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Daisy bulletApril is Keep America Beautiful Month, Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, National Humor Month, National Kite Flying Month, National Zoo and Aquarium Month.

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Special Weeks in April

April 15-21
- National Library Week

April 16-22

- Young People's Poetry Week
April 21-28
- National Astronomy Week
April 1

April 2

- International Children's Book Day
- Hans Christian Andersen's Birthday (1805-1875)
- Ponce de Leon discovered Florida in 1513.

April 3

- Washington Irving's birthday (1783)
- The first circus in America opened in Philadelphia in 1793.
- In 1860 the first Pony Express service began.

April 4

- In 1818 the Congress of the US limited the number of stripes on the American Flag to 13 and declared that a star be added for each new state.
- Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968

April 5
- Booker T. Washington's birthday (1856)
April 6

- Harry Houdini's birthday (1874)
- The first Modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece in 1896.
- Graeme Base's birthday
- In 1909, Admiral Robert Peary and Matthew Hensen became the first to reach the North Pole.

April 7
- World Health Day

April 10

- Nebraska celebrated the first Arbor Day in 1872 by planting 10 million trees.

April 11

- Jackie Robinson broke the major league baseball "color barrier" when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
- In 1928, the cartoon character Popeye appeared for the first time in a newspaper. Popeye was created by Elzie Crisler Segar.

April 12

- Easter

- Beverly Cleary's birthday (1916)
- The Civil War begins with the attack on Fort Sumter 1861
- In 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk announced the development of the polo vaccine.

April 13

- Thomas Jefferson's birthday (1743) Jefferson was the 3rd President of the USA and the main author of the Declaration of Independence.
- The first elephant arrived in America in 1796.

April 14

- The British steamer Titanic, on its maiden voyage from England to New York City struck an iceberg and sank.
- In 1828, Noah Webster published the first Dictionary.

April 15

- Leonardo daVinci's birthday (1452)
- Ray Kroc started the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois.
- Tax Day
April 16
- Wilbur Wright's birthday (1867)

April 18

- Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride in 1775 from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts. Visit Paul Revere's Virtual Museum.

April 19

- The Revolutionary War began in Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775.
- The first Boston Marathon was run in 1897.
April 20
- Astronomy day
April 21
- The zipper was patented in 1917 by Gideon Sundback.
Check out the History of the Zipper
April 22
- Earth Day, established in 1970
April 23
- William Shakespeare's birthday (1564)
April 24
- In 1833, Jacob Ebert and George Dulty were awarded a patent for the soda fountain.

April 25

- In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was placed into orbit by the shuttle Discovery.

April 26

- Take Your Child to Work Day
- National Pretzel Day
- John James Audubon's birthday (1785)
- Patricia Reilly Giff's birthday (1935)
- Lee Bennett Hopkins'  birthday (1938)

April 27

- Samuel Morse's birthday (1791) inventor of the International Morse Code and the telegraph.
April 28
- Great Poetry Reading Day -

April 29

- In 1813 rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel of Philadelphia.
- National Arbor Day

April 30

-In 1952, the first toy was advertised on television... it was Mr. Potato Head.
-Louisiana Purchase 1803
  Fact Monster Daily Feature gives loads of information about each day.
  Today in History
  On This Day from the New York Times Learning Network will give you facts about what happened each day in history.
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