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Calendar day; February 6, 201

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Friday, the 6th of February, 2015 is the 37th day in 2015 and in the 6th calendar week.

General Events:

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
February 6, 2015 in the World

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed on February 06, 2015. International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a UN-sponsored awareness day. It is an effort to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (also called female genital mutilation or FGM) and to promote its eradication.

Female genital mutilation is defined by the World Health Organization as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” Female Genital Mutilation is practised as a cultural ritual by ethnic groups in 27 countries in sub-Saharan and Northeast Africa, and to a lesser extent in Asia, the Middle East and within immigrant communities elsewhere.

FGM is typically carried out, with or without anaesthesia, by a traditional circumciser using a knife or razor. The health effects depend on the procedure but can include recurrent infections, chronic pain, cysts, infertility, complications during childbirth and fatal bleeding. FGM may complicate pregnancy. Psychological complications include depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Around 125 million women and girls in Africa and the Middle East have undergone FGM.

http://www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday/

Where is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation?
Worldwide

Waitangi Day 2015
February 6, 2015 in New Zealand

Waitangi Day is observed on February 06, 2015. Waitangi Day (wye-TANG-ee) commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. It is a public holiday held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, on that date in 1840.

Where is Waitangi Day?
Nationwide New Zealand

Lame Duck Day 2015
February 6, 2015 in the World

Lame Duck Day is celebrated on February 06, 2015. A lame duck is an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, especially one whose successor has already been elected. The phrase lame duck was coined in the 18th century at the London Stock Exchange, to refer to a stockbroker who defaulted on his debts.

Lame Duck officials tend to have less political power, as other elected officials are less inclined to cooperate with them. However, lame ducks are also in the peculiar position of not facing the consequences of their actions in a subsequent election, giving them greater freedom to issue unpopular decisions or appointments.

Where is Lame Duck Day?
Worldwide

National Wear Red Day
February 6, 2015 in the USA

National Wear Red Day takes place on February 06, 2015. National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease. It occurs in America on the first Friday in February each year, where people wear red. Designed to warn women of their number one health threat, “The Heart Truth” campaign created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.

Heart disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart, the blood vessels or both. The causes of heart disease are diverse but atherosclerosis or hypertension are the most common. Additionally, with aging come a number of physiological and morphological changes that alter cardiovascular function and lead to subsequently increased risk of cardiovascular disease, even in healthy asymptomatic individuals.

Heart disease is the leading cause of deaths worldwide, though since the 1970s, cardiovascular mortality rates have declined in many high-income countries. At the same time, cardiovascular deaths and disease have increased at a fast rate in low- and middle-income countries. Although heart disease usually affects older adults, the antecedents of cardiovascular disease begin in early life. There is therefore increased emphasis on preventing atherosclerosis by modifying risk factors, such as healthy eating, exercise, and avoidance of smoking tobacco.

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 6th February:

1508 – Maximilian I proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor,though 1st Emperor in centuries not to be crowned by the Pope

1685 – Duke of York becomes King James II of England and VII of Scotland upon the death of his brother Charles II.

1778 – France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris; 1st US treaty

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1840 – The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.

1869 – Harper’s Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers

1899 – Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate

1911 – Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)

1918 – Britain grants women (30 & over) vote

1922 – US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation

1935 – “Monopoly” board game goes on sale for 1st time

1935 – 1st election to allow women to vote in Turkey

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne

1964 – France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

1971 – 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)

1989 – Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government

1992 – The Sámi people of the far northern Nordic countries have an official day celebrating their existence.

1997 – Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husbands sperm

1998 – Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years

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