Thursday, the 17th of December, 2015 is the 351th day in 2015 and in the 51st calendar week.
General Events:
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17, 2015 in the World
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed on December 17, 2015. The day is celebrated by Sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies. It takes place annually. First celebrated in 2003, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is the brainchild of Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, an American Sex Worker’s Rights organization.
Originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, it has evolved into an annual international event. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe as well as the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by custom and prohibitionist laws that has made violence against sex-workers acceptable. The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Rights and it is increasingly being used on December 17.
A sex worker is a person who works in the sex industry. The term is used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries. Some sex workers are paid to engage in sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes, escorts, some professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed.
Where is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers?
Worldwide
Pan American Aviation Day
December 17, 2015 in the USA
Pan American Aviation Day takes place on December 17, 2015. Pan American Aviation Day is a United States Federal Observance Day. According to 36 U.S.C. § 134, on Pan American Aviation Day the president calls on “calling on all officials of the United States Government, the chief executive offices of the States, territories, and possessions of the United States, and all citizens to participate in the observance of Pan American Aviation Day to further, and stimulate interest in, aviation in the American countries as an important stimulus to the further development of more rapid communications and a cultural development between the countries of the Western Hemisphere.” The date commemorates the first successful flight of a mechanically propelled heavier-than-air craft, accomplished on December 17, 1903, by the Wright brothers near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Where is Pan American Aviation Day?
Nationwide USA
National Maple Syrup Day
December 17, 2015 in the USA
National Maple Syrup Day is observed on December 17, 2015. Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.
Maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America. The practice was adopted by European settlers, who gradually refined production methods. Technological improvements in the 1970s further refined syrup processing. The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world’s output. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States, generating about 5.5 percent of the global supply.
Maple syrup is often eaten with pancakes, waffles, French toast, or oatmeal and porridge. It is also used as an ingredient in baking, and as a sweetener or flavouring agent. Maple syrup can also be used to flavour a variety of foods, including fritters, ice cream, hot cereal, fresh fruit, and sausages. Culinary experts have praised its unique flavour, although the chemistry responsible is not fully understood.
Where is National Maple Syrup Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 17th December:
546 – Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison
1398 – Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies which include elephants
1637 – Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu
1777 – France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
1790 – Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City
1845 – German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Port Essington after a nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi) overland journey to explore Australia’s Northern Territory
1862 – General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
1875 – Violent bread riots in Montreal
1900 – 1st prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrials. Martians excluded-considered too easy
1914 – Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
1922 – Last British troops leave Irish Free State
1938 – Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Strassmann
1944 – US Army announces end of excluding Japanese-Americans from West Coast, detainees released.
1959 – “On The Beach” is 1st film to premiere on both sides of Iron Curtain
1965 – Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine
1969 – USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
1970 – Poland: shipyard workers in Gdansk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens
1986 – Mrs Davina Thompson makes medical history by having the 1st heart, lung & liver transplant (Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England)
1989 – The Simpsons, America’s longest-running sitcom debuts
1992 – Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus
1993 – Muslims in Bangladesh call for the murder of feminist Taslima Nasrin
1999 – The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
2007 – Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States
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