Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17, 2013 in the World

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed on December 17, 2013. The day is celebrated by Sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies. It takes place annually. First celebrated in 2003, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is the brainchild of Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, an American Sex Worker’s Rights organization.

Originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, it has evolved into an annual international event. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe as well as the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by custom and prohibitionist laws that has made violence against sex-workers acceptable. The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Rights and it is increasingly being used on December 17.

A sex worker is a person who works in the sex industry. The term is used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries. Some sex workers are paid to engage in sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes, escorts, some professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed.

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National Maple Syrup Day
December 17, 2013 in the USA

It’s National Maple Syrup Day! Maple syrup is a distinctly North American product. Canada, the largest supplier of maple syrup, produces over 5 million gallons of it each year!

Native Americans were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup—a process that was documented and adopted by early settlers in the 1600s. Tapping a maple tree does no permanent damage to the tree and only 10% of the sap that is produced in a year is actually collected. Many maple trees have been tapped for 150 years or more! Did you know that it takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup? Maple syrup can also be boiled down to produce maple cream, maple sugar, and maple sugar candy.

Whether you like your maple syrup as a topping on pancakes, waffles, or vanilla ice cream, enjoy some today in honor of National Maple Syrup Day!

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Where is National Maple Syrup Day?
Nationwide USA

Wright Brothers Day
December 17, 2013 in the USA

Wright Brothers Day is celebrated on December 17, 2013. Wright Brothers Day is a United States national observation. It is codified in the US Code, and commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Where is Wright Brothers Day?
Nationwide USA

Pan American Aviation Day
December 17, 2013 in the USA

Pan American Aviation Day takes place on December 17, 2013. Pan American Aviation Day is a United States Federal Observance Day. According to 36 U.S.C. § 134, on Pan American Aviation Day the president calls on “calling on all officials of the United States Government, the chief executive offices of the States, territories, and possessions of the United States, and all citizens to participate in the observance of Pan American Aviation Day to further, and stimulate interest in, aviation in the American countries as an important stimulus to the further development of more rapid communications and a cultural development between the countries of the Western Hemisphere.” The date commemorates the first successful flight of a mechanically propelled heavier-than-air craft, accomplished on December 17, 1903, by the Wright brothers near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Where is Pan American Aviation Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

546 – Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison.

1526 – Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero – forms Inquisition

1538 – Pope Paul III excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII

1777 – France recognizes independence of British colonies in America

1790 – Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City

1821 – Kentucky abolishes debtors’ prisons

1875 – Violent bread riots in Montreal

1900 – 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy

1903 – At 10:35 AM, 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight (Orville Wright)

1936 – Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen & dummy Charlie McCarthy, appear on TV

1959 – “On The Beach” is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain

1965 – David Levy begins his search for comets

1970 – Gdansk, Poland shipworkers strike

1986 – Mrs Davina Thompson makse medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)

1992 – Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus

1999 – The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.