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April 17, 2022 - EASTER – INTERNATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL CRAWFISH DAY – NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY – NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY – NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY

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APRIL 17, 2022 | EASTER | INTERNATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL CRAWFISH DAY | NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY | NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY | NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY

EASTER – Changes Annually

EASTER

Easter is observed on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. Considered Christianity’s most important holy day, it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Depending on which calendar a… Read more…

INTERNATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY – April 17

INTERNATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY

Each year on April 17th, International Bat Appreciation Day reminds us of the roles bats play in our daily lives.  April is also the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. The observance is an excellent time to learn about the role bats play in… Read more…

National Crawfish Day - April 17

NATIONAL CRAWFISH DAY

National Crawfish Day on April 17th celebrates one of the South’s most iconic foods. Each year the mudbug brings out not only a desire for newspaper-covered picnic tables but a language all its own. A smaller, fresh-water cousin to the lobster, crawfish provide… Read more…

NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY – April 17

NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY

Observed annually on April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day encourages all to try their hand in creativity. Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and usually consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. Usually, an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty, or an individual experience inspires…. Read more…

NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY – April 17

NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY

April 17th kicks off National Cheeseball Day, and recognizes a party food that can sometimes be the centerpiece of a spread.  You can choose from two ways to celebrate, too! Or plan your party and serve both! Read more…

NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY – April 17

NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY

Each year on April 17th, National Ellis Island Family History Day encourages families to explore their ancestry and discover family who immigrated through Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island served as the busiest inspection station… Read more…


Recipe of the Day

Tasty Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Tasty Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
4 cups milk
2 medium bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons granola

Instructions

Combine oats, milk, bananas, and vanilla extract into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. When oatmeal thickens, remove from heat.

Divide the mixture into four serving bowls. Top with a dollop of peanut butter and sprinkle with granola. Serve hot.

April 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1907

A record 11,747 immigrants passed through Ellis Island on its busiest day ever. Isaac Asimov, Bob Hope, and Claudette Colbert are just a few of the notable people who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island.

1964

Ford unveils the Mustang at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. The American car manufacturer initially offered the muscle car in a hardtop and convertible.

1964

Geraldine “Jerrie” Fredritz Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world, which she did in 1964. She flew a single-engine Cessna 180 christened the “Spirit of Columbus” and nicknamed “Charlie.” The trip began March 19, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio, and ended April 17, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio

1970

The ill-fated flight of Apollo 13 ends with the safe splashdown of the command module. Inside crew members James A. Lovell, Jr., Fred W. Haise, Jr., and John L. Swigert, Jr. survive the mission but miss the opportunity to be the third crew to land on the moon due to the No.2 oxygen tank.

2011

Game of Thrones debuts on HBO. The series ran for eight seasons and is based on author George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire.

April 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Thornton Wilder – 1897

The best-selling novelist, Thornton Wilder, received the Pulitzer Prize three times, once for fiction and twice for drama. In 1927, his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey became an American classic. In 1938, Wilder became the only person to win a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and drama when his play Our Town earned him his second prize. Then in 1942, with the chronologically fractured The Skin of Our Teeth where actors play multiple roles depicting life unchanging, Wilder received his third Pulitzer Prize.

Catherine Coyne – 1907

During World War II, Coyne reported for The Boston Herald from Europe. She traveled with the 1st Army and witnessed the first meeting of the Red Army and the US Army in Torgau.

Sidney Garfield – 1906

In 1945, the American physician co-founded the healthcare system known as Kaiser Permanente.

Georges J F Kohler – 1946

In 1984, Georges J. F. Kohler won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for theories concerning the specificity in development and control of the immune system and the discovery of the principle for production of monoclonal antibodies.”

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