Fun Facts About April

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All About April

Clip Art of a April Desk Calendar
Dixie Allan

When April arrives our hearts are usually full of thoughts of renewal and fresh beginnings. These are the days when the sun is shining… it may bring us April showers but the warm showers are refreshing and invigorating because we know the sunshine will return soon.

April is named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. The name for the month of April originally came for Aprilis which means to open. The name Aprilis is very appropriate because in so many places the trees and flowers begin to bloom and go on to flower during the month of April.

Here are a few interesting things about April along with some events that fall this month:

  • Zodiac signs for April are Aries, March 21 to April 19
 and Taurus, April 20 to May 20
  • The daisy, which symbolizes innocence and the sweet pea are the flowers for the month
  • The diamond is the birthstone for the month of April
  • NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts on April 9, 1959
  • William Wadsworth, English poet was born April 7, 1770
  • Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary April 14, 1828
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and scientist was born April 15, 1452
  • Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany was born April 20, 1889
  • William Shakespeare, the playwright, was born on April 23, 1564. He also died in England in 1616
  • The United States Library of Congress was established April 24, 1800
  • George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States of America on April 30, 1789
  • The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, when South Vietnam surrendered
  • April is one of only four months that has exactly 30 days, the others are June, September, and November.
  • April begins on the same day of the week as July every single year.
  • The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912