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Calendar day; December 18, 2015

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Friday, the 18th of December, 2015 is the 352th day in 2015 and in the 51st calendar week.

General Events:

International Migrants Day
December 18, 2015 in the World

International Migrants Day is celebrated on December 18, 2015. International Migrants Day is an international day observed for taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On December 18, 1990, the General Assembly adopted the international convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.

This day is observed in many countries, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations through the dissemination of information on human rights and fundamental political freedoms of migrants, and through sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants.

http://www.un.org/en/events/migrantsday/

Where is International Migrants Day?
Worldwide

Republic Day of Niger
December 18, 2015 in Niger

Republic Day of Niger is celebrated on December 18, 2015. Since 1958, the 18th has been an historic anniversary, widely commemorated, but not a national festival. In 2005, the government of the Fifth Republic of Niger declared the 18th a national holiday, in conjunction with the August 3rd Independence Day. The 18th is celebrated in Niger with official festivals and appearances of political leaders, as well as public parties and festivities. It is a Public Holiday, in which government offices and many businesses close.

Where is Republic Day of Niger?
Nationwide Niger

UN Arabic Language Day
December 18, 2015 in the World

UN Arabic Language Day is celebrated on December 18, 2015. The event was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. December 18 was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is “the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language”.

Arabic is a name applied to the descendants of the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century. This includes both the literary language and varieties of Arabic spoken in a wide arc of territory stretching across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Arabic belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family. If Arabic is considered a single language, it perhaps is spoken by as many as 422 million first language speakers, making it one of the half dozen most populous languages in the world.

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/world_arabic_language_day/#.VnLu_171spM

Where is UN Arabic Language Day?
Worldwide

Bake Cookies Day
December 18, 2015 in the World

Bake Cookies Day is celebrated on December 18, 2015. Cookies are most commonly baked until crisp or just long enough that they remain soft, but some kinds of cookies are not baked at all. Cookies are made in a wide variety of styles, using an array of ingredients including sugars, spices, chocolate, butter, peanut butter, nuts, or dried fruits. The softness of the cookie may depend on how long it is baked.

In the United States and Canada a cookie is a small, flat, baked treat, usually containing flour, eggs, sugar, and either butter or cooking oil, and often including ingredients such as raisins, oats, or chocolate chips. Cookies came to America in the early English settlement (the 17th century), although the name “koekje” arrived with the Dutch. This became Anglicized to “cookie” or cooky.

Bake Cookies Day occurs in the middle of the holiday season, and is a great excuse to bake some delicious cookies to help you get through the cold, winter days! Why not try some cinnamon flavoured cookies (such as the snickerdoodle) to get your kitchen smelling of winter festivities?

Where is the event?
Worldwide

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 18, 2015 in the USA

Embrace this light-hearted, festive day and wear your tackiest ugly Christmas sweater. Let your personal sense of fashion shine with a sweater emblazoned with Rudolph’s face or a spirited Christmas phrase – the more over the top, the better!

Held on the third Friday in December, this fun-filled holiday is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season – in style! You may ask yourself, how did this holiday trend emerge? Chevy Chase is sometimes credited with starting the ugly Christmas sweater trend, thanks to his role in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. While the sweaters began to go out of fashion in the 1990s, they surged back to popularity around 2001.

To celebrate, wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to the office, the store, or where ever today’s day takes you. To really get into the spirit, host a fun ugly Christmas sweater party this holiday season!

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

National Roast Suckling Pig Day
December 18, 2015 in the USA

During the hectic holiday season, it is difficult to imagine that anyone would actually have the time to roast a pig. It typically takes two days to fully prepare the pig and then to roast it. Nevertheless, roast suckling pigs are an iconic holiday dish, often depicted as the centerpiece of a massive feast.

A suckling pig is a young piglet that has not yet been weaned from its mother. Young piglets are considered a delicacy because their meat is very tender compared to older pigs. A suckling pig can range anywhere from 9 to 20 pounds, depending on how many people you intend to feed.

There are various recipes for suckling pig that can be traced back to Ancient Rome and China. Today, pig roasts are a popular tradition in cultures all around the world. To celebrate National Roast Suckling Pig Day, start gathering the necessary ingredients for the roasted pig centerpiece of your holiday feast!

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 18th December:

218 BC – Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal’s Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic

1271 – Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (yuán), officially marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China

1621 – English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation

1878 – John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania

1888 – Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, Colorado

1912 – Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is supposedly found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson

1917 – The 18th Amendment, authorizing prohibition of alcohol, is approved by the US congress and sent to the states for ratification

1956 – Israeli flag hoisted on Mount Sinai

1957 – Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA, the world’s 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity

1966 – Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS

1969 – House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)

1980 – Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts minister Van Agts abortion laws

1985 – UN Security Council unanimously condemns “acts of hostage-taking”

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