April 13 — First Elephant Arrives in U.S. (1796)

We often talk about the elephant in the room—or not talk about it, as the saying goes.  But what about the elephant in the country, the first one in the country? It had to happen sometime, and that time was April 13, 1796.  America’s first elephant arrived from Asia, aboard the merchant ship America!  She […]

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April 12 — Arches National Monument Created (1929)

Arches National Monument was created by President Herbert Hoover on April 12, 1929.  It remained a national monument until 1971, when the U.S. Congress passed and President Richard Nixon signed a law to change the status to a national park. Arches National Park lies in the east-central Utah, near the city of Moab.  Arches is […]

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April 11 — Ian Redmond, Primatologist, Born (1954)

Dian Fossey is the name we associate with mountain gorillas, but working alongside her and continuing her work to this day was the most active and honored conservationists of modern times. Ian Redmond was born in Malaysia on April 11, 1954.  As a boy, he returned with his mother to the Yorkshire region of England, […]

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April 10 — Arbor Day First Celebrated (1872)

Arbor Day is a tree-planting rite of spring in all fifty states and in many countries around the world.  The date of celebration varies according to the ideal time to plant new trees, but the first Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 J. Sterling Morton (born in 1832), a journalist and nature lover, […]

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April 6 — American Museum of Natural History Founded (1869)

The 2006 movie, “A Night at the Museum” introduced people around the world to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  But the real museum is even more spectacular than the special effects of the movie—and has been for nearly 150 years. The governor of New York signed the museum into existence […]

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April 7 — World Health Day

April 7 is celebrated each year as World Health Day.  As Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland famously noted in her leadership of the world’s first comprehensive look at sustainability, the issues of public health, environmental quality and economic development are not three issues—but one. World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to recognize the founding […]

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April 4 — “The Good Life” Begins Airing (1975)

All this sustainability stuff is deadly serious, but can we take a minute now and then to laugh at ourselves about it? That’s just what the British comedy series, The Good Life, did.  In 39 episodes, starting on April 4, 1975, and running through 1978, the television show spoofed the desire to become self-sufficient and […]

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April 3 — Jane Goodall, Chimpanzee Researcher, Born (1934)

Ask just about anyone to name a famous living biologist, and the answer is likely to be, “Jane Goodall.”  Goodall, who studied chimpanzees in Tanzania for half a century, is a hero to people throughout the world, and especially a role model for young women interested in science, research and adventure. Goodall was born on […]

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