Calendar day; June 27, 2015

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Saturday, the 27th of June, 2015 is the 178th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General events:
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National PTSD Awareness Day
June 27, 2015 in the USA
In order to bring greater awareness to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the United States Senate designated June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day. In addition, June has been designated as PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).
PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone has been exposed to a single traumatic event or multiple traumatic events, such as sexual or physical assault, natural or man-made disaster, and war-related combat stress. Symptoms of PTSD include persistent intrusive thoughts and distressing dreams about the traumatic event, triggered emotional responses to reminders of the trauma, efforts to avoid thinking or talking about the trauma, and persistent hypervigilance for cues that  indicate additional danger or trauma re-occurring.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Mixed Race Day
June 27, 2015 in Brazil
Mixed Race Day is observed on June 27, 2015. Mixed Race Day is celebrated in Brazil as a reference to the twenty-seven mixed-race representatives elected during the 1st Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality. It also refers to the month of June, in which caboclo activist Helda Castro was registered as the only mixed-race representative in the 1st National Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality, which was held in Brasília (June 30 to July 2, 2005) and was sponsored by the Government of Brazil. Mixed Race Day honors all those who possess multi-ethnic origins. It occurs three days after the Day of the Caboclo, honoring the first mixed-race Brazilian group (people of European and Amerindian ancestry).
Where is Mixed Race Day?
Nationwide Brazil
Seven Sleepers Day
June 27, 2015 in Germany
In Germany, June 27, 2015 is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day). The weather on that day is supposed to determine the average weather of the next seven weeks. This is one of the most well-know bits of traditional farmers’ weather lore remaining in today’s Germany, but quite inaccurate in practice.
While it might seem that the name of the day refers to the rodent known as Siebenschläfer in German (Glis Glis, “edible dormouse” in English), it actually commemorates the Seven Sleepers legend.
Objections have been raised that the weather lore associated with the day might have arisen before the Gregorian reform, and as at this time the difference to the Julian calendar amounted to ten days, July 7 would be the actual Seven Sleepers Day. Based on this date the prediction has a slightly increased probability, if confined to the southern parts of Germany not affected by the jet stream, where the rule seems to have originated.
Where is Seven Sleepers Day?
Nationwide Germany
Industrial Workers Of The World Day
June 27, 2015 in the World
With the modernisation of industry, a move from manufacturing to consumerism and a general shift in global market operations, industrial processes and businesses are much less common than they used to be. As such, it’s easy to overlook just how big a part industry still plays, and how many people are employed by industrial organisations working in industrial roles. Industrial Workers Of The World Day draws attention to these workers, and to their importance in producing the goods that we consume and rely on.
Where is the event?
National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2015 in the USA
National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners.
An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by almost 50,000 every year. One in eight people who have HIV don’t know it. That means they aren’t getting the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others.
CDC has found that more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people who have HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. Early linkage to and retention in HIV care is central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV. HIV medicines can keep people with HIV healthy for many years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to their sex partners.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 27th June:
1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
1693 – 1st woman’s magazine “Ladies’ Mercury” published (London)
1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field
1778 – Liberty Bell came home to Philaelphia after the British departure
1857 – Bibighar massacre of 120 British women and children following the seige of Cawnpore
1857 – James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud
1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin” and sail for Odessa
1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC)
1940 – Soviet Army attacks Romania
1942 – FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY’s Long Island
1949 – “Captain Video & His Video Rangers” debut on DUMONT-TV
1950 – US sends 35 military advisers to South Vietnam
1954 – 1st atomic power station opens (Obninsk, near Moscow, Russia)
1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
1957 – The British Medical Research Council publishes a report suggesting a direct link between smoking and lung cancer
1967 – The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield, London
1969 – Police raid Stonewall Gay Bar in Greenwich Village, NY, about 400 to 1,000 patrons riot against police, it lasts 3 days
1981 – Cambodia adopts its constitution
1986 – Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing only a body stocking
1986 – World Court rules US aid to Nicaraguan contras illegal
1990 – Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Iran, contributes $8600 to help their earthquake victims
1994 – Aerosmith become first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet


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I’m going to do a recap tomorrow of the Con experience today, I had a blast, so did Hubs and our friend, Jordan.

but I’m wiped, the ISP is flipping slow… and yeah, Sweet Dreams ya’ll!


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 Friday, the 26th of June, 2015 is the 177th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General events:
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26, 2015 in the World
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on June 26, 2015. The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors throughout the world.
The day was selected by the United Nations General Assembly for two reasons. First, on 26 June 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed – the first international instrument obliging UN members to respect and promote human rights. Second, 26 June 1987 was when the United Nations Convention Against Torture came into effect.
Where is the event?
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
June 26, 2015 in the World
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking takes place on June 26, 2015. The day is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It has been held annually since 1988 on 26 June, a date chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.
Drug abuse is a patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods neither approved nor advised by medical professionals. Substance abuse often includes problems with impulse control and impulsive behaviour. There are many cases in which criminal or antisocial behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and other synthetic drugs.
Where is the event?
Ratcatcher’s Day
June 26, 2015 in the World
Ratcatcher’s Day is observed on June 26, 2015. Ratcatcher’s Day is celebrated on 26 June or 22 July, commemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin in Germany uses the June date. The confusion of dates is because the Brothers Grimm cite 26 June 1284 as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town, while the poem by Robert Browning gives it as 22 July 1376. It is a holiday remembering rat-catchers.
Where is the event?
Beautician’s Day
June 26, 2015 in the World
Beautician’s Day takes place on June 26, 2015. Beautician’s Day is a day for all the hair stylists, cosmeticians and other people who care for beauty and handsomeness. As a beautician those people are always busy working in the background. Beautician’s Day is a great option to give away a little attention to your beautician and let them know how valuable his work really is.
Beautician’s Day celebrates the contributions of beauticians in our lives. Though there might not be clear-cut sources on the origins of this celebration, having professionals taking care of us in the appearance department is a most reassuring thought. Give them some well-deserved gratitude on this day.
-Beautifying oneself using cosmetics is real old, the ancient Egyptians were well-known for it. It was even mentioned in the Bible. Ancient Rome also has some cosmetic culture, but contemporary literature suggests it wasn’t well-liked.
-Wearing make-up were met with opposition throughout the ages. Usually there are only permitted for the performing arts. Queen Victoria of England issued a ban on it, and the State of Kansas made it a misdemeanor to use it under the age of 44 back in 1915! Obviously the law was repealed later.
-The suntan as something beautiful was the work of Coco Chanel back in the 1920s. Before than, a paler complexion was seen as more beautiful, as women of higher standing can avoid working outdoors all day long. This view of beauty is still prevalent in Asian cultures, evident by the multitude of the skin whitening products they have.
-One of the more obscure faces of the Beautician profession is that of the Desairologist. These beauticians work at funeral parlors, giving our deceased their one last great look for their moments before their burial.
Where is the event?
National Forgiveness Day
June 26, 2015 in the USA
There’s no doubt that we all need Forgiveness Day, both to be forgiven and to forgive. Maybe that’s why there’s Forgiveness Day on June 26, Global Forgiveness Day on August 27, and International Forgiveness Day on the first Sunday in August.
Troubles and disputes should be ended on Forgiveness Day and people should get along with each other again. It would be a nice idea to call somebody, whom you have not spoken to in a while because you were too angry. Forgiving is a relieving process and not only on Forgiveness Day everyone should do that from time to time.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th June:
1284 – Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away
1483 – Duke of Gloucester appoints himself King Richard III of England
1498 – Toothbrush invented
1718 – Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
1721 – Dr Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America
1794 – Battle of Fleurus; major victory by forces of the First French Republic under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan over the Coalition Army (Great Britain, Hanover, Dutch Republic, and Habsburgs) first use of reconnaissance balloon
1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
1857 – The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria
1900 – Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever
1900 – Japan mobolizes 20,000 troops to help put down the Boxer uprising – but also advance long-term interest in gaining land and power in mainland Asia
1900 – The Russian Tsar orders that Russian must be the official language of Finland, despite growing unrest within Finland and increasing international concern over Russia’s behavior there
1914 – The Indian Relief Act, passes after a protracted period of Passive Resistance led by Gandhi; it abolishes a £3 tax imposed on Indians who had not renewed their indentures and recognizes “the validity of Indian customary marriages”
1924 – After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave Dominican Republic
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island
1934 – Germany & Poland sign non-aggression treaty
1941 – Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
1945 – United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco
1949 – 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote
1955 – Freedom Charter signed in South Africa
1959 – Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
1960 – British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
1968 – Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US
1972 – IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
1992 – India leases Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh
1994 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat returns to Gaza after 27 years
1996 – Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin





Calendar day; June 25, 2015

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Thursday, the 25th of June, 2015 is the 176th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
World Vitiligo Day
June 25, 2015 in the World
World Vitiligo Day takes place on June 25, 2015. The World Vitiligo Day is an initiative aimed to build global awareness about vitiligo, a frequent and often disfiguring disease that can have significant negative psychosocial impact on patients, also because of numerous misconceptions still present in large parts of the world.
Vitiligo is an acquired disease characterized by skin depigmentation, due to destruction or malfunction of melanocytes (cells that produce melanin). It is present worldwide, and its prevalence in different countries ranges from less than 0.1% to more than 8% of general population (~1% in the United States and in Europe); thus, it can be estimated that approximately 100 million people in the world are affected.
Where is the event?
Day of the Seafarer
June 25, 2015 in the World
25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.
Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned are invited to promote and celebrate the Day in an appropriate and meaningful manner.
The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, held in Manila, Philippines, in June 2010, which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code.
The Day of the Seafarer has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.
Where is the event?
Statehood Day of Croatia
June 25, 2015 in Croatia
Statehood Day of Croatia takes place on June 25, 2015. The day is a holiday that occurs every year in Croatia to celebrate the country’s 1991 declaration of independence from Yugoslavia. The Statehood Day is an official holiday, a day off work in Croatia. This holiday is not to be confused with Croatia’s Independence Day, which is marked each year on October 8.
Where is Statehood Day of Croatia?
Nationwide Croatia
Statehood Day of Slovenia
June 25, 2015 in Slovenia
Statehood Day of Slovenia is observed on June 25, 2015. Statehood Day is a holiday that occurs every year in Slovenia to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Although the formal declaration of independence did not come until 26 June 1991, Statehood Day is considered to be June 25 since that was the date on which the initial acts regarding independence were passed and Slovenia became independent. Statehood Day is not to be confused with Slovenia’s Independence and Unity Day, which is celebrated each year on December 26.
Where is Statehood Day of Slovenia?
Nationwide Slovenia
June 25, 2015 in Israel/World
The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day commemorating the fall of Jerusalem, prior to the destruction of the Holy Temple. This also marks the beginning of a 3-week national period of mourning, leading up to Tisha B’Av.
The 17th of Tammuz is the first of four fast days mentioned in the prophets. The purpose of a fast day is to awaken our sense of loss over the destroyed Temple – and the subsequent Jewish journey into exile.
Five great catastrophes occurred in Jewish history on the 17th of Tammuz:
– Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai – in response to the sin of the Golden Calf.
– The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.
– Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.
– Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries.
– An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.
(Originally, the fast was observed on the Ninth of Tammuz since that was the day Jerusalem fell prior to the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE. However, after Jerusalem fell on the 17th of Tammuz – prior to the destruction of the Second Temple – the Sages decided upon a combined observance for both tragedies, the 17th of Tammuz.)
Where is Tammuz?
National Catfish Day
June 25, 2015 in the USA
National Catfish Day is observed on June 25, 2015. National Catfish Day is a national observance of the United States celebrating “the value of farm-raised catfish.” The day was designated in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, who issued the Presidential Proclamation after the U.S. Congress called for the day to be established in House Joint Resolution 178.
Proclamation 5672 — National Catfish Day, 1987: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Catfish_Day
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 25th June:
1096 – 1st Crusade slaughter Jews of Werelinghofen Germany
1178 – 5 Canterbury monks report something exploding on Moon
1530 – The Augsburg Confession where Germany’s Protestant princes force Holy Roman emperor Charles V to hear their Confession of Faith
1607 – Mentally ill emperor Rudolf II signs Treaty of Lieben, giving up Austria, Hungary & Moravia
1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies
1667 – Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys, French doctor, performs 1st blood transfusion
1678 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia, a Venetian, is awarded a doctorate of philosophy – first woman to receive a university doctoral decree
1864 – Horse tramway at the Hague, opens
1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn: 7th Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel (sometime Brevet Major General) George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne, Custer killed
1900 – Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland
1910 – Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes)
1947 – 1st version of Anne Frank’s diary “Het Achterhuis” published in The Netherlands
1949 – Long-Haired Hare is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny
1950 – Korean conflict begins; North Korea invades South Korea
1960 – Madagascar gains independence from France
1960 – Somaliland is granted independence by British government
1961 – Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
1967 – First global satellite television programme – Our World
1975 – After a prolonged liberation struggle against Portuguese colonial rulers, Mozambique becomes independent as People Republic of Mozambique
1976 – The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting
1985 – Thurman v City of Torrington decides in favour of Tracey Thurman. Ist woman to sue a police dept for violating her civil rights (not protecting against abusive husband)
1991 – Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia
1997 – Christies auctions off Princess Di’s clothing for $5.5 million
1999 – In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation’s murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998


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So far on my staycation, I’ve been flinging things. 😀

My word for cleaning out the closets and drawers, flinging clothes into bags for dropping off. And I’ve been recording some interesting little plot bunnies too. Which reminds me, I need to schedule some more of the chapters. The story has been completed since last December when I went through and edited some things. But…I like the weekly posting, reminds me of a serial radio show. lol yeah, I’m weird. But I like it! 😉

speaking of recording things, I hope to have some time to sit and write today while the writing juices are flowing. I got to a spot in the sequel and then blam right into a wall. ugh! 😦  However certain events lately have gotten the creativity back to where it needs to be. I’m feeling better emotionally than I have for the past couple of months. Hey, this vacation stuff really does work! HA! 😉

I’m also getting my outfit ready for Friday, still trying to decide on the Wondie boots or the silver platforms, if I’m going as a Glamazon…. well you see my dilemma! Plus I still haven’t found the right gold belt, but I do believe I have a good substitute silver belt. Which would definitely mean the silver platforms! Yep! I think that’ll do. 😉  I’m not going for accuracy with this outfit, I’m going for unique and fun!

so until later, ya’ll keep yourselves hydrated. It’s really starting to get humid here, and I’m finding I’m drinking a lot of water. Caffeine as much as I ❤ my coffee, is a diuretic and thus dehydrates one  further. Yep! So time to switch from two pots a day to maybe a half a pot. Caffeine does have some beneficial effects as well, so I can’t go cold turkey, otherwise the low level migraine I have will increase rapidly. I just have to remember what we’re all taught in dietic classes, moderation. See! I do remember all that stuff from dietic classes, kinda have to being a diabetic, ya know. lol 😉

Okay back to flinging stuff around! Ya’ll have a beautiful day! Stay hydrated and watch your exposure in the sun. If you work outside, remember to use sunblock! yes, I’m just full of helpful stuff today!



Apply liberally to all areas exposed to sunlight, reapply often.

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Calendar day; June 24, 2015

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Wednesday, the 24th of June, 2015 is the 175th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
Fête nationale du Québec (National Holiday of Quebec)
June 24, 2015 in Quebec
National Holiday of Quebec is observed on June 24, 2015. Quebec’s National Holiday is celebrated annually on St. John the Baptist Day. In Quebec, the national holiday is a paid statutory public holiday covered under the Act Respecting Labour Standards. The festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and since 1978 are publicly financed and organized by a National Holiday Organizing Committee. June 24 continues to be celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture in other provinces and in the United States.
Where is National Holiday of Quebec?
Nationwide Quebec
Saint Jonas’ Festival
June 24, 2015 in Lithuania
Saint Jonas’ Festival takes place on June 24, 2015. Saint Jonas’ Festival is a midsummer folk festival celebrated all around Lithuania. While midsummer day is celebrated throughout Europe, many Lithuanians have a particularly lively agenda on this day. The traditions include singing songs and dancing until the sun sets, telling tales, searching to find the magic fern blossom at midnight, jumping over bonfires, greeting the rising midsummer sun and washing the face with a morning dew, young girls float flower wreaths on the water of river or lake. These are customs brought from pagan culture and beliefs. The latter Christian tradition is based on the reverence of Saint John the Baptist. Lithuanians with the names Jonas, Jone, Janina receive many greetings from their family, relatives and friends.
Where is Saint Jonas’ Festival?
Nationwide Lithuania
International Fairy Day or Faerie Day
June 24, 2015 in World

Today is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in “Tír na nóg,” the land of eternal youth. Some say that humans don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight or during Beltane, Mid-Summer’s Eve, or All Hallow’s Eve.

Celebrate by leaving a little offering to the faeries (a thimble of cream, a crumb of cake or a bit of butter) and making a wish. Build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!
Where is the event?
Swim a Lap Day
June 24, 2015 in the World
Swim a Lap Day takes place on June 24, 2015. It’s a day to take your swimming togs and go to a swimming pool to swim one or more laps. There are many reasons why people swim. The largest reason for people swimming is as a recreation activity, with swimming consistently ranking as one of the physical activities people are most likely to take part in. Recreational swimming can be used for people to exercise, to relax or to rehabilitate.
Swimming is consistently found to be amongst the top recreational activities undertaken by the public, and in some countries, swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the educational curriculum. As a formalised sport, swimming features in a range of local, national and international competitions, including featuring in every modern summer Olympics.
Swimming is primarily an aerobic exercise due to the long exercise time, requiring a constant oxygen supply to the muscles, except for short sprints where the muscles work anaerobically. As with most aerobic exercise, swimming is believed to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Swimming can also improve posture.
Where is the event?
National Pralines Day
June 24, 2015 in the USA
Pralines were originally created in France by coating almonds in caramelized sugar. The praline got its name from French soldier and sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who invented it.
The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana where chefs in New Orleans eventually substituted pecans for almonds and added cream.
Pralines now come in many flavors and include several different types of nuts. It’s no wonder they have their own day. Happy National Pralines Day!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 24th June:
843 – Vikings destroy Nantes
1314 – Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion
1497 – John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)
1527 – Gustaaf I begins Reformation in Sweden, taking Catholic possessions
1648 – Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews & 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine
1692 – Kingston, Jamaica, founded
1793 – 1st republican constitution in France adopted
1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
1853 – Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
1880 – First performance of “O Canada,” the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français
1894 – Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years
1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract
1931 – USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
1932 – Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
1941 – Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated
1947 – Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold
1948 – Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade
1961 – Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
1963 – 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1964 – In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days
1966 – Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
1972 – Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
1975 – Moon tremor perceived (hit by Taurid meteors)
1997 – USAF reports Roswell ‘space aliens’ were dummies
2002 – The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history



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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)

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