Saturday, the 26th of April, 2014 is the 116th day in 2014 and in the 17th calendar week.

General Events:

World Intellectual Property Day
April 26, 2014 in the World

World Intellectual Property Day is observed on April 26, 2014. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.

April 26th was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970. The World Intellectual Property Organization is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations.

Intellectual property is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works. Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets.

Where is World Intellectual Property Day?
Worldwide

Richter Scale Day
April 26, 2014 in the World

Richter Scale Day takes place on April 26, 2014. It celebrates the birthday of the inventor of the Richter Scale, Charles F. Richter. The Richter magnitude scale – often shortened to Richter scale – was developed to assign a single number to quantify the energy released during an earthquake. The scale is a base-10 logarithmic scale. The magnitude is defined as the logarithm of the ratio of the amplitude of waves measured by a seismograph to an arbitrary small amplitude. An earthquake that measures 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than one that measures 4.0, and corresponds to a 31.6 times larger release of energy. The Richter Scale was developed in 1935 by Charles Francis Richter in partnership with Beno Gutenberg.

Where is Richter Scale Day?
Worldwide

Koninginnedag 2014
April 26, 2014 in Kingdom of the Netherlands

Koninginnedag takes place on April 26, 2014. Koningsdag or King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander.

From 1890 to 2013, the day was known as Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day. The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, the fifth birthday anniversary of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired the name, Koninginnedag.

Where is Koninginnedag?
Nationwide Kingdom of the Netherlands

Ely Eel Day 2014
April 26, 2014 in Ely, Cambridgeshire

Ely Eel Day takes place on April 26, 2014. Ely Eel Day is an annual celebration observed by people from Ely, Cambridgeshire to celebrate the city’s namesake – the eel. The celebrations start with a parade which begins from Cross Green outside Ely Cathedral and proceeds through the city to the Jubilee Gardens, passing by the Market Square and along the River Great Ouse at Ely’s Waterside.

Where is Ely Eel Day?
Nationwide Ely, Cambridgeshire

Hug an Australian Day
April 26, 2014 in the World

Hug an Australian Day is observed on April 26, 2014. The day is your chance to give a big hug to any Australians today! Hug an Australian Day is an annual event that was founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy. Australians are the citizens of Australia.

Where is Hug an Australian Day?
Worldwide

National Pretzel Day
April 26, 2014 in the USA

National Pretzel Day is celebrated on April 26, 2014. It’s a day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy. National Pretzel Day was declared in 2003 by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. A pretzel is a type of baked food made from dough in soft and hard varieties and savory or sweet flavors in a unique knot-like shape, originating in Europe. In the 19th century, southern German and Swiss German immigrants introduced the pretzel to North America. Today, Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both the hard crispy and the soft bread types of pretzels. The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million. The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds (0.7 kg) of pretzels per year.

Where is National Pretzel Day?
Nationwide USA

National Kids and Pets Day
April 26, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Kids and Pets Day! Created in 2005, this day is dedicated to celebrating the magical bond between kids and animals. It helps to bring awareness to the many animals in need of a loving home, as well as educates the public about safety between kids and pets.

Colleen Paige, a mother and pet lover, established this day to honor the strong connection that kids have with their beloved pets. Children who grow up with pets learn about compassion, responsibility, caregiving, and more.

This day also encourages pet adoption through local animal shelters – with an importance placed on safe interactions between kids and pets. On Colleen Paige’s website, you can find a useful list of safety tips and guidelines for families looking for the right pet.

Celebrate today by reminiscing about your favorite childhood pet, or bring your children to interact with animals at a local shelter. How did your pets impact your childhood?

Colleen Paige’s website:
http://www.colleenpaige.com/#!kids-and-pets/c1z80/tips.htm

Where is National Kids and Pets Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1514 – Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn

1607 – 1st British to establish an American colony land at Cape Henry, Va

1721 – Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated

1841 – “Bombay Gazette” begins publishing on silk

1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity 1st time this defense is successfully used

1904 – Bell Telephone Company of Antwerp Belgium forms

1928 – Madame Tussaud’s waxwork exhibition opens in London

1945 – Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during WW II, arrested for treason

1954 – Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins

1959 – Cuba invades Panama

1971 – Heaviest rains ever in Bahia district of Brazil, 15″ in 24 hrs

1974 – Malta adopts constitution

1982 – Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island

1986 – Worst nuclear disaster, 4th reactor at Chernobyl USSR explodes, 31 die

1994 – 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote