Wednesday, the 13th of August, 2014 is the 225th day in 2014 and in the 33rd calendar week.

General Events:

left handers day

International Lefthanders Day
August 13, 2014 in the World

International Lefthanders Day is celebrated on August 13, 2014. It was first observed 13 August 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates the left-handers, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population.

International Lefthanders Day was founded by the Left-Handers Club in 1992, with the club itself having been founded in 1990. International Left-Handers Day is, according to the club, “an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality [meaning left-handedness] and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.”

If you are left-handed, you know that living in a world designed for right-handed people can be quite difficult. Opening doors, writing in spiral notebooks, and using a computer mouse can be awkward and frustrating. Studies have shown that left-handedness is often associated with intellectual creativity. Famous left-handers include Michelangelo, Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Henson, and 8 of our 44 presidents!

There are several ways you can celebrate Left-Handers’ Day. If you’re left-handed, declare a “lefty zone” around your personal space, where everything must be done left-handed. If you’re a righty, do something nice for your lefty friends. Buy them a left-handed pen or can-opener to make their lives a little easier!

Happy Left Handers Day!

Where is Lefthanders Day?

Victory Day
August 13, 2014 in Rhode Island

In honor of the end of World War II, Rhode Island celebrates Victory Day annually on the second Monday in August. Victory Day, also known as Victory over Japan Day, commemorates the day Japan submitted to the United States—August 15, 1945. The formal surrender of Japan occurred on September 2, 1945, and ending World War II.

In 1946, President Truman established Victory Day as a federal holiday, but did not distinguish between victory over Japan and victory over Europe, which occurred three months prior with Germany’s surrender.

Rhode Island is the only state in the U.S. to commemorate Victory over Japan Day with an official state holiday. State and local government offices are closed for Victory Day, but federal offices in Rhode Island remain open.

Where is Victory Day?
Nationwide Rhode Island

National Filet Mignon Day
August 13, 2014 in the USA

Filet mignon is the star of the show on August 13 as people across the country annually celebrate National Filet Mignon Day.

Usually from a steer or heifer, a filet mignon is a steak cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin of the beef carcass. The tenderloin from which the filet mignon comes from, is the most tender cut of beef and is also considered the most desirable and therefore the most expensive.

The usual method for cooking the filet mignon is to cook it on high heat by either grilling, pan frying, broiling or roasting. Restaurants may sometimes prepare the fillets served in a cognac cream sauce, au poivre with peppercorns or in a red wine reduction.

Due to the low levels of fat found in the fillets, bacon is often used in cooking. The bacon is wrapped around the fillet and pinned closed with a wooden toothpick. Flavor is added from the bacon and this process keeps the fillet from drying out during the cooking process.

Where is National Filet Mignon Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 13th August:

3114 BC – According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Mayan calendar

1326 – Aradia de Toscano, according to legend/folklore, is initiated into a Dianic witchcraft cult and subsequently founds the tradition of Stregheria, later known as the Malandanti.

1521 – Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés captures Cuauhtémoc, the ruler of Tenochtitlan, and the Aztec Empire officially ends

1624 – Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII

1642 – Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap

1784 – British parliament accepts India Act

1814 – Cape of Good Hope formally ceded to British by the Dutch

1814 – Treaty of London-Netherland stops transporting slaves

1868 – Earthquakes kill 25,000 & causes $300 million damages (Peru & Ecuador)

1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

1898 – US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war

1913 – True Stainless steel was cast for the first time in Sheffield, England. Harry Brearly of Thomas Firth & Sons discovered how to make ‘the steel that doesn’t rust’

1919 – British troops open fire on Amritsar India demonstrators; killing 350

1937 – Japanese attack at the beinnging of the Battle of Shanghai during Second Sino-Japanese War. Involves nearly 1 million troops

1950 – Pres Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime Bao-Dai

1960 – Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France

1961 – Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

1996 – Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0