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Wikipedia Day 2014
January 15, 2014 in the World

Wikipedia Day is celebrated on January 15, 2014. January 15 is known as Wikipedia Day to Wikipedians. On this date in the year 2001, the wiki-based Wikipedia project went public after spending five days on Nupedia. Wikipedia Day has been celebrated, both online and offline, for several years.

Wikipedia is a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia that the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation supports. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia’s 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.4 million in the English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles.

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001, the latter creating its name Wikipedia, from a portmanteau of wiki (a type of collaborative website, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia.

Where is Wikipedia Day?
Worldwide

Indian Army Day
January 15, 2014 in India

Indian Army Day takes place on January 15, 2014. Army Day is celebrated every year in India, in recognition of Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) K. M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from Sir Francis Butcher, the last British commander, in 1948. The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in national capital as well as all 6 Army Command headquarters. The Army rededicates itself to become a part of the ‘War Winning Team’ on this day. The day begins with paying homage to the martyred soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate, New Delhi. It is followed by parades and many military shows which feature the technology and achievements in Army which is held at the Delhi Cantonment every year. Unit credentials and Sena Medals are also presented for gallantry on the occasion.

Where is Indian Army Day?
Nationwide India

Alphabet Day in North Korea
January 15, 2014 in North Korea

Alphabet Day in North Korea is celebrated on January 15, 2014. The Korean Alphabet Day is a national Korean commemorative day marking the invention and the proclamation of the Korean alphabet, the native alphabet of the Korean language, by King Sejong the Great. It is celebrated on January 15 to mark the date, January 15, 1444 (1443 in lunar calendar), which is believed to be that of the actual creation of Hunmin Jeongeum.

Where is Alphabet Day in North Korea?
Nationwide North Korea

National Hat Day
January 15, 2014 in the USA

National Hat Day takes place on January 15, 2014. A hat is a head covering. It can be worn for protection against the elements, for ceremonial or religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status.

Extravagant hats were popular in the 1980s, and in the early 21st century, flamboyant hats made a comeback, with a new wave of competitive young milliners designing creations that include turban caps, trompe-l’oeil-effect felt hats and tall headpieces made of human hair.

Some new hat collections have been described as “wearable sculpture.” Many pop stars, among them Lady Gaga, have commissioned hats as publicity stunts.

Where is National Hat Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but only rules for three months before committing suicide.

1346 – Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria gives his wife Margaretha, Holland/Zealand

1535 – Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England

1797 – 1st top hat worn (John Etherington of London)

1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis

1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

1919 – 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston MA, drowning 21

1922 – Irish Free State forms; Michael Collins becomes 1st Premier

1936 – 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio

1973 – Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action in N Vietnam

1974 – “Happy Days” begins an 11 year run on ABC

1991 – UN’s deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don’t)

2001 – Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.

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