Monday, the 20th of April, 2015 is the 110th day in 2015 and in the 17th calendar week.
General Events:
UN Chinese Language Day
April 20, 2015 in the World
UN Chinese Language Day is celebrated on April 20, 2015. The event was established by the UNESCO in 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”. April 20 was chosen as the date for the Chinese language “to pay tribute to Cang Jie, a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago”.
Originally the indigenous speech of the Han majority in China, Chinese forms one of the branches of the Sino-Tibetan language family and is now spoken by many Chinese ethnic groups. About one-fifth of the world’s population, or over one billion people, speaks some form of Chinese as their first language. Varieties of Chinese are usually perceived by native speakers as dialects of a single Chinese language.
Standard Chinese is a standardized form of spoken Chinese based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC, also known as Taiwan), as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Where is this event?
Worldwide
Volunteer Recognition Day
April 20, 2015 in the World
Volunteer Recognition Day is celebrated on April 20, 2015. It honors all volunteers who are working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. You can celebrate Volunteer Recognition Day by thanking volunteers for their work, involving yourself in a volunteer activity or by donating to a volunteer group.
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity produces a feeling of self-worth and respect; however, there is no financial gain. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment.
Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Patriots’ Day 2015
April 20, 2015 in Massachusetts and Maine
Patriots’ Day is observed on April 20, 2015. Patriots’ Day (officially Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and Patriot’s Day in Maine) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine, and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.
Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19, the actual anniversary of the battles.
Patriots’ Day is also a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private. In Maine and Massachusetts, when Patriots’ Day falls on a day where income tax returns would otherwise be due for the remainder of the country, residents of those states are given until midnight of the next day (Tuesday) to submit their state tax returns.
Where is Patriots’ Day?
Nationwide Massachusetts and Maine
420 (Weed Day)
April 20, 2015 in the World
Weed Day or 420 is on April 20, 2015. April 20 has evolved into a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States. 420, 4:20, or 4/20 is primarily a term used in North America and refers to the consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture. Observances based on the number include the time (4:20 pm) as well as the date (April 20).
The earliest use of the term began among a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California in 1971. The group first used the term in connection to a fall 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about. They designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 pm as their meeting time. The group referred to this plan with the phrase “4:20 Louis”. Multiple failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply “4:20“, which ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean pot-smoking in general.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana and weed, refers to preparations of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Since the early 20th century cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions with the possession, use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids currently illegal in most countries of the world; the United Nations has said that cannabis is the most used illicit drug in the world.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 20th April:
1611 – First known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London recorded by Simon Forman
1736 – French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis begins his expedition to Lapland to measure a degree of latitude and prove the shape of the earth, he is joined by fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Claude Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier
1775 – British begin siege of Boston
1810 – The Governors of Caracas declares the national sovereignty from Spain
1862 – The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard
1879 – 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1902 – Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
1914 – US President W Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary; Congress approves
1918 – Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day
1920 – Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1931 – British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
1958 – Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
1962 – New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
1965 – People’s Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1973 – Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1984 – Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
1993 – Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
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