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Calendar day; August 26, 2015

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Wednesday, the 26th of August, 2015 is the 238th day in 2015 and in the 35th calendar week.
General Events:
Women’s Equality Day
August 26, 2015 in the USA
Women in the United States were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was signed. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.
Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls of many societies worldwide. In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behaviour, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favour of men and boys.
Issues commonly associated with notions of women’s rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote (suffrage); to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military or be conscripted; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital or parental rights.
Where is Women’s Equality Day?
Nationwide USA
Namibia Day 2015
August 26, 2015 in Namibia
Namibia Day takes place on August 26, 2015. Namibia Day or Heroes’ Day is a national public holiday in Namibia. It is recognized by the United Nations as Namibia Day. The day commemorates the Namibian War of Independence which began on 26 August 1966 at Omugulugwombashe. National celebrations take place annually at different places, usually in the north of Namibia near important battle zones. Hundreds of people annually gather to watch leaders such as Hifikepunye Pohamba, Sam Nujoma and Nahas Angula officially commemorate veterans of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia, SWAPO’s military wing during the War. Likewise, honours, such as military medals, are handed out on the day. Heroes’ Acre, a war memorial outside of Windhoek, was opened on Heroes’ Day in 2002. It is also the same day that the United Nations Institute for Namibia, a tertiary educational body in Zambia under the auspices of the United Nations and forerunner to the University of Namibia, was inaugurated in 1976.
Where is Namibia Day?
Nationwide Namibia
La Tomatina 2015
August 26, 2015 in Valencia
La Tomatina takes place on August 26, 2015. Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located 30 km from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
At around 10 AM, festivities begin with the first event of the Tomatina. It is the “palo jamón”, similar to the greasy pole. The goal is to climb a greased pole with a ham on top. As this happens, the crowd work into a frenzy of singing and dancing while being showered in water from hoses. Once someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the start signal for the tomato fight is given by firing the water shot in the air and trucks make their entry. The signal for the onset is at about 11 when a loud shot rings out, and the chaos begins.
Several trucks throw tomatoes in abundance in the Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive and are grown specifically for the holidays, being of inferior taste. For the participants the use of goggles and gloves are recommended. The tomatoes must be crushed before being thrown so as to reduce the risk of injury. The estimated number of tomatoes used are around 150,000 i.e. over 40 metric tons.
After exactly one hour, the fight ends with the firing of the second shot, announcing the end. The whole town square is colored red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Fire Trucks hose down the streets and participants use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.
Where is La Tomatina?
Nationwide Valencia
Repentance Day
August 26, 2015 in Papua New Guinea
Repentance Day is observed on August 26, 2015. Repentance Day is a public holiday in Papua New Guinea. It is celebrated by “prayer ceremonies” across the country. It was established on 15 August 2011 by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who had come to power less than two weeks earlier.
Where is Repentance Day?
Nationwide Papua New Guinea
National Dog Day
August 26, 2015 in the USA
National Dog Day takes place on August 26, 2015. It’s aim is to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It was founded in 2004 by National Dog Day Foundation. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.
Most breeds of dogs are at most a few hundred years old, having been artificially selected for particular morphologies and behaviors by people for specific functional roles. Through this selective breeding, the dog has developed into hundreds of varied breeds, and shows more behavioral and morphological variation than any other land mammal.
The dog was the first domesticated anima and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history., Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname “man’s best friend” in the Western world.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th August:
1346 – Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III’s English longbows defeat Philip VI’s army, cannons used for first time in battle
1541 – Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Buda and annexes Hungary
1641 – West India Company conquerors Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola
1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph
1924 – (August 13 Old Style) The Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor
1938 – British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine
1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WW II
1951 – Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
1959 – British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
1973 – University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
1983 – Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain
1997 – Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed
2003 – The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
2008 – Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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