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Calendar day; September 21, 2015

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Monday, the 21st of September, 2015 is the 264th day in 2015 and in the 39th calendar week.
General Events
International Day of Peace
September 21, 2015 in the World
The International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21, 2015. It is also known as the World Peace Day and occurs annually on September 21. The day is dedicated to peace, and specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. The World Peace Day was declared by the United Nations (UN) in 1981. Since then it is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.
To inaugurate the International Day of Peace, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the United Nations Association of Japan, and is referred to as “a reminder of the human cost of war.” The inscription on its side reads: “Long live absolute world peace.” Individuals can also wear White Peace Doves on this day to commemorate the International Day of Peace, which are badges in the shape of a dove produced by a non-profit in Canada.
Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.
Where is International Day of Peace?
Worldwide
Respect for the Aged Day
September 21, 2015 in Japan
Respect for the Aged Day takes place on September 21, 2015. Respect for the Aged Day is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens. It started in 1966 as a national holiday and held on every September 15. After 2003, the Respect for the Aged Day is held on the 3rd Monday of September due to the Happy Monday System. This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when Nomadani-mura (later Yachiyo-cho, currently Taka-cho), Hyogo Prefecture proclaimed September 15 Old Folks’ Day (Toshiyori no Hi). Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.
Where is Respect for the Aged Day?
Nationwide Japan
World Gratitude Day
September 21, 2015 in the World
World Gratitude Day takes place on September 21, 2015. Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions, and has been considered extensively by moral philosophers such as Adam Smith.
Gratitude may also serve to reinforce future prosocial behavior in benefactors. For example, one experiment found that customers of a jewelry store who were called and thanked showed a subsequent 70% increase in purchases. In comparison, customers who were thanked and told about a sale showed only a 30% increase in purchases, and customers who were not called at all did not show an increase. In another study, regular patrons of a restaurant gave bigger tips when servers wrote “Thank you” on their checks.
According to Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased wellbeing not only for the individual but for all people involved. The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies and in an effort to increase overall wellbeing, has begun to make an effort to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
World Alzheimer’s Day
September 21, 2015 in the World
World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone.
With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical to our families than ever.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Myositis Awareness Day
September 21, 2015 in the USA
In 2006 the United States House of Representatives officially put their support behind the creation of a National Myositis Awareness Day. The official date was then set as September 21st.
Myositis is a rare illness of the muscles. The illness itself covers a wide range of inflammatory myopathies but the four main groupings of this illness are: Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis, Inclusion-body Myositis, and Juvenile Myositis. Simplified derma means skin, poly means multiple, myo means muscle, and sitis means inflammation. So more simply put myositis is muscle inflammation that can involve inflammation of the skin or other multiple forms of inflammation.
There is often an overlap illness involved with myositis. This means that the myositis sufferer may also suffer from Interstitual lung disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, or other inflammatory based illnesses.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Spring Day in Argentina
September 21, 2015 in Argentina
Spring Day in Argentina is observed on September 21, 2015. Spring Day is an informal holiday in Argentina, celebrated on 21 September, the conventional date of the beginning of spring (one or two days before the actual southern spring equinox). Though this is not a work-free public holiday, it coincides with Student’s Day, which is a no-school day for students on all the levels of the education system (Except for Primary Schools).
The holiday is therefore mostly observed and dominated by teenagers and young adults, which massively take on public parks, beaches and other outdoor venues in the larger cities, and enjoy sports or picnics. Local administrations usually offer the public a number of entertainment shows, such as free rock concerts. In later years security operations have been staged to avoid incidents such as fights and vandalism, as well as controls to curb the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Argentina
Hajj 2015
September 21 – 26, 2015 in Saudi Arabia
The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, approximately takes place between September 21, 2015 and September 26, 2015. This duty for Muslims has to be carried out at least once in their lifetime, as long as they are physically able to take this journey and afford it.
The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, demonstrating the solidarity of the Muslim people as well as their submission to Allah. The other four pillars are these submissions to God, fasting while Ramadan, the daily prayers, and the alms tax. The pilgrims are not allowed to cut hair or nails during Hajj. Also the use of scented products, arguing, smoking and having sex are forbidden. This state of consecration is called Ihram.
Every year more than two million Muslims from around the world participate in the pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabian Mecca. Around the city is a sacred area, which may not be entered by non-Muslims. In addition to the hajj, which as the great pilgrimage that is tied to specific data, Muslims can also take a small pilgrimage called Umrah round the year.
Where is Hajj?
Hajj Route Saudi Arabia
Historical Events on 21st September:
1192 – English king Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by by Leopold V, Duke of Austria
1451 – Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge
1621 – King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia
1677 – John & Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher
1827 – According to Joseph Smith Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon
1837 – Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores
1860 – In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao
1898 – Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days’ Reform in China, imprisoning the Guangxu Emperor
1915 – CH Chubb buys Stonehenge for £6,600
1921 – Oppau explosion, a storage silo at a BASF fertilizer producing plant explods in Oppau, Germany, 500—600 killed
1934 – Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000
1936 – Spanish fascist junta names Franco to generalissimo/supreme commander
1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is published by George Allen and Unwin in London
1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people
1949 – Chinese Communist leaders proclaim People’s Republic of China
1953 – Allied forces form West Germany
1964 – Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom
1979 – Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish their influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) “The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm”, introducing the term and idea of “spandrels” into evolutionary biology
1981 – Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
1995 – The Hindu milk miracle occurs, in which statues of the Hindu God Ganesh began drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths
1999 – Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.

 

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