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Calendar day; July 1, 2014

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Tuesday, the 1st of July, 2014 is the 182th day in 2014 and in the 27th calendar week.
July is National Grilling Month (USA) & National Ice Cream Month (USA)
General Events:
Canada Day 2014
July 1, 2014 in Canada
O Canada! Today is Canada Day—the birthday of America’s “Neighbor to the North.” On this day in 1867, the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867) united Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada Province (modern-day Quebec and Ontario) into a single country. The Constitution Act of 1867 also granted Canada quite a bit of independence from England.
Did you know that some of the greatest inventions of our time have come from Canada? Canadians are responsible for light bulbs, telephones, zippers, egg cartons, snowmobiles, instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, walkie-talkies, IMAX, Trivial Pursuit, basketball, and ice hockey!
Most communities across the country will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens. There is no standard mode of celebration for Canada Day.
Where is Canada Day?
Nationwide Canada

July Morning 2014
July 1, 2014 in Bulgaria
July Morning is observed on July 01, 2014. In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called July Morning which is believed to be an echo from the hippie era of the 1960-1980s. Although not universally observed in the country, it is unique as it is not observed anywhere else in the world.
Usually, in the days before 1st of July, people from across Bulgaria travel – often hitchhiking – to the Black Sea coast to meet the first sun rays on the first day of July. People gather around fires, share drinks, play music and wait for the sunrise. There is no mandatory ritual, ceremony or rite for this tradition and it is up to participants’ discretion how will they spend the night before July 1. On many locations, there are concerts with professional and amateur bands. Camping at the locations of choice for the July Morning celebration is also very popular.
The name of the tradition comes from the British rock band’s Uriah Heep’s 1971 hit July Morning which became widely popular in Bulgaria in the 1980s and somehow named and remained central to this unique Bulgarian tradition.
There are many versions of the meaning of the tradition. Most people consider July Morning a celebration of a new beginning and freedom in the spirit of the hippie movement. For others, it is a good reason for a late night/early morning party as July 1 is the first day of summer break for most high schools in Bulgaria and the unofficial start of the summer vacationing season, traditionally culminating with a trip to the Black Sea coast in July or August.
Where is July Morning?
Nationwide Bulgaria
Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador
July 1, 2014 in Newfoundland and Labrador
Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador takes place on July 01, 2014. Memorial Day is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed concurrently with Canada’s national holiday, Canada Day. Memorial Day is observed on 1 July to recall the losses of Dominion of Newfoundland at Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme of the First World War and has been observed annually since 1917.
Where is Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador?
Nationwide Newfoundland and Labrador
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
July 1, 2014 in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is celebrated on July 01, 2014. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day is celebrated every year in Hong Kong since 1997. The holiday commemorates the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The day is customarily marked by an officially organised extravagant fireworks display in the evening, and is also the platform for political rallies demanding universal suffrage.
Where is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day?
Nationwide Hong Kong
International Tartan Day
July 1, 2014 in Australasia
International Tartan Day is observed on July 01, 2014. Three million Australians are either Scottish or of Scottish descent. International Tartan Day in Australia and New Zealand is celebrated on a local basis in most states on July 1 (or by some community organizations on the nearest Sunday), the anniversary of the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 annulling the Act of Proscription of 1747, which had made wearing tartan an offense punishable with up to seven years’ transportation. According to Scottish House secretary Moyna Scotland, the tendency to disguise Scottish associations was mirrored in Australia: ‘Scots did what they were told to do when they came to Australia assimilate and integrate and they almost disappeared’, and consequently one aim of Tartan Day is to help Australians reconnect with their Scottish ancestry. A tartan revival started in 1822, and Queensland and Australia have their own tartans.
Where is Tartan Day?
Nationwide Australasia
International Joke Day
July 1, 2014 in the World
The world can always use a little more laughter, especially on July 1 … It’s “International Joke Day!”
If you’ve ever wondered why it makes you feel good to laugh, take a look at what the Mayo Clinic says about the health benefits of laughter:
* Laughter increases your oxygen intake, which stimulates your organs.
* Laughter can break the pain-spasm cycle common to some muscle disorders.
* Positive thoughts release neuropeptides that help fight stress. This strengthens your immune system.
By the way, did you hear about the hyena who drank a pint of gravy? He was the laughing stock!
Where is Joke Day?
Worldwide
Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
July 1, 2014 in the World
Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day is celebrated on July 01, 2014. It’s a day to create a new flavor of ice cream. Perhaps it will be a hit and become very popular! Ice cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours.
Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavourings and colourings are used in addition to, or instead of, the natural ingredients. The most popular flavours of ice cream are vanilla and chocolate.
Ice cream is an extremely popular dessert in the United States. Americans consume about 13 liters of ice cream per person per year – the most in the world. As a foodstuff it is deeply ingrained into the American psyche and has been available in America since its founding in 1776: there are records of Thomas Jefferson serving it as a then-expensive treat to guests at his home in Monticello.
Although chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are the traditional favorite flavors of ice cream in the U.S., and once enjoyed roughly equal popularity, vanilla has grown to be far and away the most popular, most likely because of its use as a topping for fruit based pies and its use as the key ingredient for milkshakes.
Where is Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
251 – The Battle of Abrittus is won by the Goths against the Romans. Roman Emperors Decius and Herennius Etruscus are killed.
1097 – 1st Crusaders defeat Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea
1200 – In China, sunglasses are invented
1517 – 1st burning of Protestants at stake in Netherlands
1569 – Latvia Parliament accept Union of Lublin, incorporate into Poland
1690 – Army of Protestant King William III defeats deposed Roman Catholic King James II in Battle of Boyne in Ireland
1782 – American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
1823 – United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico
1858 – The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
1863 – Slavery abolished in Suriname & Netherlands Antilles
1867 – Dominion of Canada forms (New Bruns, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec)
1878 – Treaty of Berlin divide Africa up for colonization
1898 – Teddy Roosevelt & his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill
1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels
1902 – US Congress passes the Philippines Government Act, providing that the Philippines be governed by a commission appointed by the President, with consent from the senate; Filipinos are to be treated as citizens of their land, not the USA.
1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market
1916 – First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men.
1921 – The Communist Party of China is founded.
1929 – US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates “Popeye”
1930 – Great-Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq
1933 – The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration.
1934 – 1st x-ray photo of entire body, Rochester, NY
1941 – Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial
1944 – Bretton Woods Conference starts, establishing IMF & World Bank
1960 – Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba
1967 – Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867.
1968 – US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.
1993 – 1 second is added to the clock
1997 – Britain hands Hong Kong and the New Territories – ceded in 1841 – to the People’s Republic of China.
2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

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