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Calendar day; February 16, 2016

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Tuesday, the 16th of February, 2016 is the 47th day in 2016 and in the 7th calendar week.
General Events:
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
February 16, 2016 in the World
Have you done a grouch a favor today? If not then it’s likely that no one told you it was Do a Grouch a Favor Day, as doing a grouch a favor is what the day is all about. We all know a grouch at some point in our lives, and it is very likely that we’ve had phases of being grouchy ourselves.
This day might have been the brain child of Big Bird, in an attempt to pull Oscar the Grouch out of his continual grumbling spirit, or it may have been the secret initiative of a grump who secretly wants people to do nice things for them, despite their prickly exterior. Whatever, the ‘grump’ has been a stereotype character since stereotype characters were invented. Even ancient Greek plays feature a grump character archetype to amuse those of us who have a sense of humor and are not resigned to a grouchy fate.
Depending on the nature of the grumps in your life it might be possible that observing Do a Grouch a Favor Day will be no chore for you at all. However, even if the grouch in the cubicle next to yours is insufferably nasty, do a Grouch a Favor Day is still an excellent opportunity to surprise them with a favor of some description, whether it be an outstanding act of kindness or just a smile and kind response to one of their cynical comments. Even the foulest mood can be improved by a kind word or action, and whether you feel like it or not going out of your way to do a favor for a grouchy person is the theme of Do a Grouch a Favor Day. Allow me to wax Nike and say “Just do it”? Maybe the grouchy neighbor across the street is not really a terrible human being and is in fact just lonely. A smile and wave might just cause the glare to fall off their face and be replaced by a reciprocated smile, even if just for a moment.
If you’re unwilling to reach out to a grouch, or simply do not know a grouch (lucky you) than Do a Grouch a Favor Day may be just the excuse you needed to flop onto the couch and turn on your favorite Sesame Street episode (we know you have one) and enjoy the shenanigans of the Grouch.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Independence Day of Lithuania (National Day)
February 16, 2016 in Lithuania
Lithuania first declared itself from Czarist Russia on February 16, 1918. They remained an independent nation till 1940, when the erstwhile Soviet Union annexed it. After remaining under Soviet Union for almost 50 years, the Republic of Lithuania became independent once again in 1990. February 16 each year is celebrated as the Independence Day of Lithuania.
Independence Day is celebrated in grand style in Lithuania. All the major cities organize festivities, public speeches, and parades, and other state-sponsored events. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, holds public shows at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater. The cathedral Square also organizes concerts, which are free for the public.
Where is Independence Day of Lithuania?
Nationwide Lithuania
National Almond Day
February 16, 2016 in the USA
Did you know that almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market? These delicious and wholesome nuts are full of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber, and can help lower cholesterol.
The almond tree is native to the Middle East and South Asia. It produces a fleshy green fruit similar to a peach or apricot. At the center of this fruit is a stone-like seed, which is the almond nut. Today, the state of California produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds. It takes more then 1.2 million beehives to pollinate all of the crops!
Whether you prefer to enjoy them plain, roasted, or paired with chocolate, celebrate National Almond Day with a handful of delicious almonds!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 16th February:
600 Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze
1659 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
1760 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
1852 Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established
1918 Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb and finds the sarcophagus
1932 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree
1937 DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
1959 Fidel Castro names himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
1980 Continuous traffic jam extends 176 km north of Lyons, France
1985 The founding of Hezbollah
1992 Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue
2005 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.

 

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