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Calendar day; July 20, 2015

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Monday, the 20th of July, 2015 is the 201th day in 2015 and in the 30th calendar week.
Annual Captive Nations Week: 19-25
July 19-25, 2015 in the USA
The captive nations concept is a quaint relic of the Cold War and its immediate aftermath.
Every summer since 1959, the White House has invited the American people to observe the occasion with “appropriate ceremonies and activities,” according to the original law signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On July 18 2013, Barack Obama followed his predecessors and issued a proclamation calling on the American people to “reaffirm our deep ties to all governments and people committed to freedom, dignity, and opportunity for all.”
The original joint congressional resolution effectively committed the United States not just to the overthrow of communist governments around the world, a policy that was at odds with the doctrine of containment favored by contemporary strategists such as George F. Kennan. It also made the break-up of the Soviet Union, and indeed of Russia itself, an express goal of U.S. foreign policy.
General Events:
Moon Day 2015
July 20, 2015 in the World
Moon Day is celebrated on July 20, 2015. This holiday is a reminder of the first moon-landing on July, 20th in 1969. The first earthling who stepped onto the moon was Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut. Millions of people watched how Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Watching a recording of that historical event on the internet is certainly one of the best ways to celebrate Moon Day.
At that time the landing on the moon was true fiction. For centuries mankind looked up to the moon not really believing that one day they could really go there. The astronauts brang real moon-material back to earth and left a flag as well as a memorial tablet on the surface of the moon to who- or whatever might find and read it someday.
t’s probably best to gloss quietly over how long it is since the last visitors landed there, but that’s no reason to skimp on the celebrations. After all, there’ll never be a better excuse to launch firework rockets over your neighbourhood and dress up in a tinfoil suit with a fishbowl on your head. Alternatively, you might prefer to drag a telescope out into the garden, or maybe sit in a circle howling like wolves as the moon rises.
Be careful who you invite to your Moon Day party, though, as there’s bound to be one guest who insists the party is not really happening and that you are faking the hot dogs and beer in a film studio somewhere in Nevada.
Where is Moon Day?
Worldwide
Marine Day 2015
July 20, 2015 in Japan
Marine Day is celebrated on July 20, 2015. Marine Day, also known as “Ocean Day” or “Sea Day”, is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July. The purpose of the holiday is to give thanks to the ocean’s bounty and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan as an island nation. Many people take advantage of the holiday and summer weather to take a beach trip. Other ocean-related festivities are observed as well This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com.
Where is Marine Day?
Nationwide Japan
Presidents’ Day in Botswana
July 20 – 21, 2015 in Botswana
Presidents’ Day in Botswana takes place on July 20, 2015. Since 2006 the Presidents’ Day is a holiday in Botswana, a representative democratic republic in Southern Africa. Before that it was a two-day holiday and is still observed as such by the Botswana Stock Exchange for example. Diverse music, fashion, sports and dance shows are organized on Presidents Day. There also is a military parade and parties all over Botswana, especially in Gaborone.
Botswana once was a British protectorate of Bechuanaland but since 1966 it is independent from the Commonwealth. On Presidents’ Day the Batswana celebrate their president and their working democratic system. Botswana has a huge problem with HIV/AIDS infections though and therefore reason to celebrate political stability and socio-economic prosperity.
Where is Presidents’ Day in Botswana?
Nationwide Botswana
Historical Events on 20th July:
1304 – Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle – King Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold of the war.
1402 – Battle at Ancyra/Angora/Ankara: Timur’ beats Sultan Bajezid I’s Ottoman forces
1712 – The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain
1773 – Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
1810 – Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), declare independence from Spain
1871 – British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada
1881 – Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops
1901 – Morocco signs an agreement with France fixing Morocco’s frontier with Algeria, a French colony
1917 – Pact of Corfu signed: Serbs, Croats & Slovenes form Yugoslavia
1924 – Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) forms in Paris
1928 – The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians
1932 – In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force who attempt to march to the White House
1933 – Vatican state secretary Pacelli (Pius XII) signs accord with Hitler
1944 – Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by Germany army officer Claus Von Stauffenberg
1949 – Israel’s 19 month war of independence ends
1953 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council votes to make UNICEF a permanent agency
1956 – Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
1969 – 1st men on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11
1974 – Turkey invades Cyprus
1977 – The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments
1984 – Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
1989 – Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest
1998 – Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban
2000 – Terrorist Carlos the Jackal sues France in the European Court of Human Rights for allegedly torturing him.

 

Calendar day; Family Day 2014

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Family Day 2014
February 17, 2014 in Canada
Family Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of February except in BC where it’s the 2nd Monday of February
Family Day is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and as of 2013 also in British Columbia. Two other provinces have holidays in February: In PEI Islander Day (new since 2009) is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Mondayin February is the Louis Riel Day holiday.
Family Day was originally created to give people time to spend with their families but it also provides a day off between New Years Day and Good Friday as they are approximately three months apart. Unfortunately, not everyone gets Family Day off, which makes it a debatable holiday in many provinces.
Common Family Day activities include skating, playing hockey, snowboarding/skiing and going to various winter festivals. But the best best thing about of Family Day must be beaver tails and stuffing ourselves silly with pancakes with maple syrup!
Where is Family Day?
Nationwide Canada
Washington’s Birthday
February 17, 2014 in the USA
Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day or Presidents’ Day. As Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.
The federal holiday Washington’s Birthday honors the accomplishments of the man who has been referred to, for over two centuries, as “The Father of his Country”. Celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation, he was the Electoral College’s unanimous choice to become the first President; he was seen as a unifying force for the new republic and set an example for future holders of the office.
The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart recognizes injuries received in battle. Like Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Washington’s Birthday weekend offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.
Today, the February holiday has become well-known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales. Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses were universally closed on this day. With the late 1980s advertising push to rename the holiday, more and more businesses are staying open on the holiday each year, and, as on Veterans Day and Columbus Day, most delivery services outside of the U.S. Postal Service now offer regular service on the day as well. Some public transit systems have also gone to regular schedules on the day. Many colleges and universities hold regular classes and operations on President’s Day.
Consequently, some schools, which used to close for a single day for both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthday, now often close for the entire week (beginning with the Monday holiday) as a “mid-winter recess”. For example, the New York City school district began doing so in the 1990s.
Where is Washington’s Birthday?
Nationwide USA
Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17, 2014 in the World
Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world by localities or organizations, or nationwide, in order to encourage acts of kindness. The original founders of a national Random Acts of Kindness Day are Megan Singleton, Josh de Jong and Marshall Gray.
The holiday is on September 1 In New Zealand, RAK day began at a national level in 2005 by Josh de Jong, Marshall Gray, Megan Singleton and Reuben Gwyn. It is not a holiday, rather a national day where the entire country is challenged to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all.
There’s no better time to help a pensioner to cross the road than on Random Acts Of Kindness Day. Of course, crossing assistance is only one of the ways that you can show kindness and assistance to those around you – get creative in finding small ways to make a difference and to make somebody smile!
Where is Random Acts of Kindness Day?
Worldwide
My Way Day
February 17, 2014 in the World
It’s My Way Day! Today is the official day to do everything your way. Sleep in late, eat whatever you want, and take as long as you like in the shower. The world revolves around you for the next twenty-four hours, so make sure that no one else influences your decisions. Do everything simply because you want to do it (but just make sure it’s legal first).
Many notable events have taken place on February 17. In 1867, the first ship passed through the Suez Canal. In 1933, Newsweek Magazine published its first issue. In 1996, a NASA spacecraft orbited and landed on an asteroid for the first time.
All of these historical moments took place because someone had a brilliant idea and followed through with it, their way. So don’t be afraid to express your ideas today, stand up for what you believe in, and do everything your own way!
Where is My Way Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
1568 – Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
1600 – Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, charged of heresy.
1691 – Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1772 – 1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published
1854 – Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1867 – 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1876 – Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine)
1883 – A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
1936 – “Phantom” cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
1958 – Comic strip “BC” 1st appears
1964 – US House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
1972 – British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972 – Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
1983 – Netherlands adopts constitution
1995 – Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1998 – USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal

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