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”