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So. I had a friend walk right past me the other day. Funny, because one, we used to work together, and two, we were pretty good friends. She didn’t recognize me.  I did my usual, “HEY!” And when she turned around, still no idea who I was. It all worked out in the end, but wow! that was an unusual encounter. Then she sent me this, (she doesn’t have a scanner) and wow! No wonder she didn’t recognize me, I hadn’t realized how much of a difference in my appearance I have now.

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Calendar day; February 19, 2015

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Thursday, the 19th of February, 2015 is the 50th day in 2015 and in the 8th calendar week.
General Events:
Chinese New Year
February 19, 2015 in China
Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 19, 2015. It is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year’s Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.
Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Where is Chinese New Year?
Nationwide China
Vietnamese New Year
February 19, 2015 in Vietnam
Vietnamese New Year is observed on February 19, 2015. Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. It features aspects of the western Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Halloween and Birthday. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. However, like Vietnam, each of these countries have incorporated characteristic rituals and celebrations that are indigenous to their regions, and are harmonious with their cultural history and geographical climate. Vietnamese New Year is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing resulting in the alternate calculation of the new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day.
Where is Vietnamese New Year?
Nationwide Vietnam
Iwo Jima Day
February 19, 2015 in Massachusetts/USA
Iwo Jima Day is observed annually on 19 February in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a ceremony at the State House.
Section 12AA. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation calling for the observance of February nineteenth as Iwo Jima Day… https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleII/Chapter6/Section12AA
Where is Iwo Jima Day?
Nationwide Massachusetts/USA
National Chocolate Mint Day
February 19, 2015 in the USA
Most people agree that mint and chocolate were made for each other. A burst of refreshing peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe combined with the smooth, rich taste of chocolate is a truly unique pairing.
Some of the most famous chocolate mint inventions include: mint chocolate cake, Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, grasshopper martinis, mint chocolate soap and lip balm, Andes after-dinner mints, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Chocolate mint is also a type of herb. It is part of the spearmint family and has edible leaves that taste like chocolate and mint!
To celebrate Chocolate Mint Day, snack on a piece of your favorite chocolate mint candy, enjoy a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, make one of these mint chocolate recipes, or drop a candy cane in a steaming cup of hot cocoa!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 19th February:
842 – Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches
1574 – Spanish troops plunder Krommenie, Wormerveer & Jisp, Netherlands
1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
1674 – Netherlands & England sign Peace of Westminster (NYC becomes English)
1797 – One third of papal domain ceded to France
1819 – British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III
1861 – Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom [NS=Mar 3]
1884 – Tornadoes in Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn, Ky & In kill 800 people
1906 – WK Kellogg & Ch Bolin found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co (later Kelloggs)
1910 – Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area
1913 – 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box
1927 – General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
1928 – Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
1942 – FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines
1949 – Mass arrests of communists in India
1959 – Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
1976 – Frente Polisario forms Democratic Republic of Sahara
1985 – Mickey Mouse welcomed in China
1986 – King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with PLO
2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system

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