Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today is...
National High Five Day!
Today is all about celebrating the high five and giving high fives to everyone you meet, including friends, classmates, coworkers, and strangers. You can even send a free virtual high five to faraway friends and family. A group of students at the University of Virginia declared the first National High Five Day in 2002. Today, people all across the country celebrate this unique holiday and help raise money for the National High Five Project.
Nobody knows who invented the high five. NBA player Derek Smith claimed that he created the high five while playing for the University of Louisville basketball team in 1979. According to another story, a man named Mont Sleets popularized the gesture. While Mont was growing up in Kentucky, his father's old army friends would greet each other by extending their arms straight up in the air and saying the name of their division: "Five." As a young boy, it was difficult for Mont to remember all of the names of his father's friends, so when he saw them he would just say "Hi, Five!" This childhood greeting stuck with him and he started to greet others with high fives.  
Want to know the trick for the perfect high five? Look at the other person's elbow as you are about to high five them. You’ll have a perfectly accurate high five every time. Happy National High Five Day!

Today is also National Cheeseball Day

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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      History for April 17th

         1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
        1492 - Spain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail   to Asia to get spices.
         1521 - Martin Luther's Diet of Worms speech.

         1895 - Japan & China: Treaty of Shimonoseki.

         1961 - Bay of Pigs Invasion.

"The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment."
- William Arthur Ward

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Today is...
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day!
How many times have you just wanted to roll out of bed and head into work in your cozy, comfortable pajamas? Well, today you can!
National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day is exactly what it sounds like—a day dedicated to wearing your pajamas to work. This holiday always falls on the weekday after taxes are due because an ultra-casual day is the perfect way to recover. Just make sure to check your schedule to make sure you don’t have any big meetings planned!
Check out all the celebrities and companies that celebrate National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day, and sport your favorite PJs to the office today to join in the fun!

Today is also National Eggs Benedict Day & National Bookmobile Day

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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         for April 16th

             1917 - Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.
            1943 - Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.

             1945 - The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.

           1947 - Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

          1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.

"Like farmers we need to learn that we cannot sow and reap the same day."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today is...
Tax Day!
Today is the day that tax returns are due to the United States federal government. Although this might not be the jolliest of occasions, checking this particular item off your to-do list is definitely worth celebrating. Send a free Tax Day eCard to congratulate your friends on surviving the paperwork!
Every year since 1955, people have paid their taxes on April 15, except when this date falls on a weekend or holiday. (In that case, Tax Day is the following business day.) Federal income tax was first established by the Revenue Act of 1861. Its purpose was to fund the Civil War. Over the years there have been several Supreme Court cases that have challenged the constitutionality of income taxes.
To celebrate Tax Day, send in your tax return and then have a little victory party. You won’t have to worry about taxes again for a whole year!

Today is also National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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         for April 15th

             1923 - Manufactured insulin becomes widely available to all diabetics.
            1952 - Maiden flight of most ubiquitous American bomber post-WW II, the B-52.

             1955 - First opening of a restaurant owned by Ray Kroc (in Illinois), technically the founding of McDonald's restaurants.

           1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens.

          1990 - "In Living Color" , the brainchild of the Wayans brothers, premieres on FOX-TV.

"It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference."
- Zig Ziglar

Monday, April 14, 2014

Today is...
International Moment of Laughter Day!
Today is a day to laugh loudly and laugh often! Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, share your favorite jokes, and indulge in some good old-fashioned silliness to celebrate the occasion.
In addition to spreading joy, laughter has many health benefits. Studies have shown that there is indeed some truth to the old saying, "laughter is the best medicine." Laughter can act as an antidote to pain, stress, and conflict. It also strengthens our immune systems, boosts circulation, and relaxes muscles.
Whether you giggle, chuckle, chortle, cackle, or guffaw, share a moment of laughter with friends, family, and strangers today. Happy International Moment of Laughter Day!

Today is also Passover & National Pecan Day

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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            for April 14th

             1434 Construction begins on Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul.
            1775 - First pro-abolition movement established, in Philadelphia, PA by Benjamin Franklin.

             1828 - Webster's dictionary first published..

           1865 - President Abraham Lincoln assassinated.

          1881 - The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight erupted in El Paso, Texas.

"A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm."
- Charles M. Schwab

Friday, April 11, 2014

Today is...
National Pet Day!
This holiday is all about appreciating and celebrating the wonderful pets in your life. Did you know that there are approximately 86.4 million pet cats and 78.2 million pet dogs living in the United States today? Gerbils, birds, turtles, and fish are also very common. If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are by no means alone. Six out of ten pet owners feel the same way!
Celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige founded National Pet Day to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!” and it is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, whose mission is to help animals in shelters find forever homes.
To celebrate National Pet Day, take your dog on a long walk or give your cat a little extra catnip to show your love and appreciation. Not a pet owner? Consider making a donation or volunteering at your local pet shelter. Happy National Pet Day!

Today is also National Cheese Fondue Day

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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            for April 11th

             1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to Elba.
            1898 - Spanish-American Treaty of Paris.
             1919 - International Labour Organization begins.

           1961 - Trial of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann.

          1970 - Launch of Apollo 13.

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
- T. S. Eliot

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today is...
National Siblings Day!
Today is a great opportunity to celebrate all of your siblings, and the other fantastic people in our lives who have acted as siblings over the years. Send a free eCard today to let your siblings know how much you care about them!
Siblings Day has been recognized as an annual event for thousands of years in other nations, including Northern India and several South Asian countries. In the United States, National Sibling Day became an official holiday in 2008 from the efforts of the Siblings Day Foundation. Claudia Evart, founder of the foundation, created the holiday after both of her siblings passed away early in life. Today the foundation hopes to grow National Siblings Day as large as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as all of these people are very important in our lives!
A sibling’s relationship is usually the longest relationship in a person’s life. Tell your siblings how much they mean to you today, and show how much you appreciate them. Send a loving gift, flowers, a gift card, or invite them over for dinner to remind your siblings how important they are to you. Happy National Siblings Day! 

Today is also National Farm Animals Day & National Cinnamon Croissant Day

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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for April 10th

1866 - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded.
1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York, New York by Charles Scribner's Sons.
1930 Synthetic rubber first developed by German chemical company IG Farben.

1960 -   Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill.

1998 - Peace accord reached between Britain and Northern Ireland.

"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."
- John Ruskin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Today is...
National Cherish an Antique Day!
Do you have any family heirlooms hidden away in your closets? Today is the day to polish them up and put them on display! Humans have been collecting antiques since the beginning of our history. We have always been fascinated by the stories behind these curiosities and the rare glimpse they give us into the lives of our predecessors.
In 1979, the first episode of Antiques Roadshow aired in the United Kingdom. Local residents presented their family heirlooms and collectibles for appraisal, and learned their true value. The show was an instant success and is still in production today. On the American version of the show, the most valuable find to date was a set of carved rhinoceros horn cups, which were appraised at $1-$1.5 million!
To celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day, learn the story behind your favorite antique and share the tale with family and friends. Happy antiquing!

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month & National Grilled Cheese Month
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for April 9th

1838 National Gallery of London, largest public collection of important paintings, opens its doors.
1916 - Germans launched attack on a hill defended by the French, named Le Morte Homme, to outflank their front lines.
1928 Mae West makes opens her risque but hit Broadway play "Diamond Lil".

1996 President Bill Clinton signs into law a "line-item veto", expanding the power of presidency.

2003 - Newly-liberated Iraqis knock over statue of Saddam Hussein, as American army enters Baghdad.

"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well."
- Jack London