TODAY IS VIMY RIDGE DAY IN CANADA
AND BATAAN DAY IN THE PHILIPPINES.
APRIL 12th MARKS THE 155th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
APRIL 15th MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROTOTYPE FOR THE COMMERCIAL GRADE VIDEO TAPE RECORDER.
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*The Brussels Zaventem International Airport has resumed operations.
*Pope Francis has issued "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love") a document on the Roman Catholic approach to love, sex, marriage and family life.
*Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the creation of a new National Guard to fight terrorism and organized crime. However, some critics claim Putin fears unrest in the upcoming legislative election this September.
*Colombia's Constitutional Court voted in favor of same-sex marriage, but the decision has yet to become legal.
CONCERNING NORTH KOREA...
*China has announced it is restricting trade with North Korea, in cooperation with recent new sanctions from the United Nations' Security Council.
*Jazz singer and actor Bill Henderson (Clue, City Slickers, White Men Can't Jump) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Voice actor Erik Bauersfeld (Star Wars, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence) is no longer with us.
*Mike Sandlock of the Brooklyn Dodgers has passed away.
*Jazz singer and actor Don Francks (Le Femme Nikita, Inspector Gadget) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Screenwriter (Georgia, Pollock) and actress (Soldier Blue) Barbara Turner has passed away.
*Country singer/songwriter Merle Haggard ("Okie from Muskogee", "The Fighting Side of Me") is no longer with us.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
Cruz is hoping his fellow Republicans will rally behind him to keep Donald Trump from winning the GOP Presidential nomination.
*Ahead of its upcoming primary, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Donald Trump.
*While many Congressional Republicans still seemed determined to stall President Barack Obama's agenda at every opportunity, Senator Marco Rubio has decided to support the President's request for funds to fight the Zika Virus.
*Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) approved a new law that allows religious groups and private businesses to deny services to LGBT citizens.
*While not yet official, Tennessee legislatures are working on a bill that would allow therapists to refuse mental health services to LGBT patients.
*You know you're doing a great job as the Governor of Florida when you can't even order a cup of coffee in public.
*Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their Sunday night concert in Greensboro, North Carolina to protest the state's controversial "bathroom bill", where a person must use the public restroom of their birth gender, regardless of what they are now.
*For those who haven't filed yet, income taxes are due by April 15th.
*The Federal Aviation Authority is considering the possibility of allowing commercial package delivery by drones.
*Pfizer and Allergan have cancelled their $160 billion merger. Pfizer allegedly owes Allergan a $400 million dollar "kill fee" as a result.
*The Villanova Wildcats defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the NCAA Men's Championship. Meanwhile, the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies defeated Syracuse Orange to win their fourth straight Women's Championship.
*Despite many games scheduled for the first week either being rained or SNOWED out, baseball season has officially begun!
*Trent Harmon was declared the final American Idol, as that series ended a 15 year run this week.
*Whether you were actually doing it before or not, it is now legal to live
together in Florida!
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