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Calendar day; October 21, 2015

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Wednesday, the 21st of October, 2015 is the 294th day in 2015 and in the 43rd calendar week.
General Events:
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day
October 21, 2015 in the World
Iodine Deficiency is the world’s most prevalent yet easily preventable cause of brain damage. The micronutrient deficiency disorder is most commonly seen among poor, pregnant women and preschool children. It results in stunted physical and mental growth and poses serious threat to the economy of developing countries. Supplementation of small quantities of iodine at low cost can help prevent the incidence of this serious disorder.
The primary sources of dietary iodine are saltwater fish, seaweed, and trace amounts in grains, bread, miIk, eggs, and meat. Fruits contain little iodine, as do vegetables with the exception of spinach. Iodine deficiency disorder primarily occurs in mountainous regions such as the Himalayas, the European Alps, and the Andes, where iodine has been washed away by glaciation and flooding. Iodine deficiency also occurs in lowland regions far from the oceans, such as central Africa and Eastern Europe.
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Celebration of The Mind Day
October 21, 2015 in the World
The Celebration of Mind uses puzzles, games, and magic to delight, instruct, and bring people together in a spirit of fun, both at annual gatherings and as a year-round repository of resources. As Martin Gardner said, you can learn more when you’re in a state of entrancement, and that’s our guiding principle.On and around October 21 every year, Celebration of Mind events all over the world share the legacy and many interests of this prolific, accessible American writer, who over a 50-year period introduced general audiences to many fascinating topics in mathematics and science. In the process we continue to create and collect resources that inspire new generations to explore a wide range of intellectual pursuits, and their intersections.
Anyone who loves puzzles, math, Lewis Carroll, critical thinking, and/or intellectual challenges is invited to participate in an event in their area, or to consider hosting an event of their own. The Celebration of Mind site offers resources for finding a local event, as well as plenty of possible activities for potential hosts as well as teachers, parents, and learners.
Where is the event?
National Reptile Awareness Day
October 21, 2015 in the USA
Each year on October 21, people across the nation celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day.  This day was created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but also to promote education, conservation and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.
Habitat loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptillian life. Reptile Day promotes awareness of all things reptillian, encouraging learning about different types of reptiles, their natural environments and ecological challenges.
A reptile is any amniote that is neither a mammal nor a bird, is cold-blooded, has scales or scutes and can lay eggs on land.  ( a scute is a bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the skin of crocodilians.)
Where is the event?
Nationwidfe USA
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 21, 2015 in the USA
During the autumn months, festive pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. You can find all sorts of goodies like pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and (today’s reason to celebrate) pumpkin cheesecake!
Pumpkin cheesecake is traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling. Did you know that cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2000 BC? Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world.
Find out if your local bakery is serving pumpkin cheesecake! Pay homage to a fall favorite and enjoy a delicious slice in honor of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.
Where is the event?
Nationwidfe USA
Abby Cadabby’s Birthday
October 21, 2015 in the World
Today is Abby Cadabby’s birthday! Abby is a fairy from Sesame Street who has magical powers. She can appear in and out of thin air, float, and turn objects into pumpkins! Abby made her first appearance on Sesame Street in 2006.
Abby goes to school with other fairy tale students, where she is amazed by simple skills like counting and writing letters. She speaks the Dragonfly language, and also knows how to speak Spanish. Abby’s character has become so popular that a 43-foot balloon was made of her in the 2007 Thanksgiving Macy’s Day parade!
Celebrate Abby’s birthday by watching an episode of Sesame Street with your kids! You can also celebrate by sending one of our free Sesame Street online invitations for their next party!
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Historical Events on 21st October:
1096 – Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders
1520 – Exploer Ferdinand Magellen and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean
1803 – English scientist John Dalton reads his paper on the absorption of gases to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Soc – 1st outline of his atomic theory
1805 – Battle of Trafalgar, British Admiral Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet but shot and killed
1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War
1895 – The Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade
1915 – 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris
1923 – 1st planetarium opens at Deutsche Museum in Munich
1945 – Women in France allowed to vote for 1st time
1948 – UN reject Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
1949 – Author of ‘Brave New World’ Aldous Huxley writes to congratulate George Orwell on his new novel ‘1984’
1950 – Death penalty abolished in Belgium
1966 – 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
1969 – Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
1978 – Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft
1986 – Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
1988 – Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges
1993 – Military coup by Burundi Pres Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee
2003 – Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz


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