Find out what's going on any day of the year, anywhere across the globe! Chase's Calendar of Events is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances, historic anniversaries, famous birthdays and much more.

April 25, 2014

World Malaria Day. See


National Arbor Day

National Hairball Awareness Day


ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand and Samoa)

Egypt: Sinai Day

Italy: Liberation Day

Portugal: Liberty Day

Swaziland: National Flag Day


Arbor Day Festival, Nebraska City, NE (Apr 25-27). 142nd annual celebration in the hometown of J. Sterling Morton, the creator of Arbor Day. See


C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL (Apr 25-27). See


Interstate Mullet Toss. 30th annual fish flinging begins at Pensacola, FL, and Alabama (Apr 25-27). See


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Apr 25-May 4). See



In 1862, Union forces captured New Orleans, LA.


Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli (Apr 25, 1915-Jan 1916).


In 1967, the first law legalizing abortion in the US was signed in Colorado.


Birth anniversaries of Ella Fitzgerald (1917-96) and Jerry Leiber (1933-2011).


Birth anniversary of journalist Edward R. Murrow (1908-65).



Happy Birthday! Hank Azaria, Johan Cruyff, Jeffrey DeMunn, Tim Duncan, Jason Lee, Meadowlark Lemon, Paul Mazursky, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, Gina Torres, Renee Zellweger




April 26, 2014

World Veterinary Day


Hug an Australian Day

National Dance Day

National Go Birding Day

National Help a Horse Day

Richter Scale Day

World Healing Day

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day


Netherlands: King's Day (Observed)

Tanzania: Union Day



Anniversary of the 1936 bombing of Guernica, Spain.


Anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster.



125th birth anniversary of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951).


100th birth anniversary of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Bernard Malamud (1914-86).


100th birth anniversary of WWII secret agent Lilian Rolfe (1914-44). Posthumous recipient of the Croix de Guerre and other honors.



Birth anniversary of “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey (1886-1939).


Birth anniversaries of artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903).



California Poppy Festival, Lancaster, CA (Apr 26-27). See


Great American Pie Festival and National Pie Championships, Celebration, FL (Apr 26-27). See


Historic Garden Week in Virginia (Apr 26-May 3). See



Happy Birthday! Carol Burnett, Duane Eddy, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin James, Jemima Kirke, Jet Li, Boyd Matson, Bobby Rydell, Natasha Trethewey, Tom Welling, Gary Wright



April 27, 2014

Mother, Father Deaf Day


Sierra Leone: Independence Day

Slovenia: Insurrection Day

South Africa: Freedom Day

Switzerland: Landsgemeinde

Togo: Independence Day


California Mille, San Francisco, CA, and environs (Apr 27-May 1). 24th annual. See


In 2011, from Apr 27-28, some 226 tornadoes struck the US--more than in any other period in US history. 334 people died. This 24-hour period was part of a larger outbreak from Apr 25-28 called the "2011 Super Outbreak."



Birth anniversary of women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97), who wrote in 1790, “Virtue can only flourish amongst equals.”


Birth anniversary of 18th president of the US, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85).


Birth anniversary of Coretta Scott King (1927-2006).



Happy Birthday! Anouk Aimee, Sheena Easton, Sally Hawkins, Casey Kasem, King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands