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APRIL 15, 2019 | NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY | NATIONAL TAX DAY | NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY | NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY | NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY | NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY

NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY – Changes Annually
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY

Observed Annually (11th day of the month of Nisan on the Jewish calendar – or 4 days before Passover begins) is National Education and Sharing Day.  

In his 2009 proclamation on Education and Sharing Day, President Barack Obama wrote:

“Few have better understood or more successfully promoted these ideas than Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who emphasized the importance of education and good character. Through the establishment of educational and social service institutions across the country and the world, Rabbi Schneerson sought to empower young people and inspire individuals of all ages. On this day, we raise his call anew.”

On March 21, 2013, while making his first trip to Israel as president, a proclamation was issued, and President Barack Obama declared March 22, 2013, Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.  This year is the 111th anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.  Reinforcing the importance of education, in this proclamation, the President stated:     

“We also know that learning does not stop when students leave the classroom. Whether at the dinner table or on the field, it is our task as parents, teachers, and mentors to make sure our children grow up practicing the values we preach. We have an obligation to instill in them the virtues that define our national character — honesty and independence, drive and discipline, courage and compassion.” 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #EducationalAndSharingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This day was first inaugurated on April 18, 1978, by President Jimmy Carter and has since been proclaimed annually, by the presiding President.  National Education and Sharing Day is a day that was made by the United States Congress in honor of  Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902 – 1994).  It honors his efforts for education and sharing for Jews and non-Jews alike.  During his lifetime, the Rabbi opened many centers of education.  These centers were called “Chabad Houses.”

NATIONAL TAX DAY – April 15
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NATIONAL TAX DAY

2019 tax filing deadline is April 15 for 2018 tax returns.

April 15 of each year is National Tax Day.  In the United States, Tax Day is a term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Tax Day may also refer to April 15 for state tax returns.

Federal income tax filing deadline is midnight on April 15th of every year with extensions occurring when the 15th lands on a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday. In those circumstances, the returns are due the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday. 

These dates can differ depending on residence as well.  Some years, due to extenuating circumstances such as natural disasters larger extensions have been granted by the Federal Government.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalTaxDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Income tax was first collected in The United States in 1862 to fund the Civil War.  It was deemed unconstitutional due to not being apportioned with conformity across the states. The United States once again enacted income tax with the 16th Amendment in 1913. At that time, the filing deadline was March 1.  In 1918 the deadline was changed to March 15 and then in 1955 for the most recent change, the filing deadline was moved to April 15th.  The day has come to be known as Tax Day.

NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY – April 15
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NATIONAL TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY

Observed each year on April 15th is National Take a Wild Guess Day.  This is a day you may want to guess how many jellybeans are in the jar or how many coins are in the tube.  It is a day about hunches and guesses.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #TakeAWildGuessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Take a Wild Guess Day was created by Jim Barber (TheBarbershop.com).

NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY – April 15
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NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY

Each year on April 15th, National Titanic Remembrance Day is observed. This day is dedicated to the memory of when the Titanic sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in April 1912.  We remember the more than 1,500 people who died that day.

Known as the “the unsinkable ship,” the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm April 14, 1912, on her maiden voyage from England to New York City.  Later, in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, on April 15, the Titanic sank.  Those who perished did so mainly due to an insufficient number of lifeboats on board the ship.

There have been a few movies made about this subject.  Most recently Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #TitanicRemembranceDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This day is observed annually on April 15th in honor of those who lost their lives on aboard the Titanic in 1912.  We were unable to find the creator of National Titanic Remembrance Day.

NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY – April 15
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NATIONAL RUBBER ERASER DAY

Observed annually on April 15 is National Rubber Eraser Day.  This day celebrates, recognizes and appreciates the invention of erasers.

Tablets of rubber (or wax) were used to erase lead or charcoal marks from paper before there were rubber erasers.  Another option for the eraser was crustless bread. A Tokyo student said, “Bread erasers were used in place of rubber erasers, and so they would give them to us with no restriction on amount. So we thought nothing of taking these and eating a firm part to at least slightly satisfy our hunger.”

  • April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestly founded a vegetable gum to remove pencil marks.  He dubbed the substance “rubber.”
  • 1770 Edward Nairne developed the first marketed rubber eraser.
  • 1839 Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization (a method that would cure rubber and make it a durable material)  This method made rubber erasers standard.
  • 1858 Hyman Lipman (Philadelphia, Pa.) patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

We all make mistakes while holding a pencil in our hand, but thanks to the inventions by these men many years ago, we can erase those mistakes away.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalRubberEraserDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

April 15, 1770, marks the founding of the rubber eraser.  Our research was unable to find the creator of National Rubber Eraser Day.

NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY – April 15
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NATIONAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DAY

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day is a food holiday observed annually on April 15.   This gourmet looking dish often found at a holiday feast, originated in the basement of Harry J. Hoenselaar.

In 1952, the Detroit, Michigan entrepreneur patented not only his spiral slicer but the ham glaze as well.  His innovative device made it possible for the entire bone-in ham to be sliced in one continuous and even spiral.  The result was not only perfect for baking and serving.  It was also a beautifully rendered main course.  Then in 1957, Hoenselaar founded HoneyBaked Ham.

Today, glazed spiral hams are available from a variety of sources as the patent expired in 1981, but we can thank Harry J. Hoenselaar for making them a possibility.

A traditional glazed ham is baked with a glaze consisting of sugar, honey or orange juice.  Spices to taste are often added.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this mouth-watering Dijon Honey Glazed Ham recipe.

Use #GlazedSpiralHamDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The creator of National Glazed Spiral Ham Day was not found.

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