April 17, 2020
National Haiku Poetry Day
April 17 is the day the whole world honors haiku. Registered in 2007 and initiated as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012, International Haiku Poetry Day occurs in the heart of the United States celebration of National Poetry Month. A haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.
National Ellis Island Family History Day
National Ellis Island Family History Day has been set aside annually to recognize the achievements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants. Historically, April 17 marks the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through Ellis Island than on any other day in its colorful history -- 11,747 people. Ellis Island Family History Day was first celebrated on April 17, 2001 to commemorate the opening of the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island.