Sunday, the 16th of November, 2014 is the 320th day in 2014 and in the 46th calendar week.
General Events:
International Day for Tolerance
November 16, 2014 in the World
International Day for Tolerance takes place on November 16, 2014. The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.
The UNESCO defines tolerance as follows: “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.
Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.
Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.
Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one’s convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one’s own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.”
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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 16, 2014 in the World
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on November 16, 2014. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on the third Sunday in November every year as the appropriate acknowledgment of victims of road traffic crashes and their families. It was started by RoadPeace in 1993 and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accident, car crash or road traffic collision, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death, vehicle damage, and property damage.
It is estimated that motor vehicle collisions caused the death of around 60 million people during the 20th century around the same number of World War II casualties. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among children 10 – 19 years of age (260,000 children die a year, 10 million are injured) and the sixth leading preventable cause of death in the United States-
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Button Day 2014
November 16, 2014 in the World
Households have long followed the practice of snipping buttons from clothing headed for the ragbag. Do you remember playing with your mother’s—or grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s—button box or jar or tin? The impulse to collect is a basic part of the human psyche, and buttons have been admired and collected for centuries. Button collecting was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938.
Right from its beginning the National Button Society has emphasized the preservation and study of clothing buttons. The National Button Society now has more than 3,000 members on four continents. Membership in the National Button Society is open to individuals and organizations who collect buttons and who wish to support the objectives of the NBS. Principal among those objectives are the promotion of educational research and exhibitions, the publishing and dissemination of information about buttons, and the preservation of the aesthetic and historical significance of buttons for future generations.
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Have a Party With Your Bear Day
November 16, 2014 in the World
Have a Party With Your Bear Day is observed on November 16, 2014. Just spend some time with your Teddy Bear und have a party with it including balloons and a cake! The teddy bear is a soft toy in the form of a bear.
Since the creation of the first teddy bears which sought to imitate the form of real bear cubs, “teddies” have greatly varied in form, style and material. They have become collector’s items, with older and rarer “teddies” appearing at public auctions. Teddy bears are among the most popular gifts for children and are often given to adults to signify love, congratulations or sympathy.
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Historical Events on 16th November:
534 – A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published.
1380 – French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever
1532 – Francisco Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca
1632 – Battle at Lutzen: Sweden beats imperial armies under Von Wallenstein
1764 – Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post
1835 – Charles Darwin’s voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society
1875 – Battle of Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
1894 – 6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan
1917 – British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
1945 – UNESCO is founded.
1948 – Operation Magic Carpet – 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
1950 – US president Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat
1961 – Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
1962 – Kuwait adopts constitution (1st, Islamitic)
1974 – 1st intentional interstellar radio message sent, Arecibo telescope towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away
1989 – UNESCO adopts the Seville Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General Conference.
1997 – After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People’s Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.