On this day
Gustave Hamel made a record flight.
On April 11th, 1913, Gustave Hamel, a French Aviator, flew from Dunkirk to Dover and returned to Dunkirk again - in one day! He set a record for the round trip of 90 minutes.
Working rights changed forever.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) was established in 1919 on April 11th - as a specialized agency of the League of Nations, with the goal of promoting social justice and improving working conditions worldwide.
I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me spinach!
Did you know Popeye is over 90 years old? This famous character first appeared in a cartoon on this day in 1929! From featuring in the William Hearst Newspaper, Popeye and his love interest Olive Oyl quickly gained fame, appearing in books, films, and comics, while also heading to television!
Bob Dylan took to the stage for the first time.
Bob Dylan made his first live performance on April 11th, 1961, at Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village. He opened the show for blues musician John Lee Hooker, and his performance was well-received by the audience. This performance marked the beginning of Dylan's successful career as a folk singer and songwriter - he's a legend!
World Parkinson's Disease Day was first marked.
World Parkinson's Day was founded on April 11th, 1997, to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease and to commemorate the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, the British physician who first described the symptoms of the condition in 1817. It serves to remind us of symptoms to look for, and to remind us how treatments have evolved. It's generally a day for awareness and support for those suffering any debilitating effects.
Special Days falling on April 11thThere's so much to celebrate on April 11th. Even if you don't have a particular celebration in place for today, there are a few bits and pieces you can get into for fun! Here's just a few of our favorite focuses today!
International Louie Louie Day
April 11th marks a curious celebration of the rock song which has been recorded the most times in history! A favorite party song, it is also the adopted song of the State of Washington. Why not give it a listen and look out for a few cover versions?