Wednesday, the 1st of April, 2015 is the 91th day in 2015 and in the 14th calendar week.
Autism Awareness Month
April 1 – 30, 2015 in the World
April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Day. These observances offer the opportunity to highlight the increasing number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the substantial burden on families and health, educational and other support services, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the unique perspectives of those living with ASD.
ASD is a developmental disability that can cause major social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life. The cause of most cases of ASD is unknown, and there is currently no cure. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent surveillance data indicate that about one in 68 children has been identified with ASD, which represents an almost 30% increase since the previous estimate in 2012.
“I’ve learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal—so we can’t know for sure what your ‘normal’ is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I’m not sure how much it matters whether we’re normal or autistic.”
—Naoki Higashida, author of The Reason I Jump
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 1 – 30, 2015 in the USA
In April 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month is celebrated. Each year during the month of April, state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses and individuals plan events and activities to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Sexual assault is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. This includes rape, groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner
State, territory, and tribal sexual violence coalitions were polled in 2000 by the Resource Sharing Project and the NSVRC to determine that the color teal was the preferred color for sexual assault awareness and prevention and that April was the preferred month to coordinate national sexual assault awareness activities. The teal ribbon was adopted as a symbol of sexual assault awareness and prevention.
General Events:
April Fools’ Day
April 1, 2015 in the World
April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day is a day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool’s errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Australia and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”. Elsewhere, such as in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands, and the U.S., the jokes last all day.
The origin of April Fools’ Day is obscure. One likely theory is that the modern holiday was first celebrated soon after the adoption of the Gregorian calendar; the term referred to someone still adhering to the Julian Calendar, which it replaced. In many pre-Christian cultures May Day (May 1) was celebrated as the first day of summer, and signalled the start of the spring planting season. An April Fool may have been someone who did this prematurely. Another possible origin lies in the fact that when King Charles IX of France officially changed the first day of the year from April 1 to January 1, some of his subjects continued using the old system.
In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the time of Noah. According to an English newspaper article published April 13, 1789, the day had its origin when Noah sent his dove off too early, before the waters had receded; he did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April. A possible reference to April Fools’ Day can be seen in the Canterbury Tales (ca 1400) in the Nun’s Priest’s tale, a tale of two fools (Chanticleer and the fox), which took place on March 32.
Where is April Fools’ Day?
Worldwide
Fossil Fools Day
April 1, 2015 in the World
Fossil Fools Day takes place on April 01, 2015. Fossil Fools Day is an environmental demonstration day. The name is a play on the term fossil fuels and April Fools’ Day. Fossil Fools Day began in 2004 with coordinated actions across the United States and Canada. Events are held in many cities around the world. These events oppose energy derived from fossil fuels, promote education about alternative sources of energy, encourage support for climate justice, strong legislation, corporate responsibility and a clean renewable energy future.
Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, and sometimes exceeds 650 million years. Fossil fuels contain high percentages of carbon and include coal, petroleum, and natural gas.
Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are being made. The production and use of fossil fuels raise environmental concerns. A global movement toward the generation of renewable energy is therefore under way to help meet increased energy needs.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
International Fun at Work Day
April 1, 2015 in the World
International Fun at Work Day is celebrated on April 01, 2015. International Fun at Work Day is a day to have fun at work because work should be fun- and April 1st (April Fool’s Day) is a very good chance to celebrate it. International Fun at Work Day is celebrated on April 1st, or on the followingThursday when April 1st falls on a weekend.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Kha b-Nisan 2015
April 1, 2015 in the World
Kha b-Nisan is celebrated on April 01, 2015. Kha b’ Nisan is the spring festival among the Assyrians. It is also known as Ha b’ Nisin, Ha b’ Nison, Resha d’Sheta, “Head of the year” in Syriac, Akitu, or Assyrian New Year. However, in addition to the traditional Assyrian New Year on April 1, all Assyrians also celebrate the Gregorian calendar New Year on January 1 along with the rest of the world. Celebrations involve parades and parties. Some Assyrians wear traditional costume and dance in parks for hours. In Europe, the United States and Canada, there are often parties with food, music and dance.
Where is Kha b-Nisan?
Worldwide
Odisha Day 2015
April 1, 2015 in Odisha
Odisha Day is celebrated on April 01, 2015. Odisha Day (also known as Utkala Dibasa is celebrated in Odisha in the memory of the formation of the state as a separate province on 1 April 1936. After losing its complete political identity in 1568 following the defeat and demise of the last Hindu king Mukunda Dev, efforts resulted into the formation of a politically separate state under British rule on linguistic basis on 1 April 1936.
Odisha, formerly rendered Orissa is one of the 29 states of India, located in the east of India. It is the 9th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. Oriya (officially spelled Odia) is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by 33.2 million according to the 2001 Census.
Where is Odisha Day?
Nationwide Odisha
International Tatting Day
April 1, 2015 in the World
nternational Tatting Day takes place on April 01, 2015. Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Sourdough Bread Day
April 1, 2015 in the USA
Annually celebrated on April 1, it is National Sourdough Bread Day. “Sourdough is a bread product made by a long fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeasts. In comparison with breads made quickly with cultivated yeast, it usually has a mildly sour taste because of the lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli.”
Most likely the first form of leavening available to bakers, sourdough likely originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC.  It did remain the usual form of leavening into the European Middle Ages. During the California Gold Rush, sourdough was the main bread made in Northern California and is still a part of the culture of San Francisco today.  The bread was so common at that time that “sourdough” became a nickname for the gold prospectors. In The Yukon and Alaska, a “sourdough” is also a nickname given to someone who has spent an entire winter north of the Arctic Circle and it refers to their tradition of protecting their Sourdough during the coldest months by keeping it close to their body. The sourdough tradition was also carried into Alaska and western Canadian territories during the Klondike Gold Rush.
San Francisco sourdough is the most famous sourdough bread made in the U.S. today.  In contrast to sourdough production in other areas of the country, the San Francisco variety has remained in continuous production since 1849, with some bakeries able to trace their starters back to California’s Gold Rush period. Many restaurant chains keep it as a menu staple. Sourdough bread is a great side to your soup or stew or toasted with your morning cereal.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 1st April:
1340 – Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmar
1663 – Gemert fines unwed motherhood (50 guilder penalty)
1748 – Ruins of Pompeii found
1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates “$” symbol
1792 – Gronings feminist Etta Palm demands women’s right to divorce
1793 – Volcano Unsen on Japan erupts killing about 53,000
1866 – US Congress rejects presidential veto giveing all equal rights in US
1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
1905 – SOS first adopted as a morse distress signal (· · · – – – · · ·) by German government
1918 – United Kingdom: the Royal Air Force is created from the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps
1924 – The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed
1931 – Earthquake devastate Managua Nicaragua, kills 2,000
1936 – Orissa constituted a province of British India
1939 – US recognizes Franco government in Spain at end of Spanish civil war. Pope Pius XII congratulates Generalissimo Franco’s victory in Spain
1946 – Weight Watchers forms
1952 – Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
1957 – Trial begins in Budapest against participants october uprising
1960 – 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
1966 – 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
1974 – Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
1976 – Stephen Wozniak & Steve Jobs found Apple Computer
1979 – Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah
1982 – US formally transfers Canal Zone to Panama
1990 – It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers
1991 – Warsaw Pact officially dissolves
1999 – Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories
2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands – first country in the world