Sunday, the 28th of December, 2014 is the 362th day in 2014 and in the 52nd calendar week.
General Events:
Card Playing Day
December 28, 2014 in the World
Card Playing Day takes place on December 28, 2014. A playing card is a piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, plastic-coated paper, cotton-paper blend, or thin plastic, marked with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.
Countless card games exist, including families of related games (such as poker). A small number of card games played with traditional decks have formally standardized rules, but most are folk games whose rules vary by region, culture, and person.
Where is Card Playing Day?
Endangered Species Act Day
December 28, 2014 in the USA
On this day, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found. The law requires federal agencies to ensure that their actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat of such species and prohibits the harming of any animal designated as endangered or threatened.
Where is Endangered Species Act Day?
Nationwide USA
Innocents’ Day
December 28, 2014 in the World
Innocents’ Day is observed on December 28, 2014. The Massacre of the Innocents is the biblical narrative of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman appointed King of the Jews. The number of infants killed is not stated, however the Holy Innocents have been claimed as the first Christian martyrs. The commemoration of the massacre of these “Holy Innocents” – considered by some Christians as the first martyrs for Christ – first appears as a feast of the western church in the Leonine Sacramentary, dating from about 485.
Today, the date of Holy Innocents’ Day, also called The Innocents’ Day or Childermas or Children’s Mass, varies. The 27th of December is the date for West Syrians and East Syrians. 28th December is the date in the Church of England, the Lutheran Church and the Roman Catholic Church (in which, except on Sunday, violet vestments were worn before 1961, instead of red, the normal liturgical colour for celebrating martyrs). The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the feast on 29 December.
Where is Innocents’ Day?
Els Enfarinats
December 28, 2014 in Alicante
Els Enfarinats is celebrated on December 28, 2014. The annual festival of Els Enfarinats takes place in the town of Ibi in Alicante, Spain, as part of celebrations related to the Day of the Innocents. In the day long festival, participants known as the Els Enfarinats dress in mock military dress and stage a mock coup d’état. Meanwhile, the Casats i Fadrins, accompanied by a band of street musicians called the Rondalla, known by the name of Sonet, Xirimita and Tabal, tour the city. At 8am, the Els Enfarinats take the city under the slogan “New Justice”, and at 9am the Race for Mayor will take place in which it will be decided who is to be Mayor of the Els Enfarinats. Then, the act of L’Aixavegó is carried out in the Plaça de l’Església (Church Square), where the Els Enfarinats reside. Here, it is decided that those who do not pay the fine will go to jail. At midday, a collection called the Arreplegada dels Enfarinats takes place through the streets of the old quarter and of the city centre of Ibi, terminating in the Sant Joaquim Sanctuary. They exercise their authority under a blaze of fireworks, flour bombs and eggs. Atfive o’clock in the afternoon the authority of Els Enfarinats comes to an end giving way to the celebration of the traditional Dansà.
Where is Els Enfarinats?
Nationwide Alicante
Day of the Holy Innocents
December 28, 2014 in Mexico
The Day of the Holy Innocents (Día de los Santos Inocentes), on December 28, remembers the biblical story of King Herod’s orders to execute male babies in Bethlehem in order to kill baby Jesus.
Mexicans play jokes and pranks to trick friends and family members on December 28, which is similar to April Fool’s Day. The media also get involved by reporting news that is too ridiculous or funny to be true, all in good fun. Some Mexicans visit cemeteries with offerings to souls of departed children, in line with a pre-Hispanic tradition.
The Day of the Holy Innocents is a religious observance and not a statutory federal holiday in Mexico.
Where is Day of the Holy Innocents?
Nationwide Mexico
Historical Events on 28th December:
1065 – Westminster Abbey consecrated
1612 – First observation of Neptune – Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realising it is a planet
1767 – King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital.
1828 – 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo Japan, 30,000 killed
1836 – Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
1849 – M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect
1850 – Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire
1860 – Harriet Tubman arrives in Auburn NY, on her last mission to free slaves, evading capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad
1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
1902 – Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
1906 – Ecuador adopts its constitution
1908 – Earthquake strikes Messina, Italy (nearly 80,000 died)
1921 – The beginning of the Rand Rebellion in Southern Africa; the rebellion started as a strike by white mineworkers on and became an open armed rebellion against the state
1943 – All Kalmyk inhabitants of of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route
1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”
1950 – Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea
1970 – Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution
1973 – US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law
1975 – “The Hail Mary”, with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the “Hail Mary” play is born
1981 – The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
1984 – Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old
1985 – Warring Lebanese Moslem & Christian leaders sign peace agreement