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Events for Saturday 1st Apr 2017

Don’t be a fool


The origins of April Fool’s or All Fool’s Day are unclear, but could date back to the reform of the calendar. When the Gregorian Calendar was introduced in 1582, New Year’s Day was moved from a week-long celebration at the end of March to January 1. Communication was slow then and some people, especially in remote areas, were only informed of the change several years later. Others, rebelling against the change, continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. Labelled ‘fools’, these people were subject to ridicule, sent on ‘fool errands’ and had practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a ‘poisson d’avril’ (April fish) because a young fish is easily caught: one common practice was to attach a paper fish on someone’s back as a joke. This custom of prank-playing still continues: the tradition spread to Britain in the 18th century and was introduced to America by the English and French. Because of this, today April Fool’s Day has an international flavour, each country marking April 1 in its own unique way.

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Events for Sunday 2nd Apr 2017

2 april


I wanna tell you a story

Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805: his earliest known work, the Tallow Candle, was re-discovered in October 2012.

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Events for Wednesday 5th Apr 2017

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April 5 is the anniversary of both the wedding of Pochahontas (to John Rolfe in 1814) and the birth of acting legend Bette Davis (in 1908).

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Events for Thursday 6th Apr 2017

6 april


can you hear me mother?

The oldest known recording of an audible human voice was made by the Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville who recorded himself singing the French folk song Au Clair de la Lune on his phonautograph machine on April 6, 1860 - 16 years before Thomas Edison recited Mary Had A Little Lamb into his newly-invented phonograph. The earliest known device for recording sound, the phonautograph transcribed sound waves by tracing them on smoke-blackened paper or glass using a stylus, initially as a visual aid to measure the waveforms of speech and other sounds. It was several years before it occured to anyone that these recordings, or phonautograms, could be played back. Several phonautograms recorded before 1861 were successfully reproduced in 2008 after they were scanned by computer and digital audio files created. While it was initially believed that the voice on Au Clair de la Lune was of a woman or adolescent, further research revealed the playback had been too fast and that it was actually the voice of Scott. Also recovered were recordings of Vole, Petite Abeille (Fly, Little Bee), a song from a comic opera.

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Events for Sunday 9th Apr 2017

Happy Birthday Isambard

Happy Birthday Isambard

Esteemed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, born 9 April 1806, died 15 September 1859

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Events for Thursday 20th Apr 2017

20 april


bram packed

Bram Stoker, Mr Dracula, was born more than 100 years ago - his birth date was 20 April 1912.

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Events for Saturday 22nd Apr 2017

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22 april

Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate every year. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes in 1970. Earth Day Network manages and organizes Earth Day and related environmental education and policy activities, such as school greenings, year-round.

http://www.earthday.org/

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Events for Sunday 23rd Apr 2017

23 april


St. George’s Day is celebrated in a host of countries aside from England, including Canada, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal and the Republic of Macedonia.

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Events for Wednesday 26th Apr 2017

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Charles Richter, inventor of the scale which used to be used to measure earthquakes (nowadays siesmologists use the moment magnitude scale) was born on April 26, 1900.

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Events for Saturday 29th Apr 2017

29 april


International Dance Day was established by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated on April 29th as this was the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, the creator of modern ballet.

http://www.international-dance-day.org/en/index.html

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