Thursday, April 17, 2014
National High Five Day
When : Third Thursday in April
Gimme a high five. As a matter of fact, give everyone you see a High Five!
The "High Five" is a celebratory slapping of hands atop raised arms. It's been a standard for celebration of sporting victories, special event, competitions and many other activities for decades.
It's fun , and easy to celebrate this special day. Give a High Five to everyone you see. This includes friends, family, passersby, and total strangers. The more high fives you give, the better.
BTW: It's okay to give a "Low Five" today. But, only after you've given the "High Five".
Origin of "National High Five Day":
The creation of this special day dates back to 2002. It was created by college students at the University of Virginia. Those students were Conor Lastowka from San Diego, California, Sam Miotke of Corvallis, Oregon, and Wynn Walent of New York City. They celebrated with lemonade and a profusion of High Fives.
Visit the National High Five Day website.
The act of giving a "High Five", dates back to 1977, when it was first used during a Basketball game. Their congratulatory gesture caught on rapidly, and has been popular ever since.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History April 17
The King of Denmark Harald III dies and is succeeded by Canute IV, who would later be the first Dane to be canonized. (1080)
Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury. (1397)
Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices. (1492)
Trial of Martin Luther over his teachings begins during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. Initially intimidated, he asks for time to reflect before answering and is given a stay of one day. (1521)
Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor. (1524)
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America. (1797)
American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins – troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi. (1863)
American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina. (1864)
The Aurora, Texas UFO incident. The Aurora, Texas, UFO incident reportedly occurred on April 17, 1897 when, according to locals, a UFO crashed on a farm near Aurora, Texas. The incident (similar to the more famous Roswell UFO incident 50 years later) is claimed to have resulted in a fatality from the crash and the alleged alien body is to have been buried in an unmarked grave at the local cemetery. (The cemetery contains a Texas Historical Commission marker mentioning the incident.) (1897)
The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. (1905)
The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day. (1907)
Daffy Duck's first appearance, in Porky's Duck Hunt. (1937)
World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany. (1941)
Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from German Nazi forces. (1945)
At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland. (1949)
Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro. (1961)
Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air. (1964)
Ford Mustang is introduced to the North American market. (1964)
Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy. (1969)
Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely. (1970)
George Lucas begins writing the treatment for The Star Wars. (1973)
The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender. (1975)
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. (1982)
Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70. (2006)
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others. (2013)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
National Eggs Benedict Day
When : Always April 16th
National Eggs Benedict Day is a day to enjoy eggs with hollandaise sauce, Canadian bacon and English muffins.
A lot of people have never had Eggs Benedict. If you're upper crust, you most likely have enjoyed Eggs Benedict a number of times, and perhaps, on a regular basis. However, many people (regular folk) have never tried Eggs Benedict. Go ahead and do a survey. See how many of your friends can even tell you how its made, or what's in it. Or, ask them what hollandaise sauce is.
Celebrate today by eating Eggs Benedict. If it's your first time, we suggest you go to a restaurant where they know from experience how to properly make it.
Origin of "National Eggs Benedict Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We do know that Eggs Benedict was created in New York City over 100 years ago. There are historical claims that one of two individuals are credited with its creation: Mrs LeGrand Benedict in 1893, and Mr Lemuel Benedict in 1894.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History April 16th
Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire. (1521)
The United States Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada. (1818)
American Civil War: Battle at Lee's Mills in Virginia. (1862)
American Civil War: The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, becomes law. (1862)
American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi. (1863)
In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle. (1881)
Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah. (1908)
The oldest existing indoor ice hockey arena still used for the sport in the 21st century, Boston Arena, opens for the first time. (1910)
Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel. (1912)
Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the British colonial troops three days earlier. (1919)
World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships. (1941)
Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0. (1941)
World War II: Allied forces start bombing Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter. (1944)
The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz). (1945)
Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600. (1947)
Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. (1947)
Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become "the most trusted man in America". (1962)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation. (1963)
Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (1972)
The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide. (1990)
Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho guns down 32 people and injures 23 before committing suicide. (2007)
The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, it was the first time since 1977 that no book won the Fiction Prize. (2012)
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, the strongest in the country in 40 years, killing at least 35 people. (2013)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Rubber Eraser Day
Date When Observed: Always on April 15
Make no mistake... Rubber Eraser Day celebrates the invention of erasers. We all make mistakes. This day is designated to recognize and appreciate the value of that little plug (as manufacturers call them), that sits atop our pencils. When we make a mistake, they are the big "cover-up", make that eraser, of our booboo or faux pax. Just imagine how messy our documents would be without it!
Why not just call it "Eraser Day"? There's two reasons. The first erasers were made of rubber. Today, they are made of rubber, or vinyl. Secondly, in Great Brittain, they are formally called "rubbers".
In the world of erasers, there are two men are prominent. Joseph Priestley discovered the eraser in 1770, using pieces of rubber imported from Brazil. Then in 1858, Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, Pa., patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.
Today's Quote: To err is human, an eraser is divine!
Origin of Rubber Eraser Day
There is a wealth of information about the discovery of the erasers. However, our research failed to discover who established Rubber Eraser Day.
We did discover some discrepancy about when this day is celebrated. Most references point to April 15th as Rubber Eraser Day. However, some sites proclaim April 13th as Rubber Eraser Day.
This Day in History April 15
Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France. (1450)
The Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina. (1715)
Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. (1755)
Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified. (1783)
William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. (1802)
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut. (1817)
President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War (1861)
Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. (1865)
The General Electric Company is formed. (1892)
The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. (1912)
Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy. (1920)
U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal. (1922)
Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes. (1923)
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas. (1924)
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins. (1927)
In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people. (1941)
The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated. (1945)
Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. (1947)
McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois (1955)
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city. (1957)
At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. (1960)
The first Ford Mustang rolls off the show room floor, two days before it is set to go on sale nationwide. (1965)
The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board. (1969)
During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong River into South Vietnam. (1970)
The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen. (1986)
Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing 3 people and injuring 264 others. (2013)
Monday, April 14, 2014
International Moment of Laughter Day
When : Always April 14th
International Moment of Laughter Day is a special day that will put a big smile on your face. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, "laughter is the best medicine".
Moment of Laughter Day is also known as National Moment of Laughter Day, and plain old Moment of Laughter Day. We don't care whether you celebrate today as a local, national, or international day. What's important is that you bring about laughter (and happiness) to those you come in contact with today.
To celebrate this special day, simply tell jokes or do funny things that cause people to laugh. A smile is not a good enough reaction. Successful participation in this day results in whole-hearted laughter.
Origin of "Moment of Laughter Day":
Humorologist Izzy Gesell created Moment of Laughter Day to encourage people to laugh. It sure would be nice to meet the creator of this day in person, so we could share a laugh together.
We found varying dates for this celebration, all in the month of April. But among them, April 14th is the day designated by the creator as International Moment of Laughter Day.
This Day in History April 14th
Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital, with four Roman legions. (70)
After his marriage to the Christian Dobrawa of Bohemia, the pagan ruler of the Polans, Mieszko I, converts to Christianity, an event considered to be the founding of the Polish state. (966)
In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne. (1471)
The Yamasee War begins in South Carolina. (1715)
The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush. (1775)
Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados. (1816)
Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary. (1828)
The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival. (1846)
The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California. (1860)
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth (died April 15th). (1865)
The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas. (1881)
The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C. (1890)
The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films. (1894)
The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement. (1906)
The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th). (1912)
The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden. (1927)
The Bremen, a German Junkers W33 type aircraft, reaches Greenly Island, Canada - the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west. (1928)
"Black Sunday Storm", the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl. (1935)
The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press. (1939)
World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later. (1940)
World War II: German general Erwin Rommel attacks Tobruk. (1941)
Malta receives the George Cross for its gallantry. The George Cross was given by King George VI himself and is now an emblem on the Maltese national flag. (1942)
In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated. (1956)
The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. (1958)
At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand. (1969)
STS-1 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia (OV-102) completes its first test flight. (1981)
In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people. (1986)
The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. (1988)
The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. (1991)
In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people. (1994)
NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people were killed. (1999)
The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%. (2003)
U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985. (2003)
Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China. (2010)
Sunday, April 13, 2014
When : Always April 13th
Scrabble Day celebrates the popular board game. It's been popular around the world ever since. People young and old enjoy this game.
Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts. It is sold by Hasbro, Inc.
It's very easy to celebrate Scrabble Day. Just get out the old board game, dust it off, and play a few rounds with family or friends.
Origin of "Scrabble Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. However, we'd be amazed if it is not the game's creator.
This Day in History April 13th
Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots. (Edict repealed in 1685.) (1598)
Samuel Argall captures Native American princess Pocahontas in Passapatanzy, Virginia to ransom her for some English prisoners held by her father. She is brought to Henricus as hostage. (1613)
George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland. (1742)
American Revolutionary War: American forces are ambushed and defeated in the Battle of Bound Brook, New Jersey. (1777)
The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India. (1796)
American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. (1861)
The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded. (1870)
The Colfax massacre, in which more than 60 African Americans are murdered, takes place. (1873)
James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. (1902)
Jallianwala Bagh massacre: British troops gun down at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India; at least 1200 are wounded. (1919)
Eugene V. Debs is imprisoned at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, for speaking out against the draft during World War I. (1919)
World War II: The discovery of mass graves of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, causing a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exile in London from the Soviet Union, which denies responsibility. (1943)
The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of President Thomas Jefferson's birth. (1943)
World War II: German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen, Germany. (1945)
The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem. (1948)
CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA. (1953)
The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world's first satellite navigation system. (1960)
At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field. (1964)
An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon. (1970)
Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1. (1974)
The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration. (1976)
The Great Chicago flood devastates much of central Chicago. (1992)
Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament. (1997)
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