Thursday, the 29th of May, 2014 is the 149th day in 2014 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
May 29, 2014 in the World
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated on May 29, 2014. The “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers” is “a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.”
The day is marked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City with the presentation of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, statements by the President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General a press release regarding the state of UN Peacekeeping missions and the continued necessity of their work. There are also observances around the world, often countries will honor their own peacekeepers abroad, but the UN also organizes festivals, discussion forums, and memorials in cooperation with local and national groups.
Peacekeeping by the United Nations is a role held by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as “a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace”. It is distinguished from both peacebuilding and peacemaking.
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Learn About Composting Day
May 29, 2014 in the World
Learn About Composting Day is observed on May 29, 2014. Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter (leaves, “green” food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months. Modern, methodical composting is a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, and carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials.
The decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture. Worms and fungi further break up the material. Aerobic bacteria manage the chemical process by converting the inputs into heat, carbon dioxide and ammonium. The ammonium is further converted by bacteria into plant-nourishing nitrites and nitrates through the process of nitrification.
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Castleton Garland Day
May 29, 2014 in Castleton
Castleton Garland Day is observed on May 29, 2014. Castleton Garland Day or Garland King Day is held on 29 May (unless that date falls on a Sunday, when the custom is transferred to the Saturday) in the town of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District. The Garland King, on horseback, and covered to the waist in a heavy, bell-shaped floral Garland, leads a procession through the town.
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International Coq Au Vin Day
May 29, 2014 in the World
Today is International Coq Au Vin Day! Coq Au Vin is French for “rooster with wine.” It is a popular dish made with braised chicken that is slowly cooked with red wine, mushrooms, pork fat, and various spices. According to some legends, Coq Au Vin has ties to Julius Caesar or Napoleon, but most historians agree that the dish has more humble roots. Roosters are only butchered when they are quite old and rather inedible. Peasant families most likely invented the Coq Au Vin recipe to avoid wasting the meat.
Coq Au Vin became popular in the United States thanks to Julia Child, who featured the dish in her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It also appeared many times on her TV show “The French Chef.” Today, it is a popular dish in many French restaurants, but it is also a fabulous dish to cook at home.
To celebrate International Coq Au Vin Day, embrace your inner chef and plan a French-inspired dinner party. Bon Appétit!
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Historical Events:
363 – Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but is unable to take the city.
1167 – Battle of Monte Porzio – A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel
1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire
1592 – At the Battle of Sacheon the Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese army that outnumbers it nearly 3 to 1.
1660 – Charles II restored to English throne after Puritan Commonwealth
1733 – The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City.
1765 – Patrick Henry historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!”
1874 – Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect
1900 – Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co
1903 – May coup d’etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
1912 – 15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break
1914 – Ship rams Canadian ship Empress of Ireland on St Lawrence R; 1024 die
1919 – Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster
1919 – Albert Einstein’s light-bending prediction confirmed by Arthur Eddington
1922 – Ecuador becomes independent
1953 – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
1959 – Charles de Gaulle forms French government
1982 – Pentagon plans 1st strategy to fight a nuclear war
1990 – Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic
1994 – Great comet-iceball seen above North sea
1997 – Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil
2001 – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.