On this day in 1987, The first installment of The Simpsons is aired.
The hugely popular animated sitcom debuted on the Tracey Ullman Show in the form of one-minute shorts.
Today is dedicated to the Velociraptor, a small, fast, bird-like dinosaur. There were two species of the dinosaur, the second of which wasn’t identified until 2008. Their name comes from the Latin words “velox,” meaning swift, and “raptor,” meaning robber or plunderer. They were named by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1924, who was president of the American Museum of Natural History. Fossils of the dinosaur were first found the year prior, in the Outer Mongolian Gobi Desert. More fossils have since been found in the Gobi desert in Mongolia and northern China.
Velociraptors were about the size of a small turkey and could weigh up to 33 pounds. They had three claws on each hand and could fold their arms against their body like birds. They had a sickle-shaped claw on a toe on each of their feet that helped them catch their prey, which was usually small animals, reptiles, and amphibians. In 2007, quill knobs were discovered, indicating they had had feathers..
Have there been times when people have been nagging you to do things and all you have heard is “blah, blah, blah”? Well, today is not the most fun day, because today is a day to do the things that people have been nagging you about! At least once you do some of these things you won’t have to hear people bugging you anymore!
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
McDonald’s Day takes place on the anniversary of the day in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened a McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois. This was the first restaurant of his franchise, but the ninth McDonald’s restaurant overall.
Drop Everything and Read Day is observed annually on April 12th. Currently I’m reading Radical Candor.
On april 11, 1900 the Navy bought the first submarine for the price of $150,000 designed by Irish-born engineer John Philip Holland. April 11 has since become known as National Submarine Day. The submarine was commissioned and officially became known as the USS Holland(SS-1) on October 12, 1900.
On this day in 1860, the world’s first recording of the human voice is created
French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville used his phonautograph, the earliest known sound recording device, to capture himself singing the French folk song “Au clair de la lune”.
April 8th is Dog Fart Awareness Day… And National Empañada Day! Let’s go with National Empañada Day, that seems like a nicer day.