28 April – Superhero Day

Superhero Day - Elizabeth Place
  A hero can be anyone - even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.~ Ben Affleck When we think of Superheroes, it’s all too common that what comes to mind is a man or woman in a tight-spandex suit that is often brightly coloured, garishly patterned, and inevitably has the underwear on the outside. But there are other kinds of a superheroes in the world: those that wear Fireman’s Uniforms or Police Uniforms, those that drive ambulances or Medivac ...

27 April – Morse Code Day

Morse Code Day - Elizabeth Place
  We’ve heard the sound in movies, both old and new. It finds its way into horror movies as some lost mysterious code. Heroes in action flicks use it to help send out secret messages past the villains holding them captive and secret lovers have passed messages using it in carefully constructed pieces of art or even braille. It served as the foundation for a new era of communication, and has served vital roles in wars old and new. What is it we’re talking about? Morse Code, of course! Morse Code Day celebrates this amazingly concise, powerful, and influe...

26 April – Arbor Day

Arbor Day - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Arbor Day! Arbor Day has been celebrated since 1872. A journalist named J. Sterling Morton created this holiday to encourage people to plant trees and to raise awareness about the importance of forests and plants. The first Arbor Day took place in the state of Nebraska, and local newspapers estimated that one million trees were planted that day! Today, Arbor Day is a worldwide celebration. People celebrate this holiday by volunteering their time to plant trees or donating money to preserve forests. Many schools plan a variety of Arbor Day activit...

25 April – Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! This holiday has inspired future generations of girls and boys to explore the many career choices they have by bringing them into the workplace. Designed to be more than a career day, this holiday enables children to work together with parents, mentors, and educators to strengthen the connection between education and the workplace. Interactive activities and a hands-on experience, helps youths see how their education relates to their futures. Celebrate today by bringing your son, daughter, or other young ...

24 April – Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Administrative Professionals Day ... still known to many as Secretary's Day. Where would we be without our administrative professionals? These are the dedicated individuals who take notes, answer phones, remember all the little details, and keep everyone in the office organised. In 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals organised the first Administrative Professionals Day. This holiday is a worldwide celebration that brings millions of people together to honour secretaries, receptionists, and administrative assistants. It ...

23 April – World Book Day

World Book Day - Elizabeth Place
  Today is World Book Day! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) created this special day to celebrate books, authors, publishers, and illustrators. After all, reading is a huge part of our lives! World Book Day promotes reading to children and people in underprivileged areas. It was first celebrated in 1995, and is celebrated worldwide. This day is celebrated on the 23rd of April because on that date in 1616, a few major authors died (including Shakespeare) and a few others were born. World Book Day honours their work ...

22 April – Earth Day

Earth Day - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Earth Day! Every year on April 22, more than 1 billion people in 175 countries participate in Earth Day events. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and its purpose is to raise awareness about important environmental issues.  The first Earth Day took place in 1970. After witnessing the effects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organised a grassroots “environmental teach-in” on college campuses across America. Many people believe that this first Earth Day celebration marked the beginning of the ...

20 April – Look Alike Day

Look Alike Day - Elizabeth Place
  This day was created as a fun day to look like another person.  Do you already look like someone?  We often hear the words, “You remind me of someone” or “You look just like so and so”.  If so,  then you are one step ahead of the game.  Look Alike Day was created by feature television reporter Jack Etzel in the 1980s.  He was in Pittsburgh with photographer Rick Minutello, desperately looking for a light feature for the news.  Rick said, “This guy coming towards us looks like Humphrey Bogart.”  He did, cigarette and all.  Jack said, ...

19 – 22 April – Easter Weekend

     

18 April – High Five Day

High Five Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s High Five Day! Today is all about celebrating the high five and giving high fives to everyone you meet, including friends, classmates, coworkers, and strangers. Nobody knows who invented the high five. NBA player Derek Smith claimed that he created the high five while playing for the University of Louisville basketball team in 1979. According to another story, a man named Mont Sleets popularised the gesture. While Mont was growing up in Kentucky, his father's old army friends would greet each other by extending their arms straight up in the air and ...