Updated April 24, 2015

Welcome to Mr. Kash's History Page at MrKash.com. I am a history teacher at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood, California. I have designed this website to be used by history students and teachers interested in exploring the Internet as part of their studies. The Parents section provides parents access to what students are doing in my class on a daily basis. The site is frequently updated to highlight the celebrations and events of the month. I hope you enjoy yourself and learn something. Feel free to email me with comments and suggestions at jkash@mrkash.com.


April Holidays and Events


On April Fool’s Day, people like to play jokes on each other. How did this holiday start? Why do we play jokes on each other? Learn the answers to these and other questions below.
April Fool’s Day – History, Traditions, and Foolishness
April Fool’s Day: Origin and History
The Top April Fool’s Day Hoaxes Of All Time

MLK Assassination

Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old. Learn more below.
On This Day - Martin Luther King is Assassinated
Eyewittness to Murder: The King Assassination
The Day MLK Was Assassinated: A Photographer’s Story


Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt. During this holiday, Jews all over the world come together to retell the story of Passover during the Seder. Passover will be celebration begins on April 4th this year.
Passover on the Net

History of Passover
Judaism 101

Happy Easter

Easter is a time of chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts, and the beginnings of spring. Easter is also the time Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Christ. The Easter celebration is on April 5th this year.
History of Easter
Easter on the Net


Buddha’s Birthday

The Buddha, “the enlightened one” was born in the 6th century BC in India. He became one of the greatest spiritual teachers in history. Today, more than 350 million people practice Buddhism. Buddha’s birth is celebrated on April 8th.
Buddhism in the Electronic Passport
The Buddha – Biography
Vesak – A celebration of the Buddha's birth, death, and enlightenment, and a chance to jump-start your practice.


American Civil War Begins

April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m. Confederate soldiers under General Pierre Beauregard open fire with 50 cannons upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, a Union fort. The Civil War begins. By wars end four years later, over 620,000 men had been killed.
Links to Civil War websites
Links to Civil War activities

Lincoln Assassination

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. Learn more below.
Abraham Lincoln's Assassination
The New York Times on the Lincoln Assassination
A Booth saves a Lincoln

Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. For generations, baseball had not allowed African-Americans to play in our national pastime. Jackie Robinson changed all that. We remember Jackie today on this 60th anniversary of the event that changed America’s race relations forever.
Jackie Robinson Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day is honored each year to remember the six million Jews who perished during World War II. This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is on April 16th. Learn more below.
The Holocaust Remembrance Day About.com - Yom Hashoah
Days of Remembrance
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day


Earth Day

Earth Day celebrates, well, the earth. What a precious resource our earth is. Earth Day celebrates the earth in hopes that we will learn to take care of it. Earth Day is celebrated April 22nd.
Earth Day
Earth Day History

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

On April 24th, we remember the Armenian Genocide, a genocide that killed 1.5 million people in 1915. Learn about this awful event by clicking on the links.
The Armenian Genocide
The Forgotten - History does not fade away


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