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Calendar day; December 5, 2014

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Friday, the 5th of December, 2014 is the 339th day in 2014 and in the 49th calendar week.

General Events:

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
December 5, 2014 in the World

The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5. The day, which is also known as International Volunteer Day (IVD), gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.

Each year UN General Assembly invites governments to observe the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5 (A/RES/40/212 of 17 December 1985). As a result of the resolution from December 17, 1985, governments, the UN, and civil society organizations work together with volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on December 5 each year.

In 2001, the International Year of Volunteers, the Assembly adopted a set of recommendations on ways that governments and the UN could support volunteering and asked that they be widely disseminated. The International Year of Volunteers aimed to stimulate national and international policy debate around, and to advocate for, recognizing, facilitating, networking and promoting voluntary action. The year led to a much better appreciation of the power of volunteerism in its many forms and the ways to support it.

2014 Theme: People’s Participation. Make change happen, volunteer! http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/

Where is Volunteer Day?
Worldwide

Sinterklaas 2014
December 5, 2014 in Netherlands

Sinterklaas is observed on December 05, 2014. Sinterklaas is a traditional winter holiday figure. He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas’ eve in the Netherlands. Sinterklaas is an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. He wears a long red cape or chasuble over a traditional white bishop’s alb and sometimes red stola, dons a red mitre and ruby ring, and holds a gold-coloured crosier, a long ceremonial shepherd’s staff with a fancy curled top. He carries the big book of Saint Nicolas that tells whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year. He traditionally rides a white horse.

Where is Sinterklaas?
Nationwide Netherlands

National Coral Reef Day
December 5, 2014 in Colombia

In 2008, to create nationwide awareness, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development declared Decemeber 5th as a National Coral Reef Day. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is the national executive ministry of the Government of Colombia in charge of formulating, implementing, and orienting environmental polices to ensure the sustainable development of the country.

As a means of conserving Colombia’s coral reefs and their related ecosystems, numerous National Nature Parks and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been established in both the Caribbean and Pacific in strategic areas with prevelent coral reef ecosystems. One such protected area is the Seaflower MPA, which is located in the biodiversity “hotspot” of the Archipelago of San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina in the Southwestern Caribbean. The MPA was offcially declared in 2005 and is part of the larger Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, which contains 76% of Colombia’s coral reefs and is recognized as one of the most extensive, productive coral reef ecosystems in the Americas. While the Seaflower MPA is the largest MPA in the Caribbean and one of the most world renowned and recognized, the protection and conservation of Colombia’s coral reefs extends beyond this area as numerous other MPAs and National Natural Parks, such as the Archipelago of El Rosario and San Bernardo, Gorgona National Natural Park MPA and the newly created Deep-Water Coral National Park, also host diverse coral reef ecosysytems.

Where is National Coral Reef Day?
Nationwide Colombia

Repeal Day 2014
December 5, 2014 in the USA

Repeal Day is observed on December 05, 2014. It remembers the Repeal of Prohibition. The Repeal of Prohibition in the United States was accomplished with the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933.

The thirteen years of Prohibition were a dark time for the United States, as the criminalization of alcohol led not only to a rise in civil delinquency and organized crime, but also to the loss of customs associated with the production, preparation, and consumption of alcohol.

http://www.repealday.org/

Where is Repeal Day 2014?
Nationwide USA

Bathtub Party Day
December 5, 2014 in the USA

Bathtub Party Day is today. Draw yourself a tub full of warm water. Add a few bath oil beads, and Voila! You’re ready to hop in and “soak it” in the bathtub. Ahh, how soothing and relaxing!

Don’t let anything disturb the peace, quiet, and serenity of your bath. Turn off your cell phone. Put on your favorite CDs to a volume where you can’t hear the doorbell ring. Light some candles. Open a bottle of wine, and have some snacks within reach. It’s sure going to be a great time.

Where is Bathtub Party Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 5th December:

63 BC – Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations

771 – Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman.

1456 – Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die

1717 – Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop “Margaret” and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard’s appearance, with specific reference to his “very black beard”, providing the source for his name

1840 – Napoleon Bonaparte receives a French state funeral in Paris 19 years after his death

1848 – President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California

1893 – 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges

1912 – The Triple Alliance among Italy, Austria, and Germany (originally signed in 1882) is renewed for six years, beginning in 1914, a move inspired by instability in the Balkans

1932 – German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America

1933 – 21st Amendment ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition) repealed (5:32 PM EST)

1936 – Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union

1941 – Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved

1952 – -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die

1955 – Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks

1983 – ICIMOD established and inaugurated with its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, and legitimised through an Act of Parliament in Nepal in the same year

1993 – Astronauts begin repair of Hubble telescope in space

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