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Calendar day; February 16, 2015

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Monday, the 16th of February, 2015. The day is the 47th day in 2015 and in the 8th calendar week.
General Events:
Family Day 2015
February 16, 2015 in Canada
Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.
Family Day was first held in Canada in the province of Alberta in 1990. It is supposed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Family Day was introduced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in Ontario in 2008. British Columbia observes Family Day as a statutory holiday for the first time in 2013. One of the reasons for introducing Family Day was that there was a long period when there were no holidays from New Year’s Day until Good Friday.
In the other provinces and territories of Canada, Family Day is not observed, and neither the third nor the second Monday in February are holidays there.
Where is Family Day?
Nationwide Canada
Rose Monday 2015
February 16, 2015 in Germany
Rose Monday – also known as Rosenmontag – takes place on February 16, 2015. It is the highlight of the German “Karneval” (carnival), and is on the Shrove Monday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The “Mardi Gras,” though celebrated on Tuesday, is a similar event. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland, but most heavily in the “Hochburgen” (carnival strongholds), which include the Rhineland, especially in Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Mainz.
Celebrations usually include dressing up in fancy costumes, dancing, parades, heavy drinking and general public displays with floats. Every town in the Karneval areas boasts at least one parade with floats making fun of the themes of the day. Usually sweets (“Kamelle”) are thrown into the crowds lining the streets among cries of “Helau” or “Alaaf”, whereby the cry “Kölle Alaaf” is only applied in the Cologne area, meaning “Cologne over all”. The celebrations become quieter the next day, known as Veilchendienstag (“Violet Tuesday“, Shrove Tuesday), and end with “Aschermittwoch” (AshWednesday).
Carnival is not a national holiday in Germany, but schools are closed on Rosenmontag and the following Tuesday in the strongholds and many other areas. Many schools as well as companies tend to give teachers, pupils and employees the Thursday before Rosenmontag off as well and have celebrations in school or in the working place on Weiberfastnacht, although every now and then there are efforts to cut these free holidays in some companies.
Where is Rose Monday?
Nationwide Germany
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
February 16, 2015 in the World
Do a Grouch a Favor today. Do it and make the world a better place.
Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It’s in their nature. Others are occasional grouches, influenced by events in their lives, lack of sleep, the weather, etc. A few people are good at disguising their grouchy mood. But, they still need cheering up.
 Look around for someone who is in a grouchy mood today. Then, do him or her a favor that will cheer up their day. There’s plenty of grouches out there to practice on. Try it on all of the grouches that you see today, and watch the results!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Almond Day
February 16, 2015 in the USA
Did you know that almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market? These delicious and wholesome nuts are full of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber, and can help lower cholesterol.
The almond tree is native to the Middle East and South Asia. It produces a fleshy green fruit similar to a peach or apricot. At the center of this fruit is a stone-like seed, which is the almond nut. Today, the state of California produces 80% of the world’s supply of almonds. It takes more then 1.2 million beehives to pollinate all of the crops!
Whether you prefer to enjoy them plain, roasted, or paired with chocolate, celebrate National Almond Day with a handful of delicious almonds!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 16th February:
600 – Pope Gregory the Great decree saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze
1659 – 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
1760 – Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1859 – The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch
1868 – Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)
1909 – Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
1916 – The German ambassador in Washington announces that Germany will pay an indemnity for American lives lost on the Lusitania
1918 – Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
1923 – Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb and finds the sarcophagus
1932 – 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
1934 – Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republican Schutzbund.
1937 – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers
1943 – Sign on Munich facade: “Out with Hitler! Long live freedom!” done by “White Rose” student group, caught on 2/18, beheaded on 2/22
1948 – Miranda, famous moon of Uranus, photographed for 1st time
1957 – The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm was abolished in the United Kingdom.
1959 – Fidel Castro names himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in Australia’s worst ever fires.
1985 – The founding of Hezbollah
1988 – 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
1999 – Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.
2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia

 

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Calendar day; June 27, 2014

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 Friday, the 27th of June, 2014 is the 178th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
Mixed Race Day
June 27, 2014 in Brazil
Mixed Race Day is observed on June 27, 2014. Mixed Race Day is celebrated in Brazil as a reference to the twenty-seven mixed-race representatives elected during the 1st Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality. It also refers to the month of June, in which caboclo activist Helda Castro was registered as the only mixed-race representative in the 1st National Conference for the Promotion of Racial Equality, which was held in Brasília (June 30 to July 2, 2005) and was sponsored by the Government of Brazil. Mixed Race Day honors all those who possess multi-ethnic origins. It occurs three days after the Day of the Caboclo, honoring the first mixed-race Brazilian group (people of European and Amerindian ancestry).
Where is Mixed Race Day?
Nationwide Brazil
Seven Sleepers Day
June 27, 2014 in Germany
In Germany, June 27, 2014 is Siebenschläfertag (Seven Sleepers Day). The weather on that day is supposed to determine the average weather of the next seven weeks. This is one of the most well-know bits of traditional farmers’ weather lore remaining in today’s Germany, but quite inaccurate in practice.
While it might seem that the name of the day refers to the rodent known as Siebenschläfer in German (Glis Glis, “edible dormouse” in English), it actually commemorates the Seven Sleepers legend.
Objections have been raised that the weather lore associated with the day might have arisen before the Gregorian reform, and as at this time the difference to the Julian calendar amounted to ten days, July 7 would be the actual Seven Sleepers Day. Based on this date the prediction has a slightly increased probability, if confined to the southern parts of Germany not affected by the jet stream, where the rule seems to have originated.
Where is Seven Sleepers Day?
Nationwide Germany
Sunglasses Day
June 27, 2014 in the World
It’s Sunglasses Day! Sunglasses are quite possibly the most important fashion accessory of the entire summer season. Humans have been wearing protective eyewear for centuries, but the stylish designs we’re accustomed to today are a much more recent invention.
During the prehistoric era, the Inuit people used walrus ivory to create sun goggles, which blocked out the powerful rays of sun that reflected off the snow and ice. By the 1700s, doctors were regularly prescribing tinted glasses for vision correction, and by the 1930s the Foster Grant company was selling modern-day sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey. On the eve of World War II, a little company called Ray Ban began producing anti-glare sunglasses for pilots. “Aviators” became the first commercially successful sunglasses.
Healthcare professionals recommend eye protection whenever the sun comes out to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause several serious eye problems. Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors primarily from a desire to mask their identity. Since the 1940s sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach.
Where is Sun Glasses Day?
Worldwide
National Orange Blossom Day
June 27, 2014 in the USA
National Orange Blossom Day is the national day of celebration to honor the flower that produces oranges.  Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide.  They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!
It is also a popular drink invented back in the times of Prohibition when the bathtub ginliquor.combathtub gin was harsh to two-ingredient drinkliquor.comdrink straight up.
Many of the references and blogs we did find celebrating this holiday were referencing the drink. Though, many others were referencing Orange Blossom food recipes.
Where is National Orange Blossom Day?
Nationwide USA
Natural Events:
June New Moon 2014
June 27, 2014 in EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
On June 27, 2014 the moon reaches its minimum brightness. Therefore it is called new moon. In astronomical terminology, the phrase new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon, in its monthly orbital motion around Earth, lies between Earth and the Sun, and is therefore in conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. At this time, the dark (unilluminated) portion of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye.
The original meaning of the phrase new moon was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun. This takes place over the western horizon in a brief period between sunset and moonset, and therefore the precise time and even the date of the appearance of the new moon by this definition will be influenced by the geographical location of the observer. The astronomical new moon, sometimes known as the dark moon to avoid confusion, occurs by definition at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the Sun, when the Moon is invisible from the Earth. This moment is unique and does not depend on location, and under certain circumstances it is coincident with a solar eclipse.
Where is June New Moon?
Eastcoast (North America)
EST Eastern Standard Time / UTC-05
Historical Events:
1358 – Republic of Dubrovnik is founded
1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
1652 – New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America
1709 – Peter the Great of Russia defeats Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.
1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.
1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.
1833 – Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for black females at Canterbury Conn
1857 – James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud
1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange
1905 – Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin”
1929 – President Paul Von Hindenburg refuses to pay German debt of WW I
1949 – “Captain Video & His Video Rangers” debut on DUMONT-TV
1950 – North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
1954 – CIA-sponsored rebels overthrow elected government of Guatemala
1957 – Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
1966 – 1st sci-fi soap opera, “Dark Shadows,” premieres on ABC-TV
1973 – The President of Uruguay dissolves Parliament and heads a coup d’état.
1977 – Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
1981 – Cambodia adopts its constitution
1986 – Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing only a body stocking
1990 – Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Iran, contributes $8600 to help their earthquake victims

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