Monday, the 16th of February, 2015. The day is the 47th day in 2015 and in the 8th calendar week.
General Events:
Family Day 2015
February 16, 2015 in Canada
Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.
Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. British Columbia observes Family Day as a statutory holiday for the first time in 2013. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year’s Day until Good Friday.
In the other provinces and territories of Canada, Family Day is not observed, and neither the third nor the second Monday in February are holidays there.
Where is Family Day?
Nationwide Canada
Rose Monday 2015
February 16, 2015 in Germany
Rose Monday – also known as Rosenmontag – takes place on February 16, 2015. It is the highlight of the German “Karneval” (carnival), and is on the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The “Mardi Gras,” though celebrated on Tuesday, is a similar event. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland, but most heavily in the “Hochburgen” (carnival strongholds), which include the Rhineland, especially in Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Mainz.
Celebrations usually include dressing up in fancy costumes, dancing, parades, heavy drinking and general public displays with floats. Every town in the Karneval areas boasts at least one parade with floats making fun of the themes of the day. Usually sweets (“Kamelle”) are thrown into the crowds lining the streets among cries of “Helau” or “Alaaf”, whereby the cry “Kölle Alaaf” is only applied in the Cologne area, meaning “Cologne over all”. The celebrations become quieter the next day, known as Veilchendienstag (“Violet Tuesday“, Shrove Tuesday), and end with “Aschermittwoch” (AshWednesday).
Carnival is not a national holiday in Germany, but schools are closed on Rosenmontag and the following Tuesday in the strongholds and many other areas. Many schools as well as companies tend to give teachers, pupils and employees the Thursday before Rosenmontag off as well and have celebrations in school or in the working place on Weiberfastnacht, although every now and then there are efforts to cut these free holidays in some companies.
Where is Rose Monday?
Nationwide Germany
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
February 16, 2015 in the World
Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.
Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It’s in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.
 Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There’s plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Almond Day
February 16, 2015 in the USA
Did you know that almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market? These delicious and wholesome nuts are full of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber, and can help lower cholesterol.
The almond tree is native to the Middle East and South Asia. It produces a fleshy green fruit similar to a peach or apricot. At the center of this fruit is a stone-like seed, which is the almond nut. Today, the state of California produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds. It takes more then 1.2 million beehives to pollinate all of the crops!
Whether you prefer to enjoy them plain, roasted, or paired with chocolate, celebrate National Almond Day with a handful of delicious almonds!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 16th February:
600 – Pope Gregory the Great decree saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze
1659 – 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
1760 – Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1859 – The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch
1868 – Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)
1909 – Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
1916 – The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
1918 – Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
1923 – Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb and finds the sarcophagus
1932 – 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
1934 – Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.
1937 – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
1943 – Sign on Munich facade: “Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!” done by “White Rose” student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
1948 – Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
1957 – The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm was abolished in the United Kingdom.
1959 – Fidel Castro names himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia’s worst ever fires.
1985 – The founding of Hezbollah
1988 – 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
1999 – Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia