Thursday, the 11th of February, 2016 is the 42th day in 2016 and in the 6th calendar week.

General Events:

European 112 Day
February 11, 2016 in Europe

European 112 Day is celebrated on February 11, 2016. 112 is the common emergency telephone number that can be dialed free of charge from any fixed or mobile telephone in order to reach emergency services (ambulance, fire and rescue, police) in numerous European countries, including all member countries of the European Union, as well as several other countries in the world. Since 2009, 11 February is the European 112 Day. At this occasion, events take place to promote the existence and the appropriate use of the EU emergency number.

In some cases calls to emergency numbers can be made when other calls cannot, e.g., when a telephone has been barred from making outgoing calls for non-payment of bills. 112 is managed and financed in the European Union by each Member State (country) which also decide on the organisation of the emergency call centres. The number is also adopted in the candidates for EU accession and members of the EEA agreement.

80 countries of the world use the 112 number for emergencies, e.g. Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City and Zimbabwe.

Where is the event?
Nationwide Europe

Youth Day in Cameroon
February 11, 2016 in Cameroon

This national holiday in the west African nation of Cameroon celebrates the country’s young people. School children and youth groups participate in parades, often accompanied by university students in marching bands. Government officials watch the processions, along with many other onlookers. Businesses sell food and merchandise along the parade routes. Many schools and youth groups also organize art exhibits and sports activities.
The theme of Youth Day is to encourage Cameroon’s young people to renounce violence and other unsavory behaviors and to embrace education, sports, and artistic activities. The country’s president traditionally makes a nationally broadcast speech on Youth Day, commenting on the achievements of the country’s young people and outlining the government’s plans to improve education and youth employment opportunities.

Where is Youth Day in Cameroon?
Nationwide Cameroon

Inventors’ Day
February 11, 2016 in the USA

Inventors’ Day is observed on February 11, 2016. Inventors’ Day is a day of the year set aside by a country to recognise the contributions of inventors. Ronald Reagan as President of the United States proclaimed February 11, 1983 as National Inventors’ Day in the USA. In recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world, the Congress has designated February 11, the anniversary of the birth of the inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who held over 1,000 patents, as National Inventors’ Day.

An inventor is a person who makes inventions. An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field. Some inventions can be patented.

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

National Foundation Day
February 11, 2016 in Japan

The National Foundation Day is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on 11th February. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu.

The origin of National Foundation Day is New Year’s Day in the traditional lunisolar calendar. On that day, the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu was celebrated based on Nihonshoki, which states that Emperor Jimmu ascended to the throne on the first day of the first month. Contrary to the government’s expectation, this led people to see the day as just Lunar New Year, instead of National Foundation Day. In response, the government moved the holiday to February 11 of the Gregorian calendar in 1873.

In its original form, the holiday was named Empire Day (Kigensets). The national holiday was supported by those who believed that focusing national attention on the emperor would serve a unifying purpose. With large parades and festivals, in its time, Kigensetsu was considered one of the four major holidays of Japan.

Given its reliance on Shintoism and its reinforcement of the Japanese nobility, Kigensetsu was abolished following World War II. The commemorative holiday was re-established as National Foundation Day in 1966. Though stripped of most of its overt references to the Emperor, National Foundation Day was still a day for expressing patriotism and love of the nation in the 1950s.

The National Flag is raised which is followed by a speech by the Prime Minister of Japan. In the era before the Second World War, this day was celebrated with a great passion. After the abolishment and the re-establishment of this day, there is no grandeur associated with the day. The schools and offices in Japan remain closed on this day and people often restrict themselves indoors. No grand parades or ceremonies are organized on the National Foundation Day of Japan. Although people can be seen waving the Japanese flags. The day is largely seen as one with only political significance.

Where is National Foundation Day?
Nationwide Japan

World Day of the Sick
February 11, 2016 in the World

The World Day of the Sick is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church which was instituted on May 13, 1992 by Pope John Paul II. Beginning on February 11, 1993, it is celebrated every year on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, for all believers seeks to be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering”

Where is the event?

Peppermint Patty Day
February 11, 2016 in the USA

A peppermint patty is a tasty confection made with a rich, creamy peppermint filling covered in semisweet chocolate. The York Cone Company, which was based in Pennsylvania and originally produced ice cream cones, invented the York Peppermint Pattie in 1940. Unlike the existing chocolate-covered peppermint candies, York’s product was firm and crisp. It soon became the premier candy of its kind.

Peppermint patties also gained notoriety after the debut of Peanuts, Charles M. Schultz’s famous comic strip, in 1966. One of the main characters was Patricia “Peppermint Patty” Reichardt.

To celebrate Peppermint Patty Day, enjoy a minty and refreshing dark chocolate patty!

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 11th February:

660 BC Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

55 Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor

1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome

1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat

1814 Norway’s independence proclaimed

1852 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)

1889 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control

1922 US intervention army leaves Honduras

1929 Vatican City (world’s smallest country) made an enclave of Rome

1945 Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin

1963 CIA Domestic Operations Division created

1970 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit

1971 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

1979 Iran’s premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power

1987 Philippines constitution goes into effect

1990 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa