International Men’s Day
November 19, 2013 in the World

International Men’s Day takes place on November 19, 2013. International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event which is celebrated in over 60 countries. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values. According to its creators, International Men’s Day is a time to promote positive aspects of male identity based on the premise that ‘males of all ages respond more energetically to positive role models than they do to negative gender stereotyping’.

During past years the method of commemorating International Men’s Day included public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, peaceful displays and marches, debates, panel discussions, award ceremonies, and art displays. The manner of observing this annual day is optional, and any appropriate forums can be used.

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World Toilet Day
November 19, 2013 in the World

World Toilet Day takes place on November 19, 2013. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. 2.5 billion people do not have access to a clean and safe toilet.

In 2001, the World Toilet Organization declared its founding day, 19 November, as World Toilet Day. Since then, 19 November has been observed globally by its member organizations. The World Toilet Organization is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO focuses on toilets instead of water, which receives more attention and resources under the common subject of sanitation.

A toilet is a sanitation fixture used primarily for the disposal of human excrement and urine, often found in a small room referred to as a toilet/bathroom/lavatory. Diseases, including cholera which still affects some 3 million people each year, can be largely prevented when effective sanitation and water treatment prevents fecal matter from contaminating waterways, groundwater and drinking water supplies. Infected water supplies can be treated to make the water safe for consumption and use.

According to The Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 by the World Health Organization, 40% of the global population does not have access to “good” “excreta disposal facilities”—they live mostly in Asia and Africa. There are efforts being made to design simple effective squat toilets for these people.

World Toilet Organization

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Have a Bad Day Day
November 19, 2013 in the World

Surprisingly, Have A Bad Day Day wasn’t created to recognise that everyone has a bad day. Instead it was created for people who work in a customer service environment and are sick of saying “have a nice day”, and those who are equally sick of hearing it.

In the nicest possible way, wish everyone a bad day.

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Day of Missile Forces and Artillery
November 19, 2013 in Russia and Belorussia

Day of Missile Forces and Artillery is observed on November 19, 2013. Day of Missile Forces and Artillery is a holiday celebrated in Russia and Belorussia. The holiday was first established by a Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union decree on 21 October 1944 as Artillery day of Red Army. The date was chosen because Red Army started a successful counter-attack in Stalingrad battle (Operation Uranus) on 19 November 1942, with much help from artillery of the Red Army. Since 1964, the holiday bears its present name. In modern Russia, the holiday has a status of memorable day.

Where is Day of Missile Forces and Artillery?
Nationwide Russia and Belorussia

Historical Events:

1493 – Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage

1620 – Mayflower reaches Cape Cod & explores the coast

1644 – 1st protestant ministry society in New England

1794 – Jakobin Club forms in Paris

1863 – Lincoln delivers his address in Gettysburg; “4 score & 7 years…”

1895 – Frederick E Blaisdell patents the pencil

1903 – Carrie Nation attempts to address Senate

1919 – US Senate rejects (55-39) Treaty of Versailles & League of Nations

1950 – US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe

1959 – “Rocky & His Friends” debuts on ABC

1965 – Kellogg’s Pop Tarts pastries created

1976 – Patty Hearst is freed on $15 million bail

1980 – CBS TV bans Calvin Klein’s jean ad featuring Brooke Shields

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.