Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
October 15, 2013 in the World

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day takes place on October 15, 2013. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. It is observed annually in the United States and Canada and, in recent years, in the United Kingdom and in the Australian States of Western Australia and New South Wales, in Italy on behalf of a charity named Piccoli Angeli on October 15. The day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m.

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White Cane Safety Day
October 15, 2013 in the USA

White Cane Safety Day is celebrated on October 15, 2013. White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed into law. This resolution authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day”. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Safety Day proclamation within hours of the passage of the joint resolution.

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Nationwide USA

Global Handwashing Day
October 15, 2013 in the World

Global Handwashing Day is celebrated on October 15, 2013. Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.

GHD was created at the annual World Water Week 2008, which was held in Stockholm from August 17 to 23 and initiated by the Public Private Partnership for Handwashing. The first Global Handwashing Day took place on October 15, 2008, the date appointed by the UN General Assembly in accordance with year 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation.

The campaign was initiated to reduce childhood mortality rates related respiratory and diarrheal diseases by introducing simple behavioral changes – hand washing with soap. This simple, accessible action can, according to research, reduce the rate of morality from these diseases by almost 50 per cent.

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Historical Events:

1520 – King Henry VIII of England orders bowling lanes at Whitehall

1764 – Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte exiled on Island of St Helena at 51

1874 – Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force

1917 – World War I: At Vincennes outside of Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany.

1939 – LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC

1951 – “I Love Lucy” debuts on CBS TV

1964 – Dr Martin Luther King Jr awarded Nobel Peace Prize