April Celebrations

April 12th in Russia is the anniversary of man’s first flight into space. In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit of Earth in a Vostok spacecraft.

“The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish. Everything is seen very clearly”

The lights of Moscow and the Aurora

Image Credit: ISS Expedition 30, NASA

Space enthusiasts celebrate the day with a number of worldwide events – physical and virtual. At least 200 events in over 50 countries spanning 7 continents. It’s a big party!

12th April is also the anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia’s inaugural flight, also the first orbital flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle programme.

 Image Credit: Wikipedia.org


In 1912 the RMS Titanic made its tragic voyage into history.

In 1775, Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott began their “midnight ride” from Boston to Lexington, warning “The Regulars are coming out.”

1984 saw Australia adopt “Advance Australia Fair” as their national anthem.

This picture is the oldest known colour representation of sundogs. Hailing from 1535, it depicts Stockholm, Sweden.

Vädersolstavlan (Swedish for “The Sun Dog Painting”)

Image Credit: Widipedia.org

A real sundog

Credit and Copyright:  Jim Hoida


A sundog is a reflection of sunlight from specifically orientated and shaped ice crystals.







April 22 celebrates Earth Day – or as the United Nations designate it: International Mother Earth Day. A day to appreciate and spread awareness of the Earth’s natural environment.

And of course, ANZAC Day, April 25, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to honour the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is also International Guide Dog day.


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2 Responses to “April Celebrations”

  1. Helene Says:

    So much to celebrate and a snap shot of the way our world has changed.

    I was intrigued to read the ship that’s being used to retrace the Titanic’s journey had to depart early as it’s not as fast as the real Titanic. One hundred years on and those ship builders could still teach us a thing or two!

  2. sandra Says:

    It’s funny, Helene, the outer trappings have changed, but the inner core of humanity remains constant. Actually, I’m hoping the inner core of humanity is slowing sloughing off the dark bits and we’ll eventually evolve into Gene Rodenberry’s version of our race. That’d be something. 🙂 Gee, I wonder who’d be a starship captain?

    Yes our craftsmanship seems to be one of those things that doesn’t receive quite the attention it used to. Wonder what the reason is behind that. Probably economics… Which then makes me wonder why.

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