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Calendar day; August 11, 2015

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Tuesday, the 11th of August, 2015 is the 223th day in 2015 and in the 33rd calendar week.
General Events:
Play in the Sand Day
August 11, 2015 in the World
Play in the Sand Day is celebrated on August 11, 2015. Even adults may dig in the sand on this day! It does not matter where you play in the sand – whether on the beach, in the sand pit or on a construction site. The important thing is that “baked” cake consists of sand composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. Have fun by building sandcastles and digging holes!
One of the main attractions of a sandy beach, especially for children, is playing with the sand, as it presents more possibilities than an ordinary sandbox. Sand art is the practice of modelling sand into an artistic form, such as a sand brushing, sand sculpture, sandpainting, or sand bottles. The two basic building ingredients, sand and water, are available in abundance on a sandy beach, so most sand play takes place there, or in a sandpit.
A sand castle is a type of sand sculpture resembling a miniature building, often a castle. Sand castles are typically made by children, simply for the fun of it, but there are also sand-sculpture contests for adults that involve large, complex constructions.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Presidential Joke Day
August 11, 2015 in the World
Presidential Joke Day is observed on August 11, 2015. On August 11, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, was preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio. As a sound check prior to the address, Reagan made the following joke to the radio technicians: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
Contrary to popular misconception, this microphone gaffe was not broadcast over the air, but rather leaked later to the general populace. Though this was not the first time Reagan had joked prior to giving a speech or address, the Soviet official news agency, TASS, condemned the joke, declaring that “The USSR condemns this unprecedented and hostile attack by the US President” and that “this kind of behavior is incompatible with the great responsibility borne by heads of nuclear states for the destinies of their own people and mankind”.
The quip became the basis for a song titled “Five Minutes,” as well as “A is for Atom (B is for Bomb)” by Monte Cazazza’s band The Atom Smashers, both of which began with a clip of the recording.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Raspberry Tart Day
August 11, 2015 in the USA
Today is National Raspberry Tart Day! The tart is the perfect combination of crispy crust, creamy filling, and fresh fruit. Tarts originated during the Middle Ages. Although sweet fruit-topped tarts are the most popular, many savory and salty varieties also exist. For example, in France, many of these open-faced pies are made with eggs, cheeses, meats, and vegetables. Whether you prefer them filled with chocolate or goat cheese, tarts are always delicious!
To celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day, head to your local bakery to pick up one of these fresh-baked delights! Feeling creative? Make your own raspberry tart!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 11th August:
3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins
2492 BC – Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation
1597 – Germany throws out English sales people
1772 – Explosive eruption blows 4,000′ off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000
1863 – Cambodia becomes French protectorate
1877 – Asaph Hall discovers Mars’s moon Deimos
1896 – Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain
1919 – Weimar Republic begins in Germany
1929 – Russian-Chinese border fights
1945 – Allies refuse Japan’s surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito
1951 – 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
1954 – Formal peace takes place, ending 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Vietminh
1960 – Chad declares Independence from France
1968 – The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time – this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
1978 – Legionnaire’s disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
1984 – During radio voice test US President Reagan jokes he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes”
1988 – Al-Qaeda formed
1991 – 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
1997 – Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
2003 – A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
2003 – NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history

 

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