There is a saying, "April showers bring May flowers." That might be true, but there are so many other interesting things about the month of April.
The name April comes from the Latin word meaning "to open." It is during the time when flowers and trees begin to open at springtime. April is the fourth month of the year. Up until 700 BC, April was the second month of the year on the Roman calendar.
It is the first of four months to have 30 days following March with 31 days, the maximum number of days in any month. The other three months with 30 days like April are June, September, and November.
The first thing that comes to mind in reference to April is the saying, "April showers bring May flowers." Is that true, or is it just something to say because it rhymes?
According to meteorologists and other weather professionals, the saying is true. April is traditionally a rainy month. That means the rain keeps the soil fertile that makes flowers grow and bloom a month later. It could be raining and wet one day and the next day it could be sunny and dry.
Actually, the line is from a short poem. Even though the literal meaning is true, there is a deeper meaning behind the words. The statement is a reminder that even the most unpleasant things, like all that rain in April, can bring about very enjoyable things like an abundance of beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers in May. Even though the expression is a lesson in patience that was coined many years ago, it is one that remains true to this day.
April's birthstone is the diamond.
The birthstone for April is the diamond that symbolizes innocence.
April's flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea.
The two zodiac signs are Aries from March 21 until April 19 and Taurus from April 20 until May 21.
The symbol for Aries is the ram.
The symbol for Taurus is the bull.
Presidents Born and Died in April
Four Presidents of the United States were born in April.
April 13, 1743: Thomas Jefferson
April 23, 1791: James Buchanan
April 27, 1822: Ulysses S. Grant
April 28, 1758: James Monroe
Four Presidents of the United States died in April.
April 4, 1841: William Henry Harrison
April 12, 1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 15, 1865: Abraham Lincoln
April 22, 1994: Richard Nixon
Celebrities Born in April
April 3, 1958: Alec Baldwin
April 4, 1965: Robert Downey Jr.
April 5, 1973: Pharrell Williams
April 7, 1964: Russell Crowe
April 8, 1966: Robin Wright
April 9, 1990: Kristen Stewart
April 10, 1984: Mandy Moore
April 15, 1990: Emma Watson
Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, known by his stage name Chance the Rapper
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April 16, 1993: Chance the Rapper
April 17, 1972: Jennifer Garner
April 18, 1979: Kourtney Kardashian
April 19, 1978: James Franco
April 22, 1937: Jack Nicholson
April 23, 1977: John Cena
April 24, 1942: Barbra Streisand
April 26, 1980: Renée Zellweger
April 26, 1980: Channing Tatum
Jessica Alba: April 28, 1981.
April 29, 1958: Michelle Pfeiffer
April 30, 1982: Kirsten Dunst
April 15 is tax day in the United States.
Dates to Observe in April
April Fools' Day
Autism Awareness Day
National Poetry Month
National Arab American Heritage Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
Jazz Appreciation Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
Cancer Control Month
Interesting and Fun Facts about April
April is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
The month of April was sacred to the goddess Venus in Ancient Rome.
April means "to open."
April is the second month of spring and the first full month since spring started on March 20.
The arrival of the cuckoo bird in April is a signal that spring has arrived.
April is a time of planting and a good time to do spring cleaning.
Small animals that hibernated during the winter months usually come out of their burrows in April.
Birds fly northward in April.
Bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers that spring up in April.
April in the Southern Hemisphere is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Elizabethan poet and playwright William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, and died his birthday on April 23, 1616, at the age of 52.
Lots of poems have been written about April.
The first Webster Dictionary was copyrighted by Noah Webster on April 14, 1828.
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
The first President of the United States George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789.
April is a female name even though the child might not have been in April.
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