Calendar of the day; February 1, 2016

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Monday, the 1st of February, 2016 is the 32th day in 2016 and in the 5th calendar week.
Black History Month
February 1 – 28, 2016 in USA, Canada
Black History Month is observed in February 2016. Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
The African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa, predominantly to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, among other areas around the globe.
The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.
LGBT History Month in the UK
February 1 – 28, 2016 in UK
February 2016 is LGBT History Month in the UK. LGBT History Month was instated in the UK by Sue Sanders and Schools Out and first took place in February 2005. The event came in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, an otherwise substantially invisible minority.
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements
Supporters of the event countered that it is important to challenge heterosexist attitudes in society. LGBT History Month is intended to be an annual event in the United Kingdom taking place every February to coincide with a slower month in the schools calendar.
General Events:
National Freedom Day
February 1, 2016 in the USA
National Freedom Day takes place on February 01, 2016. National Freedom Day is a United States observance honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later.
Where is National Freedom Day?
Nationwide USA
Robinson Crusoe Day
February 1, 2016 in the World
February 1 has been designated “Robinson Crusoe Day,” to commemorate the anniversary of the rescue in 1709 of Alexander Selkirk.
Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who had been put ashore in September 1704 on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez after a quarrel with his captain. His adventures there are said to have formed the basis for Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe.
The title-page of the first edition of Defoe’s work reads: “The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner; Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oronoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pirates. Written by Himself.”
Robinson Crusoe is not merely a piece of children’s literature. On a scholarly level it is often regarded as a prototype of the novel, and has, over the years, attracted the attention of literary historians, economists, political scientists and philosophers. Crusoe’s plight instigated discussions on basic human needs, social organizations, religious opinions and the consequences of “civilized” man meeting “primitive’ cultures.”
Where is the event?
Hula in the Coola Day
February 1, 2016 in the World
If you are tired of cold winter weather, this holiday is for you! February 1 is Hula in the Coola Day. The goal of Hula in the Coola is to ditch your winter clothing in favor of a grass skirt and simple top, add some leis and throw a backyard luau in the snow and ice.
It’s supposed to be a mind-over-matter kind of thing, urging us all to think we’re feeling warm even if we are really feeling chilly. To cut down on the frostbite, I’d avoid going barefoot.
Where is the event?
National Serpent Day
February 1, 2016 in the USA
Serpent Day is a day of reflection and coming to grips with our fears. It’s dedicated to pondering our reactions to the prime material behind that expensive high-fashion snakeskin handbag. It’s unique, slithering form has long been associated with wisdom and power, used for either good or evil. Either way, it is apparent that the serpent deserves a day dedicated to its position in culture over the last few thousand years.
Serpent is a synonym for snake. According to Wikipedia, snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes’ paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca.
Anthropologists have argued that the serpent as a symbol of death is built into our unconscious minds because of evolutionary history, as for millions of years, snakes were mainly just predators of primates. Nowadays, a snake wrapped around the Rod of Asclepius is on the Star of Life, the worldwide symbol of medical aid.
Serpents deserve a day dedicated to them; its presence is somehow necessary, what with all of the fables and stories abound with snake-inspired situations and wise or evil serpents, that have filled our culture for as long as any of our ancestors could remember.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 1st February:
1327 Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer
1587 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
1789 Chinese troops were driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long
1809 Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system
1814 Lord Byron’s “Corsair” sells 10,000 copies on day of publication
1865 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)
1887 Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern California & starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
1902 China’s empress Tzu-Hsi forbids binding woman’s feet
1906 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
1909 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
1917 German Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war
1920 Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
1933 German Parliament dissolves, Gen Ludendorf predicts catastrophe
1949 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
1951 1st telecast of atomic explosion
1954 1st TV soap opera “Secret Storm” premieres
1959 Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
1960 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
1968 Saigon police chief Nguy?n Ng?c Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguy?n Van Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon
1972 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
1978 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard
2005 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage


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