Sunday, the 12th of April, 2015 is the 102th day in 2015 and in the 15th calendar week.
General Events:
Lao New Year 2015
April 12, 2015 in Laos
Lao New Year is celebrated on April 12, 2015. Lao New Year, called Pbeemai or Songkan, is celebrated every year from April 13 to April 15. Tourists that plan to travel to Laos during the New Year are advised to be prepared to be soaked. This has an important role in Laotian culture – they are not only wishing a long and healthy life for themselves, they are also wishing the same for others.
Where is Lao New Year?
Nationwide Laos
International Day of Human Space Flight
April 12, 2015 in the World
The International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates the start of the space era for humankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in today’s world. The day also aims to promote aspirations to explore and maintain outer space for peaceful purposes
April 12, 1961, was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin. This historic event opened the way for space exploration. In 2011 the UN declared April 12 as the “International Day of Human Space Flight” to remember the first human space flight and to promote the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and to the benefit of humankind.
Where is this Event?
National D.E.A.R. Day
April 12, 2015 in the USA
D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, “Drop Everything and Read” programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday.
D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association}; Reading Rockets.
Where is this Event?
Nationwide USA
National Big Wind Day
April 12, 2015 in the USA
Big Wind Day takes place on April 12, 2015. Big Wind Day commemorates the “big wind”, which was measured on April 12th, 1934 and reached 231 miles per hour. Until 2010, a weather observatory on the Mt. Washington NH held the world record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth’s surface, 231 mph (372 km/h or 103 m/s), on the afternoon of April 12, 1934.
It can still be argued that Mount Washington holds the record for the highest surface wind speed recorded ‘by man’; the new Australian record of 2010 was measured by an automated station while no human was present, while the Mount Washington wind gust was actually measured by a human being.
Phenomena measured via satellite or radar, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and air currents in the upper atmosphere, are not directly measured at the Earth’s surface and do not compete with either of these records
Where is this Event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 12th April:
1204 – 4th Crusade occupies & plunders Constantinople
1545 – French King Francois I orders protestants of Vaudois to be killed
1606 – England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag/Union Jack
1654 – Ordinance of Union between England and Scotland passed by the Council of State
1713 – Dutch State-Gen signs peace with France: Neth loses Orange Princedom
1820 – Alexander Ypsilantis is declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece
1857 – Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” published
1861 – Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War
1894 – British & Belgian secret accord on dividing Central-Africa
1907 – In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation’s forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
1908 – Fire makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea Massachusetts
1927 – Gen Chiang Kai-shek begins counter revolution in Shanghai
1931 – Spanish voters reject the monarchy
1934 – Second highest ever wind spped of 372 km/h (231 mph) recorded on Mt Washington
1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England
1940 – Italy annexes Albania
1946 – Syria gains independence from France
1951 – Israeli Knesset officially designated April 13 as Holocaust Day
1959 – France Observator reports torture practice by French army in Algeria
1961 – Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
1973 – Sudan adopts constitution
1980 – Terry Fox begins his “Marathon of Hope” at St. John’s, Newfoundland
1988 – Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)
1990 – 1st meeting of East German democratically elected parliament, acknowledges responsibility for Nazi holocaust & asks for forgivenesss
1999 – US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving “intentionally false statements” in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit
2009 – President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue