Monday, the 9th of November 2015 is the 313th day in 2015 and in the 46th calendar week.
General Events:
World Orphans Day 2015
November 9, 2015 in the World (Second Monday in November)
Tragically, millions of children all over the globe have become orphaned for many reasons: war, famine, displacement, disease or poverty. To make sure that they are not forgotten, once a year there is a special day dedicated just to them: World Orphans Day, which falls on the second Monday of each November. This special day has been put in place in order to draw attention to the plight of the world’s orphans, and so on this day people are encouraged to actively participate to help raise awareness, support and funding for motherless and fatherless children worldwide. A noble cause if there ever was one!
The History of World Orphans Day:
The first people to officially care for orphaned children were the Romans, who opened the first orphanage in history in around 400 AD. Long before them, however, both Jewish and Athenian law required that orphans be supported until age 18. The great philosopher Plato once said, “Orphans should be placed under the care of public guardians. Men should have a fear of the loneliness of orphans and of the souls of their departed parents. A man should love the unfortunate orphan of whom he is guardian as if he were his own child. He should be as careful and as diligent in the management of the orphan’s property as of his own or even more careful still.” Later, in Medieval Europe, orphans were cared for by churches. By the early 1900s, the amount of orphans in England had reached truly alarming proportions, not to mention the conditions in which the orphaned children lived, which were often appalling and abusive. Charles Dickens’ most famous novel, “Oliver Twist”, depicts perfectly the hardships orphaned children had to endure in orphanages. In modern times, researchers are almost unanimous in their claim that orphanages are the worst possible care option for children, as they do not receive the right amount of attention or physical contact to develop properly. This has caused many people, usually Westerners, to decide to adopt children from impoverished countries to give them a chance at a better life. Sadly, this trend has also lead to a large number of scams being perpetrated on unsuspecting parents-to-be, many of whom have paid enormous amounts of money to adopt children who had been bought from their parents for very little. World Orphans Day was created by The Stars Foundation to raise awareness about the number of children in this world who lack something most of us take for granted: parents. The Stars Foundation’s wish was for this day to motivate people to do anything they can to help.
Anything you can do to help could make a world of a difference to an impoverished orphan, so take some time to figure out what you can do and get to it! You could, for example, organise an event to raise money. There is also the possibility to sponsor an individual child in an orphanage of your choice in a particularly poor part of the world, or to invest in education programs that aim to give orphans a new start in life. There are many ways to help orphans and this annual day aims to bring those ideas to as wide an audience as possible.
Where is World Orphans Day 2015?
Worldwide
Chaos Never Dies Day
November 9, 2015 in the World
Chaos Never Dies Day recognizes the turmoil in modern, everyday life. Are things a little crazy at home? Is school a little on the wild side? Is your workplace hectic and disorderly? We thought so.
Just when things seem to calm down at work and home, along comes something to disrupt your life. Yes, disorder is everywhere. Hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores, the list goes on and on and on…….
Today is designed for you. It’s a day to recognize the chaos in your life. You can best celebrate this day, by recognizing that chaos never dies. Rather, its a way of life. You can partake in this special day, by putting just a little order back into your life. You can start, by picking one thing that is really disrupting your life, and change it…for the good.
On the bright side: If you think your life is chaotic today, just wait until the holiday season arrives.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
World Freedom Day in the U.S.
November 9, 2015 in the USA
World Freedom Day in the U.S. is observed on November 09, 2015. World Freedom Day is a United States federal observance declared by then-President George W. Bush to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. It started in 2001 and is celebrated on 9 November.
For this occasion, conservative youth groups such as Young America’s Foundation and the College Republicans urge students to commemorate this day (which they mark as the start of “Freedom Week,” thus including Veterans Day) by “celebrating victory over communism” through provocative flyer campaigns and activism projects.
Where is World Freedom Day in the U.S.?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 9th November:
694 – Spanish King Egica accuses Jews of aiding Muslims/sentenced to slavery
1492 – Peace of Etaples (Henry VII of England & Charles VIII of France)
1520 – Height of the Stockholm Bloodbath – King Christian II of Denmark, Norway and Sweden executes Swedish nobles
1620 – After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod)
1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte becomes dictator (1st consul) of France
1851 – Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape
1862 – US General Ulysses S. Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him
1872 – The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Close to 1,000 buildings destroyed
1888 – Jack Ripper’s 5th and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed
1900 – China has resumed nominal control of Manchuria, but in a secret agreement the Chinese governor of Manchuria grants Russia such rights as keeping troops along the railroad lines and controlling civil administration
1905 – Swedish mine workers win a 5-month strike for minimum wages
1918 – Bavaria proclaims itself a republic
1918 – Republic Germany proclaimed
1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin
1927 – Giant Panda discovered, China
1932 – Hurricane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur Cuba kills 2,500
1938 – Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil’ Abner creates Sadie Hawkins Day
1949 – Costa Rica adopts Constitution
1953 – Cambodia (aka Kampuchea) gains independence from France, within the French Union
1965 – Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965
1976 – UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
1980 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
1989 – East Berlin opens its borders
1991 – Joint European Torus (JET) scientists in Culham England successfully harness nuclear fusion to produce the first large amount of controlled fusion power
1993 – Serbian army fires on school in Sarajevo, 9 children died
1994 – The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered
1998 – Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences
And in other news, today is my Seven Year Anniversary at work! 😉
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