Wednesday, the 21st of May, 2014 is the 141th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21, 2014 in the World
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on May 21, 2014. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a United Nations-sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity issues. Diversity Day is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. It was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this holiday due to UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001. It was proclaimed by UN Resolution 57/249.
The many separate societies that emerged around the globe differed markedly from each other, and many of these differences persist to this day. As well as the more obvious cultural differences that exist between people, such as language, dress and traditions, there are also significant variations in the way societies organize themselves, in their shared conception of morality, and in the ways they interact with their environment. Cultural diversity can be seen as analogous to biodiversity.
World Day for Cultural Diversity
for Dialogue and Development:
http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/
Where is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development?
Worldwide
Afro-Colombian Day
May 21, 2014 in Colombia
Afro-Colombian Day takes place on May 21, 2014. Afro-Colombian Day, or Día de la Afrocolombianidad is an annual commemoration of the date slavery was abolished in Colombia in 1851. May 21st is also the day of the first established free town in the America’s, Palenque de San Basilio. This day was first celebrated in 2001.
Where is Afro-Colombian Day?
Nationwide Colombia
National Waiters and Waitresses Day
May 21, 2014 in the USA
National Waiters and Waitresses Day recognizes the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress. When you go out to eat, they represent the restaurant, and are all the difference between a good or a bad experience.
You already recognize your waiters and waitresses every time you go to a restaurant. That recognition comes in the form of a tip. The tip should be commensurate with the quality of the service.
You can recognize your waiters and waitresses on National Waiters and Waitresses Day by giving them a little something extra. In addition to a generous tip, a card or simple verbal recognition is sufficient.
Waiters and waitresses should recognize this day by making sure by providing exemplary service (as always).
Where is National Waiters and Waitresses Day?
Nationwide USA
National Strawberries and Cream Day
May 21, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Strawberries and Cream Day! The simple combination of fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream has been a popular dish for centuries. In fact, in medieval England it was customary for newlyweds to enjoy strawberries and soured cream for their wedding breakfast.
The strawberry is the first fruit to ripen every spring and each refreshing bite contains high levels of Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium. If you’re feeling experimental, there are many interesting variations on the classic strawberries and cream recipe. Try flavoring your whipped cream with amaretto liqueur or substituting a combination of fat-free sour cream and brown sugar instead. For a more elaborate dessert, put together a trifle with alternating layers of fruit, cream, and a sweet pastry such as ladyfinger cookies.
To celebrate National Strawberries and Cream Day, head to a local farm and pick your own fresh strawberries as a fun spring activity for the whole family. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious snack of strawberries and cream at home!
Where is National Strawberries and Cream Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
143 – Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed
685 – Battle at Nechtansmere/Dun Nechtain: Picts beat Northumbrians
1260 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries are imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao.
1420 – Treaty of Troyes- Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France
1502 – Portuguese admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena
1804 – Lewis & Clark Expedition begins
1840 – New Zealand became a British colony
1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning.
1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton
1894 – 22-year-old French Anarchist Émile Henry is executed by guillotine.
1906 – Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
1908 – 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
1917 – The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.
1925 – Canadians allow to sell beer
1927 – Lindburgh lands in Paris after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic
1932 – 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her handbag. Her story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals.
1950 – Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
1982 – British troops land on Falkland Islands
1994 – South Yemen secedes from Yemen
1996 – The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
1998 – Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns.
2001 – French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.