World Malaria Day. See www.worldmalariaday.org
National Arbor Day
National Hairball Awareness Day
ANZAC Day (
Egypt: Sinai Day
Italy: Liberation 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 www.nebraskacity.com
C2E2: Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL (Apr 25-27). See www.C2E2.com
Interstate Mullet Toss. 30th annual fish flinging begins at Pensacola, FL, and Alabama (Apr 25-27). See www.florabama.com
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Apr 25-May 4). See www.nojazzfest.com
In 1862, Union forces captured New Orleans, LA.
Anniversary of the
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
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 www.poppyfestival.com
Great American Pie Festival and National Pie Championships, Celebration, FL (Apr 26-27). See www.piecouncil.org
Historic Garden Week in Virginia (Apr 26-May 3). See www.VAGardenweek.org
Happy Birthday! Carol Burnett, Duane Eddy, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin James, Jemima Kirke, Jet Li, Boyd Matson, Bobby Rydell, Natasha Trethewey, Tom Welling, Gary Wright
Mother, Father Deaf Day
Sierra Leone: Independence Day
California Mille, San Francisco, CA, and environs (Apr 27-May 1). 24th annual. See www.californiamille.com
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