A.B. I grew up in the Massachusetts public school system which meant my school vacations were typically the 2nd or 3rd week of April. Every year my family went to our time share in Florida to escape the cold. And every year it seemed like bad news accompanied our time off. Since then I have always been aware that April is a terrible month.
Dont believe me? From the start of the Civil War in 1861 to the BP oil spill disaster in 2010, here is the truly unbelievable list of horrible April events in chronological order:
Start of The Civil War: April 12th 1861
Abraham Lincoln Shot: April 14th 1865
Hitler Born: April 20th 1889
San Francisco Earthquake: April 18th 1906
Titanic Sinks: April 15th 1912
Failed Bay of Pigs Invasion: April 20th 1961
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated: April 4th 1968
Chernobyl: April 26th 1986
Start of Bosnian War: April 4th 1992
Waco: April 19th 1993
Kurt Cobain Suicide: April 5th 1994
Oklahoma City Bombing: April 19th 1995
Columbine: April 20th 1999
Virginia Tech Shooting: April 16th 2007
BP Oil Spill Disaster: April 20th 2010
(UPDATE: Boston Marathon Bombing: April 15th 2013)
Clearly April 19th & 20th are historically terrible days which is sort of strange since 4/20 is also the underground holiday of smoking weed.
And as to why April is such a horrible month, there are 2 major theories circulating across the interwebs. But I would be foolish not to point out that some of the events above are simply coincidence or more random than anything else; they just happen to fall within the month of April.
The first theory is that all the crazies who had winter cabin fever come out of ‘hiding’ for the spring and unleash their seasonal depression upon the masses or themselves.
The second theory also relating to the change in weather is that from a military strategic standpoint it is a more advisable time to wage war and/or terror. After all you can’t blow up a building or move troops effectively if roads are closed and people are home for snow days.
But regardless of the motivation or reasons for such horrible events all happening in April, it’s hard to look at that list and not be shocked.
But hey, there is good news too. If you were lucky enough to invest in a small computer company in April of 1976 – you are probably a billionaire in 2012: Apple Inc. founded April 1st, 1976.