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April 1
Ha-ha

A ha-ha is a recessed landscape design element that creates a vertical barrier while preserving an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond. The design includes a turfed incline that slopes downward to a sharply vertical face, typically a masonry retaining wall. Ha-has are used in landscape design to prevent access to a garden, for example by grazing livestock, without obstructing views. In security design, the element is used to deter vehicular access to a site while minimizing visual obstruction. The name "ha-ha" is thought to have stemmed from the exclamations of surprise by those coming across them, as the walls were intentionally designed so as not to be visible on the plane of the landscape.

This picture shows a ha-ha at Hopetoun House in West Lothian, Scotland, which keeps animals off the lawn while remaining unseen from the main house, visible here in the background. The wall disappears from view as it curves away to the left of the photograph.

Photograph credit: Andrew Shiva


April 2
Chalcostephia flavifrons

Chalcostephia flavifrons is a species of dragonfly native to tropical central Africa. A small species, the wings are about 1 in (2.5 cm) in length and are translucent apart from the pterostigmata. The purpose of these thicker, pigmented sections near the wingtip is to prevent wing flutter, and thus assist in gliding. The wing venation is characteristic of the species. This dragonfly is commonly known as the "yellowface", but seen from above, the head is largely obscured by the enormous compound eyes which almost meet in the middle, giving the insect a wide field of view and enabling it to see in all directions.

This picture shows a female C. flavifrons dragonfly photographed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Photograph credit: Muhammad Mahdi Karim


April 3
Jane Digby

Jane Digby (3 April 1807 – 11 August 1881) was an English aristocrat, famed for her remarkable love life and lifestyle. She had four husbands and many lovers, including King Ludwig I of Bavaria, his son King Otto of Greece, Bohemian nobleman and Austrian statesman Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg, and Greek general Christodoulos Hatzipetros. She died in Damascus, Syria, as the wife of Arab sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab, who was twenty years her junior.

This picture is an undated portrait miniature of Digby by William Charles Ross. She is seated in front of hanging drapery, wearing a green dress with amber and green shoulder rolls, with a jewelled sash, sapphire and emerald pendant necklace, and neckline edged with white lace. Her blonde hair is partially curled and upswept, and dressed with strands of pearls.

Painting credit: William Charles Ross


April 4
Amber mountain rock thrush

The Amber Mountain rock thrush (Monticola sharpei erythronotus) is a songbird in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae, endemic to Amber Mountain, an isolated volcanic massif at the northern tip of the island of Madagascar. It inhabits woodland, where it forages for insects and other small prey. The taxon is generally considered to be a subspecies of the forest rock thrush, but has also been regarded as a separate species. It is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as endangered because of its very limited range and the destruction of its forest habitat.

This picture shows a male Amber Mountain rock thrush photographed in Montagne d'Ambre National Park. The female is a much less conspicuous bird, with largely brown plumage.

Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp


April 5
Bianca Maria Sforza

Bianca Maria Sforza (5 April 1472 – 31 December 1510) was the third wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. She was married when 21 months old to her first cousin Philibert I, Duke of Savoy, and became a widow at the age of ten, when he died of tuberculosis. After her father Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, was assassinated when she was a child, her education was neglected. Her marriage to Maximilian in 1494 was unhappy; she became pregnant several times but failed to produce a living child, and he compared her unfavourably to his first wife, describing her as uneducated, talkative, naive, wasteful with money, and careless.

This picture is an oil-on-poplar portrait of Bianca by Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, probably painted in 1493. The work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Painting credit: Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis


April 6
Charles Marion Russell

Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926) was an artist of the Old American West who created more than two thousand paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes set in the western United States and in Alberta, Canada. He became an advocate for Native Americans in the West, for instance supporting the bid by landless Chippewa to have a reservation established for them in Montana.

This picture is a 1908 oil-on-canvas painting by Russell, entitled Smoke of a .45, depicting an action-packed scene in a dry, dusty landscape. The work is now in the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas.

Painting credit: Charles Marion Russell


April 7
Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, Yerevan

Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, Yerevan is the largest Armenian Apostolic Church cathedral in the world. Construction started in 1997 and the consecration took place on 23 September 2001, on the occasion of the 1,700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion of Armenia.

The building consists of three churches, the nave with seating for 1,700, and the side-chapels of Saint Tiridates the King and Saint Ashkhen the Queen, each of which has 150 seats; these two royal figures provided crucial help to Saint Gregory in his task of converting Armenia to Christianity. The belfry tower is located above the entrance, and rooms for receptions and church-related activities are provided on the lower floor.

Photograph credit: Marcin Konsek


April 8
Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-born American film actress and producer. With a career spanning 50 years, she was a co-founder of both the Pickford–Fairbanks Studio (along with Douglas Fairbanks whom she subsequently married) and later, the United Artists film studio (with Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D. W. Griffith). She was one of the original thirty-six founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who present the yearly "Oscar" Awards.

She started her career in the silent era. This photograph was taken around 1910, when she was becoming one of the most popular actresses of the period, earning the nickname "Queen of the Movies". Being of short stature, she often played the role of children, but later found her career fading as talkies became more popular among audiences and she was cast in more adult roles. She retired from acting in 1933, becoming involved in production and other aspects of the film industry.

Photograph credit: Moody, New York


April 9
Thysanozoon nigropapillosum

The yellow-spotted flatworm (Thysanozoon nigropapillosum) is a species of marine flatworm in the family Pseudocerotidae. It is native to the tropical Indo-Pacific region where it lives in shallow reef habitats. The flatworm in this photograph is swimming to the right, by undulating the margins of its body. The pseudotentacles at the front have simple eyes and sensory receptors to enable the flatworm to find the tunicates on which it feeds. Flatworms are hermaphrodites, each being able to act as either male or female. As the donor of sperm, a yellow-spotted flatworm can grip the margin of the recipient's body, using its two penises in a chopstick-like manner, and deposit sperm on the surface of the skin of the recipient, even while it is actively swimming.

Photograph credit: Atsme


April 10
Christ Crucified

Christ Crucified

Painting: Francisco Goya


April 11
Polar bear

Polar bears hunt seals from a platform of sea ice. The main danger posed to bears in the Arctic by global warming is malnutrition or starvation due to habitat loss. In summer, some polar bears, like this one, do not make the transition from their winter residence on the Svalbard islands to the dense drift ice and pack ice of the high arctic where they would find a plethora of prey. This is due to global climate change which causes the ice around the islands to melt much earlier than previously. This forces the bears to change from their normal food to a diet of detritus, small animals, bird eggs and the carcasses of marine animals. Very often the bears suffer starvation and are doomed to die. Besides this, insufficient nourishment leads to lower reproductive rates among adult females and lower survival rates for juveniles and cubs.

Photograph credit: Andreas Weith


April 12
Charles Foster

Charles Foster (April 12, 1828 – January 9, 1904)


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April 14
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, was part of a larger conspiracy intended by John Wilkes Booth to revive the Confederate cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the United States government. Booth was a well-known stage actor ...

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April 16
Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Painting credit: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun


April 17
Pterophorus pentadactyla

Pterophorus pentadactyla, commonly known as the white plume moth, is a European moth in the family Pterophoridae. The adult has a wingspan of about 30 mm (1.2 in); it is pure white, the wings being divided into five slender feather-like plumes, two forming part of the forewing and three the hindwing. The larvae are green, with a yellow dorsal stripe and tufts of pale hairs, and feed on plants in the family Convolvulaceae.

Photograph credit: Didier Descouens


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April 23
Saint George

Saint George

Painting: Carlo Crivelli

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April 27
Caroline Rémy de Guebhard

Caroline Rémy de Guebhard (27 April 1855 – 24 April 1929)

This picture of Rémy is a carte de visite, taken by French photographer Nadar sometime between 1889 and 1899. The photograph, entitled "Séverine, debout, un poing sur la hanche" ('Séverine, standing, a fist on her hip'), is in the collection of the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand in Paris.

Photograph credit: Nadar; restored by Adam Cuerden

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April 28
The Voyage of Life: Old Age

The Voyage of Life: Old Age is the fourth in a series of allegorical oil paintings by the American artist Thomas Cole which represent man's journey through life. The final painting is an image of death. The man, still in his boat, has grown old, the waters of the river have calmed as they flow into the sea of eternity. The figurehead and hourglass are missing from the battered boat; the withered old voyager has reached the end of earthly time. In the distance, an angel is descending from heaven, while the guardian angel hovers close to the boat. The landscape is practically gone, just a few rough rocks represent the edge of the earthly world, and dark water stretches ahead.

This painting, along with the other three in the series, was painted in 1842 and is held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C..

Painting credit: Thomas Cole

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April 30
Presidency of George Washington

The presidency of George Washington began on April 30, 1789.

Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Restoration: Godot13


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