 1957, Honeselaar opened the first HoneyBaked Ham store. Today, the company has over 400 stores nationwide and sells millions of glazed spiral hams during the holiday season.
If you’ve never tried this delicious treat before, don’t wait until the holidays! Serve a delicious glazed ham for dinner tonight in honor of National Glazed Spiral Ham Day!
Where is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1205 – Battle at Adrianople: Bulgaria beats Emp Boudouin of Constantinople
1632 – Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat Count Tilly of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years’ War.
1715 – Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1738 – Bottle opener invented
1755 – Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” published in London.
1870 – Last day US silver coins allow to circulate in Canada
1878 – Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap
1892 – General Electric Company, forms & is incorporated in NY
1900 – An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs
1912 – RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on
1922 – Banting, MacLeod & Best discover insulin
1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
1942 – George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
1947 – Jackie Robinson goes hitless in his major league debut
1955 – Ray Kroc starts McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants (Illinois)
1982 – Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420, & landscape display
1986 – The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
1988 – Meteorite explode above Indonesia
1989 – Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
1992 – The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.