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

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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.

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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

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National Public Health Week and April 7: World Health Day

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Take Down Tobacco - Day of Action

Lesson Plans




Children's Book Day

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Love Your Produce Manager Day





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. assasinated

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

National Hug a Newsperson Day




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 Student Athlete Day

  • Try out our new series - First Choice Fit - with Marcus Lattimore!
  • Explore content on athletes at various stages of their lives on KnowItAll!





World Health Day / National Walking Day

There are two necessary observances on April 7.  Visit our Knowitall Healthy! collection to find ways to improve your health with simple exercises like walking.


Yom HaShoah

Holocaust Remembrance Collection





National Zoo Lovers Day




National Unicorn Day

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

National Winston Churchill Day

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

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Encourage A Young Writer Day

Lesson Plans

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




National Pet Day

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National 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)




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




National Peach Cobbler Day

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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

  • 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 aboveusing a drone camera.

National Dolphin Day




National Support Teen Literature Day

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National Orchid Day




International Bat Appreciation Day

Ellis Island Family History Day

International Haiku Poetry Day




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




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

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Shakespeare's Birthday

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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



August Wilson

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

National Tell a Story Day




Great Poetry Reading Day




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


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