🗓️ On This Day - April 16th
April 16th has definitely been one for the record books! From pioneering flights to broken records and accidental experiments, there are lots to learn about this otherwise innocuous date! Happy birthday if you're celebrating today - and if not, keep reading for some facts about April 16th regardless!
On this day
Madame Tussaud passed away,
Madame Marie Tussaud, who founded a world-famous waxwork museum in London, died on this day in 1850 at the age of 89. Tussaud created wax figures of numerous celebrities and historical figures, and her museum remains a popular attraction today, with branches in several cities around the world! Have you ever been?
Harriet Quimby took to the skies!
Harriet Quimby made history in 1912 as the first female pilot to fly across the English Channel. She flew solo in a Blériot monoplane from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in just under an hour - now that’s fast! Quimby was a pioneer in aviation and helped pave the way for women in the field.
Annie got her gun.
On April 16th, 1922, Annie Oakley broke a women's shooting record by hitting 100 clay targets in a row without a miss. Oakley was a renowned sharpshooter and performer who became famous for her rifle skills and role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. You wouldn't want to face her at high noon!
On April 16th, 1943, Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovered the psychoactive properties of LSD while studying the properties of ergot fungus. He accidentally ingested a small amount of LSD and experienced psychedelic effects - a day to remember, then!
You remind me of a man…
In 2017, a huge gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes broke a world record at the Manoir de Ban Chaplin museum in Switzerland! The event saw a total of 662 participants donning Chaplin's iconic outfit and mustache, surpassing the previous record of 250 people.
Kendrick Lamar won his first Pulitzer.
In 2018, Kendrick Lamar made history by becoming the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The rapper won the award for his album "Damn," which was praised for its socially and politically charged lyrics and innovative production.
Special Days Falling on April 16thWe have a few ideas about what to celebrate today - so if you’re feeling listless, here’s a few ideas of what to mark April 16th for.
Save the Elephant Day
Save the Elephant Day is observed annually on April 16th to raise awareness about the plight of elephants, their declining population due to poaching and habitat destruction, and to promote their conservation and welfare. It’s worth looking into causes today if you’re a big animal lover.
National Librarian Day
Sssh! Today is a great day to appreciate and recognize everything our librarians do. They’re knowledgeable, they’re resourceful, and - occasionally - they’ll let you speak while people are trying to read!!
National Orchid Day
With over 22,000 species, the orchid family is one of the largest flower families growing all over the world. National Orchid Day gives us an opportunity to learn about caring for these beautiful plants, and their vital role they play within our ecosystem.
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