Friday, the 12th of February, 2016 is the 43th day in 2016 and in the 6th calendar week.
General Events:
Red Hand Day 2016
February 12, 2016 in the World
Red Hand Day is observed on February 12, 2016. The day is an annual commemoration day on which pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to the fates of child soldiers, children who are forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. The aim is to call for action against this practice, and support for children who are affected by it.
The day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force. The protocol was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in May 2000 and currently has signatures from over 100 different states. The worldwide number of child soldiers is estimated to be 250,000, a third of whom are girls, in at least 17 countries.
The military use of children takes three distinct forms: children can take direct part in hostilities, or they can be used in support roles such as porters, spies, messengers, look outs, and sexual slaves; or they can be used for political advantage either as human shields or in propaganda. A reason that children are recruited as soldiers is that up to a certain age, they don’t have a full grasp of the finality of death and the severity of the act of killing a human being.
Where is Red Hand Day?
Worldwide
Youth Day in Venezuela
February 12, 2016 in Venezuela
Youth Day in Venezuela takes place on February 12, 2016. The holiday was created to commemorate all the teenagers above 12 years old who fought and died in the Battle of La Victoria, during the Venezuelan War of Independence, on February 12, 1814. Youth Day is a holiday dedicated to the youths of Venezuela.
Where is Youth Day in Venezuela?
Nationwide Venezuela
Darwin Day 2016
February 12, 2016 in the World
Darwin Day is observed on February 12, 2016 and intends to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin’s contribution to science and to promote science in general. Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, who established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.
In the late 1990s, two Darwin enthusiasts, Chesworth and Stephens, co-founded an unofficial effort to promote Darwin Day. In 2001, Chesworth moved to New Mexico and incorporated the “Darwin Day Program”. In 2004, the New Mexico Corporation was dissolved and all its assets assigned to the “Darwin Day Celebration”, a non-profit organization incorporated in California in 2004 by Dr. Robert Stephens and others and the Mission Statement was expanded.
Some celebrants combine Darwin Day with a celebration of Abraham Lincoln, who was also born on February 12, 1809. Still others like to celebrate the many noted individuals that influenced or were influenced by Darwin’s work, such as Thomas H. Huxley, Charles Lyell, Alfred Russel Wallace, Carl Sagan, and Ernst Mayr.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Plum Pudding Day
February 12, 2016 in the World
Plum Pudding Day is celebrated on February 12. 2016. Plum pudding also known as Christmas pudding, first of all, contains no plums and is not a pudding as you might imagine a pudding to be. Plum pudding is understood as boiled or steamed pudding composed of apples, nutmeg, dates, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, and other ingredients and is usually served during the holiday season. The origins of this delicious meal go back to the 17th century where all kind of dried fruits were referred to as plums.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Lincoln’s Birthday
February 12, 2016 in the USA
Lincoln’s Birthday is celebrated on February 12, 2016. Lincoln’s Birthday honors 16th President of the United States. Lincoln’s Birthday is a legal holiday in some U.S. states including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Indiana. It is observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln successfully led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s.
Where is Lincoln’s Birthday?
Nationwide
Freedom to Marry Day
February 12, 2016 in the USA
National Freedom to Marry Day is observed on February 12, 2016. National Freedom to Marry Day is a non-official United States holiday held annually to promote same-sex marriage. The holiday was founded in 1999 by Lambda Legal, a gay rights advocacy law firm based out of Washington, DC.
Where is National Freedom to Marry Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 12th February:
1502 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism
1554 Queen of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason
1700 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire
1793 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
1818 Chile gains independence from Spain
1874 King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Is Hawaii, is 1st king to visit US
1882 Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
1901 Dutch Penitentiary children’s law proclaimed
1912 Last Ch’ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T’ung, abdicates
1914 “The Squaw Man”, 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US
1935 Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean
1949 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after “War of the Worlds” played on radio
1950 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
1950 Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
1962 Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
1964 Fighting breaks out between Turks and Greeks over dispute islands in Cyprus and 16 are killed; the UN responds the following month by sending a peacekeeping force
1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
1999 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
2002 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Miloševic begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion
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