National Honesty Day
When : Always April 30th
National Honesty Day encourages us to be honest today, and everyday. We honestly believe you try your best to be honest.
Celebrate National Honesty Day in a completely open and honest way. There are few rules for this special day......just be honest.
Origin of "National Honesty Day":
M. Hirsh Goldberg, former press secretary to a governor of Maryland and author of five books, created National Honesty Day in the early 1990s after spending four years researching and writing The Book of Lies (Morrow). This book has been translated into Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
Goldberg created this day, because he felt that the month of April, which begins with a big day of lying (April Fools Day), should end on a higher moral note.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History April 30th
Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration. (1492)
Juan Oñate makes a formal declaration of his Conquest of New Mexico. (1598)
On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States. (1789)
Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation. (1803)
The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana. (1812)
A 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fights a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico. (1863)
The Camp Grant massacre takes place in Arizona Territory. ( The Camp Grant massacre, on April 30, 1871, was an attack on Pinal and Aravaipa Apaches who surrendered to the United States Army at Camp Grant, Arizona, along the San Pedro River.) (1871)
Governor of New York David B. Hill signs legislation creating the Niagara Reservation, New York's first state park, ensuring that Niagara Falls will not be devoted solely to industrial and commercial use. (1885)
Coxey's Army reaches Washington, D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893. (1894)
Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor. (1900)
Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughan, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express. (1900)
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair opens in St. Louis, Missouri. (1904)
Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity. (1925)
The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opens in Alderson, West Virginia, as the first women's federal prison in the United States. (1927)
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. (1927)
The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny). (1938)
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair opens. (1939)
NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's N.Y. World's Fair opening day ceremonial address. (1939)
World War II: Operation Mincemeat: The submarine HMS Seraph surfaces in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain to deposit a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer. (1943)
World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building. (1945)
In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed the Hoover Dam a second time. (1947)
Former Vice President and Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia. He collapses after proclaiming "I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty." (1956)
K-19, the first Soviet nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear missiles, is commissioned. (1961)
The Church of Satan is established at the Black House in San Francisco, California. (1966)
Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that top White House aides H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and others have resigned. (1973)
Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh. (1975)
CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free. (1993)
Formula One racing driver Roland Ratzenberger is killed in a crash during the qualifying session of the San Marino Grand Prix run at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari outside Imola, Italy. (1994)
U.S. President Bill Clinton becomes the first President to visit Northern Ireland. (1995)
U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. (2004)
Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (2009)