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Calendar day; September 26, 2014

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Friday, the 26th of September, 2014 is the 269th day in 2014 and in the 39th calendar week.
General Events:
European Day of Languages
September 26, 2014 in Europe
The European Day of Languages is celebrated on September 26, 2014. It is a day to alert the public to the importance of language learning to increase pluralism and intercultural understanding. Furthermore it shall provide the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and encourage lifelong language learning. The day is celebrated annually.
The European Day of Languages was proclaimed by the Council of Europe on December 6, 2001, the end of the year of European languages (2001). On this day a range of events are organizes across Europe. Among this are happenings for children, television and radio programs as well as language classes and conferences.
There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe – roughly 3% of the world’s total. Since the end of the 18th century, the most widespread language of Europe (both in terms of geography and the number of native speakers) has been Russian, which replaced French.
Where is European Day of Languages?
Nationwide Europe
World Contraception Day
September 26, 2014 in the World
World Contraception Day (WCD) is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Its mission is to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health. The focus of this year’s campaign is to encourage teenagers to talk to people they trust, so they have all the information they need to avoid an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
It is supported by a group of international NGOs, including Asian Pacific Council on Contraception, Centro Latinamericano Salud y Mujer, European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health, German Foundation for World Population, International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Population Services International, The Population Council, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Women Deliver.
Where is World Contraception Day?
Day of German Butterbrot
September 26, 2014 in Germany
Day of German Butterbrot is observed on September 26, 2014. The German word Butterbrot describes a slice of bread topped with butter. Russian adopted the term “Butterbrot” to refer to sandwiches in general. Although it is increasingly replaced by other foods, it remains a common staple food in Germany. Since 1999, the last Friday in the month of September was made the day of butterbrot by the Marketing Organization of German Agricultural Industries.
A butterbrot is commonly a single slice of bread and one “ingredient” on top of the butter or margarine. For breakfast, this ingredient tends to be sweet and can be marmalade, jam, honey, chocolate spread, hazelnut spread, peanut butter, sprinkles, vlokken, or muisjes. For dinner – German-speaking countries traditionally eat only one cooked meal per day – the butterbrot is eaten with something savory, usually a single slice of cold meat or cheese, or sometimes spreads etc.
Where is Day of German Butterbrot?
Nationwide Germany
Dominion Day 2014
September 26, 2014 in New Zealand
Dominion Day takes place on September 26, 2014. Dominion Day is the name given to 26 September, the anniversary of the day in 1907 when New Zealand was granted dominion status within the British Empire. No longer a statutory (bank) holiday, the only current official observance of the day is as a Provincial Anniversary Day in South Canterbury, and is celebrated on the fourth Monday of September. There is support in some quarters for the day to be revived as an alternative New Zealand Day, instead of renaming Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s current national day.
Where is Dominion Day?
Nationwide New Zealand
Native American Day
September 26, 2014 in California
Native American Day is observed on September 26, 2014. Native American Day is a state holiday in California, established in 1968 to honor Native American cultures and contributions to the state and the United States. Also called American Indian Day, it is observed annually on the fourth Friday in September. In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday.
Where is Native American Day?
Nationwide California
Johnny Appleseed Day
September 26, 2014 in the USA
Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America’s great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.
There is a lot of “legend” in stories written about Johny Appleseed. By it’s definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.
Celebrate today with an apple rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.
Where is Johnny Appleseed Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th September:
46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.
1212 – Golden Bull of Sicily certified hereditary royal title in Bohemia for Premyslid dynasty.
1396 – Sultan Bajezid I beheads 100s of crusaders
1580 – Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind
1680 – Tax revolt in Gorinchem due to tax on cereal
1810 – A new Act of Succession is adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates and Jean Baptiste Bernadotte becomes heir to the Swedish throne.
1824 – Kapiolani defies Pele (Hawaiian volcano goddess) & lives
1887 – Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
1901 – Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
1907 – New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
1934 – British liner Queen Mary is launched
1945 – All old Dutch banknotes declared invalid
1951 – Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
1959 – Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
1960 – Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)
1978 – NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
1983 – Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging missile attack from the US an error.
1989 – Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons
1994 – Switzerland bans racist propaganda

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