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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

Apr
7
Tue
International Snailpapers Day
Apr 7 all-day

International Snailpaper Day A day to celebrate hard-copy media. Pick up a print newspaper or magazine and read it!

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Metric System Adopted – Anniversary
Apr 7 all-day

Metric System is adopted On 7 April 1795, the metric system was adopted in France, where it had been developed.

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National Beer Day
Apr 7 all-day

National Beer Day When the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect at 12: 01 AM on 7 April 1933, thirsty customers could buy a beer that was 3.2 percent alcohol by weight instead of the “near beer” they had suffered with all through Prohibition. The public lined up on “New Beer’s Eve” (Apr 6) at breweries in 20 states and Washington, DC, and purchased 1.5 million barrels. 7 April has remained an unofficial holiday celebrating beer in the US.

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No Housework Day
Apr 7 all-day

No housework Day No trash. No dishes. No making of beds or washing of laundry. And no guilt. Give it a rest.

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Apr
8
Wed
Buddha’s Birthday
Apr 8 all-day

Among Buddhist holidays, this day is the most important, as it commemorates the birthday of the Buddha. It is also known as the Day of Vesak. The founder of Buddhism had the given name Siddhartha, the family name Gautama and the clan name Shaka. He is commonly called the Buddha, meaning in Sanskrit the enlightened one. He is thought to have lived in India from circa 563 BC to 483 BC. Some countries celebrate this holiday on the lunar calendar, so the date changes from year to year, but it always occurs in either April or May. This day is a holiday in India, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

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Erev Pesach
Apr 8 all-day

Erev Pesach – In the Jewish faith, the day before Passover is often celebrated with a Seder table in which 6 symbolic foods are served.  Read more at https://www.ritualwell.org/ritual/whats-seder-table/

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Federal Government Seizure of Steel Mills – Anniversary
Apr 8 all-day

Government seizure of Steel Mills On 8 Apil 1952, President Harry S Truman seized control of the nation’s steel mills by presidential order in an attempt to prevent a shutdown by strikers. On Apr 29, a US district court declared the seizure unconstitutional and workers immediately walked out. Production dropped from 300,000 tons a day to less than 20,000. After 53 days the strike ended July 24, with steelworkers receiving a 16-cent hourly wage raise plus a 5.4-cent hourly increase in fringe benefits.

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Hank Aaron Home Run Record – Anniversary
Apr 8 all-day

Baseball RecordOn 8 April 1974, Henry (“ Hammerin’ Hank”) Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke the record at Atlanta in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs. At the time of his retirement, Aaron also ranked first in RBIs, second in at bats and runs scored and third in base hits. On 7 August 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 756th home run to break Aaron’s record.

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National Zoo Lovers Day
Apr 8 all-day

Zoo lovers Day National Zoo Lovers Day is the perfect time to visit a zoo.

Image © Laura Hedgecock, used with permission.

Passover Begins (at sundown)
Apr 8 all-day

Hebrew calendar dates: Nisan 15– 22, 5777. The first day of Passover begins an eight-day celebration of the delivery of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Unleavened bread (matzo) is eaten at this time.

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Ryan White’s Death – Anniversary
Apr 8 all-day

Ryan White Death Apr 8, 1990. Born Dec 6, 1971, at Kokomo, IN, Ryan White put the face of a child on AIDS and helped promote greater understanding of the disease.

A hemophiliac, White contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion. He was banned from the public school system in Central Indiana at the age of 10 due to misinformation and fear regarding the spread of the disease. He moved with his mother and sister to Cicero, IN, where he was accepted by students and faculty alike. His situation gained national media attention and the interest of many celebrities, notably Elton John. He died on this date at the age of 18 at Indianapolis, IN.

Learn more at RyanWhite.com.

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Apr
9
Thu
AME Church Organized – Anniversary
Apr 9 all-day

African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church formed Apr 9, 1816. The first all-black US religious denomination, the AME Church was organized at Philadelphia, PA, with Richard Allen, a former slave who had bought his freedom, as the first bishop.

Bataan Death March begins – 75th Anniversary
Apr 9 all-day

Bataan Death March Anniversary On 9 April 1942, American and Filipino prisoners were herded together by Japanese soldiers on Mariveles Airfield at Bataan (in the Philippine islands) and began the Death March to Camp O’Donnell, near Cabanatuan. During the six-day march they were given only one bowl of rice. More than 5,200 Americans and many more Filipinos lost their lives in the course of the march.

Image credit: Author Judgefloro, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license via Wikimedia Commons.

Cherish an Antique Day
Apr 9 all-day

Cherish an Atique DayNational Cherish an Antique Day is a good time to bring out those heirlooms and to learn the history behind an object that belonged to one’s ancestors.

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Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
Apr 9 all-day

Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day – On the anniversary of the Bataan Death March, Americans pause to honor servicemen and women who experienced unspeakable cruelty as prisoners of war to ensure our freedom. Read more at https://www.vfwnationalhome.org/single-post/2017/04/09/Former-Prisoners-of-War-Recognition-Day.

Image in public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Maundy Thursday
Apr 9 all-day

The Christian holy day that falls on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the last supper of Jesus with the Apostles.  Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday.

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Texas Panhandle Tornado – 70th Anniversary
Apr 9 all-day

Texas Panhandle Tornado On 9 April 1947, a monster tornado clearing a 1.5-mile-long path struck through at least 12 towns in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, killing 169 people and causing more than $ 15 million in damage. The tornado traveled 221 miles across the three states.

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US Civil War Ends – Anniversary
Apr 9 all-day

U.S. Civil War End - Anniversary On 9 April 1865 at 1:30 PM General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, VA. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and sidearms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender. Formal surrender took place at the courthouse on 12 April. Death toll for the Civil War is estimated at 500,000 men.

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Apr
10
Fri
ASPCA Incorporated – Anniversary
Apr 10 all-day

Aspca founded Apr 10, 1866. American diplomat Henry Bergh, angry at the widespread abuse of animals (cockfighting, whipping of cart horses, starving of working dogs and more) sought its end through the creation of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the New York State legislature. On this day, the charter was passed, and on Apr 19, 1866, the first animal cruelty laws were passed. Bergh based the formation of the ASPCA on Britain’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that had been founded in 1840. “It is a moral question in all its aspects,” Bergh persuasively argued.

First Jewish Ghetto Established – Anniversary
Apr 10 all-day
First Jewish Ghetto Established

Main Square in Jewish Ghetto in Venice

On this date in 1516, the first Jewish ghetto was established when Venice compelled Jews to live in a specific area. Throughout history, many countries have restricted the comings and goings of Jews by means of such designated neighborhoods.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Venice

Image: Image by Didier Descouens, CC BY-SA 4.0, located via Wikipedia.org

Good Friday
Apr 10 all-day

Good Friday is the oldest Christian celebration— commemorates the crucifixion. Possible corruption of “God’s Friday.” Observed in some manner by most Christian sects. Public holiday in many nations. In the US, a public or part holiday in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

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National Siblings Day
Apr 10 all-day

National Siblings DayNational Siblings Day is a commemorative day to honor, appreciate and celebrate all brothers and sisters, and, in cases of deceased siblings, holding them in memory. Recognizing the bond between siblings for the special gift it is. Founded by Claudia Evart of New York City through her nonprofit charity, Siblings Day Foundation, to honor the memories of her sister Lisette and brother Alan; they both died from accidents early in their lives.

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Safety Pin Patented – Anniversary
Apr 10 all-day

Safety pin patentedOn 18 April 1849, Walter Hunt of New York patented the first safety pin.

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The Beatles Break Up – Anniversary
Apr 10 all-day

Beatles Break Up On 10 April 1970, in a press release accompanying promotional copies of his new solo album, Paul McCartney announced that he had no plans for working with the Beatles because of “personal differences, business differences, musical differences.” He stated that he didn’t know if the break was temporary or permanent, but the years-long tension in the group coupled with the musicians’ solo work brought about the end of the band that year. McCartney sued to dissolve the Beatles on 31 December 1970, and the group was formally dissolved four years later.

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William Booth’s Birthday – Anniversary
Apr 10 all-day

William Booth BirthdayApr 10, 1829. General William Booth, founder of the movement that became known, in 1878, as the Salvation Army, was born at Nottingham, England. Apprenticed to a pawnbroker at the age of 13, Booth experienced firsthand the misery of poverty. He broke with conventional church religion and established a quasi-military religious organization with military uniforms and ranks. Recruiting from the poor, from converted criminals and from many other social outcasts, his organization grew rapidly and its influence spread from England to the US and to other countries. At revivals in slum areas the itinerant evangelist offered help for the poor, homes for the homeless, sobriety for alcoholics, rescue homes for women and girls, training centers and legal aid. Booth died at London, England, Aug 20, 1912.

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