Thursday, the 17th of April, 2014 is the 107th day in 2014 and in the 16th calendar week.
General events:
World Hemophilia Day
April 17, 2014 in the World
World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held on April 17, 2014 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). It is an awareness day for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, which also serves to raise funds and attract volunteers for the WFH. It was started in 1989 and is held annually; April 17 was chosen in honor of Frank Schnabel’s birthday. Frank Schnabel established the WFH in 1963.
Haemophilia is a group of hereditary genetic disorders that impair the body’s ability to control blood clotting or coagulation, which is used to stop bleeding when a blood vessel is broken. Haemophilia A is the most common form of the disorder, present in about 1 in 5,000 – 10,000 male births. Haemophilia B occurs in around 1 in about 20,000 – 34,000 male births.
The WFH is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improve the lives of people with hemophilia and other genetic bleeding disorders. It educates hemophiliacs and lobbies for improved medical treatment. 75 percent of people in the world with bleeding disorders do not receive adequate treatment. The WFH has member organizations in 113 countries and official recognition from the World Health Organization.
Where is World Hemophilia Day?
Worldwide
Evacuation Day in Syria
April 17, 2014 in Syria
Evacuation Day in Syria is celebrated on April 17, 2014. Evacuation Day (also called Independence Day) is Syria’s national day commemorating the evacuation of the last French soldier and Syria’s proclamation of full independence and the end of the French mandate of Syria on April 17, 1946.
Where is Evacuation Day in Syria?
Nationwide Syria
Administrative Professionals’ Day
April 17, 2014 in North America
Administrative Professionals’ Day is celebrated on April 17, 2014. Administrative Professionals’ Day – also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day – is an unofficial secular holiday observed in several countries to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. In North America, it is celebrated on theWednesday of the last full week of April.
Where is Administrative Professionals’ Day?
Nationwide North America
National High Five Day
April 17, 2014 in the USA
National High Five Day is observed on April 17, 2014. You should celebrate this day by giving a high five to someone. The high five is a celebratory hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously raise one hand, about head high, and push, slide or slap the flat of their palm and hand against the palm and flat hand of their partner. The gesture is often preceded verbally by the phrase “Give me five” or “High five”.
High Five Day was created by college students at the University of Virginia in 2002. There are many origin stories of the high five, but the two most documented candidates are Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team on October 2, 1977, and Wiley Brown and Derek Smith of the Louisville Cardinals men’s college basketball team during the 1978-1979 season.
According to another story, a man named Mont Sleets popularized the gesture. While Mont was growing up in Kentucky, his father’s old army friends would greet each other by extending their arms straight up in the air and saying the name of their division: “Five.” As a young boy, it was difficult for Mont to remember all of the names of his father’s friends, so when he saw them he would just say “Hi, Five!” This childhood greeting stuck with him and he started to greet others with high fives.
Want to know the trick for the perfect high five? Look at the other person’s elbow as you are about to high five them. You’ll have a perfectly accurate high five every time. Happy National High Five Day!
Where is National High Five Day?
Nationwide USA
Blah, Blah, Blah Day
April 17, 2014 in the World
Blah, Blah, Blah Day is observed on April 17, 2014. The day is an impulse to do get the things done, which people have been nagging you to do. Blah, Blah. Blah Day is a chance to quit smoking, lose weight, vacuum the car and so on.
Where is Blah, Blah, Blah Day?
Worldwide
National Cheeseball Day
April 17, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Cheeseball Day! Did you know that the term “cheeseball” can actually refer to two very different foods? The first type of cheeseballs are the bright orange, marble-sized snacks that turn your fingers orange (very similar to cheese doodles). The second type is the kind you might serve with crackers at a party.
A traditional cheeseball appetizer includes ingredients like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, nuts, salt, pepper, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Gourmet versions use bleu cheese, olives, pineapple, sherry, or smoked salmon. According to legend, a man named Elisha Brown Jr. pressed the first cheeseball at his farm in 1801. It weighed 1,235 pounds! He presented it as a gift to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.
To celebrate National Cheeseball Day, pick up a bag of cheeseballs at your local grocery store or make your own gourmet cheeseball as a dinner appetizer! Enjoy!
Where is National Cheeseball Day?
Nationwide USA
Religious events:
Maundy Thursday
April 17, 2014 in the World
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper initiates the Easter Triduum, the three days of FridaySaturday and Sunday that commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. It is normally celebrated in the evening, when according to Jewish tradition Friday begins.
Maundy Thursday is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. The date is always between 19 March and 22 April inclusive. These dates in the Julian calendar, on which Eastern churches in general base their calculations of the date of Easter, correspond throughout the twenty-first century to 1 April and 5 May in the more commonly used Gregorian calendar.
Where is Maundy Thursday?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury starts.
1492 – Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1524 – Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1824 – Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54° 40’N
1839 – Guatemala forms republic
1864 – Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
1875 – Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the “right to free contract” was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
1932 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1937 – Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut
1946 – Syria declares independence from French administration
1961 – 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro
1964 – Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2,368 base)
1971 – People’s Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
1972 – Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
1975 – Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day)
1982 – Canada adopts its constitution
1986 – IBM produces 1st megabit-chip