World Philosophy Day
November 21, 2013 in the World

World Philosophy Day is celebrated on November 21, 2013. World Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every third Thursday of November. It was first celebrated on 21 November 2002. Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. In more casual speech, by extension, “philosophy” can refer to “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group”.

The word “philosophy” comes from the Ancient Greek “philosophia”, which literally means “love of wisdom”. The introduction of the terms “philosopher” and “philosophy” has been ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras. Philosophy is divided into many sub-fields. These include epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.

Where is World Philosophy Day?
Worldwide

World Hello Day
November 21, 2013 in the World

Every year, November 21 is World Hello Day. The objective is to say hello to ten people on the day. By greeting others, the message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts. The event began in 1973 by Brian and Michael McCormack in response to the Yom Kippur War.

Since then World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries. It has garnered accolades from people around the globe including politicians, religious leaders, and celebrities. It was also made reference to in the 8th Episode of the First Season of Pushing Daisies in the Episode “Bittersweets” in a conversation between Ned and Chuck.

Where is World Hello Day?
Worldwide

Great American Smokeout
November 21, 2013 in the USA

Great American Smokeout takes place on November 21, 2013. The Great American Smokeout is an annual social engineering event on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society. The event encourages Americans to stop tobacco smoking. The event challenges people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping their decision not to smoke will last forever. The first Great American Smokeout was held in San Francisco’s Union Square on November 16, 1977. The event evolved from a series of smaller-scale initiatives. In 1970, in Randolph, Massachusetts, Arthur P. Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money to a local high school. In 1974, a “Don’t Smoke Day” (or “D-Day”) was promoted by Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times in Monticello, Minnesota. On November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day. That California event marked the first Smokeout.

Where is Great American Smokeout?
Nationwide USA

World Television Day
November 21, 2013 in the World

World Television Day is celebrated on November 21, 2013. In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996. Television, or TV for short, is a telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images that can be monochrome or colored, with or without accompanying sound.

Commercially available since the late 1920s, the television set has become commonplace in homes, businesses and institutions, particularly as a vehicle for advertising, a source of entertainment, and news. Since the 1950s, television has been the main medium for molding public opinion. Since the 1970s, the availability of video cassettes, laserdiscs, DVDs and now Blu-ray Discs have resulted in the television set frequently being used for viewing recorded as well as broadcast material. In recent years, Internet television has seen the rise of television available via the Internet.

Television genres include a broad range of programming types that entertain, inform, and educate viewers. The most expensive entertainment genres to produce are usually drama and dramatic miniseries. However, other genres, such as historical Western genres, may also have high production costs.

Where is World Television Day?
Worldwide

Armed Forces Day in Bangladesh
November 21, 2013 in Bangladesh

Armed Forces Day in Bangladesh is celebrated on November 21, 2013. Armed Forces Day is observed in Bangladesh. It signifies the day in 1971, when the members of Army, Navy and Air force of the Bangladesh liberation war forces were fully operational and launched a coordinated offensive against the Pakistani Army. On December 16, 1971, the Pakistan Army surrendered with 93,000 troops to the allied forces of Bangladesh and India, ending the Liberation War of Bangladesh and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 simultaneously.

Where is Armed Forces Day in Bangladesh?
Nationwide Bangladesh

Historical Events:

164 BC – Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1620 – Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass

1791 – Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1837 – Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times

1871 – The 1st human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is shot

1877 – Tom Edison announces his “talking machine” invention (phonograph)

1906 – China prohibits opium trade

1935 – 1st commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper)

1942 – Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuts in “Tale of Two Kitties”

1953 – Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce that the “Piltdown Man” skull, held to be one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, was a hoax.

1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”

1977 – 1st flight of Concorde (London to New York)

1980 – Dallas’ “Who Shot JR?” episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating (83 mill)

1980 – John & Yoko pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum