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.
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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!
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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.
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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