Important Dates in Women's
by Susan G. Butruille
- April 1: Festival of Fools, presided over by Loki,
Norse trickster god. Festival of Aphrodite/Venus and Fortuna
- April 1, 1983: Women form a 14-mile human chain to oppose
US missiles in England at the women's peace camp at
- April 2: "Battle of the Flowers," a
tradition originating in France in which people throw flowers
at the hearts of those they desire.
- April 4, 1928: Birth of Maya Angelou, author, poet,
- April 4, 1967: Martin Luther King, Jr spoke against the
Vietnam War: "This war is a blasphemy against all
that America stands for."
- April 4, 1968: Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 5: Festival of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, and
Great Mother of China, marked by visits to her shrines with
offerings of incense.
- April 6, 1917: Montana's Jeannette Rankin, the first
woman elected to US Congress, joined 55 colleagues to vote
against declaration of war on Germany.
- April 8: Celebration of the birthday of Siddhartha
Gautama, who became known as the Buddha.
- April 9, 1939: Marian Anderson sang at the Lincoln
Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR) refused her permission to sing at Constitutional Hall
because of her race.
- April 9, 1995: Former US Secretary of Defense Robert
McNamara admitted "We were terribly wrong" about
- April 10, 1971: The Jeannette Rankin Brigade of 8,000
women, led by 90-year-old Jeannette Rankin, marched on the
Pentagon for nuclear disarmament.
- April 7, 2007: Easter, the celebration of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- April 11, 1954: US offered France the atomic bomb to use
against Vietnam. France refused.
- April 11, 1968: Enactment of the Civil Rights Act of
1968. The clause barring discrimination against women
began as a joke.
- April 13: Festival of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of grains
who gave us the word for cereal.
- April 19, 1995: Oklahoma City bombing killed 168,
including 19 children in a day care center located in the
ground floor of the federal building.
- April 24: Peace March of 200,000 in Washington, DC.
- April 25: Robigalia, Roman festival to Robigus, God of
Mildew. Here in the Willamette Valley, it is useful to
know that lighting an altar fire and offering incense and wine
help to appease this god.
- April 25, 1982: Women in Canberra, Australia laid a
wreath for all women raped in wars.
- April 26, 1986: Partial meltdown of Chernobyl nuclear
power plant in the Ukraine.
- April 27, 1927: Birth of activist Coretta Scott King.
- April 27, 1994: Nelson Mandela, after years of
imprisonment, was elected President of South Africa.
- April 28: Floralia, a three-day Roman festival to Flora,
Goddess of flowers and the pleasures of youth. Revelers were
showered with beans and other symbols of fertility.
- April 29, 1915: Founding of the Women's International
League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
- April 29, 1918: Birth of Pearl Bailey, singer and UN
- April 30, 1975: Final US evacuation of US citizens and
end of Vietnam War.
- April 30: Festivals of reproduction and renewal:
Beltane (Celtic), Walburga (Germany and Scandinavia), May Eve
(Central Europe), First Foods (North American Indians).