Holidays Calendar for April 4, 2018

April 4 is Independence Day in Senegal. This holiday celebrates the day, when Senegal and French Sudan merged to form the Mali Federation in 1959.

Every year the Angolans celebrated Peace Day on April 4. This holiday celebrates the end of the Angolan Civil War, that continued for almost 30 years.

Celebration of Children's Day annually falls in Taiwan (the Republic of China) on April 4. This holiday was established in 1931. Hong Kong also celebrates this holiday on the same day.

World Rat Day is an annual international holiday observed on April 4. It's an unofficial celebration dedicated to fancy rats who are among the most popular pets. The holiday was created in 2002.

International Carrot Day is observed annually on April 4. This unofficial holiday celebrates one of the most widespread and healthy root vegetables used to prepare a wide variety of dishes, from salads to desserts.

NATO Day is celebrated in most NATO member states on April 4 to commemorate the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty that resulted in the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

World Stray Animal Day is celebrated annually on April 4. It was created to show attention and compassion to stray cats and dogs worldwide, and to encourage people to make the lives of stray animals a little bit better.

National School Librarian Day is observed annually on April 4. It was created to celebrate highly skilled professionals whose contribution to children’s education is often overlooked.

Almost everyday you see a 404 error or Not found message while surfing the Internet. This error occurs when your computer is not able to communicate with a server or server can't find what was requested. Since the decimal form of April 4 coincides with 404, this day has become 404 Day.

April 4 is National Cordon Bleu Day. Although many people think that this dish was developed by Le Cordon Bleu, the world’s largest school network of culinary and hospitality schools that teach gourmet French cuisine, it actually originated in Switzerland and was popularized in the United States.

National Vitamin C Day is observed annually on April 4 to raise awareness of the many health benefits of vitamin C and the dangers of vitamin C deficiency.

April 4 is a great day to indulge in some delicious ramen because it is National Ramen Day, also known as National Ramen Noodle Day This unofficial holiday celebrates a delicious Japanese noodle dish that has become very popular in many other parts of the world.

The UN General Assembly declared that April 4 is an annual observance of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This international day was created in 2005, and its first observance took place in 2006.


This Day in History

  • 2013 A building collapsed in a suburb of Thane, Maharashtra, India. 74 people died, including 18 children, 33 men and 23 women.
  • 2002 A peace treaty was signed by the Angolan government and the UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) rebels, marking the end of the Angolan Civil War.
  • 1993 Died: Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect best known as the inventor of the board game Scrabble.
  • 1987 Born: Sarah Gadon, Canadian actress whose accolades including three Canadian Screen Awards for her roles in Alias Grace, Enemy, and The Great Darkened Days.
  • 1984 Ronald Reagan, President of the USA, called for an international ban of chemical weapons. They were banned only in 1993 under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • 1983 Space shuttle Challenger made its first voyage into space.
  • 1979 Born: Natasha Lyonne, American actress, writer, television director, and producer known for her roles on Orange Is the New Black, Poker Face, and Russian Doll.
  • 1979 Born: Heath Ledger, Australian actor and director, best remembered for roles in 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight.
  • 1975 Microsoft Corporation was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • 1975 A United States Air Force Lockheed C-5A Galaxy transporting orphans crashed near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff, killing 172 people.
  • 1968 Died: Martin Luther King, Jr., American activist, leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
  • 1965 Born: Robert Downey, Jr., American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter, best known for the roles as Tony Stark / Iron man in the MCU and as Sherlock Holmes in Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes.
  • 1964 The Beatles occupied the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
  • 1963 Born: Graham Norton, Irish comedian, actor, author and television host known for his work in the UK. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for The Graham Norton Show.
  • 1960 Born: Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-Australian actor and producer, best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
  • 1948 Born: Dan Simmons, American author in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, best known as the author of the Hyperion Cantos and the Ilium/Olympos cycles.
  • 1932 Born: Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet film director and screenwriter who is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinema history.
  • 1931 Died: André Michelin, French businessman, founder of the Michelin Tyre Company.
  • 1929 Died: Karl Benz, German engineer and businessman, founder of Mercedes-Benz, a German automobile manufacturer of luxury automobiles.
  • 1919 Died: William Crookes, English chemist and physicist, the pioneer of vacuum tubes and inventor of the Crookes tube and the Crookes radiometer.
  • 1916 Born: Nikola Ljubičić, Serbian general and politician, the 10th President of Serbia (1982-1984). Ljubičić was proclaimed a national hero in 1953 for his actions in World War II.
  • 1905 An earthquake hit the Kangra Valley, India. 20,000 people were killed, and most buildings in Kangra, McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala were destroyed.
  • 1883 Died: Peter Cooper, American businessman and philanthropist, founder of Cooper Union, a private college in the East Village, New York.
  • 1870 Died: Heinrich Gustav Magnus, notable German chemist and physicist, the first to identify the three sulfonic acids and their salts. His research continued over his lifetime and touched different areas in chemistry.
  • 1869 Born: Mary Colter, American architect and designer, known for designing the Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim.
  • 1841 Died: William Henry Harrison, American general and politician, the 9th President of the United States. Harrison is remembered as the president with the shortest tenure (32 days).
  • 1826 Born: Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer, inventor of the Gramme machine, the first electrical generator to produce power on a commercial scale.
  • 1818 Born: Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American author, whose novels were especially popular with children and youth. He is best known for the novel Headless Horseman.
  • 1780 Born: Edward Hicks, American folk painter and distinguished religious minister of the Society of Friends (aka "Quakers").
  • 1774 Died: Oliver Goldsmith, Irish-English author, poet, and playwright, best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, poem The Deserted Village, and plays The Good-Natur'd Man and She Stoops to Conquer.
  • 1768 Phillip Astley staged the first modern circus in London.
  • 1760 Born: Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer of the Colonial era. Most of his works are incomplete; only Dúo de violines has been preserved in its entirety.
  • 1660 Charles II of England released the Declaration of Breda, in which he promised a general pardon for crimes committed during the English Civil War for those who recognize him as the lawful king.
  • 1617 Died: John Napier, Scottish mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, best remembered for the discovery of logarithms, invention of Napier's bones, and popularizing the use of the decimal point in mathematics.