World Cancer Day
February 4, 2014 in the World
On February 04, 2014 World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. This health awareness day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control, a global consortium of more than 470 cancer-fighting organizations in over 120 countries.
The Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place annualy on 4 February and targets the public through global communications, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.
The aims of WCD are to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing to governments across the world to take action against the disease. The day is a key opportunity for everyone affected by cancer to work together to ensure that world leaders stick to the promises they made at the UN Summit in relation to reducing the impact of cancer.
Cancer is a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Not all tumors are cancerous.
Significantly, the number of cancer cases and related deaths worldwide is estimated to double over the next 20 to 40 years. With the greatest increase in low and middle income countries, those least equipped to cope with both the social and economic impact of the disease.
World Cancer Day 2014:
http://www.worldcancerday.org/
Where is World Cancer Day?
Worldwide
Rosa Parks Day
February 4, 2014 in the USA
Rosa Parks Day is observed on February 04, 2014. Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday celebrated on February 4 or December 1 in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated February 4, 2000. The holiday was first designated in the U.S. state of Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio’s legislation pass to honor the late leader.
Where is Rosa Parks Day?
Nationwide USA
Thank a Mailman Day
February 4, 2014 in the USA
Today is Thank a Mailman Day! In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post—the first organized mail service in America. Before this act, people relied on friends, merchants, or private messengers to carry their letters. It was an unreliable system, and colonial British postal inspectors often intercepted confidential messages.
As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today, including a standardized rate chart based on weight and distance. Before the invention of the stamp in 1847, the writer could pay the postage in advance or leave it for the recipient to pay upon delivery!
Over the past two centuries, the Postal Service has grown and changed dramatically, but its mission of promoting free and open communication has remained the same. To celebrate Thank a Mailman Day, take a moment to appreciate this historic service and thank your mail carrier the next time you see him or her!
Did you Know? Pony Express riders were the most famous early American “mailmen”. Their motto was ” Neither rain, nor snow, nor death of the night, can keep us from our duty”. This motto is believed to be taken in part from a motto dating back to ancient times.
Where is Thank a Mailman Day ?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries.
1194 – 100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England
1822 – Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
1824 – J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public
1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
1899 – Revolt against US occupation of Philippines
1920 – 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)
1936 – 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
1962 – Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
1969 – Yassar Arafats takes over as chairman of PLO
1974 – Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
1985 – 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
1998 – Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium