Feb 13–19 – International Flirting Week

Celebrating the ancient art of flirting and recognizing the role it plays in the lives of singles seeking a mate, couples looking to sustain their love and those simply exchanging a playful glance with a stranger, acquaintance, colleague, etc.

Flag of Canada Day
February 15, 2014 in Canada

National Flag of Canada Day is observed on February 15, 2014. Flag Day, officially named National Flag of Canada Day, commemorates the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. The day is marked by flying the flag, occasional public ceremonies, and educational programs in schools. It is not a public holiday, although there has been discussion about creating one.

The Maple Leaf flag replaced the Canadian Red Ensign, which had been, with various successive alterations, in conventional use as a Canadian national flag since 1868. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Lester Pearson, resolutions recommending the new flag were passed by the House of Commons on December 15, 1964, and by the Senate two days later. The flag was proclaimed by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on January 28, 1965, and took effect “upon, from and after” February 15.

National Flag of Canada Day was instituted in 1996 by an Order in Council from Governor General Roméo LeBlanc, on the initiative of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. It was decided National Flag Day would not be an acceptable name for the date, given the multiple uses of the word “nation” or “national” in Canada. The resulting inclusion of the words “of Canada” disambiguated exactly what nation was being referred to, but created a title that could be interpreted as suggesting there is a national flag for Canada Day.

Where is National Flag of Canada Day?
Nationwide Canada

Statehood Day in Serbia
February 15, 2014 in Serbia

Statehood Day (Serbia) takes place on February 15, 2014. Statehood Day is a holiday in Serbia to commemorate the outbreak of the Serbian revolution against Ottoman rule. The revolution ultimately resulted in the recognition of Serbia’s statehood by Ottoman Empire

Where is Statehood Day in Serbia?
Nationwide Serbia

Parinirvana Day
February 15, 2014 in Asia

Parinirvana Day is observed on February 15, 2014. Parinirvana Day, or Nirvana Day is a Mahayana Buddhist holiday celebrated in East Asia. By some it is celebrated on the 8th February, but by most on the 15th February. It celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body. Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha because they believe that since he was Enlightened, he was free from the pain of physical existence.

Where is Parinirvana Day?
Nationwide Asia

Gumdrop Day
February 15, 2014 in the World

It’s National Gumdrop Day! Gumdrops are a tasty, chewy candy made with gelatin and coated with sugar. Gumdrops can come in fruity flavors like grape, cherry, orange, and lemon or spiced flavors like cinnamon, clove, mint, and anise.

Gumdrops come in fruit and spice varieties; the latter are also known as spice drops. Gumdrops, spice drops, and their variations are used in baking, candy crafting, decorating, and for eating out of hand. They are often used for decorating cakes and cupcakes. Around Christmas time, this candy is an ingredient used in making gingerbread houses.

Many people believe that a man named Percy Trusdale invented the gumdrop in 1801, but there is very little evidence to support this claim. What we do know is that gumdrops have been a popular confection for at least two hundred years. The board game Candy Land features both a Gumdrop Pass and a Gumdrop Mountain!

In the United States, three other “old fashioned” gumdrop candies are also popular: Orange Slices, Licorice Babies, and Spearmint Leaves. All are larger in size than spice drops or gumdrops, are fruit slice, kewpie-doll, or leaf shaped, sprinkled with sugar, and are typically sold by the bag.

Where is National Gumdrop Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

399 – Philosopher Socrates sentenced to death

1763 – Austria, Prussia & Saxony sign Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and Indian War and of the Seven Years War

1848 – Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston

1876 – Historic Elm at Boston blown down

1879 – Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Ct

1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris & Rose Michtom

1910 – The Boy Scouts of America founded.

1922 – Marconi begins regular broadcasting transmissions from Essex

1931 – 1st Dracula movie released

1933 – Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt

1950 – Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” released

1965 – Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf

1971 – After 1,200 years Britain abandons 12-shilling system for decimal

1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.

1995 – Population of People’s Republic of China hits 1.2 billion

2001 – First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature