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The History of Birthdays (Part II)

The History of Birthdays (Part II)

Since our readers enjoyed our first post all about the history of birthdays, we thought we’d share even more fun birthday facts that you may not know. Isn’t it funny that we all do similar things on our birthdays without any thought about how or why we do them?             For instance, where did the idea come from to wear pointy hats? Why do we give gifts? And who came up with that birthday song in the first place? Read on for some fun and interesting information regarding the special day each one of us celebrates.

Pointy Party Hats

The History of Birthdays (Part II)

Though there is no one origin of the pointy party hat, this distinctive headgear has been around at the very least since     2800 BC, and was recognized as a symbol of power or status:

  • In ancient Egypt, only the nobility were allowedThe History of Birthdays (Part II)      to wear pointed hats as a symbol of their elevated status above their subjects. The different designs made individual pharaohs identifiable to their subjects.
  • In medieval Jewish traditions, some people started wearing cylindrical hats secured around the chin to distinguish themselves in Christian Europe. These hats were higher and more pointed than the traditional Jewish Kippah of today.
  • It was believed that witches and wizards wore pointed hats because the hats   were representations of the cone  of power.The History of Birthdays (Part II)The History of Birthdays (Part II)

 

  • CaThe History of Birthdays (Part II)tholic princesses and noblewomen                                   in Medieval Europe would wear                                             cone-shaped hats intricately decorated                           with long veils, precious jewels, and even                         intricate butterfly and flower detailing.

 

 

 

  • The party hat can also be traced to the dunce cap, worn by misbehaving or poorly
    performing schoolchildren from the mid-19th century to the The History of Birthdays (Part II)early 20th century, signifying that the wearer engaged in frivolous and foolish behavior—naturally what we all expect of the birthday person on their special day!

 

 

 

Overall, these cylindrical birthday hats continue to be the proud tradition in many different cultures, with the point of the hat elevating the wearer to the status of royalty—which, we all agree, a person becomes on their birthday.

Giving Birthday Gifts

One theory regarding the giving of birthday gifts dates back to early Europe, when people believed that evil spirits would seek out and haunt someone on his or her birthday, most importantly the king.The History of Birthdays (Part II) Therefore, on one’s birthday, people would gather to protect that person and would bring with them good wishes. These gatherings later became our modern day birthday parties, and over time, people brought more than just good wishes to ward off evil spirits; they brought presents, too.

 
Who Wrote The Birthday Song?

The History of Birthdays (Part II)According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, and its lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages. But where did it come from?

In 1893, sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote a song they called, Good Morning to All,” which was part of the book Song Stories for the Kindergarten and was intended to be sung by students before classes began. As the song caught on across America, it developed a number of variations, becoming “Good Morning to You” and then, in 1924, Robert Coleman published a songbook and added a few extra lyrics that would quickly come to overshadow the original lines and came to be the rendition we all know today, “Happy Birthday to You.”

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Celebrating October Birthdays!

Celebrating October Birthdays!

October is a magical month made up of vibrant colors and comfortable temperatures.       It’s quite the celebratory month too, as we observe Columbus Day, Canada’s Thanksgiving, and Halloween in the upcoming weeks. But today we celebrate all the October birthdays – it’s your time to shine! We thought it would be fun to call out some famous names also celebrating this month. Who shares your special day?

  • October 1, 1935- Julie Andrews, actress, singer
  • October 2, 1970- Kelly Ripa, actress, television personality
  • October 3, 1941- Chubby Checker, singer, musician
  • October 4, 1924- Charlton Heston, actor
  • October 5, 1975- Kate Winslet, actress
  • October 6, 1846- George Westinghouse, engineer, inventor
  • October 7, 1951- John Mellencamp, singer
  • October 8, 1970- Matt Damon, actor
  • October 9, 1940- John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician
  • October 10, 1958- Tanya Tucker, singer
  • October 11, 1884- Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady, wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • October 12, 1935- Luciano Pavarotti, opera singer
  • October 13, 1959- Marie Osmond, actress, singer ,Brother-Sister duo “Donny & Marie”
  • October 14, 1894- E. E. Cummings, poet
  • October 15, 1959- Emeril Lagasse, chef
  • October 16, 1854- Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright
  • October 17, 1918- Rita Hayworth, actress
  • October 18, 1956- Martina Navratilova, tennis champion
  • October 19, 1945- John Lithgow, actor , comedian
  • October 20, 1931- Mickey Mantle, MLB baseball slugger
  • October 21, 1956- Carrie Fisher, actress, “Princess Leia” in “Star Wars”
  • October 22, 1942 Annette Funicello, actress, singer, beach movies
  • October 23, 1925- Johnny Carson, Talk show host, “The Tonight Show”
  • October 24, 1930- J.P. Richardson, singer, the “Big Bopper”, sang “Chantilly Lace”
  • October 25, 1881 -Pablo Picasso, artist
  • October 26, 1947- Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady, NY Senator
  • October 27, 1858-  Theodore Roosevelt, 26th  U. S President
  • October 28, 1967- Julia Roberts, actress
  • October 29, 1971- Winona Ryder, actress
  • October 30, 1735- John Adams, 2d U.S. President
  • October 31, 1950- Jane Pauley, TV journalist

 

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YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

Happy August Birthday—You Naturally Inventive Leaders!

An inventive mind if there ever was, those born during the month of August have a knack for innovation, plus the talent and detail-oriented mindset to make their novel idea a reality. A born leader and inspiring orator, you have the strength of character necessary
to see not only your dreams come true, but help facilitate the aspirations of others as well.

Leo

Leo, how you love the spotlight! Showcasing your talents, you crave the attention you receive from others. You also understand, however, that it’s not always about you, so you enjoy shepherding others and helping them achieve their dreams as much as you do your own. Leadership is such your forte, you could write a book about it… and you probably have! With your strength of character and will to succeed, not only is the sky the limit, but you and your protégées will undoubtedly fill it as the stars you are!

Virgo 

If you’re a Virgo, you know how to get things done. With an eye for detail and instinct for order, you accomplish whatever you set your mind to. You are meticulous and love creating order out of chaos; so much so, that your specialty could be to help others organize their lives as well, whether at work or at home. Speaking of order out of chaos, your health and well-being are paramount to you, as you’re not one to let your hygiene lapse, even for a day. For you, health and happiness are most enjoyed from the inside out!

August Flower  

YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!  August’s birth flower, the Gladiolus, gets its name from the Latin, gladius, or “sword,” for the leaves’ resemblance to a sword. Associated with Roman gladiators until the African Gladiolus gained in popularity, this tall bloom is a symbol of strength and integrity. Its more amorous meaning connotes “love at first sight.” Among its many uses: treating physical ailments as the corms (stem) were turned into a poultice and applied to affected areas; was also used to extract thorns and splinters, as well as treat colic when mixed with goat’s milk.

August Birthstone  YOUR AUGUST BIRTHDAY!

Your birthstone, the peridot, has two possible name origins: faridat, Arabic for “gem,” and peridona, which translated from Greek mean “to give richness.” Believed to have originated from the TopazosIsland (now the Zabargad / St. John’sIsland) in the Egyptian Red Sea, the green gemstone has been mined for over 3,000 years. Renowned for its healing properties, it’s considered ideal for respiratory health. Also known for its protective properties, it’s said to boost prosperity and fame. Although it can be made into jewelry, peridot wears down easily and isn’t considered ideal for decoration. Still, with its rich olive shade, it is sought out by collectors.

Famous August Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:

Ingrid Bergman, Queen Elizabeth, Alfred Hitchcock, Whitney Houston, Gene Kelly,
Francis Scott Key, Annie Oakley, Regis Philbin, Leo Tolstoy, Mae West

Important August 2013 Holidays

International Friendship Day 8/4
Ramadan, ends 8/7
Assumption of Mary 8/15

For more information on August birthdays, please click here.  And to see a large selection of birthday ecards that range from funny to sweet, just visit bluemountain.com. We’ve got cards for everyone on your list, including talking cards that are perfect for those in the birthday spotlight this month!

 

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MOOD BOARD: Family Birthdays! (7.18)

MOOD BOARD: Family Birthdays! (7.18) 

Families are the Greatest!

Families…they’re the ones who’ve known us the longest and loved us the most. Who care about us wherever we are, and wish us happiness whatever we do.

They’ve seen us at our best, our worst, and everything in between. And they’ve been there every step of the way…to celebrate our special moments, encourage our dreams, cheer us on, lift us up, and share our laughter and our tears.

They’re the people we look up to and are proud of. People we just couldn’t do without!

They’ve given us more than we could ever thank them for. And they mean more than
they could ever know.

They’re family…part of our favorite stories and memories…and a very special part of
our hearts.

Celebrate someone special in your family
with the perfect thoughts and wishes
from bluemountain.com!

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“WHAT TO WRITE…” in Family Birthday Cards (7.16)

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What Could Be Better Than a Birthday?

Cake. Ice Cream. Balloons. Presents. Laughter. Smiles. Fun. And the one day in 365 that’s all about us! Does it get any better than that?

From young to old–and since time immemorial–people have celebrated birthdays in all kinds of unique and wonderful ways. But whether we like fanfare or some quiet time just to dream, we all deserve to have a day that’s simply perfect for us–and to be reminded how special we are and the difference we make in this world. And–if we happen to be family–perhaps even more so.

I Want to Tell Them…

Sometimes the people we care about most can be the last to know it!  Sometimes we’re just better at doing something to show our love than we are at talking about it. Maybe we’re shy about our feelings or we’re just not sure how to express them. But we all know how much even the smallest compliment, expressed from the heart, can mean.

…But How Do I Say It?  

Here at bluemountain.com, we have everything from simple wishes to words of appreciation, warm compliments, or love-filled thoughts for the ones you’re closest to. So have a look…and once you’ve chosen the perfect card, you can use some of the idea-starters below to help you add your own personal touch, making it into a keepsake that will always be treasured.

Some Things to Think About

What is it about your family that makes it unique, special, and wonderful?
And how does this person contribute to that?
What is your favorite thing about this person?
What are some of your best memories that include them?
How have they’ve touched, inspired, or influenced you?
Is there something they’ve said or done that made all the difference?
Something special you want to thank them for?
What does this person mean to you?

Making It Personal

Now you’ve got more ideas than you need, don’t you?! Time to choose your favorite ones and, in your own words, write what’s in your heart. Relax. Smile. Keep it simple. Make it a celebration of the unique and special person they are, and you’ll make their day–and, just maybe, their whole year!

Simple Wishes

Enjoy every special moment that comes your way today…
This wish is for your birthday…but the smiles are for always…
To another year of family times and happy memories…
Wishing you your favorite kind of day…to smile, laugh, dream, remember, celebrate.
With hugs, smiles, and love for a very special _________.

Compliments

Can’t imagine our family without you in it.
Even if we weren’t family…you’d still be one of my favorite people ever.
Every family has its special people…and you’re one of the nicest.
Family’s the greatest…especially family like you.
Great memories…good times…family like you are the best!
Happy Birthday to my one-of-a-kind wonderful ______(relationship).
Hoping life is always good…for a _______ who will always be special.
It’s fun being family with you!
Thoughts of you always make me smile.
Wishing a wonderful ________ a wonderful birthday.
You’re a gift to our family…
You’re the best kind of family…the fun kind.

 Special thanks

So thankful we’re family…
Thanks for being someone I’ve always looked up to…
Thanks for being there for me…
Thanks for making me feel special…
Thanks for the nice things you’re always doing…
You’re a blessing to our family.

 Close relationships

Celebrating you and how much you’ve always meant to me.
Feel loved, feel special, because that’s what you are.
Life gives us family. Love makes them matter.
Nobody loves us like our families do.
Not just because we’re family, but because we’re friends, too…
Smiling at so many memories today…
Some of my favorite family stories have you in them.
We share a special connection…
We’ve shared the ups and downs and everything in between.
You’re a part of my favorite memories…
Your birthday will always be special to me because you are.

 

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YOUR JULY BIRTHDAY!

Happy July Birthday—You Natural Nurturers and Stage Seekers 

YOUR JULY BIRTHDAY! “All the world’s a stage”

—William Shakespeare

Right at home as the center of attention, those born during the month of July have a noticeable “stage presence.” Not only are they comfortable being in the spotlight, but they can help others feel at ease, too. As much as they may crave attention, they’re also intensely private, so picture them at a masquerade ball where they’d dazzle others with their costume while hiding behind their party mask.

Cancer

If born a Cancer, you’re an emotional creature of habit whose moods can shift, but with a predictability and consistency. A deep, sensitive soul who adores the comforts of home, you value not only your privacy, but recognize others’ need for privacy as well. A nurturing spirit and defender of the family, you seek peace and tranquility in a domestic setting, but at the same time, go to bat in a heartbeat for those you care about. Memories are of the utmost importance to you, so you enjoy hobbies like scrap-booking and anything else that preserves those precious moments.

Leo

What can we say, Leo? You lead, take center stage, and are the king of your castle! Generous and open-hearted, you love and are affectionate with those you care about. Taking great pride in whatever you do, you operate with a certainty that others can envy, but being as generous as you are, you willing helps others achieve their dreams. For if others admire your creations and try to mimic them, you can’t help but smile with pride and feel flattered.

YOUR JULY BIRTHDAY! July Flower

July’s birth flower, the Larkspur, get its scientific name, delphinium, from the Greek word, delphis, meaning “dolphin,” although its use in birthday celebrations dates back to the Roman Empire. Its more colloquial meaning is that of an open heart and great passion. The spur part of the flower is shaped like the hind toe of the lark, hence its more common name. Used medicinally in ancient times to heal wounds, its nectar is popular among butterflies and bumblebees. Nowadays, it is used decoratively in bouquets and other flower arrangements, for it stands out due to its considerable height.

July Birthstone

Your birthstone, the ruby, comes from the Latin, YOUR JULY BIRTHDAY! rubens, meaning “red.” Originally mined in the country of Burma in 2500 B.C., it has a history of being used by shaman for its healing and protective qualities, especially when worn next to an affected area. It’s also considered helpful in boosting energy and bringing about much prosperity. This precious red gemstone can also be made into jewelry, and has been a favorite among the rich and famous, most notably Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Famous July Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:

P.T. Barnum, Sandra Bullock, George W. Bush, Princess Diana, Harrison Ford,
John Glenn, Tom Hanks, Dean Koontz, Ann Landers, Nelson Mandela, Beatrix Potter,
Ringo Starr, Henry David Thoreau, Kristi Yamaguchi,

Important July 2013 Holidays

Independence Day 7/4
Ramadan (begins evening of 7/8)
Bastille Day 7/14
National Hammock Day 7/22
National Hot Dog Day 7/23

To see a large selection of birthday ecards that range from funny to sweet, just visit bluemountain.com. We’ve got cards for everyone on your list, including talking cards that are perfect for those in the birthday spotlight this month!

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YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!

Happy June Birthday, Friend and Nurturer!

YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!

Although popular, even to the extreme, those born during the month of June are most comfortable socializing at home, whether it’s their home or someone else’s cozy nook. Most at ease with the close-knit circle of friends they grew up with, they treat their friends like family.

Gemini

Those born under the sign of the twins, Gemini, love to communicate. Talking on the phone, text messaging, emails, letter-writing…you name it, chances are Gemini loves it! You tend to have as many friends as ways to communicate with each. Not to mention, a wonderful way with words! For all you know, you were scribbling little masterpieces since before you could crawl. Short little notes, poetry, short stories, or the next great American novel, your mind is always buzzing with words to put down on paper.

Cancer

Those born in the sign of Cancer have a connection to the Moon, as their emotional well-being can be closely linked the Moon’s phases. Some may call you moody, but really, you’re simply going with the flow alongside the latest lunar state, whether it’s waxing or waning. Like the crab, the animal associated with Cancer, you have a tough exterior that protects and nurtures your softer, sensitive inner world. Nothing is more important to you than family, although who you consider your “family” may vary, for home is where your heart is. A bookkeeper of memories, you remember what matters most to yourself and others, filing it away in your heart to bring yourself some joy on days when you could use cheering up.

June Flower 

YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!Your birth flower, the Rose, derives its name from the Latin rosa, which traced back further means “flower.” Rich with history, roses has been blossoming for millions of years. According the Roman legend, when Rodanthe turned away a great many suitors bent on marrying her, the goddess, Diana, turned Rodanthe into a rose and her overeager admirers into thorns. Flowering in a variety of colors, each carries its own meaning: red—“I love you”; white—spiritual love; yellow—joy and faithfulness; pink—“thank you”; to name a few.

 June Birthstone 

YOUR JUNE BIRTHDAY!The pearl, your birthstone, is the oldest known gemstone, and has some of the richest history and folklore surrounding it. One cultural story tells that the pearl was born when a drop of rain from heaven fell into the oyster, becoming its heart. Pearls have been referred to as “teardrops of the moon,” and have been used in meditation and to assist in spiritual transformation. They are also known to relieve stress and even balance the solar plexus chakra. .

Famous June Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:

Tony Curtis, Olympia Dukakis, Roger Ebert, Michael J. Fox, Anne Frank, Tom Jones, Helen Keller, Guy Lombardo, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep

Important June 2013 Holidays

World Environment Day 6/5
Flag Day 6/14
Father’s Day 6/16
International Picnic Day 6/18
Juneteenth 6/19
Summer Solstice 6/21

For more information on June birthdays, please click here.  And to see a large selection of birthday ecards that range from funny to sweet, just visit bluemountain.com. We’ve got cards for everyone on your list, including talking cards that are perfect for those in the birthday spotlight this month!

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YOUR MAY BIRTHDAY!

YOUR MAY BIRTHDAY!

Happy May Birthday—You Earthy Romantics
and Social Butterflies!

Sociable to say the least, those born during the month of May are the rock in their circle of friends. A reliable individual whom people can depend upon, you are the one those in a pinch seek out, for you’re able to get through the thickest of thick and thinnest of thin.

Taurus

Those born under the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus, possess an unshakeable interest in others. For above all else, you value the innate goodness in others. Not to mention, you grab life by the horns and don’t let go! Although your energies may take time to build, once you’re revved up, there’s no turning back. An earth sign, you are a true friend of Mother Nature and your feet are planted firmly on the ground. This also makes you a loyal and steadfast partner, but because you are ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, you are also one of the true romantics.

Gemini

If you’re born a Gemini, you’re the social butterfly of the zodiac! Like the butterfly, you rarely stay in one place for very long. A great conversationalist, you love keeping up with everything everyone is up to. Once you’re brought up to speed, you feel the need to record it so you won’t forget it, which makes you the ultimate wordsmith! You’re also the model multi-tasker. The sign of the twins, you wish you had four arms instead of two to get everything you want to accomplished!

May Flower YOUR MAY BIRTHDAY!

May’s birth flower, the Lily of the Valley, has roots in Christian tradition as it is mentioned fifteen times in the Bible, eight in the Song of Solomon. Symbolic of the Second Coming of Christ due to its blossoming in early Spring, other Biblical and Christian references to this white bell-shaped perennial include: Eve’s tears as she and Adam were excommunicated from the Garden of Eden, as well as the tears of the Virgin Mary shed at the foot of Christ’s cross, believed to have transformed into the flower. Used nowadays for decoration, this Springtime flower is actually poisonous. Nevertheless, it is a delight in its appearance and pleasant with its scent.

May Birthstone

YOUR MAY BIRTHDAY!Your birthstone, the emerald, comes from the ancient Greek, smaragdus, and Old French, esmeralde, translating into “green gemstone.” First mined in ancient Egypt in the 4th century B.C., this precious gem was believed to have been a favorite worn by Cleopatra. Since then, it has been used countless times as a wellness stone to heal diseases like cholera and malaria, as well as sooth the soul, clear the mind, and increase intelligence. Popular for celebrating a couple’s nuptials, it is associated with the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

Famous People Born in May

Celebrate your birthday this month with these notable names:
Adele, Fred Astaire, David Beckham, Cher, George Clooney, Bing Crosby, Miles Davis,     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tina Fey, Sigmund Freud, Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Florence Nightingale, Jimmy Stewart, Mike Wallace, Orson Welles, Walt Whitman,      Mark Zuckerberg, Malcolm X

Important May 2013 Dates

May Day 5/1
Cinco de Mayo 5/5
National Teacher’s Day 5/7
Mother’s Day 5/12
Bike to Work Day 5/17
Armed Forces Day 5/18
Memorial Day 5/27

 

 

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YOUR APRIL BIRTHDAY!

YOUR APRIL BIRTHDAY!

Happy April Birthday—You Wonderfully Witty, Sensual Spirits!

Loyal, dedicated, and with a childlike sense of wonder, those born during the month of April possess a fiery energy eager to discover the world around them. With an ability to uncover all that the world has to offer, you waste no time in seeking out all of life’s treasures.

Aries

Always the trailblazer, Aries energy is marked by spontaneity, speed, and a satirical sense of humor that guarantees laughs from all within earshot. Those born under the sign of the ram jump headfirst into everything! You strike while the iron is hot, and we mean hot! Uniqueness is your mantra, and truth be told, there’s no one quite like you. You live for the moment, and when one doesn’t present itself, you’re able to create one in a heartbeat.

Taurus

If born under the sign of Taurus, you find value in anything that brings sensual pleasure—large and small. In fact, when it comes to worth, you prize everything from outright luxury to the very precious resources of Mother Earth, not to mention your own personal values and beliefs. You’re not one to covet just anything, for everything you possess must either have meaning or be something you’re able to give meaning to. If by chance your search for significance doesn’t pan out right away, you persist until it does, for perseverance is your calling card.

YOUR APRIL BIRTHDAY! April Flower

Although the origin of your birth flower, the Sweet Pea, is somewhat unclear, what’s indisputable is its association with blissful pleasure: Blossoming in many varieties and colors (sometimes two-tone), many of the richly fragrant flowers have an aroma reminiscent of orange blossoms and honey.
A centerpiece of corsages, boutonnières, and other types of bouquets and flower arrangements, this delicate bloom was first believed to be seen in Sicily by the monk, Francisco Cupani, a member of the Order of St. Francis, in 1695. Considered easy to grow and care for, they are consistently sought out by those with a green thumb.

YOUR APRIL BIRTHDAY! April Birthstone

Your birth stone, the diamond, derives its name from the Greek word, adamas, meaning “unconquerable,” and has as much history and legend surrounding its origin as it has facets to shine. Born beneath the earth’s surface in volcanic heat and massive pressure, this jewel of kings is also associated with romance, as Cupid’s arrow was believed to be tipped by this precious gem. Often seen on engagement rings, ancient Egyptians believed that the vena amoris, or “vein of love,” ran straight from one’s heart to the top of the third finger on the left hand. When Archduke Maximilian of Austria bestowed a diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy in 1477, a tradition was born. Nowadays, it is often extracted from the renowned Kimberley diamond mines near Kimberley, South Africa, among many other places around the world.

Famous People Born in April

Famous faces who share your birthday month: Marlon Brando, Carol Burnett, Charlie Chaplin, Beverly Cleary, Thomas Jefferson, Coretta Scott King, Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand

Important April 2013 Dates

April Fool’s Day   4/1
World Health Day   4/7
National Siblings Day   4/10
Tax Day   4/15
Earth Day   4/22
Administrative Professionals Day   4/24
Arbor Day   4/26

 

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