What is it about some dates that seems to make them more consequential than others?
April 15 seems to be one of those dates that just keeps popping up throughout history. It’s the birthday of, among many others, Leonardo daVinci, Nikita Khrushchev, Seth Rogen and Emma Watson.
It’s tax day, here in the U.S. (Have you got yours done? I did ours yesterday and they turned out better than expectations.)
But it’s the events that fascinate me. Here’s a sampling:
Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds in 1865.
The Titanic sank in 1912.
Jackie Robinson made is debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
The B-52 made its maiden flight in 1952.
McDonald’s was founded in 1955.
The first Ford Mustang left the showroom in 1962.
The Boston Marathon bombing happened in 2013.
200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
All these things, and many, many more happened on April 15.
Now, I will readily admit that the Wikipedia entry for pretty much any date will have similar lists of events, births, and deaths. I get that. I also get that, as a taxpaying American, April 15 already stands out on the calendar. Therefore, I will naturally be more inclined to take note of other events on that same date.
Still, these are some pretty significant events, and today is the anniversary of all of them.
P.S. Want to hear something funny?
I was a seasonal tax preparer for H&R Block for 4 years, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012. In none of those years, did tax season end on April 15. Whether it was due to a weekend, or Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., something always pushed the end of tax season out to April 17 or 18.