Day of the Imprisoned Writer
November 15, 2013 in the World

Day of the Imprisoned Writer oder Writers in Prison Day is celebrated on November 15, 2013. The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. It was started in 1981 by International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee.

In addition to increasing the public’s awareness of persecuted writers in general, PEN uses the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to direct attention to several specific persecuted or imprisoned writers and their individual circumstances. Each of the selected writers is from a different part of the world, and each case represents circumstances of repression that occur when governments or other entities in power feel threatened by what writers have written.

On this day, the general public is encouraged to take action—in the form of donations and letters of appeal on behalf of the selected writers. The day also serves to commemorate all of the writers killed since the previous year’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer.


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America Recycles Day
November 15, 2013 in the USA

America Recycles Day is observed on November 15, 2013. America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Thousands of events are held across the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage Americans to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy products made from recycled materials. Started by the recycling sector organization National Recycling Coalition in 1997, America Recycles Day has been a program of national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2009. As the managing entity of America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful provides promotional and marketing support and resources to a network of local event organizers. It is sponsored by private and public entities and the EPA.

Where is America Recycles Day?
Nationwide USA

El Buen Fin 2013
November 15 – 18, 2013 in Mexico

El Buen Fin is observed on November 15, 2013. El Buen Fin (“The Good End” or “The Good Weekend”) is the name given to the third weekend of November in Mexico, and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer all their store’s stuff with the cheapest prices for the year. This is not an official holiday, rather it is a traditional celebration. The purpose of this weekend is to revive the economy by encouraging consumption and improve the quality of life of all Mexican families by implementing promotions and discounts in the prices of various products. It was inspired by the American celebration, Black Friday and emerged as an initiative of Council of Business Coordinator, in association with the federal government and private sector organizations.

Where is El Buen Fin?
Nationwide Mexico

Shichi-Go-San 2013
November 15, 2013 in Japan

Shichi-Go-San is observed on November 15, 2013. Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. The tradition has changed little since the Meiji Period. While the ritual regarding hair has been discarded, boys who are aged three or five and girls who are aged three or seven are still dressed in kimono – many for the first time – for visits to shrines. Three-year-old girls usually wear hifu (a type of padded vest) with their kimono. Western-style formal wear is also worn by some children. A more modern practice is photography, and this day is well known as a day to take pictures of children. Some families observe the rite based on the traditional way of calculating age, or kazoedoshi, in which children are one year old at birth and gain a year on each lunar new year.

Where is Shichi-Go-San?
Nationwide Japan

Philanthropy Day
November 15, 2013 in the USA

National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

National Philanthropy Day Official Website

Where is National Philanthropy Day?
Nationwide USA

Clean Your Refrigerator Day
November 15, 2013 in the World

Although it has been rumored that Clean Your Refrigerator Day was started by the Whirlpool Corporation, the origin of this event is lost in the mists of time. The day is a great reminder though, that, to function effectively, our kitchen appliances should be cleaned out once in a while.

Refrigerators can be one of those kitchen appliances that are taken for granted. They keep food cool and prevent it from spoiling. We only notice them when they fail to work or if a foul smell starts emanating from the interior every time we open the door. Food we bought weeks ago can be lurking in the back, uneaten.

So, don your rubber gloves, fill that bucket with warm water and get cleaning. It won’t take long. In fact, a couple of hours will probably do it. The ‘fridge doesn’t even have to be turned off. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Historical Events:

655 – Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria.

1492 – Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

1532 – Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn

1763 – Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland

1826 – Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura

1827 – Creek-indians lose all their property in US

1837 – Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system

1881 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)

1884 – Colonization of Africa orgainized at Intl conference in Berlin

1904 – King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade

1920 – League of Nations holds 1st meeting, in Geneva

1939 – Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st film “Love Me Tender” premieres in NYC

1969 – Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Fla

1995 – Space shuttle Atlantis docks with orbiting Russian space station Mir