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Sunday, the 21st of June, 2015 is the 172th day in 2015 and in the 25th calendar week.
General Events:
Father’s Day 2015
June 21, 2015 in the World
In many countries Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, among them the USA, Canada, the UK, France, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. However, it is also widely celebrated on other days, for example onFebruary 23rd (Russia, Defender of the Fatherland Day), March 19th (as Festa del Papà in Italy, Dia do Pai in Portugal and Día del Padre in Spain), Ascension Day (Germany), the first Sunday in June (Switzerland), the second Sunday in June (Austria and Belgium), June 21st, the first day of Summer (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan & Syria), first Sunday of September (Australia, New Zealand) and the second Saturday of November (many Scandinavian countries). For a complete overview of the dates of Father’s Day around the world see here.
Although the name of the event is usually understood as a plural possessive (i.e. “day belonging to fathers”), which would under normal English punctuation guidelines be spelled “Fathers’ Day” (not “Fathers Day”), the most common spelling is “Father’s Day”, as if it were a singular possessive (i.e. “day belonging to Father”).
Where is Father’s Day?
Worldwide
Father’s Day 2015, USA
In the US, Father’s Day is celebrated on June 21, 2015. The day falls on the third Sunday of June. Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Other festivities honoring fathers had been held in Fairmont and in Creston, but the modern holiday did not emerge from those.
Modern Father’s Day was invented by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington, who was also the driving force behind its establishment. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis’s efforts to establish Mother’s Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA, at the Spokane YMCA.
Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father’s Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.
National Aboriginal Day
June 21, 2015 in Canada
National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on June 21, 2015. The day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on June 21 annually. Most provincial jurisdictions, however, do not recognise it as a statutory holiday.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
Fête de la Musique
June 21, 2015 in the World
Fête de la Musique takes place on June 21, 2015. The day is also known as World Music Day. It is a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music. The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen who proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice.
The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries.
The purpose of World Music Day is to promote music in two ways:
1) Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan Faites de la musique (“Make music”), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal.
2) Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. This is true of most participating cities, now, as well.
Where is Fête de la Musique?
Worldwide
World Humanist Day
June 21, 2015 in the World
World Humanist Day takes place on June 21, 2015. The day is a humanist holiday celebrated annually around the world on the summer solstice, which usually falls on June 21st. According to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), the day is a way of spreading awareness of Humanism as a philosophical life stance and means to effect change in the world. It is also seen as a time for Humanists to gather socially and promote the positive values of Humanism.
Where is World Humanist Day?
Worldwide
Day of Private Reflection
June 21, 2015 in Ireland
Day of Private Reflection is celebrated on June 21, 2015. The Day of Private Reflection is a day of remembrance created to acknowledge and reflect upon the conflict in Northern Ireland. It was proposed by Healing Through Remembering, a cross-community organisation devoted to dealing with the legacy of the conflict. The occasion sought to look toward a peaceful future, while reflecting on the violence of the past. The day has been held annually since 2007 on June 21, the summer solstice; it was chosen for this date as the solstice was deemed an opportunity for looking both forward and back. The Day of Reflection was specifically mentioned by the report of the Consultative Group on the Past who recommended that it be renamed the Day of Reflection and Reconciliation.
Where is Day of Private Reflection?
Nationwide Ireland
Andean-Amazonic New Year
June 21, 2015 in Bolivia
Andean-Amazonic New Year is observed on June 21, 2015. The Andean-Amazonic New Year is a national holiday in Bolivia which celebrates the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere on June 21 as the Aymara New Year. It was declared a national holiday in Bolivia for the first time in 2010 by the government of Evo Morales, despite opposition from the Christian right in Bolivia.
Where is Andean-Amazonic New Year?
Nationwide Bolivia
International Surfing Day
June 21, 2015 in the World
The day, held annually on or near the date of the summer solstice – usually June 21 or 20 June on leap years – is an unofficial, environmentally conscious sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of surfing and the surfing lifestyle and the sustainability of ocean resources.
Contests and prizes are also part of the celebration with surfing related industries donating prizes such as surfboards and wetsuits. Another purpose of the celebration is to promote the popularity of surfing and to attract new participants.
International Surfing Day was established in 2004 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation. International Surfing Day closely follows the spirit and intent of the World Surf Day established by the Usenet newsgroup alt.surfing in 1993. International Surfing Day is a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing.
International Surf Day events have been held on all populated continents including South America where it is celebrated in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Also in the Southern Hemisphere the holiday is observed in the Oceanian nations of Australia and New Zealand. The day is also widely observed in the American state of Hawaii, also in Oceania.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Cuckoo Warning Day
June 21, 2015 in the World
June 21 is Cuckoo Warning Day, a holiday that holds to the superstition (or is it science?) that if you hear the Cuckoo bird call on this day – the first day of summer – there will be plenty of rain this summer. If you don’t, the summer will be drier.
We’re not sure where this superstition came from or whether or not it’s true, but we do know that, in Europe (where cuckoos spend their spring and summer after wintering in Africa), the call of the cuckoo is a welcoming indicator that spring is here and the green grass and warmth of summer are just around the corner.
If you don’t live in a region inhabited by the cuckoo bird, find a cuckoo clock or practice making your own cuckoo call.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Natural events:
Summer Solstice
June 21, 2015 in Northern Hemisphere
Summer Solstice takes place on June 21, 2015. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. Summer is the warmest of the four temperate seasons, between spring and autumn. Schools and universities typically have a summer break to take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days. In all countries, children are out of school during this time of year for summer break, although dates vary.
Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. The summer solstice occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight – except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most have recognition of sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals, and rituals around that time.
The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.
Where is Summer Solstice?
Worldwide Northern Hemisphere
Historical Events on 21st June:
524 – Godomar, King of the Burgundians, defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce.
1582 – The Incident at Honnō-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan
1633 – Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to “abjure, curse, & detest” his Copernican heliocentric views
1734 – In Montreal in New France (today primarily Quebec), a black slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, is tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony that involved her disgrace and the amputation of a hand
1788 – US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify
1791 – Fleeing French King Louis XVI & family captured at Varennes-en-Argonne
1854 – First Victoria Cross won during bombardment of Bomarsund in the Aland Islands (Crimean War)
1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons
1879 – F W Woolworth opens 1st store (failed almost immediately)
1900 – In the Philippines, General Arthur McArthur, US military governor of the Philippines, issues an amnesty proclamation to those Filipinos who will renounce the insurgent movement and accept US sovereignty
1916 – Mexican troops beat US expeditionary force under Gen Pershing
1919 – The German Navy, feeling betrayed by the terms of the Versailles Treaty, scuttles most of its ships interned at Great Britain’s Scapa Flow Naval base in the Orkney Islands
1921 – The UK, the Dominions, and India, become the British Commonwealth of Nations
1940 – The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia
1948 – 33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced and 78’s planned to be phased out (Dr Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records)
1956 – Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere
1964 – Three civil rights workers, Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail
1985 – American, Brazilian & West German forensic pathologists confirm skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were Nazi Dr Josef Mengele
1989 – Supreme Court rules ok to burn US flag as a political expression
1990 – 7.7 Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake with hundreds of aftershocks hits Iran; killing about 50,000
1993 – English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat
2000 – Section 28 (outlawing the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote
2006 – Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra

 

Happy Summer Solstice!! )0(

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That’s right, it’s the ‘official’ start of the Summer season!

And it’s my anniversary! We’ve been married for 14 years! And together for ten before that. So whoa, I’ve been with this dude for 24 years. Um, yeah! Big WOW! LOL 😀

And now for the not so fun news; he’s sick. Like really really sick. He was able to get in to see his doctor this morning, hm, apparently this bug is going around. And he’s going to need meds. So I cancelled our dinner reservations in Indy. And I’ll be picking up some chicken noodle soup on the way home after work. Along with some orange juice, and water. He doesn’t like water from the tap. Even with the Brita filter I’ve put on it. Some people just like their bottled water. I keep teasing him, I’m going to stick a baby bottle top on it. LOL 😛

And since he might be contagious. We’ll be in seperate rooms later. He can watch a movie on his laptop, and I’ll be watching a movie in my room. woot! (And yes, that woot is sarcastic)

But back to the Summer Solstice, it’s the first ‘official’ day of Summer. Any one have any special plans?

For my Pagan/Wiccan Friends, Blessed Be )0(

for those that want to know more on the pagan view: Midsummer
Summer Solstice

And just in case anyone is wondering, I just received a text from Hubs, he has Gastritis Infection. They are ordering a chest x-ray and blood work to rule out Namibia and jaundice. A while back there was a woman that came in to hubs work, her pupils were bright yellow. He washed his hands, and used alcohol on all the surfaces she had touched, but still for his peace of mind, the doctor is having the tests done. And she is from the region for the other rule out… um… whoa…
sometimes I love wiki, and others, I wished I hadn’t looked to see what he’s ruling out.
So yay, tests to ensure it’s only the one thing. And um, yeah, he is infectious. woonothoo…

okay Punkins, laters! Have a beautiful day!

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