International "Louie Louie" Day
Thank (or blame) toga-wearing John Belushi for the "life of the party" reputation of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie." The song is not only one of the greatest party songs ever, it's also a favorite cover song. Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Black Flag, Young MC, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, and the Smashing Pumpkins have all covered the lively tune. Play your favorite version on International "Louie Louie" Day.
Songwriter and musician Berry was born on April 11, 1935. Berry recorded the original with the Pharaohs, and released it in 1957. The song was a "catchy, somewhat calypso diddy that was originally intended as the B-side for his recording of 'You Are My Sunshine'" according to LouieLouie.
Cheese Fondue Day
Gather your cheese ends, some spices and prepare to use leftover bread and fresh fruits. Swiss peasants probably enjoyed cheese fondue in the early 19th century, according to Food Timeline. There are also French and Italian versions of fondue. Basic fondue combines shredded cheese, most often Gruyere, with white wine, garlic, cornstarch or flour, ground pepper and nutmeg. Americans can take credit for the decadent chocolate fondue. Host a fondue party or enjoy basic cheese fondue, baked fondue or fondue with pesto.
Civil Rights Act of 1968 Anniversary
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The following week, on April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Two years earlier Congress did not support Johnson's civil rights bill that included a fair housing provision.
"The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. generated the support needed to pass the bill two years later. The 1968 Fair Housing Act banned discrimination in the sale and rental of 80 percent of housing. It also contained anti-riot provisions and protected persons exercising specific rights -- such as attending school or serving on a jury-as well as civil rights workers urging others to exercise these rights. It included the Indian Bill of Rights to extend constitutional protections to Native Americans not covered by the Bill of Rights," according to the Library of Congress.
National Bookmobile Day
Cruel irony. There's no other way to describe the continuing decline in public library funding while usage is increasing according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, based on findings from American Library Association surveys. The unemployed flock to libraries for free Internet access, essential for job seekers. Bookmobiles help bridge the gap, offering not only printed materials but a host of library services including Internet access, computer classes, story hours and resume writing classes according to the ALA.
"In times of economic hardship, Americans turn to -- and depend on -- their libraries and librarians," said ALA President Molly Raphael. "Bookmobiles ensure that while communities are in critical need of library services, everyone has access, no matter where they are -- rural areas, cities or suburbs." (ALA)
- Louie Louie
- Bruce Springsteen