It’s time to greet April, the time of year when spring is sensed in the air, when the sky is bright and clear and the sunshine rays are warm and near! We start the month with laughter and fun, trying to fool everyone. But, the fun’s end isn’t even near, we’ve prepared 20 interesting facts about April right here…
1. ‘Open’ the doors To ‘blooming’ April
The origin of the word April is in the Latin word ‘aperire’, which means to open. This is about the many flowers that bloom in the month.
2. The funniest day in April
One of the most popular dates of April’s calendar is the 1st of April – commonly known as April Fools’ Day! Nobody’s quite sure, but some believe April Fool’s Day was inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s story in “Canterbury Tales” called “Nun’s Priest’s Tale.”
3. The BBC has a sense of humour…On the 1st of April
Believe it or not, April Fool’s Day pranks include a news piece ran by BBC about spaghetti being grown in Sweden and another about flying penguins.
4. April hosted the first modern Olympics
The first Olympics of the modern era were held in Athens, on the 6th of April 1896, after a break of 1,500 years.
5. An April tragedy
On the 26th of April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine blew up, and the created radioactive cloud forced a 300-mile radius to be evacuated.
6. April was also fatal for the Titanic
The Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on the 15th of April 1912 and sank. Only 700 of the 2,224 passengers were rescued.
7. April has brought many famous people to life
Charlie Chaplin, Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Christian Anderson, Shirley Temple, Queen Elizabeth II are just a few of the famous people born in April.
8. In fact, we have April to thank For William Shakespeare
April marks the birth of perhaps one of the most significant writers of all time – William Shakespeare, on the 26th in 1564.
9. Houston, we have a problem!
Apollo 13 was launched from Cape Kennedy on the 11th of April 1970, and only 56 hours later it ran into difficulties.
10. Yuri Gagarin made history in April
The Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human who went into space, on the 12th of April 1961. He travelled 187 miles above the Earth in the spacecraft called Vostok 1.
11. Is April the 4th or the 5th month of the year?
We know April as the 4th month of the year, but that’s only by the Gregorian calendar, previously it was the 5thmonth according to the Julian calendar.
12. April has an extra day
April only had 29 days, but an extra day was added when Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar.
13. April in the north – October in the south
April is the seasonal equivalent to October in the Southern Hemisphere.
14. The birthstone of innocence
Diamond, represents innocence, and it’s the birthstone for those born in April.
15. April has not one, but two birth flowers
People born in April are lucky enough to have two birth flowers, the Daisy and the Sweet Pea.
16. April is reserved for Aries and Taurus
In April there are two zodiac signs. The first one is Aries, which is until the 19th of April, and the second one is Taurus, which is from the 20th of April onwards.
17. April will be rainy… With some meteor showers
Take out your special umbrella, it’s April, a time for meteor showers! One of those meteor showers is called Lyrids and appears from the 16th April to the 26th April, each year. There’s another one known as the Eta Aquariids meteor shower that happens after the 21st April.
18. The first inauguration happened in April
On the 30th of April, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the First President of the United States.
19. April was holy back in ancient times
April was sacred to the goddess Venus, back in the time of the Ancient Romans.
20. Come out, come out…It’s April!
In the Northern Hemisphere, the smaller animals that hibernate during the winter usually start coming out of their burrows in April.
Do you know any interesting facts about April? Share them in the comments below!
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