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Calendar for April 25th, 2014

National Arbor Day

"Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future." These are the words of J. Sterling Morton, the originator of the Arbor Day idea. He was among the many pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854. With the decided lack of trees on the Nebraskan plains, Morton made it his cause to plant trees, not just for beautification but also to preserve the soil. He encouraged civic organizations to join in the effort, proclaiming the first Arbor Day in 1872. By 1885, Arbor Day was officially observed by the entire state and then by other states and schools nationwide. Today the most common date for the state observances is the last Friday in April, although many states celebrate it whenever conditions there are best for planting trees. Several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day. Check out The National Arbor Day Foundation Web site, which includes forests of information.


  • 1901: New York became first state to require auto license plates

  • 1910s

  • Born 1918: Ella Fitzgerald (singer)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1923: Melissa Hayden (ballerina)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1940: Al Pacino (actor)

  • 1944: United Negro College Fund was incorporated

  • Born 1946: Talia Shire (actress)

  • 1950s

  • 1950: The board game Scrabble trademark was registered

  • 1959: St. Lawrence Seaway completed. (It was dedicated on June 26.)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1964: Hank Azaria (actor)

  • Born 1969: Renee Zellweger (actress)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Jason Lee (actor)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1995: Ginger Rogers (dancer & actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (rap artist)

  • 2003: “Purple People Bridge” reopened, Cincinnati

  • Died 2007: Bobby "Boris" Pickett (singer best known for the Billboard hit Monster Mash)

  • Died 2009: Bea Arthur (actress)

  • 2010s

  • 2013: Partial eclipse of the Moon.

  • 2015: A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 8,000 people

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