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Scrabble Day

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scrabble Day

When : Always April 13th

Scrabble Day celebrates the popular board game. It's been popular around the world ever since. People young and old enjoy this game.

Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts. It is sold by Hasbro, Inc.

It's very easy to celebrate Scrabble Day. Just get out the old board game, dust it off, and play a few rounds with family or friends.

Origin of "Scrabble Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. However, we'd be amazed if it is not the game's creator.

This Day in History April 13th

Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots. (Edict repealed in 1685.) (1598)

Samuel Argall captures Native American princess Pocahontas in Passapatanzy, Virginia to ransom her for some English prisoners held by her father. She is brought to Henricus as hostage. (1613)

George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland. (1742)

American Revolutionary War: American forces are ambushed and defeated in the Battle of Bound Brook, New Jersey. (1777)

The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India. (1796)

American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. (1861)

The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded. (1870)

The Colfax massacre, in which more than 60 African Americans are murdered, takes place. (1873)

James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming. (1902)

Jallianwala Bagh massacre: British troops gun down at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India; at least 1200 are wounded. (1919)

Eugene V. Debs is imprisoned at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, for speaking out against the draft during World War I. (1919)

World War II: The discovery of mass graves of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, causing a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exile in London from the Soviet Union, which denies responsibility. (1943)

The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of President Thomas Jefferson's birth. (1943)

World War II: German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen, Germany. (1945)

The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem. (1948)

CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA. (1953)

The United States launches Transit 1-B, the world's first satellite navigation system. (1960)

At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field. (1964)

An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon. (1970)

Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1. (1974)

The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration. (1976)

The Great Chicago flood devastates much of central Chicago. (1992)

Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament. (1997)
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