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Hmmm, I have a few people that really wanna know the answer. 😀

In my opinion one inspires the other, it’s a symbiotic-like relationship. Look at some of the more well known sci fi movies, and then think what one or two items immediately brings that movie or actor to the fore front of your mind. Indiana Jones, the one I was thinking, Indy’s hat, of course his whip is a close second. James Bond, tux, gadgets and of course the cars! 😀 Who doesn’t know what a ‘red shirt’ stands for? Okay if you don’t, you’ve been hiding under a rock, or don’t have very many geek friends. LOL 😀 Seriously, even my friends that don’t watch Star Trek have heard of the ‘red shirt.’

Let’s also look at some other sites, that have done a really well job on this subject as well:

http://www.vogue.it/en/encyclo/cinema/s/science-fiction

How Sci-fi fashion has changed

Calendar day; June 30, 2014

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 Monday, the 30th of June, 2014 is the 181th day in 2014 and in the 27th calendar week.
General Events:
Meteor Day 2014
June 30, 2014 in the World
Meteor Day is celebrated on June 30, 2014. It commemorates the Tunguska event in 1908. The Tunguska event was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River at about 00:14 UT on June 30. The explosion is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a small asteroid or comet at an altitude of 5–10 kilometres (3–6 mi) above the Earth’s surface. Different studies have yielded widely varying estimates of the object’s size, on the order of 100 metres (330 ft). It is the largest impact event on or near Earth in recorded history.
Although the asteroid or comet appears to have burst in the air rather than hitting the surface, this event still is referred to as an impact. Estimates of the energy of the blast range from 3 to as high as 30 megatons of TNT with 10–15 megatons of TNT. This is about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan; and about two-fifths the power of the later Soviet Union’s own Tsar Bomba (the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated).
The Tunguska explosion knocked down an estimated 80 million trees over an area covering 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). It is estimated that the shock wave from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area. This possibility has helped to spark discussion of asteroid deflection strategies.
We also call this beautiful phenomenon a “shooting star” or “falling star.” The tradition of wishing upon a shooting star can be traced all the way back to 127 AD. Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, hypothesized that the Gods occasionally liked to peer down at Earth from the other world. From time to time, a star or two would slip past them and fall through the heavens. Anyone who saw a shooting star knew that the Gods were paying attention so it was the perfect time to make a wish!
Did you know that shooting stars are actually quite small? The average meteoroid is about the size of a pebble. Around 15,000 tons of meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere every day, but very few of them actually reach the surface. When they do, they are called “meteorites.”
To celebrate Meteor Day, spend some time star-gazing tonight, or find out when the next meteor shower is going to take place. If you see a shooting star, remember to make a wish!
Where is Meteor Day?
Worldwide
World Social Media Day
June 30, 2014 in the World
WSMD is a worldwide celebration that takes place on 30th June each year.  Social Media has changed our lives both in the way we do business but also in the way we socialise.  It is a way of  bringing our Social Media friends together in the one place for a big party!
Here is what the Founders Mashable has to say:
We’re thrilled to celebrate Mashable’s fifth annual Social Media Day!
Mashable launched the event in 2010 as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. Each year, thousands of people organize hundreds of meetups across the globe. From Australia to the Philippines, all the way to Sri Lanka and Morocco, countries come together every June to participate in this global movement.
Where is Social Media Day ?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
350 – Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome.
1397 – Denmark, Norway & Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha
1520 – Spanish conquistadors under Cortes take gold from Aztecs
1690 – Battle of Beachy Head: French under Tourville beat Dutch/English fleet
1755 – Philippines close all non-catholic Chinese restaurants
1859 – Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope
1893 – Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) discovered
1894 – Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid
1896 – W S Hadaway patents electric stove
1908 – Tunguska Event: a giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia
1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind” published
1938 – Superman 1st appears in DC Comics’ Action Comics Series issue #1
1948 – Last British troops leave Israel
1960 – Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo) declares independence from Belgium
1962 – Rwanda & Burundi become independent
1981 – China’s Communist Party condemns late Mao Tse-tung’s policy
1984 – Last sixpence minted in Great-Britain (in use since 1551)
1987 – The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie
1997 – Leap Second to synchronize atomic clocks

Calendar day; June 29, 201

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Sunday, the 29th of June, 2014 is the 180th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.

General Events:

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day
June 29, 2014 in the USA

A hug can speak louder than words. A simple hug can change a person’s day, emotions and even their life. While everyone enjoys a hug, National Hug Holiday Day was created to remind people to give an extra special hug to someone who is having a bad day, is sick, lonely, sad or elderly. This simple act will bring love and warmth to a person in need.

National Hug Holiday Day was created by the “Hugs for Health Foundation” for the belief that hugs, friendship and volunteer support are vital components to an overall senior care plan. Although it’s premises was towards the elderly, this holiday has turned into a day to give any needing or willing person a genuine hug.

To celebrate this day to the fullest, venture out and give someone/anyone a warm, sincere and loving hug and enjoy the benefits for yourself, too!

Where is National Hug Day?
Nationwide USA

National Camera Day
June 29, 2014 in the USA

Pinhole cameras were the first cameras used. They work by allowing light to pass through a small hole and it projects an inverted image. The camera obscura was an artist’s tool that created a framed image in a box but could not be recorded. This type of camera is highlighted in “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” although there’s no evidence Vermeer ever used one.

Other notable cameras in history have included the box-like Brownie camera, single-lens cameras, and the first camera to attempt to create instant gratification, the Polaroid. Now we have digital cameras, a Polaroid app, and everyone’s favorite iPhone toy, Instagr.am. On National Camera Day, take your retro, high-end or smart phone camera with you wherever you go.

Where is National Camera Day?
Nationwide USA

National Waffle Iron Day
June 29, 2014 in the USA

It’s National Waffle Iron Day! Today is an important celebration for all the breakfast lovers of the world. Homemade waffles are one of the cornerstones of a delicious morning meal, and the waffle iron makes it all possible.

Waffle irons originated in Belgium during the 14th century. These early contraptions consisted of two metal plates hinged together. The plates were then attached to a long pole, which allowed the cook to hold the iron over an open fire. In 1869, a man named Cornelius Swarthout patented the first American waffle iron. This device was designed for cooking waffles over the burner of a wood or gas stove. Fifty years later, General Electric began producing the first electric waffle irons for everyday use.

To celebrate National Waffle Iron Day, whip up some waffle batter and have breakfast-for-dinner tonight! Top your homemade waffles with syrup, whipped cream, fruit, chocolate, or even fried chicken. Bon appétit!

Where is National Waffle Iron Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

512 – A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland.

1149 – Raymond of Antioch is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din.

1534 – Jacques Cartier discovers Prince Edward Islands Canada

1659 – The Russians, led by prince Trubetskoy are defeated by the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky in the Battle of Konotop.

1682 – Sofia names herself regent of Russia

1767 – British pass Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America

1854 – Netherlands allows corporal punishment

1857 – Battle at Chinhat (Indies rebel under Barkat Ahmed beat British)

1888 – First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel’s Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.

1900 – The Imperial Chinese Court issues what is essentially a declaration of war against the foreigners in China and blames hostilities on them, giving license to Boxers for even greater ferocity

1913 – 2nd Balkan War begins-Bulgaria overthrows Greek/Serbian troops

1922 – France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge “freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes.”

1932 – USSR & China sign non-aggression treaty

1940 – Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan

1949 – South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages

1967 – Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem

1976 – The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.

1994 – Socialist, Tomiichi Murayama, elected premier of Japan

1996 – Superman’s Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900

Fashion and SciFi

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Earlier this week I posted a question on a few of my social sites, What does Fashion and Science Fiction have in common?

HoooBoy! I’ve stumped a lot of people. LOL 😀

Cause honestly I think it’s pretty simple. Think about it. What one item of clothing screams Indiana Jones to you?

Let’s post some images, and see if any of my follower’s want a crack at answering this first before I tell my answer.  😀

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Calendar day; June 28, 2014

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 Saturday, the 28th of June, 2014 is the 179th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
International Caps Lock Day
June 28, 2014 in the World
TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! It’s a whole day dedicated to something that drives most people crazy—text that is written in ALL CAPITALIZED LETTERS.
International Caps Lock Day was created in 2000 by Derek Arnold of Iowa. This holiday began as a parody. It was intended to poke fun at those individuals who unnecessarily capitalize letters, words, and phrases.The day became so popular with internet users that it is now celebrated twice a year—on June 28 and on October 22.
Hit your caps lock button and celebrate INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!
Where is International Caps Lock Day?
Worldwide
Constitution Day of Ukraine
June 28, 2014 in Ukraine
Constitution Day of Ukraine is observed on June 28, 2014. Constitution Day is an Ukrainian public holiday celebrated since 1996. It commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of Ukraine of/in 1996. Most Ukrainian do not see it has a holiday, but as an ordinary day off; about 10% even thinks it should be a working day. Only in Western Ukraine the holiday is among the list of most respected holidays in Ukraine.
Where is Constitution Day of Ukraine?
Nationwide Ukraine
Christopher Street Day
June 28, 2014 in the World
Christopher Street Day (CSD) is observed on June 28, 2014. It is an annual European LGBT celebration and demonstration held in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBT people, and against discrimination and exclusion. The CSD is held in memory of the first big uprising of LGBT people against police assaults that took place in New York’s Christopher Street in the district of Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969. On this date the Christopher Street Liberation Day marked the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots with an assembly on Christopher Street and the first Gay Pride Parade in United States history.
New York has since continued to remember and celebrate the Christopher Street Liberation Day on the last Saturday of each June. It has become an international tradition to hold a demonstration for the rights of LGBT people in the summer. In the 1970s, Christopher Street became the “Main Street” of gay New York. Large numbers of gay men would promenade its length at seemingly all hours. Gay bars and stores selling leather fetish clothing and artistic decorative items flourished at that time. This changed dramatically with the loss of many gay men during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
Almost every large town in Germany now celebrates CSD, with the largest in Cologne (Cologne Pride) and Berlin. When Cologne hosted Europride in 2002, it attracted 1.2 million participants and spectators to the city, more than the Cologne Carnival for the first time, and was the biggest parade in Europe. Due to organizational reasons, the CSDs do not take place on the historic date of June 28, but on different weekends between June and August. LGBT or GLBT and Sexual and Gender Minorities is an initialism that collectively refers to the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” community.
Where is Christopher Street Day?
Worldwide
Paul Bunyan Day
June 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is Paul Bunyan Day! Paul Bunyan is one of the best-known heroes in American folklore. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in the Midwest during the 1800s. According to the stories, Bunyan was a giant man with incredible physical strength. He single-handedly established the logging industry, cleared North Dakota of its forests, dug out Lake Superior, and even trained carpenter ants to help his fellow loggers!
A young woman named K. Bernice Stewart was the first person to write down the original Bunyan tales. Stewart collected the stories from local loggers while studying at the University of Wisconsin in 1914. Today, Paul Bunyan is mentioned in more than 1,000 books and has become one of the most widespread icons in American culture.
To celebrate Paul Bunyan Day, read one of the original Bunyan tales!
Where is Paul Bunyan Day?
Nationwide USA
Great American Backyard Campout
June 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is the Great American Backyard Campout! When was the last time you spent a night out under the stars? Tonight, thousands of families will set up a tent in the backyard or a local park to celebrate life in the great outdoors.
The Great American Backyard Campout is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. It is an important part of the organization’s “Be Out There” campaign, which is dedicated to getting children outside so they can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Camping out in the backyard is also a wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about the wildlife that surrounds us every day.
Tonight, set up a tent in your yard and camp out as a family!
Where is Great American Backyard Campout?
Nationwide USA
Ramadan
June 28, 2014 in the World
Today is the first day of Ramadan! Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims use this month to reflect and evaluate themselves in relation to Islamic guidance.
Muslims spend each day during this month fasting during daylight hours. This fast includes eating, drinking, smoking, and participating in any ill-natured activities. The time spent fasting is believed to help purify the soul, refocus attention to religion, and practice self-control and commitment. Fasting is one of the main types of Islamic worship, as it proves obedience and compliance. During Ramadan, Muslims also ask for forgiveness for their wrong doings in the past, and work toward bettering themselves for the coming year.
Ramadan is a holiday that brings brotherhood and customs for a special celebration. Wish your family and friends a Happy Ramadan this month!
Where is Ramadan?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1389 – Ottomans defeat Serbian army in the bloody Battle of Kosovo, opening the way for the Ottoman conquest of Southeastern Europe.
1635 – French colony of Guadeloupe established in Caribbean
1748 – Riot after public execution in Amsterdam, 200+ killed
1762 – Russian tsarina Catharina II seizes power
1820 – Tomato is proven non-poisonous
1838 – Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London
1846 – Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax
1897 – Marquis C de Bonchamps’ expedition reaches Gore Ethiopia
1914 – Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip at 10.45 , the casus belli of World War I.
1919 – Treaty of Versailles ending WW I signed in France
1945 – Polish Provisional government of National Unity set up by Soviets
1948 – US/British airlift to West Berlin begins
1956 – 1st atomic reactor built for private research operates Chicago Ill
1965 – 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by Pres Johnson
1967 – Israel annexes East Jerusalem
1978 – Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
1986 – Irish population condemns divorce
1992 – The Constitution of Estonia is signed into law.
1996 – The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.
2004 – Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.

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For my Flan friends! 😀

Calendar day; June 27, 2014

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 Friday, the 27th of June, 2014 is the 178th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
Mixed Race Day
June 27, 2014 in Brazil
Mixed Race Day is observed on June 27, 2014. Mixed Race Day is celebrated in Brazil as a reference to the twenty-seven mixed-race representatives elected during the 1st Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality. It also refers to the month of June, in which caboclo activist Helda Castro was registered as the only mixed-race representative in the 1st National Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality, which was held in Brasília (June 30 to July 2, 2005) and was sponsored by the Government of Brazil. Mixed Race Day honors all those who possess multi-ethnic origins. It occurs three days after the Day of the Caboclo, honoring the first mixed-race Brazilian group (people of European and Amerindian ancestry).
Where is Mixed Race Day?
Nationwide Brazil
Seven Sleepers Day
June 27, 2014 in Germany
In Germany, June 27, 2014 is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day). The weather on that day is supposed to determine the average weather of the next seven weeks. This is one of the most well-know bits of traditional farmers’ weather lore remaining in today’s Germany, but quite inaccurate in practice.
While it might seem that the name of the day refers to the rodent known as Siebenschläfer in German (Glis Glis, “edible dormouse” in English), it actually commemorates the Seven Sleepers legend.
Objections have been raised that the weather lore associated with the day might have arisen before the Gregorian reform, and as at this time the difference to the Julian calendar amounted to ten days, July 7 would be the actual Seven Sleepers Day. Based on this date the prediction has a slightly increased probability, if confined to the southern parts of Germany not affected by the jet stream, where the rule seems to have originated.
Where is Seven Sleepers Day?
Nationwide Germany
Sunglasses Day
June 27, 2014 in the World
It’s Sunglasses Day! Sunglasses are quite possibly the most important fashion accessory of the entire summer season. Humans have been wearing protective eyewear for centuries, but the stylish designs we’re accustomed to today are a much more recent invention.
During the prehistoric era, the Inuit people used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. By the 1700s, doctors were regularly prescribing tinted glasses for vision correction, and by the 1930s the Foster Grant company was selling modern-day sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses.
Healthcare professionals recommend eye protection whenever the sun comes out to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause several serious eye problems. Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors primarily from a desire to mask their identity. Since the 1940s sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach.
Where is Sun Glasses Day?
Worldwide
National Orange Blossom Day
June 27, 2014 in the USA
National Orange Blossom Day is the national day of celebration to honor the flower that produces oranges.  Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide.  They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!
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Many of the references and blogs we did find celebrating this holiday were referencing the drink. Though, many others were referencing Orange Blossom food recipes.
Where is National Orange Blossom Day?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
June New Moon 2014
June 27, 2014 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On June 27, 2014 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is June New Moon?
Eastcoast (North America)
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events:
1358 – Republic of Dubrovnik is founded
1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
1652 – New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America
1709 – Peter the Great of Russia defeats Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.
1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.
1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.
1833 – Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for black females at Canterbury Conn
1857 – James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud
1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange
1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin”
1929 – President Paul Von Hindenburg refuses to pay German debt of WW I
1949 – “Captain Video & His Video Rangers” debut on DUMONT-TV
1950 – North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
1957 – Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
1966 – 1st sci-fi soap opera, “Dark Shadows,” premieres on ABC-TV
1973 – The President of Uruguay dissolves Parliament and heads a coup d’état.
1977 – Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
1981 – Cambodia adopts its constitution
1986 – Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing only a body stocking
1990 – Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Iran, contributes $8600 to help their earthquake victims

Calendar day; June 26, 2014

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Thursday, the 26th of June, 2014 is the 177th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
Internationa Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26, 2014 in the World
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on June 26, 2014. The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors throughout the world.
The day was selected by the United Nations General Assembly for two reasons. First, on 26 June 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed – the first international instrument obliging UN members to respect and promote human rights. Second, 26 June 1987 was when the United Nations Convention Against Torture came into effect.
 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:
http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/
Where is the event?
Worldwide
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
June 26, 2014 in the World
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking takes place on June 26, 2014. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It has been held annually since 1988 on 26 June, a date chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.
Drug abuse is a patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods neither approved nor advised by medical professionals. Substance abuse often includes problems with impulse control and impulsive behaviour. There are many cases in which criminal or antisocial behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and other synthetic drugs.
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking:
http://www.un.org/en/events/drugabuseday/
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Ratcatcher’s Day
June 26, 2014 in the World
Ratcatcher’s Day is observed on June 26, 2014. Ratcatcher’s Day is celebrated on 26 June or 22 July, commemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin in Germany uses the June date. The confusion of dates is because the Brothers Grimm cite 26 June 1284 as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town, while the poem by Robert Browning gives it as 22 July 1376. It is a holiday remembering rat-catchers, similar to Secretary’s Day.
Where is Ratcatcher’s Day?
Worldwide
National Handshake Day
June 26, 2014 in the USA
Happy National Handshake Day! Today, we celebrate one of the most common greetings between two people.
Did you know that handshakes have been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.? Many researchers believe that the handshake originated in the Western world. It was a gesture of peace, demonstrated by the fact that the hands held no weapons.
Today, a handshake is offered upon meeting or parting. It is an expression of goodwill, gratitude and congratulations. Many people believe that a handshake reveals something about the character of the person who gives it. A firm handshake reflects a confident personality while a floppy handshake reveals a shy one.
Today, go ahead and give some nice, strong handshakes. Make sure not to grip too tight!
Where is National Handshake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1284 – Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened)
1483 – Duke of Gloucester appoints himself King Richard III of England
1498 – Toothbrush invented

1718 – Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
1843 – Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony
1857 – The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria
1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto
1900 – Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever
1924 – After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave Dominican Republic
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island
1941 – Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
1945 – UN Charter signed by 50 nations in SF
1949 – 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote
1959 – Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
1960 – Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
1972 – IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
1992 – India leases Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh
1994 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat returns to Gaza after 27 years

Calendar Day; June 25, 2014

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Wednesday, the 25th of June, 2014 is the 176th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
World Vitiligo Day
June 25, 2014 in the World
World Vitiligo Day takes place on June 25, 2014. The World Vitiligo Day is an initiative aimed to build global awareness about vitiligo, a frequent and often disfiguring disease that can have significant negative psychosocial impact on patients, also because of numerous misconceptions still present in large parts of the world.
Vitiligo is an acquired disease characterized by skin depigmentation, due to destruction or malfunction of melanocytes (cells that produce melanin). It is present worldwide, and its prevalence in different countries ranges from less than 0.1% to more than 8% of general population (~1% in the United States and in Europe); thus, it can be estimated that approximately 100 million people in the world are affected.
Where is World Vitiligo Day?
Worldwide
Statehood Day of Croatia
June 25, 2014 in Croatia
Statehood Day of Croatia takes place on June 25, 2014. Statehood Day is a holiday that occurs every year in Croatia to celebrate the country’s 1991 declaration of independence from Yugoslavia. The Statehood Day is an official holiday, a day off work in Croatia. This holiday is not to be confused with Croatia’s Independence Day, which is marked each year on October 8.
Where is Statehood Day of Croatia?
Nationwide Croatia
Statehood Day of Slovenia
June 25, 2014 in Slovenia
Statehood Day of Slovenia is observed on June 25, 2014. Statehood Day is a holiday that occurs every year in Slovenia to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Although the formal declaration of independence did not come until 26 June 1991, Statehood Day is considered to be June 25 since that was the date on which the initial acts regarding independence were passed and Slovenia became independent. Statehood Day is not to be confused with Slovenia’s Independence and Unity Day, which is celebrated each year on December 26.
Where is Statehood Day of Slovenia?
Nationwide Slovenia
National Log Cabin Day
June 25, 2014 in the USA
Log Cabin Day brings you back to a quieter, simpler, more rugged era. A couple hundred years ago, life was far more rugged. Americans moving West (west at the time may have been Ohio, or Tennessee) found an untouched wilderness, filled with pristine forests. They built their homes out of logs. These log cabins were solid, long lasting, and served them well.
 A distinction should be drawn between the traditional meanings of “log cabin” and “log house.” Historically most “Log cabins” were a simple one- or 1½-story structures, somewhat impermanent, and less finished or less architecturally sophisticated. A “log cabin” was usually constructed with round rather than hewn, or hand-worked, logs, and often it was the first generation home building erected quickly for frontier shelter.
Life was rustic and simple. Heat was provided by an open fireplace, where they also cooked their meals. Need air conditioning in the summer? Just open the window (there wasn’t any glass or screening). There was no electricity (no television, stereos or boom boxes blasting, or computers). And, plumbing? Just look back towards the woods to the outhouse. The path to it is well worn.
Where is Log Cabin Day?
Nationwide USA
National Catfish Day
June 25, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Catfish Day! Catfish is a versatile and delicious type of fish that is usually associated with Cajun-style cooking. In fact, about 95% of the nation’s catfish comes from Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana. In traditional recipes, each catfish fillet is coated with a blend of spices and then fried or blackened in a cast-iron skillet.
Did you know that catfish is one of the most sustainable species of fish? Most of the catfish we eat is farm-raised, which is very eco-friendly. In 1987, President Reagan declared the first National Catfish Day to recognize the importance of the catfish farming industry.
To celebrate National Catfish Day, fry up some homemade catfish for dinner, or head to a local Cajun restaurant to sample a little taste of the South!
Where is National Catfish Day?
Nationwidem USA
Historical Events:
524 – Battle of Vézeronce, the Franks defeat the Burgundians.
1096 – 1st Crusade slaughter Jews of Werelinghofen Germany
1607 – Mentally ill emperor Rudolf II signs Treaty of Lieben, giving up Austria, Hungary & Moravia
1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop
1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies
1667 – Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys, French doctor, performs 1st blood transfusion
1864 – Horse tramway at the Hague, opens
1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn: 7th Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel (sometime Brevet Major General) George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne, Custer killed
1900 – Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland
1920 – League of Nations places Internationall Court of Justice in Hague
1949 – Long-Haired Hare is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny.
1950 – Korean conflict begins; N Korea invades S Korea
1961 – Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
1967 – First global satellite television programme – Our World
1975 – Mozambique gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
1991 – Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

Calendar day; June 24, 2014

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Tuesday, the 24th of June, 2014 is the 175th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.

General Events:

International Fairy Day or Faerie Day 2014
June 24, 2014 in the World

It’s International Fairy Day! Today is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in “Tír na nÓg,” the land of eternal youth. Mortals don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight or during Beltane, Mid-Summer’s Eve, or All Hallow’s Eve.

In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies. International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. Read a classic fairy tale, build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!

Where is International Fairy Day or Faerie Day?
Worldwide

National Holiday of Quebec
June 24, 2014 in Quebec

National Holiday of Quebec is observed on June 24, 2014. Quebec’s National Holiday is celebrated annually on St. John the Baptist Day. In Quebec, the national holiday is a paid statutory public holiday covered under the Act Respecting Labour Standards. The festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and since 1978 are publicly financed and organized by a National Holiday Organizing Committee. June 24 continues to be celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture in other provinces and in the United States.

Where is National Holiday of Quebec?
Nationwide Quebec

Saint Jonas’ Festival
June 24, 2014 in Lithuania

Saint Jonas’ Festival takes place on June 24, 2014. Saint Jonas’ Festival is a midsummer folk festival celebrated all around Lithuania. While midsummer day is celebrated throughout Europe, many Lithuanians have a particularly lively agenda on this day. The traditions include singing songs and dancing until the sun sets, telling tales, searching to find the magic fern blossom at midnight, jumping over bonfires, greeting the rising midsummer sun and washing the face with a morning dew, young girls float flower wreaths on the water of river or lake. These are customs brought from pagan culture and beliefs. The latter Christian tradition is based on the reverence of Saint John the Baptist. Lithuanians with the names Jonas, Jone, Janina receive many greetings from their family, relatives and friends.

Where is Saint Jonas’ Festival?
Nationwide Lithuania

Swim a Lap Day
June 24, 2014 in the World

Swim a Lap Day takes place on June 24, 2014. It’s a day to take your swimming togs and go to a swimming pool to swim one or more laps. There are many reasons why people swim. The largest reason for people swimming is as a recreation activity, with swimming consistently ranking as one of the physical activities people are most likely to take part in. Recreational swimming can be used for people to exercise, to relax or to rehabilitate.

Swimming is consistently found to be amongst the top recreational activities undertaken by the public, and in some countries, swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the educational curriculum. As a formalised sport, swimming features in a range of local, national and international competitions, including featuring in every modern summer Olympics.

Swimming is primarily an aerobic exercise due to the long exercise time, requiring a constant oxygen supply to the muscles, except for short sprints where the muscles work anaerobically. As with most aerobic exercise, swimming is believed to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Swimming can also improve posture.

Where is Swim a Lap Day?
Worldwide

National Pralines Day
June 24, 2014 in the USA

Pralines were originally created in France by coating almonds in caramelized sugar. The praline got its name from French soldier and sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who invented it.

The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana where chefs in New Orleans eventually substituted pecans for almonds and added cream.

Pralines now come in many flavors and include several different types of nuts. It’s no wonder they have their own day. Happy National Pralines Day!

Where is National Pralines Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

972 – Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.

1314 – Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England

1497 – John Cabot claims eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)

1509 – Henry VIII crowned King of England

1648 – Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews & 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine

1662 – Dutch invasion of Macau repulsed (Macau Day)

1692 – Kingston Jamaica founded

1898 – American troops, drive Spanish forces from La Guasimas Cuba

1917 – Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol

1932 – Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand

1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

1947 – Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold

1948 – Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade

1961 – Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait

1967 – Zaire adopts constitution

1997 – USAF reports Roswell ‘space aliens’ were dummies

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