Calendar day; May 21, 2015

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Thursday, the 21st of May, 2015 is the 141th day in 2015 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21, 2015 in the World
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on May 21, 2015. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is a United Nations-sanctioned international holiday for the promotion of diversity issues. Diversity Day is an opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. It was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this holiday due to UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in November 2001. It was proclaimed by UN Resolution 57/249.
The many separate societies that emerged around the globe differed markedly from each other, and many of these differences persist to this day. As well as the more obvious cultural differences that exist between people, such as language, dress and traditions, there are also significant variations in the way societies organize themselves, in their shared conception of morality, and in the ways they interact with their environment. Cultural diversity can be seen as analogous to biodiversity.
Where is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development?
Afro-Colombian Day
May 21, 2015 in Colombia
Afro-Colombian Day takes place on May 21, 2015. Afro-Colombian Day, or Día de la Afrocolombianidad is an annual commemoration of the date slavery was abolished in Colombia in 1851. May 21st is also the day of the first established free town in the America’s, Palenque de San Basilio. This day was first celebrated in 2001.
Where is Afro-Colombian Day?
Nationwide Colombia
End of the World or Rapture Party Day
May 21, 2015 in the World
In 2001, Christian radio host and then-president of the Family Radio Christian network, Harold Camping, announced that he had calculated the exact dates on which both the Rapture and Judgement Day would take place: May 11th and October 11th, respectively.
The Rapture may not have seemed like a joking matter or much of a reason to have a party time for the people who believed it would happen back in 2011, that 200 million people all over the globe suddenly get sucked up into the sky without a word of warning, amid horrific earthquakes of unprecedented magnitude and relentless plagues–that’s kind of scary, isn’t it? Luckily, the predictions turned out to be completely false. But why let the opportunity to celebrate not having been annihilated go to waste? If the survival of the human race is not an occasion for celebration, what is? So what are you waiting for? Time to throw a Rapture Day Party!
However, most people, including most Christians, rejected these predictions from the get-go, saying the Christian radio host who made them had no way of knowing the exact dates of either the Rapture or Judgement Day. And when the Rapture failed to happen on May 21st, 2011, Camping’s predictions became something of a worldwide joke, as did Camping himself.
Where is the event?
National Strawberries and Cream Day
May 21, 2015 in the USA
The simple combination of fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream has been a popular dish for centuries. In fact, in medieval England it was customary for newlyweds to enjoy strawberries and soured cream for their wedding breakfast.
The strawberry is the first fruit to ripen every spring and each refreshing bite contains high levels of Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium. If you’re feeling experimental, there are many interesting variations on the classic strawberries and cream recipe. Try flavoring your whipped cream with amaretto liqueur or substituting a combination of fat-free sour cream and brown sugar instead. For a more elaborate dessert, put together a trifle with alternating layers of fruit, cream, and a sweet pastry such as ladyfinger cookies. For more ideas, check out these recipes for stuffed strawberries.
To celebrate National Strawberries and Cream Day, head to a local farm and pick your own fresh strawberries as a fun spring activity for the whole family. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor with a delicious snack of strawberries and cream at home!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 21st May:
143 – Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed
1260 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries are imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao.
1420 – Treaty of Troyes following Englsh victory at Agincourt: Henry V of England and his heirs would inherit the throne of France upon the death of King Charles VI of France
1758 – Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War
1840 – Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by ‘discovery’
1864 – Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile. The day is designated to be the Circassian Day of Mourning
1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton
1906 – Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
1908 – 1st horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago
1917 – The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality
1927 – Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after first solo air crossing of Atlantic
1932 – 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland
1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals
1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
1952 – Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
1975 – Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
1982 – British troops land on Falkland Islands
1994 – South Yemen secedes from Yemen
1998 – Suharto, the Indonesian dictator who had ruled for 32 years, resigns


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Calendar day; May 20, 2015

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Wednesday, the 20th of May, 2015 is the 140th day in 2015 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
Weights and Measures Day
May 20, 2015 in the World
20 May is Weights and Measures Day, the anniversary of an international treaty, signed on 20 May 1875, providing for the establishment of an International Bureau of Weights and Measures.
We celebrate this day by taking children’s measurements, weighing the cats and checking that the king size bed matches the country’s guidelines. We also hold a moment of silence for those measurements that have become obsolete, such as the chalder or chaldron, the clove, the scruple, and also the Indian candy, the Chinese catty and tan, the Japanese chin, the jupiter, the kip, and the slug, all valid measurements, as hilarious as they may sound to us.
Where is the event?
World Metrology Day
May 20, 2015 in the World
World Metrology Day takes place on May 20, 2015. The day celebrates the signature by representatives of seventeen nations of The Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention – the worldwide uniformity of measurement – remains as important today as it was in 1875.
Where is the event?
Day of Remembrance in Cambodia
May 20, 2015 in Cambodia
Day of Remembrance in Cambodia is observed on May 20, 2015. The Day of Remembrance, formerly called the National Day of Hatred, is an annual event in Cambodia. It commemorates the excesses of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the country between 1975 and 1979.
The day is still celebrated in Cambodia, although the commemorations lost much of their prominence. However, still commemorations are held, such as public theatre plays about the Khmer Rouge period.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Cambodia
Emancipation Day (Florida)
May 20, 2015 in Florida
Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War and two years after the proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln.
The state of Florida observes emancipation in a ceremonial day on May 20. In the capital, Tallahassee, Civil War reenactors playing the part of Major General Edward McCook and other union soldiers act out the speech General McCook gave from the steps of the Knott House on May 20, 1865. This was the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Florida.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Florida
Josephine Baker Day
May 20, 2015 in the USA
Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.
Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934) or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America, is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. In 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Baker was the only official female speaker and while wearing her Free French uniform emblazoned with her medal of the Légion d’honneur she introduced the “Negro Women for Civil Rights.” Rosa Parks and Daisy Bates were among those she acknowledged and both gave brief speeches. After King’s assassination, his widow Coretta Scott King approached Baker in the Netherlands to ask if she would take her husband’s place as leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. After many days of thinking it over, Baker declined, saying her children were “too young to lose their mother”.
Baker worked with the NAACP. Her reputation as a crusader grew to such an extent that the NAACP had Sunday 20 May 1951 declared Josephine Baker Day. She was presented with life membership of the NAACP by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Ralph Bunche. The honor she was paid spurred her to further her crusading efforts with the “Save Willie McGee” rally and the 1948 beating of the furniture shop owner in Trenton, New Jersey. As Josephine became increasingly regarded as controversial, even many blacks began to shun her, fearing that her reputation would hurt their cause.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 20th May:
1293 – Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed
1303 – Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges for marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella
1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet
1498 – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India – first European to reach India by sea
1609 – Shakespeare’s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1631 – Magdeburg in Germany seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire under earl Johann Tilly, most inhabitants massacred, one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War
1830 – D Hyde patents fountain pen
1845 – HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost
1870 – Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament abolishes capital punishment in The Netherlands
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets
1875 – International Bureau of Weights & Measures forms by treaty
1902 – Cuba gains independence from Spain
1920 – Mexican President Venustiano Carranza, under attack by American petroleum companies, faces an armed rebellion by right-wing Sonoro triumvirate after nationalizing subsoil rights
1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1927 – Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)
1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
1948 – 1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
1954 – Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
1959 – Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
1972 – Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
1980 – 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photograph’s from space
1991 – Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
1993 – 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
2002 – The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).


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my new mercury retrograde horoscope thingie… yeah. I think I signed up for this. 😛

Squaring some things away may be the name of the game for you today- mind your priorities and you’ll be just fine. Though communication mishaps may occur, if you breathe a bit, before you respond- in addition to those Merc. Retro Gemini action, there’s a bit of Venus and Cancer influence to help you draw on those warmer feelings under the aggravation that may help you to know what to say, in a much better way. Just be sure you’re taking that step back and not reacting. Respond, not react is the way to go throughout any Mercury retrograde cycle- but especially in Gemini.

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this could get interesting…. 😛

it’s the little things we do, silly and fun that makes a day more wonderful than just an ordinary day. Let’s be extraordinary. aka Extra Ordinary! 😀


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not from Massachusetts, however I like this idea! Plant something day!! 😀

Calendar day; May 19, 2015

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Tuesday, the 19th of May, 2015 is the 139th day in 2015 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 19, 2015 in the World
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first observed in 2005. The Banyan Tree Project plans and implements this observance with support from the CDC. The 2015 theme is “Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV for me, for you, for everyone”.
Being silent about HIV can contribute to HIV infections. HIV stigma hurts individuals and the community as a whole. People are discriminated against, disowned from families, and fired from jobs. But by understanding its cause and listening to others’ experiences, we can help end HIV stigma through knowledge and action.
It all starts with talking about HIV and listening with compassion. The more knowledge you have about HIV stigma, the easier you can prevent it and help those who are living with HIV.
Where is National Asian and Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?
National May Ray Day
May 19, 2015 in the USA
Celebrated each year on May 19 is May Ray Day, an “unofficial” National holiday. This is a day to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and soaking up some rays.
There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors and the warmer days as summer approaches.  A picnic in the park, a walk along the river, volleyball in the sand, swimming at the beach, gardening, or just lounging on the deck are just a few ideas on how you may choose to spend National May Ray Day.
If perhaps the weather does not cooperate and it is cloudy or rainy where you live, the alternative would be to look at photographs of sunshine and imagine yourself feeling the warmth of the suns rays.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
May 19, 2015 in the World
The first official World Autoimmune Arthritis Day was held on May 20, 2012. The day raises awareness for arthritic diseases such as:
■Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
■Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA).
■Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
■Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome (SS).
■Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE).
■Still’s Disease.
■Juvenile Arthritis (JA).
■Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD).
■Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease/Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy (UCTD/USpA).
The International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement, The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), which hosted previous World Arthritis Days, and the American Arthritis Foundation work together in promoting World Autoimmune Arthritis Day.
Where is the event?
Plant Something Day
May 19, 2015 in Massachusetts
Governor Baker has proclaimed today, May 15, 2015, “Plant Something Day” to support the Commonwealth’s many flower and nursery growers. “A strong and vibrant agriculture industry helps keep our communities healthy and our economy strong,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am proud to proclaim today Plant Something Day to honor the contributions Massachusetts’ flower and nursery growers make to the Commonwealth.”
“Don’t Just Stand There…Plant Something” is a campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents to plant something—anything!—on May 15.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Massachusetts
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
May 19, 2015 in the USA
“Devil’s Food” cake is rich, divine chocolate cake.  It differs from a regular chocolate cake by its darker color and tends to be more moist and airy.    A difference in preparing the “Devil’s Food” cake is that hot or boiling water is used as the main liquid.  Cocoa is typically used in the batter, as opposed to chocolate, and coffee is added for a special flavor.  A rich chocolate frosting usually accompanies the cake.
It is believed that the “Devil’s Food” cake was invented in the United States in the early 20th century.  There is a recipe for a “Devil’s Food” cake as early as 1905.
It may be that this cake was named for its contrast to the snow-white “Angel Cakes” that were being made prior to the “Devil’s Food” cake.
“Devil’s Food” cake is one of the country’s most popular cakes.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 19th May:
1515 – George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
1568 – English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish Queen Mary
1571 – Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines
1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
1780 – About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England, only now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war
1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1900 – World’s longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens
1910 – Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic
1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what was later termed the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is the official date of commemoration of the Pontic Greek Genocide in Greece and Cyprus
1929 – General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government
1930 – White women win voting rights in South Africa
1944 – 240 gypsies transported to Auschwitz from Westerbork, Netherlands
1946 – Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
1953 – Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
1958 – US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1986 – Anti-apartheid activist HClane Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in S Afr
1988 – Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
1995 – World’s youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai

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