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Calendar day; July 15, 2015

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Wednesday, the 15th of July, 2015 is the 196th day in 2015 and in the 29th calendar week.
General Events:
Saint Swithin’s Day
July 15, 2015 in Britain
St. Swithin’s Day, also called St. Swithun’s Day, (July 15), a day on which, according to folklore, the weather for a subsequent period is dictated. In popular belief, if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 days, but if it is fair, 40 days of fair weather will follow. St. Swithin was bishop of Winchester from 852 to 862. At his request he was buried in the churchyard, where rain and the steps of passersby might fall on his grave. According to legend, after his body was moved inside the cathedral on July 15, 971, a great storm ensued. The first textual evidence for the weather prophecy appears to have come from a 13th- or 14th-century entry in a manuscript at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
St. Swithin’s Day Nursery Rhyme:
St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s day (15 July) if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.
Weather frequently changes around midsummer, and, thus, the tradition that this day influences the weather may stem from earlier, possibly pre-Christian, belief. On the European continent similar beliefs are attached to other saints (e.g., St. Médard, June 8, France).
Where is the event?
Nationwide Britain
National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 15, 2015 in the USA
July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day. According to the American Fire Administration, house fires affect approximately 500,000 pets each year. This nationwide awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone and provides them with proven prevention measures to ensure their safety.
According to a recent AKC study, 88 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be valued family members so it makes sense to include them in fire prevention plans and rescue alerts should a house fire strike. As part of National Pet Fire Safety Day, AKC and ADT have developed helpful prevention, escape and rescue tips for pet owners.
“One of the hallmarks of responsible dog ownership is keeping pets safe and planning for unexpected emergencies, including house fires,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Pet proofing the home, developing pet-friendly escape routes and alerting rescuers of your pets presence with ‘window clings’ is the best way to keep your four-legged family member from harm.”
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National I Love Horses Day
July 15, 2015 in the USA
Horse and equestrian lovers across the nation, celebrate each year on July 15 as National I Love Horses Day is one of their favorite “unofficial” holidays. This day pays tribute to, and honors, the horse.
Playing an important role in history, horses have been an essential part of our countries development as, from the beginning, they helped in exploring new territory, provided transportation, helped in the fields, helped in war, were and are, companions and etc..
It would be a good day to learn a little bit more about horses.  While you are doing research at your local library or on the ‘net’, learn more about the: Colt, Filly, Foal, Gelding, Mare, Stallion and Yearling.
Did you know:
Horses have the largest eyes of all land mammals?  Also, horses are lateral-eyed, giving them a range of vision of more than 350•.
According to an Animal Plant poll, the horse was the world’s fourth favorite animal.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Natural events:
July New Moon 2015
July 15, 2015 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On July 15, 2015 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is July New Moon?
Eastcoast (North America)
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events on 15th July:
1099 – City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
1205 – Pope Innocent III states Jews are doomed to perpetual servitudea and subjugation due to crucifixion of Jesus
1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.
1410 – Battle of Grunwald (2nd Battle of Tannenburg), one of the largest battles of medieval Europe, during Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War. Polish King Władysław Jagiełło (Jogaila) and Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas led defeat against Teutonic Ulrich von Jungingen
1500 – Baglione family massacre at the “Blood Wedding” of Astorre Baglione & Lavinia Colonna in Perugia
1741 – Alexei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
1783 – 1st steamboat, Pyroscaphe, 1st run in France
1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign.
1823 – A fire destroys the ancient Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome
1869 – Margarine is patented by Hippolye Méga-Mouriès for use by French Navy
1870 – Hudson’s Bay & Northwest Territories transferred to Canada
1898 – Camillo Golgi discovers the Golgi Apparatus (a delicate network inside cells essential for the transmission and reception of information between cells)
1912 – British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect
1915 – The head of German propaganda in the US, Dr Heinrich Albert, loses his briefcase on a subway in New York City; an examination of its content reveals an extensive network of German espionage and subversion across the US
1923 – Italian parliament accepts new constitution
1933 – Wiley Post began 1st solo flight around world
1937 – Japanese attack Marco Polo Bridge, invade China
1939 – Clara Adams (NYC) is 1st woman to complete round world flight
1940 – Physicist Donald Kerst becomes the first person to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction, reaching energies of 2.3 MeV, when his betatron device (for particle acceleration) becomes operational
1955 – Eighteen Nobel laureates sign the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others
1960 – UN troops arrive in Congo to help deal with the political crisis after Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé’s declaration of independence for Katanga province
1961 – Spain accepts equal rights for men & women
1974 – Military coup on Cyprus: archbishop/president Makarios flees
1991 – US troops leave northern Iraq
1994 – Hundreds of thousands of Hutus flee to Zaire in the Congo near the end of the the Rwandan Genocide
1995 – Jews take Jerusalem
1999 – Scientists uncover possible reason for SS Waratah’s disappearance 100 years later; The SS Waratah was a luxury steamer which did not reach its destination in 1909, and no trace of the wreckage was ever found
2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony


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