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Calendar for April 15th, 2014

Full Pink Moon

This full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox (one of the first spring flowers). It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. Historically, Native Americans living in what is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each full Moon. This name was used to refer to the entire month in which the Moon occurred. With some variations, the same Moon names were used throughout the Algonquian tribes from New England to Lake Superior.


  • Born 1452: Leonardo da Vinci (artist)

  • 1810s

  • 1817: American School for the Deaf founded in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1850s

  • 1854: First state entomologist position approved, New York

  • 1860s

  • 1861: President Lincoln called for 75,000 Union militia volunteers

  • Died 1865: Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. president)

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Last day U.S. silver coins allowed to circulate in Canada

  • 1890s

  • Born 1894: Bessie Smith (legendary blues singer)

  • 1910s

  • 1912: R.M.S. Titanic sank in early morning after striking iceberg on April 14th in late evening

  • 1920s

  • 1923: Insulin became available for general use

  • 1930s

  • Born 1933: Elizabeth Montgomery (actress)

  • 1950s

  • 1955: After acquiring franchising rights from the McDonald brothers, Dick and Maurice, Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's chain restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois

  • Born 1959: Emma Thompson (actress)

  • 1960s

  • 1964: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened, Virginia-Delmarva Peninsula

  • 1970s

  • 1974: First national lottery drawing in Canada

  • 1980s

  • Died 1980: Jean-Paul Sartre (writer & philosopher)

  • 1990s

  • Born 1990: Emma Watson (actress; plays Hermione in the Harry Potter films)

  • Died 1990: Greta Garbo (actress)

  • Died 1994: John Curry (figure skater)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Byron White (Supreme Court justice)

  • 2010s

  • 2014: Total Eclipse of the Moon.

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