National Foundation Day
February 11, 2014 in Japan

National Foundation Day was called Kigensetsu in the Meiji Era. This holiday celebrated the enthronement on this day in 660 B.C of the Emperor Jimmu, the mythological first emperor of Japan. Kigensetsu celebrated the foundation of the imperial family.

This holiday was originally called Empire Day, and was one of the four major Japanese holidays. It had strong roots in Shinto mythology and caused reinforcement of the Japanese nobles, so it was abolished in World War II. It was reestablished as National Foundation Day in 1966. The Japanese Holiday Law defines this day as a holiday for Japanese people to “think of the foundation of the nation and cultivate love for the nation.”

Modern customs include raising Japanese flags and thinking about the meaning of Japanese citizenship. It is rare to find extreme examples of patriotism or nationalism now. This holiday is similar to the American holiday of the Fourth of July, except fireworks play less of a role.

Where is National Foundation Day?
Nationwide Japan

Youth Day in Cameroon
February 11, 2014 in Cameroon

This national holiday in the west African nation of Cameroon celebrates the country’s young people. School children and youth groups participate in parades, often accompanied by university students in marching bands. Government officials watch the processions, along with many other onlookers. Businesses sell food and merchandise along the parade routes. Many schools and youth groups also organize art exhibits and sports activities.
The theme of Youth Day is to encourage Cameroon’s young people to renounce violence and other unsavory behaviors and to embrace education, sports, and artistic activities. The country’s president traditionally makes a nationally broadcast speech on Youth Day, commenting on the achievements of the country’s young people and outlining the government’s plans to improve education and youth employment opportunities.

Where is Youth Day in Cameroon?
Nationwide Cameroon

European 112 Day
February 11, 2014 in Europe

European 112 Day is celebrated on February 11, 2014. 112 is the common emergency telephone number that can be dialed free of charge from any fixed or mobile telephone in order to reach emergency services (ambulance, fire and rescue, police) in numerous European countries, including all member countries of the European Union, as well as several other countries in the world. Since 2009, 11 February is the European 112 Day. At this occasion, events take place to promote the existence and the appropriate use of the EU emergency number.

In some cases calls to emergency numbers can be made when other calls cannot, e.g., when a telephone has been barred from making outgoing calls for non-payment of bills. 112 is managed and financed in the European Union by each Member State (country) which also decide on the organisation of the emergency call centres. The number is also adopted in the candidates for EU accession and members of the EEA agreement.

80 countries of the world use the 112 number for emergencies, e.g. Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City and Zimbabwe.

Where is European 112 Day?
Nationwide Europe

Make a Friend Day
February 11, 2014 in the World

Make a Friend day is the perfect way to break out of the overworked and just plain stressed out state of mind. We are busy leading such hectic lives, we barely have time for ourselves, much less maintaining old friendships. Whether old or new, friends serve an important role in our lives. Friends are our confidants. Real friends love us and like us for who we really are – the good, the bad and the ugly. And the older we get, the more valuable those friendships become. Make a Friend Day, is the perfect opportunity to begin a new friendship.

Where is Make a Friend Day ?
Worldwide

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
February 11, 2014 in the World

Today is Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day! This day serves as a reminder that we don’t need to stress over all the little mistakes in our past. Leave your worries behind, and greet the new day with optimism and a positive outlook!

The saying “don’t cry over spilled milk” is an age-old proverb that has been around for hundreds of years. The first historical reference to the phrase appears in a document written by British historian James Howell in 1659. The saying most likely comes from European folklore. According to the old tales, fairies were particularly fond of milk and would drink up any spills left behind.

To celebrate Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, let bygones be bygones. Don’t worry about the little things that are in the past, and instead focus on the wonderful things that are headed your way!

Where is Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day?
Worldwide

National Peppermint Pattie Day
February 11, 2014 in the USA

It’s Peppermint Patty Day! A peppermint patty is a tasty confection made with a rich, creamy peppermint filling covered in semisweet chocolate. The York Cone Company, which was based in Pennsylvania and originally produced ice cream cones, invented the York Peppermint Pattie in 1940. Unlike the existing chocolate-covered peppermint candies, York’s product was firm and crisp. It soon became the premier candy of its kind.

Peppermint patties also gained notoriety after the debut of Peanuts, Charles M. Schultz’s famous comic strip, in 1966. One of the main characters was Patricia “Peppermint Patty” Reichardt.

To celebrate Peppermint Patty Day, enjoy a minty and refreshing dark chocolate patty!

Where is National Peppermint Pattie Day?
Nationwide USA

White T-Shirt Day
February 11, 2014 in the World

White Shirt Day honors the men and women who participated in a sitdown strike at General Motors in 1937. These autoworkers helped the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to become the sole bargaining agent for General Motors autoworkers. The strike ended on this day in 1937.

Bert Christenson, a member of UAW Local 598, initiated White Shirt Day, in February 11, 1948. It is an annual event. It is best known in Flint, Michigan and other localities that have a GM auto plant.

Somewhere along the way, this day evolved into White T-Shirt Day for some people. Except for UAW workers and their families, this UAW event was probably lost or forgotten. Those who chanced across reference to White Shirt Day, most likely created their own version of this day, giving birth to the term White T-Shirt Day.

Where is White T-Shirt Day?
Worldwide

Inventors’ Day
February 11, 2014 in the USA

Inventors’ Day is observed on February 11, 2014. Inventors’ Day is a day of the year set aside by a country to recognise the contributions of inventors. Ronald Reagan as President of the United States proclaimed February 11, 1983 as National Inventors’ Day in the USA. In recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world, the Congress has designated February 11, the anniversary of the birth of the inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who held over 1,000 patents, as National Inventors’ Day.

An inventor is a person who makes inventions. An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field. Some inventions can be patented.

Where is Inventors’ Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

55 – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.

1531 – Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England

1809 – Robert Fulton patents steamboat

1814 – Norway’s independence proclaimed

1852 – 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)

1854 – Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time

1889 – Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

1902 – Police beats up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels

1905 – James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299½-last pin breaks but stands

1916 – Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control

1937 – 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends

1942 – “Archie” comic book debuts

1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin

1963 – CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)

1971 – US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

1979 – Iran’s premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power

1985 – Jordan king Hussein & PLO leader Arafat sign accord

1990 – Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa