Monthly Archives: April 2015
This Japanese holiday originally honoured the Showa emperor Hirohito (born April 29th, 1901), who was Japan’s emperor from 1926 to 1989. Since his death it still constitutes a day off, but is not as widely celebrated as the other three national spring holidays that fall close together and make up Japan’s Golden Week.
Sechseläuten is a spring festival in which the people of Zurich, Switzerland chase away winter and welcome spring. Originating with the medieval guilds, Sechseläuten means, ‘the six o’clock ringing of the bells’, and harks back to when labour laws were controlled by the guilds. During winter, people worked as long as there was light, but […]
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There is some disagreement as to exactly where, when, and for some, even if, this incident actually happened, but the two major participants both said it did. The Place: France. The Time: The last days of WW I. The Scene: As British troops were putting the German army into retreat, a 27-year-old British private named […]
April’s historic viewing suggestions: Boys Town (1938) (Early 20th Century) The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) (WW II Holocaust) Hans Christian Andersen (1952) (19th Century Denmark) Johnny Shiloh (Disney, 1963) (American Civil War) Man Hunt (1941) (WW II) Shenandoah (1965) (American Civil War) Valkyrie (2008) (WW II)
Here are some historic and/or April-born author book suggestions. Ages 3-7 Boxes For Katje by Candace Fleming (Post WW II) Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco (Heritage) A Hat For The Queen by Joan Chase Bacon (Medieval) Ages 7-9 Clara & Davie by Patricia Polacco (Clara Barton, Founder of the Red Cross) I Survived The San […]