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Calendar day; August 24, 2015

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Monday, the 24th of August, 2015 is the 236th day in 2015 and in the 35th calendar week.
Be Kind to Humankind Week
August 25-31, 2015 in the World
Be Kind to Humankind Week (BK2HK) is our annual celebration of kindness that is recognized globally from August 25th-31steach and every year. It is basically a week of reflection and kind thoughts of others to make this world a better place. Of course we suggest practicing kindness daily, but this is the week you can take it to the next level. The week consists of seven days, each with it’s own unique theme.
General Events:
Vesuvius Day 2015
August 24, 2015 in the World
Vesuvius Day is observed on August 24, 2015. Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. It is one of several volcanoes which form the Campanian volcanic arc. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption on August 24, AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is one of the most catastrophic and famous eruptions in European history.
That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash and fumes to a height of 20.5 miles, spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing. An estimated 16,000 people died due to hydrothermal pyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus.
Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.
Where is Vesuvius Day?
Worldwide
Independence Day of Ukraine
August 24, 2015 in Ukraine
Independence Day of Ukraine is celebrated on August 24, 2015. Independence Day of Ukraine is the main state holiday in modern Ukraine in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991. The holiday was first celebrated on 16 July 1991, as the first anniversary of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine passed by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) in 1990. Since the Declaration of Independence was issued later, and confirmed by the referendum of 1 December 1991, the date of the holiday was changed.
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the largest country entirely within Europe.
Ukraine became independent when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. This dissolution started a period of transition to a market economy, in which Ukraine suffered an eight-year recession. Since then, however, the economy has experienced a high increase in GDP growth. Throughout its history, Ukraine has been one of the powerhouses of world agriculture due to its fertile conditions.
Where is Independence Day of Ukraine?
Nationwide Ukraine
William Wilberforce Day
August 24, 2015 in the World
William Wilberforce Day is celebrated annually on the birth date of William Wilberforce as an opportunity for people everywhere to celebrate the life and legacy of the revolutionary British abolitionist. William Wilberforce was born in the East Riding of Yorkshire on August 24, 1759. The only son of a prosperous merchant, Wilberforce had the advantages of wealth, social position, and charm.
Today’s historians compare William Wilberforce to modern leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi — other “people of faith seeking social justice.” Wilberforce worked tirelessly not only to end slavery, but also to repair the moral fabric of nineteenth century England, leveraging his personal fortune, political ties, and friendships to better the world around him. Though it took decades, his brilliant and unmatched skills as an orator and debater stirred sympathy for enslaved Africans, first putting an end to the British slave trade, and later leading to the emancipation of Britain’s slaves — the latter goal being attained only three days before Wilberforce’s death in 1833.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Nostalgia Night
August 24, 2015 in Uruguay
Nostalgia Night is celebrated on August 24, 2015. In Uruguay, the Nostalgia Night (Spanish: la Noche de la Nostalgia) is celebrated every year. Every dancing club, broadcasting station and many events play “nostalgic music” (oldies). Its origins are somehow disputed. It started in the 1970s. That same year, the 24 August at night (disputed) in Ton Ton was held the first Nostalgia Night. Nobody would imagine its success; nobody would predict that this night would repeat its success so many times and become part of Uruguayan folklore.
Where is Nostalgia Night?
Nationwide Uruguay
National Waffle Day
August 24, 2015 in the USA
The first United States patent for a waffle iron was issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.  Now, August 24 annually celebrates National Waffle Day in honor of this anniversary.
Eaten throughout the world, a waffle is a leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression.  Based on the type of waffle iron used as well as recipe used there are many variations of waffles.
“In the late 14th century the first known waffle recipe was penned in an anonymous manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, written by a husband as a set of instructions to his young wife.  While it technically contains four recipes, all are a variation of the first: Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine. Toss in some flour, and mix. Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large. Then close the iron and cook both sides. If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease.  The other three variations explain how cheese is to be placed in between two layers of batter, grated and mixed in to the batter, or left out, along with the eggs.”
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 24th August:
79 – Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii & Herculaneum, 15,000 die
410 – Rome overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I for the first time in nearly 800 years, seen as the fall of the Western Roman Empire
1349 – 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed
1572 – St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces
1690 – Job Charnock founds Calcutta India
1814 – British forces captured Washington, DC, & burned down many landmarks (War of 1812)
1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)
1870 – The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
1893 – Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1000 die
1904 – Battle of Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian, Japanese tactical victory
1912 – District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States
1920 – With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
1932 – 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
1939 – Germany & USSR sign 10-year non-aggression pact
1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
1954 – US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
1961 – Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa’s minister of justice
1968 – Northern Ireland’s first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned
1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for Lennon’s murder
1990 – 3,500 peacekeepers arrive in Liberia
1991 – Ukraine declares independence from USSR
1994 – Israel & PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare & tourism
1998 – First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom
2000 – Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists
2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet

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