Wednesday, the 23rd of April, 2014 is the 113th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.
Administrative Professionals’ Day
April 23, 2014 in North America
It’s Administrative Professionals Day! Send a free eCard to your office admin to express your appreciation! Where would we be without our administrative professionals? These are the dedicated individuals who take notes, answer phones, remember all the little details, and keep everyone in the office organized.
In 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals organized the first Administrative Professionals Day. This holiday is a worldwide celebration that brings millions of people together to honor secretaries, receptionists, and administrative assistants. It is one of the largest workplace observances of the year, and with good reason. There are over 4.1 million Americans that have the job title “administrative assistant,” and another 8.9 million Americans that work in administrative support roles.
To celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, show your appreciation for the admins at your office today. Surprise them with a bouquet of flowers or a thoughtful gift card. They certainly deserve it!
International Association of Administrative Professionals:
http://www.iaap-hq.org/events/apw
Where is Administrative Professionals’ Day?
Nationwide North America
World Book and Copyright Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Day) is observed on April 23, 2014. The annually celebrated day is organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It was first celebrated in 1995.
The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. Nowadays the World Book and Copyright Day is observed in over 100 countries, where schools, private businesses, voluntary organizations and lots of more people and groups come together to pay a tribute to authors and books.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that on this date the World Book and Copyright Day should be celebrated because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare and some other authors.
Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. It is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work and other, related rights. It is an intellectual property form.
Where is World Book and Copyright Day?
Worldwide
Canada Book Day
April 23, 2014 in Canada
Canada Book Day is observed on April 23, 2014. Canada Book Day is a yearly event celebrated in Canada to promote reading and books. The week surrounding April 23 is celebrated as Canada Book Week.
Canada Book Day is celebrated on the same day as World Book and Copyright Day, a yearly event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
Where is Canada Book Day?
Nationwide Canada
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is observed on April 23, 2014. International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is a commemoration declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed “to the increasing presence in our organization [the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America] of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free”. The purpose of the day, according to Walton was to encourage writers to post “professional quality” works for free on the internet. The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the “webscabs” are “converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch.”
Where is Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day?
Worldwide
UN English Language Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
UN English Language Day takes place on April 23, 2014. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. April 23 was chosen as the date for the English language because it is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Where is UN English Language Day?
Worldwide
Lover’s Day 2014
April 23, 2014 in the World
Lover’s Day takes place on April 23, 2014. Lover’s Day is celebrated in Barcelona and Spain. The day is the death anniversary of writer Miguel de Cervantes. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel.
Where is Lover’s Day?
Worldwide
World Laboratory Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
World Laboratory Day takes place on April 23, 2014. It celebrates the place where great inventions emerge which helps to make the world better. A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed.
Labs used for scientific research take many forms because of the differing requirements of specialists in the various fields of science. A physics lab might contain a particle accelerator or vacuum chamber, while a metallurgy lab could have apparatus for casting or refining metals or for testing their strength. A chemist or biologist might use a wet laboratory, while a psychologist’s lab might be a room with one-way mirrors and hidden cameras in which to observe behavior.
Scientific laboratories can be found in schools and universities, in industry, in government or military facilities, and even aboard ships and spacecraft. A laboratory might offer work space for just one to more than thirty researchers depending on its size and purpose.
Where is World Laboratory Day?
Worldwide
Saint George’s Day
April 23, 2014 in the World
Saint George’s Day takes place on April 23, 2014. Saint George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. Saint George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches which use the Julian calendar, 23 April corresponds to 6 May on the Gregorian calendar.
Where is Saint George’s Day?
Worldwide
Take a Chance Day
April 23, 2014 in the USA
Take a Chance Day is celebrated on April 23, 2014. This day is your chance to … take a chance! What you’ve always wanted to do but had too afraid to do it? Today is the day to take the risk and try new things.
Where is Take a Chance Day?
Nationwide USA
National Zucchini Bread Day
April 23, 2014 in the USA
National Zucchini Bread Day is observed on April 23, 2014. It’s a day to enjoy Zucchini bread. Zucchini can be baked into bread similar to banana bread or incorporated into a cake mix.
Where is National Zucchini Bread Day?
Nationwide USA
National Picnic Day
April 23, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Picnic Day! People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.
During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal! Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket.
To celebrate National Picnic Day, take your meal outdoors and enjoy a picnic with your friends and family!
Where is National Picnic Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
215 BC – A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.
1014 – King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf
1343 – St. George’s Night Uprising in Estonia
1597 – William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance.
1616 – Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
1798 – Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution
1867 – Queen Victoria & Napoleon III turn down plans for a channel tunnel
1900 – 1st know occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)
1908 – Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord
1935 – Polish Constitution of 1935 is adopted.
1968 – 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
1969 – Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province China
1984 – AIDS-virus identified (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
1985 – New Coke debuts; Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1989 – Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
1991 – USSR grants republics right to secede under certain conditions
2003 – Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.
2009 – The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 it’s observed for 10 seconds as the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe.