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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; Family Day 2014

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Family Day 2014
February 17, 2014 in Canada
Family Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February except in BC where it’s the 2nd Monday of February
Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and as of 2013 also in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day (new since 2009) is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Mondayin February is the Louis Riel Day holiday.
Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart. Unfortunately, not everyone gets Family Day off, which makes it a debatable holiday in many provinces.
Common Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding/skiing and going to various winter festivals. But the best best thing about of Family Day must be beaver tails and stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes with maple syrup!
Where is Family Day?
Nationwide Canada
Washington’s Birthday
February 17, 2014 in the USA
Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day or Presidents’ Day. As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
The federal holiday Washington’s Birthday honors the accomplishments of the man who has been referred to, for over two centuries, as “The Father of his Country”. Celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation, he was the Electoral College’s unanimous choice to become the first President; he was seen as a unifying force for the new republic and set an example for future holders of the office.
The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart recognizes injuries received in battle. Like Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Washington’s Birthday weekend offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.
Today, the February holiday has become well-known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales. Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses were universally closed on this day. With the late 1980s advertising push to rename the holiday, more and more businesses are staying open on the holiday each year, and, as on Veterans Day and Columbus Day, most delivery services outside of the U.S. Postal Service now offer regular service on the day as well. Some public transit systems have also gone to regular schedules on the day. Many colleges and universities hold regular classes and operations on President’s Day.
Consequently, some schools, which used to close for a single day for both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, now often close for the entire week (beginning with the Monday holiday) as a “mid-winter recess”. For example, the New York City school district began doing so in the 1990s.
Where is Washington’s Birthday?
Nationwide USA
Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17, 2014 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 original founders of a national Random Acts of Kindness Day are Megan Singleton, Josh de Jong and Marshall Gray.
The holiday is on September 1 In New Zealand, RAK day began at a national level in 2005 by Josh de Jong, Marshall Gray, Megan Singleton and Reuben Gwyn. 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.
There’s no better time to help a pensioner to cross the road than on Random Acts Of Kindness Day. Of course, crossing assistance is only one of the ways that you can show kindness and assistance to those around you – get creative in finding small ways to make a difference and to make somebody smile!
Where is Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Worldwide
My Way Day
February 17, 2014 in the World
It’s My Way Day! 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 My Way Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
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 of heresy.
1691 – Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1772 – 1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published
1854 – Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1867 – 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1876 – Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)
1883 – A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
1936 – “Phantom” cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
1958 – Comic strip “BC” 1st appears
1964 – US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
1972 – British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
1983 – Netherlands adopts constitution
1995 – Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1998 – USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal

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