Banana Day is a bit like a heady mix of April Fool’s Day and Halloween (without the sweets or vandalism) and with a helpful portion of healthy eating thrown in for good measure.
The origins of Banana Day, which is aimed at celebrating bananas in every conceivable sense of the word, are murky. However it’s known that every year students at many prestigious American universities use Banana Day as a way of celebrating this humble lunchbox standard. They eat and share weird and wonderful banana concoctions (banana punch, anyone?), they dress as bananas and they generally go a bit…well…nuts. And bananas too, of course.
There aren’t many days in the year when you can legitimately goof off and have a little fruit-based fun, so why not take a (banana) leaf out the students’ book and go a little bit bananas today?
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively.|
|Usage:||The old engine was juddering and smoking, so I took the car to the mechanic.|
Idiom of the Day
— To have multiple viable options or alternatives available in the event that the current course of action, circumstance, opportunity, etc., does not work out.
Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (1775)
Smith was the first African American to obtain a medical degree and operate a pharmacy in the US. Denied admission to American colleges due to racial discrimination, he studied in Scotland, obtaining a series of degrees. After returning to New York, he became the first professionally trained black physician in the country. He wrote forcefully against common misconceptions and false notions about race, science, and medicine.
|According to Hindu mythology, it was Parashurama (Rama with an Ax) who destroyed the evil Kshatriya kings and princes 21 times. His birthday, Parashurama Jayanti, is therefore observed with fasting, austerities, and prayer. It is also a day to worship Lord Vishnu, of whom Parashurama is believed to be the sixth incarnation. To Hindus, Parashurama represents filial obedience, austerity, power, and brahmanic ideals. The Malabar region on the southwest coast of India is believed to have been founded by Parashurama.|
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1775 - American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that the Regulars were coming out. Later, the phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere even though it is unlikely he used that wording.
1796 - "The Archers" by Benjamin Carr was performed in New York City. It was the first opera written by an American composer.
1838 - The Wilkes' expedition to the South Pole set sail
1846 - The telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House
1877 - Charles Cros wrote a paper that described the process of recording and reproducing sound. In France, Cros is regarded as the inventor of the phonograph. In the U.S., Thomas Edison gets the credit.
1910 - Walter R. Brookins made the first airplane flight at night.
1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY. The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1. John Phillip Sousa's band played the National Anthem.
1924 - Simon and Schuster, Inc. published the first "Crossword Puzzle Book."
1934 - The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX.
1938 - Superman made his debut when he appeared in the first issue of Action Comics. (Cover date June 1938)
1956 - Actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco were married. The religious ceremony took place April 19.
1965 - Marian Anderson ended her 30-year singing career with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1984 - Daredevils Mike MacCarthy and Amanda Tucker made a sky dive from the Eiffel Tower. The jump ended safely.
1985 - Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.
2003 - Etta James received a star (#2,223) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1875 Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea (1948-60), born in Haeju, North Korea (d. 1965)
1927 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
Robert Hanssen, FBI agent and Soviet spy, born in Chicago Illinois
1947 James Woods, American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds), born in Vernal, Utah
1948 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York
1953 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario
1963 Conan Chris O'Brien, American TV host (Late Night), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Day of Remembrance 2018
Apr 19, 2018 | Oklahoma City, OKOklahoma City National Memorial|620 N Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Day of Remembrance is a day that remembers all those lost in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombings. Over one hundred people lost their lives in the terrorist attack and the people of Oklahoma will not let their names be forgotten. The day encourages those to remember, reflect and remain strong. The day commemorates the victims with individual remembrances, a memorial marathon and tours through the memorial museum.
further information: The Oklahoma Ci2y National Memorial & Museum
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Apr 19-22, 2018 | Terrell, TXBen Gill Park|399 Lane St
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further information: Special Events | Terrell, TX Chamber of Commerce
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 2018
Apr 19-22, 2018 | Newhall, CAWilliam S Hart Park|24151 Newhall Ave
Ride your pony on up to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival for a festival that preserves and promotes the cowboy/cowgirl heritage and way of life. The annual two-day bonanza boasts cowboy poetry, prose and folk songs in addition to Old West treats like BBQ and Dutch oven fare. Additional attractions include rope tricks, gun spinning demos and Western wear shopping.
further information: Cowboy Festival – Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
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The jettisoned Service Module of the Apollo 13 spacecraft, photographed as the beleaguered Command Module was preparing for reentry. The seventh manned mission in the Apollo space program, Apollo 13 was launched on April 11, 1970. It was commanded by James A. Lovell, with John L. "Jack" Swigert and Fred W. Haiseas crew. After an oxygen tank exploded on April 13, the Service Module was crippled and a planned lunar landing was aborted. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to make makeshift repairs to the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970.
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