NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY
National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18th honors the men and women who work around the clock to keep the power going. If the power is on where you are reading this article, you likely have a lineman to thank.
From the power plant, the grid crisscrossing the country both above and underground and right up to the meters on our homes, these men and women build and maintain the system that keeps our nation running.
Regardless of the source, the electricity has to be transported by employing transformers and other equipment. Due to the dangerous conditions power poses, safety is of utmost importance for both the lineman and the consumer.
When mother nature destroys what our linemen have built up, they are on call to build it back up again as quickly as possible. These men and women work tirelessly to get emergency systems back in working order and urgently return service to remaining areas.
Even when there is no crisis, they work under dangerous conditions on a daily basis. Whether they are working in trenches, near water or on high towers, the risks are extreme.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay
You don’t have to know a lineman to celebrate this day. Give a shoutout on social media to lineman everywhere. You can celebrate the day by thanking your local linemen by using #NationalLinemanAppreciationDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.
NATIONAL LINEMAN APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
On April 10, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 95 recognized linemen across the country by setting April 18th as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
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April 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
On the night of April 18th, Paul Revere and William Dawes set out from Boston to Lexington to warn minutemen and Sons of Liberty of British forces headed their way. In Lexington, Revere invited another rider, Samuel Prescott, to join the effort. Their end goal was to warn Concord of the British movement. After warning John Hancock and Samuel Adams of their impending arrest the riders set out on separate routes. However, Revere was soon apprehended by British soldiers. Dawes also faced a mishap and never made it to Concord. Only Prescott completed the mission, warning Concord of the impending attack by British soldiers.
A 7.9 earthquake devastated northern California and San Francisco.
Yankee Stadium opens in New York City. Christening the new stadium, Babe Ruth hits a home run and the Yankees bring home a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.
American war correspondent and columnist Ernie Pyle died while on assignment in Okinawa, Japan.
Grace Kelly married Rainier II, prince de Monaco.
April 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
James McCune Smith – 1813
A graduate of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, McCune was the first African American physician with a medical degree in the United States.
Booker T. Washington – 1856
Through the efforts of two former slaves and Booker T. Washington, also a former slave, the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute was founded in 1881. Washington would lead the school through its formative years until his death in 1915. He also founded the National Negro Business League.
Clarence Darrow – 1857
The American attorney first gained notoriety in his defense during the Leopold and Loeb murder trial in 1924. He was also a part of the ACLU’s defense team when educator John Scopes broke Tennessee’s new law for teaching evolution in the classroom.
Mamie Phipps Clark – 1917
Eleven years after becoming the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia University, Mamie Phipps Clark and her husband Kenneth Clark (the first African American man to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia) made history again. Their ground-breaking study helped sway the court’s decision regarding school segregation in Brown v. The Board of Education in 1954.
Clifton Keith Hillegass – 1918
In 1958, Hillegass created the popular study guides known as CliffNotes.