April 30, 2017

April 30 has long been celebrated in Mexico as El día de los niños (Children’s Day.) Since 1997 it has been celebrated in the US and other places as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) shortened to simply Día. It is a day to…

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April 28, 2017

April 28 is variously called Workers’ Memorial Day, International Workers’ Memorial Day, International Commemoration Day (ICD) for the Dead and Injured, or Day of Mourning. It is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. It is also World Day…

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April 27, 2017

On April 27, 1667 the blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright for Paradise Lost for £ 10. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man by the fallen angel Satan. The first edition of Paradise Lost was published in ten books with over 10,000 lines…

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April 26, 2017

April 26 is Old Permic Alphabet Day. The Permic Alphabet, also called Abur or Anbur, was the writing system used by the medieval Komi people in eastern Russian. The alphabet was introduced by a Russian missionary, Stepan Khrap, also known as Saint Stephen of Perm (Степан Храп, св. Стефан Пермский)…

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April 25, 2017

DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25 commemorating the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin (all Brits except Watson who is from the US) and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. Additionally, on that day in…

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April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 is the third annual International Sculpture Day to raise awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of sculpture in communities across the globe. The International Sculpture Center also publishes Sculpture Magazine and awards an annual life-time achievement award. This year’s winners are Tony Cragg and Lynda Benglis Tony Cragg, Paradosso,…

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April 23, 2017

World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. The rather macabre connection to April 23 is that it is the day in 1616 that both…

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April 21, 2017

Scottish-born naturalist, John Muir was born on April 21, 1838. His work in conservation, including founding the Sierra Club, led the California Historical Society to name him The Greatest Californian to ever live, in 1976. Research for this blog, however, revealed many other reasons why he may be referred to…

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April 20, 2017

420 is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis. According to the legend, a group of students in San Rafael, California met at 4:20 p.m. to go in search of an abandoned cannabis grove. From thenceforth forward they used 4:20 to refer to cannabis activity in general. From…

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March 29, 2017

On March 29, 2017 (today) the United Kingdom formally invoked Article 50 of the European Union treaty allowing member nations to withdraw from the largest single market in the world. The UK and the EU will spend the next two years unraveling four decades of close political and economic co-operation…

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