Calendar day; September 26, 2014

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Friday, the 26th of September, 2014 is the 269th day in 2014 and in the 39th calendar week.
General Events:
European Day of Languages
September 26, 2014 in Europe
The European Day of Languages is celebrated on September 26, 2014. It is a day to alert the public to the importance of language learning to increase pluralism and intercultural understanding. Furthermore it shall provide the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and encourage lifelong language learning. The day is celebrated annually.
The European Day of Languages was proclaimed by the Council of Europe on December 6, 2001, the end of the year of European languages (2001). On this day a range of events are organizes across Europe. Among this are happenings for children, television and radio programs as well as language classes and conferences.
There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe – roughly 3% of the world’s total. Since the end of the 18th century, the most widespread language of Europe (both in terms of geography and the number of native speakers) has been Russian, which replaced French.
Where is European Day of Languages?
Nationwide Europe
World Contraception Day
September 26, 2014 in the World
World Contraception Day (WCD) is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Its mission is to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health. The focus of this year’s campaign is to encourage teenagers to talk to people they trust, so they have all the information they need to avoid an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
It is supported by a group of international NGOs, including Asian Pacific Council on Contraception, Centro Latinamericano Salud y Mujer, European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health, German Foundation for World Population, International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Population Services International, The Population Council, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Women Deliver.
Where is World Contraception Day?
Day of German Butterbrot
September 26, 2014 in Germany
Day of German Butterbrot is observed on September 26, 2014. The German word Butterbrot describes a slice of bread topped with butter. Russian adopted the term “Butterbrot” to refer to sandwiches in general. Although it is increasingly replaced by other foods, it remains a common staple food in Germany. Since 1999, the last Friday in the month of September was made the day of butterbrot by the Marketing Organization of German Agricultural Industries.
A butterbrot is commonly a single slice of bread and one “ingredient” on top of the butter or margarine. For breakfast, this ingredient tends to be sweet and can be marmalade, jam, honey, chocolate spread, hazelnut spread, peanut butter, sprinkles, vlokken, or muisjes. For dinner – German-speaking countries traditionally eat only one cooked meal per day – the butterbrot is eaten with something savory, usually a single slice of cold meat or cheese, or sometimes spreads etc.
Where is Day of German Butterbrot?
Nationwide Germany
Dominion Day 2014
September 26, 2014 in New Zealand
Dominion Day takes place on September 26, 2014. Dominion Day is the name given to 26 September, the anniversary of the day in 1907 when New Zealand was granted dominion status within the British Empire. No longer a statutory (bank) holiday, the only current official observance of the day is as a Provincial Anniversary Day in South Canterbury, and is celebrated on the fourth Monday of September. There is support in some quarters for the day to be revived as an alternative New Zealand Day, instead of renaming Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s current national day.
Where is Dominion Day?
Nationwide New Zealand
Native American Day
September 26, 2014 in California
Native American Day is observed on September 26, 2014. Native American Day is a state holiday in California, established in 1968 to honor Native American cultures and contributions to the state and the United States. Also called American Indian Day, it is observed annually on the fourth Friday in September. In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday.
Where is Native American Day?
Nationwide California
Johnny Appleseed Day
September 26, 2014 in the USA
Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America’s great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed travelled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.
There is a lot of “legend” in stories written about Johny Appleseed. By it’s definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.
Celebrate today with an apple rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.
Where is Johnny Appleseed Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th September:
46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.
1212 – Golden Bull of Sicily certified hereditary royal title in Bohemia for Premyslid dynasty.
1396 – Sultan Bajezid I beheads 100s of crusaders
1580 – Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind
1680 – Tax revolt in Gorinchem due to tax on cereal
1810 – A new Act of Succession is adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates and Jean Baptiste Bernadotte becomes heir to the Swedish throne.
1824 – Kapiolani defies Pele (Hawaiian volcano goddess) & lives
1887 – Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
1901 – Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)
1907 – New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
1934 – British liner Queen Mary is launched
1945 – All old Dutch banknotes declared invalid
1951 – Prof Youngblood demonstrates artificial heart in Paris
1959 – Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, causing the deaths of 4,580 people with 658 missing
1960 – Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)
1978 – NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
1983 – Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging missile attack from the US an error.
1989 – Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons
1994 – Switzerland bans racist propaganda

Calendar day; May 5, 2014

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Monday, the 5th of May, 2014 is the 125th day in 2014 and in the 19th calendar week.
General Events:
International Midwives’ Day
May 5, 2014 in the World
International Midwives’ Day is celebrated on May 05, 2014. International Midwives’ Day was first celebrated May 5, 1991, and has since been observed in over 50 nations around the world. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands.
Midwifery is a health care profession in which providers offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, during the postpartum period, and between pregnancies. Practitioners also help care for the newborn and assist the mother with breastfeeding. They provide birth control, education and prescriptions for well-woman health care as well.
Midwives in the United States provide assistance to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period. Before the turn of the 20th Century, traditional midwives were informally trained and helped deliver almost all births. In the first several decades of the 1900s, midwifery experienced two changes: first efforts of professionalization and gradual decrease.
Where is Midwives’ Day?
Europe Day 2014
May 5, 2014 in Europe
Europe Day is observed annually on May 05, 2014. There are two separate designations of Europe Day: The Council of Europe’s day was established in 1949, while the European Union’s (EU) day celebrates the day the EU’s predecessor was proposed in 1950. For the EU, the day is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman.
The Council of Europe was founded on May 5, 1949. The same day was chosen for its celebrations when the holiday was established in 1964. In 1985, the European Communities (later EU) adopted the European symbols of the Council of Europe, but decided to hold their Europe Day on May 9, in memorial of the Schuman Declaration of 1950.
Europe is, by convention, one of the world’s seven continents. It is the world’s second-smallest continent by surface area. The European Union is an economic and political union of member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU has developed a single market through a standardized system of laws. In addition a monetary union, the Eurozone, was established in 1999.
Where is Europe Day?
Nationwide Europe
Liberation Day in Netherlands
May 5, 2014 in Netherlands
Liberation Day in Netherlands takes place on May 05, 2014. In the Netherlands, Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May, to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The nation was liberated largely by the First Canadian Army, which included in addition to Canadian forces the British I Corps, and the 1st Polish Armoured Division, as well as, at various times, American, Belgian, Dutch and Czechoslovak troops. Parts of the country, in particular the south-east, were liberated by the British Second Army, which included American and Polish airborne forces, and French airbornes. On 5 May 1945, the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. One day later, the capitulation document was signed in the auditorium of Wageningen University, located next door.
After the liberation in 1945, Liberation Day was commemorated every 5 years. Finally, in 1990, the day was declared to be a national holiday, when the liberation would be commemorated and celebrated every year.
Where is Liberation Day in Netherlands?
Nationwide Netherlands
Martyrs’ Day in Albania
May 5, 2014 in Albania
Martyrs’ Day in Albania is observed on May 05, 2014. May 5 is the anniversary of Qemal Stafa’s death, all the martyrs that died for Albania’s freedom are remembered.
Where is Martyrs’ Day in Albania?
Nationwide Albania
Kodomo no Hi 2014
May 5, 2014 in Japan
Kodomo no Hi is celebrated on May 05, 2014. Kodomo no Hi or Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.
The day was originally called Tango no Sekku, and was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon in the lunar calendar or Chinese calendar. After Japan’s switch to the Gregorian calendar, the date was moved to May 5. Until recently, Tango no Sekku was known as Boys’ Day while Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. It was renamed Kodomo no Hi.
Before this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags, one for each boy (or child), display a Kintaro doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto. Kintaro and the kabuto are symbols of a strong and healthy boy. Mochi rice cakes wrapped in kashiwa (oak) leaves are traditionally served on this day.
Where is Kodomo no Hi?
Nationwide Japan
Hidirellez 2014
May 5, 2014 in Turkey
Hidirellez is observed on May 05, 2014. H?d?rellez or H?drellez is celebrated as the day on which Prophets Hizir (Al-Khidr) and Ilyas (Elijah) met on the earth. Hidirellez starts on May 5 night and falls on May 6 in the Gregorian calendar and April 23 in the Julian calendar. It is celebrated in Turkey and throughout the Turkic world. It celebrates the arrival of spring and is a religious holiday for the Alevi as well. Durdevdan is the Christian variety of this spring festival throughout the Balkans, notably areas which had become under the control of the Ottoman Empire by the end of the 16th century.
Where is Hidirellez?
Nationwide Turkey
Cinco de Mayo 2014
May 5, 2014 in USA, Mexico
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.
The Battle was important for at least two reasons. First, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army. “This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years.” Second, it was significant because since the Battle of Puebla no country in the Americas has been invaded by an army from another continent.
Cinco de Mayo is not “an obligatory federal holiday” in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States (also voluntarily) and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which actually is September 16, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, nor is it “The Day of the Dead”, which occurs on November the 1st and 2nd.
Where is Cinco de Mayo?
Nationwide USA, Mexiko
World Hand Hygiene Day
May 5, 2014 in the World
World Hand Hygiene Day takes place on May 05, 2014. The day is declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and encoures patients and their family members to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene. According to WHO, every year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections. More than half of these infections could be prevented by caregivers properly cleaning their hands at key moments in patient care.
Hand hygiene is the act of cleaning ones hands with or without the use of water or another liquid, or with the use of soap, for the purpose of removing soil, dirt, and/or microorganisms. Medical hand hygiene pertains to the hygiene practices related to the administration of medicine and medical care that prevents or minimizes disease and the spreading of disease. The main medical purpose of washing hands is to cleanse the hands of pathogens (including bacteria or viruses) and chemicals which can cause personal harm or disease.
Hand hygiene is especially important for people who handle food or work in the medical field, but it is also an important practice for the general public. People can become infected with respiratory illnesses such as influenza or the common cold, for example, if they don’t wash their hands before touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Where is World Hand Hygiene Day?
Feast of Saint George
May 5, 2014 in Palestine
Feast of Saint George takes place on May 05, 2014. The Feast of Saint George (also spelled al-Khader) is a Palestinian holiday commemorating Saint George. The feast occurs annually, and although it is originally a local Christian holiday, both Palestinian Christians and Muslims participate. The feast is held in the Palestinian town of al-Khader, just south of Bethlehem.
Where is Feast of Saint George?
Nationwide Palestine
Oyster Day 2014
May 5, 2014 in the USA
Oyster Day is celebrated on May 05, 2014. You can celebrate Celebrate Oyster Day by eating oysters – maybe on a hoagie? The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs which live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified. Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.
Where is Oyster Day?
Nationwide USA
National Hoagie Day
May 5, 2014 in the USA
National Hoagie Day is observed on May 05, 2014. You can celebrate National Hoagie Day by eating a Hoagie. A Hoagie is a sandwich that consists of a long roll of Italian or French bread, split widthwise either into two pieces or opened in a “V” on one side, and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces. The sandwich has no standardized name, and many U.S. regions have their own names for it; one study found 13 different names for the sandwich in the United States.
Where is National Hoagie Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1260 – Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
1382 – Battle of Beverhoutsveld – population beats drunken army
1762 – Russia & Prussia sign peace treaty, Treaty of Saint Petersburg ending the Seven Years War
1842 – City-wide fire burns for over 100 hours (Hamburg Germany)
1862 – French army intervenes in Puebla, Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1877 – Indian Wars: Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army.
1925 – John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1925 – Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.
1932 – Japan & China sign a peace treaty
1944 – Gandhi freed from prison
1949 – Statute of Council of Europe drawn up
1955 – West Germany granted full sovereignty by 3 occupying powers
1961 – Alan Shepard becomes 1st American in space (aboard Freedom 7)
1979 – Voyager 1 passes Jupiter

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