Tuesday, the 15th of July, 2014 is the 196th day in 2014 and in the 29th calendar week.
General Events:
Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz
July 15, 2014 in Israel
The Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz is held on the 17th day of Tammuz, which is the fourth month of the Hebrew calendar. It observes five calamities that affected the Jewish people. These are: (1) Moses broke the tablets of stone and (2) an idol known as “the Golden Calf” was erected in a temple in 1313 BCE; (3) the daily sacrificial offerings were discontinued in 423 BCE; (4) Jerusalem’s walls were breached in 69 BCE; and (5) the Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll possibly around 50 CE just before the Bar Kokhba revolt.
Many Jewish people fast from dawn until nightfall by abstaining from food and drinks. However, people who are ill or weak, children and pregnant or nursing mothers may not fast completely but only eat simple food. In addition, special prayers are recited and sections of the Torah and Haftarah (Haftorah, Haptara) are read during the morning and evening services. In contrast to some fast days, Jewish people may be permitted to wear leather and wash themselves on the 17th of Tammuz.
The Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz, also known as the 17th (or Seventeenth) of Tammuz, is not a public holiday in Israel.
Where is Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz?
Nationwide Israel
National Be a Dork Day
July 15, 2014 in the USA
Skip the vulgar slang, and go right for daring dorkiness on July 15th. It’s Be a Dork Day. The origins of this boorish, cloddish, clumsy day are a little foggy, but never mind. Everyone can be a dork with impunity on July 15th.
Set those three left feet a-dancing on July 15th. Color outside the lines. Sing out of tune, if you must. It’s Be a Dork Day.
Where is National Be a Dork Day?
Nationwide USA
National Gummi Worm Day
July 15, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Gummi Worm Day! These yummy candies were created by the German company Trolli in 1981.
Did you know that gummi worms were not the first “gummis” made? That’s right—another familiar candy, the gummi bear, was invented about 60 years before the worm. This first gummi was created by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo. It was named because of its rubber-like texture. In fact, “gummi” means “rubber” in German.
These creepy, crawly treats now exist in a variety of flavors. Sweet or sour, red or green, the choice is yours! Grab a bag of your favorite gummi worms and celebrate National Gummi Worm Day!
Where is National Gummi Worm Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1099 – 1st Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem
1240 – A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
1381 – John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hung, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.
1500 – Baglione family massacre at the “Blood Wedding” of Astorre Baglione & Lavinia Colonna in Perugia
1741 – Alexei Chirikov sights land in Southeast Alaska. He sends men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
1783 – 1st steamboat, Pyroscaphe, 1st run in France
1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign.
1815 – Napoleon surrenders to Captain Frederick Maitland of HMS Bellerophon at Rochefort after his earlier defeat at the Battle of Waterloo
1870 – Hudson’s Bay & Northwest Territories transferred to Canada
1888 – Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years
1927 – Massacre in Vienna: 89 protesters are killed by the Austrian police
1941 – Florey & Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin)
1948 – Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
1961 – Spain accepts equal rights for men & women
1995 – Jews take Jerusalem