1780 John James Audubon was born.
1986 The world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred in Chernobyl, U. S.S. R.
1992 Worshippers celebrated Russian Orthodox Easter for the first time in seventy-four years in Moscow, Russia.
1995 The U. S. observed a minute of silence. (See April 19th entry.)
Confederate Memorial Day, is still observed in the southern states. It honors those who sacrificed their lives in hopes of changing the future for their successors. A region’s grief is somehow part of a familial heritage; a nation’s grief is of almost epic proportions. It’s been said that silence speaks louder than words. On this day in 1995, a nation screamed out its anguish over the loss of innocents and innocence with a national minute of silence to honor the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.
John James Audubon was in love with America’s birds. born on this day in 1785, he drew and wrote about the uniqueness of North American wildlife with a master’s touch. But some generations later, the society that bore his name—the Audubon Society—was regarded as a membership of oddballs. Bird watchers at that time had no place in a world that revered only artificial or contrived beauty. Luckily, society at large has come to share Audubon’s view of natural beauty.
There are times when the unthinkable does occur. On this day in 1992, worshippers celebrated Russian Orthodox Easter for the first time in seventy-four years in Moscow, Russia. Religious rites of any kind had been banned by the Communist Party since the establishment of the Soviet Socialist Republic in 1918. It was considered to be an impossible turn of events for many years and by many generations. On this same day in 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred in the Soviet city of Chernobyl. A reactor meltdown in a nuclear based power plant exposed hundreds of thousands of civilians to dangerous levels of radioactive material which spread throughout most of Europe in the months that followed carried by the wind and rain. No one could even measure the true extent of the damage until a few years later.