Calendar day; February 17, 2016

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Wednesday, the 17th of February, 2016 is the 48th day in 2016 and in the 7th calendar week.
General Events:
World Human Spirit Day
February 17, 2016 in the World
On World Human Spirit Day people all over the world are encouraged to take 2 minutes of silence at 3pm Eastern Time to meditate to find the true spirit of freedom and peace that lives within each of us.
So many of our statements nowadays end with ‘the world as we know it’. World Human Spirit Day is a celebration of the fact that what we know about our own world is limited and superficial. It is a day to wonder at our achievements on this planet as humans, and to contemplate the endless possibilities we have as spirits. A day to search within for contentedness and to embrace the fact that we do not have all the answers and that may be for the best. A day to give a higher power thanks for what we have and what we don’t have, for making us who we are and for giving us the ability to touch others. This day is a celebration of continuity, of hope, of awareness, an occasion for us all to connect spiritually, to gaze at the universe beyond our worldly bodies.
Where is World Human Spirit Day?
Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17, 2016 in the World
Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world by localities or organizations, or nationwide, in order to encourage acts of kindness. 
The holiday is celebrated annually in the United States on February 17 and in New Zealand on September 1. It is not a holiday, rather a national day where the entire country is challenged to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all.
Where is the event?

February 17, 2016 in the World
My Way Day has been created in celebration of that wonderful phrase “It’s my way or the highway”. The history of My Way Day is unclear but it believed to have been inspired by key events in the world happening because someone had a bold idea and they weren’t afraid to go through with it.
Today is the official day to do everything your way. Sleep in late, eat whatever you want, and take as long as you like in the shower. The world revolves around you for the next twenty-four hours, so make sure that no one else influences your decisions. Do everything simply because you want to do it (but just make sure it’s legal first).
Many notable events have taken place on February 17. In 1867, the first ship passed through the Suez Canal. In 1933, Newsweek Magazine published its first issue. In 1996, a NASA spacecraft orbited and landed on an asteroid for the first time.
All of these historical moments took place because someone had a brilliant idea and followed through with it, their way. So don’t be afraid to express your ideas today, stand up for what you believe in, and do everything your own way!
Where is the event?
National PTA Founders’ Day
February 17, 2016 in the USA
February 17 is National PTA Founders’ Day in the United States. This observance honors Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Alice McLellan Birne and Selena Sloan Butler, the founders of the National Parent-Teacher Association.
The National Parent-Teacher Association was founded on February 17, 1897, by Phoebe Hearst and Alice Birne. It was originally called the National Congress of Mothers. The first convocation of the Congress was attended by approximately 2,000 people – teachers, parents, legislators, and laborers.
Eventually, the organization was officially renamed to the National Congress of Parents in Teachers. In 1970, it merged with the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers founded by Selena Butler.
The National PTA unites parents, teachers, students, administrators, and community and business leaders. It is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the country aimed at improving children’s lives in education, safety and health.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 17th February:
1568 Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
1600 Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, charged with heresy
1772 1st Partition of Poland signed in Vienna by Austria, Prussia and Russia
1791 Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
1854 Britain recognizes independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1876 Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)
1897 National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
1933 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
1940 Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realized 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass
1943 Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
1972 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
1979 China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
1983 Netherlands adopts constitution
1995 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
2006 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126
2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia


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