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Calendar day; February 16, 2015

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Monday, the 16th of February, 2015. The day is the 47th day in 2015 and in the 8th calendar week.
General Events:
Family Day 2015
February 16, 2015 in Canada
Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.
Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. British Columbia observes Family Day as a statutory holiday for the first time in 2013. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year’s Day until Good Friday.
In the other provinces and territories of Canada, Family Day is not observed, and neither the third nor the second Monday in February are holidays there.
Where is Family Day?
Nationwide Canada
Rose Monday 2015
February 16, 2015 in Germany
Rose Monday – also known as Rosenmontag – takes place on February 16, 2015. It is the highlight of the German “Karneval” (carnival), and is on the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The “Mardi Gras,” though celebrated on Tuesday, is a similar event. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland, but most heavily in the “Hochburgen” (carnival strongholds), which include the Rhineland, especially in Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Mainz.
Celebrations usually include dressing up in fancy costumes, dancing, parades, heavy drinking and general public displays with floats. Every town in the Karneval areas boasts at least one parade with floats making fun of the themes of the day. Usually sweets (“Kamelle”) are thrown into the crowds lining the streets among cries of “Helau” or “Alaaf”, whereby the cry “Kölle Alaaf” is only applied in the Cologne area, meaning “Cologne over all”. The celebrations become quieter the next day, known as Veilchendienstag (“Violet Tuesday“, Shrove Tuesday), and end with “Aschermittwoch” (AshWednesday).
Carnival is not a national holiday in Germany, but schools are closed on Rosenmontag and the following Tuesday in the strongholds and many other areas. Many schools as well as companies tend to give teachers, pupils and employees the Thursday before Rosenmontag off as well and have celebrations in school or in the working place on Weiberfastnacht, although every now and then there are efforts to cut these free holidays in some companies.
Where is Rose Monday?
Nationwide Germany
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
February 16, 2015 in the World
Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.
Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It’s in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.
 Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There’s plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Almond Day
February 16, 2015 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 decree 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
1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1859 – The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch
1868 – Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)
1909 – Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
1916 – The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
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 issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
1934 – Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.
1937 – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
1943 – Sign on Munich facade: “Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!” done by “White Rose” student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
1948 – Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
1957 – The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm was abolished in the United Kingdom.
1959 – Fidel Castro names himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia’s worst ever fires.
1985 – The founding of Hezbollah
1988 – 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
1999 – Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia

 

Calendar day; May 19, 2014

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Monday, the 19th of May, 2014 is the 139th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
Victoria Day
May 19, 2014 in Canada
Canadians observe Victoria Day on May 24th or on the preceding Monday. For most of us, the arrival of this day means we can start planting our vegetable and flower gardens and put the long winter behind us. For the majority of Canadians, it also means a welcome long weekend.
The Parliament of Canada first declared her birthday a holiday in 1845, well before Confederation! In 1901, the year of Victoria’s death, the holiday officially became known as Victoria Day. Since that time, Victoria Day has commemorated two royal birthdays: the birthday of Queen Victoria and that of the current monarch.
May 24th is a statutory holiday in all Canadian territories and in seven out of ten provinces. (In Quebec, this date is celebrated as La Journée nationale des Patriotes, or National Patriots’ Day, in memory of Anglophone and Francophone activists who fought for democratic government in 19th-century Quebec.)
If you’re in downtown Victoria, British Columbia—a city named for the Queen—you may join over 120,000 spectators watching marching bands, floats and clowns performing during the annual Victoria Day Parade.
Finally, you might be one of many Canadians ooohing and aaahing over dazzling firework displays that light up the evening sky of most Canadian cities. You might even choose to set off your own firecrackers and sparklers.
Where is Victoria Day?
Nationwide Canada
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
May 19, 2014 in Turkey
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is observed on May 19, 2014. Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day is an annual Turkish national holiday celebrated to commemorate Mustafa Kemal’s landing at Samsun on May 19, 1919, which is regarded as the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence in the official historiography.
Where is Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day?
Nationwide Turkey
Boy’s Club and Girls Club Day 
May 19, 2014 in the World
Boys and Girls Club Day celebrates the invaluable Boy’s Clubs and Girl’s Clubs. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street.
Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and to the community. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance.
Where is Boy’s Club and Girls Club Day?
Worldwide
Malcolm X Day 2014
May 19, 2014 in the USA
Malcolm X Day takes place on May 19, 2014. Malcolm X Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Malcolm X which is celebrated either on May 19 (Malcolm’s birthday), or the third Sunday in the month of May. The commemoration has legal status in the city of Berkeley, California. It is also a proposed holiday in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C, with numerous calls for it to be celebrated alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.
Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
Where is Malcolm X Day?
Nationwide USA
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
May 19, 2014 in the USA
What is chocolatey, light, decadent, and moist? Devil’s food cake of course! Today is a celebration of this delicious dessert, which is considered the counterpart to the classic white angel food cake. Devil’s food cake has a unique light and moist texture, which sets it apart from other chocolate cakes. The recipe calls for quite a bit of baking soda, and boiling water instead of milk. Both of these ingredients contribute to the fluffiness of this confection.
Devil’s food cake first appeared in the United States in the early 1900s. It is quite similar to red velvet cake and the names are often interchangeable in some parts of the country. To celebrate National Devil’s Food Cake Day, make some divine devil’s food cake to have for dessert tonight!
Where is National Devil’s Food Cake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1515 – George van Saksen-Meissen sells Friesland for 100,000 gold guilders to arch duke Charles
1568 – English queen Elizabeth I arrests Scottish queen Mary
1571 – Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founded Manilla in the Phillipines
1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
1780 – About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England, only now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war
1857 – William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm
1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres
1892 – Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1900 – World’s longest railroad tunnel (Simplon) links Italy & Switz, opens
1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, initiating what was later termed the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is the official date of commemoration of the Pontic Greek Genocide in Greece and Cyprus.
1934 – Sherlock Holmes crossword puzzle in “Sat Review of Lit” Males who solved puzzle became members of Baker Street Irregulars
1951 – UN begins counter offensive in Korea
1958 – US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1967 – USSR ratifies treaty with Britain & US banning nuclear weapons in space
1986 – Anti-apartheid activist HClane Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in S Afr
1995 – World’s youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai
 

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