Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
February 6, 2014 in the World

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed on February 06, 2014. International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a UN-sponsored awareness day. It is an effort to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (also called female genital mutilation or FGM) and to promote its eradication.

Female genital mutilation is defined by the World Health Organization as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” Female Genital Mutilation is practised as a cultural ritual by ethnic groups in 27 countries in sub-Saharan and Northeast Africa, and to a lesser extent in Asia, the Middle East and within immigrant communities elsewhere.

FGM is typically carried out, with or without anaesthesia, by a traditional circumciser using a knife or razor. The health effects depend on the procedure but can include recurrent infections, chronic pain, cysts, infertility, complications during childbirth and fatal bleeding. FGM may complicate pregnancy. Psychological complications include depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Around 125 million women and girls in Africa and the Middle East have undergone FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation:

http://www.stopfgmc.org/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/

Where is Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation?
Worldwide

Waitangi Day 2014
February 6, 2014 in New Zealand

Waitangi Day is observed on February 06, 2014. Waitangi Day (wye-TANG-ee) commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. It is a public holiday held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, on that date in 1840.

Where is Waitangi Day?
Nationwide New Zealand

Lame Duck Day 2014
February 6, 2014 in the World

Lame Duck Day is celebrated on February 06, 2014. A lame duck is an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, especially one whose successor has already been elected. The phrase lame duck was coined in the 18th century at the London Stock Exchange, to refer to a stockbroker who defaulted on his debts.

Lame Duck officials tend to have less political power, as other elected officials are less inclined to cooperate with them. However, lame ducks are also in the peculiar position of not facing the consequences of their actions in a subsequent election, giving them greater freedom to issue unpopular decisions or appointments.

Where is Lame Duck Day?
Worldwide

Ronald Reagan Day
February 6, 2014 in the USA

Ronald Reagan Day takes place on February 06, 2014. Ronald Reagan Day is a day of recognition that occurs every February 6, starting in 2011, in the state of California for Ronald Reagan, who was that state’s Governor from 1967–1975 and President of the United States from 1981–1989. Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, and was a radio, film and television actor.

Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later at the age of 93. A conservative icon, he ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents and is credited for generating an ideological renaissance on the American political right.

Where is Ronald Reagan Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1508 – Maximilian I crowned Holy Roman Emperor

1778 – France recognizes USA, signs treaty of aid in Paris; 1st US treaty

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore

1918 – Britain grants women (30 & over) vote

1933 – Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 m, in Pacific hurricane

1935 – “Monopoly” board game goes on sale for 1st time

1935 – 1st election to allow women to vote in Turkey

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne

1971 – 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)

1989 – Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government

1992 – The Sámi people of the far northern Nordic countries have an official day celebrating their existence.

1998 – Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years