FREE April 2017 calendar wallpaper + anniversaries and events

April is only starting and Society for News Design provides a calendar of events happening this month.

“The best that you can do” is the 2017 SND Year-Long Conversation to provide incentive and help designers worldwide to improve themselves, be more creative and to do their best designs in print and online, by thinking in advance some exciting projects and share them with SND community.

Any opportunity in the design department should be taken as a challenge for us to overcome our limits and to do our best and be more creative. Nowadays it is a great privilege to have a space in print or online where you can show your design and you should not lose this chance.

Download the April 2017 SND wallpaper created by Nuri Ducassi (@UberNuri ), or download the 2017 full SND Calendar with the most important events of the year and of course SND events.

SHOWCASE is SND’s new space for designers to show their works in print and online. Be proud of your work and inspire others to be creative.

Did you or your team produce a special coverage or project involving a good design? Please send it to mailto:[email protected] and we will consider promoting it on our website.

APRIL 2017 events

⇒Unite & Rebel, a creative conference focused on innovation, risk-taking and team building in media hosted by the Society for News Design. Join us April 19–21 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Register here: –  All speakers here

5 Years (2012)

April 01: Aung San Suu Kyi wins a seat at the lower house of the Burmese parliament under her opposition party, the National League for Democracy.

April 02: 31 People are died after a Russian Jet UTair crashed and burst in to flames moments after take-off.

April 09: Facebook acquire Instagram, an app that combines photography and social networking, for $1 billion.

April 20: The Bhoja Air flight from Karachi burst into flames and crashes near Islamabad killing all 127 passenger and crew.


10 Years (2007)

April 16: Virginia Tech shooting, Blacksburg, Virginia, US. Seung-Hui Cho, a senior student diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others.

April 23: Death of Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia.

April 25: Death of Alan Ball, British footballer. The youngest member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team.

April 25: Death of Arthur Milton, British footballer and cricketer. The last man to play for England at a national level in both sports.

April 26: AIceland and Norway sign an agreement to co-operate on security and defense


15 Years (2002)

April 04: The Angolan Civil War ends after 26 years. MPLA victory.

April 26: Erfurt school massacre, Germany. 19-year-old expelled student Robert Steinhäuser returned to his school with a gun and shot dead 13 members of staff, 2 students and a police officer. He then committed suicide.


20 Years (1997)

April 10: Britain’s National Trust ban deer-hunting on its land.

April 13: American golfer Tiger Woods, aged 21, becomes the youngest player to win the US Masters championship.

April 21: Inder Kumar Gujral becomes Prime Minister of India following H. D. Deve Gowda’s resignation after losing a vote of confidence


25 Years (1992)

April 02: Pierre Bérégovoy becomes Prime Minister of France.

April 06: Microsoft releases its Windows 3.1 graphical operating environment.

April 06: Death of Isaac Asimov, prolific Russian-born American writer and biochemist.

April 07: The European Community and the USA recognised the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

April 08: American tennis star Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS, acquired from a blood transfusion during heart surgery.

April 09: Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering at a court in Miami, Florida, US.

April 09: Sali Berisha became President of Albania.

April 10: Baltic Exchange bombing, 30 St. Mary Axe, London. A one-ton IRA truck bomb exploded outside the Baltic Exchange, destroying part of the façade and damaging the rest of the building and surrounding buildings.

April 12: Disneyland Paris (formerly known as Euro Disney) opens in France.

April 15: A massive fire breaks out in a tent city of Mina near Makkah, Saudi Arabia during an annual pilgrimage. 343 people were killed and over 1,300 injured.

April 16: The President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Najibullah, is forced to resign as his regime collapsed.

April 22: A series of gas explosions in the sewer system in Guadalajara, Mexico killed 206 people, injured hundreds and left 15,000 homeless.

April 23: The world’s largest McDonald’s fast-food restaurant opens in Beijing, China.

April 23: Death of Satyajit Ray, Indian film director, writer and illustrator.

April 27: Betty Boothroyd becomes the first female Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons.

April 29: Lithuania becomes the first former Soviet republic to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


30 Years (1987)

April 11: The London Agreement is signed by King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres.


40 Years (1977)

April 02: British race horse Red Rum win the Grand National for a historic third time. It is considered one of the greatest moments in sporting history, and the record still stands today.

April 18: American writer Alex Haley was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.


50 Years (1967)

April 01: The United States Department of Transportation begin operating.

April 04: Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. give a famous speech in which he stated his opposition to the Vietnam War. The speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence was delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City.

April 07: Israel invade Syria – one of the key events that led to the Six-Day War in June.

April 08: The United Kingdom wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time, with the song Puppet on a String sung by Sandie Shaw.

April 09: The Boeing 737 made its first flight. It went into service in February 1968 and became the world’s best-selling jet airliner.

April 13: Death of Luis Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua.


60 Years (1957)

April 06: Olympic Airlines is founded in Greece (as Olympic Airways) by shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

April 15: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada is incorporated as a new city after splitting from Surrey.

April 24: The Suez Canal fully reopen to shipping following the Suez Crisis of October – November 1956.


70 Years (1947)

April 01: Death of King George II of Greece. Succeeded by his brother Paul.

April 06: The first Tony Awards are presented, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, New York City, US.

April 07: Death of Henry Ford, American industrialist, car manufacturer and inventor. Founder of the Ford Motor Company.

April 16: Texas City disaster. A French freighter loaded with fertiliser exploded in Texas City harbour, Texas, US, killing 576 people and injuring 4,000.

April 20: Death of King Christian X of Denmark. Succeeded by his son Frederick IX.


75 Years (1942)

April 18: Pierre Laval became Prime Minister of France for the fourth time.

April 26: The worst mining disaster in history. An explosion at the Honkeiko (also known as Benxihu) colliery in Benxi, China killed 1,549 miners


80 Years (1937)

April 12: British aviation engineer Frank Whittle ground-tested the first jet engine.

April 26: Spanish Civil War: German planes bombed the Basque town of Guernica.

April 26: The worst mining disaster in history. An explosion at the Honkeiko (also known as Benxihu) colliery in Benxi, China killed 1,549 miners.

April 27: The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London opens.


90 Years (1927)

April 07: AT&T give the first public demonstration of its prototype long-distance videophone service (then known as the picture telephone).

April 12: Shanghai massacre Republic of China. Communist Party organisations in Shanghai are violently suppressed by Chiang Kai-shek’s military forces and conservative elements of the Chinese Nationalist Party


100 years (1917)

April 01: The Danish West Indies are officially transferred to the USA and renamed the United States Virgin Islands, after the USA purchased them from Denmark for $25 million.

April 06: World War I: the USA declared war on Germany and entered the war.

April 16: Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia after 17 years in exile in Siberia and Western Europe.


125 Years (1892)

April 12: The first use of voting machines in the US, at a municipal election in Lockport, New York

April 12: The first truly portable typewriter, the Blickensderfer typewriter, is patented by George Blickensderfer of Stamford, Connecticut, US.

April 13: Birth of Sir Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist who developed radar.

April 15: General Electric is founded in the USA when the Edison General Electric Company and the Thomson-Houston Company merged


150 years (1867)

April 01: The first municipal election in the US in which blacks are eligible to vote is held in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

April 01: The International Exhibition (World’s Fair) of 1867 is held in Paris, France. There were more than 50,000 exhibitors, and more than 9 million people visited it. (till Oct 31)

April 07: Johnson C. Smith University is established in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.

April 16: Birth of Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer (Wright brothers) who achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled plane flight.

April 25: Tokyo, Japan is opened for foreign trade following a request by the new emperor, Meiji.


250 Years (1767)

April 07: The Burmese–Siamese War ended. Burmese victory which ended the Siamese kingdom of Ayutthaya.








About Douglas Okasaki

is 2018 Past President of the Society for News Design

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