Calendar day; August 7, 2015

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Friday, the 7th of August, 2015 is the 219th day in 2015 and in the 32nd calendar week.
General Events:
International Beer Day
August 7, 2015 in the World
International Beer Day is observed on August 07, 2015. It is celebrated on the first Friday of every August. International Beer Day (IBD) was founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents.
Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: (1) To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. (2) To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. (3) To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
Participants are encouraged to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.
Where is Beer Day?
Purple Heart Day
August 7, 2015 in the USA
A decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk having a narrow edge of silver stitched with the word Merit across the face, was created by General George Washington on August 7, 1782.   Considered to be the first official military combat badge of the United States Armed Forces, this is called the “Badge for Military Merit”.   The official successor decoration of the Badge of Military Merit is the Purple Heart.
Washington said the following regarding the Badge of Military Merit:
“The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding.  Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward.  Before this favor can be conferred on any man, the particular fact, or facts, on which it is to be grounded must be set forth to the Commander in chief accompanied with certificates from the Commanding officers of the regiment and brigade to which the Candidate for reward belonged, or other incontestable proofs, and upon granting it, the name and regiment of the person with the action so certified are to be enrolled in the book of merit which will be kept at the orderly office.  Men who have merited this last distinction to be suffered to pass all guards and sentinals which officers are permitted to do.  The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.  This order is also to have retrospect to the earliest stages of war, and to be considered as a permanent one.”
Where is Purple Heart Day?
Nationwide USA
Twins Days Festival
August 7 – 9, 2015 in Twinsburg, Ohio
Twins Days Festival takes place from August 07 till August 09, 2015. It is celebrated each year on the first full weekend of August in Twinsburg, Ohio. Twins Days Festival is the largest annual gathering of biological twins and other multiples (e.g. triplets, quads) in the world. It was founded in 1976 by Revco’s Charles R. DeHaven.
The event has twin based contests, “talent” shows which is opened every year with the Star Spangled Banner sung by John and Jerry Starlet and signed in ASL by Jamie Maassen and Jodie Qualkinbush, and a parade along Ravenna Road and routinely draws thousands of participants from all over the United States.
A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic (“identical”), meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic (“fraternal”) meaning that they develop from two eggs, each fertilized by separate sperm cells.
Where is Twins Days Festival?
Nationwide Twinsburg, Ohio
Historical Events on 7th August:
1461 – Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor
1575 – Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died
1714 – The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy during the Great Northern War against Sweden
1782 – George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
1802 – Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)
1879 – The opening of the Poor Man’s Palace in Manchester
1927 – Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
1930 – A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana
1933 – The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day
1940 – Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
1947 – Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean
1950 – Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
1959 – Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
1965 – Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union
1986 – Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
1993 – Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed


Calendar day; May 7, 2015

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Thursday, the 7th of May, 2015 is the 127th day in 2015 and in the 19th calendar week.
General Events:
Lag BaOmer
May 7, 2015 in the World
Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 7, 2015—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events.
This day marks the hillula (celebration, interpreted by some as anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar (Book of Splendor), a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. This association has spawned several well-known customs and practices on Lag BaOmer, including the lighting of bonfires, pilgrimages to the tomb of Bar Yochai in the northern Israeli town of Meron, and various customs at the tomb itself.
The chassidic masters explain that the final day of a righteous person’s earthly life marks the point at which “all his deeds, teachings and work” achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives. So each Lag BaOmer, we celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of Torah.
Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva, “because they did not act respectfully towards each other.” These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow (ahavat yisrael).
Where is Lag BaOmer?
National Day of Prayer
May 7, 2015 in the USA
National Day of Prayer is observed on May 07, 2015. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although it has historical origins to a mandate by George Washington, the first president of the United States.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Day of Reason
May 7, 2015 in the USA
National Day of Reason is celebrated on May 07, 2015. The National Day of Reason is a secular celebration for humanists, atheists, and other secularists and freethinkers in response to the National Day of Prayer, a legal holiday in the United States. The day is celebrated on the first Thursdayin May of every year, to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, which many atheist and secular groups view to be unconstitutional.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
May 7, 2015 in the USA
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day draws nationwide attention to the issue of children’s mental health, as well as the systemic changes being made to transform mental health delivery systems so they are more effective for children, youth, and their families.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 7th May:
1429 – English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
1579 – Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
1660 – Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced by the current Royal Palace).
1700 – William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation
1765 – HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later) launched
1832 – Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king
1862 – Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire
1873 – US marines attack Panama
1888 – George Eastman patents “Kodak box camera”
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention – the world’s first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day
1913 – British House of Commons rejects women’s right to vote
1919 – A draft of the Versailles Treaty is shown to Germans
1924 – Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
1927 – Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal
1939 – Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees
1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
1954 – French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
1955 – West European Union established
1975 – Pres Ford declares an end to “Vietnam Era”
1980 – Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried
1984 – $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
1993 – South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
1998 – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history


Calendar day; January 8, 2015

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Thursday, the 8th of January, 2015 is the 8th day in 2015 and in the 2nd calendar week.
General Events:

Bubble Bath Day
January 8, 2015 in the World
Today is Bubble Bath Day! People have been enjoying warm baths for thousands of years. In Ancient Rome, bathing at a public facility was part of the daily routine for most citizens. A trip to the Roman baths might include a dip in the caldarium (hot tub), a brief break in the laconicum (sauna), and a refreshing swim in the frigidarium (cold pool).
Up until the late 1940s, the average American bathed once a week for personal hygiene. Today, a daily shower is standard, but it’s important to indulge in a luxurious soak every once in a while. A bubble bath can help open up your pores, cleanse your skin, and relax muscles.
Pick up a bottle of your favorite bubble bath product and fill your tub tonight to celebrate Bubble Bath Day! Create a calming spa atmosphere with background music, candles, and a towel to cushion your neck. Enjoy!
Where is the event?
Male Watcher’s Day/National  Male Watcher’s Day (USA)
January 8, 2015 in the World
Ladies, here is a day that you can thoroughly enjoy! On Male Watcher’s Day, you get the opportunity to go out and watch the guys. After all, they have their fun watching the ladies. Now, it’s your turn, to hoot and holler.
You can perform your Male Watching just about anywhere that suits your fancy. It is okay to perform Male Watching discreetly, or quite visibly. Single, unattached ladies may prefer to be seen male watching…….for obvious reasons.
Where is Male Watcher’s Day?
Typing Day 2015
January 8, 2015 in Malaysia
Typing Day (also known as International Typing Day or World Typing Day) is an annual event that falls on 8 January in Malaysia. It is co-organized by the STC (Speed Typing Contest) Team from JCI (Junior Chamber International) Mines and Team TAC (Typo Auto Corrector) to promote speed, accuracy and efficiency in written communication among the public. It was first celebrated in 2011 and aims to encourage people to express themselves via written communication.
Where is Typing Day?
Nationwide Malaysia
Historical Events on 8th January:
871 – Battle of Ashdown: Ethelred of Wessex and his brother Alfred (the Great) beat invading Danish army
1297 – Monaco gains its independence.
1656 – Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
1790 – 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address
1800 – Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France
1867 – African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Johnson’s veto
1894 – Columbus World’s fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
1912 – Chiefs, representatives of people’s and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms
1926 – Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa’ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia
1951 – Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda
1952 – Jordan adopts constitution
1961 – The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
1968 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st undersea special on US network TV
1974 – Loch Ness Monster “photographed”
1989 – Beginning of Japanese Heisei era
1998 – World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life

Calendar day; August 7, 2014

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Thursday, the 7th of August, 2014 is the 219th day in 2014 and in the 32nd calendar week.
General Events:
Assyrian Martyrs Day
August 7, 2014 in the World
In August of 1933, the Simele Massacre would become the first of many massacres committed by the Iraqi government against the Assyrians of Northern Iraq.
The term is used to describe not only the massacre in Simele, but also the killing spree that took place among 63 Assyrian villages in the Dohuk and Mosul districts that led to the deaths of 3,000 Assyrians.
The Simele Massacre would also become the inspiration for Ralph Lemkin who would later coin the term “genocide.” In 1933, Lemkin made a presentation at the League of Nations Conference on international criminal law in Madrid. His essay on the Crime of Barbarity as a crime against international law was presented to the Legal Council. Based on the Simele massacre, Lemkin’s concept of the crime would later evolve into the idea of “genocide.”
Today, Assyrians around the world commemorate this event on August 7th as the Assyrian Martyr’s Day.
Assyrian International News Agency:
Where is Assyrian Martyrs Day?
Battle of Boyaca Day
August 7, 2014 in Colombia
The Battle of Boyaca Day is celebrated in Colombia on August 7 every year to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Monarchy and Achievement of definitive Independence by the people of Colombia from the Spanish rule. Although the freedom struggle continued for years, the Battle of Boyaca was the decisive one for the achievement of independence.
On August 7, 1819, Simón Bolívar engaged Spanish General José María Barreiro in battle near the Boyaca River in present-day Colombia. The Spanish force was spread out and divided, and Bolívar was able to kill or capture almost all of the enemy combatants. It was the decisive battle for the liberation of New Granada (now Colombia).
Where is Battle of Boyaca Day?
Nationwide Colombia
Purple Heart Day
August 7, 2014 in the USA
On this day in 1782, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, created a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, with a narrow edge of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. It was called the “Badge for Military Merit”.  The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action”.  The honoree’s name was also inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”  This badge is considered to be the first official military combat badge. The “Badge of Military Merit” was only awarded to three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
The Purple Heart as we know it today was reestablished in 1932 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington.  The original criteria for award of the Purple Heart as published in the War Department Circular No. 6 of February 22, 1932 states that the medal be awarded to anyone serving in the Army who had received combat-related injuries or had received the AEF’s Meritorious Service Citation Certificate during WWI, the latter criteria harkening back to the intent of George Washington’s “Badge of Military Merit”.
In April 1942 the War Department amended its policy regarding the issuance of the Purple Heart.  The new regulations authorized the posthumous award of the Purple Heart retroactive to December 7, 1941, and eliminated the use of the medal as a merit award.
Military Order of the Purple Heart:
Where is Purple Heart Day?
Nationwide USA
Lighthouse Day
August 7, 2014 in the USA
Today is National Lighthouse Day! On this day in 1789, the United States Congress approved an Act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers.” This piece of legislation commissioned the first Federal lighthouse, which was constructed at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. Two hundred years later, Congress designated August 7th as National Lighthouse Day to commemorate this important moment in history and to celebrate these beautiful structures.
For centuries, lighthouses have served as beacons of light, guiding ships safely to harbor through storms, fog, or dark of night. The oldest existing lighthouse in the United States is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey (1764), which is still in operation. Often in inaccessible locations, modern lighthouses are more functional and less picturesque; usually they use solar-charged batteries and have a single stationary flashing light sitting on a steel skeleton tower. The last manned lighthouse built in the U.S. was the Charleston Light constructed in 1962.
Where is National Lighthouse Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
322 BC – Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.
1461 – Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.
1573 – Francis Drake’s fleet returns to Plymouth
1575 – Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died
1620 – Johannes Kepler’s mother arrested for witchcraft
1714 – The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy.
1782 – George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
1819 – Battle of Boyacá; Bolívar defeats Spanish in Colombia
1888 – Theophilus Van Kannel of Phila patents revolving door
1909 – US issues 1st Lincoln penny
1915 – Assault up Russell’s Top at Gallipolis, 232 Australians die
1927 – Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
1933 – The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
1940 – Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
1964 – Turkey begins air attack on Greek-Cypriots
1964 – US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
1976 – Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
1981 – The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
1987 – 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
1990 – Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
1994 – 1st telephone link between Israel & Jordan

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