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made by moi for today’s IOTD. This is a screen cap from my fireworks app. All the pretty none of the annoying loud noises. 😉 Enjoy! Have a safe and happy holiday! xoxo

Calendar day; July 4, 2015

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 Saturday, the 4th of July, 2015 is the 185th day in 2015 and in the 27th calendar week.
General Events:
Independence Day
July 4, 2015 in the USA
The United States of America celebrate their history and their country on Independence Day, which takes place on July 04, 2015. This national day of the United States is commonly known as the Fourth of July. It is a federal holiday since 1941 and it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was responsible for the independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is a huge celebration all over the country, including fireworks, concerts, parades, baseball games, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, political speeches, and various other public and private events. The day is also known as July Fourth.
On July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. On July 4th its 56 delegates finally adopted the Declaration of Independence and thirteen colonies (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, South Carolina, and Virginia) became the United States of America. Until today, 4th of July has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
4th of July celebrates the history, government, and traditions of the United States and is an opportunity for a reunion of family and friends as schools are closed and the day is a holiday for almost everyone. All non-essential federal institutions are closed on Independence Day, too, as in 1938 the US Congress changed the day to be a paid federal holiday. The celebrations are also marked by patriotic displays: both decorations and clothing are colored white, red, and blue – like the colors of the American flag. If 4th of July takes place on a Friday or Monday, people may use the long weekend for short vacations or family gatherings.
One of the most popular cities to spend 4th of July may be New York City. Many people travel to Manhattan to get a look at the huge celebration with fireworks and star performances. Other “places to be” on 4th of July are Chicago (Lake Michigan), Boston (Charles River), San Francisco (Bay Area), Washington, D.C. (National Mall), St. Louis (Mississippi River), and San Diego (Mission Bay). If the holiday does not take place on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, some fireworks displays and celebrations may take place during the following weekend.
Where is Independence Day?
Nationwide USA
Independence from Meat Day
July 4, 2015 in the World
Independence from Meat Day, originally created by the Vegetarian Awareness Network in Tennessee, has grown beyond its original US-only focus to being an international day for celebrating a meat-free diet and lifestyle.
Arguments for and against eating meat has raged for years, and while there has been many scientific studies published on the health benefits of a meat-free diet, many of these are inconclusive, given the huge variability on human diets both with and without meat. Also, many of the health risks posed by processed meat, for example, has more to do with the chemicals and fats introduced as part of the processing, than it has with the meat itself.
Much stronger arguments are made on moral grounds against the slaughter of animals for human consumption, and many great thinkers have made succinct arguments for a meat-free diet. In the words of outspoken vegetarian George Bernard Shaw, “Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.”
The fact of the matter is that, despite evolving as omnivores, the human mouth and gut is such that we don’t need meat in our diets. Our bodies can extract the necessary nutrients from a plant-based diet, as long as you take care to provide your body with good alternative sources of the proteins and other nutrients typically found in a meat-diet. Growing children require more protein in their diet than adults, so vegetarian children need to make extra sure they get all the required nutrients in sufficient doses.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship
July 4, 2015 in the USA
Each July since 1974, hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gather for the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship. The contest marks the beginning of the tart cherry harvest for southwest Michigan. Up until 1993, Rick Krause of Arizona held the world record with a spit of 72′ 7 1/2″. The current Guiness world record is 95′ 9 1/2″. In 1998, Brian Kraus, son of Rick Krause, spat 72′ 11″ to break his father’s North American record set in 1988. The qualification round is open to anyone of any age.
The Cherry Pit Spit began in 1974, when Herb Teichman, who, with his family, owns and operates Tree-Mendus Fruit and grows one of Michigan’s largest cherry crops, was looking for “something to do” with cherry pits. Growing from a neighborhood get-together to an international competition, the Cherry Pit Spit is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as an official competition. Herb Teichman notes: “It’s a nutritious sport and the most entertaining way to dispose of the pit after you’ve eaten the cherry….The Pit Spit’s persistent popularity is a global demonstration that healthy eating, deep breathing and physical exercise can be accomplished simultaneously, in public, with only a minimal loss of dignity.”
Official Cherry Pit-Spitting Handbook:  http://www.treemendus-fruit.com/pit-spit_handbook.htm
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 4th July:
1054 – Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers
1187 – Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon
1453 – 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
1672 – States of Holland declares “Eternal Edict” void
1776 – US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
1776 – According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the 2nd Continental Congress
1785 – James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held
1817 – Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, one of the first great engineering works in North America
1837 – Grand Junction Railway, the world’s first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool
1838 – Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: Mining pit floods during a rainstorm drowning 26 children, leads to the 1842 commission on the employment of children and women in mines which resulted in the banning of female and child labour underground
1855 – In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published
1862 – Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford
1865 – First edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is published
1868 – Battle at Ueno, Japan: last Tokugawa armies defeated
1868 – In New Zealand, Maori leader Te Kooti and 300 of his followers captured the schooner Rifleman and sailed for New Zealand; the fugitives landed at Whareongaonga six days later
1883 – Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebr
1884 – Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
1894 – Republic of Hawaii proclaimed, Sanford B Dole as president
1902 – Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US president Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents
1906 – Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own ‘spheres of influence’ in that land
1920 – The provisional government of Siberia’s Maritime Province agrees to hand over parts of the strategic oil- and coal-rich Sakhalin Islands to Japan
1934 – Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb
1941 – Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin
1946 – Philippines gains independence from US
1966 – Beatles attacked in Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos
1976 – Operation Entebbe – Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)
1985 – Tinker Bell’s nightly flight begins
2005 – The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1

 

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