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Calendar day; April 18, 2015

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Saturday, the 18th of April, 2015 is the 108th day in 2015 and in the 16th calendar week.
General Events:
World Amateur Radio Day
April 18, 2015 in the World
On Saturday, April 18, radio amateurs worldwide will take to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) 2015. It was on April 18, 1925, that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded in Paris, with ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, as its first president. The primary purpose of World Amateur Radio Day is to highlight Amateur Radio and its benefits to countries and communities. The IARU said World Amateur Radio Day is an opportunity for IARU member-societies to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the public and make friends with other amateurs around the world. Special event stations will be on the air over the April 18-19 weekend to highlight World Amateur Radio Day and the IARU’s 90th anniversary.
From 25 countries in 1925, the IARU has grown to include more than 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia.
“April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have,” the IARU said.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
International Day for Monuments and Sites
April 18, 2015 in the World
The International Day for Monuments and Sites is held on 18 April each year around the world with different types of activities, including visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round tables and newspaper articles.
International Day for Monuments and Sites was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. The aim is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
International Juggler’s Day
April 18, 2015 in the World
International Jugglers Day and World Juggler’s Day celebrates the skill of juggling, and those talented people who can juggle many balls and objects at a time. Common objects include: balls, clubs, swords, plates, rings, and flaming sticks. The best jugglers can juggle up to ten balls at a time.
Juggling is a skill and form of entertainment that has been around for thousands and thousands of years. Some of the earliest recorded history supplies proof that juggling was around during the early days of civilized Man. Juggling is primarily entertainment. It is most well documented in Medieval times in Europe. It remains popular today. It can be most frequently seen when the circus comes to town.
Celebrate Juggling Day by watching a juggler at work. Better still, get several balls and give juggling a try. ‘Ya never know, you just might be a talented juggler!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Husband Appreciation Day
April 18, 2015 in the USA (Third Saturday of April)
We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but what if you don’t have children?  After learning about Husband  Appreciation Day, you won’t have to worry about that again, because Ladies this is the day you can take to show your husband how appreciated he is.
There are many things your husband probably does on a daily basis that you can let him you are thankful and appreciative of. We tend to take those closest to us for granted more often than not; on this day, make sure your husband knows how special and appreciated he is.  And Ladies? Hang in there……Wife Appreciation Day is September 20th!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
April New Moon
April 18, 2015 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On April 18, 2015 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is April New Moon?
Eastcoast (North America) EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events on 18th April:
1025 – Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland
1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid
1783 – Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began
1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico
1874 – David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
1902 – Denmark is 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals
1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
1923 – Poland annexes Central Lithuania
1927 – Chiang Kai-shek forms anti-government in China
1942 – James Doolittle bombs Tokyo & other Japanese cities
1946 – League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
1948 – International Court of Justice opens at Hague Netherlands
1954 – Colonel Nasser seizes power & becomes PM of Egypt
1956 – Egypt & Israel agree to a cease fire
1968 – London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
1980 – Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
1982 – Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
1996 – In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana

 

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