Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 17, 2013 in the World

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated on October 17, 2013. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognised by the United Nations, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear.

This call was made by Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. One of the main aims of the day is to make the voice of the poor heard. To this end, commemorations often include testimonies from people living in poverty, describing their own experiences or those of people they know.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:
http://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

http://undesadspd.org/Poverty/InternationalDayfortheEradicationofPoverty/2013.aspx

Where is Day for the Eradication of Poverty?
Worldwide

Conflict Resolution Day
October 17, 2013 in the USA

Conflict Resolution Day is celebrated on October 17, 2013. Conflict Resolution Day was created by the United States Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) to promote conflict resolution. It is celebrated every year on the third Thursday of October. It was in 2005 that ACR Board of Directors adopted the following initiatives: (1.) to promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system; (2.) to recognize the significant contributions of peaceful conflict resolvers; and (3.) to encourage celebrations by individuals and organizations around the world.

Where is Conflict Resolution Day?
Nationwide USA

Wear Something Gaudy Day
October 17, 2013 in the World

Wear Something Gaudy Day is your chance to really stick out in a crowd.

The word “gaudy” refers to something bright, gay, cheap, showy, outlandish, or otherwise not in good taste.

Have a little fun on this day. For just one day, forego fashion and style. Look for something to wear that’s really wild and wacky, and will stick out like a sore thumb wherever you go. If you don’t have anything like this in your wardrobe, perhaps a friend does.

***The roots of this day go back to the hit 1970’s television comedy show “Three’s Company”. Larry Dallas (played by Richard Kline), one of the characters on the show, declared a Wear Something Gaudy Day.

Where is Wear Something Gaudy Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1483 – Tomas de Torquemada appointed inquisitor-general of Spain

1740 – Ivan VI becomes Czar of Russia

1814 – London Beer Flood occurs in London killing nine.

***The London Beer Flood happened in 1814 in the parish of St. Giles, London, England. At the Meux and Company Brewery[1] on Tottenham Court Road,a huge vat containing over 135,000 imperial gallons (610,000 L) of beer ruptured, causing other vats in the same building to succumb in a domino effect. As a result, more than 323,000 imperial gallons (1,470,000 L) of beer burst out and gushed into the streets. The wave of beer destroyed two homes and crumbled the wall of the Tavistock Arms Pub, trapping teenage employee Eleanor Cooper under the rubble.

1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

1907 – Guglielmo Marconi’s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.

1931 – Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison

1959 – Queen Elizabeth is fined $140 for withdrawing her race horse