Universal Children’s Day
November 20, 2013 in the World

The Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20, 2013. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood and is celebrated annually.

November 20 is also the anniversary of the day when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was then signed on the same day in 1989, which has since been ratified by 191 states. Universal Children’s Day is preceded by International Men’s Day on November 19 creating a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively during which time the positive roles men play in children’s lives are recognized.

The legal definition of “child” generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. “Child” may also describe a relationship with a parent, such as sons and daughters of any age.

Universal Children’s Day

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Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2013 in the World

Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place on November 20, 2013. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on 20 November, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. Typically, a TDoR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, marches, among others. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week.

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Black Awareness Day
November 20, 2013 in Brazil

Black Awareness Day takes place on November 20, 2013. The Day of Black Awareness (“Dia da Consciência Negra” in Portuguese) is celebrated annually in Brazil. It is a day on which to reflect upon the injustices of slavery and to celebrate the contributions to society and to the nation by Brazilian citizens of African descent. It takes place during the Week of Black Awareness. The day is marked on the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares (1655–1695), the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares. Members of the organization “Black Movement” organize educational and fun events involving mainly children of African descent. Their focus during these events is to dissolve the perception of Africans’ inferiority in society. Other “hot topics” in the black community during the Day of Black Awareness are the assimilation of African-Brazilian laborers with Caucasian-Brazilian and other laborers, ethnic identity, and black pride. Black Awareness Day has been celebrated since the 1960s and has only amplified its events in the last few years. Black Awareness Day used to be celebrated on 13th of May (the date of abolition of slavery in Brazil). However, Afro-Brazilians asked to change it to 20 of November to honor Zumbi’s death.

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Nationwide Brazil

Absurdity Day 2013
November 20, 2013 in the World

November 20 is National Absurdity Day, the one day a year you have an excuse to let loose your inner weirdo, make absolutely no sense, and act completely and ridiculously absurd. Why? Perhaps the unknown creator of this strange day was stressed out, bored with day-to-day life, or had just worn out his or her brain trying to make sense of everything all the time.

Celebrate this day in an absurd manner. Don’t sit back waiting for something absurd to happen. Rather, seek out things to do that are somewhat, if not wholly, illogical. Have fun with it. But, whatever you do, don’t try to make sense with it.

How far you take your absurd antics is up to you. Unfortunately, tomorrow isn’t Erase Your Memory of Yesterday Day, so be careful with your absurdity.

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Historical Events:

762 – Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire.

1431 – 1st meeting of Order of Guilder Flies

1795 – Curacao government forbids slave work on Sunday

1888 – William Bundy patents timecard clock

1917 – Ukrainian Republic declared

1923 – Garrett Morgan invents & patents traffic signal

1938 – 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over US radio (by Father Coughlin)

1945 – 24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, Germany

1959 – UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights

1962 – USSR agrees to remove bombers from Cuba, & US lifts blockade

1966 – Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage

1983 – 100 million watch ABC-TV movie “Day After,” about nuclear war

1984 – McDonald’s made its 50 billionth hamburger

1985 – Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

1995 – Princess Di admits she cheated on Prince Charles in a TV interview

1998 – The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.