April 2, 1867: Happy birthday, Eugen Sandow! A Victorian celebrity epitomizing masculine beauty, Sandow's book Strength and How To Obtain It is a classic in body-building circles. For a modern biography of Sandow, see The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman.
April 2, 1877: Fourteen-year-old aerialist Rosa Matilda Richter, stagename "Zazel", debuts at a performance in London and is the first to perform the circus act of being "shot out of a cannon". <https://tinyurl.com/y8k43wtn>
April 14, 1883: The Boston Casino declared "Bicycler's Day." Wheelmen in cycling uniforms were admitted free. There were races, and a special supper was given to the cyclists. Source: The Wheelmen, June, 1883, p. 231.
April 14, 1884: Karl Kron recorded his 10,000th mile on a bicycle. His book about his experiences, "Ten Thousand Miles On A Bicycle" can be found here: <http://tinyurl.com/h2pljur> Karl Kron preferred riding alone to cycling in groups, and he had a quirky sense of humor: he dedicated his book to his bulldog Curl, "The best bulldog ever".
April 15, 1874: American socialite Jennie Jerome marries Britain's Lord Randolph Churchill.
April 22, 1884: cycling great Thomas Stevens starts on his around the world tour. He would be the first person ever to travel around the world on a bicycle, and his book about his adventures has become a classic in cycling circles: Around the World On A Bicycle.
Read more about Victorian Cycling: http://www.thisvictorianlife.com/cycling.html
April 1st: April Fool's Day. Historical comics scanned from our collection: <http://www.thisvictorianlife.com/historic-comics.html>
April 8—14th, 2018: National Library Week <http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks#nlw>
April 16th: Feast day of St. Drogo, patron saint of tea and coffee drinkers.
April 27, 2018: Arbor Day
PROVISIONS IN SEASON IN APRIL
Author: Sarah A. Chrisman
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"