Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created by the Smithsonian Museum in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans. It originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as “America’s classical music”. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage
National Garlic Day
Garlic is a type of bulbous plant that belongs to the family of lilies. This plant originates from central Asia and now there are more than 450 varieties of garlic. Cultivation of garlic started about 4000 years ago. The first ancient civilization that truly incorporated garlic into their diet was Egypt. In 3rd millennium BC garlic was used not only by nobility, but also in medicine, religious rituals and was given to the slaves as a powerful source of strength. Garlic is one of the healthiest foods on earth with many health properties, including anti blood coagulation, antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, lowers cholesterol, anticancer properties and really helps fight the common cold.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Jane Mansfield – Actress – born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Maria Sharapova – Professional Tennis Player – born in Nyagan, Russia