Monday, the 28th of April, 2014 is the 118th day in 2014 and in the 18th calendar week.

Kiss Your Mate Day
April 28, 2014 in the World

Kiss Your Mate Day is celebrated on April 28, 2014. The day is a great opportunity to cuddle your partner and bless with kisses. Kissing on the lips is a physical expression of affection or love between two people in which the sensations of touch, taste, and smell are involved.

The kiss is an important expression of love and erotic emotions. Romantic kissing in Western cultures is a fairly recent development and is rarely mentioned even in ancient Greek literature. Kissing in particular has been studied in a controlled experiment and it was found that increasing the frequency of kissing in marital and cohabiting relationships results in a reduction of perceived stress, an increase in relationship satisfaction, and a lowering of cholesterol levels.

Surveys indicate that kissing is the second most common form of physical intimacy among United States adolescents (after holding hands), and that about 85% of 15 to 16-year-old adolescents in the US have experienced it. In many cultures, it is considered a harmless custom for teenagers to kiss on a date or to engage in kissing games with friends.

Where is Kiss Your Mate Day?
Worldwide

World Day for Safety and Health at Work
April 28, 2014 in the World

World Day for Safety and Health at Work takes place on April 28, 2014. The day was declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign “intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide”.

Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The goals of occupational safety and health programs include to foster a safe and healthy work environment. OSH may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, and many others who might be affected by the workplace environment.

Occupational safety and health can be important for moral, legal, and financial reasons. All organisations have a duty of care to ensure that employees and any other person who may be affected by the companies undertaking remain safe at all times. Moral obligations would involve the protection of employee’s lives and health. Legal reasons for OSH practices relate to the preventative, punitive and compensatory effects of laws that protect worker’s safety and health.

International Labour Organization (ILO):
http://www.ilo.org/safework/events/safeday/lang–en/index.htm

Where is World Day for Safety and Health at Work?
Worldwide

Day of Mourning
April 28, 2014 in Canada

National Day of Mourning takes place on April 28, 2014. The National Day of Mourning is observed annually in Canada. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Where is National Day of Mourning?
Nationwide Canada

Workers’ Memorial Day
April 28, 2014 in the World

The Workers’ Memorial Day, also known as International Workers’ Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured takes place on April 28, 2014. It is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. The day is celebrated annually.

Workers’ Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1984. The Canadian Labor Congress declared an annual day of remembrance on April 28, 1985, which is the anniversary of a comprehensive Workers Compensation Act passed in 1914. In Canada the day is known as Day of Mourning: In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, so that on April 28, 1991, it was officially the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace; making April 28, an official Workers’ Mourning Day.

Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organization in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is “Remember the dead – Fight for the living”. Although the April 28 is used as the focal point for remembrance and a day of International solidarity; campaigning and other related activities continue throughout the year right around the world.

Where is Workers’ Memorial Day?
Worldwide

Yom HaShoah 2014
April 28, 2014 in Israel

Yom HaShoah is observed on April 28, 2014. Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day.

Where is Yom HaShoah?
Nationwide Israel

Great Poetry Reading Day
April 28, 2014 in the World

This holiday celebrates all of the fantastic poetry and poets out there. Poems are words written to express an idea or emotion with imagery and metaphors. Poetry is believed to predate literacy, and all of the oldest written works are in poetry form.

Poetry is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language – such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre – to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.

There are many different types of poetry, all unique in their own way. Four popular kinds of poems are ballad, free verse, haiku, and epic. A ballad is a narrative poem that explains a story, made up of four-line stanzas, in which the second and third lines rhyme. A free verse poem has no rhyme scheme and no specific length; it is a free-form poem to write as the poet wishes. A Haiku is a poem focusing on nature, with three lines- 5 syllables on the first and third lines and 7 syllables on the second line. Lastly, an epic is a long narrative poem that tells the story of a heroic journey.

Poetry is an impressive and beautiful type of literary work. Celebrate today by reading some great poetry, throw a poetry reading party, or try writing a poem of your own!

Where is Great Poetry Reading Day?
Worldwide

Mujahideen Victory Day
April 28, 2014 in Afghanistan

Mujahideen Victory Day is celebrated on April 28, 2014. Mujahideen Victory Day is a political holiday observed in parts of Afghanistan. It commemorates the day when Mujahideen rebel forces overthrew Mohammad Najibullah’s Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in 1992. It is celebrated mostly by former warlords and their followers, such as the Northern Alliance. Other Afghans are against celebrating the day because it marks the start of civil war, and the fact that the Mujahideen were not only Afghans but included men from over 50 Islamic nations around the Muslim world.

Where is Mujahideen Victory Day?
Nationwide Afghanistan

National Blueberry Pie Day
April 28, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Blueberry Pie Day! Americans have been filling their pies with delicious, fresh-picked berries since the colonial era. Today, blueberry pie is one of the most popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry season begins in May and ends in the late summer, so blueberry pie is a perennial favorite at Fourth of July celebrations.

Did you know that Maine produces more blueberries than any other state? In fact, 25% of all low bush blueberries grown in North America come from Maine. That makes this New England state the largest producer of blueberries in the world!

Head to your favorite local bakery or make your own tasty blueberry pie today to celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day!

Where is National Blueberry Pie Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

585 – War between Lydia & Media ended by solar eclipse

1253 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.

1550 – Powers of Dutch inquisition extends

1686 – 1st volume of Isaac Newton’s “Principia” published

1770 – Capt James Cook aboad Endeavor lands at Botany Bay in Australia

1789 – Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty & Capt William Bligh

1818 – Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes & Lake Champlain

1848 – Free last slaves in French colonies

1902 – Using the ISO 8601 standard Year Zero definition for the Gregorian calendar preceded by the Julian calendar, the one billionth minute since the start of January 1, Year Zero occurs at 10:40 AM on this date.

1914 – W H Carrier patents air conditioner

1932 – Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced

1949 – Former Philippine First Lady Aurora Quezon, 61, is assassinated while en route to dedicate a hospital in memory of her late husband; her daughter and 10 others are also killed.

1952 – WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect

1965 – US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966

1973 – Over 6000 Mk. 82 500 pound bombs detonate over the course of 18 hours in a railyard in northern California. 5500 structures are damaged, and the town of Antelope, California ceases to exist, with every building being reduced to the foundation. This accident leads to the passing of the Transportation Safety Act of 1974 which makes the NTSB an independent agency.

1983 – Argentine government declares all 15-30,000 missing persons dead