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APRIL 1, 2022 | APRIL FOOLS’ DAY | NATIONAL ONE CENT DAY | NATIONAL SOURDOUGH BREAD DAY | TAKE DOWN TOBACCO NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY – April 1

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

April Fools’ Day on April 1st has long been a day when practical jokes and tricks are played on the unaware. It’s a time when children convince their parents they’ve broken a bone. Parents get in on the planning, too. Classic April Fools’ jokes include caramel covered onions or fake doggy doo-doo in inconvenient places. Businesses launch impractical or… Read more…

NATIONAL ONE CENT DAY – April 1

NATIONAL ONE CENT DAY

What does Benjamin Franklin, the phrase “mind your business,” April 1st, and National Once Cent Day all have in common? The answer is the penny, which we recognize on National One Cent Day. The United States first issued a one-cent coin produced by a private mint in… Read more…

NATIONAL SOURDOUGH BREAD DAY – April 1

NATIONAL SOURDOUGH BREAD DAY

National Sourdough Bread Day on April 1st recognizes one of the world’s oldest leavened breads. Sourdough is produced through the process of long fermentation of the dough using lactobacilli and… Read more…

Take Down Tobacco Day of Action – Changes Annually

TAKE DOWN TOBACCO NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. A part of the Kick Butts campaign, the initiative not only empowers students to say no to tobacco and e-cigarettes but also gives them… Read more…


NEW MONTHS IN APRIL 2022

National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month - April

NATIONAL TAR SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

In April, National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month focuses on improving the support of those with this rare congenital disorder. TAR syndrome is described by two conditions: Thrombocytopenia and Absent Radius (TAR). On its own, anyone at any age…Read More

National Brunch Month - April

NATIONAL BRUNCH MONTH

When you wake up late for breakfast but it’s too soon for lunch, the remaining option is brunch. Every day in April celebrates National Brunch Month – the food, the history, and the people we celebrate it with! Brunch, both the word and the meal, have a long, interesting…Read More

National Afternoon Tea Month - April is...

NATIONAL AFTERNOON TEA MONTH

Afternoon tea once was a meal that filled a gap and infused itself into daily routines and social rituals. National Afternoon Tea Month in April celebrates the history, food, and culture surrounding this nostalgic pastime. Afternoon tea is a nearly 200-year-old tradition that began in the United Kingdom. In the 1830s, only the upper class enjoyed afternoon tea due mainly to the price…Read More

On Deck for April 2, 2022

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Week Observances

  • Nano Days – Last weekend in March through the first weekend in April

In the Classroom

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter Fudge
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4 dozen

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
7-ounce jar marshmallow creme

Instructions:

Butter an 8-inch square pan and set it aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

Pour into prepared pan.

Let set until firm.

Cut into squares.

April 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1957

Panorama, a BBC television programme, runs a segment on the Swiss spaghetti harvest.

1959

NASA selects its first seven astronauts who become known as the Mercury 7.

They included Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. Of the seven, Alan Shepard would be the first American in space. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Gus Grissom would die tragically with two other astronauts (Ed White and Roger Chaffee) when a fire erupted during a pre-launch test for the first manned Apollo 1 flight. They were the first casualties of the NASA space program.

1970

American Motors releases the first Gremlin off the assembly line.

1978

Australian millionaire Dick Smith towed what appeared to be a giant iceberg into Sydney Harbor. It was an accomplishment he had been promising to do for months and now he had. It was also time to chip off chunks and fill everyone’s drinks. Well, until his prank was revealed by a sudden rain that washed away fire suppression foam and shaving foam showing a small wooden mountain draped with plastic sheeting loaded on the barge.

1996

The Taco Liberty Bell and other patriotic businesses wipe out National Debt. Or that’s what the headlines would have read if their April Fool’s prank had gotten carried away. Their full-page ads informed the public that the fast-food chain had purchased the national treasure to offset our nation’s debt and encouraged other businesses to do the same.

2019

National Day Calendar releases an article about the successful production of yolkless eggs.

April 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Sergei Rachmaninoff – 1873

The Russian pianist and composer produced immensely moving music like his 1901 Piano Concerto No. 2. In 1917, the Russian Revolution drove him and his family out of the country. He eventually settled in the United States where he continued playing and composing until his death in 1948.

Lon Chaney – 1883

Known as the “Man of a Thousand Faces,” Lon Chaney literally transformed how we perceive cinema. The actor, make-up artist, and director’s pioneering work set the stage for magnificent and compelling artistry and technique. Chaney’s influence is still felt throughout the industry today.

Florence Blanchfield – 1884

Florence Blanchfield was the first Army nurse to be granted a regular Army commission. She joined in 1917 and served during World Wars I and II. Her efforts brought about equality in pay and rank to women in the Army and Navy.

Alberta Hunter – 1895

The internationally known jazz and blues singer hung up her microphone in 1954 and pursued a career in practical nursing. Following graduation, Hunter continued her nursing career until 1977 when she picked up her microphone once more.

Anne McCaffrey – 1926

The American Irish writer is best known for her science fiction work, especially her Dragonriders of Pern series. She is a science fiction writer of firsts, becoming the first woman to win both the Hugo Award (1968) and the Nebula Award (1969).

Notable Mentions

Otto Von Bismarck – 1815
Ernest Barnes – 1874
James Lee Dozier – 1931
Debbie Reynolds – 1932
Gil Scott Heron – 1949
Susan Boyle – 1961

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