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Calendar day; December 15, 2014

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Monday, the 15th of December, 2014 is the 349th day in 2014 and in the 51st calendar week.
General Events:
Remembrance Day of Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty
December 15, 2014 in Russia
Remembrance Day of Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty is observed on December 15, 2014. The day was established by the Union of Journalists of Russia in 1991, following the deaths of journalist Viktor Nogin and cameraman Gennadi Kurennoy in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in September that year. In Moscow the day is observed at Nikitsky Boulevard. According to representatives of the Union of Journalists of Russia, between 10 and 20 journalists are killed each year in Russia under various circumstances.
Where is Remembrance Day of Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty?
Nationwide Russia
Koninkrijksdag
December 15, 2014 in Netherlands
Koninkrijksdag is observed on December 15, 2014. Koninkrijksdag is the commemoration of the signing of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 15 December 1954 in Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands, and Sint Maarten. When 15 December falls on a Sunday, the commemoration takes place on Monday 16 December. Kingdom Day is, unlike Koninginnedag, not an official national holiday, but government buildings are instructed to fly the flag of the Netherlands without pennant.
Where is Koninkrijksdag?
Nationwide Netherlands
Bill of Rights Day
December 15, 2014 in the USA
Bill of Rights Day is observed on December 15, 2014. The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed to assuage the fears of Anti-Federalists who had opposed Constitutional ratification, these amendments guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public.
The amendments were introduced by James Madison to the 1st United States Congress as a series of legislative articles. They were adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789, formally proposed by joint resolution of Congress on September 25, 1789, and came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791, through the process of ratification by three-fourths of the states. The Bill of Rights had little judicial impact for the first 150 years of its existence, but was the basis for many Supreme Court decisions of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Where is Bill of Rights Day?
Nationwide USA
Esperanto Day 2014
December 15, 2014 in the World
Esperanto Day, also called Zamenhof Day, is celebrated on December 15, 2014. The 15th December is the birthday of Esperanto creator L. L. Zamenhof. It is the most widely celebrated day in Esperanto culture. Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. The first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, was published on July 26, 1887.
Estimates of Esperanto speakers range from 10,000 to 2,000,000 active or fluent speakers, as well as perhaps a thousand native speakers, that is, people who learned Esperanto from birth as one of their native languages. Many Esperanto speakers buy an extra Esperanto book around Zamenhof’s birthday. There are also special Esperanto gatherings and parties throughout the world to celebrate the occasion, which is used as a reason for Esperantists to get together during the holiday season.
Some Esperanto speakers, not wanting to over-celebrate the achievements of a single man, have suggested celebrating 15 December as Esperanto Literature Day instead Zamenhof Day. Thus they encourage Esperanto organizations that hold gatherings on that day to add a book review or poetry reading to the program or to announce the publication of a new book. On an individual level, one can buy or start reading a new book or in some other way celebrate Esperanto literature.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Cat Herders Day
December 15, 2014 in the USA
This is for all of the dreamers, who dare to do the impossible . . . the cat herders!!!
Cat Herders Day, on December 15, is all about those situations where “it’s like herding cats.” If you don’t understand the idiom, just try to organize a bunch of cats and move them from one area to another. I guarantee you’ll get the picture.
Cat Herders Day recognises the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable. Whether it’s work, home, school or other areas of life, if it feels like herding cats, today’s your day.
Where is National Cat Herders Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 15th December:
533 – Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
1256 – Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.
1488 – Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round Cape of Good Hope
1593 – State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft
1680 – Tax revolt on Terschelling due to tax on cereal
1791 – US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval. Becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution
1868 – Shogunate rebels found Ezo Republic in Hokkaido.
1891 – James Naismith invents basketball (Canada)
1917 – Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia
1939 – 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn, Seaford, Delaware
1944 – Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel
1952 – Christine Jorgenson is 1st person to undergo a sex-change operation
1954 – Netherlands Antilles becomes co-equal part of Kingdom of Netherlands
1964 – Canada adopts maple leaf flag
1966 – Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
1973 – American Psychiatric Association declares homosexuality is not a mental illness
1979 – World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages
1993 – British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
2005 – Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.

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