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Calendar day; February 28, 2014

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Friday, the 28th of February, 2014 is the 59th day in 2014 and in the 9th calendar week.

International STAND UP to Bullying Day
February 28, 2014 in the World

International STAND UP to Bullying Day takes place on February 28, 2014. International STAND UP to Bullying Day is a special semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink “pledge shirt” to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the third Friday of November to coincide with Anti-bullying week, and then again on the last Friday of February.

International STAND UP to Bullying Day:
http://www.standupday.com/08/participants/index.php?target=pages&page_id=intro

Where is STAND UP to Bullying Day?
Worldwide

Public Sleeping Day
February 28, 2014 in the World

Public Sleeping Day is observed on February 28, 2014. Too tired to have something to celebrate today? Then get out and go to sleep first a round in the public … Inspire yourself by the following tips: Sleep in class or an office meeting, go to a bench in the park and lie down for a while or get on any public transportation and get some sleep.

The purposes and mechanisms of sleep are only partially clear and are the subject of substantial research. Sleep is often thought to help conserve energy, but decreases metabolism only about 5–10%. Hibernating animals need to sleep despite the hypometabolism seen in hibernation, and must return from hypothermia to euthermia in order to sleep, making sleeping “energetically expensive.”

Where is Public Sleeping Day ?
Worldwide

Rare Disease Day
February 28, 2014 in the World

Rare Disease Day is observed on February 28, 2014. Rare Disease Day is an observance held on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families. It was established in 2008 because, according to the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS), treatment for many rare diseases is insufficient, as are the social networks to support individuals with rare diseases and their families.

Rare Disease Day:
http://www.rarediseaseday.org/

Where is the event?
Worldwide

Science Day
February 28, 2014 in India

National Science Day is celebrated on February 28, 2014. National Science Day is celebrated in India each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928.

Where is National Science Day?
Nationwide India

National Tooth Fairy Day
February 28, 2014 in the USA

For hundreds of years people have shared mystical legends, stories, and traditions about the loss of baby teeth. The early Europeans buried children’s teeth so witches and evil spirits couldn’t use them for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had magical powers that could help them fight in battle. They would pay their children for their lost baby teeth and string them onto necklaces and other jewelry.

Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who scampers around town and steals children’s teeth in the middle of the night. The story of the mouse evolved into the story of the Tooth Fairy who leaves treasures under children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.

Tooth Fairy traditions are still popular today. Kids all over the world place their lost baby teeth under their pillows at night and look forward to a wonderful surprise in the morning. Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!

Where is National Tooth Fairy Day?
Nationwide USA

National Chocolate Souffle Day
February 28, 2014 in the USA

It’s still winter, still a good time to get your baking done. National Chocolate Souffle Day celebrates a light, fluffy French dessert that’s more popover than devil’s food.

Chocolaty Souffle Recipes:
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/articles/view/487/1/National-Chocolate-Souffle-Day.html

Where is National Chocolate Souffle Day?
Nationwide USA

Floral Design Day
February 28, 2014 in the World

Floral Design Day takes place on February 28, 2014. You could celebrate that day by creating floral arrangements, viewing floral designs oder drawing pictures of floral designs. Floral design is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: Line, Form, Space, Texture and Color and the Principles of Floral Design: Balance, Proportion, Rhythm, Contrast, Harmony and Unity.

There are many styles of floral design. Eastern, Western and European styles have all influenced the commercial floral industry as it is today. Ikebana is a Japanese or eastern style of floral design and incorporates the three main line placements of heaven, man and earth. In contrast, European style emphasizes color and variety of botanical materials not limited to just blooming flowers, in mass gatherings of multiple flowers. Western design historically is characterized by symmetrical, asymmetrical, horizontal and vertical style of arrangements.

Where is Floral Design Day ?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

202 BC – Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China

1646 – Roger Scott was tried in Mass for sleeping in church

1692 – Salem witch hunt begins

1700 – Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.

1749 – 1st edition of Henry Fieldings’ “Tom Jones” published

1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church

1827 – 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered

1838 – Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec)

1893 – Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names “carborundum”

1922 – Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1924 – US begins intervention in Honduras

1947 – 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.

1956 – Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory

1983 – Final TV episode of “M*A*S*H” airs (CBS); record 125 million watch

1994 – 100 agents raid Branch Davidian compound at Waco Texas

1998 – First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.

2004 – Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947

Calendar day; February 27, 2014

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No Brainer Day
February 27, 2014 in the World
No Brainer Day is celebrated on February 27, 2014. It’s easy to celebrate it: just be happy about its existance! No-brainer is a term used to denote a problem that allegedly has a very easy solution obvious to all. The term originated in engineering jargon, but grew in popularity during the 1990s and 2000s, and is now common in business environments. The claim that a problem is a “no-brainer” may be a way to shut down dissent.
Today is the day for you to do all those “no brainer” tasks and activities. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then its not the chore to do today.
Where is No Brainer Day ?
Worldwide
International Polar Bear Day
February 27, 2014 in the World
Polar Bear Day is observed on February 27, 2014. It celebrates the world’s largest bear and land carnivore. The polar bear is a bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.
The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline. For decades, large scale hunting raised international concern for the future of the species but populations rebounded after controls and quotas began to take effect.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the polar bear is important as an indicator of arctic ecosystem health. Polar bears are studied to gain understanding of what is happening throughout the Arctic, because at-risk polar bears are often a sign of something wrong with the arctic marine ecosystem.
Where is International Polar Bear Day ?
Worldwide
National Strawberry Day
February 27, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Strawberry Day! Today we pay homage to one of the most popular fruits in the world. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every year, so they are often called the “taste of spring.” The bright red juicy berries are both delicious and incredibly good for you. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
People have been enjoying strawberries and their health benefits for centuries. In fact, the Ancient Romans believed that strawberries could cure fevers, fainting, inflammation, and several other ailments. They also used the berries for teeth whitening!
To celebrate National Strawberry Day, enjoy a fresh bowl of strawberries and cream, a strawberry smoothie, a piece of toast smothered in strawberry jam, or a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Enjoy!
Where is National Strawberry Day?
Nationwide USA
National Kahlua Day
February 27, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Kahlua Day! Kahlua is a rich, creamy alcoholic liqueur from Mexico. People enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, and mixed in coffee or cocktails (like the White Russian). Kahlua is also used to flavor desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes.
The word “kahlua” means “house of the Acolhua people” in the Nahuatl language. A company named Domecq has produced the drink since 1936 and named it for the native people of Veracruz. Kahlua is made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugar, and vanilla.
To celebrate National Kahlua Day, mix up your favorite Kahlua cocktail or bake a divine Kahlua-flavored cake to share with friends!
Where is National Kahlua Day?
Nationwide USA
National Chili Day
February 27, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Chili Day! Whether you prefer it Texas-style, Mexican-style, or vegetarian, chili served with a side of cornbread is a fabulous comfort food for the winter season.
Despite popular belief, chili does not come from Mexico. The recipe has certainly been influenced by Mexican culture, but it also incorporates elements from Native American and Spanish culinary traditions. Many historians believe chili originated in Texas where all three of these cultures intersected.
According to legend, Spanish priests called the first chili “the soup of the Devil” because they believed that chili peppers were an aphrodisiac. To celebrate National Chili Day, indulge in a delicious bowl of this historical spicy stew!

Where is National Chili Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:
837 – 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
1526 – Saxony & Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
1626 – Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci.
1696 – English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association
1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
1873 – Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor
1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
1922 – Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman’s right to vote
1942 – J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
1950 – General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
1956 – Female suffrage in Egypt
1964 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
1974 – “People” magazine begins sales
1980 – Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
1990 – Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agree’s to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son

Calendar day; February 26, 2014

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Tell a Fairy Tale Day
February 26, 2014 in the World
Tell a Fairy Tale Day takes place on February 26, 2014. You could read your kids fairy tales today or read them alone. A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables.
The older fairy tales were intended for an audience of adults, as well as children, but they were associated with children as early as the writings of the précieuses; the Brothers Grimm titled their collection Children’s and Household Tales, and the link with children has only grown stronger with time.
In cultures where demons and witches are perceived as real, fairy tales may merge into legends, where the narrative is perceived both by teller and hearers as being grounded in historical truth. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times.
Where is Tell a Fairy Tale Day?
Worldwide

Pistachio Day
February 26, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Pistachio Day! The pistachio is a small bushy tree native to the Middle East. It produces bunches of fruit (similar to grapes) and the pistachio nut is the seed of that fruit.
People use pistachios in cooking and enjoy them fresh or roasted as a snack. Pistachio ice cream with its distinctive green color is also popular. Pistachios have more antioxidants per serving than green tea. They are also an excellent source of fiber, copper, manganese, and Vitamin B6.
To celebrate National Pistachio Day, enjoy a handful of delicious pistachio nuts!
Where is National Pistachio Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
747 BC – Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era.
1616 – Spanish Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo
1815 – Napoleon & 1,200 leave Elba to start 100-day re-conquest of France
1848 – Marx & Engels publish “Communist Manifesto”
1885 – Congress of Berlin, gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to England
1907 – Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1915 – Malancourt, Argonnen (1st (German) flame-thrower
1935 – RADAR-Radio Detection & Ranging 1st demonstrated (Robert Watson-Watt)
1936 – Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche’s “Volkswagen”
1936 – Military coup in Japan
1954 – 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
1962 – US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
1971 – Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
1992 – Irish Supreme Court rules 14 year old rape victim may get an abortion

Calendar day; February 25, 2014

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Tuesday, the 25th of February, 2014 is the 56th day in 2014 and in the 9th calendar week.
Spay Day USA 2014
February 25, 2014 in the USA
Spay Day USA is celebrated on February 25, 2014. Spay Day USA is an annual observance on the last Tuesday of February that was created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1994 to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem in the USA, and to encourage animal population control by neutering pets
Where is Spay Day USA?
Nationwide USA
National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day
February 25, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day! Nuts have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans were fond of the walnut, Native Americans enjoyed the pecan, and the Chinese believed the hazelnut was one of the five sacred nourishments. People also believed that chocolate had divine properties.
The Aztecs and Mayans prepared drinking chocolate for all their sacred rituals. In the 17th century chocolate became a very fashionable drink throughout Europe and people soon learned that everything tastes better when it’s covered in chocolate. By the middle of the 19th century it was a common practice to dip items like pretzels, nuts, and fruits into melted chocolate.
Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day with your favorite chocolate and nut combination!
Where is National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day?
Nationwide USA
Soviet Occupation Day in Georgia
February 25, 2014 in Georgia
Soviet Occupation Day is a holiday in the country of Georgia. It is observed annually on February 25 to commemorate the Red Army invasion of Georgia in 1921. The holiday was established in 2010 and its first observance was in 2011.
On July 21, 2010, Georgia declared February 25 Soviet Occupation Day to recall the Red Army invasion of Georgia in 1921. The Georgian parliament voted in favor of the government’s initiative. The decision, endorsed unanimously by the Parliament of Georgia instructs the government to organize various memorial events on every February 25 and to fly national flags half-mast to commemorate, as the decision puts it, hundreds of thousands of victims of political repressions of the Communist occupational regime.
Where is Soviet Occupation Day in Georgia?
Nationwide Georgia
National Pistol Patent Day
February 25, 2014 in the USA
Today is Pistol Patent Day, the anniversary of Samuel Colt’s 1836 patent for the Colt Revolver pistol.  Although Colt didn’t actually invent the revolver, his design, which was an adaptation of the revolving flintlock, helped revolutionize the gun industry.  A forward thinking inventor and industrialist, he wanted all parts on his guns to be interchangeable and machine-made on an assembly line.
Samuel Colt patented it in Europe in 1835, and in the United States in 1836.
Where is Pistol Patent Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1540 – Francisco V squez de Coronado searches for 7 cities of Cibola Mexico
1570 – Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I, absolves her subjects from allegiance
1751 – 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
1836 – Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1859 – 1st use of “insanity plea” to prove innocence
1910 – Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
1919 – League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1921 – Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
1932 – Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1940 – 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
1957 – Buddy Holly & Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day”
1988 – South Korea adopts constitution
1989 – Dallas Cowboys’ new owner fires 29-year coach Tom Landry
1998 – Switzerland’s 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich

Spring fever

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Okay so according to my weather app it’s only 20 degrees outside, but the sun is shining and I’m seeing patches of ground, the snow is melting. Yay!! 😀

And I’ve started doing spring cleaning, first was my office, my intern is impressed, I’ve thrown/shredded old papers I no longer need. Put up all the winter stuff-decorations, and I sanitized/dusted my desk. It’s neat, and clean. Organized too. lol 😉

I’ve put the spring banner on the blog, and I’m just all ready for the Spring weather. Soon… very soon…

Official day for Spring Equinox is:  Thursday, March 20 The First Day of Spring (Spring Equinox) 2014

vernal-equinox

Calendar day; February 24, 2014

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Monday, the 24th of February, 2014 is the 55th day in 2014 and in the 9th calendar week.

Flag Day in Mexico
February 24, 2014 in Mexico

Flag Day in Mexico takes place on February 24, 2014. Día de la Bandera (“Flag Day”) is a national holiday in Mexico. It was established by the President of Mexico, General Lázaro Cárdenas, before the monument to General Vicente Guerrero, first to pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag on March 12, 1821.

The date was selected because more than a century earlier (February 24, 1821), the “Plan of Iguala” or “Plan of the three guarantees” was proclaimed. This plan was based in three principles: “Religion, Independence and Unity”, which were represented on the flag’s colors. On this same date, Jose Magdaleno Ocampo tailored the first three color flag for what would soon be an independent Mexico. This flag, commonly known as the “Pendon Trigarante”, had the colors: white, green and red in that order, arranged diagonally with three eight-point gold stars, one on the center of each color banner.

When the Pledge is recited, it is customary to salute the flag with the raised arm Bellamy Salute while speaking. When the flag is being paraded, the arm is held across the chest, palm parallel to the ground.

Where is Flag Day in Mexico?
Nationwide Mexico

Dragobete 2014
February 24, 2014 in Romania

Dragobete is observed on February 24, 2014. Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times. Specifically, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.

Ever since ancient times, Romanians used to celebrate Dragobete on the 24th of February. It was a sort of Valentine’s Day. This is the time when nature wakes up from her sleep, birds look for places to build their nests, and people, especially the youth, follow nature’s course.

Romanian Traditions: Dragobete’s Day
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/romanian-traditions-dragobetes-day.html

Where is Dragobete?
Nationwide Romania

Historical Events:

303 – 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued

1389 – Battle at Falköping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden

1541 – Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12)

1807 – 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England

1821 – Mexico gains independence from Spain

1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia

1855 – US Court of Claims forms for cases against government

1895 – Cuban war for independence begins

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.

1918 – Estonian Declaration of Independence.
1920 – Peace treaty gives Estonia independence

1938 – Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles

1948 – Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia

1949 – V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km

1968 – 1st pulsar discovered (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)

1976 – Cuba adopts its constitution

1979 – Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas

1989 – 150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found

2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

Calendar day; February 23, 2014

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Sunday, the 23rd of February, 2014 is the 54th day in 2014 and in the 8th calendar week.

Defender of the Fatherland Day
February 23, 2014 in Russia

Defender of the Fatherland Day takes place on February 23, 2014. Defender of the Fatherland Day is a holiday observed in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and several other former republics of the Soviet Union.

The holiday marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow. It was originally known as Red Army Day. In 1949, it was renamed Soviet Army and Navy Day. Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the holiday was given its current name.

As the name suggests, the holiday celebrates the soldiers of the Russian military, but it has also more recently come to include the celebration of men as a whole, and to act as a counterpart of International Women’s Day on March 8. The holiday is celebrated with parades and processions in honor of veterans, and women also give small gifts to the Russian men in their lives, especially a boyfriend or husband. Consequently, in colloquial usage, the holiday is often referred to as Men’s Day.

Where is Defender of the Fatherland Day?
Nationwide Russia

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
February 23, 2014 in the World

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that’s because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say “Every dog has his day”. And, it will definitely be his day,when you give him some tasty dog biscuits.

You might appreciate their value in pleasing your dog, as a reward for behavior, or enticing them to do a trick. But, the dog is the recipient of the treat.

Celebrate today by giving your dog a few dog biscuits.

Where is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day?
Worldwide

National Tortilla Chip Day
February 23, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Tortilla Chip Day! Rebecca Webb Carranza invented tortilla chips in the 1950s. Carranza and her husband owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles and were among the first to automate the production of tortillas. The machine often produced misshapen tortillas, and Carranza decided to try and use them instead of throwing them away. She cut the rejected tortillas into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag.

Tortilla chips soon became a nationwide sensation, served alongside salsa, chili, guacamole, and a variety of other appetizers. In 2003, the state of Texas made the tortilla chip the official state snack!

To celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day, buy a bag of your favorite tortilla chips (or try making your own) and enjoy them with your favorite dip!

Where is National Tortilla Chip Day?
Nationwide USA

Tennis Day 2014
February 23, 2014 in the World

World Tennis Day was launched by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and StarGames on March 4, 2013 with the goal of promoting the sport of tennis and increasing tennis participation among young players around the globe. Developed out of the success of the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York and Tennis Night in America, the initiative has garnered tremendous support since its announcement in November 2012.

From all corners of the planet, tennis unites in celebration of World Tennis Day.

Where is Tennis Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

303 – Emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians

1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)

1813 – 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass

1836 – Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed

1874 – Mjr Walter Winfield patents game called “sphairistike” (lawn tennis)

1886 – Aluminum manufacturing process developed

1886 – London Times publishes world’s 1st classified ad

1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield

1904 – US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

1916 – French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun

1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” released

1941 – Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

1954 – 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

1980 – Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill

1987 – Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604

1994 – Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)

1997 – NBC TV shows “Schindler’s List,” completely uncensored, 65M watch

1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”

Calendar day; February 22, 2014

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Saturday, the 22nd of February, 2014 is the 53th day in 2014 and in the 8th calendar week.

Be Humble Day 2014
February 22, 2014 in the World

Today is not a day to brag or to boast. Its not a time to talk about your success or accomplishments. Why!? Because today is …… Be Humble Day!

Be Humble Day can be a humbling experience. That’s exactly the intent of today. Humbleness is a good thing, a virtue. People much prefer a humble person to a braggart. Practice humbleness today, and everyday. It will serve you well in life.

Important Exception: While you can’t brag about yourself today, it is very appropriate to brag about your kids today, or any day.

Where is Be Humble Day ?
Worldwide

World Thinking Day
February 22, 2014 in the World

February 22, 2014 is World Thinking Day. It is a day to think about the meaning of Guiding and Scouting and about Scouts and Guides in all the countries of the world. Many troops use it as an opportunity to study about other countries and cultures. Donations are collected for the Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Guides and Scouts around the world. February 22 was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell and of Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide.

On the nearest weekend to World Thinking Day, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from across the world come together on ScoutLink to chat with each other and celebrate their Founders. Others are involved with Thinking Day on the Air (TDOTA) using amateur radio. Some World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts member organizations use it as an opportunity to do projects with their ‘twin’ organization, such as Canada and Dominica.

It is also a tradition to send letters or postcards to other Scout and Guides before Thinking Day. In 2009 and 2010 a postcard campaign was organized by the Ring deutscher Pfadfinderverbände, Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderinnenverbände, Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouten, Swiss Guide and Scout Movement, Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins and Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs. Other Scouts celebrate it as B.-P. Day or Founders Day.

Where is Thinking Day?
Worldwide

National Margarita Day
February 22, 2014 in the USA

Today is National Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail—a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice—has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original.

Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.

While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas!

Where is National Margarita Day?
Nationwide USA

Walking the Dog Day
February 22, 2014 in the World

Walking the Dog Day is a special day that your dog looks forward to all year long. But, wait a minute…..

….Don’t you walk your dog just about every day? Sure you do! And, weather permitting, its enjoyable for you and your dog.

On this day walking with your dog is a must. If you don’t have a dog, perhaps you can join a friend while he or she walks their dog.

Where is Walking the Dog Day ?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1071 – Battle of Cassel; Robert I the Frisian defeats Arnulf III/I

1630 – Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving

1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.

1774 – British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright

1797 – The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.

1819 – Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty)

1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million

1825 – Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary

1879 – 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W Woolworth (Utica NY)

1900 – Hawaii became a US territory

1907 – 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

1935 – Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House

1958 – Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)

1972 – President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing

1983 – Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India

1989 – UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a “deliberate fraud”

1995 – Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)

Calendar day; February 21, 2014

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Friday, the 21st of February, 2014 is the 52th day in 2014 and in the 8th calendar week

International Mother Language Day
February 21, 2014 in the World

International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.[1]

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since 2000 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bengali, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka (near High Court), which is the capital of present day Bangladesh.

International Mother Language Day:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/international-mother-language-day/

Where is Mother Language Day?
Worldwide

National Sticky Bun Day
February 21, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Sticky Bun Day! Sticky buns, also known as cinnamon rolls, are a delicious breakfast pastry made with leavened dough. Traditional recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter.

The first people to add honey and nuts to their bread were the Ancient Egyptians. Glazed pastries have been popular ever since! German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns. The pastries were originally called “Schnecken” and are still considered a Philadelphia specialty.

Celebrate National Sticky Bun Day by baking some fresh sticky buns to share with friends and family!

Where is National Sticky Bun Day?
Nationwide USA

Card Reading Day
February 21, 2014 in the World

Card Reading Day is a fun day. It’s a day to read cards….. no more, no less.

Even though the origins of this unique holiday are a bit tenuous, most believe it refers to greeting cards. So if you’re one of those sentimental people who save their greeting cards from year to year, today’s the day to get them out and enjoy the sentiment all over again.

As we did our research, we thought we’d find some history that suggest it is a day for Tarot card readings. It very well could be. But, we found no written evidence to support our theory.

What we can tell you, is that its very popular to send and receive cards today. In order to read a card, someone has to send one. So, get the ball rolling and send out some cards today. Chances are, you will get a few back.

Where is Card Reading Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1245 – Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after having confessed to torture and forgery.

1431 – England begins trial against Joan of Arc

1764 – John Wilkes thrown out of Engl House of Commons for “Essay on Women”

1795 – Freedom of worship established in France under constitution

1804 – 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for 1st time, in Wales

1842 – 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Wash DC

1878 – 1st telephone book issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)

1916 – Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)

1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.

1922 – Great Britain grants Egypt independence

1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced

1947 – 1st broadcast of 1st US TV soap opera “A Woman to Remember”

1952 – Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement)

1953 – F Crick & J Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

1964 – UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US

1974 – Yugoslavia adopts constitution

1979 – 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period

1995 – RAF-pilot Jo Salter is 1st woman to fly in a tornado

Calendar day; February 20, 2014

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Thursday, the 20th of February, 2014 is the 51th day in 2014 and in the 8th calendar week

Love Your Pet Day
February 20, 2014 in the World

It’s Love Your Pet Day! Today is the official day for pampering your pet with a little extra love and affection to show them just how much you care. If you love your pet, spend extra time with it. Other ideas are: make it new toys, give it extra attention, let it sleep alongside you or give it a special treat.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? Approximately 39% of US households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat. Pets provide wonderful companionship and can actually help decrease your blood pressure and stress. In some cases pets may also provide their owners with benefits, such as providing companionship to elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. Walking a dog can provide both the owner and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction.

So whether you have a cat, dog, hamster, rabbit, bird, reptile, or goldfish, shower them with love and affection today! Happy Love Your Pet Day!

Where is Love Your Pet Day ?
Worldwide

National Cherry Pie Day
February 20, 2014 in the USA

It’s Cherry Pie Day. Cherry pie is America’s second most popular pie, behind only apple pie in popularity. However, in the month of February, it’s Number 1.

Considering February is both Great American Pie Month and National Cherry Month, the universe seems to be trying to tell us something: Have a slice of cherry pie already!

Here are 20 of our favorite cherry pies for National Cherry Pie Day:
http://www.tastespotting.com/search/cherry+pie

Where is National Cherry Pie Day?
Nationwide USA

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day
February 20, 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere

On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant “Hoodie-Hoo”.

It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.

Where is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day?
Worldwide Northern Hemisphere

Historical Events:

1472 – Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

1673 – 1st recorded wine auction held (London)

1809 – US Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state

1831 – Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow

1872 – Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin

1872 – Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine

1922 – Vilinus, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland

1935 – Karoline Mikkelson is 1st woman on Antarctica

1943 – New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer’s corn patch (Mexico)

1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

1947 – Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA

1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1960 – Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

1988 – 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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