Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday's Celebrations

April 23rd has a bunch of celebrations to consider:
Birthday of William Shakespeare (poet/playwright) was born on this day (1564) and it is believed that he died on the same day (1616)
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
International World Book and Copyright Day (UN, 1995) to promote reading, publishing and copyright, on St. George's Day when people give books as gifts in Spain
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day (2007) a commemoration, on Shakespeare's birthday, to encourage writers to post "professional quality" works for free on the internet
Read-to-me Day 
World Laboratory Day
Take a Chance Day
Lover's Day
National Picnic Day
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
Blue Day (depression and anxiety awareness)
National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
Birthday - President James Buchanan (15th President)
Orthodox Holy Saturday/Black Saturday/Easter Saturday/Easter Even
Christian Feast Day: Adalbert of Prague, George, Gerard of Toul
St. George Feast Day
Aragón Day (Aragón, Spain)
Castile and León Day (Castile and León, Spain)
La Diada de Sant Jordi (Catalonia, Spain)
Book Day (Spain)
Lover's Day (Spain)
Independence Day (Conch Republic, Key West, Florida)
National Sovereignty (Turkey and Northern Cyprus)
Children's Day (Turkey, 1920)
Canada Book Day (Canada)
Emaishen (Luxembourg)

(Photo credits: Statue of Shakespeare in Leicester Square, London,; World Book Day, Wikipedia; laboratory glass,; picnic basket,; cherry cheesecake,; bulldog,; James Buchanan, Wikipedia; easter eggs,; Turkey's Children's Day,

Earth Day 1990, Boston

First cloudless image of the Earth using satellite data information. Ended up as the cover insert image for the 1990 National Geographic Atlas and as the cover for Al Gore's book and many advertisements.

Tom van Sant, artist and project coordinator along with L. Van Warren (NASA-JPL) as the technical director for the project.