World Health Day celebrates the founding of WHO (World Health Organization) in 1948 on this date. This years topic of World Health Day 2014 is preventing vector-borne diseases (disease laden bug bites.)
More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases.
Enjoy the great outdoors, kids.
April 7, 1805 -
Beethoven conducted the premiere of his Eroica Symphony No. 3 in E flat major on this date. Beethoven uses the symphony to convey popular notions about heroism and revolution, which were prevalent throughout Europe at the time.
He was full of enthusiasm and respect for the French Revolution's ideals, and especially (at first) Napoleon Bonaparte. Beethoven, like a teenage groupie, scrawled Napoleon's name all over the dedication page of the symphony.
April 7, 1915 -
Eleanora Fagan, considered by many to be the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, was born on this day. Though her career was relatively short and often erratic, she left behind a body of work as great as any vocalist before or since.
Eleanora's (or as she was professionally known, Billie Holiday) vocal style — strongly inspired by instrumentalists — pioneered a new way of manipulating wording and tempo, and also popularized a more personal and intimate approach to singing.
April 7, 1927 -
An audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. Hoover’s image and voice were transmitted across telephone lines. Edna Mae Horner, an operator at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, assisted the transmission and became the first woman on television
April 7, 1933 -
In March of 1933, President Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act allowing the sale of beer once again with the proviso, the beer remain no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
On this date, the act became law, and beer production began – thus marking the imminent end of Prohibition. April 7th does NOT signify the end of National Prohibition. National Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933. New Beer's Eve (which was celebrated last night) occurs the day before National Alcohol-Free Weekend begins.
Celebrate either as you see fit.
April 7, 1939 -
That little old Italian wine maker, Francis Ford Coppola, (who is also a magazine publisher and hotelier) was born on this date.
Like Martin Scorsese, Coppola was a sickly youth, a case of polio which allowed him time to indulge in puppet theater and home movies.
April 7, 1970 -
John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy won the Oscar for
Best Picture on this date. It remains the only X-rated film to win an
The film was rated "X" (no one under 17 admitted) upon its original release in 1969,
but the unrestricted use of that rating by pornographic filmmakers
caused the rating to quickly become associated with hardcore sex films.
Today in History:
April 7, 1954 -
President Dwight D. Eisenhower coined one of the most famous Cold War phrases when he suggests the fall of French Indochina to the communists could create a "domino" effect in Southeast Asia on this date.
The so-called "domino theory" dominated U.S. thinking about Vietnam for the next decade.
Who know that the President was so afraid of the Pizza boy?
April 7, 1989 -
Soviet nuclear submarine K-278 Komsomolets sank in the Norwegian sea, with two nuclear reactors and two nuclear torpedoes aboard on this date. 41 crew members died,
and the submarine remains one mile below the surface of the ocean, with its nuclear weapons intact.
April 7, 1990 -
A display of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs opened at, the same day the center and its director, Dennis Barrie were indicted on obscenity charges on this date.
Both were later acquitted.
April 7, 1998 -
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou was arrested by an undercover police officer after pleasuring himself in front of him in a public toilet.
If George only realized how many of his fans would have happily dons uniforms and stood before him in any restroom of his choice.
And so it goes.