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Morning Start: Where the Easter Bunny originated and more

Your morning start for Thursday, April 14

Good morning and happy Thursday! This is the last morning start for the week and it’s a fun one! Let’s get your day and weekend started.

Fun Fact: Here are some Easter fun facts to get your Easter weekend started!

  • The Easter bunny originated in Germany.
  • Cadbury makes more than 1.5 million creme eggs every day!
  • Painting eggs for Easter began in Ukraine.
  • Canada has the world’s largest Easter egg! It weighs 5,000 pounds and is in Vegreville, Alberta. It took 12,000 hours to make and is made of 3,500 pieces of aluminum.
  • The first chocolate egg was made in Bristol in 1873.

On this day

In 1828, the first Webster dictionary registers for copy-write and publication.

In 1865, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth.

In 1871, Canada sets denominations for currency.

In 1894, Thomas Edison shows the kinetoscope for the first time in public.

In 1927, the first car made by Volvo is presented in Sweden.

In 1961, the first live television broadcast in the Soviet Union.

In 1999, the most costly natural disaster in Australia occurs: $1.2 billion in damage from a hailstorm in Sydney.

In 2002, Tiger Woods wins The Masters, becoming the third player ever to win the event back-to-back times.

In 2013, Adam Scott wins his first career major, the 77th Masters, becoming the first Australian to win the event.

In 2013, Justin Trudeau is elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

In 2018, pop artist Beyonce becomes the first black woman to headline the music festival Coachella.

In 2019, Tiger Woods wins his fifth career Masters title.

In 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden decides to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In 2021, Coinbase becomes the first cryptocurrency company to trade shares on the New York stock exchange.

National holidays

According to National Today, today is International Moment of Laughter Day, National Dolphin Day, National Gardening Day, National Look Up at the Sky Day, National Pecan Day, and National Reach as High as You Can Day.

Weather forecast from Environment Canada

In Kelowna


In Penticton


In Revelstoke


In Salmon Arm

Salmon arm

In Vernon


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Huge set of trending videos today with no Morning Start tomorrow…

We do have to start with a sad trending topic because this photo is truly incredible. All four of these men were alive seven months ago; now just one remains.


It’s been quite the couple of days for Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips. On Monday night, the outfielder came in to pitch and made a stellar play…

…and on Tuesday night, he made it a special night for an eight-year old who’s battling cancer. Phillips is her favourite player.

After that special moment and finding out she was on television when he did that, he couldn’t believe it.


Continuing with the baseball theme, history was made on Tuesday night when Alyssa Nakken became the first woman to coach on the field in MLB.


This is just too good. Sometimes some fun has to happen when a game isn’t close in baseball and a position player is pitching. And the Oscar goes to…


Off of baseball now, is this the famous Spider-Man meme coming to real life?

(Photo: Twitter @knowyourmeme)


Lastly, have you ever seen a Giraffe eat?

Celebrity birthdays

If your birthday is today, you share a birthday with actress Abigail Breslin (26), NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield (27), actor Adrian Brody (49), actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (45), actor Anthony Michael Hall (54), retired MLB player Pete Rose (81), UFC fighter Anderson Silva (47), actor Brad Garrett (62), MLB hall of fame pitcher Greg Maddux (56), actor Rob McElhenney (45), and Kelowna-born Canadian politician Bill Bennett (would’ve been 90).

Reminder: There will be no morning start tomorrow because of the holiday. Have a great day and enjoy your long weekend everyone!


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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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