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Calendar day; August 7, 2015

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Friday, the 7th of August, 2015 is the 219th day in 2015 and in the 32nd calendar week.
General Events:
International Beer Day
August 7, 2015 in the World
International Beer Day is observed on August 07, 2015. It is celebrated on the first Friday of every August. International Beer Day (IBD) was founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents.
Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes: (1) To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. (2) To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. (3) To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
Participants are encouraged to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.
Where is Beer Day?
Worldwide
Purple Heart Day
August 7, 2015 in the USA
A decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk having a narrow edge of silver stitched with the word Merit across the face, was created by General George Washington on August 7, 1782.   Considered to be the first official military combat badge of the United States Armed Forces, this is called the “Badge for Military Merit”.   The official successor decoration of the Badge of Military Merit is the Purple Heart.
Washington said the following regarding the Badge of Military Merit:
“The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding.  Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward.  Before this favor can be conferred on any man, the particular fact, or facts, on which it is to be grounded must be set forth to the Commander in chief accompanied with certificates from the Commanding officers of the regiment and brigade to which the Candidate for reward belonged, or other incontestable proofs, and upon granting it, the name and regiment of the person with the action so certified are to be enrolled in the book of merit which will be kept at the orderly office.  Men who have merited this last distinction to be suffered to pass all guards and sentinals which officers are permitted to do.  The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.  This order is also to have retrospect to the earliest stages of war, and to be considered as a permanent one.”
Where is Purple Heart Day?
Nationwide USA
Twins Days Festival
August 7 – 9, 2015 in Twinsburg, Ohio
Twins Days Festival takes place from August 07 till August 09, 2015. It is celebrated each year on the first full weekend of August in Twinsburg, Ohio. Twins Days Festival is the largest annual gathering of biological twins and other multiples (e.g. triplets, quads) in the world. It was founded in 1976 by Revco’s Charles R. DeHaven.
The event has twin based contests, “talent” shows which is opened every year with the Star Spangled Banner sung by John and Jerry Starlet and signed in ASL by Jamie Maassen and Jodie Qualkinbush, and a parade along Ravenna Road and routinely draws thousands of participants from all over the United States.
A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic (“identical”), meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic (“fraternal”) meaning that they develop from two eggs, each fertilized by separate sperm cells.
Where is Twins Days Festival?
Nationwide Twinsburg, Ohio
Historical Events on 7th August:
1461 – Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor
1575 – Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died
1714 – The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy during the Great Northern War against Sweden
1782 – George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
1802 – Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)
1879 – The opening of the Poor Man’s Palace in Manchester
1927 – Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
1930 – A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana
1933 – The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day
1940 – Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
1947 – Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean
1950 – Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
1959 – Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
1965 – Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union
1986 – Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
1993 – Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed

 

Calendar day; March 4, 2014

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Tuesday, the 4th of March, 2014 is the 63th day in 2014 and in the 10th calendar week.
Hug a GI Day 2014
March 4, 2014 in the USA
Among other traditional days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day that are celebrated to recognize and honor the service of soldiers in the United States Armed Forces, the Hug a GI day has its own significance. Since 1996 American citizens have identified March 4 as Hug a GI Day to honor and appreciate the services of the members in US military. Even though it is not a national holiday, every year on March 4th citizens of US celebrate this wonderful day to remember and respect American soldiers past and present. As it is the only date on the calendar that sounds like a military command “march forth” this particular day has been selected as a token of tribute to the army people.
Where is Hug a GI Day?
Nationwide USA
Saint Casimir’s Day
March 4, 2014 in Lithuania
Saint Casimir’s Day is observed on March 04, 2014. It is the anniversary of the death of Saint Casimir, the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. St. Casimir is the patron saint of many Roman Catholic Churches in the United States which were established by Polish or Lithuanian immigrants.
St. Casimir’s Day in many Roman Catholic parishes is marked with a special Mass said in his honor. His feast day, March 4, is commemorated optionally according to the Liturgical Calendar of the United States Conference of Bishops. It is, however, kept with great reverence in Roman Catholic parishes of ethnic Polish or Lithuanian origin
Surviving contemporary accounts described Prince Casimir as a young man of exceptional intellect and education, humility and politeness, striving for justice and fairness. Early sources do not attest to his piousness or devotion to god, but his inclination to religious life increased towards the end of his life.
Where is Saint Casimir’s Day?
Nationwide Lithuania
Courir de Mardi Gras
March 4, 2014 in Louisiana
Courir de Mardi Gras takes place on March 04, 2014. The Courir de Mardi Gras is a traditional Mardi Gras event held in many Cajun communities of south Louisiana on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Courir de Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday Run”. The rural Mardi Gras celebration is based on early begging rituals, similar to those still celebrated by mummers, wassailers and celebrants of Halloween.
Where is Courir de Mardi Gras?
Nationwide Louisiana

Mardi Gras 2014
March 4, 2014 in the World
Mardi Gras is on March 04, 2014. The terms “Mardi Gras”, “Mardi Gras season”, and “Carnival season”, in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday.
Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.
Carnival is an important celebration in Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called “shrovetide”, ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Where is Mardi Gras?
Worldwide
Powder Day 2014
March 4, 2014 in Tolox (Spain)
Powder Day or Day of the Powder, is celebrated in the southern Spanish village of Tolox on Shrove Tuesday, the final day of the annual Tolox carnival. This local tradition involves the throwing of talcum powder at one another.
Where is Powder Day?
Nationwide Tolox (Spain)

National Grammar Day
March 4, 2014 in the USA
National Grammar Day is celebrated in the United States on March 4. Designated in 2008, the National Grammar Day was established by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar.
Where is National Grammar Day?
Nationwide USA
Learn What Your Name Means Day
March 4, 2014 in the World
Today is Learn What Your Name Means Day! Have you ever wondered what your name means? Or why your parents gave you the name you have? Perhaps it’s a family name that has been passed through the generations, or maybe it has some other kind of significance.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are at least 151,671 last names and 5,163 first names in use in the United States.
Take a few minutes to find out the meaning behind your name!
http://www.meaning-of-names.com/
Where is Learn What Your Name Means Day?
Worldwide
International Pancake Day 2014
March 4, 2014 in the World
Pancake Day, also called Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras (which is French for “Fat Tuesday”), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s called so due to the tradition of eating pancakes on the day. This tradition comes from a time where any rich foods were eaten on the day before Lent, and fasting begins. The date can vary from as early as February 3rd to as late as March 9th.
Where is International Pancake Day 2014?
Worldwide
International Scrapbooking Day
March 4, 2014 in the World
International Scrapbooking Day takes place on March 04, 2014. Scrapbooking is a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime in the United States.
The most important scrapbooking supply is the album itself, which can be permanently bound, or allow for the insertion of pages. There are other formats such as mini albums and accordion-style fold-out albums. Some of these are adhered to various containers, such as matchbooks, CD cases, or other small holders.
The advent of scanners, desktop publishing, page layout programs, and advanced printing options make it relatively easy to create professional-looking layouts in digital form. The internet allows scrapbookers to self-publish their work. Scrapbooks that exist completely in digital image form are referred to as “digital scrapbooks” or “computer scrapbooks.”
Where is Scrapbooking Day?
Worldwide
Historical Events:
852 – Croatian Duke Trpimir I issued a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources.
1461 – Battle of Towton: Duke Edward of York beats English queen Margaretha, Edward IV recognised as king of England in place of Henry IV
1681 – King Charles II grants William Penn royal charter for Pennsylvania
1792 – Oranges introduced to Hawaii
1798 – Catholic women force to do penance for kindling sabbath fire for Jews
1824 – The “National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck” was founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.
1881 – Holmes & Watson begin “A Study in Scarlet,” 1st case together
1924 – “Happy Birthday To You” published by Claydon Sunny
1933 – Frances Perkins becomes sec of labor, 1st US woman cabinet member
1933 – Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
1936 – 1st flight of airship Hindenburg, Germany
1945 – In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver.
1954 – Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
1968 – Martin Luther King Jr announces plans for Poor People’s Campaign
1977 – 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM
1985 – Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA
1995 – Blind teenage boy receives a ‘Bionic Eye’ at a Washington Hospital
1997 – Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
1997 – President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research
1998 – Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
2002 – Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.

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