Friday, the 21st of March, 2014 is the 80th day in 2014 and in the 12nd calendar week.

World Down Syndrome Day
March 21, 2014 in the World

The World Down Syndrome Day is observed on March 21, 2014. It is a day on which Down Syndrome Organizations throughout the world organize and participate in events to raise public awareness of Down syndrome. The day takes place annually and the first World Down Syndrome Day was held on April 21, 2006.

Often Down Syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is associated with a delay in cognitive ability and physical growth, ad a particular set of facial characteristics. The average IQ of young adults with Down syndrome is around 50, compared to normal children with an IQ of 100. The incidence of Down syndrome is estimated at 4.6 per 10,000 births and it occurs in all human populations.

Down syndrome was first determined a chromosomal disorder in 1959 by French pediatrician and geneticist, Jérôme Lejeune. The date, being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of Down syndrome in the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome and is used synonymously with Down syndrome. The original idea was proposed by Stylianos E. Antonarakis.

Down Syndrome International:
http://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/

Where is World Down Syndrome Day?
Worldwide

Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2014 in the World

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on March 21, 2014. On March 21, 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Racial discrimination differentiates between individuals on the basis of real and perceived racial differences, and has been official government policy in several countries, such as South Africa in the apartheid era, and the USA. Racial discrimination is the effect of racosm.

Racism is the belief that the genetic factors which constitute race, ethnicity, or nationality are a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that ethnic differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or receive preferential treatment.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
https://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/

Where is Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?
Worldwide

Harmony Day 2014
March 21, 2014 in Australia

Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21, 2014. Managed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Harmony Day is intended to celebrate the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society. Harmony Day began in 1999, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and each year, it is an opportunity for everyone to come together and participate in local activities. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Australians are encouraged to wear orange clothing and/or the distinctive orange ribbon to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

Where is Harmony Day?
Nationwide Australia

Youth Day in Tunisia
March 21, 2014 in Tunisia

Tunisia celebrates Youth Day every year on the 21st of March. The holiday is celebrated with cultural and musical festivities usually organized by youth clubs and organizations and members of the local government in major towns and cities.

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Physical Education may hold public conferences dedicated to legitimate youth organizations with talks touching based on the government’s various initiatives and plans to furthering the protection of youth’s interests especially on human rights, education, social mobility, employment, culture, right for leisure, and the right to participate in decision making that impacts the country’s political arena.

Where is Youth Day in Tunisia?
Nationwide Tunisia

World Poetry Day
March 21, 2014 in the World

World Poetry Day is on March 21, 2014. It was declared by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the UNESCO session declaring the day says, to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements”.

World Poetry Day was generally celebrated in October, sometimes on the 5th, but in the latter part of the 20th Century the world community celebrated it on 15 October, the birthday of Virgil, the Roman epic poet and poet laureate under Augustus. The tradition to keep an October date for national or international poetry day celebrations still holds in many countries. Alternately, a different October or even November date is celebrated.

Poetry is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning. Poetry may be written independently, as discrete poems, or may occur in conjunction with other arts, as in poetic drama, hymns, lyrics, or prose poetry. It is published in dedicated magazines, individual collections and wider anthologies.

Where is World Poetry Day?
Worldwide

World Puppetry Day
March 21, 2014 in the World

World Puppetry Day is observed on March 21, 2014. World Puppetry Day, comes every March 21. The idea came from the puppet theater Dzhivada Zolfagariho from Iran. In 2000 at the XVIII Congress of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA) in Magdeburg, he made the proposal for discussion. Two years later, at a meeting of the International Council of UNIMA in June 2002 in Atlanta, the date of the celebration was identified. The first celebration was in 2003.

Where is World Puppetry Day?
Worldwide

National Puppy Day
March 21, 2014 in USA

It’s National Puppy Day! A woman named Colleen Paige declared the first National Puppy Day in 2006. The purpose of the occasion is to celebrate the unconditional love and joy that puppies bring to our lives, and to raise awareness about the horrors of puppy mills.

There are more than 8,000 puppy mills and “backyard breeders” in America that supply our nation’s pet stores. The dogs at these puppy mills are kept in terrible conditions and are often killed when they are no longer fertile. How can you make a difference? The official motto of National Puppy Day is, “Adopt instead of shop!”

Where is National Puppy Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1188 – Accession to the throne of Japan by emperor Antoku.

1413 – Henry V becomes King of England.

1788 – Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans

1804 – French civil Code of Napoleon adopted

1844 – Origin of Baha’i Era-Baha’i calendar starts here (Baha 1, 1)

1871 – Journalist Henry M Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa

1935 – Persia officially renamed Iran

1943 – Assassination attempt on Hitler fails

1951 – Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage

1955 – Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team “Bums”

1960 – Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

1974 – Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London’s Pall Mall

1975 – Ethiopia ends monarchy after 3000 years

1979 – Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel

1980 – On TV show Dallas, J.R. is shot

1990 – Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president

1998 – Good Friday Agreement signed in Northern Ireland.