April 21 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
April 21 History Highlights
On April 21, the world celebrates a man named Friedrich Fröbel who founded the first play and activity institute called kindergarten. Kindergartens promote mental stimulation which is why their curriculum includes singing, dancing, and creativity. Fröbel coined the word for his work: kindergarten is literally “children’s garden” in English.
This day of joy was originally chosen by him because he believed it was so necessary to teach children happiness as they should never be confined or sheltered from learning new skills with any concern.
April 21 is…
|Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day
Record Store Day
April 21 Birthday Quotes
“Once you’re able to look like an idiot and be OK with it, it opens up your potential.”
“The minute you start to strategize too much, the more you start to think you’re in control of your own fate. And you’re not, really.”
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
“When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail.”
“I know what it means to have a leading part, and I know what it means to have a featured part.”
April 21 Birthdays
|1838 – John Muir, Scottish-American environmentalist and author (died in 1914)
1864 – Max Weber, German sociologist (died in 1920)
1915 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor (died in 2001)
1922 – Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist and screenwriter (died in 1987)
1926 – Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and her other realms
1932 – Elaine May, American comedic actress
1947 – Iggy Pop, American singer-songwriter and actor
1949 – Patti LuPone, American actress and singer
1958 – Andie MacDowell, American model and actress
1958 – Michael Zarnock, American author
1959 – Tim Jacobus, American illustrator and painter
1970 – Nicole Sullivan, American comedic actress
1971 – Michael Turner, American comic book author and illustrator (died in 2008)
1979 – James McAvoy, Scottish actor
April 21 History
|753 BC – Romulus and his twin brother Remus founded Rome.
1509 – Henry VIII ascended the throne of England.
1878 – The first U.S. firehouse pole was installed in New York City, by Capt. David B. Kenyon at Engine Company 21.
1895 – Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrate the “Panopticon” – the first movie projector developed in the United States.
1918 – Above the Somme River in France, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, was killed by Allied fire, either by an air fight or from the ground.
1930 – 320 people were dead and another 130 were seriously injured in a prison fire at the Ohio State Penitentiary.
1951 – #1 Hit April 21, 1951 – June 22, 1951: Les Paul and Mary Ford – How High The Moon
1956 – #1 Hit April 21, 1956 – June 15, 1956: Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel
1962 – At the Seattle World’s Fair, Seattle’s Space Needle Restaurant opened.
1962 – #1 Hit April 21, 1962 – May 4, 1962: Elvis Presley – Good Luck Charm
1973 – #1 Hit April 21, 1973 – May 18, 1973: Tony Orlando and Dawn – Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
1977 – Broadway Show – Annie (Musical) April 21, 1977
1979 – #1 Hit April 21, 1979 – April 27, 1979: Amii Stewart – Knock on Wood
1981 – “Weird Al” Yankovic made his first national television appearance on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
1984 – #1 Hit April 21, 1984 – May 11, 1984: Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
1986 – Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, highly promoted two-hour syndicated special The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault.
1989 – Field of Dreams and Pet Sematary were released in theaters.
1990 – #1 Hit April 21, 1990 – May 18, 1990: Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
1990 – Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired, a special program that warned children about the dangers of drugs and featured characters from several Saturday morning children’s shows, was simulcast by ABC, BET, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA Network, and Nickelodeon.
1992 – The first discoveries of planets outside of our solar system (two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12) were announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.
1995 – While you Were Sleeping debuted in theaters.
2000 – U-571 was released in theaters.
2004 – Man on Fire debuted in theaters
2007 – #1 Hit April 21, 2007 – May 4, 2007: Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake – Give It To Me
April 21, 2011 – (fiction) The day Skynet became self-aware and attacked the human race. Terminator, Film
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|“Good advice is not often served in our favorite flavor.” – Tim Fargo
Oscar Wilde – Real Name: Sebastian Melmoth
Scientists still aren’t completely sure how acetaminophen works.
No one ever reads instruction manuals, but everyone watches YouTube how-to videos. We were all just waiting for the movie.
“Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun. – Charlotte in Lost in Translation #moviequotes
“I put my cat in the kettle what will I do? There’s a little boy stuck with Daniel Boone” #misunderstoodlyrics
Human settlement of Mars will necessitate the creation of a parallel 24.7-hour clock and 687-day calendar.
“Let’s Get Together” by Haley Mills is the shortest Billboard Top Ten Hit, with a playing time of 1:28.
Useless Pronunciation: E as in ewe
“Lily” was the salesgirl who informs customers about AT&T’s sharing plans, played by Milana Vayntrub
The name of The Simpsons’ creator, Matt Groening, is pronounced Matt “Graining”, not Matt “Growning”.
50% of Canada is the letter A.
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