Day for Tolerance
November 16, 2013 in the World

International Day for Tolerance takes place on November 16, 2013. The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

The UNESCO defines tolerance as follows: “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.

Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.

Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.

Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one’s convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one’s own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.”

UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance

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Have a Party With Your Bear Day
November 16, 2013 in the World

Is your Teddy Bear a real “party bear”? Hopefully he is, because today is Have a Party With Your Bear Day. And, what a swell day it is going to be! You get to have a party. And, you get to spend time with your Teddy Bear. I bet you can’t think of anything that is more fun!!

Get out the party banners and balloons. Make a cake. Send out the invitations. Invite all of your teddy bears, and your human friends, too. Let them bring their teddys along. Today is going to be a fun day.

Have a happy Party With Your Bear Day.

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Button Day 2013
November 16, 2013 in the World

Households have long followed the practice of snipping buttons from clothing headed for the ragbag. Do you remember playing with your mother’s—or grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s—button box or jar or tin? The impulse to collect is a basic part of the human psyche, and buttons have been admired and collected for centuries. Button collecting was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938.

Button Day is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. Button come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. There is an amazingly endless variety of buttons for your collection.

National Button Society

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Historical Events:

13 – General Tiberius’ (later Emperor) triumphant procession through Rome after siege of Germany

1380 – French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever

1532 – Francisco Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca

1676 – 1st colonial prision organized, Nantucket Mass

1801 – 1st edition of New York Evening Post

1835 – Charles Darwin’s voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society

1875 – William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities

1885 – Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel is executed for treason aged 41.

1918 – Hungarian People’s Republic declared

1925 – American Association for Advancement of Atheism forms (NY)

1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1945 – UNESCO is founded.

1950 – US pres Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat

1963 – Touch-tone telephone introduced