We’re already into the fourth month of the year, with April upon us. This month is known to be a spring month in the northern hemisphere and a fall month on its other southern half. It used to be the second month in an early Roman calendar, however it became the fourth after the ancient Romans decided to use January as the first month of the year. Now it is the fourth month of the year and consists of 30 days. It’s a continuation of March when it comes to nature as flowers continue to blossom and the weather continues to heat up.
The word itself comes from Latin “Aprilis”, however its meaning is quite unclear. According to some historians, it is believed that the word is correlated to the Latin words ‘aperire’ (to open) or ‘apricus’ considering that April is perceived as the month of Sun and growth in the northern hemisphere. Another explanation relates it to Greek mythology – Aphrodite – goddess of love, beauty, and procreation. She was known by the Etruscans as ‘Apru’. Because of the inheritance of Etruscan customs and myths by the Romans, it is believed that they also celebrated the same goddess during this month. All in all, April seems to hold quite a significance with both its etymology and meaning as it has remained an association to a new beginning, blossoming, and springtime. April is also a time to celebrate as the Easter bunny is expected to make an appearance during Easter, and other celebrations and festivities take place such as April Fools’ Day, Pesach, Arbor Day, Earth Day, including the raising of social issues as it is known as Autism Awareness Month, among other things.
The political scene of the world also experienced many twists and turns. To defend themselves from the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established. Twelve countries signed this treaty which would later be known as NATO. This is description fitting now given the unprovoked attack on the Ukraine by Russia.
A vote by Congress approving a war declaration saw the United States enter World War I in Europe. The famous ship “Titanic” also sank during this month. The signing of the Canada Constitution Act of 1982 by Queen Elizabeth II occurred with a new set of fundamental laws and civil rights being introduced, thus replacing the British North America Act of 1867.
In the United States, April saw the sighting of Florida by the Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon who claimed it for the Spanish crown. The first U.S. Mint was also established in Philadelphia by the Congress. Another important event to mention is the signing of the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan, by President Truman to stop the spread of communism and help restore the European economies which had taken a severe hit by World War II. The U.S. also ratified its 17th amendment requiring direct popular election of U.S. senators. April also saw the end of the Civil War as General Lee surrendered to General Grant. Slavery was abolished in Columbia in April 1862.
Many firsts occurred during April throughout history. In April 1995, Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to preside over the court. U.S.’s first woman mayor was also selected during this month with Susanna M. Salter becoming the mayor of Argania, Kansas. The first African American mayor of Chicago was elected with Harold Washington receiving 51 percent of the vote. After a 1,500-year break, the first Olympics of the modern era was held in Greece. Apollo 13 was launched from Cape Kennedy. Another first includes the establishment of the first abolitionist society in America. The first American English dictionary was published by Noah Webster titled “American Dictionary of the English Language”. April was also the month when the first American school for deaf people was founded. The Library of Congress was established on April 24, 1800.
Birthdays of Well-known Individuals in April – Marjolaine
April 3, 1926: Gus Grissom, has been in 1961 the second American astronaut to be send in space. He made part of the United States Air Force and of the NASA. He had a brilliant career as a Fighter Pilot during the World War 2 and as an astronaut, but unfortunately, he died in 1967 during a pre-launch for the mission Apollo 1, in Florida.
April 15, 1452: Leonardo Da Vinci is an Italian artist well known for its paintings especially for Mona Lisa, The Last Supper or for his drawing Vitruvian Man. He is described as the founder of the High Renaissance. However, he was not only a painter or a drawer, but he was also a scientist, engineer, sculptor, and architect. If you want to admire his work, you can find them at Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, at The Louvre in Paris or at the National Gallery in London.
April 16, 1889: Charlie Chaplin had more than one string to his bow. He was not only an actor but as well a filmmaker and a composer. Despite his childhood that was consumed by poverty and hardship, he has been able to make laugh the world for many generations. The Modern Times, The Great Dictator or City Lights are movies that touched, made laugh, and made realized the spectators the flaws of the society. His speechless roles have a limitless power of transmitting emotions to the audience.
April 21, 1926: Queen Elizabeth 2, the Queen of the United Kingdom is celebrating this month her 95th birthdays. She reigns over the UK since the 6th of February 1952. She is the longest- reigning and longest-lived British monarch. Despite critics concerning the royal family, she is a real icon for the British people and for the 14 other Commonwealth realms.
April 25, 1917: Ella Fitzgerald, known as the “First lady of Song” or as the “Queen of Jazz”, she is an American jazz singer. Over 50 years, she was considered as the most popular female jazz singer in the United-States. She worked with musical icons as well, such as Franck Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman. During that time, she had to face a lot of discriminations due to her skin color, fortunately she had the support from many celebrities. In 1987, she received from the president of the United-States, Ronald Reagan, the National Medal of Arts.
Some interesting Interpreting, Media Projects, and Translation completed in April
April has been an exciting month! We worked on numerous projects for a myriad companies, Educational institutions, non-profits, and law firms to name some.
The activity of our Translation department keeps growing, in April it represented about 40% of our activity! We provided numerous translations broaching different and fascinating subjects.
For instance, throughout of April, we delivered an 8,519-word legal document translation in German, Japanese, Spanish and Dutch for one of the most important U.S. media groups, situated in Los Angeles.
Besides, we often are often working in collaboration with legal companies, for instance, this month we provided a Braille translation for a court legal document.
We also provided an important large 140K word document translation in Spanish for an influent state University, related to bioterrorism and security issues.
Since we are an ISO 13485 certified company, we provide medical device and medical related translation services. Indeed, in this sector we translated in numerous languages, such as Danish, Italian, Latvian, Slovak and Norwegian, French Spanish, German Korean to name only some. In addition, we translated a user’s guide for heart treatment for an important American company specialized in vascular diseases. We also translated a PT exercise document from English to Spanish, Portuguese and Creole for a medical device company specialized in cancer treatment. What is more, we delivered certified translations for a large orthopedic company, in European languages as German, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese
The Media Services department has been busy as well during the month of April! We have been working with a very influential law office of Los Angeles for a 30-minute certified video transcription from English to Simplified Chinese for a trial.
We provided a 96 videos transcription from Italian to English for an Italian luxurious cosmetic company. We delivered a total of 436 minutes video transcription for educational purposes for one of the best dental academies of Los Angeles.
Our Interpreting department has been truly active in April as well, and we are so happy to see that the number of on-site interpreting increases every month! We provided a 2-day on-site interpreting conference for a very well-known cosmetics company which is established in more than 100 countries all over the world. We also provided an on-site conference in Spanish, EU French and ASL. We also have been providing a wide variety of equipment for onsite events. This equipment includes tabletop booths, full booths, portable equipment to name just some. We recently provided equipment for an important American company that conceptualizes, produces, and delivers custom entertainment. We also supplied a Spanish interpreting over 5 full days for a workshop for a North America syndicate organization.
We provided 2-day of remote American Sign Language interpreting for an APAC conference for a company that is dedicated into the organization of conferences for deaf or partially deaf people.
In addition, we also supplied an Armenian deposition interpreting for a professional Law corporation which provides personalized legal services.
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