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Calendar day; November 30, 2015

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Monday, the 30th of November, 2015 is the 334th day in 2015 and in the 49th calendar week.
General Events:
Cities for Life Day
November 30, 2015 in the World
Cities for Life Day is celebrated on November 30, 2015. On the Cities for Life Day, cities around the world celebrate the first abolition of the death penalty by a European state, decreed by Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine in 1786 for his Grand Duchy of Tuscany. On this occasion the participating cities show their commitment for life and against the death penalty. On this day, participating cities illuminate a symbolic monument, such as the Atomium in Brussels, the Colosseum in Rome and the Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid. Participating cities include more than 60 capitals worldwide, and over 1,200 cities and towns around the world. By this symbolic action, these cities demand a stay of all executions worldwide. This initiative is promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio and supported by the main international human rights organizations, gathered in the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
Where is Cities for Life Day?
Worldwide
Blue Beanie Day
November 30, 2015 in the World
On 30. November 2015 Blue Beanie Day takes place. The day annually celebrates web standards and web accessibility. Since 2006 people around the world change their profile photos on this day and show themselves with blue beanies. The day aims to raise the awareness of the importance of web accessibility.
Web designer Jeffrey Zeldman wrote a book about web standards and wears a blue beanie on the cover. This picture inspired the inventors of the Blue Beanie Day to choose a blue beanie as a sign of web accessibility. They now try to get everyone to take a selfie with a blue beanie and spread the word every year on November 30th. Who does not have blue beanie can also digitally paint or paste one into the picture.
Web accessibility does not only affect people with disabilities. It is also important to provide internet access to all people regardless of their technical capabilities. This includes, for example, the use of the internet via text-only browsers. Also, age-related limitations as poor eyesight issues should be considered.
Web standards play an important role when it comes to web accessibility. It is important that websites can be displayed with any browser. Especially for people with disabilities accessibility is important if they want to, for example, work without a computer mouse.
To ensure web accessibility not only on Blue Beanie Day, there are a lot of options. Videos with sign language can convey the contents of the deaf. For better readability in poor eyesight, scalability can be used. In general, well-structured texts and clear contrasts are very useful. Since 1999, there are official guidelines on accessibility of online content.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
St. Andrew’s Day
November 30, 2015 in the World
St. Andrew’s Day, the feast day of Saint Andrew, is celebrated on November 30, 2015. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. It is also a national holiday in Romania.
In 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the St. Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday Act, which designated the Day as an official bank holiday. If30 November falls on a weekend, the next Monday is a bank holiday instead. Although it is a bank holiday, banks are not required to close and employers are not required to give their employees the day off as a holiday.
In Scotland, and many countries with Scottish connections, St Andrew’s Day is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture with traditional Scottish food, music and dance. Schools across Scotland hold special St Andrew’s Day events and activities including art shows, Scottish country dancing, lunchtime ceilidhs, dance festivals, storytelling, reciting and writing poems, writing tall tales, cooking traditional Scottish meals, and bagpipe-playing.
In Scotland the day is also seen as the start of a season of Scottish winter festivals encompassing St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. In Edinburgh, there is a week of celebrations, concentrating on musical entertainment and traditional ceilidh dancing. A ceilidh is a social event with couples dancing in circles or sets.
In Glasgow city center, a large shindig, or party, with traditional music and a ceilidh are held. In Dumfries, songs are performed in the Burn’s night tradition.
Where is St. Andrew’s Day?
Worldwide
Cyber Monday – (Monday after Thanksgiving)
November 30, 2015 in the USA/Canada
Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.
The deals on Cyber Monday are online-only and generally offered by smaller retailers that cannot compete with the big retailers. CyberMonday is larger for fashion retail. On the past two Cyber Mondays, there were an average of 45% more clothing deals than on BlackFriday. There were also 50% more shoe deals on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday
Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term used by online retailers in Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Uganda, Japan, Portugal, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA/Canada
National Mousse Day
November 30, 2015 in the USA
Mousse is a divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that “mousse” is the French word for “foam”? It’s a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!
Chocolate mousse was a specialty in French restaurants during the 1800s, but now it can be found in restaurants and households worldwide. Popular variations include different kinds of chocolate, nut, and fruit flavors.
To celebrate National Mousse Day, make your favorite type of mousse for you and your friends!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 30th November:
1016 – Cnut the Great (or Canute), King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’
1487 – The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), is promulgated by Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria stating beer should be brewed from only three ingredients – water, malt and hops
1630 – 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague
1747 – Dutch State of Zealand declare governorship hereditary for women
1782 – Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence
1786 – Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 is therefore commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day
1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue
1900 – A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles
1908 – The US Secretary of State and Japan’s ambassador to the US exchange notes in what becomes known as the Root-Takahira Agreement: they affirm support for an independent China with an ‘open door’ policy and for the status quo in the Pacific
1909 – The British House of Lords rejects the ‘People’s Budget’ prepared by David Loyd George; the budget tries to shift the tax burden to the wealthy
1936 – London’s Crystal Palace (built 1851) destroyed by fire
1950 – US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb
1966 – Barbados gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)
1974 – Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) is discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.
1999 – In Seattle, Washington, United States, protests against the WTO meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies

 

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