Monday, the 26th of October, 2015 is the 299th day in 2015 and in the 44th calendar week.
General Events:
Intersex Awareness Day
October 26, 2015 in the World
Intersex Awareness Day is observed on October 26, 2015. Intersex Awareness Day (also spelled as Inter Sex Awareness Day or abbreviated as IAD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex individuals. IAD is an international day of grass-roots action to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital cosmetic surgeries on intersex children.
On October 26, 1996, intersex activists from Intersex Society of North America and allies from Transexual Menace held the first public intersex demonstration in Boston, where American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual conference. Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, and/or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female.
Intersex infants with ambiguous outer genitalia may be surgically ‘corrected’ to more easily fit into a socially accepted sex category. Others may opt, in adulthood, for surgical procedures in order to align their physical sex characteristics with their gender identity or the sex category to which they were assigned at birth. Others will not become aware that they are intersex – unless they receive genetic testing – because it does not manifest in their phenotype.
Where is Intersex Awareness Day?
Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night
October 26, 2015 in the World
With Halloween only five days away, it’s only fitting that October 26 is Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night! We’re sure at one point in your life you’ve wanted to let out a giant howl at that celestial orb in the sky, so tonight is the night to release your inner wolf. This year, it’s not a full moon, but it’s getting close. Technically, the moon is waxing gibbous and won’t reach full until Monday, but that’s no reason to stop howling at it!
Wolves have been connected with howling at the moon for centuries. Images of wolves and moons have been traced back to the Stone Age, while Roman and Greek goddesses of the moon were also known for keeping dogs and wolves in their company. There were even some Native American cultures that believed wolves summoned the moon to rise every night.
Are wolves really howling at the moon though? Experts say this popular belief is not actually true. Wolves are nocturnal creatures, and because they travel in packs, they often howl to communicate with other members of their pack. While the way they hold their heads toward the sky makes it look as though these nighttime creatures are communicating with the moon, they do this because it helps their howls carry a further distance. The incredibly vocal wolf howl can carry up to 6 miles in wooded areas, and up to 10 miles in areas where there are no trees.
This connection between wolves and the moon helped to contribute to the popular mythical creature of the werewolf. Werewolves or “lycanthropes” are humans who have the ability to transform into a wolf or wolf-like being. In most werewolf mythology, this transformation takes place whenever there is a full moon.
After you’ve given a proper nighttime howl tonight, you can continue your celebration by watching any of the various werewolf movies or television shows.
Where is the event?
Angam Day 2015
October 26, 2015 in Republic of Nauru
Angam Day is celebrated on October 26, 2015. Angam Day is a holiday recognized in the Republic of Nauru. Angam Day is a day of celebration and a time of reflection for the Nauruan people. Twice in its history, the Nauruan population fell below 1,500, and the Nauruan ethnic group have been considered in danger of extinction. On both occasions the Nauruan population recovered. Upon eclipsing a population of 1,500, a number considered to be the minimum required for the survival of a race, Angam Day was declared. The first Angam was in 1932 and the second occasion in 1949.
Where is Angam Day?
Nationwide Republic of Nauru
October Holiday
October 26, 2015 in Ireland
October Holiday takes place on October 26, 2015. In Ireland, the October Holiday (sometimes called the October Bank Holiday) is observed on the last Monday of October. Usually, but not always, this is the day after the end of Western European Summer Time. It was introduced in 1977.
Where is October Holiday?
Nationwide Ireland
National Mincemeat Day
October 26, 2015 in the USA
National Mincemeat Day takes place on October 26, 2015. Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat.
Many modern recipes contain beef suet, though vegetable shortening is sometimes used in its place. Variants of mincemeat are found in Australia, Brittany, Canada, northern Europe, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. In some countries the term mincemeat refers to minced or ground meat.
Mincemeat is frequently consumed during the Christmas holiday season when mince pies or mincemeat tarts are served. In the northeast United States, mincemeat pies are also a traditional part of the Thanksgiving holiday, sometimes served with a piece of Cheddar cheese.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th October:
1387 – Amsterdam buccaneer Herman of Kuinre sign peace
1492 – Lead pencils first used
1795 – Pinckney’s Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi
1830 – Belgian rebels occupy Antwerp
1858 – Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine
1863 – International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields – beginning of the Red Cross
1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az
1901 – First recorded use of “getaway car” occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
1905 – Union of Sweden & Norway ends
1916 – Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
1934 – While Wash player-mgr Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson owner Clark Griffith’s niece & adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox
1947 – The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq
1950 – Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)
1950 – Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India
1956 – UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
1962 – Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey: offer is rejected
1967 – Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne
1976 – Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
1977 – The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
1984 – “The Terminator” directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton is released in the US
1987 – Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads
1994 – Jordan & Israel sign peace accord
1999 – Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament
2001 – The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law