THIS DAY IN WELSH HISTORY AND FAMOUS AMERICANS OF WELSH DESCENT
If you were born Welsh or are of Welsh descent then there is something to celebrate (or comemmorate) on every day of the year. If you are looking to learn Welsh history one day at a time or just looking for an excuse to raise a glass and celebrate on any particular day this blog is for you. You will also find the birthdates of many famous Americans of Welsh descent. Though these pages are intended as a serious resource some of our contributors have a sense of humor. Consequently there are a few 'joke' items spread amongst the vast bulk of factual daily entries. We dont think you'll have too much trouble spotting them. To navigate to any date in the calendar please use the rollover menu or the search box above. This will take you to the monthly calendar pages or to individual entries. You might also wish to check out our list of some of the most important dates in the Welsh Calendar which can be found here
In terms of American Welsh heritage April is highly significant. Thomas Jefferson, signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Founding Father and third President of The United States was born in April as were Lewis Morris, another Founding Father and Elihu Yale, the first benefactor of Yale University ( Wikipedia links below ):-
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806).
Lewis Morris (April 8, 1726–January 22, 1798) was an American landowner and developer from Morrisania, New York. He signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence as a delegate to the Continental Congress for New York.
Elihu Yale (April 5, 1649, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States - July 8, 1721, in Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales), was the first benefactor and namesake of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
Other significant events this month include the birth of Julian Cayo Evans and Cerys Matthews. Julian Cayo Evans was a Welsh patriot and leader of the Free Wales Army in the 1960's. Cerys Matthews is the former lead singer with Welsh band, Catatonia.
The Welsh word for April is Ebrill.