National High Five Day
Like the friends on "How I Met Your Mother" or the sports-minded Puddy from "Seinfeld," you can take great pleasure in your high-five efforts on April 18. More than just a congratulatory hand slapping, National High Five Day is an all-out marathon to benefit cancer research. Approximately 2 in 5 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, according to the National High-5 Project.
"Give as many high-fives as you can as part of the National High-5-A-Thon. High-five your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, partners and pets" for a cause according to the National High Five Project. Funds raised during the event benefit four research institutes including the Gateway for Cancer Research.
Garlic boasts anti-cancer properties, similar to other allium vegetables. Eating garlic daily "has been found to lower risk of virtually all cancer types except cancer of the prostate and breast cancer," according to World's Healthiest Foods. Even eating garlic several times a week "has been repeatedly found to lower risk of only two cancer types-colorectal and renal cancer."
* Enjoy cauliflower with garlic , instead of mashed potatoes
* Add garlic to your garden
* Get tips on how to chop garlic easily
Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary
The only thing worse than a terrorist attack is a domestic terrorist attack. On April 19, 1995, the unthinkable happened when a car bomb exploded outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at Oklahoma City, killing 168 people including 19 children in a day care center. Another 800 people were injured and an additional 300 buildings were destroyed. Timothy J. McVeigh was executed for the crime on June 11, 2001. On April 19 at 9:02 a.m., take a moment to remember the victims of this tragedy. Many changes occurred after the bombing according to a timeline of the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
John Parker Day
He's not typically the main player in U.S. history classes. Yet John Parker deserves his day. This captain of the minutemen told his men, "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have war, let it begin here" on April 19, 1775, according to the Library of Congress. Parker and other Revolutionary War soldiers were at Lexington Green, Mass. April 19, 1775, is also the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Mass.
Netherlands-U.S. Diplomatic Relations Anniversary
The U.S. and Netherlands have been friends for a long time. If countries had Facebook, these two would have had a steady friendship, not subject to the often fickle nature of fair weather friends. On April 19, 1782, the Dutch recognized "the United States of America as a result of negotiations conducted in the Netherlands by John Adams," according to the History Gallery.
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