Earth Day (US)

U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, the “Father of Earth Day”, initiated and promoted environmental actions and activities beginning in 1962. He convinced then President John F. Kennedy to tour the nation in support of environmental concerns. This initial effort did not spark national concern at a political level to effect change.

But Senator Gaylord continued his pursuit of increased environmental concern and action. He proposed a National Earth day in 1970. It was to be the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda”. On April 22, 1970, the timing was right and the first Earth Day protest received astounding support.

Patriot’s Day

Some people know little or nothing about Patriot’s Day. To New Englander’s, it is a big, big day. In the states in New England, it’s a holiday with a day off of work. Banks, schools, post offices, and businesses have the day off.

Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also honors the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, that evening when Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that “The Red Coats are coming!”

Tax Day

Federal income tax was introduced with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help fund the Civil War, and subsequently repealed, re-adopted, and held unconstitutional. The early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns. Tax payment dates varied by act.

The case of Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. challenged the constitutionality of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act of 1894 which taxed incomes over $4,000 at the rate of two percent. The case was decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1895. The Supreme Court decided that the Act’s unapportioned income taxes on interest, dividends, and rents were effectively direct taxes. The Act was therefore unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution‘s rule that direct taxes be apportioned. In 1913, eighteen years later, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. This Amendment gave the United States Congress the legal authority to tax all incomes without regard to the apportionment requirement.

The filing deadline for individuals was March 1 in 1913 (the first year of a federal income tax), and was changed to March 15 in 1918 and again to April 15 in 1955.Today, the filing deadline for U.S. federal income tax returns for individuals remains April 15 or, in the event that the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.

Tax Day occasionally falls on Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and state of Maine, or the preceding weekend. When this occurred for some time, the federal tax deadline was extended by a day for the residents of Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and the District of Columbia because the IRS processing center for these areas was located in Andover, Massachusetts and the unionized IRS employees got the day off. In 2011, the Monday, April 18, Tax Day fell on Patriots’ Day. However, federal filings were directed to Hartford, Connecticut, Charlotte, North Carolina and Kansas City, Missouri and there was no further extension for Maine, Massachusetts or other surrounding states’ residents. The Maine state tax filing deadline was still extended to April 19 in 2011 due to Patriots’ Day.

Success for Children’s Ball

The 2014 Children’s Ball raised an incredible $10,734,300 making it our most successful fundraising event and one of the largest charity fundraisers ever held in Washington, DC. This success would not have been possible without the commitment and leadership of our co-chairs Ambassador and Abeer Al Otaiba and Amy and Bret Baier. We are grateful to them, our generous sponsors, our Ball committee, and our guests for partnering with us to improve the lives of children in the Washington area, across the country, and around the world.

Captain America #1

NEW YORK – “Captain America” continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as “The Winter Soldier” took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

The strong second-week performance for the Walt Disney release in North America was enough to narrowly edge 20th Century Fox’s “Rio 2″ in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale “Rio 2″ debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, almost exactly the opening weekend total of the 2011 Oscar-nominated original.

But “Captain America” has grown considerably in stature since its 2011 original, “The First Avenger.” With a global cumulative total of nearly $477 million, “The Winter Soldier” has (in two weeks domestically, three weeks internationally) easily surpassed the $370 million total of “The First Avenger.”

Golfer’s Day

Some avid golfers might suggest any and every day is Golfer’s Day. But on this day, it’s official. The only question is, does this day honor the golfer, the sport, or the weather? Well, it’s a little of each. Golfer’s Day is an opportunity to be thankful that someone invented this addicting, yet relaxing hobby.

Also referred to as “Golf Day”, there is only one proper way to enjoy this day. And, that’s out on the golf course.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman

CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the “Late Show” next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

Colbert, 49, has been hosting “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with “The Colbert Report.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced on his show last week that he would retire sometime in 2015, although he hasn’t set a date. CBS said Thursday that creative elements of Colbert’s new show, including where it will be based, will be announced later.

Ultimate Warrior Passes

An autopsy report has confirmed American pro wrestling icon The Ultimate Warrior died of a massive heart attack.

TMZ reports the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy concluded there was no foul play in the death of Ultimate Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, who died suddenly on April 8.

No drugs or alcohol were in the star’s system at the time.

The medical examiner officially classified the death as “atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” otherwise known as heart disease.

He was reportedly clutching his chest outside an Arizona hotel at the time of his death.

 

Caps Playoff Hopes Dashed

NEWARK – There was silence in the visitors’ dressing room at Prudential Center on Friday night as players shoved pads into their equipment bags and zipped them shut forcefully in a mix of anger, disappointment and bewilderment.

No, the Washington Capitals have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, but after their 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils here it sure felt like it.

“I don’t know,” Coach Adam Oates said when asked how this loss would impact the players emotionally. “Obviously the guys are going to be bummed out. I’m proud of them because they left it on the line. It was a big game and they played hard, great bounce back from the [5-0 loss to Dallas Tuesday].”

If the Capitals (81 points) win their five remaining regular-season games, they could squeak in – SportsClubStats.com gives them a 40.9 percent chance if they do so. But they’ll need help to leapfrog the three teams in front of them, Columbus (85 points), Toronto (84) and New Jersey (82).

April Fool’s Day

Traditionally, April Fool’s Day is an opportunity for playing jokes or tricks on one another. The stranger and the more absurd the better. The challenge is to carry out a trick that is believable, if only for a little while. Tricks are most successful if played earlier in the day before a person is wise to what is going on. Younger children are also more gullible.

Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting “victim”. And, we suggest you think twice before pulling one on the boss, even if he or she is know to be of good humor.