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Calendar day; July 31, 2015

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Friday, the 31st of July, 2015 is the 212th day in 2015 and in the 31st calendar week.
General events:
World Ranger Day
July 31, 2015 in the World
World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.
World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 63 member associations of the International Ranger Federation, by our partner the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF.
The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Mutt’s Day 2015
July 31, 2015 in the World
Mutt’s Day is observed on July 31, 2015. A mongrel, mutt, or mixed-breed dog is a dog that belongs to no single organizationally recognized breed and is not the result of selective breeding. Mutt is commonly used in the U.S.A and Canada, often in an affectionate manner.
When breeds mix, their offspring manifest a wide variety of appearances; some resembling one breed closely, while others clearly exhibit features of both. However, as mixed breeds continue to interbreed, subsequent generations moderate toward a roughly similar appearance.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
System Administrator Appreciation Day
July 31, 2015 in the World
The System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD takes place onJuly 31, 2015. It is a day to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT-workers. The day is celebrated annually on the last Friday in July. The Day was created by system administrator Ted Kekatos.
Ted Kekatos was inspired to create the special day by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator is presented with flowers and fruit-baskets by grateful co-workers as thanks for installing new printers. Kekatos had just installed several of the same model printer at his workplace. Many geek and Internet culture businesses also honor the holiday with special product offerings and contests. Various filk songs have been written to commemorate the day. The songs have reached a level of popularity where they are also covered by other performers.
A system administrator, IT systems administrator, systems administrator, or sysadmin is a person employed to maintain and operate a computer system and/or network. System administrators may be members of an information technology (IT) or Electronics and Communication Engineering department. The duties of a system administrator are wide-ranging, and vary widely from one organization to another. Sysadmins are usually charged with installing, supporting and maintaining servers or other computer systems, and planning for and responding to service outages and other problems.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Natural Events:
2nd July Full Moon
July 31, 2015 in Eastcoast (North America)
On July 31, 2015 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
Where is 2nd July Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
Historical Events on 31st July:
30 BC – Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian’s forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide
781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781)
1498 – Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad
1703 – Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers
1751 – Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses
1865 – The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia
1879 – The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies
1893 – Gaelic League is founded by Douglas Hyde and Eoin MacNeill in order to encourage Irish people to speak the language and take a greater interest in their culture
1919 – The Weimar Constitution establishing the German Republic is adopted
1928 – 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland
1938 – Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis
1958 – Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
1970 – Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy
1987 – Battle between Iranian pilgrims & Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
1988 – Last Playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan
1990 – Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
1991 – Russia & US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
2007 – Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end

 

Calendar day; June 2, 2015

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Tuesday, the 2nd of June, 2015 is the 153th day in 2015 and in the 23rd calendar week.
General Events:
International Sex Workers’ Day
June 2, 2015 in the World
International Sex Workers’ Day takes place on June 02, 2015. The day which is also known as International Whore’s Day is a celebratory day, which remembers the discrimination of prostitutes and their often exploitative living and conditions of working. The starting point of the International Whore’s Day as a memorial was the second June 1975 in which more than 100 prostitutes occupied the Church Saint-Nizier in Lyon in order to get attention to their situation. This remembrance day is celebrated annually since 1976 on the 2nd of June.
In the beginning of the 70 law enforcement agencies keeped the prostitutes in France under increasing pressure. The police reprisals forced the women to work more in secret. As a result, the protection by the public has been removed and led to more violence against the girls. After two murders and the unwillingness of the government to improve the situation of prostitutes, sex workers in Lyon occupied finally one of the local churches – Saint-Nizier in rue de Brest – and went on strike. After eight days the church was cleared by the police. The event is regarded as the starting point of a movement of prostitutes and sex workers’ rights.
Where is International Sex Workers’ Day?
Worldwide
Republic Day in Italy
June 2, 2015 in Italy
Republic Day, also known as Festa della Repubblica in Italian (Festival of the Republic), is a national holiday in Italy on June 2 each year. It celebrates the day when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946 so their country could become a republic.
On June 2, 1946, many Italians voted in a referendum to rid of the monarchy and for the country to become a republic. The public was hostile to the monarchy, which had supported Benito Mussolini’s rule. Around that time, the Italian royal family was also exiled from Italy.
Where is Republic Day in Italy?
Nationwide Italy
National Leave the Office Early Day
June 2, 2015 in the USA
Everyone is sure to enjoy celebrating this holiday, National Leave the Office Early Day.  Observed each year on June 2nd, (unless June 2nd falls on a weekend, at which time it would be acknowledged on the closest working day) National Leave the Office Early Day is an incentive to many who often work more than 40 hours each week.
On this day, upon completion of all the necessary day’s work and the needed approval, it is suggested that you can then leave work early to enjoy the rest of the day with fun activities of your choosing.
National Leave The Office Early Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created by Employee Productivity Specialist, Laura Stack.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
June Full Moon
June 2, 2015 in Eastcoast (North America)
On June 02, 2015 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
Where is June Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
Historical Events on 2nd June:
455 – King Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome – Rome looted for 14 days
1619 – England & Netherlands sign treaty about business in the Indies
1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort
1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US
1863 – Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves
1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897
1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
1910 – Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
1928 – Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
1946 – Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
1955 – The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948
1965 – 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India)
1974 – Malta’s constitution goes into effect
1976 – East Timor People’s Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
1989 – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
2003 – Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan

 

Calendar day; April 4, 2015

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Saturday, the 4th of April, 2015 is the 94th day in 2015 and in the 14th calendar week.
General Events:
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
April 4, 2015 in the World
On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
This Day raises awareness of the threat caused by landmines to the safety, health and lives of civilian populations, and encourages state Governments to develop mine clearing programmes.
The 2015 theme ‘More than Mines’ takes into account the types of explosive threats faced by the United Nations and its members and brings attention to the fact that disposing of explosive hazards is only one part of UN mine action work.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Victims of Violence Wholly Day
April 4, 2015 in the World
Victims of Violence Wholly Day marks the anniversary of the assassination of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King. On Victims of Violence Wholly Day, programs are dedicated to visually affirming the principles of non-violence as preached by Dr. King.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Tangible Karma Day
April 4, 2015 in the World
Tangible Karma Day celebrates when giving (your time, your love, your talents, your “extras”) feels as good as receiving. Groups and individuals set aside one hour of this day to purposefully become aware of the needs of those they are in contact with and actively do something to help fulfill those needs. Annually, the first Saturday in April.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Love Our Children Day
April 4, 2015 in the USA
National Love Our Children Day is like Mother’s and Father’s Day for children and is celebrated across the U.S.  This day was created to acknowledge the value of children and to educate parents on the importance of giving them love, protection and respect, the three essential elements children need to become strong and successful adults. By promoting healthy and happy children and strengthening families through the support of our nation’s communities, we can keep kids safe.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
World Rat Day
April 4, 2015 in the World
Get two things straight right away – rats aren’t dirty, and James Cagney never said it anyway! These are just two of the myths and misconceptions that World Rat Day hopes to dispel as it celebrates the joys of fancy rats.
Anyone who keeps rats as pets or companions is already in on the secret: these animals are friendly, loyal, intelligent, and very endearing. Unfortunately they’ve had a bit of bad press over the years, what with the Black Death, Bubonic Plague and a thousand Pacific islands which have had their native wildlife chewed down to ground level and beyond. But what’s a few environmental and social catastrophes between friends?
Once you get to know rats on a one-to-one basis, then all of their finer qualities will come to the fore. Why not drop in to your local World Rat Day event and discover just how adorably lovable they really are?
R.R.A.O.A.D.
(Rats rule and other animals drool!)
-Cassie-
Where is the event?
Worldwide
International Pillow Fight Day
April 4, 2015 in the World
What are you waiting for? You’ve always wanted an excuse to take part in a massive, organised pillow fight… Right? Well, what better opportunity than Pillow Fight Day?
Grab your pillows, and head for the nearest organised pillow fight. Play nicely, though!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Passover 2015
April 4 – 11, 2015 in the World
Passover is a Jewish festival, celebrated on April 04, 2015. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which typically falls in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. It is a spring festival, so the 14th day of Nisan begins on the night of a full moon after the northern vernal equinox. Passover is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.
Together with Shavuot (“Pentecost”) and Sukkot (“Tabernacles”), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire Jewish populace historically made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship. It is traditional for Jewish families to gather on the first night of Passover (first two nights in communities outside the land of Israel) for a special dinner called a seder.
In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-borns in these homes, hence the name of the holiday.
Where is Passover?
Worldwide
Natural Events:
April Full Moon
April 4, 2015 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05, Eastcoast (North America)
On April 04, 2015 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
Where is April Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
April 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
This Total Lunar Eclipse or “Blood Moon”, is on April 4, 2015 and will be visible in most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 5 minutes. From beginning to end, it will last for 3 hours and 29 mins. This is the third eclipse in the 2014–2015 tetrad.
Regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse: Much of Asia, Australia, Much of North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.
Historical Events on 4th April:
1558 – Tsar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
1581 – Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
1655 – Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates
1660 – English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)
1828 – Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)
1896 – Announcement of Gold in Yukon
1900 – Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war
1905 – Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
1912 – Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
1920 – Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
1932 – Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh
1949 – Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC)
1955 – British government signs military treaty with Iraq
1960 – Senegal declares independence from France
1968 – US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
1969 – Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart
1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen
1984 – Winston Smith in Orwell’s “1984” begins his secret diary
2002 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War

 

Calendar day; March 5, 2015

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Thursday, the 5th of March, 2015 is the 64th day in 2015 and in the 10th calendar week.
General Events:
World Book Day in the United Kingdom
March 5, 2015 in United Kingdom
World Book Day in the United Kingdom is observed on March 05, 2015. World Book Day is a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March. It is the local manifestation of World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.
On World Book Day, every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books. The Day was first celebrated in 1995 in the United Kingdom. The original, global World Book Day event is generally observed on 23 April.
World Book Day is a registered charity. It does not raise funds for itself but does support Book Aid International and Readathon as its nominated charities, encouraging schools to hold special fundraising events for children less fortunate than themselves.
Where is World Book Day in the United Kingdom?
Nationwide United Kingdom
Multiple Personality Day
March 5, 2015 in the World
Multiple Personality Day is observed on March 05, 2015. Get in touch with yourself on this day and see the many facets that make you who you are.
Someone with a split personality has two personalities. Someone with multiple personalities has more than two personalities.  Its a psychological disorder that we hope none of our readers have.
Don’t be surprised to find yourself surrounded by people who are talking to themselves today. You might find yourself talking to yourself, too!
When you wish someone “Happy Multiple Personalty Day”, you may need to do so multiple times, once for each  personality.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Purim 2015
March 5, 2015 in the World
Purim is a Jewish holiday observed on March 05, 2015. It commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman. According to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Queen Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.
Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. Today, only Jerusalem celebrates Purim on the 15th. It is celebrated by giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, a celebratory meal, and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther, additions to the prayers and the grace after meals. Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.
Purim has more of a national than a religious character, and its status as a holiday is on a lesser level than those days ordained holy by the Torah. Accordingly, business transactions and even manual labor are allowed on Purim. The four main mitzvot (obligations) of the day during Purim celebration are: Listening to the public reading, usually in synagogue, of the Book of Esther in the evening and again in the following morning, sending food gifts to friends, giving charity to the poor and eating a festive meal.
Where is Purim?
Worldwide
St Piran’s Day
March 5, 2015 in Cornwall
St Piran’s Day takes place on March 05, 2015. St Piran’s Day (Cornish: Gool Peran) is the national day of Cornwall. The day is named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners.
Where is St Piran’s Day?
Nationwide Cornwall
Natural Events:
March Full Moon
March 5, 2015 in Eastcoast (North America)
On March 05, 2015 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
Where is March Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
Historical Events on 5th March:
1046 – Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama
1496 – English King Henry VII hands John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands
1558 – Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes
1558 – Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes
1645 – Battle of Jankau in Bohemia: Sweden defeats Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III
1770 – Boston Massacre, British troops kill 5 in crowd. Native African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die. Later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings
1774 – John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock’s stature as a leading Patriot
1795 – Amsterdam celebrates Revolution on the Dam; Square of Revolution
1824 – First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma
1868 – Stapler patented in England by C H Gould
1907 – The second Duma opens in St. Petersburg, Russia and 40,000 demonstrators have to be dispersed by Russian troops
1912 – Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines
1921 – The Durban Land Alienation Ordinance passes, enabling the Durban City Council to exclude Indians from ownership or occupation of property in white areas, South Africa
1922 – “Nosferatu” premieres in Berlin
1924 – Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp becomes IBM
1931 – Gandhi & British viceroy Lord Irwin sign pact
1946 – Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe
1960 – The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase
1988 – Constitution of Turks and Caicos Islands is restored and revised
1995 – Graves of Tsar Nicholas II and family found in St Petersburg

 

My beautiful full moon

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Not the best quality of photo, but it still shows the glow around the full moon. It’s beautiful outside right now. Not to cold, no wind. Just peaceful, and then you look up and see that beautiful orb in the onyx sky!

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Calendar day; February 3, 2015

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Tuesday, the 3rd of February, 2015 is the 34th day in 2015 and in the 6th calendar week.
General Events:
Setsubun 2015
February 3, 2015 in Japan
Setsubun is celebrated on February 03, 2015. Setsubun, also called Bean-Throwing Festival or Bean-Throwing Ceremony, is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. The name literally means “seasonal division”, but usually the term refers to the Spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival. In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.
Where is Setsubun?
Nationwide Japan
Four Chaplains Day
February 3, 2015 in the USA
Feb. 3 is “Four Chaplains Day” in America by unanimous act of Congress in 1988. Unfortunately, it is generally not taught to the children in the schools, observed by governmental bodies, nor reported on by media. Consequently, the truly inspiring story of the Four Chaplains, who they are and why there is a day honoring them is unknown by most Americans.
The Four Chaplains – Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Rabbi Alexander Goode, Father John P. Washington (Roman Catholic) and Rev. Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed).
It was on Feb. 3, 1943, that the troop ship Dorchester, with 900 soldiers and the Four Chaplains aboard, was torpedoed in the dead of night on its way to Greenland. The explosion ripped through the Dorchester from below the water line. Many troops drowned below decks as the Dorchester flooded and swiftly began to sink in the frigid sea.
The Four Chaplains acted to calm and aid the troops, in part by distributing life jackets to those who became separated from their own in the chaos and darkness created by the torpedo blast. When there were no more life jackets, each of the Four Chaplains, knowing that it meant certain death, took off his life jacket and put it on a soldier without one. They continued to help troops into lifeboats, until no room was left.
Then, as surviving soldiers who witnessed it later testified, the Four Chaplains went to their deaths together, their arms linked, praying for the troops and singing hymns, until the Dorchester sank and they disappeared beneath the sea, selflessly sacrificing their lives “so others may live.”
Where is Four Chaplains Day?
Nationwide USA
The Day the Music Died Day
February 3, 2015 in the USA
The Day the Music Died Day commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959. at the height of their popularity.
Every generation has their music idols. These three were among the top of the 1950’s generation. Those who grew up in the fifties mourned the premature deaths of their music idols. Memorials and remembrances occurred for years. Today, there are many websites memorializing their deaths, and detailing the events before and after the tragedy.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Cordova Ice Worm Day
February 3, 2015 in Cordova, Alaska
In 1898 a young man named E.J. “Stroller” White was struggling to make it as a journalist in Dawson, Alaska. He got a job with the Klondike Nugget on the condition that he increase sales. Luck was with him, because a huge storm soon hit the area, and in the wake of the storm White excitedly announced that a new creature had been discovered: ice worms.
The ice worms that White described were quite bizarre. Being cold-loving creatures, the extreme chill of the recent storm had apparently caused them to crawl out of their holes in a nearby glacier in order to “bask in the unusual frigidity in such numbers that their chirping was seriously interfering with the slumbers of Dawson’s inhabitants.”
The worms soon became the talk of the town and sales of the Klondike Nugget soared as White continued to write about them. People went out on expeditions to find them, carefully listening for their characteristic chirping. And bartenders in town began serving a drink called ‘Ice Worm Cocktails.’
As the years passed and the ice worms retreated back into their home inside the glacier, the tiny creatures became something of a legend, often depicted on local postcards.
Every year the town of Cordova, Alaska celebrates the ice worm with a winter carnival that is held during the last week of January or the first week of February. The festival includes art show, a parade, dance, a survival suit race, and an election of an Iceworm queen and king.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Cordova, Alaska
Natural Events:
February Full Moon
February 3, 2015 in Eastcoast (North America)
On February 03, 2015 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
Where is February Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
Historical Events on 3rd February:
1377 – Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI
1509 – The Battle of Diu, between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire takes place in Diu, India.
1743 – Philadelphia establishes a “pesthouse” to quarantine immigrants
1752 – Dutch States-General forbids export of windmills
1815 – World’s first commercial cheese factory established, in Switzerland
1867 – Prince Mutsuhito, 14, becomes Emperor Meiji of Japan (1867-1912)
1882 – Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo
1916 – Canada’s original Parliament buildings in Ottawa burn down
1919 – The Bolshevik army is defeated in a series of clashes with the White Russians, who are fighting to reclaims the government after the 1917 revolution
1928 – Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names ‘Sinanthropus pekinensis’ (now known as ‘Homo erectus’)
1959 – “The Day the Music Died” plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
1962 – President Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs
1986 – US President Ronald Reagan announces formation of commission of enquiry on Challenger Accident
1989 – Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay

 

Calendar day; January 4, 2015

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Sunday, the 4th of January, 2015 is the 4th day in 2015 and in the 1st calendar week.
General Events:
World Braille Day
January 4, 2015 in the World
World Braille Day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the reading and writing system used by millions of blind and partially sighted people all over the globe. Though not a public holiday in any country, World Braille Day provides an opportunity for teachers, charities and non-government organizations to raise awareness about issues facing the blind and the importance of continuing to produce works in Braille, providing the blind with access to the same reading and learning opportunities as the sighted.
As incredible as braille is, and as much as it offers blind and partially sighted people, braille books must stay within the country where they are produced because ofrestrictive international copyright laws. Because braille books cannot be shared across borders, the blind cannot read any books that are not produced within their own country. Unfortunately, at present only 5% of all published materials get produced in accessible formats, which means that under 10% of all blind children in developing countries go to school due to the shortage or lack of teaching materials.
The Marrakesh Treaty is the name of an international agreement finalized in June 2013 that would allow copyright exceptions for published works to be made widely available in accessible formats. The implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty will allow blindness organizations to share their resources with other organizations in developing countries that may not have the resources to produce books for their blind citizens. Then, schools for the blind in wealthier countries would be able to send books to schools in poorer countries so blind children who cannot afford to buy braille books will still have access to the textbooks needed for them to finish school. For example, Spain’s ONCE (Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles, or The Spanish Foundation for the Blind) could make their braille library available to blindness organizations in all of the Spanish-speaking countries in South America, thus saving the costs of reproducing the exact same books for each separate country. However, these resources can be shared only if this treaty becomes law in all of the countries around the world.
This coming World Braille Day, celebrate Louis Braille’s achievements and help millions of blind and partially sighted people everywhere by writing a letter to your government representatives encouraging them to make this treaty a reality.
Where is World Braille Day?
Worldwide
Independence Day of Burma
January 4, 2015 in Burma
Independence Day of Burma is celebrated on January 04, 2015. The Independence Day of Burma is a national holiday observed in Burma every year. The date celebrates Burma’s Declaration of Independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Independence Day of Burma is marked by sport activities and fairs in most Burmese cities.
Where is Independence Day of Burma?
Nationwide Burma
Trivia Day 2015
January 4, 2015 in the World
All those facts you picked up through daytime game shows can finally be put to good use when you astound your friends with your general knowledge! Trivia day is the perfect day to share all of those silly little facts that almost nobody knows, making this day a fun and interesting one to spend with friends or family.
The World famous trivia game, Trivial Pursuit, is thought to have sparked people’s fascination with trivia and competing to see who knows more odd facts about geography, history, art, science, sports and entertainment. Trivial Pursuit was first created in in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979 by two men named Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who had become frustrated to find pieces of their Scrabble game had gone missing, thus inspiring them to create their own game. Trivial Pursuit became an almost instant hit and worldwide phenomenon, and the trivia craze began.
If you don’t own any home trivia games, Trivia Day can be a great time to crack open the encyclopedia and spend some family time around the dinner table quizzing each other and discussing little known interesting facts. You could also share this day with friends, though perhaps you should steer clear of the competitive types! Arguments over whether the answers to trivia questions are 100% correct can get extremely fierce, especially near the end of the game when the most is at stake!
So what are you waiting for? Order a pizza or two and let the knowledge competition begin!
To get you started: In the Victorian era, special teacups were produced to protect the mustache from being inadvertently dipped in tea.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Natural Events:
January Full Moon
January 4, 2015 in Eastcoast (North America)
On January 04, 2015 the moon reaches its maximum brightness. Therefore it is called full moon. Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth, completely unilluminated.
The time interval between similar lunar phases is on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those lunar calendars in which each month begins on the new moon, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month. Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be either 29 or 30 days long.
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various “magical phenomena” such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect. In one instance, the British Medical Journal published two studies on dog bite admission to hospitals in England and Australia. The study of the Bradford Royal Infirmary found that dog bites were twice as common during a full moon, whereas the study conducted by the public hospitals in Australia found that they were less likely. Full moons trigger deer movement in North America. Hunters and fisherman rely heavily on moonphases.
Where is January Full Moon?
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Eastcoast (North America)
Historical Events on 4th January:
871 – Battle at Reading: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1490 – Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.
1698 – Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire.
1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government
1885 – Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22)
1887 – Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
1903 – Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
1912 – The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
1920 – 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
1947 – Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element
1948 – Burma declares independence from UK
1958 – Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole
1972 – Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.

1 more day…sweet!

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And tomorrow is my short day, 4 glorious hours! lol 😀

well after I go have my bloodwork done, the little vampires are hungry for blood. LOL

And it’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood. But…

I can tell it’s a Full Moon! I’ve been busy at work. Which is good. Just oi! Pink Full Moon

And woohooooo! We’ve got Google chrome at work now, I’m soo happy! 😀 so I’m down to under 1000 emails, and I’ve deleted over 1000 emails. Wow! I’m down to 17% in my saved. OI! I have decided to stay on top of these. Who knew you could let it get so bogged down. Okay okay, yeah, I know that’s a redundant question.

Anywho it’s been a beautiful Central Indiana day, a little blustery at times, but no rain, no snow. So I’m good. 😉
Not much else to talk about, anyone have any plans for the weekend? Any good movies coming out? I mean soon. I still need to finish organizing some things in my room, and I need to register for my test. And I want to write some this weekend, the challenge deadline for this story is July 1st now. But it’s almost May! oooh! Woot! Beltane is coming up soon. For those not in the know, Beltane is a Pagan/Wiccan holiday celebrated on May first, others might know of the May Day celebration.
Links for your information:
Beltane
May Day gotta love wiki. LOL 😀

so, have yourselves a great day/night!

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