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Animal Cruelty Prevention Month - The month of April has been designated to teach and raise awareness about animal cruelty. To learn how to help raise awareness and the animals in shelters please visit this website.
National Autism Awareness Month - The month of April is designated to help raise awareness about autism and how people can help.
April 1st - April Fool's Day - A day to play tricks and pull pranks on your friends. April Fool's was started on April 1, 1564 in France. To learn more about the days history. Visit this website.
April 2nd - International Children's Book Day - This day is celebrated in honor of Hans Christian Anderson the wonderful storyteller. It has been celebrated on April 2nd since 1967.
April 4th - Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated - On April 4, 1968 just after 6pm he was shot and killed by James Earl Ray.
April 7th - The United Nations Health Day - Every April 7th is the UN Health day it attempts to make sure all humans have the medical care they need and to educate them about preventive measures in keeping everyone healthy.
April 8th - Trina Schart Hyman's Birthday - Trina was born on April 8, 1939. She was a Caldecott Medal winning children's author and illustrator. To learn more about here and her books visit this website.
April 10th - National D.A.R.E Day - D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education Every April 10th is dedicated to educating children and teens about the dangers of drug abuse.
April 12th - The United States Civil War Starts - On April 12, 1861 the Civil war began. It started when a Confederate artillery unit fired at the Union held Fort Sumter.
April 13th - Thomas Jefferson's Birthday - He was born on April 13, 1743. He was third president of the United States and among many of his accomplishments he helped draft the Declaration of Independence.
April 14th - Abraham Lincoln Shot - On April 14, 1865 President Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theater in Washington. He was shot by an actor, John Wilkes Booth who thought he was doing the south a favor by living president Lincoln.
April 15th - Abraham Lincoln Died - On April 15, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln died a day after being shot at Ford's theater. To read his biography visit this website.
April 15th - The Titanic Sank - On April 15, 1912 the unsinkable luxury ship did the impossible it sunk after hitting an iceberg. The story of the Titanic is a tragic one. It sank about 400 miles off the coast from Newfoundland. The ship was on its maiden voyage with 2,228 passengers and crew members on board of those 2,228 passengers and crew members more than half of them died. To learn more visit this website.
April 17th - Paul Revere and William Dawes Ride - On April 17, 1775 these two men rode to Boston, to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British were coming.
April 19th - The American Revolution Started - On April 19, 1775 the Revolution stated with the battles of Lexington and Concord.
April 20th - Easter - Easter is celebrated on a different day each year in late March or April.
April 22nd - Earth Day - Earth Day is celebrated every April 22nd. The purpose of Earth day is to raise awareness and an appreciation for the Earth and all its natural resources.
April 23rd - William Shakespeare's Birthday - He was born on April 23, 1616. One of his most famous pieces of work was "Romeo and Juliet.
April 24th - The Library of Congress - On April 24, 1800 the US congress established the Library of Congress. The first Library was destroyed by a fire in 1814 by the British but that did not stop President Thomas Jefferson he had a bigger and better library built and even sold his own personal collection of books which at the time was the largest in America.
April 26th - The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster - On April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl (former Soviet Union) the plant had a meltdown and released radiation. To learn more about the accident and the effects that radiation can have on the human body visit this website.
April 28th - The HMS Bounty - On April 28, 1787 a crewman named Fletcher Christian mutinied. He tossed the Captain William Bligh and 18 other crew members into a lunch and sent them off to drift at sea while Christian and a few other crew members set sail back to Tahiti and started a settlement on the Pitcairn Island. There are several books written about this event as it is classified as one of the most famous sea tales in history. To learn more visit this website.
April 30th - The Louisiana Purchase - On April 30, 1803 the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.