International Skeptics Day
October 13, 2013 in the World

International Skeptics Day is the perfect day for you…the “doubting Thomas”.

Perhaps the earth isn’t really round!? Maybe, the sky isn’t truely blue!? Does he(she) really love me!? ……..These are the words and questions of the classical skeptic.

By definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. He, or she, is a mis-believer. A skeptic does not accept the “Given”. If you are inclined to doubt things that you see or hear, then International Skeptics Day is for you.

The Skeptics Society:
http://www.skeptic.com/

Where is Skeptics Day?
Worldwide

Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
October 13, 2013 in the World

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is observed on October 13, 2013. The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. In 2002, by a further resolution, the General Assembly decided to maintain the annual observance as a vehicle to promote a global culture of natural disaster reduction, including prevention, mitigation and preparedness. In 2009, the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the official date and also changed the name to International Day for Disaster Reduction.

International Day for Disaster Reduction:
http://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/

Where is Day for Natural Disaster Reduction?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1792 – “Old Farmer’s Almanac” is 1st published

1792 – Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion (White House)

1812 – Battle of Queenstown Heights, Brit beats US attempt to invade Canada

1864 – Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery

1884 – Greenwich established as universal time meridian of longitude

1947 – “Kukla, Fran & Ollie” premieres

1960 – Nikita Khrushchev (PM USSR) bangs his shoe on table at UN

1963 – “Beatlemania” is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium