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Belarussian girls wearing homemade grass-skirts dance in a river while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, 270km south of Minsk in Turov on July 6, 2012. During the celebration, which finds its origin in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV        (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/GettyImages)

Belarussian girls wearing homemade grass-skirts dance in a river while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, 270km south of Minsk in Turov on July 6, 2012. During the celebration, which finds its origin in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/GettyImages)

Calendar day; June 23, 2015

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Tuesday, the 23rd of June, 2015 is the 174th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
International Widows Day
June 23, 2015 in the World
International Widows Day is observed on June 23, 2015. International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”. International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood.
The significance of 23 June is that it was on that day in 1954 that Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba – mother of the Foundation’s founder, Lord Loomba – herself became a widow. One of the Foundation’s key goals is to highlight what it describes as an invisible calamity. There are an estimated 245 million widows worldwide, 115 million of whom live in poverty and suffer from social stigmatization and economic deprivation purely because they have lost their husbands.
The first International Widows Day took place in 2005 and was launched by Lord Loomba and the Foundation’s President, Cherie Blair. Since that time, the scale of the event has grown, with events across the world timed to commemorate the day of awareness. On the 21st December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted 23 June as International Widows Day.
Where is the event?
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
June 23, 2015 in Canada
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is celebrated on June 23, 2015. The National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is marked every year on June 23 in Canada to mark the anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland. On this day, flags across Canada are flown at half-mast to honour the victims of the bombing, as well as other acts of terrorist violence that have taken lives of Canadians.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
Golowan Festival
June 23 – 28, 2015 in Cornwall, UK
Golowan Festival is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Golowan is the Cornish language word for the Midsummer celebrations in Cornwall, UK: widespread prior to the late 19th century and most popular in the Penwith area and in particular Penzance and Newlyn. The celebrations were conducted from the 23rd of June (St John’s Eve) to the 28th of June (St Peter’s Eve) each year.
Where is Golowan Festival?
Nationwide Cornwall, UK
Kupala Night 2015
June 23 – 24, 2015 in Slavic countries
Kupala Night is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Kupala Night or Ivan Kupala Day is celebrated in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia currently on the night of 23/24 June in the Gregorian calendar. The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of fascinating Pagan rituals.
The holiday is still enthusiastically celebrated by the younger people of the Eastern Europe. The night preceding the holiday (Tvorila night) is considered the night for “good humour” mischiefs. On Ivan Kupala day itself, children are engaged in water fights and perform pranks mostly involving pouring water over someone.
Where is Kupala Night?
Nationwide Slavic countries
Jani 2015
June 23 – 24, 2015 in Latvia
Jani is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Jani is a Latvian festival held in the night from 23 June to 24 June to celebrate the summer solstice (Midsummer), the shortest night and longest day of the year[citation needed]. Both days are public holidays, and people usually spend them in the countryside. The festival’s eve Janu vakars is held in the evening of 23 June and goes on all through the night Janu nakts, where people sway into the following day.
Where is Jani?
Nationwide Latvia
Grand Duke’s Official Birthday
June 23, 2015 in Luxembourg
Grand Duke’s Official Birthday takes place on June 23, 2015. The Grand Duke’s Official Birthday is celebrated as the annual national holiday of Luxembourg. It is celebrated on 23 June, although this has never been the actual birthday of any ruler of Luxembourg. When the monarch of Luxembourg is female, it is known as the Grand Duchess’s Official Birthday.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Luxembourg
Pink Day
June 23, 2015 in the USA
National Pink Day is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Take care, that all your clothings and accessories are pink on this day! National Pink Day is especially a day for the ladies, because pink is a girl’s favorite color. Pink is any of the colors between bluish red (purple) and red, of medium to high brightness and of low to moderate saturation.
The association of pink with girls dates to the modern era, probably developing at different times in different countries. The foremost student of the role of color in children’s fashion, Jo Paoletti, found that “By the 1950s, pink was strongly associated with femininity” but to an extent that was “neither rigid nor universal” as it later became. Some date the origin of the association of pink with girls in the United States to the 1910s or 1920s. Many have noted the contrary association of pink with boys in 20th-century America.
One study by two neuroscientists in Current Biology examined color preferences across cultures and found significant differences between male and female responses. Both groups favored blues over other hues, but women had more favorable responses to the reddish-purple range of the spectrum and men had more favorable responses to the greenish-yellow end of the spectrum.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
United Nations Public Service Day
June 23, 2015 in the World
United Nations Public Service Day is an official UN observance held on June 23 each year. It was designated in the resolution 57/277 of the UN General Assembly issued on March 7, 2003 and has been celebrated annually ever since.
The term “public service” refers to any service provided by government to people living within its jurisdiction. In modern developed countries, it typically includes (but is not limited to) education, health care, public transportation, social service, emergency services, law enforcement etc.
Public Service Day was established to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to community. It also focuses on raising awareness of the contribution of public service to the development of society and honoring the work of public servants. Events held on the occasion aim at encouraging young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
UN Public Service Day is marked with the United Nations Public Service Awards Ceremony. It rewards excellence in public service and is aimed at promoting public service throughout the world. The winners are announced at a high-level event held on June 23 each year.
Where is the event?
Historical Events on 23rd June:
930 – World’s oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), established
1658 – Dutch troops occupy last Portugese Fort at Jafnapatnam in Ceylon
1683 – William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty “not sworn to, nor broken”
1713 – The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada
1794 – Russian Empress Catherine II (Catherine the Great) grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev
1848 – Bloody insurrection of workers in Paris
1894 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
1900 – The Young Turks present a manifesto to the major foreign embassies in Constantinople demanding that these foreign powers end the Ottoman Sultan’s rule
1915 – Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste
1925 – British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers
1935 – Anthony Eden offers Benito Mussolini a Somalian harbor
1942 – World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales
1950 – Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women
1951 – Most expensive US hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage & $14M property-Kansas)
1961 – The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force
1973 – World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
1974 – 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
1980 – South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President’s Council fails; the Council was part of Botha’s plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people
1982 – Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
1985 – Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
1990 – Moldavia declares independence
1993 – Nigeria’s military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida, annuls results of presidential elections and halts a return to democracy
2000 – The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world’s largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event


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