Calendar day; July 1, 2015

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Wednesday, the 1st of July, 2015 is the 182th day in 2015 and in the 27th calendar week.

General Events:

Canada Day 2015
July 1, 2015 in Canada

Canada Day is celebrated on July 01, 2015. Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens. There is no standard mode of celebration for Canada Day.

Where is Canada Day?
Nationwide Canada

Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador
July 1, 2015 in Newfoundland and Labrador

Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador takes place on July 01, 2015. Memorial Day is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed concurrently with Canada’s national holiday, Canada Day. Memorial Day is observed on 1 July to recall the losses of Dominion of Newfoundland at Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme of the First World War and has been observed annually since 1917.

Where is Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador?
Nationwide Newfoundland and Labrador

Second Half of the Year Day 2015
July 1, 2015 in the World

July 1st (the 182nd Day of the Year) marks Second Second Half of the Year Day – a chance to step back, evaluate your year so far with your goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if nescessary. It’s a great opportunity to do some hard thinking over your finances, your diet, your career and other aspects of your life that you might want to improve. Make the second half of the year count!


Where is the event?

International Tartan Day
July 1, 2015 in Australasia

International Tartan Day is observed on July 01, 2015. Three million Australians are either Scottish or of Scottish descent. International Tartan Day in Australia and New Zealand is celebrated on a local basis in most states on July 1 (or by some community organizations on the nearest Sunday), the anniversary of the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 annulling the Act of Proscription of 1747, which had made wearing tartan an offense punishable with up to seven years’ transportation. According to Scottish House secretary Moyna Scotland, the tendency to disguise Scottish associations was mirrored in Australia: ‘Scots did what they were told to do when they came to Australia assimilate and integrate and they almost disappeared’, and consequently one aim of Tartan Day is to help Australians reconnect with their Scottish ancestry. A tartan revival started in 1822, and Queensland and Australia have their own tartans.

Where is the event?
Nationwide Australasia

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
July 1, 2015 in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is celebrated on July 01, 2015. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is celebrated every year in Hong Kong since 1997. The holiday commemorates the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The day is customarily marked by an officially organised extravagant fireworks display in the evening, and is also the platform for political rallies demanding universal suffrage.

Where is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day?
Nationwide Hong Kong

July Morning 2015
July 1, 2015 in Bulgaria

July Morning is observed on July 01, 2015. In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called July Morning which is believed to be an echo from the hippie era of the 1960-1980s. Although not universally observed in the country, it is unique as it is not observed anywhere else in the world.

Usually, in the days before 1st of July, people from across Bulgaria travel – often hitchhiking – to the Black Sea coast to meet the first sun rays on the first day of July. People gather around fires, share drinks, play music and wait for the sunrise. There is no mandatory ritual, ceremony or rite for this tradition and it is up to participants’ discretion how will they spend the night before July 1. On many locations, there are concerts with professional and amateur bands. Camping at the locations of choice for the July Morning celebration is also very popular.

The name of the tradition comes from the British rock band’s Uriah Heep’s 1971 hit July Morning which became widely popular in Bulgaria in the 1980s and somehow named and remained central to this unique Bulgarian tradition.

There are many versions of the meaning of the tradition. Most people consider July Morning a celebration of a new beginning and freedom in the spirit of the hippie movement. For others, it is a good reason for a late night/early morning party as July 1 is the first day of summer break for most high schools in Bulgaria and the unofficial start of the summer vacationing season, traditionally culminating with a trip to the Black Sea coast in July or August.

Where is July Morning?
Nationwide Bulgaria

International Joke Day
July 1, 2015 in the World

International Joke Day takes place on July 01, 2015 and tries to get some laughter into the world. While a lot of strife is going on in the world, everything is different on this day. The aim of the International Joke Day is to bring people to laugh by telling them jokes.

A joke is understood as something spoken, written, or done, including aspects like irony, sarcasm, word plays, with humorous intention. Since laughter is the best medicine, do something for your health on International Joke Day and tell your friends some good jokes.

Where is the event?

National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
July 1, 2015 in the USA

July 1st celebrates National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, a day to ponder over, or taste, the many creative, awkward or just plain silly different types of ice cream flavors. It is meant for more than the love of the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

Ice cream is an extremely popular dessert in the United States. Americans consume about 13 liters of ice cream per person per year – the most in the world. As a foodstuff it is deeply ingrained into the American psyche and has been available in America since its founding in 1776: there are records of Thomas Jefferson serving it as a then-expensive treat to guests at his home in Monticello.

Celebrate by venturing out to your local ice creamery and testing their many concoctions, or head down to the grocery store and get creative with finding different ingredients to make your own! You can also try to find some crazy flavors yourself!

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 1st July:

251 – The Battle of Abrittus is won by the Goths against the Romans. Roman Emperors Decius and Herennius Etruscus are killed.

1200 – In China, sunglasses are invented

1517 – 1st burning of Protestants at stake in Netherlands

1543 – England & Scotland sign Peace treaty of Greenwich

1656 – 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)

1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies

1810 – Louis Napoleon resigns as king of the Netherlands

1823 – United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico

1862 – Congress outlaws polygamy for the 1st time

1863 – Slavery abolished in Suriname & Dutch Antilles

1867 – The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister

1873 – Prince Edward Island becomes 7th Canadian province

1878 – Treaty of Berlin divides Africa for colonization

1885 – The United States terminates reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canad

1890 – Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable

1902 – US Congress passes the Philippines Government Act, providing that the Philippines be governed by a commission appointed by the President, with consent from the senate; Filipinos are to be treated as citizens of their land, not the USA

1905 – Albert Einstein introduces his theory of relativity

1910 – Union of South Africa becomes a dominion

1911 – Proclamation removes “Dei Gratia” (by the Grace of God) from Canadian coins

1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market

1916 – First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)

1921 – The Communist Party of China is founded

1930 – Great Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq

1933 – The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration

1937 – Spanish bishops support Franco & fascists

1941 – Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

1960 – The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories

1967 – Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867

1968 – US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

1971 – Britain & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands

1974 – General Pinochet becomes president of Chile

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman

1988 – In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngati Whatua

1993 – 1 second is added to the clock

1994 – Yassar Arafat returns to Gaza strip

1997 – Britain hands Hong Kong and the New Territories – ceded in 1841 – to the People’s Republic of China

1999 – The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh

2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression

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