April Factoids

April 1-30

School Library Month

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning. View the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry which takes place in April. Introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets, the purpose is to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. View the Poetry Month Collection.

SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) Day of Action

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first nationally observed in 2001. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it and bolster prevention efforts throughout the year.


April Observances (Week):

National Library Week

National Library Week is a holiday organized by the American Library Association to promote literacy and the use of public libraries. Explore the many available resources in our Libraries. Literature & Learning Collection!

National Public Health Week (April 7: World Health Day)

National Public Health Week was created to help draw attention to the development and current state of public health in the U.S. This campaign is to educate the public on how everyone can pursue a healthy life. View our KnowItAll Healthy! Collection


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Take Down Tobacco - Day of Action

Take Down Tobacco is an annual holiday empowers people to stand up to the tobacco industry and reflects on the progress of the initiative over the past 26 years as well as how much farther it can go. E-cigarettes are the newest challenge in the tobacco industry that this initiative aims to lower the risk of its influence for children. View the collection.




Children's Book Day

April 2 marks the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, a beloved author of children’s tales that are often adapted into Disney films. The holiday celebrates children’s literacy and imagination to inspire a love of reading. View the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

Love Your Produce Manager Day

A produce manager is the individual that curates the display of produce at your local grocery store. The Love Your Produce Manager Day is to honor them for maintaining the display, marketing the produce and help deliver the freshest produce to the customers.




Washington Irving

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)




Dr. Maya Angelou

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

Hugh Maskela

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated

April 4, 1968: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Andrew Young, politician, diplomat, and friend to Dr. King, reflects on the loss of an American icon. (ETV Shorts). View the Martin Luther King Collection

National Hug a Newsperson Day

National Hug a Newsperson Day is a day to celebrate and show appreciation for the news men and women who dedicate all hour of the day to help us stay updated on the goings on of our world. View our Journalism, Broadcasting & Communications Collection




U.S. Entered World War I

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)

National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is a holiday created to honor the librarians who keep our libraries running and keep the libraries evolving. Visit our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection and tell your librarian and library workers what you found!

National Student Athlete Day

High school and college student-athletes are celebrated on April 6 to promote the positive virtues of athleticism and sport and the positive effect that student-athletes have on society. The holiday was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, and since then over 4.4 million student-athletes that have maintained a high GPA and community service have received certificates.

Try out First Choice Fit with Marcus Lattimore or explore content on athletes at various stages of their lives on KnowItAll!




World Health Day / National Walking Day

Originating in 1948 from the World Health Organization, World Health Day is an annual celebration that calls attention to one health area of concern each year. Visit our Knowitall Healthy! collection to find ways to improve your health with simple exercises like walking.

Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah in English is known as Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate and honor the loss of approximately six million Jewish people during the second World War. It is a national holiday in Israel and celebrated by Jewish people all over the world. Visit the Holocaust Remembrance Collection




National Zoo Lovers Day

April 8 is a day to celebrate the contributions zoos have in our society. You can celebrate by taking a day outing to the zoo and visiting the diverse animals. View our National Zoo and Aquarium Month Collection




National Unicorn Day

The horned horse mythical creature that is celebrated across centuries of ancient and fictional texts has its own unique holiday to honor the creature and to inspire creativity. We don't have unicorns on the website, but have you ever seen a Unicorn Beetle? Now you can Meet Big Backyard Monsters.

National Winston Churchill Day

April 9 signifies the day that Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen of the United States due to his contributions in leadership during the second World War. He was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature and had a large impact on the world we know of today. Learn more about when Winston Churchill toured Fort Jackson.

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

This day honors those veterans who have served their country while being held captive in enemy territory. The day also honors the family of the prisoners of war and their long and anxious wait to see their family again. Explore content in our Wars and Conflicts Collection.




Encourage A Young Writer Day

April 10 is a day to encourage a young writer to write a short story or poem and to use their imagination to create and tell a story. You can celebrate by gifting a young writer a journal, helping writers find sources, encouraging them to read and creating a young writers’ group. View our collection “For Young Writers” in the Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

Nazi Concentration Camp at Buchenwald, Germany

April 10, 1945The 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)

National Farm Animals Day

This is a holiday that promotes the health and welfare of the livestock population in the United States which include 9 billion chickens, 244 million turkeys, 93 million cows, 65 million hogs and 6 million sheep. The livestock industry is known to be cruel and containing various hardships for the animals. Celebrate this holiday by educating yourself on the livestock industry. Visit the National Farm Animals Day.




National Pet Day

National Pet Day was created by the National Institutes of Health to recognize the positive impacts that pets have on our mental and physical health. The holiday was founded in 2006 originally just to celebrate the joy that pets can provide us, but it transitioned to also raise awareness about animal adoption and the health benefits of having pets. View our Animal Lovers Collection.

National Submarine Day

April 11 was the day the Navy acquired its first modern submarined, named Holland VI. It not only honors the submarine, the historic day or the Navy, but also the rich history that submarines have in this country stemming back from the American Revolution. Visit the National Submarine Day page under the Military Observances collection.




Fort Sumter

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)

International Day of Human Space Flight

April 12 was the first day of human space flight which was a historic event for the future of space travel. The holiday promotes the exploration of space and the investigation of life and science beyond the boundaries of the atmosphere. View the Space Exploration Collection




National Peach Cobbler Day

National Peach Cobbler Day celebrates the true American classic dessert that blends ripened peaches or other summer fruits into cobblers. View our resources on peaches including these and more! Check out the National Peach Month which is celebrated in June.




Elizabeth Evelyn Wright

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)

Look Up at the Sky Day

April 14 is the perfect day to enjoy the outdoors by "looking up at the sky day." This day was created to inspire people to notice and admire the natural beauty of the world. Explore our new series – From the Sky! - From the Sky is a digital series that offers viewers a glimpse into the cities and towns of South Carolina from a “not often seen” vantage point – from above – using a drone camera.

National Dolphin Day

Each year, the American Veterinary Medical Association recognizes the intelligent and social mammals that we know as the dolphin. The holiday encourages people to learn more about the mammal itself and how to protect their habitats. Watch the Dolphin Conservation from ETV Shorts.




National Support Teen Literature Day

Celebrated every Thursday of National Library Week, National Support Teen Literature Day raises awareness for young adult literature which is a growing and influential genre. The Young Adult Library Services Association supports the holiday in hopes to highlight the young adult fiction authors and their novels. View our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection!




National Orchid Day

A couple by the names of Mike and Faith Young visited Mexico to volunteer at an orchid reserve and admired their beauty and grace and subsequently named their daughter after the flower. The couple lost Orchid during labor in 2014 and decided to mark the day with a national holiday devoted to the flower and their late daughter.




International Bat Appreciation Day

Springtime marks the end of the long hibernation season for bats, and this holiday marks the perfect time to start observing the animal in their natural habitats. View the Bat Collection.

Ellis Island Family History Day

April 17, 1907 was the day immigration officials recorded 11,747 names passing through Ellis island which marks it as the busiest day in the island’s history. Therefore, the holiday encourages people and their families to discover more information about their ancestry and history. Watch this immigration story with Felix Bauer | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust

International Haiku Poetry Day

The holiday was created in 2007 as a project to encourage people and young poets to dip their toes in creatively to the world of the Japanese poetry tradition known as the Haiku. The traditional poem style consists of a three-line structure with the syllable count being 5-7-5 with content usually consisting of revering elders or nature. Learn more: What is Haiku? What Are the Rules?




The Doolittle Raiders

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)

National Columnists Day

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists celebrates National Columnists Day on April 18 to highlight the role that newspaper columnists have in providing a unique and informed view of world events to alleviate news fatigue for readers and connecting the newspaper with the readers. Visit the Journalism & Broadcasting Collection.




Earth Day

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




Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

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

World Book Day

World Book Day is a holiday celebrate by an organization of the same name that aims to change lives through a passion for books and reading. The holiday encourages people to pick up a book and start reading for pleasure and let themselves get lost in the characters and distant setting. Visit our Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection.

Shakespeare's Birthday

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Visit our Shakespeare Collection.



John James Audubon

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)

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

The holiday celebrated by the United Nations was created to remember the disastrous radioactive explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 that left nearly 8.4 million people exposed to poisonous radiation. The UN decided to celebrate its remembrance in December of 2016 to recognize the log-term effects of the explosion and the victims. Visit the Chernobyl Event Collection.



August Wilson

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

National Tell a Story Day

April 27 serves as a day to celebrate the art of storytelling and to encourage people of all ages to tell a story whether it be oral, through poetry or through reading a book out loud to someone else. Grab family members or friends to enjoy the It's Storytime Collection.




Great Poetry Reading Day

This holiday was created to allow poets to share and create poetry to honor the ancient art form and spur more creativity. To celebrate this holiday, read and write poetry, participate in a poetry slam or visit the Poets & Poetry collection.




Dia! Diversity in Action Day/El Dia de los Niñosis

A celebration of children, families and reading, emphasizing literacy for children of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

International Jazz Day

In 2011, UNESCO created International Jazz Day to honor jazz music and its role in uniting people all over the world. The holiday encourages people to learn more about the roots of the genre and its future and impact to many communities around the globe. View the Jazz Collection!





Revised by Eva Chillaru, 2021 ETV Endowment Intern, June 2021




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