NATIONAL EARTH DAY
Each year on April 22nd, National Earth Day campaigns around the globe promote ways to keep the Earth healthy and our planet livable. Read more…
NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY
Who can resist a handful of sweet jelly beans on National Jelly Bean Day? Well on April 22nd each year, you really don’t have to resist at all. As a celebration, enjoying them is a must! Read more…
NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE
National Day of Silence in April each year is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them. The Day of Silence brings awareness and illustrates to the schools and the colleges how intimidation, name-calling, and general bullying have a silencing effect. Participating students take a day-long vow of silence. Read more…
NATIONAL DONATE LIFE BLUE & GREEN DAY
National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, observed annually in April, encourages us to wear blue and green to raise awareness about organ donation. Read more…
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT LEADER’S DAY
Each year, National Girl Scout Leader’s Day on April 22nd recognizes the thousands of leaders who volunteer their time and share their experiences with youth across the country. Girl Scout volunteer leaders have been positively impacting girls’ lives since the beginning of Girl Scouting in 1912. These leaders are often beacons for girls as they approach womanhood. They provide a foundation of confidence, experience, respect, and courage that stays with a young woman throughout her lifetime. Read more…
- National Cherry Cheesecake Day
- National Lost Dogs Awareness Day
- National Picnic Day
- National Take a Chance Day
- National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
- Celebrate Trails Day – Fourth Saturday in April
- National Record Store Day – Changes Annually (April 23, 2022)
Recipe of the Day
Pigs in a Blanket
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
28-ounce package of cocktail franks
2 8-ounce packages of crescent roll dough
Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unroll crescent rolls onto a cutting surface. Use a pizza cutter to cut each triangle into three smaller triangles.
Pat the cocktail franks dry with paper towels. Wrap each frank with the pastry beginning with the wide end of the triangle. Place the frank point down on the baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with dipping sauces.
April 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1864 authorizing the use of “In God We Trust” on one-cent and two-cent coins.
Boston Red Caps beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5 in the first National League baseball game.
Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon. Thousands of homesteaders raced to stake their claim.
The animated film, Shrek, premiered in Westwood, California. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and voiced by stars like Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow, the film won several awards including Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
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April 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Dame Ethel Smyth – 1858
The British composer gained prominence in the early 20th century for her operatic compositions. However, the suffragette did not gain notice until the end of her life when her hearing was failing her.
J. Robert Oppenheimer – 1904
In 1942, Lieutenant General Leslie Richard Groves, head of the Manhattan Project, selected the American physicist to lead the development of the world’s first nuclear weapon on Los Alamos, New Mexico. His team’s work resulted in the deployment of two bombs over Japan; the first was deployed on August 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, and the second on August 9, 1945, on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on September 2, 1945.
Steve Fossett – 1944
June 19, 2002. Steve Fossett, pilot, sailor, world adventurer, had tried and failed five times to pilot a balloon solo around the world. In between those failed attempts, he was out setting sailing records. Fossett was not an idle man. Then in 2002, he launched the Bud Light Spirit of Freedom balloon from Northam, Australia. The 10-story balloon carried Fossett and his gear for 14 days. On July 3, 2002, he landed in Queensland, Australia, his journey a success.
Fossett turned his attention to setting records at an airplane pilot. In 2007, he and his plane disappeared over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A hiker discovered Fossett’s identification in 2008 leading to the recovery of his plane. However, very few of Fossett’s remains were found.