Day to End Impunity
November 23, 2013 in the World

International Day to End Impunity is celebrated on November 23, 2013. The International Day to End Impunity is marked annually by advocates for free expression. The day is meant to raise awareness of, and demand justice for, artists, journalists, musicians, writers and free expression advocates around the world who are persecuted for exercising their right to free expression. 23 November is the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre (also known as the Maguindanao massacre) in the Philippines, when 57 individuals were murdered, including 32 journalists and media workers. The massacre is the single deadliest attack against journalists to have taken place.

Where is Day to End Impunity?
Worldwide

Adoption Day
November 23, 2013 in the USA

National Adoption Day is celebrated on November 23, 2013. On National Adoption Day, a number of courts and communities in the United States come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care. More than 300 events are held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in November, in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care. In total, more than 40,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day. National Adoption Day was started in 2000 by a Coalition of national partners.

Where is National Adoption Day?
Nationwide USA

Survivors of Suicide Day
November 23, 2013 in the USA

National Survivors of Suicide Day is celebrated on November 23, 2013. National Survivors of Suicide Day was designated by the United States Congress as a day when the friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. This day always falls on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving. In 1999, Senator Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of National Survivors of Suicide Day. Reid is a survivor of his father’s suicide. As citizens of other countries began observing the day in their local communities, it was renamed as International Survivors of Suicide Day. Every year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention sponsors International Survivors of Suicide Day, a program that unites survivors of suicide loss across the world. At events in hundreds of cities spanning 6 continents, survivors of suicide loss gather together to remember their loved ones and offer each other support. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention produces a program shown at these events that features personal stories and advice from other survivors and psychiatric professionals. These events help survivors cope with the tragedy of losing someone to suicide.

Where is National Survivors of Suicide Day?
Nationwide USA

Labor Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2013 in Japan

Labor Thanksgiving Day takes place on November 23, 2013. Labor Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually. The law establishing the holiday cites it as an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. Events are held throughout Japan, one such being the Nagano Labor Festival. The event encourages thinking about the environment, peace and human rights. It is not unusual for early grade elementary students to create drawings for the holiday and give them as gifts to local kobans, or police stations.

Where is Labor Thanksgiving Day?
Nationwide Japan

Cashew Day
November 23, 2013 in the USA

Today is National Cashew Day! Whether you like them plain, salted, roasted, or coated in sugar, cashews are a delicious treat! Although cashews are popular in Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, they are actually native to Brazil. They have also been widely cultivated in India and Africa ever since the Portuguese exported them during the 16th century.

Did you know that parts of the cashew tree can be used for medicinal and manufacturing purposes? Acid from the cashew nutshells is effective in healing tooth abscesses and the tree’s seeds can be ground up into a powder and used as an antivenom for snake bites. The oil from the nutshells is used in brake linings as well as in rubber and plastic materials.

To celebrate National Cashew Day, snack on some cashews or cook them into your favorite recipe!

Where is National Cashew Day?
Nationwide USA

Eat a Cranberry Day
November 23, 2013 in the World

Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated on November 23rd of each year, believe it was created in order to promote the health benefits of cranberries.

Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, there has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer product popularity, nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, giving them commercial status as a “superfruit”.

The name cranberry derives from “craneberry”, first named by early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx, and petals resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane. Another name used in northeastern Canada is mossberry. The traditional English name for Vaccinium oxycoccos, fenberry, originated from plants found growing in fen (marsh) lands.

In North America, Native Americans were the first to use cranberries as food. Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, especially for pemmican, wound medicine and dye. Calling the red berries Sassamanash, natives may have introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts.

Where is Eat a Cranberry Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

800 – Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.

1499 – Flemish pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from Tower of London. Invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV

1644 – Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship, written by John Milton is published.

1765 – People of Frederick County Md refuse to pay England’s Stamp tax

1863 – Patent granted for a process of making color photographs

1889 – Debut of 1st jukebox (Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco)

1897 – Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love

1909 – Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes

1921 – Pres Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes

1936 – The first edition of Life is published.

1948 – Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects

1963 – “Doctor Who” the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England

1971 – China People’s Republic seated in UN Security Council

1979 – Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

1992 – 10,000,000 cellular telephone sold