14th April

1894 the world’s first commercial picture house opens, using Kinetoscopes – so make a movie!

1912 the Titanic hits an iceberg, and sinks on 15th – here’s an interactive Titanic game and here’s another.


2003 the Human Genome Project is completed

Ambedkar Jayanti (India celebrates Ambedkar, b.1891, an ‘Untouchable’ who railed against the Hindu caste system and converted to Buddhism)


Black Day (South Korea singles eat jajangmyeon to make up for missing out on Valentine’s Day or White Day 14 March)

Divehi Language Day (Maldives)

Day of the Georgian Language (celebrates the day Georgia rose up against Soviet Russia, who was trying to remove Georgian as an official language)

Mologa Day (Russia evacuated the town of Mologa in 1941 so that it could become part of the Rybinsk reservoir and hydroelectric plant; 130,000 people had to leave and 126 refused, eventually drowning. Every year on this day, monks hold a service in front of the belfries of the submerged church there)

N’Ko alphabet day (N’Ko means ‘I say’ and is a writing system for some West African languages)

Pan-American Day (the Americas include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela; Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Suriname, Dominica, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bahamas, St. Kitts and Nevis, Canada, Belize, and Guyana.)

Sinhala and Tamil New Year


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