Thursday, the 26th of June, 2014 is the 177th day in 2014 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
Internationa Day in Support of Victims of Torture
June 26, 2014 in the World
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on June 26, 2014. The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors throughout the world.
The day was selected by the United Nations General Assembly for two reasons. First, on 26 June 1945, the United Nations Charter was signed – the first international instrument obliging UN members to respect and promote human rights. Second, 26 June 1987 was when the United Nations Convention Against Torture came into effect.
 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture:
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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
June 26, 2014 in the World
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking takes place on June 26, 2014. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It has been held annually since 1988 on 26 June, a date chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu’s dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.
Drug abuse is a patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods neither approved nor advised by medical professionals. Substance abuse often includes problems with impulse control and impulsive behaviour. There are many cases in which criminal or antisocial behavior occur when the person is under the influence of a drug. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and other synthetic drugs.
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking:
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Ratcatcher’s Day
June 26, 2014 in the World
Ratcatcher’s Day is observed on June 26, 2014. Ratcatcher’s Day is celebrated on 26 June or 22 July, commemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin in Germany uses the June date. The confusion of dates is because the Brothers Grimm cite 26 June 1284 as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town, while the poem by Robert Browning gives it as 22 July 1376. It is a holiday remembering rat-catchers, similar to Secretary’s Day.
Where is Ratcatcher’s Day?
National Handshake Day
June 26, 2014 in the USA
Happy National Handshake Day! Today, we celebrate one of the most common greetings between two people.
Did you know that handshakes have been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.? Many researchers believe that the handshake originated in the Western world. It was a gesture of peace, demonstrated by the fact that the hands held no weapons.
Today, a handshake is offered upon meeting or parting. It is an expression of goodwill, gratitude and congratulations. Many people believe that a handshake reveals something about the character of the person who gives it. A firm handshake reflects a confident personality while a floppy handshake reveals a shy one.
Today, go ahead and give some nice, strong handshakes. Make sure not to grip too tight!
Where is National Handshake Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events:
1284 – Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened)
1483 – Duke of Gloucester appoints himself King Richard III of England
1498 – Toothbrush invented

1718 – Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!
1843 – Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony
1857 – The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria
1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto
1900 – Dr Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever
1924 – After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave Dominican Republic
1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island
1941 – Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
1945 – UN Charter signed by 50 nations in SF
1949 – 1st Belgian parliamentary election where women can vote
1959 – Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
1960 – Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
1972 – IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
1992 – India leases Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh
1994 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat returns to Gaza after 27 years