April is about more than fooling the gullible, filling out tax forms and rain. If you are a writer looking for a topic to create content about or a teacher looking desperately for something interesting to keep classrooms occupied as the countdown to summer vacations begins, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some perhaps interesting topics for writing and subjects for teaching that touch upon what isn’t always the cruelest month.
Birth of an Industry
April 2 marks a very momentous, epoch-altering anniversary. It was on this April day in 1902 that the very first American theater dedicated solely to exhibiting examples of a brand new entertainment medium known as moving pictures opened. Los Angeles was the place, as you might expect, for this April event. Like all epoch-altering events, however, the very first dedicated American cinema also served as a transformative statement about the future of an already-existing popular form of entertainment: The Electric Theater was housed in a circus tent.
The Witch Who Lived
April 3, 1692 was a Sunday and if you lived in Salem that year, you know what that meant: grand entertainment! Those lovely young innocent precursors to Sen. Joseph McCarthy and overrated fat fink movie director Elia Kazan were at it again. Fresh from their success in convincing some of the most stone-dead stupid Christians in history that Rebecca Nurse was a witch, they showed in church on this April day to turn their pretty little lying teenage wickedness upon Rebecca’s young sister Sarah Cloyce. What makes this an April event worthy of producing website content or a magazine article or teaching in the classroom is the twist ending: Sarah Cloyce was an officially accused witch of Salem who managed to avoid not only execution, but conviction.
A Bad Day for Housekeeping
Several writers have already looked to one of the most events in American history that took place during April. One of those writers crafted one of the best movies of the 21st century. The assassination of Jesse James by Bob Ford may not have taken placed on April 3, 1882 had Jesse not noticed that a picture hanging on the wall seemed a little too dusty for his liking.
The Guns of Brixton
Just 99 years after the dirty little coward shot Mr. Howard, which was the name Jesse James was hiding under, a district within London home to mainly underprivileged blacks, erupted in shocking violence that resulted in arrests, injuries to citizens and police officers, looting, destruction of property and the painfully public exhibition of simmering racial tensions too long swept under the rug.
April 12 definitely has the right to compete for the most newsworthy day of the month. 1945 saw the death of Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt who still remains and hopefully will forever be America’s longest serving President. If that’s not important enough, you can also look to April 12 for ideas for articles or lesson plans about the first man in space, the deaths of both Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson and the firing upon Fort. Sumter which is generally viewed as the commencement of the Civil War.
A Tale of Two Wars
April 30, 1945 is the date on which Adolf Hitler is alleged to have committed suicide, thus effectively bringing the war in Europe to an end. Exactly thirty years later, the Vietnam War ended on a much less celebratory note for Americans as Saigon finally fell to the troops of North Vietnam. Entry into the former capital of South Vietnam in 1875 makes April 30 a bitter day in America’s military history.