Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 18 - Poem in Your Pocket Day

Today we celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you, and share it with others throughout the day - I like the idea of doing this every day, not just today! You can even share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem - pretty awesome!

Today is also Adult Autism Day, National Ask an Atheist Day, Pet Owners Independence Day, Support Teen Literature Day, and High Five Day!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- Marie-Josephte Corriveau was hanged for the murder of her husband in 1763. She was initially convicted of being an accessory to her father, Joseph Corriveau, killing her husband, but when Joseph recanted his confession, Marie-Josephte was retried and admitted her crime during the second trial. Her execution gave rise to many myths and legends.
- In 1809, the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada voted on a resolution that would make judges ineligible to vote in elections.
- Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico in 1881.
- The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1899.
- Denmark became the 1st country to adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals in 1902.
- David Smith, founder of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, was born in Regina in 1914.
- The 1st crossword puzzle book was published by Simon & Schuster in 1924.
- Republic of Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth in 1949.
- Pianist Jane Coop was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1950.
- Bill Russell became the 1st black coach in NBA history - coaching the Boston Celtics - in 1966.
- Alex Haley, author of "Roots," was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1977.
- Alice Walker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "The Color Purple" in 1983.
- Zimbabwe gained independence in 1989

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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