Friday, the 18th of July, 2014 is the 199th day in 2014 and in the 29th calendar week.

The famous Oscar Meyer Wienermobile first appeared on American streets on July 18,1936, created by Carl B. Mayer.

General Events:

Nelson Mandela International Day
July 18, 2014 in the World

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each 18 July (on Mandela’s birthday). The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.

On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.

The Mandela Day campaign message is:

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”
“We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation,” according to a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf.

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Anti-Bigot Day
July 18, 2014 in the World

Are you part of a minority? You probably are. Most people are part of at least one minority, if not two or three.

A minority is defined as a member of society who has less access to the resources of the society because of their status within the society. Simply, someone who is commonly discriminated against. Included is anyone you can think of who has ever been denied a job, housing, equal pay, rights, etc. because of their race, gender, ethnicity, or religion.

The difference between discrimination and prejudice: Discrimination is the harmful treatment of an individual based on their status. Prejudice is an irrational negative attitude toward an individual based on their status. More simply, discrimination is an action. Prejudice is an attitude.

No single group seems to have taken ownership of Anti-Bigot Day on July 18th, but perhaps that is for the best on this day of total tolerance. Anti-Bigot Day offers everyone an equal opportunity to aim for acceptance, whether we agree ideologically or not.

Okay, so for anti-bigot day, say we all try to learn something about a minority that we don’t know much about. Even if you don’t think you are prejudice toward that group, try to learn something about them.

Where is Anti-Bigot Day?

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
July 18, 2014 in the World

Whew! Midsummer is here (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and the mercury is rising. Do you think you can fry an egg on the sidewalk? Try to fry on July 18th – it’s Sidewalk Frying Day.

As we thought about this day, we realized many of you will now rush out under the hot noonday sun to fry some eggs on your sidewalk. Once you do so, who will eat it!?

Have a great Sidewalk Egg Frying Day!

Where is Sidewalk Egg Frying Day?

National Caviar Day
July 18, 2014 in the USA

National Caviar Day takes place on July 18, 2014. Caviar is a product made from salt-cured fish-eggs of the Acipenseridae family. The roe can be “fresh” or pasteurized, with pasteurization reducing its culinary and economic value. Caviar is considered a luxury delicacy and is eaten as a garnish or a spread.

The four main types of caviar are Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga. The rarest and costliest is from beluga sturgeon that swim in the Caspian Sea. Cheaper alternatives have been developed from the roe of whitefish and the North Atlantic salmon.

Commercial caviar production historically involved stunning the fish and extracting the ovaries. Another method is extracting the caviar surgically which allows the females to continue producing roe but this method is very painful and stressful for the fish and is illegal in some countries.

Where is National Caviar Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

390 BC – Roman-Gaulish Wars: Battle of the Allia – a Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome.

64 – Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero

1536 – Pope’s authority declared void in England

1656 – -20] Battle at Warsaw: Swedish king Karel X Gustaafbeats Johan II Kasimir & occupies Warsaw

1870 – Pontifical infalliability proclaimed

1872 – The Ballot Act introduces the secret ballot in elections in Britain;previously votes were made openly.

1925 – Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf (original title was the catchy “Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice”)

1932 – Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands sign Unity treaty

1932 – US & Canada sign a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway

1947 – King George VI signs Indian Independence Act

1951 – Uruguay accepts its constitution

1963 – Failed military coup in Syria

1966 – Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old

1972 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws 20,000 Russian military aids out

1977 – Vietnam becomes member of UN

1986 – Videotapes released showing Titanic’s sunken remains

1996 – Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Québec’s costliest natural disasters ever.