International Anti-Corruption Day
December 9, 2013 in the World

International Anti-Corruption Day takes place on December 09, 2013. International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003.

The Convention states, in part, that the UN is “concerned about the seriousness of problems and threats posed by corruption to the stability and security of societies, undermining the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizing sustainable development and the rule of law”.

It delegates to the Convention the power to “promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively… promote, facilitate and support international cooperation and technical assistance in the prevention of and fight against corruption… [and] promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property…”

International Anti-Corruption Day
http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/

Where is Anti-Corruption Day?
Worldwide

Christmas Card Day
December 9, 2013 in the World

A Christmas card is a greeting card sent as part of the traditional celebration of Christmas in order to convey between people a range of sentiments related to the Christmas season. Christmas cards are usually exchanged during the weeks preceding Christmas Day by many people (including non-Christians) in Western society and in Asia. The traditional greeting reads “wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. There are innumerable variations on this greeting, many cards expressing more religious sentiment, or containing a poem, prayer or Biblical verse; others stay away from religion with an all-inclusive “Season’s greetings”.

Christmas Card Day is strategically a little over two weeks before Christmas Day. Mailing your Christmas cards out on Christmas Card Day should get your Christmas wishes to your family, friends, co-workers, business partners, etc. in plenty of time before Christmas Day

Where is Christmas Card Day?
Worldwide

Pastry Day
December 9, 2013 in the USA

It’s National Pastry Day! Did you know that pastries have been around since 2600 B.C.? The Egyptians made doughnut-like pastries out of crude flour and honey, and then dipped them in wine.

In the 7th century, pastry-making developed as a culinary art form in the Middle East. It spread to Europe after the Crusades, and French and Italian chefs developed their own version of the recipes and experimented with new techniques. There are now many different types of pastry including shortcrust, flaky, puff, choux, and phyllo.

Make a trip to your favorite local bakery to pick up your favorite kind of pastry in honor of National Pastry Day!

Where is National Pastry Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

536 – Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire.

1640 – Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin

1762 – British parliament accept Treaty of Paris

1805 – Comet 3D/1805 V1 (Biela) approaches within 0.0366 AUs of Earth

1851 – 1st Young Men’s Christian Association in North America (Montreal)

1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.

1875 – Massachusetts Rifle Association “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club” is founded.

1897 – Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde in Paris.

1905 – In France, the law separating church and state is passed.

1948 – UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide

1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired

1958 – Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society

1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premieres

1990 – Lech Walesa wins presidental election in Poland

1994 – 5m meteor 1994 XM1 passes within 100,000 km of Earth