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On This Day
1348 – The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St. George’s Day.
The Order of the Garter (formally the Most Noble Order of the Garter) is an order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348 and regarded as the most prestigious British order of chivalry (though in precedence inferior to the military Victoria Cross and George Cross) in England and later the United Kingdom. It is dedicated to the image and arms of Saint George, England’s patron saint.
Appointments are made at the Sovereign’s sole discretion. Membership of the Order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than 24 living members, or Companions. The order also includes supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g., members of the British royal family and foreign monarchs). New appointments to the Order of the Garter are often announced on St George’s Day (23 April), as Saint George is the order’s patron saint.
The order’s emblem is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Middle French: “Shame on him who thinks ill of it”) in gold lettering. Members of the order wear it on ceremonial occasions.
Born On This Day
1856 – Granville Woods, American inventor and engineer (d. 1910)
Granville Tailer Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was an American inventor who held more than 60 patents. He is also the first American of African ancestry to be a mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War. Self-taught, he concentrated most of his work on trains and streetcars. One of his notable inventions was the Multiplex Telegraph, a device that sent messages between train stations and moving trains. His work assured a safer and better public transportation system for the cities of the United States.
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“Toxic people will not be changed by the alchemy of your kindness. Yes, be kind. But move on swiftly and let life be their educator.”
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Take a breath. Find some peace. Be kind.
The book about this time has not been written. Be kind. You can change the plot of this time — one kind act at a time.
Yes, it’s dark out there. Shine on. The world needs your light right now
Fear is a liar. That’s just a fact. By being kind to yourself and everyone around you, you will find the truth again. Just try it. Be kind.
Be kind. Asshole and Troll is already taken. There can never be too much kindness.
Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat after me: I see you. I know how hard you try. You matter to me. Hang in there. Things get better with time. Promise. Now, repeat it to everyone you know — you see them, they matter, you see how hard they try — and to hang in there.
The world is a large place. The universe is sharing her secrets with us. Be kind. Share the beauty within you and without.
The first sight you saw was light. So many of us only see darkness now. Ask yourself: What have I allowed to keep me from the light that is my birth right?
So many people feel as if their lives are dark right now. Be kind to someone else. Do one act of kindness. You will see the light return to your life.
You weren’t put on this planet to worry and fret. You’re here to do magic shit! Time to get some magic shit done.
We’re all opening to the light. Be kind.
Depair = Anger + Fear. If you’re feeling despair, you’re afraid somewhere. Take some time to look into your fear — and always remember fear is a liar. Let it go. Find your hope because Anger + Hope = Action.
Do one act of kindness each day of the year, and change 365 lives.
Every life is made up of moments of light and dark. What you focus on makes your life feel light or dark. Look for the light. Live in the light
On This Day
1970 – The first Earth Day is celebrated.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.
Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurred on Earth Day (April 22, 2017) and was followed by the People’s Climate Mobilization (April 29, 2017).
Born On This Day
1830 – Emily Davies, British suffragist and educator, co-founder and an early Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge University
Sarah Emily Davies (22 April 1830 – 13 July 1921) was an English feminist and suffragist, and a pioneering campaigner for women’s rights to university access. She is principally remembered as the co-founder and an early Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge University, which was the first college in England to educate women.
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