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Looking for Content Sparks? Our Calendar of Ideas should help you find creative topics for your blog or site. You can also use our Daily Prompts for inspiration.

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
21
Wed
British National Tea Day
Apr 21 all-day

British National Tea Day honors the national drink of Great Britain.

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Kindergarten Day
Apr 21 all-day

Kindergarten Day Kindergarten Day recognizes the importance of early childhood education – marks the birth of Friedrich Froebel on April 21, 1782, who established the first kindergarten in 1838.

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Lincoln Funeral Train – Anniversary
Apr 21 all-day

Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train Apr 21– May 4, 1865. After President Abraham Lincoln’s death and a Washington, DC, funeral, a special train was used to transport the body to its final resting place at Springfield, IL. An un-utilized train called The United States, which had been built for presidential travel, was transformed into a nine-car funeral train.

On Apr 21, 1865, with the President’s portrait fastened on the front of the engine, “The Lincoln Special” began its 1,654-mile journey through 444 communities in seven states from Washington to Springfield. Millions of people came out over two weeks to see the passing funeral train. At a dozen scheduled stops, the coffin was transported by horse-drawn hearse to public buildings, including Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where Lincoln lay in state and mourners waited for up to five hours to pass by the closed coffin. Lincoln was buried on May 4.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Red Baron Shot Down – Anniversary
Apr 21 all-day

Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme during World War I on 21 April 1918. A fighter pilot with the German Air Force, he was credited with 80 air combat victories. Read more at https://www.history.com/news/ace-of-aces-how-the-red-baron-became-wwis-most-legendary-fighter-pilot.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Apr
22
Thu
Earth Day – Anniversary
Apr 22 all-day

Earth Day Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 and has become a yearly event to focus on nature and ecology.

Image: Public Domain

National Dance Day
Apr 22 all-day

National Dance Day Apr 23. As a prelude to International Dance Day, participants across America organize events in every community to celebrate the spirit and diversity of dance of all kinds.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

National Jelly Bean Day
Apr 22 all-day

National Jelly Bean Day National Jelly Bean Day is a day to recognize the colorful candy that’s not just for Easter anymore!

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Oklahoma Land Rush – Anniversary
Apr 22 all-day

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia CommonsOn 22 April 1889, at noon a gunshot signaled the start of the Oklahoma land rush as thousands of settlers rushed into the territory to claim land. Under pressure from cattlemen, the federal government opened 1,900,000 acres of central Oklahoma that had been bought from the Creek and Seminole tribes.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Apr
23
Fri
Feast of Saint George
Apr 23 all-day

Feast of St GeorgeSt. George’s Day celebrates the patron saint of England on April 23rd. Martyr and patron saint of England, who died Apr 23, AD 303. Hero of the St. George and the Dragon legend. The story says that his faith helped him slay a vicious dragon that demanded daily sacrifice after the king’s daughter became the intended victim.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

First Movie Theater Opens – Anniversary
Apr 23 all-day

Koster Bials Music Hall was also the first movie theatre houseOn 23 April 1896, the first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall at New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope, a boxlike “peep show.” This was the first time in the US that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together.

Image  by The Strobridge Lith Co, Cincinnati & New-York. 1896, Public Domain, Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

First Public School in America – Anniversary
Apr 23 all-day

First Public School In America The Boston Latin School opened in Boston on April 23, 1635.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

National English Muffin Day
Apr 23 all-day

National English Muffin Day English baker Samuel Bath Thomas created his original English muffin using a secret process that included griddle baking to create a muffin filled with “nooks and crannies.” He later opened his own bakery, the Muffin House, in New York City in 1880. “English” was added to the muffin name in 1902. This is a day to celebrate the creation of the English muffin and the legacy of his company, Thomas’ English Muffins— and to eat some, of course.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC 3.0, GNU free license

William Shakespeare’s Birthday
Apr 23 all-day

Author of at least 38 plays and 154 sonnets, the dramatist, actor, poet and theater manager Shakespeare created the most influential and lasting body of work in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 at Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

World Book and Copyright Day
Apr 23 all-day

World Book and Copyright Day Apr 23. By celebrating this day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors on Apr 23, because on this date and in the same year of 1616.

Image by Laura Hedgecock for GeneaBloggersTRIBE use

Apr
24
Sat
Armenian Genocide Begins – Anniversary
Apr 24 all-day

Armenian genocide AnniversaryANNIVERSARY. Apr 24, 1915. Fearing that the long-oppressed Armenian subjects would side with Russia and the Allies in WWI, authorities in the Central Powers– aligned Ottoman Empire rounded up and imprisoned 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in the capital of Constantinople on Apr 24, 1915, Red Sunday, a date recognized as the start of the Armenian Genocide. Over the next six years, through 1921, beyond the end of the war, between 500,000 and 1.5 million Armenians and other minorities were systematically killed through mass burnings, drowning, toxic gas, lethal inoculations, extermination camps and death marches into the Syrian desert.

Easter Rising (Ireland) – Anniversary
Apr 24 all-day

Easter Rising in Ireland AnniversayOn 24 April 1916, Irish nationalists seized key buildings in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish republic. The rebellion collapsed, however, and it wasn’t until 1922 that the Irish Free State, the predecessor of the Republic of Ireland, was established.

Library of Congress Founded – Anniversary
Apr 24 all-day

Library of CongressOn 24 April 1800, Congress approved an act providing “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress… and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them.” Thus began one of the world’s greatest libraries.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Spanish American War Begins – Anniversary
Apr 24 all-day

Spanish American War Begins Spanish American War began in 1898 after the sinking of the Battleship Maine in the Havana Harbor which lead the United States to intervene in the Cuban War of Independence.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

 

World Veterinary Day
Apr 24 all-day

World Veterinary Day on April 29, 2017 was started by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 to be celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April. Apart from their well-known role as animal doctors, veterinarians create prevention and control programs against infectious diseases, including those transmissible to humans. Much more than that, be it for food security, poverty alleviation, prevention and management of risks at the animal-human interface, animal welfare, scientific research or political commitment, veterinarians operate in all sectors of the society.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Apr
25
Sun
Anzac Day
Apr 25 all-day

Anzac Day Anzac Day is a memorial and veterans’ observation day in Australia and New Zealand. Marks the landing at Galipoli, Turkey, on 25 April 1915 during World War I.

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Battle of Gallipoli – Anniversary
Apr 25 all-day

Battle of Galliopli Anniversary 25 April 1915– January 1916. During WWI the Gallipoli Expedition, or the Dardanelles Campaign, combined Allied naval and military forces tried to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in order to effect an open route to Russia via the Black Sea. One French and four British divisions were forced back by a strong Turkish-German defense after almost nine months of fighting. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) took much of the brunt of the battle.

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

First license plates issued – Anniversary
Apr 25 all-day

On 25 April 1901, New York issued the first license plates for automobiles.

First Seeing-Eye Dog Used
Apr 25 all-day

Seeing eye dogs were used for the first time in 1928. Thomas Schall, senator of Minneosta, was paired with a dog from Germany. Schall had been blinded by an electric shock from a cigar lighter.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia commons

National DNA Day
Apr 25 all-day

National DNA day National DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25. It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA.

World Penguin Day
Apr 25 all-day

World Penguin Day World Penguin Day is more than a day to focus on the cuteness of the penguin; the day also draws awareness of climate-related concerns. Read more at  https://www.asoc.org/advocacy/antarctic-wildlife-conservation/penguins/1189.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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