Sunday, the 20th of April, 2014 is the 110th day in 2014 and in the 16th calendar week.
General Events:
Volunteer Recognition Day
April 20, 2014 in the World
Volunteer Recognition Day is celebrated on April 20, 2014. It honors all volunteers who are working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. You can celebrate Volunteer Recognition Day by thanking volunteers for their work, involving yourself in a volunteer activity or by donating to a volunteer group.
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity produces a feeling of self-worth and respect; however, there is no financial gain. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment.
Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
Where is Volunteer Recognition Day?
Worldwide
UN Chinese Language Day
April 20, 2014 in the World
UN Chinese Language Day is celebrated on April 20, 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 20 was chosen as the date for the Chinese language “to pay tribute to Cang Jie, a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago”.
Where is UN Chinese Language Day?
Worldwide
Look Alike Day
April 20, 2014 in the World
Look Alike Day is observed on April 20, 2014. It’s a day to recognize look-alikes and a chance for you to try to look like someone you really look up to. A look-alike is a person who closely resembles another person. In popular Western culture, a look-alike is a person who bears a close physical resemblance to a celebrity, politician or member of royalty. Many look-alikes earn a living by making guest appearances at public events or performing on television or film, playing the person they resemble. A large variety of celebrity look-alike images can be found throughout the web, including images placed by professional agencies that offer their services.
Where is Look Alike Day?
Worldwide
420 (Weed Day)
April 20, 2014 in the World
Weed Day or 420 is on April 20, 2014. April 20 has evolved into a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States. 420, 4:20, or 4/20 is primarily a term used in North America and refers to the consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture. Observances based on the number include the time (4:20 pm) as well as the date (April 20).
The earliest use of the term began among a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California in 1971. The group first used the term in connection to a fall 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about. They designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 pm as their meeting time. The group referred to this plan with the phrase “4:20 Louis”. Multiple failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply “4:20“, which ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean pot-smoking in general.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana and weed, refers to preparations of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Since the early 20th century cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions with the possession, use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids currently illegal in most countries of the world; the United Nations has said that cannabis is the most used illicit drug in the world
Where is 420 (Weed Day)?
Worldwide
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
April 20, 2014 in the USA
Turn topsy-turvy with joy because April 20 is National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day!
Some desserts you have to turn upside down to get the utmost joy, and we certainly don’t mind flipping the pan for this golden delicious treat.
While inverting cake pans with fruit in the bottom and batter on top is an idea dating back to the Middle Ages, canned pineapple wasn’t available in America until Jim Dole began tinning them in 1903. Soon after, pineapple upside-down cakes began to appear on American kitchen tables everywhere.
Where is National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day?
Nationwide USA
Religious Events:
Easter 2014
April 20, 2014 in the World
Easter is the most important annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.
Some Christians celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday. Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.
As with many other Christian dates, the celebration of Easter extends beyond the church. Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration and feasting and many Traditional Easter games and customs developed, such as Egg rolling, Egg tapping, Pace egging and Egg decorating.
The Easter Bunny became a symbol for the Easter holiday in Germany during the 1600s. Children would make nests for Easter Sunday and if they were well behaved the Easter Bunny would fill them with brightly colored eggs. German settlers brought this tradition to America during the 1700s. Over the years the Easter nests evolved into decorated baskets, and the Easter Bunny’s morning deliveries expanded to include gifts, candy, and chocolate. Today, Easter is one of the highest grossing candy holidays, second only to Halloween.
Even many non-Christians celebrate these aspects of the holiday while eschewing the religious aspects.
Where is Easter?
Worldwide
Easter Season 2014
April 20 to June 8, 2014 in the World
The Easter Season takes place from April 20 till June 08, 2014. Easter Season, or Eastertide, Paschal Time, Paschal Tide or Paschaltide, is a festal season in the liturgical year of Christianity. It is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.
The Easter Season is celebrated as a single joyful feast, indeed as the “great Lord’s Day”. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named SecondSunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday.
Easter Sunday and Pentecost correspond to pre-existing Jewish feasts: The first day of Pesach and the holiday of Shavu’ot. In the Jewish tradition, the 49 days between these holidays are known as Counting of the Omer.
Where is Easter Season?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1657 – Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1770 – Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
1775 – British begin siege of Boston
1809 – Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1841 – 1st detective story (Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue”) published
1862 – The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
1879 – 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1902 – Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
1914 – 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo
1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
1920 – Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly)
1940 – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
1958 – Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
1962 – NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
1973 – Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1980 – Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
1993 – Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
just for fun!
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