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International Moment of Laughter Day

Monday, April 14, 2014

International Moment of Laughter Day

When : Always April 14th

International Moment of Laughter Day is a special day that will put a big smile on your face. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, "laughter is the best medicine".

Moment of Laughter Day is also known as National Moment of Laughter Day, and plain old Moment of Laughter Day. We don't care whether you celebrate today as a local, national, or international day. What's important is that you bring about laughter (and happiness) to those you come in contact with today.

To celebrate this special day, simply tell jokes or do funny things that cause people to laugh. A smile is not a good enough reaction. Successful participation in this day results in whole-hearted laughter.

Origin of "Moment of Laughter Day":
Humorologist Izzy Gesell created Moment of Laughter Day to encourage people to laugh. It sure would be nice to meet the creator of this day in person, so we could share a laugh together.

We found varying dates for this celebration, all in the month of April. But among them, April 14th is the day designated by the creator as International Moment of Laughter Day.

This Day in History April 14th

Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital, with four Roman legions. (70)

After his marriage to the Christian Dobrawa of Bohemia, the pagan ruler of the Polans, Mieszko I, converts to Christianity, an event considered to be the founding of the Polish state. (966)

In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne. (1471)

The Yamasee War begins in South Carolina. (1715)

The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush. (1775)

Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados. (1816)

Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary. (1828)

The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival. (1846)

The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California. (1860)

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth (died April 15th). (1865)

The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas. (1881)

The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C. (1890)

The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films. (1894)

The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement. (1906)

The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th). (1912)

The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden. (1927)

The Bremen, a German Junkers W33 type aircraft, reaches Greenly Island, Canada - the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west. (1928)

"Black Sunday Storm", the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl. (1935)

The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press. (1939)

World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later. (1940)

World War II: German general Erwin Rommel attacks Tobruk. (1941)

Malta receives the George Cross for its gallantry. The George Cross was given by King George VI himself and is now an emblem on the Maltese national flag. (1942)

In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated. (1956)

The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. (1958)

At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand. (1969)

STS-1 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia (OV-102) completes its first test flight. (1981)

In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people. (1986)

The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. (1988)

The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. (1991)

In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people. (1994)

NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people were killed. (1999)

The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%. (2003)

U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985. (2003)

Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China. (2010)
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