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Interesting things that happened ON THiS DAY in APRiL in history.

APRiL 30 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1900 ~ HAWAii became a territory of the United States on this 30th day of April in 1900.

Downtown Honolulu capital of Hawaii, view from Punch Bowl Crater (photo by Sullynyflhi)
Downtown Honolulu capital of Hawaii, view from Punch Bowl Crater (photo by Sullynyflhi)

1907 HONOLULU in Hawaii became an independent city on this 30th day of April in 1907.

1933WiLLiE NELSON the American musician was born on this 30th day of April in 1933.

1938 ~ PORKY’s HARE HUNT the animated cartoon debuted in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbita prototype of BUGS BUNNY on this 30th day of April in 1938.

1941MAX MERRiTT the New Zealand born singer songwriter and guitarist from Max Merritt & The Meteors was born on this 30th day of April in 1941. Max is best known for his hit “Slippin’ Away”, which reached #2 on the Australian charts in 1976.

1943BOBBY VEE the American singer was born on this 30th day of April in 1943.

1945 ~ ADOLF HiTLER & EVA BRAUN commited suicide after being married for one day on this 30th day of April in 1945.

Hitler & Braun were married at the Führerbunker, which was completely destroyed (German Federal Archive)
Hitler & Braun were married at the Führerbunker, which was completely destroyed

1966 ~ The CHURCH Of SATAN was established by Anton LaVey on this 30th day of April in 1966.

Anton LaVey the founder of The Church of Satan & author of The Satanic Bible
Anton LaVey the founder of The Church of Satan & author of The Satanic Bible

1975Johnny Galecki the Belgian-American actor was born John Mark Galecki on the 30th April 1975. Johnny Galecki is best known for his sitcom roles as Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory and David Healy in Roseanne.

1981Kunal Nayyar the British Indian actor best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory sitcom was born on the 30th April 1981. Kunal Nayyar verified Twitter: www.twitter.com/KunalNayyar

1981JUSTiN VERNON the American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and frontman of indie folk band BON iVER was born on the 30th April 1981.

1982KiRSTEN DUNST the American actress born on this 30th day of April in 1982.

1983MUDDY WATERS the American blues musician died on this 30th day of April in 1983 aged 70.

1987NiKKi WEBSTER the Australian entertainer was born on this 30th day of April in 1987. Nikki Webster is best known for her starring role in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, singing “Under The Southern Skies”…

1993 ~ The WORLD’S FiRST WEBPAGE / WEBSiTE was launched by CERN on the 30th April 1993. CERN also announced World Wide Web protocols will be free.

The Worlds 1st webpage World Wide Web site launched 30th April 1993 W3 hypermedia information screenshot
The World’s 1st webpage on the World Wide Web, launched on the 30th April 1993. See the webpage live @ http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

1993ViRGiN RADiO was broadcast for the first time in the United Kingdom on this 30th day of April in 1993.

The Virgin Radio logo
The Virgin Radio logo

 

The Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton (photo by Robbie Dale)

APRiL 29 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1770 ~ JAMES COOK arrived at and named Botany Bay in Australia on the 29th day of April in 1770.

Official portrait of Captain James Cook by Nathaniel Dance  ~ 1775 (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)
Official portrait of Captain James Cook by Nathaniel Dance  ~ 1775 (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)

1899 ~ DUKE ELLiNGTON the American jazz pianist and bandleader was born on the 29th day of April in 1899 (died in 1974 aged 75)

1931LONNiE DONEGAN the British skiffle musician known as the “King of Skiffle” was born on the 29th day of April in 1931 (died in 2002 aged 71). Lonnie Donegan had more than 20 UK Top 30 hits, and The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums states he was “Britain’s most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles”. Lonnie had 24 successive Top 30 hits, and was the first UK male to score 2 U.S. Top 10s.

1945 ~ The MARRiAGE of ADOLF HiTLER & EVA BRAUN at the FUEHRERBUNKER was held on the 29th day of April in 1945. The following day, after the wedding both Hitler and Braun committed suicide.

The Führerbunker where Hitler & Eva Braun were married, and also committed suicide the following day (German Federal Archive)
The Führerbunker where Hitler & Eva Braun were married, and also committed suicide the following day (German Federal Archive)
Adolf Hitler & Eva Braun about 2 years before their marriage (Photo: German Federal Archive)
Adolf Hitler & Eva Braun about 2 years before their marriage (Photo: German Federal Archive)

1954JERRY SEiNFELD the American comedian was born on the 29th day of April in 1954.

1958MiCHELLE PFEiFFER the American actress was born on the 29th day of April in 1958.

1961The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) was conceived on the 29th April 1961, under the name of World Wildlife Fund. Official websites: www.WorldWildLife.org & www.WWF.panda.org

1970 ~ UMA THURMAN the American actress was born on the 29th day of April in 1970.

World Organization for the Performing Arts ~ International Dance Day.org
World Organization for the Performing Arts ~ International Dance Day.org

1982 ~ iNTERNATiONAL DANCE DAY was introduced on the 29th day of April in 1982.

International Dance Day.org website
International Dance Day.org website

1983Megan Boone the American actress was born on the 29th April 1983. Megan Boone is best known as the rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen in The Blacklist television series, where she stars opposite James Spader.

1989 ~ FOXES the English singer and songwriter was born Louisa Rose Allen on the 29th April 1989. YouTube video: Clarity (2013) ~ Zedd Union Mix featuring Foxes.. 

2011 ~ The WEDDiNG of PRiNCE WiLLiAM & KATE MiDDLETON took place at 11:00 am on the 29th day of April in 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. The royal wedding was watched by 1 million people along the route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The ceremony was also viewed live by tens of millions more around the world, including 72 million on the YouTube Royal Channel, and 36.7 million on television in United Kingdom. This wedding day only cost about £20 million.

The Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton (photo by Robbie Dale from AnOnlineGreenWorld.com)
The Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton (photo by Robbie Dale from AnOnlineGreenWorld.com)*

*The photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the carriage after the marriage is by Robbie Dale from www.AnOnlineGreenWorld.com more of Robbie’s royal pics can be found on AnOnlineGreenWorld’s Flickr Photostream   

Today in History for April 29th ~ video presented by the Associated Press

APRiL 28 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1253 ~ NiCHiREN BUDDHiSM was founded by Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, who propounded Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the very first time, declaring it to be the essence of Buddhism on the 28th day of April in 1974.

1686 – Michael Brokoff the Czech sculptor was born on the 28th April 1986 (died 1721).

1855 – José Malhoa the Portuguese painter was born on the 28th April 1955 (died 1933).

1900 – Jan Oort the Dutch astronomer was born on the 28th April 1900 (died 1992).

1916 ~ Ferruccio Lamborghini the Italian businessman and creator of the Lamborghini was born on the 28th April 1916 (died 1993).

1924 – Dick Ayers the American illustrator was born on the 28th April 1924.

1928 – Yves Klein the French painter was born on the 28th April 1928 (died 1962).

1928 – Eugene Merle Shoemaker the American geologist was born on the 28th April 1928 (died 1997).

1937 ~ Saddam Hussein the Iraqi politician and 5th President of Iraq was born on the 28th April 1937 (died 2006).

1948Terry Pratchett the English author was born on the 28th April 1948.

1949STEVE GiLPiN  the New Zealand-born vocalist from the rock band Mi-SEX was born on the 28th April 1949 (died 6 January 1992 age 42).

1949 – Indian Larry the American motorcycle rider and builder was born on the 28th April 1949 (died 2004).

1950JAY LENO the American comedian and talk show host was born on the 28th day of April in 1950.

1952 – Chuck Leavell the American singer-songwriter and keyboard player from The Allman Brothers Band was born on the 28th April 1952.

1953Kim Gordon the American singer-songwriter and guitarist  from Sonic Youth was born on the 28th April 1953.

1955WiLLiAM KENTRiDGE the South African artist was born on the 28th day of April in 1955. William Kentridge is best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films.

1956 ~ JiMMY BARNES the Scottish-Australian singer songwriter and lead singer of COLD CHiSEL was born on the 28th day of April in 1956.

1960 – Phil King the English bass player from Lush and The Jesus and Mary Chain was born on the 28th April 1960.

1968 – Howard Donald the English singer and songwriter from Take That was born on the 28th April 1968.

1968 – Scott Putesky the American guitarist from Marilyn Manson and Jack Off Jill was born on the 28th April 1968.

1971 – Brad McEwan the Australian journalist was born on the 28th April 1971.

1974 ~ PENéLOPE CRUZ the Spanish actress was born on the 28th day of April in 1974.

1989 ~ WORKERS’ MEMORiAL DAY was internationally recognized for the first time on the 28th day of April in 1989. Worker’s Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on April 28, it is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

According to the International Labour Organisation across the world:

  • Each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases
  • Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of -related illnesses
  • Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives
  • One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. More people die whilst at work than those fighting wars
Workers' Memorial Day poster (United States Department of Labor) featuring Mary Harris Jones
Workers’ Memorial Day poster (United States Department of Labor) featuring Mary Harris Jones

1996 ~ The PORT ARTHUR MASSACRE happened in Tasmania, Australia when Martin Bryant went on a shooting spree, killing 35 people on the 28th day of April in 1996.

2001 ~ Millionaire DENNiS TiTO became the world’s first space tourist on the 28th day of April in 2001.

APRiL 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1791 ~ SAMUEL MORSE the American painter and co-inventor of the Morse code was born on this 27th day of april in 1791 (died in 1872 aged 80).

International Morse Code chart
International Morse Code chart

1810 ~ BEETHOVEN composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise on this 27th day of april in 1810.

Woody Woodpecker by Walter Lantz
Woody Woodpecker by Walter Lantz

1899 ~ WALTER LANTZ the American cartoonist, animator, film producer and director, best known for creating WOODY WOODPECKER was born on this 27th day of april in1899 (died in 1994 aged 94).

Walter Lantz with his creation Woody Woodpecker in 1990 (photo by D.Ramey Logan ~ WPPilot)
Walter Lantz with his creation Woody Woodpecker in 1990 (photo by D.Ramey Logan ~ WPPilot)

1922JACK KLUGMAN the American actor best known as Oscar Madison in The ODD COUPLE was born on this 27th day of april in 1922.

1932 CASEY KASEM the American actor and radio personality was born on this 27th day of april in 1932.

1948KATE PiERSON the American singer-songwriter from The B-52’s was born on this 27th day of april in 1948.

1951 ~ ACE FREHLEY from KiSS was born on this 27th day of april in 1951.

1954 ~ MARK HOLDEN the Australian singer, television personality and barrister was born on this 27th day of April in 1954.

1959 ~ SHEENA EASTON the Scottish singer songwriter, producer, and actress was born on this 27th day of april in 1959.

1962Gabriel Orozco the Mexican artist was born in JalapaVeracruz, Mexico on the 27th April 1962. Gabriel Orozco gained his reputation in the early 1990s with his exploration of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. Gabriel Orozco and his wife Maria Gutierrez, with their son Simón, travel the world regularly between Paris, New York and Mexico City.

2005 ~ The AiRBUS A380 superjumbo jet aircraft made its first flight from Toulouse, France on this 27th day of April in 2005.

Airbus A380 (photo by  Axwel on Flickr)
Airbus A380 (photo by Axwel on Flickr)

 

Death of Sardanapalus aka Delacroix La Mort de Sardanapale oil painting on canvas by Eugène Delacroix 1827 ~ Musée du Louvre, Paris

APRiL 26 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1710 ~ The Reverend THOMAS REiD the philosopher and founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense was born on this 26th day of April in 1710 (died in 1796 aged 86).

1711 ~ DAViD HUME the Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, best known for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism was born on this 26th day of April in 1711 (died 1776 aged 65). David Hume was one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment

1798 ~ EUGèNE DELACROiX the French Romantic painter regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school was born on this 26th day of April in 1798 (died in1863 aged 65).

Death Sardanapalus Delacroix La Mort de Sardanapale oil painting canvas Eugène Delacroix Musée du Louvre Paris horse nude women
Death of Sardanapalus aka Delacroix La Mort de Sardanapale oil painting on canvas by Eugène Delacroix 1827 ~ Musée du Louvre, Paris

1803 ~ Thousands of METEOR fragments fall from the skies of L’Aigle, France on this 26th day of April in 1803. This event convinces European science that meteors exist.

1916GEORGE TUSKA the American comic artist aka Carl Larson, best known for his 1940’s work on Captain Marvel titles and his 1960s work illustrating Iron Man was born on this 26th day of April in 1916 (died in 2009 aged 93) George also drew the DC Comics newspaper comic strip The World’s Greatest Superheroes (1978–1993)

The Invincible Iron Man "Even heroes die" comic by George Tuska 1969
The Invincible Iron Man “Even heroes die” comic by George Tuska 1969

1916Eyvind Earle the American artist, author and illustrator was born on the 26th April 1916 (died 20th July 2000).

1942BOBBY RYDELL the American singer, drummer, and actor was born on this 26th day of April in 1942.

1943 ~ GARY WRiGHT the American singer, musician, and producer was born on this 26th day of April in 1943.

1960 ~ ROGER TAYLOR the British drummer from DURAN DURAN was born on this 26th day of April in 1960.

1962 ~ NASA‘s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon on this 26th day of April in 1962.

1963 ~ JET Li the Chinese martial artist and actor was born on this 26th day of April in 1963.

Jet Li at the Fearless Premiere in 2006 (Photo from Gavatron at Wikipedia)
Jet Li at the Fearless Premiere in 2006 (Photo from Gavatron at Wikipedia)

1965 ~ A ROLLiNG STONES concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting on this 26th day of April in 1965.

1976 ~ SiD JAMES best known from the popular Carry On films died on this 26th day of April in 1976 aged 62.

1980Channing Tatum the American actor and film producer was born on this 26th day of April in 1980. Channing Tatum’s official website: www.ChanningTatumUnwrapped.com 

1984 ~ COUNT BASiE the American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer died on this 26th day of April in 1984 aged 79.

1986 ~ The CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine) had a nuclear reactor accident, causing the world’s worst nuclear disaster on this 26th day of April in 1986.

1989 ~ LUCiLLE BALL the American actress and comedian died on this 26th day of April in 1976 aged 77.

2000WORLD iNTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY was established on this 26th day of April in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organization aka WiPO, to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe.

APRiL 25 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1599 ~ Oliver Cromwell the English general and politician was born on this 25th April 1599 (died 1658).

1792 ~ The GUiLLOTiNE decapitates the 1st head on this 25th day of April in 1792, when executing highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier. 

Execution of Languille in 1905
Execution of Languille in 1905

1874 GUGLiELMO MARCONi the Italian inventor, best known as the father of long distance radio transmission was born on this 25th day of April in 1874 (died in 1937 aged 63). Guglielmo Marconi developed Marconi’s law and the radio telegraph system, and was a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor also known as the father of long distance radio transmission
Guglielmo Marconi the Italian inventor also known as the father of long distance radio transmission

1915 ~ The BATTLE Of GALLiPOLi began on the 25th April 1915, when the invasion of the Turkish Gallipoli Peninsula by Australian, British, French and New Zealand troops when landing at Anzac Cove and Cape Helles.

1916 ANZAC DAY (Australian & New Zealand Army Corps Day) was commemorated for the 1st time in 1916, for the first anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove in 1915. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, to commemorate by both countries who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Today Anzac day commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.

Australian troops charging an Ottoman trench, just before the evacuation
Australian troops charging an Ottoman trench, just before the evacuation
Anzac Day 25th April 2013 Lest we forget skyscape sunrise dawn sunset clouds photo meme cover banner by Anton K
ANZAC DAY 25th April 2013 Lest we forget ~ skyscape scene shot by Anton K. Kressnig on Anzac Day on Thursday the 25th April 2013

 

1917 ELLA FiTZGERALD the American singer was born on this 25th day of April in 1917 (died in 1996 aged 79).

1927 ~ ALBERT UDERZO the French cartoonist best known for his work on the ASTERiX series was born on this 25th day of April in 1927.

Asterix and The Actress book cover
Asterix and The Actress book cover

1939 DC COMiCS published its 2nd major superhero BATMAN in Detective Comics on this 25th day of April in 1939, which became one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time.

Batman debut in Detective Comics #27 ~ May 1939 DC Comics
Batman debut in Detective Comics #27 ~ May 1939 DC Comics

1940 ~ AL PACiNO the Americanactor was born on this 25th day of April in 1940.

Al Pacino Scarface movie poster
Al Pacino Scarface movie poster

1943 ~ TONY CHRiSTiE the English musician, singer and actor, best known for his 1971 hit “Is This The Way To Amarillo” was born as Anthony Fitzgerald on this 25th day of April in 1943.

1945 ~ BJöRN ULVAEUS the Swedish singer and songwriter from ABBA was born on this 25th day of April in 1945.

1945 ~ MiKE KOGEL the German born lead singer of the Spanish pop rock group LOS BRAVOS, best known for the hit “Black Is Black” in 1966, was born on this 25th day of April in 1945.

1958 ~ FiSH the Scottish singer and lyricist from MARiLLiON was born on this 25th day of April in 1958.

1961 ~ ROBERT NOYCE was granted a patent for an integrated circuit (aka the microchip) on this 25th day of April in 1961, which fueled the personal computer revolution, that gave Silicon Valley its name, which became the reason you now have computers, mobile phones, and other digital appliances.

1969 ~ RENéE ZELLWEGER the American actress was born on this 25th day of April in 1969.

1983PiONEER 10 travels beyond Pluto‘s orbit on this 25th day of April in 1983.

1998RED HAT SOCiETY began on this 25th day of April in 1998.

2009 ~ BEATRiCE ARTHUR the American comedienne, actress, and singer best known from The Golden Girls died on this 25th day of April in 2009 aged 86.

The YouTube logo

APRiL 24 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1904 – WiLLEM de KOONiNG the Dutch painter was born on this 24th day of April in 1904 (d. 1997)

1934 – SHiRLEY MacLAiNE the American actress and author  was born on this 24th day of April in 1934.

1941 – JOHN WiLLiAMS the Australian guitarist  was born on this 24th day of April in 1941.

1942 – BARBARA STREiSAND the American singer and actor was born on this 24th day of April in 1942.

1974 – STEPHEN WiLTSHiRE the English illustrator was born on the 24th April 1974.

1982 – KELLY CLARKSON the American singer was born on this 24th day of April in 1982.

2005 ~ YOUTUBE uploaded the first video on this 24th day of April in 2005. The 1st ever video on YouTube was titled Me at the zoo featuring co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo… 

The YouTube logo
The YouTube logo

APRiL 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

"Ivy Bridge" 1813 water colour painting by J. M. W. Turner
“Ivy Bridge” 1813 water colour painting by J. M. W. Turner

1775 ~ J. M. W. TURNER (Joseph Mallord William Turner) the English romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker was born on this 23rd day of April in 1775 (died in 1851 aged 76). Turner was renowned for his oil paintings, and elevated landscape painting to rival history painting. He was also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting, and commonly known as the painter of light. Turner produced over 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours and 30,000 paper works.

"Calais Pier" 1803 oil painting by J.M.W Turner (National Gallery UK)
“Calais Pier” 1803 oil painting by J.M.W Turner (National Gallery UK)
"The Fighting Téméraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken" 1839 oil painting by J.M.W Turner
“The Fighting Téméraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken” 1839 oil painting by J.M.W Turner

1564 ~ WiLLiAM SHAKESPEARE the English poet, writer and actor regarded as the greatest writer in the Englishlanguage was born on this 23rd day of April in 1564 (according to the Julian calendar) William Shakespeare died on the 23rd April 1616.

"The Chandos" William Shakespeare oil painting portrait (National Portrait Gallery, London)
“The Chandos” William Shakespeare oil painting portrait (National Portrait Gallery, London)
"Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies" published 1623 (First Folio Copper engraving by Martin Droeshout, London)
“Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies” published 1623 (First Folio Copper engraving by Martin Droeshout, London)

1928 ~ SHiRLEY TEMPLE the American actress,  singer and dancer was born in Santa Monica, California on this 23rd day of April in 1928 (died 11th February 2014 aged 85). Shirley Temple was best known for her movie roles in Bright EyesThe Little ColonelCurly TopWee Willie WinkieHeidiA Little PrincessThe Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, and Fort Apache. YouTube video: Shirley Temple : Animal Crackers In My Soup Extended Version…

Shirley Temple in The Little Princess film (1939)
Shirley Temple in The Little Princess film (1939)
Shirley Temple aged 16 at a fundraiser for Canadian Victory bonds in 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Shirley Temple aged 16 at a fundraiser for Canadian Victory bonds in 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1936 ~ ROY ORBiSON the American singer and musician was born on this 23rd day of April in 1936 (died in 1988 aged 52).

1939 ~ LEE MAJORS the American actor best known for his roles as Heath Barkley in The Big Valley, Colonel Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man and Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy was born on this 23rd day of April in 1939.

1943Fighting Harada was born Masahiko Harada in Tokyo, Japan on the 23rd April 1943. YouTube video: Lionel Rose vs Fighting Harada | Lionel Rose (ライオネル・ローズ) 27-2-0 (117¾ lbs) vs Fighting Harada (ファイティング原田) 50-3-0 (117¾ lbs) for the WBC & WBA World Bantamweight Titles (in Colour) 27th February 1968 at Nihon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan with referee: Ko Toyama 71-72 I Judge: Ken Morita 70-72 I Judge: Hiroyuki Tezaki 69-72…

1949~ HARRY BRUS aka “The Doctor” the Austrian born Australian bass player and guitarist was born on this 23rd day of April in 1949, in Graz, Austria. Harry is best known for his work with Matt Finish, Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Australian Crawl, Leo Sayer, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Ross Wilson and Billy Thorpe. See Harry Brus on Facebook and Harry Brus on Myspace 

1954 ~ CAPTAiN SENSiBLE the English singer in the red beret, songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of The Damned was born on this 23rd day of April in 1954. The video below features the Captain’s hit “Wot” from 1982…

1954 ~ MiCHAEL MOORE the American filmmaker, author, social critic and activist was born on this 23rd day of April in 1954. Michael Moore is best known for being the director and producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, the highest grossing documentary of all time, and his films Bowling for Columbine and Sicko, which where in the top 10 highest grossing documentaries.

1955 ~ JUDY DAViS the Australian actress was born on this 23rd day of April in 1955.

1961GEORGE LOPEZ the American actor and comedian was born on this 23rd day of April in 1961.

1966 ~ JiM STYNES the Irish born Australian rules football player and philanthropist was born on this 23rd day of April in 1966. During Jim’s 264 game career with the Melbourne Football Club from 1987 to 1998, he became the only non-Australian-born VFL / AFL player to win the Brownlow Medal. Jim Stynes was also the president of the Melbourne Football Club from 2008, and helped bring the club out of debt. In 2009, Jim was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, but continued to work during his treatment.

Remembering Jim Stynes the co-founder of  The Reach Foundation
Remembering Jim Stynes the co-founder of The Reach Foundation

Jim Stynes died on the 20th March 2012 aged 45, but his legacy lives on after all the youth work he did in the launch of The REACH FOUNDATiON, which he co-founded in 1994. From this work he was named Victorian of the Year in 2001 and 2003, and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007. I like The Reach Foundation Facebook page 

The Reach Foundation website
The Reach Foundation website

1969RiCHARD WOLSTENCROFT the Australian filmmaker was born on this 23rd day of April in 1969

APRiL 22 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1923AARON SPELLiNG the American film and television producer was born on this 22nd day of April in 1923 (died in 2006 aged 83). His production company Spelling Television was responsible for about 200 television productions, including Charlie’s AngelsStarsky & HutchThe Love BoatFantasy IslandDynastyBeverly Hills, 90210Melrose PlaceT.J. HookerHotelThe RookiesVega$Hart to HartThe Colbys7th HeavenThe Mod SquadS.W.A.T., Charmed,Twin Peaks and many more. See the video below for a trip back in TV time, with this great collection of Spelling TV show intros… 

1936 ~ GLEN CAMPBELL the American country music singer and guitarist was born on this 22nd day of April in 1923. In his 50 years of show business, Glen released over 70 albums, with over 45 million records sold, while racking up 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums, 1 Double-Platinum album. He made history by winning 4 Grammys in both country and pop in 1967. Glen Campbell had 27 songs in the Top 10, with hits including Gentle on My Mind, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights.

1937 ~ JACK NiCHOLSON the American actor, film director, producer and writer was born on this 22nd day of April in 1937. Jack Nicholson has had 12 Oscar nominations, making him the 2nd most nominated actor of all time (1st is Meryl Streep & tied with Katharine Hepburn). Jack has been in many great movies, including; The Raven, The Trip, Psych-Out, Head, Easy Rider, Carnal Knowledge, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Postman Always Rings Twice, As Good as It Gets, Terms of Endearment,The Shining, The Departed, Batman, The Witches of Eastwick, A Few Good Men, About Schmidt, Anger Management, The Bucket List and many more. 

The Anger Management 2003 movie poster featuring Jack Nicholson as Dr.Buddy Rydell
The Anger Management 2003 movie poster featuring Jack Nicholson as Dr.Buddy Rydell with Adam Sandler

1950 ~ PETER FRAMPTON the English (naturalized American) musician, singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist was born on this 22nd day of April in 1950. Frampton is best known for his great songs such as Baby I Love Your Way (1975), I’m in You (1977), and Show Me the Way (1975). Visit the official Peter Frampton website: www.Frampton.com, like his FACEBOOK.com/PeterFrampton & follow his TWiTTER.com/PeterFrampton

1951 PAUL CARRACK the English musician was born on this 22nd day of April in 1951.   The video below features Paul Carrack’s music video from 1987 When You Walk in the Room…

1970 ~ EARTH DAY was 1st celebrated on this 22nd day of April in 1970. Earth day events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year, with numerous communities celebrating Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. Earth Day Network on Facebook

EARTH DAY 2012 visit EarthDay.org
EARTH DAY 2012 visit EarthDay.org

1979 DANiEL JOHNS the Australian musician from SiLVERCHAiR was born on this 22nd day of April in 1979.

1982 ~ Fred Williams (OBE) the Australian painter died on the 22nd April 1982 aged 55 (born 23rd January 1927).

1984 ~ ANSEL ADAMS the American photographer and environmentalist died on this 22nd day of April in 1984 aged 82. Ansel was best known for his black & white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. Ansel Adams with Fred Archer developed the Zone System, to help determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast for clarity and depth of the final print. Ansel’s photographs were widely distributed on calendars, posters and books.

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer Ansel Adams
The Tetons & the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park 1942 ~ photo by Ansel Adams
The Tetons & the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park 1942 ~ photo by Ansel Adams

1993 ~ MOSAiC WEB BROWSER Version 1.0 was released on this 22nd day of April in 1993. Mosaic was the web browser that was credited with popularizing the World Wide Web, making it the application that opened up the Web to the general public. Mosaic was also the 1st browser to display images inline with text, instead of displaying images in a separate window. Today most of the popular contemporary browsers, Internet Explorer,  Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox retain many of the characteristics of the original Mosaic graphical user interface and interactive experience.

Mosaic 1.0 running under System 7.1, displaying Welcome to Mosaic Communications Corporation (later Netscape) website.
Mosaic 1.0 running under System 7.1, displaying Welcome to Mosaic Communications Corporation (later Netscape) website.

2009 ~ iNTERNATiONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY was established on this 22nd day of April in 2009.  This day recognizes that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home and that it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.

The Flag of the United Nations for International Mother Earth Day
The Flag of the United Nations for International Mother Earth Day
EARTH DAY 2012 visit Earthday.org
EARTH DAY 2012 visit Earthday.org

APRiL 21 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

753 BC ~ ROME was founded by ROMULUS & REMUS on this 21st day of April in 753 BC.

The Colosseum & Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy (photo by Konrad Zielinski, son of Julo)
The Colosseum & Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy (photo by Konrad Zielinski, son of Julo)

1838John Muir the Scottish-American environmentalist and author was born on the 21st April 1838 (died 24th December 1914 aged 76). John Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club ~ www.SierraClub.org

1910 MARK TWAiN (Samuel Clemens) the American author best known for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer died on this 21st day of April in 1910 aged 74.

1934 ~ The LOCH NESS MONSTER‘s most famous photo was published in the Daily Mail on this 21st day of April in 1934.

The most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster aka The Surgeons Photograph in the Daily Mail newspaper in 1934
The most famous photo of the Loch Ness Monster aka The Surgeons Photograph in the Daily Mail newspaper in 1934

1970 ~ The HUTT RiVER PROViNCE PRiNCiPALiTY was founded in Australia on this 21st day of April in 1970.

1947iGGY POP the American singer and songwriter was born on this 21st day of April in 1947.

1951 ~ TONY DANZA the American actor was born on this 21st day of April in 1951.

1958 ~ ANDiE MacDOWELL the American actress was born on this 21st day of April in 1958.

1959ROBERT SMiTH the English singer and songwriter from THE CURE  was born on this 21st day of April in 1959.

1979James McAvoy the Scottish actor was born on the 21st April 1979.

1996Tavi Gevinson the American writer and editor of the online Rookie Magazine was born on the 21st April 1996. Shecame to public attention at the age of 12 because of her fashion blog Style Rookie. By the age of 15, she had shifted her focus to pop culture and feminist discussion. Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine ~ www.RookieMag.com (Alexa ranking 63,409), aimed mostly at teenage girls. In 2011 and 2012, she appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media list. Read a Tavi Gevinson blog post: The Art of Happiness: Why do we think being miserable is the only way to produce great art? (9 September 2013).

2007 ~ LOBBY LOYDE the Australian rock music guitarist, songwriter and producer died on this 21st day of April in 2007 aged 65.

2012 ~ CHRiSSY AMPHLETT the Australian lead singer of the rock band Divinyls died on the 21st April 2013 at the age of 53 (born on the 25th October 1959). Divinyls – Siren (1983) YouTube video