Friday, the 23rd of May, 2014 is the 143th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.

General Events:

World Turtle Day
May 23, 2014 in the World

The World Turtle Day 2014 is on May, 23. The purpose of the observance is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. It is sponsored yearly since 2000 by the nonprofit corporation American Tortoise Rescue.

World Turtle Day was to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. Turtles are reptiles, characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.

You can do a few small things that can help to save turtles and tortoises for the next generation. Never buy them from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild. Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going. Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.

To celebrate World Turtle Day, donate to your favorite “save the turtles” organization!

Where is World Turtle Day?
Worldwide

National Lucky Penny Day
May 23, 2014 in the USA

“See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck.”

Years ago a penny was actually able to buy something. Most often remembered, is the big section of candy at the store that sold for a penny a piece. Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much if anything at all. Changes in the price of metal commodity causes the metal value of pennies to exceed their face value. There are many nations that have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States and Canada.

Where is National Lucky Penny Day?
Nationwide USA

National Wig Out Day
May 23, 2014 in the USA

Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? Well, today is your opportunity to experiment. It’s National Wig Out Day! This celebration is similar to Halloween, but the focus is just on wigs.

Wig Out Day was invented in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation.

So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head, just be sure to Wig Out!

Where is National Wig Out Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the English

1568 – Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed

1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain.

1618 – 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War. Four Catholic Lords Regents thrown out of window

1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore.

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1813 – South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”)

1873 – Canada’s North West Mounted Police Force forms

1887 – 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC

1915 – Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary & Germany during WW I

1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

1934 – The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.

1958 – Mao Tse tung start “Great leap forward” movement in China

1977 – Benin adopts its constitution

1983 – Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air

1991 – Last Cubans troops leave Angola

1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.

2002 – The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.