#104 April Factoids

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April 1-30

Visit the Knowitall blog for helpful information on using Knowitall all through the month!


April or May, depending on the calendar:

Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance - Visit the Holocaust Remembrance Collection




April is School Library Month. View the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

April is National Poetry Month. View the Poetry Month Collection.



Children's Book Day





April 3, 1783: American writer Washington Irving was born in New York City. Irving is most well known for his stories Rip Van Winkle, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow(Artopia)



Actor, Dancer and Poet Dr. Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928. (Periscope)

Musician Hugh Masekela was born in Witbank, South Africa on April 4, 1939. (Artopia)


April 4, 1968: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.



April 6, 1917: Following a congressional vote for a declaration of war, the U.S. entered World War I, which began in 1914. The war would not only affect the men fighting in Europe, but also the civilians left behind over here on the homefront. (Carolina Stories)



Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2019. View the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

World Health Day - Visit Knowitall Healthy!




April 10, 1945: The Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany, was liberated by allied forces during World War II. The allied soldiers made German civilians residing in the area visit the camp to witness the horrors for themselves. Some South Carolinians remember their experiences with what they saw and how they reacted. Viewer discretion is advised. (South Carolinians in WW II)



April 12, 1861: Confederate forces, under command of General P.G.T. Beauregard, opened fire on Fort Sumter (commanded by Maj. Robert Anderson), in Charleston, S.C., signaling the beginning of the American Civil War. Learn more about Fort Sumter, and the key people involved here and here. (History of S.C. Slide Collection, Palmetto Special, and SCETV Specials)



Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute founded The Denmark Industrial School on April 14, 1897. In 1967, the school became Voorhees College(Road Trip)



Celebrate Teen Literature Day

National Columnists Day

April 18, 1942: During World War II, the first air raid on the Japanese mainland occurs when General James "Jimmy" Doolittle leads a squadron of B-25 "Mitchell" bombers, launching from the U.S.S. Hornet, to bomb Tokyo, and three other cities. The men who carried out this mission would forever be known as "The Doolittle Raiders." (South Carolina's Greatest Generation)



Earth Day began in 1970 and is celebrated annually around the world on April 22. View the Environmental Awareness Collection.



The Matthew J. Perry, Jr. United States Courthouse was dedicated on April 23, 2004. (Road Trip)

Shakespeare's Birthday



April 26, 1785: American artist and naturalist John James Audubon was born in Haiti. He is most well known for his realistic illustrations of birds in North America. (History of S.C. Slide Collection, South Carolina Public Radio)



Poet and playwright August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945. (Artopia)

Tell a Story Day




Great Poetry Reading Day

Even More Poets!



El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30.



International Jazz Day