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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
24
Wed
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.

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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

 

Apr
25
Thu
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.

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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

Apr
26
Fri
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster – Anniversary
Apr 26 all-day

On 26 April 1986. At 1: 23 AM, local time, an explosion occurred at the Chernobyl atomic power station at Pripyat in the Ukraine. The resulting fire burned for days, sending radioactive material into the atmosphere. More than 100,000 persons were evacuated from a 300-square-mile area around the plant. Three months later 31 people were reported to have died and thousands exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Estimates projected an additional 1,000 cancer cases in nations downwind of the radioactive discharge. The plant was encased in a concrete tomb in an effort to prevent the still-hot reactor from overheating again and to minimize further release of radiation.

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English Colonists Landed at Cape Henry
Apr 26 all-day

070426-N-1688B-163.jpg Virginia Beach, Va. (April 24, 2007) – John Smith, played by Dennis Farmer, claims the beach for England during the re-enactment ceremony on the 400th anniversary of the First Landing in the, “New World.” Settlers from the ships the Godspeed, Discovery and the Susan Constant landed in Virginia Beach and stayed for four days before moving to Jamestown. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Bookwalter. (RELEASED)

Before the English colonists established Jamestown as the first permanent English settlement in the New World, they landed at Cape Henry in what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia. That was April 26, 1607.

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Guernica Massacre – Anniversary
Apr 26 all-day

Guernica ruins

26 April 1937. Late in the afternoon, the ancient Basque town of Guernica, in northern Spain, was attacked without warning by German-made airplanes. Three hours of intensive bombing left the town in flames, and citizens who fled to the fields and ditches around Guernica were machine-gunned from the air. This atrocity inspired Pablo Picasso’s mural Guernica.

Responsibility for the bombing was never officially established, but the suffering and anger of the victims and their survivors are still evident at anniversary demonstrations. Intervention by Nazi Germany in the Spanish Civil War has been described as practice for WWII.

Image: German Federal Archives, CC 3.0, located via Wikimedia Commons

National Pretzel Day
Apr 26 all-day

National Pretzel Day Apr 26. A celebration of the beloved entwined bakery snack, originally proclaimed nationally in 1983, then later proclaimed by Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell in 2003. The hard pretzel is thought to have originated in the US in 1850 at Lititz, PA, with baker Julius Sturgis.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Apr
27
Sat
Arbor Day
Apr 27 all-day

Arbor Day celebrates the importance of trees. Groups and individuals around the world are encouraged to plant and care for trees. The date might vary according to climate and planting season. Read more at https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/.

Image: Wikimedia commons, CC 2.0

Coretta Scott King’s Birthday – Anniversary
Apr 27 all-day

Coretta Sccott King On 27 April 1927, Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was born on a farm near Heiberger, AL. She picked cotton as a child but was able to go to college, where she met and married the young minister-turned-civil-rights-activist. She worked by his side, establishing Freedom Concerts and other social-change movements, while also raising the couple’s four children. After King’s 1968 assassination, she took on his mission, founding the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta (now just called The King Center), and also spearheading the efforts to have a national holiday established in her late husband’s honor. The American Library Association established a prestigious children’s literature award for African-American writers and illustrators in her name in 1970, and in her later years she was a tireless advocate for gay and lesbian rights. She died at Rosarito, Mexico, Jan 30, 2006.

Image Courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress

Disposable Diaper Invented
Apr 27 all-day

Pampers disposable diapers were patented in 1965 based on the design submitted over ten years earlier by a housewife who invented a paper diaper. Failure to find investors resulted in the idea sitting on a shelf.

Image: Wikimedia commons, CC 3.0

Samuel Morse’s Birthday – Anniversary
Apr 27 all-day

Samuel Morse birthdayOn 27 April 1791, Samuel Morse, the American artist and inventor, after whom the Morse code is named, was born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, and died at New York, NY, Apr 2, 1872. Graduating from Yale University in 1810, he went to the Royal Academy of London to study painting. After returning to America, he achieved success as a portraitist. Morse conceived the idea of an electromagnetic telegraph while on shipboard, returning from art instruction in Europe in 1832, and he proceeded to develop his idea. With financial assistance approved by Congress, the first telegraph line in the US was constructed, between Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland. The first message tapped out by Morse from the Supreme Court Chamber at the US Capitol building on May 24, 1844, was “What hath God wrought?”

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Sultana Steamship Explosion – Anniversary
Apr 27 all-day

Sultana Steamship explosionOn 27 April 1865, early in the morning on this day, America’s worst steamship disaster occurred. The Sultana, heavily overloaded with an estimated 2,300 passengers, exploded in the Mississippi River, just north of Memphis, Tennesee en route to Cairo, Illinois. Most of the passengers were Union soldiers who had been prisoners of war and were eagerly returning to their homes. Although there was never an accurate accounting of the dead, estimates range from 1,450 to nearly 2,000. Cause of the explosion was not determined, but the little-known event is unparalleled in US history.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Apr
28
Sun
Biological Clock Gene Discovered – Anniversary
Apr 28 all-day

On 28 April 1994, Northwestern University announced that the so-called biological clock, that gene governing the daily cycle of waking and sleeping called the circadian rhythm, had been found in mice. Never before pinpointed in a mammal, the biological clock gene was found on mouse chromosome 5.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

International Sculpture Day
Apr 28 all-day

International Sculpture Day is a day to appreciate sculpture and its contribution to a vital society.

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Mutiny on the Bounty – Anniversary
Apr 28 all-day

Mutiny on the BountyOn 28 April 1789, the most famous of all naval mutinies occurred on board HMS Bounty. Captain of the Bounty was Lieutenant William Bligh, an able seaman and a mean-tempered disciplinarian. The ship, with a load of breadfruit tree plants from Tahiti, was bound for Jamaica. Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny, put Bligh and 18 of his loyal followers adrift in a 23-foot open boat.

Miraculously Bligh and all of his supporters survived a 47-day voyage of more than 3,600 miles, before landing on the island of Timor, June 14, 1789. In the meantime, Christian had put all of the remaining crew (excepting 8 men and himself) ashore at Tahiti, where he picked up 18 Tahitians (6 men and 12 women) and set sail again. Landing at Pitcairn Island in 1790 (probably uninhabited at the time), they burned the Bounty and remained undiscovered for 18 years, when an American whaler, the Topaz, called at the island (1808) and found only one member of the mutinous crew surviving. However, the little colony had thrived and, when counted by the British in 1856, numbered 194 persons.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Oskar Schindler’s Birthday – Anniversary
Apr 28 all-day

Oskar Schindler birthdayGerman industrialist Oskar Schindler was born 28 April 1908, at Svitavy, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (now Zwittau, Czech Republic). For his role in saving over 1,200 Jews during WWII, Schindler was declared a “Righteous Gentile” by Israel in 1962. Although financial opportunism initiated Schindler’s employment of Polish Jews in his enamel factory, by 1944 he embraced his part in saving many of them from execution. Despised by many of his countrymen for his actions during and following WWII, he died Oct 9, 1974, at Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He was buried in Jerusalem, Israel— more than 500 Schindlerjuden were in attendance at his funeral. Schindler was later immortalized in the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark and 1993 film Schindler’s List.

Image: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons

Apr
29
Mon
Berlin Wall Starts to Fall – Anniversary
Apr 29 all-day

Tearing down of the Berlin Wall began after several weeks of civil unrest in 1989. The East German government began to allow visitation across the border. Citizens on both sides of the wall began chipping souvenirs from the wall. The wall’s actual demotion began in 1990 and took two years, leading eventually to German reunification.

Image: Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0.

Liberation of Dachau – Anniversary
Apr 29 all-day

On 29 April 1945, the Charlie Battery of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion liberated the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany. The 522nd, part of the legendary 442nd (Go for Broke) regimental combat team, was made up of nisei— second-generation Japanese Americans. Dachau was the first concentration camp opened in Germany, and more than 200,000 prisoners were housed there throughout the course of WWII. An estimated 35,000 people lost their lives in the camp, and more than 32,000 were liberated when the Americans arrived beginning on this date.

Image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

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