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Calendar day; May 27, 2015

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Wednesday, the 27th of May, 2015 is the 147th day in 2015 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
World MS Day (Multiple Sclerosis)
May 27, 2015 in the World
The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) was established in 1967 as an international body linking the activities of National MS societies around the world. The Federation seeks to work in worldwide partnership with Member Societies and the International Scientific Community to eliminate multiple sclerosis and its consequences, and to speak out globally on behalf of those affected by multiple sclerosis.
Since May 2009, MSIF has organised a World Multiple Sclerosis Day, which is now supported by MS organisations in at least 47 countries.[2] The purpose of the day is to “raise awareness of MS as a global issue and raise funds to support the work of the global MS movement including MS research.”
Where is the event?
National Senior Health & Fitness Day
May 27, 2015 in the USA
100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 as we celebrate the 22nd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Always set for the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.
National Senior Health & Fitness Day is organized as a public-private partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 27th May:
1120 – Richard III of Capua is anointed as prince two weeks before his untimely death.
1529 – 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake
1679 – Habeaus Corpus Act (strengthening person’s right to challenge unlawful arrest & imprisonment) passes in England
1692 – Court of Oyer and Terminer established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accussations of witchcraft
1703 – St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great
1813 – Americans capture Ft George, Canada
1895 – British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector
1905 – Japanese fleet destroys Russian East Sea fleet in Straits of Tushima
1907 – Bubonic Plague breaks out in San Francisco
1921 – After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
1940 – British & French begin evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII
1941 – German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
1949 – Russian stop train traffic West-Berlin
1951 – Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing
1952 – European Defense Community forms
1967 – Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census
1968 – The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety
1980 – South Korean police ends people’s uprising; 2,000 killed
1980 – The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more
1985 – Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
1990 – Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
1995 – In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition
1997 – 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
1997 – Russian Pres Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO
1999 – The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Miloševic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo
2006 – The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people




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Calendar day; May 26, 2015

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Tuesday, the 26th of May, 2015 is the 146th day in 2015 and in the 22nd calendar week.
General Events:
National Sorry Day
May 26, 2015 in Australia
National Sorry Day takes place on May 26, 2015. National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the continent’s indigenous population. The Australian government’s most controversial policies resulted in an entire “Stolen Generation” – i.e., “Aboriginal children separated, often forcibly, from their families of origin in the interest of turning them into white Australians”.
May 26 carries great significance for the Stolen Generations, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and non-indigenous Australians. On May 26, 1997, the “Bringing Them Home” report was tabled in Parliament. The annual National Sorry Day commemorations remind and raise awareness among politicians, policy makers, and the wider public about the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the children that were taken, but also on their families and communities.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Australia
World Lindy Hop Day
May 26, 2015 in the World
If you’ve been thinking that there just aren’t enough reasons to cavort around a dance floor to the boisterous sounds of 1920s jazz, then you will no doubt become a fan of Lindy Hop Day. After a decline in popularity in the 1950s, this form of swing music is back and infecting more and more followers with its undeniable vitality.
It’s an energetic dance that originated in black communities in Harlem, in New York City. If you want a true experience, try to seek out a venue with live big-band jazz. It’s fun, frenetic, occasionally frenzied, and is likely to leave you exhausted, but don’t worry: you only need to do it once every year. Some say the name commemorates Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 ‘hop’ across the Atlantic in a plane – the first time that feat was accomplished alone.
Where is the event?
Sally Ride Day
May 26, 2015 in the World
Sally Ride Day was created in honor of the birth date of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both.
On the lack of females in science (USA TODAY in 2006): “For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.”
Where is the event?
National Paper Airplane Day
May 26, 2015 in the USA
National Paper Airplane Day is observed on May 26, 2015. The day is an unofficial observance, celebrated each year in the United States to commemorate the simple aeronautical toy. Paper airplane day celebrations typically include social gatherings at which participants create and fly paper airplanes. These events often feature contests in two basic flight categories: “distance” and “time in air”.
A paper airplane is a toy aircraft, usually a glider made out of paper or paperboard. The practice of constructing paper planes is sometimes referred to as aerogami, after origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The origin of folded paper gliders is generally considered to be of Ancient China, although there is equal evidence that the refinement and development of folded gliders took place in equal measure in Japan.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th May:
451 – The Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Armenians are defeated militarily but are guaranteed freedom to openly practice Christianity
1596 – England, France & Netherlands signs Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut
1798 – British kill about 500 Irish insurgents at the Battle of Tara
1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy
1828 – Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg
1876 – HMS Challenger returns from 128,000-km oceanographic exploration
1896 – Last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, crowned
1904 – In two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan
1908 – At Masjed Soleyman (???? ??????) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom
1919 – The Supreme Council of Allies, meeting at Versailles, decides to recognize two White Russian leaders, Admiral Kolchak and General Denikin, and support them against the Bolsheviks
1927 – Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford / Tin Lizzie
1937 – San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opens
1938 – US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms
1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
1963 – Organization of African Unity forms
1965 – Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes
1972 – US President Nixon & Soviet leader Brezhnev sign SALT accord
1973 – Bahrain adopts its constitution
1987 – Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
1989 – Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
1993 – Long fly ball by Indians’ Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco’s head & goes over fence for a home run
2002 – The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars
2004 – The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction
2004 – The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing

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because some ppl forget that Women are Veterans too!!


from one DAV Woman Warrior to my fellow Veterans, male or female!

Thank you!




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Calendar day; May 23, 2015

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Saturday, the 23rd of May, 2015 is the 143th day in 2015 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
World Turtle Day
May 23, 2015 in the World
The World Turtle Day 2015 is on May, 23. The purpose of the observance is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. It is sponsored yearly since 2000 by the nonprofit corporation American Tortoise Rescue.
World Turtle Day was to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. Turtles are reptiles, characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.
You can do a few small things that can help to save turtles and tortoises for the next generation. Never buy them from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild. Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going. Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
Where is the event?
World Crohn’s and Colitis Day
May 23, 2015 in the World
Crohn’s disease is named after the doctor who first described it in 1932. (Since he did not have the disease itself, it is sometimes more accurately called Crohn disease). Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
The inflammation from Crohn’s can strike anywhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from mouth to anus, but is usually located in the lower part of the small bowel and the upper end of the colon. Patches of inflammation are interspersed between healthy portions of the gut, and can penetrate the intestinal layers from inner to outer lining. Crohn’s can also affect the mesentery, which is the network of tissue that holds the small bowel to the abdomen and contains the main intestinal blood vessels and lymph glands.
The first annual World Crohn’s and Colitis Day (WCCD) was celebrated on May 23, 2007. The event was created by Josh Golder and recognized by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, as well as by people from around the world. Josh is a prominent figure and activist in the Crohn’s and Colitis community (who himself has Crohn’s disease), who directed and produced the internationally known, community-wide movie, “True Guts: Struggle and Triumph over Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis” (which is more commonly known as “True Guts”). Josh created WCCD as a way to bring people affected by either disease together, as well as friends and family members of those individuals, and even those who knew nothing about either disease in order to increase awareness of them.
Where is the event?
Shavuot 2015
May 23, 2015 in the World
Shavuot 2015 begins at sunset on Saturday, May 23 and will end on the evening of Monday, May 25.
Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Shavuot is one of the lesser-known Jewish holidays among secular Jews in the Jewish diaspora, while those in Israel are more aware of it. According to Jewish law, Shavuot is celebrated in Israel for one day and in the Diaspora (outside of Israel) for two days. Reform Judaism celebrates only one day, even in the Diaspora.
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National Taffy Day
May 23, 2015 in the USA
National Taffy Day is celebrated annually on May 23.  Taffy candy has been made and sold for many years and has become a popular souvenir of many vacationers.
“Taffy is made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and coloring until fluffy.”  It is then rolled and cut into small pieces before it is wrapped in a waxed paper which keeps it soft.  Taffy is noted for its fruit flavors however there are other flavors available as well, including licorice.
Atlantic City, New Jersey invented the salt water taffy in 1883.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 23rd May:
1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the English
1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain
1618 – 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War. Two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary thrown out of window – they were not seriously injured by the 70 foot fall
1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore
1774 – Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River)
1813 – South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”)
1844 – Declaration of Bab (Baha’i festival) (‘Azamat 7, 1)
1865 – -24] Victory parade in Washington, DC (Grand Review)
1873 – Canada’s North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn’t get the “Royal” until 1904)
1883 – Baseball game between one-armed & one-legged players
1907 – The single chamber Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session
1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films
1934 – The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers
1940 – 1st great dogfight between Spitfires and Luftwaffe
1945 – Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) arrested at Danish boundary
1949 – Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
1958 – Mao Zedong starts “Great leap forward” movement in China
1960 – Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
1969 – BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus
1970 – A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage
1977 – Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
1983 – Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
1991 – Last Cubans troops leave Angola
1998 – The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes
2002 – The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland
2008 – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries



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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?
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?
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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