Go For Broke Day
When : Always April 5th
Are you a gambler? Then, today, is your day. It's Go For Broke Day. Today is a day to put it all on the line, and take a chance. It might be money. Or, it can be a love relationship. Perhaps, it's time to initiate a risky project, or to take a new job.
Many of us go about our daily lives playing it safe, not taking big chances. If you are of a conservative ilk, you may have never gone out on a limb, or taken big risks. If this sounds like you, maybe today is a day to really let loose and "Go for Broke".
If you can muster up the courage to take a big risk, you can enjoy today by taking big risks and "Going for Broke". We will leave it up to you to decide whether the risk is worth taking.
Origin of "Go For Broke Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
".....Being a history Buff, I know that during World War II, the most decorated unit in the US Army was a unit made up of Japanese Americans. .......I found “April 5-6, 1945: 442nd Regimental Combat Team makes a surprise attack on Nazi mountainside positions in Italy, breaking through the Nazi Gothic Line in one day. That may be related to the Go for Broke Day." Thanks., Alan J. Rod, Instructor, USAF Public Affairs Center of Excellence.
This Day in History April 5th
During a battle on the ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights. (1242)
Royal Entry of Charles V into Rome: the last Roman triumph. (1536)
In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe. (1614)
The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England. (1621)
The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island. (1722)
U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States. (1792)
American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins. (1862)
Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B. (1900)
The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated. (1922)
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires. (1923)
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens. (1933)
Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi. (1936)
World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean Raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island. (1942)
World War II: American bomber aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. The target is the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit. (1943)
World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans. (1944)
Fireside Theater debuts on television. (1949)
A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States. (1949)
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union. (1951)
Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba. (1956)
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time. (1958)
Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities. (1969)
In Japan, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge linking Awaji Island with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world. (1998)
North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks. (2009)
Twenty-nine coal miners are killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. (2010)