Calendar day; September 21, 2015

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Monday, the 21st of September, 2015 is the 264th day in 2015 and in the 39th calendar week.
General Events
International Day of Peace
September 21, 2015 in the World
The International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21, 2015. It is also known as the World Peace Day and occurs annually on September 21. The day is dedicated to peace, and specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. The World Peace Day was declared by the United Nations (UN) in 1981. Since then it is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.
To inaugurate the International Day of Peace, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the United Nations Association of Japan, and is referred to as “a reminder of the human cost of war.” The inscription on its side reads: “Long live absolute world peace.” Individuals can also wear White Peace Doves on this day to commemorate the International Day of Peace, which are badges in the shape of a dove produced by a non-profit in Canada.
Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.
Where is International Day of Peace?
Respect for the Aged Day
September 21, 2015 in Japan
Respect for the Aged Day takes place on September 21, 2015. Respect for the Aged Day is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens. It started in 1966 as a national holiday and held on every September 15. After 2003, the Respect for the Aged Day is held on the 3rd Monday of September due to the Happy Monday System. This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when Nomadani-mura (later Yachiyo-cho, currently Taka-cho), Hyogo Prefecture proclaimed September 15 Old Folks’ Day (Toshiyori no Hi). Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.
Where is Respect for the Aged Day?
Nationwide Japan
World Gratitude Day
September 21, 2015 in the World
World Gratitude Day takes place on September 21, 2015. Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions, and has been considered extensively by moral philosophers such as Adam Smith.
Gratitude may also serve to reinforce future prosocial behavior in benefactors. For example, one experiment found that customers of a jewelry store who were called and thanked showed a subsequent 70% increase in purchases. In comparison, customers who were thanked and told about a sale showed only a 30% increase in purchases, and customers who were not called at all did not show an increase. In another study, regular patrons of a restaurant gave bigger tips when servers wrote “Thank you” on their checks.
According to Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased wellbeing not only for the individual but for all people involved. The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies and in an effort to increase overall wellbeing, has begun to make an effort to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement.
Where is the event?
World Alzheimer’s Day
September 21, 2015 in the World
World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone.
With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical to our families than ever.
Where is the event?
National Myositis Awareness Day
September 21, 2015 in the USA
In 2006 the United States House of Representatives officially put their support behind the creation of a National Myositis Awareness Day. The official date was then set as September 21st.
Myositis is a rare illness of the muscles. The illness itself covers a wide range of inflammatory myopathies but the four main groupings of this illness are: Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis, Inclusion-body Myositis, and Juvenile Myositis. Simplified derma means skin, poly means multiple, myo means muscle, and sitis means inflammation. So more simply put myositis is muscle inflammation that can involve inflammation of the skin or other multiple forms of inflammation.
There is often an overlap illness involved with myositis. This means that the myositis sufferer may also suffer from Interstitual lung disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, or other inflammatory based illnesses.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Spring Day in Argentina
September 21, 2015 in Argentina
Spring Day in Argentina is observed on September 21, 2015. Spring Day is an informal holiday in Argentina, celebrated on 21 September, the conventional date of the beginning of spring (one or two days before the actual southern spring equinox). Though this is not a work-free public holiday, it coincides with Student’s Day, which is a no-school day for students on all the levels of the education system (Except for Primary Schools).
The holiday is therefore mostly observed and dominated by teenagers and young adults, which massively take on public parks, beaches and other outdoor venues in the larger cities, and enjoy sports or picnics. Local administrations usually offer the public a number of entertainment shows, such as free rock concerts. In later years security operations have been staged to avoid incidents such as fights and vandalism, as well as controls to curb the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Argentina
Hajj 2015
September 21 – 26, 2015 in Saudi Arabia
The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, approximately takes place between September 21, 2015 and September 26, 2015. This duty for Muslims has to be carried out at least once in their lifetime, as long as they are physically able to take this journey and afford it.
The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, demonstrating the solidarity of the Muslim people as well as their submission to Allah. The other four pillars are these submissions to God, fasting while Ramadan, the daily prayers, and the alms tax. The pilgrims are not allowed to cut hair or nails during Hajj. Also the use of scented products, arguing, smoking and having sex are forbidden. This state of consecration is called Ihram.
Every year more than two million Muslims from around the world participate in the pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabian Mecca. Around the city is a sacred area, which may not be entered by non-Muslims. In addition to the hajj, which as the great pilgrimage that is tied to specific data, Muslims can also take a small pilgrimage called Umrah round the year.
Where is Hajj?
Hajj Route Saudi Arabia
Historical Events on 21st September:
1192 – English king Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by by Leopold V, Duke of Austria
1451 – Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge
1621 – King James I of England gives Sir Alexander Sterling royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia
1677 – John & Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher
1827 – According to Joseph Smith Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon
1837 – Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores
1860 – In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao
1898 – Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days’ Reform in China, imprisoning the Guangxu Emperor
1915 – CH Chubb buys Stonehenge for £6,600
1921 – Oppau explosion, a storage silo at a BASF fertilizer producing plant explods in Oppau, Germany, 500—600 killed
1934 – Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000
1936 – Spanish fascist junta names Franco to generalissimo/supreme commander
1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is published by George Allen and Unwin in London
1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people
1949 – Chinese Communist leaders proclaim People’s Republic of China
1953 – Allied forces form West Germany
1964 – Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom
1979 – Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish their influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) “The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm”, introducing the term and idea of “spandrels” into evolutionary biology
1981 – Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
1995 – The Hindu milk miracle occurs, in which statues of the Hindu God Ganesh began drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths
1999 – Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.


Calendar day; August 26, 2015

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Wednesday, the 26th of August, 2015 is the 238th day in 2015 and in the 35th calendar week.
General Events:
Women’s Equality Day
August 26, 2015 in the USA
Women in the United States were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was signed. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.
Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls of many societies worldwide. In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behaviour, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favour of men and boys.
Issues commonly associated with notions of women’s rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote (suffrage); to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military or be conscripted; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital or parental rights.
Where is Women’s Equality Day?
Nationwide USA
Namibia Day 2015
August 26, 2015 in Namibia
Namibia Day takes place on August 26, 2015. Namibia Day or Heroes’ Day is a national public holiday in Namibia. It is recognized by the United Nations as Namibia Day. The day commemorates the Namibian War of Independence which began on 26 August 1966 at Omugulugwombashe. National celebrations take place annually at different places, usually in the north of Namibia near important battle zones. Hundreds of people annually gather to watch leaders such as Hifikepunye Pohamba, Sam Nujoma and Nahas Angula officially commemorate veterans of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia, SWAPO’s military wing during the War. Likewise, honours, such as military medals, are handed out on the day. Heroes’ Acre, a war memorial outside of Windhoek, was opened on Heroes’ Day in 2002. It is also the same day that the United Nations Institute for Namibia, a tertiary educational body in Zambia under the auspices of the United Nations and forerunner to the University of Namibia, was inaugurated in 1976.
Where is Namibia Day?
Nationwide Namibia
La Tomatina 2015
August 26, 2015 in Valencia
La Tomatina takes place on August 26, 2015. Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located 30 km from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
At around 10 AM, festivities begin with the first event of the Tomatina. It is the “palo jamón”, similar to the greasy pole. The goal is to climb a greased pole with a ham on top. As this happens, the crowd work into a frenzy of singing and dancing while being showered in water from hoses. Once someone is able to drop the ham off the pole, the start signal for the tomato fight is given by firing the water shot in the air and trucks make their entry. The signal for the onset is at about 11 when a loud shot rings out, and the chaos begins.
Several trucks throw tomatoes in abundance in the Plaza del Pueblo. The tomatoes come from Extremadura, where they are less expensive and are grown specifically for the holidays, being of inferior taste. For the participants the use of goggles and gloves are recommended. The tomatoes must be crushed before being thrown so as to reduce the risk of injury. The estimated number of tomatoes used are around 150,000 i.e. over 40 metric tons.
After exactly one hour, the fight ends with the firing of the second shot, announcing the end. The whole town square is colored red and rivers of tomato juice flow freely. Fire Trucks hose down the streets and participants use hoses that locals provide to remove the tomato paste from their bodies. Some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. After the cleaning, the village cobblestone streets are pristine due to the acidity of the tomato disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning the surfaces.
Where is La Tomatina?
Nationwide Valencia
Repentance Day
August 26, 2015 in Papua New Guinea
Repentance Day is observed on August 26, 2015. Repentance Day is a public holiday in Papua New Guinea. It is celebrated by “prayer ceremonies” across the country. It was established on 15 August 2011 by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who had come to power less than two weeks earlier.
Where is Repentance Day?
Nationwide Papua New Guinea
National Dog Day
August 26, 2015 in the USA
National Dog Day takes place on August 26, 2015. It’s aim is to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It was founded in 2004 by National Dog Day Foundation. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.
Most breeds of dogs are at most a few hundred years old, having been artificially selected for particular morphologies and behaviors by people for specific functional roles. Through this selective breeding, the dog has developed into hundreds of varied breeds, and shows more behavioral and morphological variation than any other land mammal.
The dog was the first domesticated anima and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history., Dogs perform many roles for people, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship, and, more recently, aiding handicapped individuals. This impact on human society has given them the nickname “man’s best friend” in the Western world.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 26th August:
1346 – Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III’s English longbows defeat Philip VI’s army, cannons used for first time in battle
1541 – Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Buda and annexes Hungary
1641 – West India Company conquerors Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola
1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph
1924 – (August 13 Old Style) The Catastrophe of Smyrna, known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks, occurs. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor
1938 – British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine
1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WW II
1951 – Jongbloed in Paris demonstrates artificial heart
1959 – British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
1973 – University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
1983 – Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain
1997 – Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed
2003 – The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
2008 – Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Calendar day; August 19, 2015

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Wednesday, the 19th of August, 2015 is the 231th day in 2015 and in the 34th calendar week.
General Events:
World Humanitarian Day
August 19, 2015 in the World
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) falls on August 19, 2015 and is a global celebration of people helping people. The awareness day was designated by the United Nations in an effort to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide and the people who risk their lives in order to provide it. Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. The United Nations invites all Member States and the entities of the United Nations system, within existing resources, as well as other international organizations and non-governmental organizations, to observe WHD annually in an appropriate manner.
Humanitarian aid is material or logistical assistance provided for humanitarian purposes, typically in response to humanitarian crises including natural disaster and man-made disaster. The primary objective of humanitarian aid is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity. It may therefore be distinguished from development aid, which seeks to address the underlying socioeconomic factors which may have led to a crisis or emergency. Aid is funded by donations from individuals, corporations, governments and other organizations. The funding and delivery of humanitarian aid is increasingly international, making it much faster, more responsive, and more effective in coping with to major emergencies affecting large numbers of people.
Where is World Humanitarian Day?
World Orangutan Day
August 19, 2015 in the World
Over the last two decades the world’s orangutan population has declined by more than 50 per cent. Despite being one of the most intelligent primate species on Earth, the orangutan is now endangered, mainly due to poaching, the illegal pet trade and loss of habitat.
In Indonesia and Malaysia vast swathes of the orangutan’s native rainforests are being removed to develop palm oil plantations. An area the size of 300 football pitches is cleared every hour to make way for oil palms and the oil derived from the crop is used in almost 50 per cent of consumer goods.
What happens to orangutans affected by this process is harrowing, according to Dr Karmele Llano Sanchez, executive director of International Animal Rescue Indonesia.
“When the forest is destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, it’s easier for hunters to find and shoot orangutans,” she said. “These hunters kill the mother and other members of the family and take the babies to sell them into the pet trade.”
On World Orangutan Day, campaigners are calling on companies to only buy palm oil from sustainable sources. Wildlife charity WWF says consumers are only buying half of the sustainably produced palm oil being manufactured. With fewer than 60,000 orangutans estimated to be left in the wild, action to back up the promises can’t come soon enough.
Where is World Orangutan Day?
Savior of the Apple Feast Day
August 19, 2015 in Eastern slavic countries
Savior of the Apple Feast Day is celebrated on August 19, 2015. The Savior of the Apple Feast Day is an Eastern Slavic folk holiday, falling on the Feast of the Transfiguration. It is one of the three Saviour (Spas) days. The holiday has a pre-Christian origin and is associated with harvesting of ripe fruits, especially apples.
Where is Savior of the Apple Feast Day?
Nationwide Eastern slavic countries
National Aviation Day
August 19, 2015 in the USA
National Aviation Day is observed on August 19, 2015. The National Aviation Day is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day.
The proclamation was codified, and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. His/her proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 19th August:
43 BC – Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.
1263 – King James I of Aragon censors Hebrew writing
1561 – Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith, Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
1587 – Sigismund III becomes king of Poland
1692 – Five more people hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts
1772 – Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government & restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720
1791 – Benjamin Banneker writes a letter to the Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson using language from the “United States Declaration of Independence” to criticize Jefferson’s pro-slavery stance and to request justice for African Americans
1887 – Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse
1888 – 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 yr old West Indian wins
1919 – Afghanistan declares independence from UK
1941 – Ump Jocko Conlan ejects Pirate manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on field holding an umbrella to get a rainout
1942 – WWII: Over 4,000 Canadian & British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
1944 – Last Japanese troops driven out of India
1947 – J Arens & D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A
1953 – The democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh is overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name ‘Operation Boot’) and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project)
1960 – Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
1965 – Auschwitz trials end with 6 life sentences
1970 – The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted ‘White’ status
1985 – Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley’s Comet, Suisei
1989 – Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
1998 – South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden
2005 – The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins

Calendar day; June 23, 2015

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Tuesday, the 23rd of June, 2015 is the 174th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
International Widows Day
June 23, 2015 in the World
International Widows Day is observed on June 23, 2015. International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”. International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood.
The significance of 23 June is that it was on that day in 1954 that Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba – mother of the Foundation’s founder, Lord Loomba – herself became a widow. One of the Foundation’s key goals is to highlight what it describes as an invisible calamity. There are an estimated 245 million widows worldwide, 115 million of whom live in poverty and suffer from social stigmatization and economic deprivation purely because they have lost their husbands.
The first International Widows Day took place in 2005 and was launched by Lord Loomba and the Foundation’s President, Cherie Blair. Since that time, the scale of the event has grown, with events across the world timed to commemorate the day of awareness. On the 21st December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted 23 June as International Widows Day.
Where is the event?
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
June 23, 2015 in Canada
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is celebrated on June 23, 2015. The National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is marked every year on June 23 in Canada to mark the anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland. On this day, flags across Canada are flown at half-mast to honour the victims of the bombing, as well as other acts of terrorist violence that have taken lives of Canadians.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
Golowan Festival
June 23 – 28, 2015 in Cornwall, UK
Golowan Festival is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Golowan is the Cornish language word for the Midsummer celebrations in Cornwall, UK: widespread prior to the late 19th century and most popular in the Penwith area and in particular Penzance and Newlyn. The celebrations were conducted from the 23rd of June (St John’s Eve) to the 28th of June (St Peter’s Eve) each year.
Where is Golowan Festival?
Nationwide Cornwall, UK
Kupala Night 2015
June 23 – 24, 2015 in Slavic countries
Kupala Night is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Kupala Night or Ivan Kupala Day is celebrated in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia currently on the night of 23/24 June in the Gregorian calendar. The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of fascinating Pagan rituals.
The holiday is still enthusiastically celebrated by the younger people of the Eastern Europe. The night preceding the holiday (Tvorila night) is considered the night for “good humour” mischiefs. On Ivan Kupala day itself, children are engaged in water fights and perform pranks mostly involving pouring water over someone.
Where is Kupala Night?
Nationwide Slavic countries
Jani 2015
June 23 – 24, 2015 in Latvia
Jani is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Jani is a Latvian festival held in the night from 23 June to 24 June to celebrate the summer solstice (Midsummer), the shortest night and longest day of the year[citation needed]. Both days are public holidays, and people usually spend them in the countryside. The festival’s eve Janu vakars is held in the evening of 23 June and goes on all through the night Janu nakts, where people sway into the following day.
Where is Jani?
Nationwide Latvia
Grand Duke’s Official Birthday
June 23, 2015 in Luxembourg
Grand Duke’s Official Birthday takes place on June 23, 2015. The Grand Duke’s Official Birthday is celebrated as the annual national holiday of Luxembourg. It is celebrated on 23 June, although this has never been the actual birthday of any ruler of Luxembourg. When the monarch of Luxembourg is female, it is known as the Grand Duchess’s Official Birthday.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Luxembourg
Pink Day
June 23, 2015 in the USA
National Pink Day is celebrated on June 23, 2015. Take care, that all your clothings and accessories are pink on this day! National Pink Day is especially a day for the ladies, because pink is a girl’s favorite color. Pink is any of the colors between bluish red (purple) and red, of medium to high brightness and of low to moderate saturation.
The association of pink with girls dates to the modern era, probably developing at different times in different countries. The foremost student of the role of color in children’s fashion, Jo Paoletti, found that “By the 1950s, pink was strongly associated with femininity” but to an extent that was “neither rigid nor universal” as it later became. Some date the origin of the association of pink with girls in the United States to the 1910s or 1920s. Many have noted the contrary association of pink with boys in 20th-century America.
One study by two neuroscientists in Current Biology examined color preferences across cultures and found significant differences between male and female responses. Both groups favored blues over other hues, but women had more favorable responses to the reddish-purple range of the spectrum and men had more favorable responses to the greenish-yellow end of the spectrum.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
United Nations Public Service Day
June 23, 2015 in the World
United Nations Public Service Day is an official UN observance held on June 23 each year. It was designated in the resolution 57/277 of the UN General Assembly issued on March 7, 2003 and has been celebrated annually ever since.
The term “public service” refers to any service provided by government to people living within its jurisdiction. In modern developed countries, it typically includes (but is not limited to) education, health care, public transportation, social service, emergency services, law enforcement etc.
Public Service Day was established to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to community. It also focuses on raising awareness of the contribution of public service to the development of society and honoring the work of public servants. Events held on the occasion aim at encouraging young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
UN Public Service Day is marked with the United Nations Public Service Awards Ceremony. It rewards excellence in public service and is aimed at promoting public service throughout the world. The winners are announced at a high-level event held on June 23 each year.
Where is the event?
Historical Events on 23rd June:
930 – World’s oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the Alþingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), established
1658 – Dutch troops occupy last Portugese Fort at Jafnapatnam in Ceylon
1683 – William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty “not sworn to, nor broken”
1713 – The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada
1794 – Russian Empress Catherine II (Catherine the Great) grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev
1848 – Bloody insurrection of workers in Paris
1894 – The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
1900 – The Young Turks present a manifesto to the major foreign embassies in Constantinople demanding that these foreign powers end the Ottoman Sultan’s rule
1915 – Italians launch the first of what will become 11 battles to dislodge the Austrians from the Isonzo River, which keeps the Italians from Trieste
1925 – British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers
1935 – Anthony Eden offers Benito Mussolini a Somalian harbor
1942 – World War II: Germany’s latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales
1950 – Swiss parliament refuses voting right for women
1951 – Most expensive US hailstorm ($1.5M crop damage & $14M property-Kansas)
1961 – The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force
1973 – World Court condemns French nuclear tests in the Pacific
1974 – 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
1980 – South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President’s Council fails; the Council was part of Botha’s plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people
1982 – Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb)
1985 – Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
1990 – Moldavia declares independence
1993 – Nigeria’s military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida, annuls results of presidential elections and halts a return to democracy
2000 – The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world’s largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event


Calendar day; May 22, 2015

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Friday, the 22nd of May, 2015 is the 142th day in 2015 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22, 2015 in the World
The International Day for Biological Diversity, also known as World Biodiversity Day, is celebrated on May 22, 2015. It is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. The day is celebrated annually.
From its creation by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1993 until 2000, it was held on December 29 to celebrate the day the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, and partly to avoid the many other holidays that occur in late December.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. This decade serves to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, with the goal of significantly reducing biodiversity loss.
Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. In terrestrial habitats, tropical regions are typically rich whereas Polar Regions support fewer species.
Where is the event?
World Goth Day
May 22, 2015 in the World
The Official World Goth Day site defines it as “a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world”.
World Goth Day originated in the UK in 2009. BBC Radio 6 was looking at a number of music subcultures. Goth DJs Cruel Britannia and Martin OldGoth got an event up and running. It was decided that May 22 would be the day when this event would be held regularly. The tradition continued and spread outside the UK, with a website being initiated to coordinate and advertise events worldwide.
World Goth Day celebrates the sub cultural aspects of the Goth subculture. Aspects of the culture like fashion, music and art are celebrated by fashion shows, art exhibitions and music performance. Many of the events feature local Goth bands, and some have taken on a charity aspect with events in the UK and Australia supporting favoured charities like the UK Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity that tries to curb prejudice and hatred against subcultures.
The event has evolved to be now celebrated by goths all around the world, including the UK, the US, Australia, Singapore and South Africa.
Where is the event?
Canadian Immigrants’ Day
May 22, 2015 in Canada
A day to celebrate and recognize the contributions made by immigrants to Canada and to discuss Canadian immigration policy and experience.
Where is the event?
Nationwide Canada
National Maritime Day
May 22, 2015 in the USA
United States National Maritime Day takes place on May 22, 2015. The day is a United States holiday created to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed on May 22, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. The holiday was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933.
Where is United States National Maritime Day?
Nationwide USA
National Wig Out Day (Friday before Memorial Day)
May 22, 2015 in the USA
Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? Well, today is your opportunity to experiment. It’s National Wig Out Day! This celebration is similar to Halloween, but the focus is just on wigs.
Wig Out Day was invented in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation.
So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head, just be sure to Wig Out!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 22nd May:
334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus
1455 – Opening battle in England’s 30-year War of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI
1570 – 1st atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps
1819 – 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga)
1840 – The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished
1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions
1892 – Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube
1897 – The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames was officially opened
1906 – A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: these were the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
1919 – Andrew E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a major step forward in the dating of archaeological sites
1927 – 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed
1933 – Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay
1939 – Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign “Pact of Steel”
1960 – Virtually all coastal towns between 37th & 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at01:04 AM
1967 – Fire at L’Innovation dept store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)
1977 – Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)
1990 – North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
1992 – Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of Tonight Show
1997 – Kelly Flinn, US Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial
2010 – Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb


Calendar Day; February 12, 2015

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Thursday, the 12th of February, 2015 is the 43th day in 2015 and in the 7th calendar week.
General Events:

Red Hand Day 2015
February 12, 2015 in the World
Red Hand Day is observed on February 12, 2015. The day is an annual commemoration day on which pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to the fates of child soldiers, children who are forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. The aim is to call for action against this practice, and support for children who are affected by it.
The day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force. The protocol was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in May 2000 and currently has signatures from over 100 different states. The worldwide number of child soldiers is estimated to be 250,000, a third of whom are girls, in at least 17 countries.
The military use of children takes three distinct forms: children can take direct part in hostilities, or they can be used in support roles such as porters, spies, messengers, look outs, and sexual slaves; or they can be used for political advantage either as human shields or in propaganda. A reason that children are recruited as soldiers is that up to a certain age, they don’t have a full grasp of the finality of death and the severity of the act of killing a human being.
Where is Red Hand Day?
Darwin Day 2015
February 12, 2015 in the World
Darwin Day is observed on February 12, 2015 and intends to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin’s contribution to science and to promote science in general. Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, who established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.
In the late 1990s, two Darwin enthusiasts, Chesworth and Stephens, co-founded an unofficial effort to promote Darwin Day. In 2001, Chesworth moved to New Mexico and incorporated the “Darwin Day Program”. In 2004, the New Mexico Corporation was dissolved and all its assets assigned to the “Darwin Day Celebration”, a non-profit organization incorporated in California in 2004 by Dr. Robert Stephens and others and the Mission Statement was expanded.
Some celebrants like to celebrate the many noted individuals that influenced or were influenced by Darwin’s work, such as Thomas H. Huxley, Charles Lyell, Alfred Russel Wallace, Carl Sagan, and Ernst Mayr.
Where is the event?
Youth Day in Venezuela
February 12, 2015 in Venezuela
Youth Day in Venezuela takes place on February 12, 2015. The holiday was created to commemorate all the teenagers above 12 years old who fought and died in the Battle of La Victoria, during the Venezuelan War of Independence, on February 12, 1814. Youth Day is a holiday dedicated to the youths of a country.
Where is Youth Day in Venezuela?
Nationwide Venezuela
Lincoln’s Birthday
February 12, 2015 in the USA
Lincoln’s Birthday is celebrated on February 12, 2015. Lincoln’s Birthday honors 16th President of the United States. Lincoln’s Birthday is a legal holiday in some U.S. states including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Indiana. It is observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln successfully led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s.
Where is Lincoln’s Birthday?
Nationwide USA
National Plum Pudding Day
February 12, 2015 in the USA
Plum pudding is a mouthwatering treat that, surprisingly enough, contains no plums! In the 17th century when it was first created, plums referred to raisins or other dried fruits. Plum pudding (aka Christmas pudding) is a steamed or boiled pudding usually served during the holiday season.
Plum pudding is composed of nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon, dates, and many other ingredients. In England, it is tradition to have every person in a household simultaneously hold onto the wooden spoon together to help stir the batter. As they stir they also have to make a wish!
Did you know that during the Puritan reign in England, plum pudding was outlawed because it was considered “sinfully rich?” To celebrate this sinful dessert on National Plum Pudding Day, dig out Grandma’s old recipe for plum pudding and make some to share with friends and family!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 12th February:
1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India
1541 – Santiago, Chile founded (or Feb 24)
1700 – The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
1772 – Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
1793 – 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
1818 – Chile gains independence from Spain
1825 – Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
1876 – Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
1901 – Dutch Penitentiary children’s law proclaimed
1912 – Last Ch’ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T’ung, abdicates
1934 – The Austrian Civil War begins.
1938 – German troops entered Austria
1947 – Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
1950 – Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
1955 – President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
1964 – Fighting breaks out between Turks and Greeks over dispute islands in Cyprus and 16 are killed; the UN responds the following month by sending a peacekeeping force
1987 – Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
1998 – Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
1999 – Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
2002 – US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States’ nuclear waste repository

Calendar day; November 29, 2014

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Saturday, the 29th of November, 2014 is the 333th day in 2014 and in the 48th calendar week.
General Events:
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29, 2014 in the World
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on November 29, 2014. The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a UN-organized observance. Events are held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as at the United Nations offices at Geneva and Vienna. It is generally held on November 29 each year to mark the anniversary of resolution 181. Special commemorative activities are organized by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat, in consultation with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The day was selected in part because it was the day when Cypriot-Palestinian Christian Orthodox priest Saint Philoumenos of Jacob’s Well was murdered in 1979.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: http://www.un.org/en/events/palestinianday/
Where is Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People?
National Square Dance Day
November 29, 2014 in the USA
Square Dancing Day exists to celebrate the square dance form of folk dancing, and is a great excuse to get out and “Dosey Do”. This fun, healthy and simple form of dance with a long history definitely deserves a holiday all of its own, and it has one!
Square Dancing has its roots in traditional English, Irish and Scottish folk dance. Square dances were first documented in 17th-century England . They came to North America right along with the European settlers, where they were modified and improved over the years. The Western American square dance is perhaps the most famous type of square dance worldwide; in fact, the suware dance is the official dance of 19 American states. Square dancing is mainly associated with a romanticized image of the Old West, and cowboys wooing Southern belles during dances organized at saloons to celebrate various occasions. The dance is accompanied by jolly, lively music on guitars, fiddles, accordions and bagpipes. The dances normally form patterns of lines, circles and, as the name suggests, squares, with couples – male/female, female/female or male/male – taking a turn in every role. In most American forms of square dance, the dancers are prompted through the square dance choreography to the beat of the music. Sometimes, this so-called “caller” is one of the dancers, but more commonly the “caller” is found on the stage with the band. Interest in square dancing, which had waned during the World Wars, experienced a revival in New York City in the 1950s, during the American folk music revival.
Where is National Square Dance Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 29th November:
526 – Antioch in modern day Syria struck by Earthquake, about 250,000 die
1349 – Jews of Augsburg Germany massacred
1775 – Sir James Jay invents invisible ink
1781 – Crew of the slave ship Zong murder approx. 142 African slaves by dumping them into the sea in order to claim insurance.
1803 – Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent
1830 – November Uprising: An armed rebellion against Russia’s rule in Poland begins.
1850 – The treaty, Punctation of Olmütz, signed in Olomouc means diplomatic capitulation of Prussia to Austrian Empire, which took over the leadership of German Confederation.
1864 – Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado militia kills about 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians including Cheyenne chief One-Eye
1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time
1893 – Ziqiang Institute, today known as Wuhan University, is founded by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty of China after his memorial to the throne is approved by the Qing Government.
1918 – Serbia annexes Montenegro
1929 – Lt Cmdr Richard E Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong)
1941 – Passenger ship Lurline sends radio signal of sighting Jap war fleet
1944 – John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery
1947 – UN Gen Assembly partitions Palestine between Arabs & Jews
1949 – Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
1967 – British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
1972 – Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.
1975 – Pres Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped
1978 – UN observes “international day of solidarity with Palestinian people,” boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
1990 – UN Security Council approves US-sponsored resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf if Iraq does not withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991


Calendar day; November 2, 2014

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Sunday, the 2nd of November, 2014 is the 306th day in 2014 and in the 44th calendar week.
November 2014 in the World
Movember (a portmanteau from moustache and “November”) is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”
By encouraging men (which the charity refers to as “Mo Bros”) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States. As of 2011, Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation. In 2010, Movember merged with the testicular cancer event Tacheback.

Movember 2014: http://www.movember.com/

General Events:
Daylight Saving Time ends
November 2, 2014 in North America
Most of the US, Canada and Mexico’s northern border cities will end Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2am (02:00) local time on November 02, 2014. The clocks will “fall back” an hour to standard time, meaning brighter mornings but darker evenings for most Americans. The rest of Mexico and the most of Europe will end DST one week earlier. Most of North America shifts at 02:00 local time, so its zones do not shift at the same time; for example, Mountain Time can be temporarily either zero or two hours ahead of Pacific Time.
Daylight saving time – also summer time in several countries – is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. The modern idea of daylight saving was first implemented during the First World War. Many countries have used it at various times since then.
The practice has been both praised and criticized. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how Daylight Saving Time currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.
DST clock shifts present other challenges. They complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Software can often adjust computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when Daylight Saving Time protocols are changed.
Starting in 2007, most of the United States and Canada observe DST from the second Sunday in March to the firstSunday in November, almost two-thirds of the year. The 2007 US change was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; previously, from 1987 through 2006, the start and end dates were the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October, and Congress retains the right to go back to the previous dates now that an energy-consumption study has been done.
Where is Daylight Saving Time ends?
Nationwide North America
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
November 2, 2014 in the World
The General Assembly at its 68th Session decided to proclaim 2 November as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists and also requested the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in consultation with relevant entities of the United Nations system, and mindful of the provisions of the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980, to facilitate the implementation of the International Day in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders.
This is also complementary to the the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, endorsed by the United Nations System Chief Executives
Board for Coordination on 12 April 2012, in which United Nations agencies, funds and programmes were invited to work with Member States towards a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers in both conflict and non-conflict  situations, with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide.
Where is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists?
National Plan Your Epitaph Day
November 2, 2014 in the USA
Twitters might think of it as their very last Tweet. Though I doubt that 140 characters might not fit on the standard tombstone!
When you stop to think about it, maybe it’s best if you do it. You never know what a relative or friend may put on your tombstone once you’re gone. Or, worse still, what if they “don’t” say anything?
While we’re young, we think this is a long ways away. As we age, and get wiser, more of us consider getting directly involved with our epitaph, as well as all of the details of our demise.
So, if you need a little nudge to plan your epitaph, let today be the day.
Where is National Plan Your Epitaph Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 2nd November:
1355 – English invasion army under king Edward lands at Calais
1642 – 2nd battle at Breitenfeld Saksen: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
1675 – A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip’s War.
1841 – Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
1879 – In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km
1914 – Great Britain declares the entire North Sea a military area: neutral ships will transit it at their own risk
1914 – Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire
1917 – Lansing-Ishii Agreement; US recognizes Japan’s privileges in China
1922 – Allies deliberate over German mark
1936 – First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London
1944 – Auschwitz begins gassing inmates
1949 – Netherland recognizes Indonesia as a sovereign state
1954 – Taiwan & US sign military pact
1955 – Clarton-Schwerdt & Schaffer discover polio virus
1956 – Hungary appeals for UN assistance against Soviet invasion
1957 – The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
1960 – Mary Leakey and her team discover the first fossils of Homo habilis, an early human ancestor, at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Homo habilis is thought to be one of the earliest species to make stone tools and lived between 1.4 and 2.3 million years ago.
1982 – Fire in Salung tunnel, Afghanistan, 1,000+ Russians die
1983 – President Reagan signs bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
1988 – The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.
2000 – The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.

Calendar day; September 28, 2014


Sunday, the 28th of September, 2014 is the 271th day in 2014 and in the 39th calendar week.
General Events:
World Rivers Day
September 28, 2014 in the World
World Rivers Day takes place on September 28, 2014. World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world’s waterways, observed every last Sunday in September. Established in 2005, it highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Rivers in every country face an array of threats, and World Rivers Day promotes the active involvement of citizens to ensure the health of rivers in the years ahead.
Events include riverside cleanups, habitat restoration, nature walks, paddle trips, school projects, art displays, music festivals, and parades. Citizens are encouraged to join an event in their area, or start one of their own. World Rivers Day has been endorsed by various agencies of the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the United Nations Water For Life Decade.
Where is World Rivers Day?
World Rabies Day
September 28, 2014 in the World
World Rabies Day is an international campaign which is observed on September 28, 2014. September 28 is the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who, with the collaboration of his colleagues, developed the first efficacious rabies vaccine. The United Nations Observance is coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the United States and the United Kingdom. World Rabies Day takes place each year.
World Rabies Day aims to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease, and how individuals and organizations can help eliminate the main global sources. Events held to mark World Rabies Day range from symposia on current rabies control methods and public events for raising awareness about good prevention practice, to sponsored walks, runs or bike rides, to free or externally-subsidized vaccination clinics for dogs.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in warm-blooded animals. The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from one species to another, such as from dogs to humans, commonly by a bite from an infected animal. For a human, rabies is almost invariably fatal if postexposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.
Where is World Rabies Day?
International Right to Know Day
September 28, 2014 in the World
International Right to Know Day takes place on September 28, 2014. The International Right to Know Day was proposed on 28th September 2002 at a meeting of Freedom of information organisations from around the world in Sofia, Bulgaria. Freedom of information organisations and advocates around the world have since marked the date with activities to celebrate and raise awareness of the right to information.
Where is International Right to Know Day?
Gold Star Mother’s Day
September 28, 2014 in the USA
Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.
Each year on Gold Star Mother’s Day the United States president calls on all Americans to display the nation’s flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers amd their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.
The name the Gold Star Mothers was derived from the custom of military families who put a service flag near their front window. The flag featured a star for each family member serving in their country – living members were denoted in blue but gold stars honored family members who were killed while in duty. In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson approved the wearing of black arm bands bearing a gilt star by those who had a family member who died in the military service to the United States. This distinguished them from the blue stars, representing a family member presently serving in the armed forces.
Where is Gold Star Mother’s Day?
Nationwide USA
National Drink Beer Day
September 28, 2014 in the USA
Today is Drink Beer Day! Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories—ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
There’s really only one way to celebrate Drink Beer Day! Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Be sure to check for promotions and giveaways that might be going on in your area. Cheers!
Where is National Drink Beer Day?
Nationwide USA
Ask a Stupid Question Day
September 28, 2014 in the USA
Ask a Stupid Question Day is celebrated on September 28, 2014. Ask a Stupid Question Day is a holiday that is sometimes celebrated in the United States, usually by school students and teachers. Although Ask a Stupid Question Day’s default date is September 28, in practice it is usually observed on the last school day of September.
This holiday was created by teachers in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. According to HolidayInsights.com, “[a]t the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule.”
Where is Ask a Stupid Question Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 28th September:
48 BC – Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.
995 – Members of Slavník’s dynasty – Spytimír, Pobraslav, Porej and Cáslav are murdered by Boleslaus’s son, Boleslaus II the Pious.
1066 – William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex
1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay
1701 – Divorce legalized in Maryland, USA
1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment
1858 – Donati’s comet becomes 1st to be photographed
1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island.
1868 – Opelousas Massacre at St Landry Parish Louisiana (200 blacks killed)
1887 – Gele River (Huang Ho) in China floods, kills about 1.5 million
1889 – The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice.
1904 – Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC
1922 – Benito Mussolini marches on Rome
1928 – UK passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
1931 – Peking (200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan)
1938 – Dutch Premier Colijn sends radio message “No war coming”
1958 – France adopts constitution
1959 – Explorer VI reveals an intense radiation belt around Earth
1972 – Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
1973 – ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT’s involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d’état in Chile.
1987 – “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” debuts on syndicated TV
1991 – UN weapons inspectors ends 5-day standoff with Iraq
1995 – Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros in a coup.

Calendar day; June 17, 2014

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Tuesday, the 17th of June, 2014 is the 168th day in 2014 and in the 25th calendar week.
General Events:
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2014 in the World
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is celebrated on June 17, 2014. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each year. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme. This day was proclaimed on January 30, 1995 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Desertification is a type of land degradation in which a relatively dry land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife. It is caused by a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem.
Techniques exist for mitigating or reversing the effects of desertification, however there are numerous barriers to their implementation. One of these is that the costs of adopting sustainable agricultural practices sometimes exceed the benefits for individual farmers, even while they are socially and environmentally beneficial.[citation needed] Another issue is a lack of political will, and lack of funding to support land reclamation and anti-desertification programs.
Where is the event?
Icelandic National Day
June 17, 2014 in Iceland
Icelandic National Day is celebrated on June 17, 2014. Icelandic National Day is a holiday in Iceland and celebrates the day in 1944 that The Republic of Iceland was formed. The date of 17 June was chosen because it is the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.
Where is Icelandic National Day?
Nationwide Iceland
Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day
June 17, 2014 in Lativa
Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day takes place on June 17, 2014. Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day is an official day of remembrance in Latvia. The holiday is observed to recall the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940.
Where is Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day?
Nationwide Lativa
Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 17, 2014 in the World
Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day! Remember how your parents used to tell you to eat your vegetables? They were right: vegetables are essential for living a long, healthy life, and they are also delicious! In recent years, there has been a steady rise in the number of American families that grow their own vegetables. The most popular crops for home gardening are tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and beans.
There are many ways to celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day. Swap your junk food snack for fresh vegetables, start a container garden on your back porch, make a big salad for your family and friends, or become a vegetarian for the whole day! Enjoy!
Where is Eat Your Vegetables Day?
Historical Events:
656 – Ali ibn Abu Talib chosen kalief of Islam
1565 – Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1579 – Sir Francis Drake lands on coast of California at Drakes Bay, names it “New Albion”
1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
1885 – Statue of Liberty arrived in NYC aboard French ship `Isere’
1916 – US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico
1939 – Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.
1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark
1944 – Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
1945 – Day of Unity in West Germany (National Day)
1950 – 1st kidney transplant (Chicago)
1958 – The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
1967 – 1st Chinese hydrogen bomb explodes
1967 – China becomes world’s 4th thermonuclear (H-bomb) power
1970 – Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera
1987 – With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
1988 – Women sentenced to 90 years in 1st product tampering murder case
1991 – South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
1994 – OJ Simpson doesn’t turn himself in on murder charges, LA cops chase his Ford Bronco for 1½ hours, eventually gives up (seen live on TV)

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