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April 26: Hug an Australian Day, Jessie Redmon Fauset Birth Anniversary, Poem in Your Pocket Day, Montgomery Ward Seized

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Hug an Australian Day

If he's nearby, go ahead and give Curtis Stone a hug. The Australian who heats up the kitchen won't be able to turn you away because April 26 is Hug an Australian Day, according to Wellcat. If you can't wrap your arms around an Australian, indulge in some Australian cinema with "Crocodile Dundee," "Picnic at Hanging Rock," "Mad Max," or "Muriel's Wedding."

The late, great Heath Ledger, who died way before his prime was an Aussie.

Other huggable Australians include:

* Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska.

* Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

Jessie Redmon Fauset Birth Anniversary

Langston Hughes called her "the midwife of the so-called New Negro Literature," according to "Harlem Writers and Intellectuals" (University of Michigan). Jessie Redmon Fauset, born April 26, 1882, was a black poet and novelist and one of the lesser known contributors to the Harlem Renaissance. She was the literary editor of the NAACP's publication "Crisis." She also worked with W.E.B. DuBois on a children's magazine, "The Brownie Book."

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Just like Fauset published the works of Langston Hughes in the literary journal, you too, can share some great poetry on April 26. April is National Poetry Month and on Poem in Your Pocket Day you're encouraged to carry around a copy of your favorite poem. Then pull it out and share it with friends, coworkers and your family. If you really want to impress them, memorize it. Keep the copy in your pocket for back up.

"In 2002, the City of New York created Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP) as part of the city's National Poetry Month celebration. ... Each year on PIYP Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets," according to the American Academy of Poets.

Montgomery Ward Seized

In an odd bit of government involvement in corporate vs. union history, federal troops physically removed the chairman of Montgomery Ward, Sewell Avery from his Chicago office on April 26, 1944. Montgomery Ward was a department store and mail order retailer, "refused to abide by a National War Labor Board order extending a union contract with the firm. Montgomery Ward challenged the Government's authority to take this action," according to the National Archives and Record Administration. The order had come from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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