Calendar Day; January 31, 2014

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Chinese New Year
January 31, 2014 in China
Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 31, 2014. It is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year’s Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.
Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Where is Chinese New Year?
Nationwide China
Vietnamese New Year
January 31, 2014 in Vietnam
Vietnamese New Year is observed on January 31, 2014. Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. It features aspects of the western Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Halloween and Birthday. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. However, like Vietnam, each of these countries have incorporated characteristic rituals and celebrations that are indigenous to their regions, and are harmonious with their cultural history and geographical climate. Vietnamese New Year is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing resulting in the alternate calculation of the new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day.
Where is Vietnamese New Year?
Nationwide Vietnam
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
January 31, 2014 in the World
Inspire Your Heart With Art Day celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons.
Look at a piece of art and ask yourself: What is is telling me? How does it make me feel? What emotions is it evoking (if any) within me?
A sense of love and romance is one of those feelings and emotions that a piece of artwork can awaken and inspire. Looking to create a little romance with that special someone? Try setting the mood, with an appropriate piece of art.
While the title of this day suggests you inspire “your” heart, we’re guessing you may use today to inspire someone else’s heart…to romantic thoughts….of you. That’s perfectly okay.
Where is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day?
Backward Day 2014
January 31, 2014 in the World
Backward Day is a day to do everything backwards. Use your imagination, and Backward Day can be lots of fun. It’s especially popular with school aged kids.
Try writing backwards or reading backwards. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat your meal, starting with dessert. Now that’s what I call fun! Walk backwards, or talk backwards. Play a board game backwards, from the finish line to the start. Are you starting to get the picture!?
This day is limited only by your imagination.
Where is Backward Day?
Historical Events:
1627 – Spanish government goes bankrupt
1696 – Revolt by undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)
1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1871 – Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkening the sky
1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1936 – “Green Hornet” radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
1948 – Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago)
1958 – James van Allen discovers radiation belt
1958 – US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1964 – US report “Smoking & Health” connects smoking to lung cancer
1968 – Viet Cong Tet offensive begins
1986 – Mary Lund of Minn, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
1990 – 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds

Calendar day; January 30, 2014

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School Day of Non-violence and Peace
January 30, 2014 in the World
School Day of Non-violence and Peace takes place on January 30, 2014. The School Day of Non-violence and Peace, is an observance founded by the Spanish poet Llorenç Vidal Vidal in Majorca in 1964 as a starting point and support for a pacifying and non-violent education of a permanent character. Different as the first proposed by the UNESCO “Armistice Day” in 1948, the “School Day of Non-violence and Peace” is observed on January 30 or thereabouts every year, on the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, in schools all over the world. In countries with a Southern Hemisphere school calendar, it can be observed on 30 March. Its basic and permanent message is: “Universal love, non-violence and peace. Universal love is better than egoism, non-violence is better than violence, and peace is better than war”.
Where is School Day of Non-violence and Peace?
Season for Nonviolence
January 30 to April 4, 2014 in the World
Season for Nonviolence is observed on January 30, 2014. Season for Nonviolence was established by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi’s grandson, as a yearly event celebrating the philosophies and lives of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. The “season” begins with the anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassination on January 30 and ends with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination on April 4. It is anchored by a mission, statement of principles, and commitments by participants towards living in a nonviolent way.
Where is Season for Nonviolence?
World Leprosy Day
January 30, 2014 in the World
World Leprosy Day is celebrated on January 30, 2014. World Leprosy Day is observed internationally on January 30 or its nearestSunday to increase the public awareness of the Leprosy or Hansen’s Disease. This day was chosen in commemoration of the death of Gandhi, the leader of India who understood the importance of leprosy. Leprosy is one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world. It is an infectious chronic disease that targets the nervous system, especially the nerves in the cooler parts of the body – the hands, feet, and face.
American Leprosy Missions:
The Leprosy Mission Canada:
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National Inane Answering Message Day
January 30, 2014 in the USA
Many people look at the title of this day and think ….huh!!? Some people think its a typo, and the day should read “National Insane Answering Message Day”. However, it actually and truly is “National Inane Answering Message Day”.
First lets clarify the meaning of an “inane” answering message. We all get them on our answering machines. An inane message is a senseless or meaningless message, or a prank call. Or, it could be an insane message.
So, National Inane Answering Message Day is the day set aside to change, shorten, replace or delete those ridiculous and/or annoying answering machine messages that waste the time of anyone who must listen to them. Trouble is…….how do you do that? In todays, world, caller Id is a great tool to accomplish this goal.
Where is National Inane Answering Message Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1467 – Battle at Velke Kostolany: Hung king Mátyás Corvinus beats Bratrici
1487 – Bell chimes invented
1647 – Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for £400
1790 – Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
1800 – US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
1820 – Edward Bransfield aboard Williams discovers Antarctica (UK claim)
1847 – Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
1894 – Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
1922 – World Law Day, 1st celebrated
1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
1939 – Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
1948 – Mahatma Gandhi assassinated by Nathuram Godse
1958 – UK House of Lords passes bill allowing women to take seats
1968 – Vietcong launch Tet-offensive on US embassy in Saigon
1972 – Bloody Sunday: British soldiers fire on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
1982 – Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called “Elk Cloner”.
2003 – Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.

Throwing hot water into the air at -11 degrees

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My friend, Gregory. Very cool photo.


*Giggle Break*

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I don’t care how many times I see this, it never fails to make me crack up laughing. Enjoy!!tell me princess...

Calendar day; January 29, 2014

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International Puzzle Day
January 29, 2014 in the World
International Puzzle Day is celebrated on January 29, 2014. It was created in 1995 by game companies in the United States. On International Puzzle Day, puzzles of all size, shape and form will be honored. You can celebrate that day by solving one or more puzzles. A puzzle is a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver. In a basic puzzle, one is intended to put together pieces in a logical way in order to come up with the desired solution.
The first jigsaw puzzle was created around 1760, when John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker, mounted a map on a sheet of wood that he then sawed around each individual country. Spilsbury used the product to aid in teaching geography. After catching on with the wider public, this remained the primary use of jigsaw puzzles until about 1820. By the early 20th century, magazines and newspapers found that they could increase their daily subscriptions by publishing puzzle contests. Puzzles may also include letters, numbers, shapes, and riddles.
Solutions to puzzles may require recognizing patterns and creating a particular order. People with a high inductive reasoning aptitude may be better at solving these puzzles than others. Puzzles based on the process of inquiry and discovery to complete may be solved faster by those with good deduction skills.
Where is Puzzle Day?

National Cornchip Day
January 29, 2014 in the USA
National Corn Chip Day celebrates the Corn Chip. Fifty years ago, few Americans knew what Corn Chips were. Today, most American can not imagine life without this tasty, crunchy holder of salsa, cheese and (mostly) mexican dips. Its even sprinkled atop salads, making salads even more crunchy.
On National Corn Chip Day, enjoy eating one of your  favorite snacks. And, take our Corn Chip challenge….eat corn chips for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks today! I don’t know about you. But, I will find that easy to do.
There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress.
Where is National Cornchip Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1595 – William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is probably first performed.
1613 – Galileo observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he sees
1834 – President Jackson orders 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute
1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC)
1856 – Victoria Cross established to acknowledge bravery
1886 – 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
1891 – Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
1896 – Emile Grubbe is 1st dr to use radiation treatment for breast cancer
1919 – Secretary of state proclaims 18th amendment (prohibition)
1924 – Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland
1929 – Seeing Eye Guide Dog Organization forms
1953 – 1st movie in Cinemascope (The Robe) premieres
1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released
1964 – Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangelove,” premieres
1978 – Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban.
1998 – Woman’s Clinic in Birmingham Ala bombed, 1 killed

Calendar day; January 28, 2014

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Data Privacy Day
January 28, 2014 in the World
Data Privacy Day is celebrated on January 28, 2014. Data Privacy Day is an international holiday, which purpose it is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is celebrated in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries. Data Privacy Day’s educational initiative originally focused on raising awareness among teens and young adults about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information online, particularly in the context of social networking. The educational focus has expanded over the past four years to include families, consumers and businesses.
In addition to its educational initiative, Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control over personally identifiable information; encourage compliance with privacy laws and regulations; and create dialogues among stakeholders interested in advancing data protection and privacy. The international celebration offers many opportunities for collaboration among governments, industry, academia, nonprofits, privacy professionals and educators.
The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data was opened for signature by the Council of Europe on January 28, 1981. This convention is currently in the process of being updated in order to reflect new legal challenges caused by technological development. The Convention on Cybercrime is also protecting the integrity of data systems and thus of privacy in cyberspace. Privacy including data protection is also protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Data privacy is the relationship between collection and dissemination of data, technology, the public expectation of privacy, and the legal and political issues surrounding them. Privacy concerns exist wherever personally identifiable information is collected and stored – in digital form or otherwise. Improper or non-existent disclosure control can be the root cause for privacy issues.
Data privacy issues can arise in response to information from a wide range of sources, such as healthcare records, criminal justice investigations and proceedings, financial institutions and transactions, biological traits, such as genetic material, residence and geographic records and ethnicity.
Where is Data Privacy Day?

National Fun at Work Day
January 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Fun At Work Day.  This, unofficial national holiday, is known by some to always be celebrated on January 28th and by others always on the last Friday in January.
International Fun at Work Day: Always April 1st
Fun at Work Day is a day to have fun at work for once. Ideally, work should be fun. But normally, work is not intended to have fun. It’s intended to get work done. You’re a very lucky person, if you if you can get work done and have fun doing it. The lucky souls in this situation, love their job.
Unfortunately, all of us are not lucky enough to have a job that’s fun to do. If that’s you, then today is a day just for you! Think of ways to make your job more fun and exciting. Look to do some fun things at work today, even if it takes away from production just a wee bit.
Please Note: If you do fun things today that is counter-productive, or takes you away from the job, make sure you get your boss’ permission first. Better still, get him or her involved.
Where is National Fun at Work Day?
Nationwide USA
National Kazoo Day
January 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Kazoo Day! Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg invented the kazoo in the 1840s. They presented the new instrument at the 1852 Georgia State Fair and it soon became a staple in the popular music of the era.
While today we often consider the kazoo a child’s toy, it is indeed designed to be an instrument. Kazoos can be made out of plastic, metal, or wood, and are part of the “mirliton” or “membranophone” family. These instruments all have a vibrating membrane that can be covered or partially covered to make a variety of sounds. To properly play a kazoo, you have to hum into the large end of the instrument.
The kazoo, the banjo, and the glass armonica are the only instruments invented in America. Join the campaign to make the kazoo our national instrument, learn more about this holiday, or pick up a kazoo and experiment with different sounds in honor of National Kazoo Day!
Where is National Kazoo Day?
Nationwide USA
National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 28, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Blueberry Pancake Day! Blueberry pancakes are a wonderful treat to enjoy anytime of the day. They are nutritious enough to eat for breakfast, tasty enough for a mid-day snack, and easy enough to make for dinner.
To make blueberry pancakes, mix up a batch of your favorite plain pancake batter. Wash the blueberries, pat them dry, and keep them in a separate bowl. Once you’ve poured the batter onto the griddle, drop a few blueberries on top. This will ensure that your blueberries aren’t bruised during the cooking process and will be perfect bursts of flavor when you bite into your pancake.
Make a delicious batch of pancakes, top them with a little blueberry maple syrup, and celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day!
Where is National Blueberry Pancake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1099 – 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria
1521 – The Diet of Worms begins, lasting until May 25.
1573 – Articles of Warsaw Confederation are signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.
1724 – The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.
1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip forms English colony at Botany Bay, Sydney
1813 – Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.
1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
1878 – George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator
1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.
1914 – Beverly Hills, Ca, is incorporated
1918 – Trotsky becomes leader of Reds
1923 – 1st “Reichs Party” (NSDAP) forms in Munich
1935 – Iceland becomes 1st country to legalize abortion
1945 – Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands
1951 – “La Vie Commence Demain,” which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
1958 – The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
1978 – “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
1986 – 25th Space Shuttle (51L)-Challenger 10 explodes 73 sec after liftoff
1988 – Canada’s Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional

Calendar day; January 27, 2014

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2014 in the World
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is observed on January 27, 2014, is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust. Holocaust is the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of six million European Jews as well as millions of others by the Nazi regime. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005.
The Resolution establishing January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide. It rejects any denial of the Holocaust as an event and condemns all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief.
January 27 is the date, in 1945, when the largest Nazi death camp (Auschwitz-Birkenau), was liberated by Soviet troops. This camp was a network of Nazi concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It was the largest of the German concentration camps.
The gas chambers of Birkenau were blown up by the SS in an attempt to hide the German crimes from the advancing Soviet troops. The SS command sent orders on January 17, 1945 calling for the execution of all prisoners remaining in the camp, but in the chaos of the Nazi retreat the order was never carried out. On January 17, 1945, Nazi personnel started to evacuate the facility.
Where is Holocaust Remembrance Day?
National Chocolate Cake Day
January 27, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! Cakes have a rich culinary history. In Greece, cakes (or “plakous”) were heavy and flat, and people served them with nuts and honey. The Romans made cakes that were more like cheesecake or pastry, and presented them as offerings to the gods. In Medieval England, people used the words “bread” and cake” interchangeably to refer to anything made with flour dough.
A company called O. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the late 1920s. In 1947, after years of research and development, General Mills released the first “just add water” Betty Crocker cake mixes. The available flavors were Ginger, Spice, Yellow, and White. In 1948, Pillsbury introduced the first chocolate cake mix.
Today, the most popular kind of cake is chocolate. There are many different types, including Black Forest, Devil’s Food, Flourless, Fudge, Ganache, German Chocolate, Lava, and much more. Head to your local bakery or whip up your favorite recipe to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day!
Where is National Chocolate Cake Day?
Nationwide USA
Thomas Crapper Day
January 27, 2014 in the World
It’s Thomas Crapper Day! Thomas Crapper was a plumber in the late 19th century who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd. in London. Although he did not invent the toilet, he was able to use his skills as a shrewd businessman and salesperson to make it extremely popular.
The flush toilet was invented in 1596 by John Harrington. From the time of its invention up until the start up of Crapper’s company, bathroom fixtures were not part of the everyday household. Crapper heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom, which made toilets and bathroom fixtures a global success.
Did you know that the manhole covers in Westminster Abbey still have the Crapper Company name on them? They are a common tourist attraction in England. Celebrate Thomas Crapper Day today and take a moment to appreciate all that he did for the promotion of sanitary plumbing!
Where is Thomas Crapper Day?

Punch the Clock Day
January 27, 2014 in the USA
Whether you have to use a time card to punch in or are always racing to click through the time clock software on your desktop, you can “celebrate” on Punch the Clock Day. “In the 1890s, timekeepers — clerks who kept track of employees’ hours in handwritten logs — found that machines were beginning to replace them, especially in workplaces with large numbers of employees. Thanks to the influence of the advocates of scientific management, nearly every industrial workplace had a time clock, after about 1910. So did many offices,” according to the National Museum of American History.
shespeaks –  National “Punch the Clock” Day:
Where is Punch the Clock Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
661 – Rashidun Caliphate ended with death of Ali.
1671 – Pirate Henry Morgen lands at Panama City
1736 – Abdication of Stanislas, last king of Poland
1825 – U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears.”
1870 – 1st sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) (DePauw U in Greencastle, Indiana)
1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
1888 – National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC)
1908 – Pasiphaë, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Melotte
1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes,” 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater
1924 – Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow
1926 – 1st public demonstration of television, John L Baird, London
1941 – Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor
1945 – Russia liberates Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)
1948 – 1st tape recorder sold
1951 – US begins 126 nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site
1967 – Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee
1967 – Treaty banning military use of nuclear weapons in space, signed
1973 – US & Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war & milt draft
1977 – Pres Carter pardons most Vietnam War draft evaders (10,000)
1996 – Germany celebrates it’s 1st Holocaust Rememberance Day

Calendar day; January 26, 2014

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Spouse’s Day 2014
January 26, 2014 in the World

Spouse’s Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate your better half. You can use this day as a prelude or warm up to Valentine’s Day, perhaps. But, its not as much of a gift giving event. Rather, use it as a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he/she does for you and for the household. Over the long years of a relationship, its easy to take for granted the many things your spouse does. He/she’s always there. They do so many big and little things as a routine event. So, take today to notice and to say thanks. As for the “enjoyment” part of the day…we will leave that up to you to enjoy your spouse however the two of your desire….

Where is Spouse’s Day?

Australia Day 2014
January 26, 2014 in Australia

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26, 2014. Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, which marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

Where is Australia Day?
Nationwide Australia

Indian Republic Day
January 26, 2014 in India

Indian Republic Day is observed on January 26, 2014. In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force – on 26 January 1950 – replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. It is one of three national holidays in India. The new constitution, as drafted and approved by the Constituent Assembly of India, was mandated to take effect on 26 January 1950–and India became a republic. While India’s Independence Day celebrates its freedom from British Rule, Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution. The main Republic Day celebration is held in the national capital, New Delhi, at the Rajpath before the President of India. Celebrations are also held with varying degrees of formality in state capitals, where the governor of the state unfurls the National Flag of India.

Where is Indian Republic Day?
Nationwide India

Delhi Republic Day Parade
January 26 – 29, 2014 in New Delhi

Delhi Republic Day parade is celebrated on January 26, 2014. The grand parade on Rajpath in New Delhi on 26 January is the main event of the celebration of India’s Republic Day which is a three-day celebration, culminating in the beating retreat ceremony on the evening of 29 January. The parade showcases India’s military might and cultural diversity.

Where is Delhi Republic Day parade?
Nationwide New Delhi

Historical Events:

66 – 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1564 – The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

1697 – Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli’s 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

1784 – Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol

1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip and british colonists hoist the English flag on Botany Bay, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day

1838 – Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States

1871 – US income tax repealed

1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green

1886 – Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor

1926 – Television 1st demonstrated (J L Baird, London)

1948 – Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed

1950 – India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion

1962 – Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker’s “Twist” is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools

1972 – Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute

1980 – Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations

1998 – President Bill Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”

Antonio Basoli’s Alfabeto Pittorico

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Huge thank you to my friend, Skeen, who shared these images with me. There are other sites out there with them, but I wanted to share for a bit too. I love art, writing, and architecture. This pulls them all in together. Very cool!

In Bologna, Italy in 1839, decorative artist Antonio Basoli published a fantastic set of lithographs for his book, Alfabeto Pittorico (Pictorial Alphabet, or a collection of pictorial thoughts composed of objects beginning with the individual letters of the alphabet). His elaborate architectural drawings of twenty-four letters of the alphabet and one ampersand (sorry J & W), became later known as Basoli’s Alphabet.

If you look closely at the & sign, after the Z, you will see all of the letters of the Antonio Basoli’s Alfabeto Pittorico listed in the curves of the &. They were never included in the Antonio Basoli Alphabet city.
The original Latin alphabet was:

























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