Monday, April 15, 2013

Tax Day, Take a Wild Guess Day, Sechselauten, more

April 15th, 2013, is Tax Day, Take a Wild Guess Day, National That Sucks Day, Sechselauten, Rubber Eraser Day, Independence Day (Israel), McDonald's Day, Jackie Robinson Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, and National Glazed Ham Day.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you have until midnight tonight to get that envelope postmarked. Have a happy Tax Day!

Today is Take a Wild Guess Day, although I wouldn't recommend taking a guess when filling out your income tax return.

National That Sucks Day is so named because, as mentioned above, U.S. income taxes are due on this date.

They're blowing up the Boogg! Switzerland celebrates Sechselauten, in which the Boogg - a snowman - is blown up to welcome spring.

The 117th Boston Marathon takes place today. Run for the glory! UPDATE: Our hearts go out to the innocent victims of the bombing that took place today in Boston.

On this date in 1770, the rubber eraser was invented. Clean up your errors mistakes on Rubber Eraser Day!

Israel observes Independence Day, starting on the evening of April 15th.

McDonald's Day commemorates the day when the first franchised McDonald's opened in Des Plaines, llinois. Now they're everywhere. As an exchange student in 1980, I was surprised to discover that the German McDonald's offered tartar sauce instead of ketchup and they also served beer.

Jackie Robinson Day honors the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Today players will wear number 42 in his honor.

On this date in 1912 the Titanic sank, after striking an iceberg. Titanic Remembrance Day honors the lives that were lost. A memorial voyage set off on April 10th, 2012, exactly one hundred years after the original ill-fated voyage.

On National Glazed Ham Day, enjoy a lovely ham dinner with all the fixin's. Believe it or not, Coca-Cola (or Dr. Pepper) makes an incredible ham glaze. I learned this from Frank O. Pinion, a well-known radio personality in St. Louis, Missouri.

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