ON THIS DAY: April 7, 2017

April 7th is

Coffee Cake Day

National Beer Day *

International Beaver Day *

International Snailpapers Day *

National Walk to Work Day *

World Health Organization Day *

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide *

MORE!  William Wordsworth, Billie Holiday and Ravi Shankar, click



Armenia – Motherhood and Beauty Day

Haiti – Toussaint L’Ouverture Memorial Day

Japan – Tokyo:
Sakaiya Trails in Motion Film Festival

Kyrgyzstan – People’s Revolution Day

Mozambique – Mozambique Womens’ Day

Rwanda – Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day

Spain – Barcelona: Let’s Festival

Tanzania – Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day
(revolutionary leader – first V.P of Tanzania)

On This Day in HISTORY

529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I

611 – Maya king Uneh Chan of Calakmul sacks rival city-state Palenque in Mexico

1141 – Empress Matilda becomes the first female ruler of England, adopting the title ‘Lady of the English’ but her war with Stephen makes her reign short-lived

1521 – Inquisitor-general Adriaan Boeyens bans Lutheran books; he becomes Pope Adrian VI the following year

1712 – A slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men; 21 black men are executed

1724 – First performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion at Leipzig

1770 – William Wordsworth born, English poet

1795 – France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length

1803 –  Flora Tristan born, French author, socialist and feminist; her works include Peregrinations of a Pariah and The Workers’ Union

1805 – Beethoven conducts first performance of his 3rd symphony, Eroica, in Vienna

1827 – English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches

1872 –  Marie Equi born, American physician, lesbian, abortion provider, suffragist, and labor activist; recognized by Theodore Roosevelt for her services during the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco; spoke against US involvement in WWI and was imprisoned under the Sedition Act for a three-year term

1888 – Starting date of the Sherlock Holmes adventure Yellow Face

1889 –  Gabriela Mistral, pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, Chilean poet, diplomat and educator, recipient of 1945 Nobel Prize in Literature

1891 – Nebraska passes legislation for an eight hour workday, requiring overtime pay, but the Nebraska Supreme Court strikes it down

1908 – Percy Faith born, American Orchestra leader, composer

1915 – Billie Holiday born, American jazz singer, songwriter

1917 – De Falla’s ballet El Sombrero de tres Picos premieres in Madrid

1920 – Ravi Shankar born, Indian sitar master

1922 – Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leases the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, in what becomes the Teapot Dome Scandal

1923 – First brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed at NYC’s Beth Israel Hospital by Dr K. Winfield Ney

1926 – Violet Gibson fires shots at Italian Dictator Mussolini, but only hits his nose

1931 – Daniel Ellsberg born, releases the ‘Pentagon Papers’ to the New York Times

1933 – The first Nazi anti-Semitic laws bar Jews from the law and public service

1933 – National Beer Day * the day the sale of beer becomes legal again in the U.S. as the Cullen-Harrison Act goes into effect, redefining what an “intoxicating beverage” is to exclude beer from Prohibition – but full repeal of Prohibition wasn’t until the December 5, 1933  ratification of the 21 Amendment, repealing the 18th Amendment

1937 – Eleanor Holmes Norton born, member of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia

1940 – Booker T. Washington is the first black person to appear on a U.S. Stamp

1946 – Syria’s independence from France is officially recognized

1948 – World Health Organization Day * – WHO, the UN global health organization goes into operation, for WHO Day 2017, they are launching a campaign against Depression; more than 300 million people are living with Depression, an increase of 18% since 2005

1949 – South Pacific opens on Broadway

1951 – Janis Ian born, American singer-songwriter

1953 – UN General Assembly elects Dag Hammarskjold as Secretary-General

1954 – U.S. President Eisenhower first uses the phrase “domino effect” in reference to communism in Indo-China at a news conference

1963 – Yugoslavia is proclaimed a Socialistic republic

1969 – U.S. Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

1975 – First meeting in Paris of oil -exporting and – importing countries on world economic crisis

1975 – Beverly Sills makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Gioacchino Rossini’s Siege of Corinth

1978 – Guttenberg bible sells for $2,000,000 in New York

1980 – President Carter breaks off relations with Iran over hostage crisis

1983 – Oldest known human skeleton, 80,000 years old, is discovered in Egypt

1985 – First live telecast of the Easter Parade

1987 – National Museum of Female Physicians opens in Washington, D.C.

1988 – Russia announces withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan

1990 – Michael Milken pleads innocent to security law violations

1994 – Vatican acknowledges Holocaust (Nazis killing Jews) for the first time

1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the U.S. in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas

2000 – U.S. President Clinton signs into law the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act, reversing a Depression-era law so senior citizens may earn money without losing Social Security retirement benefits

2001 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey is launched

2002 – The Roman Catholic church announces that six priests from the New York Archdiocese are suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct

2004 – UN designates this date as a Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide * commemorating the 800,000 people who were murdered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, central Africa

2004 – National Walk to Work Day * is started by Prevention magazine; now sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2009 – The first International Beaver Day * is launched by Beavers: Wetlands and Wildlife (BWW), originally called  ‘Friends of Beaversprite’ which is founded in 1985 to honor the memory and continue the work of Dorothy Richards at Beaversprite Sanctuary in the Adirondack Mountains; in 1996, now an internationally recognized as a major source on Beaver behavior and habitat, and problem-solving when human and wildlife needs conflict, their name changes to Beavers: Wetlands and Wildlife

2009 – Vermont becomes the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage

2010 – The first International Snailpapers Day * is created by Dan E. Bloom of Taiwan, to commemorate the existence of printed newspapers before online versions totally take over. The Dibao is earliest news-on-paper, a handwritten account of news in the imperial court and the capital city, beginning around 200 BCE in China

2012 – Joyce Banda, leader of the People’s Party, is Malawi’s first female President



  • World Health Organization Logo/2017 campaign
  • International flags
  • Temple at Calakmul
  • William Wordsworth, kindness quote
  • Flora Tristan, Proletariat quote
  • Gabriela Mistral, child quote
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia quote
  • NASA’s Mars Odyssey
  • Joyce Banda, constitutional government quote


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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