Archive | April, 2013

Kristen Stewart’s Birthday

Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born in Los Angeles, California on April 9, 1990. Both of her parents were in show business – her father a producer/director and her mother a scriptwriter – and they propelled Kristen into the scene.

Kristen Stewart was discovered by a talent scout at the age of 8 while acting in a school play. Soon after in 1999, she had landed a small role in the Disney Channel movie The Thirteenth Year. However, her big break didn’t come until 2002 when she starred in Panic Room with A-listers Jodie Foster and Forrest Whitaker.

Stewart scored subsequent roles in Speak (2005) and Into the Wild (2007), before gaining colossal fame acting as Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. The vampire series, modeled after novels by Stephanie Meyer, includes five films and follows the love affair between hunky vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and a seemingly “normal”, misunderstood teenager, Bella Swan. Now that the saga has ended, Kristen has begun to separate herself from her immensely popular character in the Twilight movies by starring as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman and its sequel, just announced.

Happy Birthday Kristen!

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Pablo Picasso Dies

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, died on April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France.

Born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, ceramist, and stage designer. He is known in the art world for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of collage, and a wide array of other artistic styles that he helped create and develop.

Some of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings are: The Old Guitarist (1903), Gertrude Stein (1905-1906), Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), although there are many others. Picasso practiced many styles of painting throughout his career as an artist, and would go through periods where all his paintings were crafted in a particular style. Most notable of these styles are the Blue Period, the Rose Period, and Cubism.

Check out some of Pablo Picasso’s work in our selection of Picasso calendars.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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World Health Organization Established

On April 7, 1948, the United Nations established a specialized group with the priority of international public health and safety called the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization (or simply, WHO) was preceded by The League of Nations Health Organization whose covenant stated they would “endeavor to take steps in matters of international concern for the prevention and control of disease, even in cases of dire human hardship.” World War II hindered the efforts of The League of Nations Health Organization and it was decided that a new agency would be put in place.

By July 22, 1946, 61 countries acknowledged by the United Nations had signed the constitution of the World Health Organization, but the constitution didn’t officially come into force until April 7, 1948. April 7 has also come to be known as World Health Day, which celebrates the establishment of the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization is concerned with communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and food security, occupational health, substance abuse, and other issues that affect public health around the globe.

Sources: Wikipedia, WHO

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Sorry Charlie Day

April 6 is Sorry Charlie Day!

We’ve all been rejected at some point in our lives – whether it was a job we didn’t get hired for, not being accepted into a college we wanted to attend, or being dumped by a significant other. Sorry Charlie Day is about learning from rejection and moving forward.

Being rejected sucks, but guess what? We survived. Use today to feel sorry for yourself, and think about how whoever rejected you is really missing out. Take some time to reflect on what you’ve learned from your past rejections, and then let them go.

Sources: Holiday Insights, Zany Holidays

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Kurt Cobain Dies at 27

Kurt Cobain, front man of Seattle grunge band Nirvana, died on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27.

Kurt Donald Cobain was born on February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington to a waitress mother and a mechanic father. From a young age, it became evident that Kurt was highly sensitive to the world around him and enjoyed expressing himself artistically. The news of his parents’ divorce came as a tremendous blow for Cobain, and he became withdrawn and apathetic. The silver lining during this dark period in his adolescence was that he began playing the guitar, which was gift from his uncle.

In high school, Cobain began listening to local punk rock bands and experimenting with drugs. He assembled Nirvana in 1988, which was so named because Cobain “wanted a name that was kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk rock name.” Nirvana released its debut album Bleach in 1989. Marked by punk and heavy metal influences, Bleach sold 40,000 copies during its initial release.

Nirvana’s sophomore album Nevermind brought the band great success and overnight fame with the breakout single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Throughout the final years of his life and career, Cobain struggled with depression, drug addiction (specifically heroin), fame, and public scrutiny about his relationship with fellow musician Courtney Love. The couple had a daughter, Frances Bean on August 18, 1992. In Utero, released in 1993, would be the last album Cobain would ever record.

Upon his return from a European tour, Kurt became a recluse and spent most of his time high and by himself. Courtney Love held an intervention for Kurt and with the help of friends, she convinced him to go to rehab. Less than two days later, Kurt checked himself out of rehab and flew back to Seattle, unbeknownst to any of his family and friends. Kurt took his own life on April 5, 1994 in the guesthouse of his Seattle home, leaving a suicide note addressed to his wife and his daughter.

His death marked his entrance into the 27 Club, a group of musical artists that died at the age of 27 (usually due to alcohol and drugs) that includes the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Amy Winehouse. Kurt Cobain will forever live on as one of the greatest rock and roll musicians of all time.

Sources: Biography, Wikipedia

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Birthday

RDJApril 4 is American actor Robert Downey Jr.’s Birthday!

Born in 1965, Robert Downey Jr. has had a tumultuous acting career facilitated by his longtime battle with drugs and alcohol. As a child, he acted in his director father’s underground films Pound and Greaser’s Palace.

In his twenties, he became known as a member of Hollywood’s Brat Pack for his roles in Weird Science, The Pick-Up Artist, and other coming-of-age films in the 1980s. In 1987, he played rich drug addict Julian Wells in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel Less Than Zero, a role that Downey went on to say “was like the ghost of Christmas Future.”

From 1996-2001 Downey’s life began spiraling out of control as he was in and out of rehab facilities and jail due to his severe drug use. After years of binges, drug-fueled arrests, and reckless behavior, Robert Downey Jr. finally decided enough was enough and got clean. This decision led to a major career comeback and starring roles as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Sherlock Homes. With another Iron Man to be released this year and multiple projects in the works, Downey’s acting career doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Happy Birthday Robert Downey Jr.!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Tweed Day

April 3 is Tweed Day!

There is some speculation as to whether Tweed Day celebrates the rough woolen material originating from Scotland or the infamous politician William “Boss” Tweed who was born on this day in 1823.

It is said that senator turned crook Boss Tweed stole some $200 million from public funds as he went on to become one of the most corrupt and powerful politicians of all time. If you are uninterested in celebrating the life of a dirty politician, there is always the tweed fabric to pay homage to!

Celebrate Tweed Day by incorporating some of the twill material into your outfit today; it never goes out of style!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner

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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 2 is National PB & J Day!

Today we celebrate a staple of American lunches at school and at the workplace: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the beginning of the 1900s, served toNew York’s elite in only the finest tea rooms in the city. However, by the 1920s, the price of peanut butter had decreased and the spread made its way into the home of the middle class American family.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day by making one of these recipes that will take your standard PB & J to a whole new level.

Sources: PunchBowl, Wikipedia

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Dyngus Day

“Everybody’s Polish on Dyngus Day!” Every year, Dyngus Day (or Dingus Day) is celebrated the Monday following Easter Sunday. In 2013, Dyngus Day is celebrated on Monday, April 1.

Dyngus Day is observed in Poland as well as many communities in America that have a heavy concentration of people with Polish ancestry. Historically, it is a day where boys douse girls in water and lightly swat them with pussy willow branches.

These traditions have blossomed into a full-out party day complete with drinking, festivals and parades. The largest Dyngus Day celebration in America is held in Buffalo,New York, which began holding festivities in honor of Dyngus Day in the 1960s.

Happy Dyngus Day!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Wikipedia

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