April Moon

Welcome to April’s Moon Calendar and facts!

April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month Aprilis. It may come from a word meanting ‘to open’, or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in different countries on April 1 every year except leap years. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness.

April begin’s with the first day, when children and grown-ups play jokes on one another.
Arbor Day is a day for planting trees, and it is observed on various April days.
The Jewish festival of Pescah (Passover) is celebrated early in April.
Easter is almost always in April, and, with it comes other Christian celebrations such as Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday,and Good Friday.

DAISY and the sweet pea are the flowers of the month.

Diamond is the birthstone for April

April has had plenty of important events within human history.

• The first weather satellite was launched by the United States on April 1, 1960.
• The first Pony Express route began on April 3, 1860, running between Missouri and California.
• Martin Luther King Jr. as assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
• The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.
• On April 12, 1606, England officially adopted the Union Jack.
• Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.
• The Titanic sunk after striking an iceberg on April 15, 1912.
• William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and he died on the same day, in 1616.
• Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history, occurred on April 26, 1986.
• George Washington took office on April 30, 1789.
• The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, when South Vietnam surrendered.

April is a big month for births throughout history and here is some of the famous people.

• Casanova, a legendary lover, was born on April 2, 1725.
• Sir Alec Guiness, the actor who portrayed Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars was born on April 2, 1914.
• Eddie Murphy, the famous actor and comic, was born on April 3, 1961.
• Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State of the United States, was born on April 5, 1937.
• Frances Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather movies, was born on April 7, 1939.
• Author Tom Clancy and talk show host David Lettermen were born on April 12, 1947.
• Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the smartest men in history, was born on April 15, 1452.
• Sir Charlie Chaplin, the famous silent movie star, was born on April 16, 1889.
• Former Soviet Chancellor Nikita Khrushchev was born on April 17, 1894.
• Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, as was Iggy Pop in 1947.
• The father of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, was born on April 22, 1870.
• Singer Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, as was Jack Nicholson in 1937
• Actor Al Pacino was born on April 25, 1940.
• King Edward IV was born on April 28, 1442, as was Jay Leno, roughly 500 years later in 1950.
• Jerry Seinfeld and Daniel Day Lewis were born on April 29, in 1954 and 1957 respectfully.
• Singer Willie Nelson was born on April 30, 1933.

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