April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. It is also National Anxiety Month.
It is Rosacea Awareness Month. Rosacea Awareness Month has been designated by the National Rosacea Society to raise awareness and understanding of this increasingly common disease. Rosacea is a facial skin condition that can cause permanent physical and psychological damage if it is not diagnosed and treated.
April 8th is All is Ours Day. Let’s dissect the meaning and intent of this great day. We will do so by examining the title of this day, word for word. It begins with the word “all“. For such a little word, it’s all-inclusive. From a possessive standpoint, therefore, we are talking about anything and everything we want.. The verb “is” is short, sweet and definite. It leaves no room for doubt or question. Finally, the creator chose the word “our” rather than the word “mine” This is a vital decision allowing us to completely enjoy today. The greatest events, and the best things in life, are those that are shared. The only thing the creator left out is the definition of who “Ours” represents. That is left up to you.
The International Romani Day is today, it’s a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people. The day was officially declared in 1990 in Serock, Poland, the site of the fourth World Romani Congress of the International Romani Union (IRU), in honour of the first major international meeting of Romani representatives, 7-12 of April 1971 in Chelsfield near London.
Some of the writers born on April 8th include:
Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1842), Edmund Husserl (1859), R. P. Keigwin (1833), John Fante (1909), Glendon Swarthout (1918), Frédéric Back (1924), Anthony Farrar-Hockley (1924), Tilly Armstrong (1927), Renzo De Felice (1929), Seymour Hersh (1937), James Herbert (1943), Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Jim Piddock (1956), Evan Davis (1962), Nnedi Okorafor (1974), and Mehran Ghassemi (1977).
Betty Ford, the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford, was born on this day in 1918. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and created precedents as a politically active presidential wife. Throughout her husband’s term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues. Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy and was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Pro-choice on abortion and a leader in the Women’s Movement, she gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot-button issue of the time, including feminism, equal pay, the ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control. She also raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the 1970s. Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement. She was the founder, and served as the first chair of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R. Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (alone, presented 1991, by George H. W. Bush). Weeks after Ford became First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer on September 28, 1974, after being diagnosed with the disease. Ford decided to be open about her cancer because “There had been so much cover-up during Watergate that we wanted to be sure there would be no cover-up in the Ford administration”. Her openness about her illness raised the visibility of a disease that Americans had previously been reluctant to talk about. The spike in women self-examining after Ford went public with the diagnosis led to an increase in reported cases of breast cancer, a phenomenon known as the “Betty Ford blip”. After leaving the White House in 1977, she continued to lead an active public life. In addition to founding the Betty Ford Center, she remained active in women’s issues taking on numerous speaking engagements and lending her name to charities for fundraising. In 1978, the Ford family staged an intervention and forced her to confront her alcoholism and an addiction to opioid analgesics that had been prescribed in the early 1960s for a pinched nerve. She co-authored with Chris Chase a 1987 book about her treatment, Betty: A Glad Awakening. In 2003, Ford produced another book, Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share Their Powerful Journeys of Addiction and Recovery. In 2005, Ford relinquished her chair of the center’s board of directors to her daughter Susan. She had held the top post at the center since its founding. Her husband joked about how she had been chairperson of the board while he had only been a president. Betty Ford died of natural causes on July 8, 2011, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, aged 93. Funeral services were held in Palm Desert, California, on July 12, 2011, with over 800 people in attendance, including former president George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton. On July 13, her casket was flown to Grand Rapids where it lay in repose at the Gerald Ford Museum overnight. On July 14, a second service was held at Grace Episcopal Church. In attendance were former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former first lady Barbara Bush. After the service, she was buried next to her husband on the museum grounds.
Today we remember Ryan White who passed away thirteen years ago today at the age of 18. He was an American from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection. As a hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted but died one month before his high school graduation. Before White, AIDS was a disease widely associated with the male gay community, because it was first diagnosed among gay men. That perception shifted as White and other prominent HIV-infected people, such as Magic Johnson, Arthur Ashe, the Ray brothers and Kimberly Bergalis, appeared in the media to advocate for more AIDS research and public education to address the epidemic. The U.S. Congress passed a major piece of AIDS legislation, the Ryan White Care Act, shortly after White’s death. The Act has been reauthorized twice; Ryan White Programs are the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. White participated in numerous public benefits for children with AIDS. Many celebrities appeared with White, starting during his trial and continuing for the rest of his life, to help publicly destigmatize socializing with people with AIDS. Singers John Cougar Mellencamp, Elton John and Michael Jackson, actor Matt Frewer, diver Greg Louganis, President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight and basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all befriended White. He also was a friend to many children with AIDS or other potentially debilitating conditions. Despite the fame and donations, White stated that he disliked the public spotlight, loathed remarks that seemingly blamed his mother or his upbringing for his illness, and emphasized that he would be willing at any moment to trade his fame for freedom from the disease. In 1989, ABC aired the television movie The Ryan White Story, starring Lukas Haas as Ryan, Judith Light as Jeanne and Nikki Cox as his sister Andrea. White had a small cameo appearance in the film, playing a boy also suffering from HIV who befriends Haas. Others in the film included Sarah Jessica Parker as a sympathetic nurse, George Dzundza as his doctor, and George C. Scott as White’s attorney, who legally argued against school board authorities. White’s death inspired Elton John to create the Elton John AIDS Foundation. White also became the inspiration for a handful of popular songs. Elton John donated the proceeds from “The Last Song” to a Ryan White fund at Riley Hospital. Michael Jackson dedicated the song “Gone Too Soon” to White, as did 1980s pop star Tiffany with the song “Here in My Heart“.
The first synagogue in New York City, Shearith Isreael, was dedicated on April 8, 1730.
Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died April 8, 1906.
Seventy years ago today, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, froze wages and prices, prohibited workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and barred rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
On April 8, 1968, BOAC Flight 712 caught fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison was awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
WHEN YOU’VE GOT AN ASSASSIN’S NAME…When a bourbon-swilling Baptist preacher hires him to recover a stolen file, PI LeeHenry Oswald figures the job will be a quick, painless way to get some cash. But nothing comes easily in Dallas for anybody named Oswald–especially when a psychopathic hit man from out of town shows up, intent on finding the same scrap of missing paper.THERE’S ALWAYS A CHANCE…With the police after him for a murder he didn’t commit, and his every move shadowed by the strange mobster, “Hank” Oswald gratefully accepts another case in an effort to get out of town for a few days. But it isn’t long before Hank realizes there is a chilling connection between the two cases…THAT DEATH WILL COME KNOCKING… Soon Hank finds himself in a murderous race against time as he searches for the secret file and uncovers the mysterious death of his ex-best friend and , yet again, tries to clear his own name in his most explosive adventure yet .
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