Did you know that this day is celebrated as St George’s Day in England, and as the day of the birth and death of William Shakespeare? Or that it was on this day in 1348 the founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced?
And on this day in 1927 Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children’s Day as a national holiday, in 1945, at the very end of World War II, Adolf Hitler‘s designated successor Hermann Göring sends him a telegram asking permission to take leadership of the Third Reich, which causes Hitler to replace him with Joseph Goebbels and Karl Dönitz, in 1985 Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months and in 1993 Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day (or not as the case may be) are William Shakespeare, English writer and actor (1564-1616) (traditional approximate birth date in Julian calendar based on April 26 baptism), J. M. W. Turner, English painter (1775-1851), Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (1858-1947), Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (1891-1953), Shirley Temple, American actress and politician (1928), Roy Orbison, American singer and musician (1936-1988), Sandra Dee, American actress (1942-2005), Michael Moore, American filmmaker (1954) and Dev Patel, British actor (1990).
Need more reasons to raise a glass of bubbly on this day than the initially mentioned birthday of William Shakespeare? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of Independence Day (Conch Republic, Key West, Florida), World Book and Copyright Day , International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day or La Diada de Sant Jordi (Catalonia, Spain)?
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