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Calendar day; May 22, 2015

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Friday, the 22nd of May, 2015 is the 142th day in 2015 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22, 2015 in the World
The International Day for Biological Diversity, also known as World Biodiversity Day, is celebrated on May 22, 2015. It is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. The day is celebrated annually.
From its creation by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1993 until 2000, it was held on December 29 to celebrate the day the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, and partly to avoid the many other holidays that occur in late December.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. This decade serves to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, with the goal of significantly reducing biodiversity loss.
Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. In terrestrial habitats, tropical regions are typically rich whereas Polar Regions support fewer species.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
World Goth Day
May 22, 2015 in the World
The Official World Goth Day site defines it as “a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world”.
World Goth Day originated in the UK in 2009. BBC Radio 6 was looking at a number of music subcultures. Goth DJs Cruel Britannia and Martin OldGoth got an event up and running. It was decided that May 22 would be the day when this event would be held regularly. The tradition continued and spread outside the UK, with a website being initiated to coordinate and advertise events worldwide.
World Goth Day celebrates the sub cultural aspects of the Goth subculture. Aspects of the culture like fashion, music and art are celebrated by fashion shows, art exhibitions and music performance. Many of the events feature local Goth bands, and some have taken on a charity aspect with events in the UK and Australia supporting favoured charities like the UK Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity that tries to curb prejudice and hatred against subcultures.
The event has evolved to be now celebrated by goths all around the world, including the UK, the US, Australia, Singapore and South Africa.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Canadian Immigrants’ Day
May 22, 2015 in Canada
A day to celebrate and recognize the contributions made by immigrants to Canada and to discuss Canadian immigration policy and experience.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
National Maritime Day
May 22, 2015 in the USA
United States National Maritime Day takes place on May 22, 2015. The day is a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed on May 22, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. The holiday was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933.
Where is United States National Maritime Day?
Nationwide USA
National Wig Out Day (Friday before Memorial Day)
May 22, 2015 in the USA
Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? Well, today is your opportunity to experiment. It’s National Wig Out Day! This celebration is similar to Halloween, but the focus is just on wigs.
Wig Out Day was invented in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation.
So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head, just be sure to Wig Out!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 22nd May:
334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus
1455 – Opening battle in England’s 30-year War of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI
1570 – 1st atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps
1819 – 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga)
1840 – The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished
1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions
1892 – Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube
1897 – The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames was officially opened
1906 – A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: these were the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
1919 – Andrew E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a major step forward in the dating of archaeological sites
1927 – 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed
1933 – Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay
1939 – Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign “Pact of Steel”
1960 – Virtually all coastal towns between 37th & 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at01:04 AM
1967 – Fire at L’Innovation dept store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)
1977 – Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)
1990 – North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
1992 – Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of Tonight Show
1997 – Kelly Flinn, US Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial
2010 – Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb

 

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