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Calendar day; February 4, 2016

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Thursday, the 4th of February, 2016 is the 35th day in 2016 and in the 5th calendar week.
General Events:
World Cancer Day
February 4, 2016 in the World
On February 04, 2016 World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. This health awareness day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control, a global consortium of more than 470 cancer-fighting organizations in over 120 countries.
The Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place annualy on 4 February and targets the public through global communications, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.
The aims of WCD are to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing to governments across the world to take action against the disease. The day is a key opportunity for everyone affected by cancer to work together to ensure that world leaders stick to the promises they made at the UN Summit in relation to reducing the impact of cancer.
Cancer is a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Not all tumors are cancerous.
Significantly, the number of cancer cases and related deaths worldwide is estimated to double over the next 20 to 40 years. With the greatest increase in low and middle income countries, those least equipped to cope with both the social and economic impact of the disease.
Where is World Cancer Day?
Worldwide
Rosa Parks Day
February 4, 2016 in the USA
Rosa Parks Day is observed on February 04, 2016. Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday celebrated on February 4 orDecember 1 in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated February 4, 2000. The holiday was first designated in the U.S. state of Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio’s legislation pass to honor the late leader.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Facebook’s Birthday
February 4, 2016 in the World
Facebook – the world’s biggest social media network – is turning 12 on February 4. The idea behind the network was initially to help students at Zuckerberg’s college to connect with each other. From a close-knit portal, Facebook today has over 1.5 billion users around the world.
Over these 12 years, Facebook has ventured into a variety of projects, initiatives, and technologies with the idea of connecting more and more people across the globe.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminisces in his post how the journey started when he wrote the first code for the site in January 2004. Zuckerberg is celebrating the anniversary as #friendsday- a way to celebrate the friendships and relationships that have made a difference in people’s lives through the network.
On February 4, Zuckerberg has called on Facebook users to celebrate the day with him by sharing a story about friendships that have made a difference in their lives.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 4th February:
960 The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries
1194 100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England
1703 In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-Seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master’s death
1783 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy)
1822 Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
1859 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt
1880 The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee
1899 The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces
1922 After boycotts and international pressure, Japan agrees to return Shantung Province to China
1936 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
1938 Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is officially released
1945 Roosevelt, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of the war
1948 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
1962 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
1971 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
1976 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
1985 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
2003 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution

 

Calendar day: December 1, 2015

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Tuesday, the 1st of December, 2015 is the 335th day in 2015 and in the 49th calendar week.
General Events:
World AIDS Day
December 1, 2015 in the World
World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December, 1988.
Where is World AIDS Day?
Worldwide
Great Union Day in Romania
December 1, 2015 in Romania
Great Union Day in Romania is celebrated on December 01, 2015. Great Union Day is the national holiday of Romania. It commemorates the assembly of the delegates of ethnic Romanians held in Alba Iulia, which declared the Union of Transylvania with Romania. This holiday was set after the 1989 Romanian Revolution and it marks the unification of Transylvania, but also of the provinces of Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom, in 1918. Prior to 1918, the national holiday of Romania was set to be on May 10, which had a double meaning: it was the day on which Carol I set foot on the Romanian soil (in 1866), and it was the day on which the prince ratified the Declaration of Independence (from the Ottoman Empire) in 1877. In Communist Romania, the date of the national holiday was set to August 23 to mark the 1944 overthrow of the pro-fascist government of Marshal Ion Antonescu.
Where is Great Union Day in Romania?
Nationwide Romania
GivingTuesday 2015
December 1, 2015 in the World
GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.
The tradition of charitable giving during the holidays began thousands of years ago. Today, it continues to be an important part of many cultures and religions around the world. During the Hindu festival of Diwali, for example, “dana” (charitable giving) and “seva” (selfless service) are two key components of the holiday.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Antarctica Day
December 1, 2015 in the World
Antarctica Day was established by the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces (Our Spaces) as a way to celebrate the continuation of the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed on 1 December 1959.
The Antarctic Treaty set aside 10% of the planet “forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes in the interest of mankind”.  As an annual event, Antarctica Day encourages participation from around the world.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Rosa Parks Day
December 1, 2015 in the USA
Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. In the U.S. states of California and Missouri it is celebrated on her birthday, February 4. In Ohio and Oregon it is celebrated on the day she was arrested, December 1.
Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated in 2000. The holiday was first designated in the U.S. state of Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio’s legislation pass to honor the late leader. It is also celebrated by the Columbus Ohio bus system (COTA) with a special tribute to the late civil rights leader. As of 2014, Missouri Govenor Jay Nixon proclaimed Rosa Parks Day official in the state. In 2014, Oregon governor Kitzhaber declared that Oregon will celebrate its first Rosa Parks Day.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
National Eat a Red Apple Day
December 1, 2015 in the USA
You know the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” It’s true! Apples have high nutritional value and are an extremely healthy snack. The peel alone contains antioxidants that help reduce damaged cells and fight diseases. Apples are also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free.
Did you know that there are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? They can come in a variety of shapes, flavors, and colors including all shades of red, green, and yellow.
The apple can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, or juiced. Snack on your favorite variety (Red Delicious or Macintosh, perhaps?) and celebrate Eat a Red Apple Day!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Natural events:
Beginning of meteorological winter
December 1, 2015 in Northern Hemisphere
In meteorology for the Northern hemisphere, winter begins on December 01, 2015. It is also called the beginning of meteorological winter. The meteorological seasons are divided according to the calendar months. Winter is often defined by meteorologists to be the three calendar months with the lowest average temperatures. This corresponds to the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere.
The coldest average temperatures of the season are typically experienced in January in the Northern hemisphere. Nighttime predominates the winter season, and in some regions it has the highest rate of precipitation as well as prolonged dampness because of permanent snow cover or high precipitation rates coupled with low temperatures, precluding evaporation. Blizzards often develop and cause many transportation delays.
Accumulations of snow and ice are commonly associated with winter in the Northern Hemisphere, due to the large land masses there. At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the solstice.
Where is Beginning of meteorological winter?
Worldwide Northern Hemisphere
Historical Events on 1st December:
1626 – Pasha Muhammad ibn Farukh tyrannical gov of Jerusalem, driven out
1640 – Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule
1641 – Massachusetts becomes the first colony to give statutory recognition to slavery
1783 – Jacques Charles & Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
1821 – Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep) proclaims independence from Spain
1835 – Hans Christian Andersen publishes his 1st book of fairy tales
1887 – Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print: “Study in Scarlet”
1906 – Cinema Omnia Pathe, world’s 1st cinema, opens (Paris)
1913 – Continuous moving assembly line introduced by Ford (car every 2:38)
1918 – Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence under Danish crown
1929 – Game of Bingo invented by Edwin S Lowe
1934 – Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov assassinated, used by Stalin as the excuse to begin the Great Purge of 1934-38
1941 – Japanese emperor Hirohito signs declaration of war
1953 – Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine’s 1st centerfold
1955 – Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
1959 – 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
1970 – Independent People’s Republic of South Yemen renames itself as People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen
1973 – Australia grants self-government to Papua New Guinea
1982 – Dentist Barney B Clark gets 1st artificial heart
1987 – Digging begins to link England & France under English Channel
1989 – East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
1991 – AIDS awareness day
1991 – Ukrainian people vote for independence

 

Calendar day; February 4, 2014

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World Cancer Day
February 4, 2014 in the World
On February 04, 2014 World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. This health awareness day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control, a global consortium of more than 470 cancer-fighting organizations in over 120 countries.
The Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place annualy on 4 February and targets the public through global communications, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.
The aims of WCD are to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing to governments across the world to take action against the disease. The day is a key opportunity for everyone affected by cancer to work together to ensure that world leaders stick to the promises they made at the UN Summit in relation to reducing the impact of cancer.
Cancer is a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Not all tumors are cancerous.
Significantly, the number of cancer cases and related deaths worldwide is estimated to double over the next 20 to 40 years. With the greatest increase in low and middle income countries, those least equipped to cope with both the social and economic impact of the disease.
World Cancer Day 2014:
http://www.worldcancerday.org/
Where is World Cancer Day?
Worldwide
Rosa Parks Day
February 4, 2014 in the USA
Rosa Parks Day is observed on February 04, 2014. Rosa Parks Day is an American holiday celebrated on February 4 or December 1 in honor of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks Day was created by the California State Legislature and first celebrated February 4, 2000. The holiday was first designated in the U.S. state of Ohio championed by Joyce Beatty, advocate who helped Ohio’s legislation pass to honor the late leader.
Where is Rosa Parks Day?
Nationwide USA
Thank a Mailman Day
February 4, 2014 in the USA
Today is Thank a Mailman Day! In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post—the first organized mail service in America. Before this act, people relied on friends, merchants, or private messengers to carry their letters. It was an unreliable system, and colonial British postal inspectors often intercepted confidential messages.
As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today, including a standardized rate chart based on weight and distance. Before the invention of the stamp in 1847, the writer could pay the postage in advance or leave it for the recipient to pay upon delivery!
Over the past two centuries, the Postal Service has grown and changed dramatically, but its mission of promoting free and open communication has remained the same. To celebrate Thank a Mailman Day, take a moment to appreciate this historic service and thank your mail carrier the next time you see him or her!
Did you Know? Pony Express riders were the most famous early American “mailmen”. Their motto was ” Neither rain, nor snow, nor death of the night, can keep us from our duty”. This motto is believed to be taken in part from a motto dating back to ancient times.
Where is Thank a Mailman Day ?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries.
1194 – 100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England
1822 – Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
1824 – J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public
1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
1899 – Revolt against US occupation of Philippines
1920 – 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)
1936 – 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
1962 – Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
1969 – Yassar Arafats takes over as chairman of PLO
1974 – Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
1985 – 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
1998 – Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

 

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