Wednesday, the 30th of April, 2014 is the 120th day in 2014 and in the 18th calendar week.

General Events:

Honesty Day 2014
April 30, 2014 in the World

Honesty Day is celebrated on April 30, 2014. Honesty Day was invented by M. Hirsh Goldberg, who chose the last day of April since the first day of that month, which is April Fools’ Day, celebrates falsehoods. On this day, anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question has knowledge of Honesty Day.

Where is Honesty Day?
Worldwide

Walpurgis Night
April 30, 2014 in Europe

Walpurgis Night is a traditional spring festival on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe. Its celebration is associated with dancing and with bonfires. The current festival is, in most countries that celebrate it, named after Saint Walpurga (ca. 710-777/9). As Walpurga was canonized on 1 May (ca. 870), she became associated with May Day, especially in the Finnish and Swedish calendars. The eve of May day, traditionally celebrated with dancing, came to be known as Walpurgisnacht (“Walpurga’s night”).

In Germany, Walpurgisnacht, the night from 30 April to 1 May, is the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Blocksberg and await the arrival of spring. In some parts of northern coastal regions of Germany, the custom of lighting huge fires is still kept alive to celebrate the coming of May, while most parts of Germany have a derived Christianized custom around Easter called “Easter fires”.

In rural parts of southern Germany, it is part of popular youth culture to play pranks such as tampering with neighbours’ gardens, hiding possessions, or spraying graffiti on private property. These pranks occasionally result in serious damage to property or bodily injury. In Berlin, traditional leftist May Day riots usually start at Walpurgis Night in the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg. There is a similar tradition in the Schanzenviertel district of Hamburg, though in both cases, the situation has significantly calmed down in the past few years.

Where is Walpurgis Night?
Nationwide Europe

Valborgskalaset
April 30, 2014 in Sweden

Valborgskalaset is celebrated on April 30, 2014. Valborgskalaset is, according to its host FestU, Sweden’s biggest party. It takes place on Chalmers on the 30th of April every year in the Chalmers student union building, to celebrate Walpurgis Night. The party usually have 11 to 12 bars serving drinks, 8 dancefloors and a scene with live performances. The party often features a lot of different “toys” like bouncy castles (the Festu Fraternity have their own purple bouncy castle), rodeo-bull, sumo-suit-fighting and a pretty amazing laser show.

Where is Valborgskalaset?
Nationwide Sweden

Reunification Day in Vietnam
April 30, 2014 in Vietnam

Reunification Day in Vietnam is celebrated on April 30, 2014. Victory Day, Reunification Day, or Liberation Day is a public holiday in Vietnam that marks the occasion Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon on April 30, 1975. This signalled the end of the Vietnam War. It was the start of the transition period toward reunification, which occurred July 2, 1976 when the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam merged to form the modern-day Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Where is Reunification Day in Vietnam?
Nationwide Vietnam

International Guide Dog Day
April 30, 2014 in the World

oday is International Guide Dog Day! This day celebrates the importance of guide dogs and how they help the blind and visually impaired live their daily lives. Guide dogs are carefully trained to avoid obstacles, access public transportation, cross roads safely, and other daily tasks to help their handlers’ specific needs.

Did you know that Guide Dogs of America trains 70% Labrador retrievers, 15% Golden Retrievers, and 15% German Shepherds for their guide dogs? Once the dogs complete their formal 2-year training, they are matched with a blind or visually impaired student based on size, lifestyle, energy level, and personalities of both the student and dog to form a happy relationship.

Today honors guide dogs, as well as the hard working people who dedicate their time to train and match guide dogs to their owners. Celebrate International Guide Dog Day by expressing your gratitude to these dedicated dogs!

Where is International Guide Dog Day?
Worldwide

International Jazz Day
April 30, 2014 in the World

International Jazz Day takes place on April 30, 2014. International Jazz Day is a yearly event organized by UNESCO to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”

While jazz is considered difficult to define, improvisation is consistently regarded as being one of its key elements. When Louis Armstrong was asked what the definition of jazz was, he famously replied “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.” Today is a worldwide day of celebration of jazz and its unique history.

The official birthplace of jazz music is New Orleans, but Kansas City and Chicago also have similar claims. Jazz fuses together African and European musical traditions. Blue notes, syncopation, and swing notes are all found in this style of music. There are many different sub-genres of jazz including early ragtime, swing, and bepop. Improvisation is also a large component of jazz; musicians often only start a song with one key and time signature from the bandleader.

Jazz Day:
http://live.jazzday.com/

Where is Jazz Day?
Worldwide

Hairstyle Appreciation Day
April 30, 2014 in the World

Hairstyle Appreciation Day is observed on April 30, 2014. It celebrates the uniqueness of all styles of hair and honors the people who make artful hairstyles possible. Hairstyling is an artful skill, on April 25 you can show your favorite hairstylist your appreciation.

A hairstyle’s aesthetic considerations may be determined by many factors, such as the subject’s physical attributes and desired self-image or the stylist’s artistic instincts. Physical factors include natural hair type and growth patterns, face and head shape from various angles, and overall body proportions; medical considerations may also apply. Self-image may be directed toward conforming to mainstream values, identifying with distinctively groomed subgroups, or obeying religious dictates, though this is highly contextual and a “mainstream” look in one setting may be limited to a “subgroup” in another.

A hairstyle is achieved by arranging hair in a certain way, occasionally using combs, a blow-dryer, gel, or other products. The practice of styling hair is often called hairdressing, especially when done as an occupation.

Where is Hairstyle Appreciation Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

313 – Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule.

711 – Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).

1492 – Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet

1562 – 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida

1772 – John Clais patents 1st scale

1808 – 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical All the Year Round, continues in weekly installments until Nov 26

1871 – The Camp Grant Massacre of Apaches in Arizona Territory, perpetrated by white & Mexican adventurers; 144 die

1888 – Hail stones kills about 250 in Moradabad district of Delhi

1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.

1904 – Ice cream cone makes its debut

1935 – World Congress for Women’s Rights concludes in Istanbul

1937 – The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1942 – 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wi

1952 – Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

1975 – Last US helicopter leaves US embassy grounds, Saigon surrenders

1980 – Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates

1988 – Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Penns

1993 – The World Wide Web is born at CERN.