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Calendar day; January 16, 2015

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 Friday, the 16th of January, 2015 is the 16th day in 2015 and in the 3rd calendar week.
General Events:
Religious Freedom Day
January 16, 2015 in the USA
Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.” The day is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. We encourage schools to recognize Religious Freedom Day during the school week leading up to January 16.
The goal of ReligiousFreedomDay.com is to promote and protect students’ religious expression rights by informing educators, parents, and students about these liberties.

Religious Freedom Day Guidebook: http://religiousfreedomday.com/images/RFD_Guidebook_2012.pdf

Where is Religious Freedom Day?
Nationwide USA
International Fetish Day
January 16, 2015 in the World
International Fetish Day is observed on January 16, 2015. International Fetish Day is a day supporting the BDSM community. It originated in the United Kingdom as “National Fetish Day”. The first International Fetish Day was held on 16 January 2009 (the third Friday of the year).
The main purpose of International Fetish Day is to increase awareness and support of the fetish community, whilst also opposing the new law criminalising possession of “extreme pornography”. BDSM is a variety of erotic practices involving dominance and submission, role-playing, restraint, and other interpersonal dynamics. International Fetish Day is also designed to encourage members of the community to be more open about their sexuality.
On National Fetish Day, one of the main aspects is that members of the community wear an item of purple clothing as a sign that they are a member, in an event known as “Perverts Wear Purple”. The main benefit of this act is that it indicates that someone is a member of the community whilst being “Vanilla” at the same time. Purple is a colour widely used in BDSM circles.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
It’s International Hot & Spicy Food Day
January 16, 2015 in the World
It’s International Hot & Spicy Food Day! Archaeological evidence suggests that people have been using hot spices in their recipes for over 6000 years. Did you know that the hottest chili pepper in the world is the Naga Jolokia? On average, one of these peppers is over 170 times spicier than a jalapeno pepper!
Throughout the world, there are hundreds of different spices that contribute to an array of hot flavored foods. Hot foods can actually be very good for you because of their medicinal and antimicrobial properties. Garlic, chilies, onions, allspice, and oregano all kill bacteria and make food safer to consume.
To celebrate this holiday, try a few hot peppers or hot sauces with your food today!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Appreciate a Dragon Day
January 16, 2015 in the World
All of us, young and not so young, can appreciate dragons. You’ll find good and bad dragons in legends, folk lore, children’s books, songs, and top movies.
According to Donita K. Paul, the creator of this special day, you are encouraged to learn and explore the cultural and historic significance of dragons.
This day is also intended to celebrate literacy. So, reach for a book about dragons, and read it today!
Where is the event?
Worldwide
National Nothing Day
January 16, 2015 in the USA
National Nothing Day is an “un-event” which is celebrated on January 16, 2015 by doing nothing. It was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. Its purpose is “to provide Americans with one National day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”
Nothing is no thing, denoting the absence of something. Nothing is a pronoun associated with nothingness. In nontechnical uses, nothing denotes things lacking importance, interest, value, relevance, or significance. Nothingness is the state of being nothing, the state of nonexistence of anything, or the property of having nothing.
Grammatically, the word “nothing” is an indefinite pronoun, which means that it refers to something. One might argue that “nothing” is a concept, and since concepts are things, the concept of “nothing” itself is a thing. Many philosophers hold that the word “nothing” does not function as a noun, as there is no object to which it refers.
In physics, the word nothing is not used in any technical sense. A region of space is called a vacuum if it does not contain any matter, though it can contain physical fields. In fact, it is practically impossible to construct a region of space that contains no matter or fields, since gravity cannot be blocked and all objects at a non-zero temperature radiate electromagnetically.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 16th January:
550 – Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
1120 – The Council of Nablus is held, establishing the earliest surviving written laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
1219 – Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, thousands killed
1362 – A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt.
1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy
1547 – Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow
1581 – English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
1761 – The British capture Pondicherry, India, from the French
1793 – French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution
1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
1878 – Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.
1900 – The US gains control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands
1909 – British explorers David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
1918 – Austria and Germany are disrupted by strikes as people express impatience with leaders continuing the war
1919 – Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of US states; Nebraska is 36th
1920 – The 18th Amendment is ratified, prohibiting the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages (repealed 1933)
1941 – US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor
1956 – Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
1967 – 1st black government installed in Bahamas
1970 – 4 months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya
1974 – “Jaws” by Peter Benchley is published
1985 – “Playboy” announces end of stapling centerfolds
1991 – US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (US time)
2001 – A fuel supply tanker runs aground off the island of San Cristobal, causing a ‘ecological disaster’
2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

 

Calendar day; January 16, 2014

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National Nothing Day
January 16, 2014 in the USA

National Nothing Day is an “un-event” which is celebrated on January 16, 2014 by doing nothing. It was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. Its purpose is “to provide Americans with one National day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”

Nothing is no thing, denoting the absence of something. Nothing is a pronoun associated with nothingness. In nontechnical uses, nothing denotes things lacking importance, interest, value, relevance, or significance. Nothingness is the state of being nothing, the state of nonexistence of anything, or the property of having nothing.

Grammatically, the word “nothing” is an indefinite pronoun, which means that it refers to something. One might argue that “nothing” is a concept, and since concepts are things, the concept of “nothing” itself is a thing. Many philosophers hold that the word “nothing” does not function as a noun, as there is no object to which it refers.

Where is National Nothing Day?
Nationwide USA

Religious Freedom Day
January 16, 2014 in the USA

National Religious Freedom Day is observed on January 16, 2014. National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly’s adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. This vital document became the basis for the establishment clause, and led to freedom of religion for all Americans as protected in the religion clause in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by an annual statement by the President of the United States. This day is commemorated by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia by an annual First Freedom Award banquet.

Where is National Religious Freedom Day?
Nationwide USA

Tu Bishvat 2014
January 16, 2014 in the World

Tu Bishvat is a minor Jewish holiday, which is celebrated on January 16, 2014. It is occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot”, which means the “New Year of the Trees”. Tu Bishvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah. Tu Bishvat appears in the Mishnah in Tractate Rosh Hashanah as one of the four new years in the Jewish calendar. The discussion of when the New Year occurs was a source of debate among the rabbis.

In the Middle Ages, Tu Bishvat was celebrated with a feast of fruits in keeping with the Mishnaic description of the holiday as a “New Year.” In the 16th century, the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed and his disciples instituted a Tu Bishvat seder in which the fruits and trees of the Land of Israel were given symbolic meaning. The main idea was that eating ten specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection.

In the Chassidic community, some Jews pickle or candy the etrog (citron) from Sukkot and eat it on Tu Bishvat. Some pray that they will be worthy of a beautiful etrog on the following Sukkot. Tu Bishvat is considered by secular Israeli Jews and organizations to be the Jewish equivalent of Arbor Day, and it is often referred to by that name in international media. Ecological organizations in Israel and the diaspora have adopted the holiday to further environmental-awareness programs.

Where is Tu Bishvat?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

550 – Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.

1492 – The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella.

1547 – Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself 1st tsar of Moscow

1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.

1759 – British Museum opens in London

1776 – Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks

1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit

1909 – British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole

1919 – Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of states; Nebraska is 36th

1920 – 1st assembly of League of Nations (Paris)

1951 – Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi

1967 – 1st black government installed in Bahamas

1985 – “Playboy” announces end of stapling centerfolds

2002 – The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

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