April Factoids

April 1-30

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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

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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)

April 6-12: National Public Health Week

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World Health Day

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National Unicorn Day

Have you ever seen a Unicorn Beetle? Now you can!



Encourage A Young Writer Day: This collection features videos to inspire young writers. 

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)



Submarine Day.  Eye Wonder's D.V. meets a submarine captain who tells him all about the science and technology of submarines and how they can be used to collect samples and data for other scientists. April 11 is commemorated by the United States submarine community as Submarine Day, the anniversary of April 11, 1900 when the American Government purchased its first commissioned submarine, the USS Holland. (Eye Wonder)



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)

April 12: International Day of Human Space Flight



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)



National Support Teen Literature Day

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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)



National Library week

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Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance

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April 21: National Library Workers’ Day**

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

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National Bookmobile Day

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

World Book Day

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Shakespeare's Birthday

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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)

National Tell a Story Day



Great Poetry Reading Day

National Poetry Month: A World of Poetry | Periscope  

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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

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