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Repair The Damage Chat
Weekly hosted chat for abuse survivors focusing on emotional health, social skills, and activities of daily living. For example, how to stop procrastinating, how to make friends, how to manage time/money, how to set boundaries, or various other life hacks. Abuse often causes impairments in these areas, so the goal of this chat is to come together and talk of how we tackle these things, how we're repairing or lives now that abuse is over and our quality of life is in our hands. Takes place in Got Keys room.
Mental Health Chat
Weekly hosted chat for abuse survivors focusing on coping with and recovery from mental health problems caused by abuse. For example, how to cope with anxiety or nightmares, how to recover from depression, how to avoid acting on self-injury urges, how to cope with dissociative symptoms, how to manage a mood disorder, etc. The goal of this chat is to come together and talk of how we manage these things, to learn and grow together. Takes place in Got Keys room.
DID Youth Chat
Weekly hosted chat for littles/middles (DID alters under 13) to come together and share their joys and hardships with each other in a safe and supportive environment. Topics have included navigating the grownup world, being heard within the system, and trusting ourselves and others. Takes place in DID Youth room.


Hey Jane

Here's the calendar (only visible to admins). It's a work in progress - likely to change, glitch, etc. Events database is stored in a separate file and isn't affected by display glitches. Colors of items are funky at the moment, cuz I'm working on them. I'm sorry about sharing an unfinished glitchy thing, just figured it's better than nothing

Huge for all the work you do!
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January 1st, 2018

Old Age Pension Law instituted in Britain
In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income

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1st issue of the abolitionist newspaper published
William Lloyd Garrison (1805 - 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, and social reformer. He was the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States. He was also a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement. (Wikipedia)... read more

Hans von Dohnányi: Resistance Fighter
"Hans von Dohnányi born 1 January 1902 was a German jurist of Hungarian ancestry, rescuer of Jews, and German resistance fighter against the Nazi régime. Spurred by the murders of alleged plotters of the 1934 Night of the Long Knives, "legitimised" murders carried out on government orders, Dohnányi began to seek out contacts with German resistance circles. He made records so that in the event ... read more

First transfusion using cooled/stored blood
On 1 January 1916, the first blood transfusion that utilized blood that had been stored and refrigerated was performed by Oswald Hope Robertson, a medical researcher and U.S. Army officer. Robertson is generally credited with establishing the first blood bank while serving in France during World War I.... read more

First air conditioned office building opened
"Milam Building in downtown San Antonio, Texas was the tallest brick and reinforced concrete structure in the United States when it opened in 1928, as well as the first high-rise air-conditioned office building... Its early air conditioner system was modeled from a German mine shaft compressor. Large ice chunks were deposited in the building's basement to aid the chilling unit. The 18 feet (10 m)... read more

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January 2nd, 2018

World Introvert Day
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National Science Fiction Day (US)
It's the birthday of Isaac Asimov, the father of modern-day science fiction. To celebrate, read sci-fi books, watch sci-fi movies, or hold a sci-fi themed party. Science Fiction (sci-fi) a genre of literature that explores the effect of imaginary change through technological innovations, scientific discoveries, natural events and disasters and evolution on people and their relationships. Unlike fa... read more

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January 3rd, 2018

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January 4th, 2018

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National Trivia Day (US)
The day celebrates information of little value and the individuals who not only remember these bits and pieces of useless information but also enjoy sharing them with others. Knowing and sharing trivia as a hobby and a pastime became popular in the 1960s, when the weekly newspaper of Columbia University published a trivia game. To celebrate, share random trivia with your friends, or spend the day ... read more

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January 5th, 2018

Passage of 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act' NJ
This bill gained momentum after the suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi, whose roommate streamed a romantic encounter between him and another man over the internet. Supporters of the bill — including members of the gay rights group Garden State Equality and parents of bullied children — hugged each other immediately after its passage.

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January 6th, 2018

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January 7th, 2018

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January 8th, 2018

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January 9th, 2018

New law to prevent shock therapy for Net addicts
China's first draft regulation to protect minors' rights in cyberspace will bring an end to the controversial electroshock therapy to cure Internet addiction which has caused physical and psychological damage, experts said Sunday. The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council released the draft on Friday, and the public is invited to give comments through the office's website before February 6. According to the draft, no individuals or organizations are allowed to force or abuse juveniles in seeking to cure Internet addiction that will hurt their mental and physical health or infringe their legitimate rights. "Electroshock therapy, such as that used by the controversial Internet Addiction Treatment Center in Shandong Province will be banned if the draft is adopted," Song Yinghui, dep

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Word Nerd Day
Today word and language nerds celebrate their expansive vocabulary, and everyone else picks up their dictionaries and thesauruses to learn more about the origin, meaning, and usages of words in their language. A word is the smallest unit in a language that conveys a meaning when it is written and spoken by itself. To celebrate, do crosswords and play word puzzles all day long. Spend the day learni... read more

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January 10th, 2018

Cut Your Energy Costs Day
Use this day to make changes in your daily life that would reduce your household's energy consumption and cut down on your monthly energy expenses. Turn down the heat and the cooling when you are not home. Switch off all unnecessary lights when you are home. Walk or ride a bike to work – not only is it healthy, you will be saving $$. Carpool or take public transport to work. Take shorter showers to save on water consumption and heating costs.

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January 11th, 2018

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January 12th, 2018

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Hilda Clark
Hilda Clark was born 12 January 1881 at Green Bank, Street, Somerset she was the youngest child of a Quaker shoe manufacturer. Her mother was a social reformer. Hilda qualified as a medical doctor. Clark reported in 1919 on behalf of the Save the Children Fund about the dire condition of children's health in Austria during that country's famine years and proposed cheap dietary solutions to rect... read more

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January 13th, 2018

Make Your Dreams Come True Day
January 13 is Make your Dreams Come True Day. If you have been procrastinating on fulfilling your dream, this is your chance to get things right. This unofficial holiday with unknown origins encourages people to be proactive about achieving what they want in life. Dreams That Inspire Dreams are a part of life. We all dream when we sleep, but most of us don't remember them the next day. No matter how big or small, there are some dreams that inspire us and allow us to make our lives better. It is these dreams that Make your Dreams Come True Day celebrates. Dreams that motivate us to do better, encourage us to take on more challenges, and energize us to succeed in our lives - professionally and personally. How to Celebrate? Get started on making your dream come true. Talk to someone who inspi

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January 14th, 2018

Organize Your Home Day
January 14 get started early on this year's spring cleaning and organizing on Organize Your Home Day. Your home will be organized, ready to receive company at a moment’s notice and more importantly, if you keep it up throughout the year, you will have an organized home next year this unofficial holiday rolls by. Beneficial All Year Being organized can balance your life. It can reduce stress and makes you more productive. It can stop you looking for things, of having to buy new things that you don't need. If you make it your way of life today, it can soon become a habit and you will reap the benefits for years to come. How to Celebrate? Get your cleaning supplies out and get scrubbing and organizing. Rope in your family to help you organize, give everyone a task and award them for finishi

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January 15th, 2018

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Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist, Leader of Anglo-American Civil Rights Movement, Dr King is best known for the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. In 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott,and helped organise the 1963 nonviolent protests in Alabama. He also helped organise the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his famous " I Have A Dream ... read more

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January 16th, 2018

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January 17th, 2018

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January 18th, 2018

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January 19th, 2018

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January 20th, 2018

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Penguin Awareness Day
January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. The day helps raise awareness about the flightless birds whose numbers are dwindling by the day. The day also aims to bring international focus on the conservation of penguin habitats. Southern Hemisphere Natives Penguins are aquatic birds native to the Southern Hemisphere. There are about 20 known species of penguins, the largest of which are the emperor pengu... read more

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January 21st, 2018

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Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day, a day to acknowledge the role that squirrels play in nature and the environment. It is an unofficial holiday started by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy McKeown in 2001, as a way to encourage people to put out seeds and nuts for these cute rodents. Almost Everywhere Squirrels are found almost everywhere on Earth. They are native to Africa, the ... read more

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January 22nd, 2018

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January 23rd, 2018

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Handwriting Day
January 23 is Handwriting Day, a day to get your hands on a pen or pencil and paper and practice and revive the elegant art of handwriting. The unofficial holiday is sponsored by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association and commemorates the birth anniversary of John Hancock, the first person to sign the American Declaration of Independence. As Unique as the Person Handwriting is the act of... read more

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January 24th, 2018

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Microwave patented
The microwave oven was invented as an accidental by-product of war-time (World War 2) radar research using magnetrons (vacuum tubes that produce microwave radiation, a type of electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength between 1 mm and 30 cm). In 1946, the engineer Dr. Percy LeBaron Spencer, who worked for the Raytheon Corporation, was working on magnetrons. One day at work, he had a candy b... read more

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January 25th, 2018

Initiation of United States Sex Offender Register
Prior to 1994, there was no federal law governing sex offender registration in the United States. Beginning with the Jacob Wetterling Act in 1994, Congress started to address the issue, and has passed a series of bills from 1996 to enhance, clarify and strengthen the provisions of the Wetterling Act named for 11yo Jacob Wetterling who was abducted and murdered by a sex offender

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January 26th, 2018

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January 27th, 2018

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
This day commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during World War Two. Aside from getting murdered, people were placed in concentration camps and abused in various ways: through starvation, medical neglect, torture, physical... read more

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January 28th, 2018

Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day aka Data Protection Day commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Abuse is a sensitive topic, many survivors reach out for support online, and it's crucial to know how your personal information is being collected, used, or shared by the websites you frequent. Please review our Privacy Policy, as well as policies of other sites you use.

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January 29th, 2018

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Puzzle Day
Celebrated every year on January 29, the holiday honors puzzles of all stripes - jigsaws, riddles, science, math, mechanical, and word puzzles, and of course, real life puzzles. Puzzles are problems that are difficult to solve or require special skills to resolve. They can take various forms and emphasize different expertise. For example, crosswords, word search, and anagrams put a person's vocabu... read more

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January 30th, 2018

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January 31st, 2018

Prince v. Massachusetts Ruling
Sarah Prince, a Jehovah's Witness, was a guardian of 9yo Betty M. Simmons, whom she brought downtown to preach on the streets. Preaching involved distributing literature and collecting contributions. Child labor law in Massachusetts at the time forbade boys under 12 and girls under 18 to sell anything on streets, because it's dangerous and unsanitary. Mrs Prince, however, argued that the state is interfering with her parenting and with her and Betty's right to exercise their religion. The historical US Supreme Court Decision was that parental authority is not absolute and can be permissibly restricted if doing so is in the interests of a child's welfare:

...neither the rights of religion nor the rights of parenthood are beyond limitation... The right to practice religion free

Initiation of mandatory reporting of child abuse
The American Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)of 1974 included a modest provision for state grants to improve child protective services. These grants to be awarded after states met eligibility requirements included having in place mandatory reporting laws.... read more

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February 1st, 2018

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February 2nd, 2018

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February 3rd, 2018

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February 4th, 2018

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Rosa Parks, civil rights activist
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist, was born this day in Montgomery, Alabama, at the time a segregated city. Rosa was a seamstress and travelled to work each day on the bus. The city code required that all public transportation was segregated, with some rows, roughly from the middle of the bus assigned for ‘colored' passengers. When Rosa, an African-American woman, boarded the bus after a very bu... read more

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February 5th, 2018

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February 6th, 2018

International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM
Female Genital Mutilation is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade or razor (with or without anaesthesia), FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, and among diaspora communities around the world. The age at which it is conducted varies from days after birth to puberty; in half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five. FGM has been outlawed or restricted in most of the countries in which it occurs, but the laws are poorly enforced. Over 130 million women and girls have experienced it.

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February 7th, 2018

Birthday of Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist, Dickens' second novel, is the first in the English language to centre upon an abused child (or any child for that matter). The book calls attention to various contemporary social evils, including child labour and the recruitment of children as criminals. Written more than two hundred years ago, it still provides consolation to those who were abused as children, as, while social structures and laws change, we all can relate to the general feeling of helplessness and despair of being treated unfairly, being unloved, and not knowing what have we done to cause this or how to fix it.

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February 8th, 2018

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February 9th, 2018

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February 10th, 2018

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February 11th, 2018

Make a Friend Day
Make a Friend Day on February 11 is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to stop and take stock of their friend list and make new friends. Humans are social animals and we need friends to feel fulfilled and happy. But sometimes in the daily rush of our lives not only do we tend to ignore our old friends, but we also forget to make new friends. Make a Friend Day inspires people to step out their comfort zone and try to meet new people and become friends with them. More Tolerant Making new friends can help people broaden their horizons and learn about different cultures and parts of the society. Research has shown that people with diverse group of friends are more tolerant, open to new ideas, and empathetic than people who have a small or a non-diverse group of friends. How to Celebr

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February 12th, 2018

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February 13th, 2018

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World Radio Day
On February 13 or World Radio Day, take the time to honor the role of radio in the world of communication and its contribution in our daily lives. The holiday was created by the United Nations (UN) in 2011 as a way to celebrate the start of UN radio in 1946. It also aims to raise awareness about the role that radios play in society. Russia celebrates Communications Workers' Day on May 7 to commemo... read more

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February 14th, 2018

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Library Lovers Day
February 14 is not only Valentine’s Day, it's also Library Lover’s Day. It is a day to honor libraries, librarians, bookworms, and library lovers in your life. Little girl choosing a book in the library. How to Celebrate? Show your appreciation for your library and your librarian by volunteering your time helping out at the library or by donating money to your local library to add to their col... read more

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February 15th, 2018

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February 16th, 2018

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February 17th, 2018

Random Act of Kindness Day
February 17, also known as Random Act of Kindness Day, is a day to practice kindness and pay it forward. Man helping another man to look at car engine. The unofficial holiday is also known as National Random Act of Kindness Day in the United States. One-Sided Concern Considered to be a core value of most religions and cultures, kindness is the act of showing concern for others, loved ones and strangers, without any expectations of any consideration in return. Spreads Happiness and Health Studies have shown that being compassionate not only helps other people, but also makes one happy and healthier. People who are kind are thought to have lower risk for heart and blood pressure-related diseases. September 1 in New Zealand In New Zealand, Random Act of Kindness Day or RAK has been celebrated on September 1 since 2004. Other kindness related holidays one can celebrate during the year include Be Kind to Lawyers Day and World Kindness Day. How to Celebrate? Every day should be a day to be k

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February 18th, 2018

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February 19th, 2018

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February 20th, 2018

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World Day of Social Justice
Recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment, the United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20 February annually – starting in 2009 – as the World Day of Social Justice.... read more

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February 21st, 2018

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February 22nd, 2018

Single Tasking Day
You may have been praised for your multitasking skills, but have you ever tried single tasking i.e. doing only one thing at a time? Try it on February 22, Single Tasking Day. The made-up holiday clearly wants to encourage people to devote all their time and energy on accomplishing one task at a time. Some people also celebrate it on February 19. Multitasking Lowers Productivity Recent studies have shown that multitasking - the ability to focus on more than one task at any given time, can be less effective and productive than previously thought. Multitasking can also decrease the accuracy of certain tasks. This is because when one shifts from one task to another, the brain needs time to change focus. This can lead to a waste of time and can cause a lot of stress. Time management can also be

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Execution of Hans and Sophie Scholl
Thursday 22nd February 2018 marks three quarters of a century since Hans and Sophie Scholl founders of the White Rose resistance group were executed by the Nazis. The young students showed bravery few others were capable of. Dr. George Wittenstein told students at Oregon State University in a 2013 talk about his time resisting the Nazis. "There was very little you could do...the Nazis controlle... read more

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February 23rd, 2018

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February 24th, 2018

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Birth of Ettie Rout (pioneer sexual hygeine campaigner)
Ettie Annie Rout was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 24 February 1877, but immigrated with her family to New Zealand when she was about 7 yo "In July 1915, during the Gallipoli campaign, Ettie set up the New Zealand Volunteer Sisterhood and invited women between the ages of 30 and 50 to go to Egypt to care for New Zealand soldiers... ...Ettie Rout arrived in Egypt in February 1916 and immediate... read more

Stella Young - Gay and Disability Activist
Stella Young was born in Stawell, Victoria, Australia in 1982. She inherited the genetic condition; osteogenesis imperfecta which caused her bones to be fragile/break easily and to need a wheelchair. Stella was a gifted comedian, journalist and disability advocate as well as a champion of feminism, atheism, gay rights and all types of social justice. She regularly wanted to change the way society ... read more

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February 25th, 2018

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February 26th, 2018

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February 27th, 2018

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No Brainer Day
February 27 is No Brainer Day. It is believed that the holiday was created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith in the United States as a way to remind people that most things are simple and that many problems we encounter daily have obvious and easy solutions. Take a break and avoid using your brain.Avoid doing anything that requires effort and the use of your brain cells. The made-up holiday, which is ... read more

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February 28th, 2018

Govt report on violence in Australia released
The Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia, 2018 Report explores the extent, impact and cost of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, and looks at what could be done to fill important data gaps. To access the full report click on the further info link.

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March 1st, 2018

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March 1st, 2018

Self-Injry Awareness Day
HSCIC estimates that about 13% of young people between 11 and 16 have hurt themselves on purpose at some point. However, the number could be much higher because people usually keep their self-injury secret, due to stigmas surrounding the issue. Self-Injury Awareness Day aims to break the silence, so that those who self-injure know that they aren't alone and that people care, and those who don't - would understand the issue better and be less judgmental and more supportive as a result.

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March 2nd, 2018

Old Stuff Day
March 2 is Old Stuff Day. Take some time on this made-up holiday to appreciate the beauty of all things old and vintage. Or you can reflect on the same old, and sometimes boring, things that you do every day and take the opportunity to change things up. The holiday is also sometimes called National Old Stuff Day in the United States. Increased Value While people often see old things as something to be replaced by newer, shinier things, not all of them are useless. Wines, for example, are more valuable and tastier as they grow older. Many old items like maps, books, jewelry, furniture, clothes, and artifacts also gain value as they age. This is because they represent workmanship and aesthetics of a previous historical era, as well as technology that may not exist in present times. Much more

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March 3rd, 2018

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March 4th, 2018

March Forth and Do Something Day
Abuse is something we had little choice about, so it's no wonder many of us feel powerless over our fates, after such an experience. This unofficial holiday challenges us to take charge and do something that would enrich our lives or lives of people around us, reclaiming the sense of power that abuse robbed us of. Most of us have things that we always wanted to do but never get around to actually doing: spring-cleaning our closet, volunteering at a library literacy group, skydiving - today is the day to do one of these things.

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March 5th, 2018

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March 6th, 2018

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March 7th, 2018

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Alexander Graham Bell Day
Alexander Graham Bell Day is celebrated every year on March 7. The unofficial holiday recognizes the day in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the technology that would later become the telephone and changed the world of communications. Patent Date On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for “transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically.” Three ... read more

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March 8th, 2018

Launch: UK DV Disclosure Scheme (Clare's Law)
This British law allows people to find out whether their partner has a domestic violence conviction was launched on International Women's Day (8 March).The initiative is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.The This law is named after 36-year-old Clare Wood who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.

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Proofreading Day
March 8 is Proofreading Day. The day promotes error-free communication and encourages everyone to spend some time updating and expanding his or her proofreading skills. Proofreading is a careful examination and reading of any written text to spot spelling, grammatical, stylistic, and punctuation errors before its publication. Proofreading or Copy Editing While often confused with copy editing, pro... read more

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March 9th, 2018

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March 10th, 2018

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Mario Day
March 10 is Mario Day, a day to celebrate the main character of the popular Nintendo video game franchise, Super Mario. March 10 was chosen by fans of the game as the date for this holiday because March 10 when abbreviated and written without a space between the month and date – Mar10 – looks like the word Mario. Fictional Italian Plumber The Super Mario video games follows the adventures of I... read more

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March 11th, 2018

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March 12th, 2018

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March 13th, 2018

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March 14th, 2018

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Pi Day
March 14 is Pi Day. It is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) and to eat lots of pie. Pi Day celebrates the mathematical constant π (3.14).Pi Day celebrates the mathematical constant π (3.14). Celebrated in countries that follow the month/day (m/dd) date format, because the digits in the date, March 14 or 3/14, are the first three digits of π (3.14), Pi Day was founded by Physi... read more

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March 18th, 2018

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March 19th, 2018

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March 20th, 2018

World Oral Health Day


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March 21st, 2018

Common Courtesy Day
March 21 is Common Courtesy Day, a day to practice common courtesy. The day is a reminder that our treatment of others speaks volumes about our character and our moral fiber. Culturally Dependent Common courtesy refers to basic practices and behaviors that are considered to be acceptable and appropriate in a given social and cultural setting. Because of this, it is possible that what is considered common courtesy in one society, may be considered rude and unacceptable in another. Thank You Is Universal Some common courtesies are still considered to be universal. These include: saying please and thank you when asking for a favor, maintaining hygiene standards, not making rude or obscene gestures, and respecting elders. In most societies, not only is a person judged by their behavior towards

Implementation of UK Sex Offenders' Register
The Sex Offenders Act 1997 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which made various sex offenders (defined as anyone who has been convicted of sexual offences) subject to notification requirements, thereby implementing a sex offenders' registry.... read more

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UN World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)
Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, and physical health. The theme for WDSD 2018, #WhatIBringToMyCommunity - focuses on how those living with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and politi... read more

Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on 21 March. On this day in 1960 police killed over 60 protestors taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. When naming this day in 1966 The United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to increase its efforts to eliminate all forms of... read more

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March 22nd, 2018

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World Water Day
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Singles gain legal right to access contraceptives
Eisenstadt v. Baird, is the United States Supreme Court case that established the right for unmarried people to possess contraception on the same basis as married people.... read more

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March 23rd, 2018

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March 24th, 2018

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March 25th, 2018

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International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, which has been called "the worst violation of human rights in history", in which over 400 years more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims.... read more

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March 26th, 2018

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. It is a day to think up of a thing, person, animal, phrase, or food and create a holiday to celebrate it. The unofficial holiday honors all made-up holidays past, present, and future and encourages people to come up with creative, quirky, offbeat, important, and significant things to celebrate, observe, and commemorate. The holiday is also known as National Make up Your Own Holiday Day in the United States. Special Days A holiday is a special day during the year, when normal, day-to-day activities such as going to school or work or opening up businesses are temporarily interrupted. On these days, other activities such as visiting places of worship, preparing special meals, and decorating homes and places of businesses are encouraged. Unofficial and

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March 30th, 2018

World Bipolar Day


Take a Walk in the Park Day
Commune with nature and enjoy the bounties it has to offer on Take a Walk in the Park Day. Celebrated annually on March 30, the unofficial holiday encourages people to get active and enjoy the physical and mental benefits that come from walking in nature. Better Health Studies have shown that walking for about 30 minutes a day can have huge health benefits. Walking can not only help burn calories ... read more

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March 31st, 2018

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April 3rd, 2018

World Party Day
April 3 is World Party Day. Also known as P Day, it is an annually celebrated unofficial holiday that aims to achieve social change and harmony by encouraging people to celebrate life by partying. The idea behind the holiday is that the opposite of war and suffering should not be to passively observe peace. Instead, people must actively participate in the celebration of life. First in 1996 The holiday is inspired by the ending of the 1995 novel, Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel, by Vanna Bonta, where a countdown is set to April 3, 2000 when a worldwide synchronized celebration occurs. The first Party Day was held around the world in 1996. How to Celebrate? Research suggests that meeting new people from different cultures helps cultivate intercultural understanding and harmony. So why not th

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April 4th, 2018

Birthday of Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, and civil rights activist, defending Black culture and women. She received international recognition and acclaim after publishing her first autobiography, "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings", in 1969. Here's a quote from Wiki:

When Maya Angelou was eight, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend, a man named Freeman. She told her brother, who told the rest of their family. Freeman was found guilty but was jailed for only one day. Four days after his release, he was murdered, probably by Angelou's uncles. Angelou became mute for almost five years, believing, as she stated, "I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone..." Accordin

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April 5th, 2018

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Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Protest
A protest march took place a few weeks after a devastating fire on the 25 March 1911 at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on New York City‘s East Side. 146, mostly immigrant women workers perished. The building housing the factory was not only 10 storied, but was also overcrowded and packed with combustible material. It was also reported that many of its exit doors were locked causing panicked wor... read more

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April 6th, 2018

Henry Kempe - Child Abuse Pioneer
Pediatrician Dr. C. Henry Kempe was born on this date. He was first in the medical community to identify and recognize child abuse. In 1962, he and his colleagues published "The Battered Child Syndrome." This event was significant for creating awareness of and exposing the reality of child abuse. Kempe is remembered as a tenacious advocate for the protection of children.

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April 7th, 2018

World Health Day
Many of us tend to neglect our physical health, for various reasons. Abuse survivors can feel unworthy of medical attention, too focused on our internal struggles to attend to 3D life, scared of doctors, or even punishing ourselves for having survived abuse by neglecting our needs. World Health Day challenges us to break through these obstacles: get health insurance, make an appointment for your annual physical, schedule a mammogram, etc. If you're perfectly healthy - you could support healthcare for those who are less fortunate, by donating, volunteering, or spreading awareness.

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April 8th, 2018

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April 9th, 2018

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Vicente Ferrer Moncho (anniversary of birth)
Vicente Ferrer Moncho was born in Barcelona, Spain, on 9 April 1920. In 1944 he abandoned law and became a Jesuit priest. He arrived in India in 1952. After deciding to increase his focus on helping the poor, he and a group of followers created the "Rural Development Association" in Manmad (near Mumbai). This organisation started with twelve acres of land and a school. Vicente Ferrer encouraged... read more

Fred Hollows
Fred Hollows born April 9, 1929 was an Australian ophthalmologist and humanitarian who provided high level eye care to those in need throughout the world. He spent his life helping others who could not afford to access healthcare. Early on in his career, he realized that the Aborigines in his home country were not being provided with the medical care and treatment they needed to prevent the avoida... read more

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April 10th, 2018

Rescue of Mary Ellen Wilson
Mary Ellen's mom died when she was a baby. Her dad couldn't care for her alone, and she ended up in foster care, where she was abused. Here's her court testimony (she was 10yo at the time):

My father and mother are both dead. I don't know how old I am. I have no recollection of a time when I did not live with the Connollys. Mamma has been in the habit of whipping and beating me almost every day. She used to whip me with a twisted whip—a rawhide. The whip always left a black and blue mark on my body. I have now the black and blue marks on my head which were made by mamma, and also a cut on the left side of my forehead which was made by a pair of scissors. She struck me with the scissors and cut me; I have no recollection of ever having been kissed by any one—have never been k

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April 12th, 2018

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Yuri's Night
April 12 is Yuri’s Night, an unofficial annual holiday that honors and celebrates human space exploration. The holiday is a commemoration of the day in 1961 when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go into space. Space Exploration The day also celebrates the launch of the first space shuttle - the Space Shuttle Columbia - on April 12, 1981. Created in 2001, 40 years after th... read more

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April 13th, 2018

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Scrabble Day
April 13 is Scrabble Day, a day to celebrate the popular board game created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts, an American architect. Like a Crossword Scrabble is a word game where 2 to 4 players place tiles, each having a single letter, on a board such that the tiles form words. Like a crossword puzzle, the words have to be built on a 225 square Scrabble board from top to bottom or from left to righ... read more

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April 14th, 2018

Look up the Sky Day
On April 14, step out of your home or office and take a few minutes to look up at the sky because it is Look up the Sky Day. Maybe this unofficial holiday, with unknown origins, aims to encourage people to go outdoors and enjoy the various bounties of nature. Perhaps the anonymous creators also wanted people to ponder over the vastness of the sky and space and learn more about what lies beyond what we can see. Different Definitions While most of us use the term sky to refer to the blue dome above us, astronomers and meteorologists define it very differently. In astronomy, the sky is also called the celestial sphere or dome – an imaginary sphere that extends infinitely into space with the observer on Earth at its center. So, for astronomers, the sky includes much more than what most peopl

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April 17th, 2018

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Haiku Poetry Day
April 17 is Haiku Day. The unofficial holiday honors the short poetry form that originated in Japan. Ave Haiku is a type of short poetry that is usually three sentences long. First popularized in Japan in the 17th century, Haiku as a poetry genre has been adopted by many languages around the world. In English, the genre first became mainstream in the early 20th century. In its Japanese avatar, hai... read more

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April 20th, 2018

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Ludlow Massacre
Colorado coal miners, mostly immigrants, worked long hours and endured dreadful working conditions. By the time they paid for rented homes in company-owned camps, and purchased food from company-owned stores received very little pay. These factors contributed to them striking for additional pay and union recognition in 1913. The strikers built a tent colony away from their camp; near Ludlow. In re... read more

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April 21st, 2018

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April 23rd, 2018

World Book Day
It started as an anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes. In Spain, Cervantes's Don Quixote is read during a two-day "readathon" and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the Spanish king in Alcalá de Henares. However, April 23rd also happens to be the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors. In 1995 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established it as the World Book and Copyrigght Day, aimed to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

Take a Chance Day
Take A Chance Day on April 23 is the perfect excuse for you to play with some odds and venture out into unchartered territories. McEntire The origins of Take A Chance Day are unknown, though we think the creators of the unofficial holiday wanted people to put away their inhibitions and their fear of failure and do something bold and risky. Might Fail In the English language, take a chance is an id... read more

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April 24th, 2018

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April 29th, 2018

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International Dance Day
International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The event takes place every year on 29th April, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance thr... read more

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April 30th, 2018

Honesty Day
Honesty Day was invented by M. Hirsh Goldberg, former press secretary of Maryland, to encourage honesty and straightforward communication in politics, relationships, consumer relations and historical education. According to a poll conducted by London’s Science Museum, the average person tells 2.5 lies a day (most common ones being "I didn’t drink that much!" and "Nothings wrong, I'm fine.") Honesty has special meaning to us as abuse survivors because abuse is based on lies. Today we can try to break through this pattern, ask straightforward questions, and give blunt answers.

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May 1st, 2018

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May 3rd, 2018

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Jose Castellanos "Righteous Among the Nations"
On 3 May 2010 Yad Vashem recognized Jose Arturo Castellanos as Righteous Among the Nations Castellanos (1891 -1977) began his professional life as an army colonel in El Salvador. In 1937 he entered his country’s foreign service, and in 1938 was nominated as consul in Hamburg. In face of the desperate situation of the Jews in Germany in the late 1930's, he asked his superiors for permission to... read more

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May 4th, 2018

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Birthday of Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) Belgium born, British actress and humanitarian was a major Hollywood star of the 1950s and 1960s. However from 1967 she acted only occasionally. From this point choosing to devote time to working with UNICEF as a special ambassador. During her time with this organisation she played an active part in campaigns to improve conditions for children around the world. Whil... read more

Star Wars Day
May 4 is considered as a Star Wars Day by fans of the popular film series, Star Wars. It is one of the two days in a year that recognize the importance of the Star Wars movies in popular culture and to allow fans of the saga to express their love for the movies. The origin of this day comes from a play on the words may the force be with you, an often quoted phrase in the Star Wars movies. Fans aro... read more

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May 5th, 2018

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May 8th, 2018

World Red Cross Day
World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on the birthday of its founder, Jean-Henry Dunant. In 1859 he was traveling through Italy on a business trip and saw about 40K dead or wounded soldiers who were left on a battlefield without much medical attention or even basic care. Mr Dunant abandoned his business plans, attended to the soldiers, and motivated and organized the local villagers to help them, without discrimination as to which side they fought on. Upon his return home, Mr Dunant advocated the formation of national organizations to help wounded soldiers, as well as the development of international treaties to protect medics and field hospitals. Five years later the International Committee Of The Red Cross was founded, which led to the Geneva Conventions, the cornerstone of contemporary international humanitarian law. Currently, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world, present in every country and supported by m

Passage of Irish DV Bill 2017
This new legislation has passed through all stages. It reforms bring Ireland a step closer to ratifying the CoE Convention, which aims to combat DV. "DV can have devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences for victims as well as society as a whole. Protecting and supporting victims has been a key priority for this government," Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan said.... read more

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May 10th, 2018

Clean Up Your Room Day
May 10 is Clean Your Room Day - an unofficial holiday that is bound to be any parent's or roommate's favorite holiday and perhaps every child's, teenager's and lazy person's nightmare. Trash the Trash Also sometimes called the National Clean Up Your Room Day, this holiday of unknown origins aims at keeping the dust bunnies where they belong - the trash. The holiday promotes clean rooms and homes and encourages people to collect their cleaning supplies, don their cleaning clothes and gloves, and spend the day spring cleaning. Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a practice in many cultures where people clean their homes thoroughly once a year on the first warm day of spring. It is thought that this practice dates back to the days when people lit fires to keep warm during cold winter months. T

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May 11th, 2018

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May 12th, 2018

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Limerick Day
May 12 is Limerick Day. It is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to read and write limericks, a genre of humorous poetry that first originated in England in the 18th century. Kosmider Book of Nonsense Limerick Day, also sometimes called National Limerick Day honors the birthday of Edward Lear, English poet, and author. Born in 1812, Lear popularized this form of poetry in his 1846 book c... read more

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May 13th, 2018

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May 18th, 2018

No Dirty Dishes Day
M Dirty dishes, they are part of life. A lot of time, money and energy is spent every day on washing and drying dishes and putting them away. This unofficial holiday with unknown origins encourages people to take a break from doing the dishes for the day and spend the time saved doing things for fun. How to Celebrate? Wash all your dishes so that your sink and kitchen is all clean and sparkly. Or, don't wash any and pile them up. But remember, you will have to clean them sometime soon, even if you take a break today. Or use disposable dinnerware. Just remember to make sure they are environmental friendly. Make No Dirty Dishes Day even more fun by eating all your meals out - make dirty dishes someone else's problem for this one day! Hate doing the dishes day in and day out? Use this day to

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May 19th, 2018

USA Supreme Court Upholds Child Pornography Law
In a 7-2 ruling the Supreme Court upheld the latest Congressional effort to curb the spread of child pornography on the Internet, a 2003 law that makes it a crime to offer or solicit sexually explicit images of children. In delivering the decision Justice Antonin Scalia said "offers to provide or to obtain child pornograpy are categorically excluded from the first amendment".

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May 20th, 2018

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May 22nd, 2018

Forced Marriage: First English Conviction
A woman, was convicted of tricking her daughter into travelling to Pakistan for a false and forced marriage. Also for lying about the incident in the High Court. A jury heard how the victim sobbed as she was married to a male relative 16 years her senior. Some years earlier, the man had raped the girl after she was entered into a marriage contract against her will. The then 13-year-old was forced to have an abortion when she returned to the UK, which led her GP to report his concerns for her safety to social services. Forced marriage became a criminal offence in the UK under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014). The offence includes extra-territorial liability, i.e. that it is an offence to pressure or trick someone into travelling overseas and then force them to marry

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May 25th, 2018

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Towel Day
Carry a towel and don’t panic on Towel Day. Celebrated annually on May 25, this unofficial holiday celebrates the hugely popular science fiction comedy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2) by Douglas Adams. The holiday stems out of a key phrase in the series of books, called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - A Trilogy in Five Parts that refer to a towel as “…the most massively u... read more

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May 26th, 2018

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June 1st, 2018

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Birthday of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean Mortenson, was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. During her short life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a traumatic childhood to become one of the world's biggest movie stars and loved sex symbol. She died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, when only 36 years old. More than a half century after Monroe's death, the world remains fascinated by her beauty a... read more

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June 2nd, 2018

International Sex Workers' Day
International Sex Workers Day has been celebrated annually since 1976. It commemorates the occupation of Eglise Saint-Nizier in Lyon by more than a hundred sex workers on June 2nd, 1975. French police kept sex workers under increasing pressure in the 1970s. The police reprisals forced sex workers to work increasingly in secret. As a result, protection of sex workers decreased and led to more violence against them. After two murders and the unwillingness of the government to improve the situation, sex workers in Lyon occupied the Saint-Nizier church in rue de Brest and went on strike, to draw attention to their inhumane working conditions. The striking workers sang political chants and demanded decent working conditions and an end to stigma. The police cleared the church after eight days. The event marks the starting point of an international movement of sex workers for sex workers' rights.

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First Two Way, Non-stop English Channel Flight
Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Sadly, he became Britain's first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane broke up in midair.... read more

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June 3rd, 2018

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First American Walks in Space
Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule. He emerged from the spacecraft, and floated in space for about 20 minutes; propelling himself with a maneuvering unit. Only a couple of years later White was one of the three-man crew of Apollo 1 who were the first casualties of the U.S. space program, tragically killed during a 1967 flight ... read more

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June 4th, 2018

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Tiananmen Square Massacre
The Chinese government began its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested. Nearly a million protestors, mostly young students, crowded into central Beijing to protest for greater democracy and call for the resignations of Chinese Communist Party leaders deemed too repressive. For close to three weeks, the protesters occupied... read more

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June 5th, 2018

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First edition of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' published
While living in Cincinnati Harriet Beecher Stowe met fugitive slaves and became aware of their clndestine escape routes (the Underground Railroad). She wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin Later, as a response to tightened fugitive slave laws. Her book had a major impact on how the American public viewed slavery and established her reputation as literary and social force. ... read more

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June 6th, 2018

Farmer vs. Brennan ruling
Dee Farmer is a trans woman who was incarcerated with the general male population. She was repeatedly raped and beaten by the other inmates and acquired HIV as a result. Ms Farmer felt that the warden of the prison, Edward Brenner, should have done something to protect her, and filed a lawsuit. Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a prison official's "deliberate indifference" to a substantial risk of serious harm to an inmate violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment:

We [...] hold that a prison official may be held liable under the Eighth Amendment for denying humane conditions of confinement only if he knows that inmates face a substantial risk of serious harm and disregards that risk by failing to take reasonable measures to abate it

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Frozen foods sold commercially for the first time.
Clarence Birdseye (1886 – 1956) is considered to be the father of the frozen food industry. In 1925, he revealed his the "Quick Freeze Machine." In 1927 Bidseye applied to patent a multi-plate freezing machine. By 1928, he had creating the double belt freezer which would became the foundation for further developments - the forerunner to modern freezing technology. In 1930, the first line of fro... read more

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June 7th, 2018

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The first vessel passes through the Panama Canal.
Although plans were made for a grand celebration to recognise the official opening of the Panama Canal World War I meant it had to be canceled. The eventual opening was a modest affair with the Canal cement boat Ancon, piloted by Captain John A. Constantine, the Canal's first pilot, making the first official transit.   ... read more

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June 8th, 2018

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Birthday of Robert Schumann, German composer
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) was one of the foremost romantic composers of the 19th century. He was also a pianist, influential music critic and editor of 'The New Journal of Music'. His wife Clara (a concert level pianist) and composer.... read more

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June 9th, 2018

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June 10th, 2018

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World Handicrafts Day
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June 12th, 2018

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First USA Spring Tape Measure patented
On December a patent was issued to William H. Bangs of West Meriden, Connecticut. His was the first attempt in the United States to make a spring return pocket tape measure e.g a tape that could be stopped and held at any point and returned to its case by operating a release button so it sprung back into its case.... read more

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June 13th, 2018

Birthday of Truddi Chase
Truddi Chase. American author of "When Rabbit Howls" In her autobiography Chase tells of having been sexually and physically abused by her stepfather and of being neglected and beaten by her mother. This she stated led her to developing DID with 90 or so alters that she referred to as "the Troops" During her life she gave many interviews on the subject with one of the most well known being on the Oprah Winfrey show. She also gave talks to convicted child abusers to explain her abuse history and to warn them that child abuse is psychologically devastating. In her book Creature of Healing...a journey she tried to deal with her PTSD and also tries to tie in human experiences of pain to come to a better understanding and empathy for others. She died at 70.

Passage of UK Chimney Sweeps Act
this Act was passed in 1834 it outlawed the apprenticing of any child under the age of ten and any child under 14 entering or cleaning chimneys The 1863 publication of 'The Water-Babies', by Charles Kingsley, raised awareness of the plight of child chimney sweeps. It was not until a further Act in 1875 that sweeps had to be licensed and police had to enforce all previous legislation.... read more

Passage of (CoE) Instanbul Convention
The overall aim of this Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and DV, adopted by the CoE's committee of ministers in 2011, is to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. States that ratify it are obliged to address violence against women "in all its forms". ... read more

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June 14th, 2018

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Birth of Aloiz Alzheimer
Alois Alzheimer (1864 –1915) was born in Germany. he graduated with a medical degree in 1887. In 1901 he met Auguste Deter a woman experiencing an increasing loss of her short-term memory. He became interested in her case and when Auguste Deter died Alzheimer he examined her brain it had a number nerve tangles and plaques which became to be known as the distinctive features of Alzheimers diseas... read more

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June 15th, 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Elder abuse is, unfortunately, one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans, according to the UN. Older persons are vulnerable to verbal, physical, sexual, and financial abuse by their families (e.g. adult children), staff at nursing homes and other health facilities, and strangers wanting to take advantage of them. "The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important," - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

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June 16th, 2018

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June 17th, 2018

Eat Your Vegetables Day
Whether you love your veggies or can’t stand them, you should celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17. If you can’t stand greens and veggies on your plate at a meal, maybe it is time to start today. Vegetables are healthy and full of vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber, and minerals. Eating vegetables every day can help reduce the risk of a variety of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancers. Doctors around the world recommend that people eat at least five portion or servings of vegetables during the day. How to Celebrate? This is an easy day to celebrate. Eat up your veggies today and make a resolution to add more greens and vegetables to your diet in the future. Here are some more ways you can celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day: Visit your local

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June 18th, 2018

International Picnic Day
International Picnic Day is a made-up holiday that is celebrated annually on June 18. So, pack your picnic basket, hop into the car, or walk to a park or a picnic area and enjoy an outdoors meal by yourself or with your family and friends to celebrate this unofficial holiday. International Picnic Day is a day to commune with nature and enjoy a lovely summer day if you are in the Northern Hemisphere. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, who says you can’t picnic indoors? Just spread a blanket in the middle of your living room. Maybe even create a pillow fort and enjoy some time with your family! A similar holiday is celebrated in the Australia’s Northern Territory on the first Monday of August each year. Picnic Day in this region is a public holiday. How to Celebrate? Plan a pic

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June 19th, 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict


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June 20th, 2018

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June 21st, 2018

Ombusman designated to monitor places of detention
On this day the New Zealand Government appointed Ombudsman was designated a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) under the Crimes of Torture Act(COTA). In this role he is responsibility for establishing a system of regular and independent visits to places of detention, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The Ombudsman is responsible for visiting prisons, immigration detention facilities, health and disability places of detention, child care and protection residences, and youth justice residences, monitoring and making recommendations to improve the conditions of detention and the treatment of detainees.

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June 22nd, 2018

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June 23rd, 2018

The Addison/Campbell Divorce Act
On 23 June 1801, a woman called Jane Campbell divorced her husband Edward Addison by Act of Parliament, and became the first woman to obtain a Parliamentary divorce. She obtained her divorce on grounds of ‘incestuous adultery' committed by her husband with her sister Jessy, and also won custody of her children. This case involved a tangle of family relationships which were sensationally described in evidence to the House of Lords by servants.

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June 24th, 2018

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June 25th, 2018

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ANC launched the Defiance Campaign
On June 26, 1952, the African National Congress (ANC) launched the Defiance Campaign; the largest such non-violent resistance in South Africa. For the first time in the country's history, Africans, Indians, some Europeans, and other minorities were acting together and under the same leadership. Walter Sisulu was leader of the ANC and Nelson Mandela was the volunteer who coordinated the campaign. S... read more

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June 26th, 2018

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings. Torture is a crime under international law, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.
UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force on this day.

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June 27th, 2018

National PTSD Awareness Day
National PTSD Awareness Day is acknowledged annually on the 27th of June. The US Senate officially designated this day in 2010. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can affect anyone who survived a life-threatening event, such as veterans, survivors of domestic violence, rape, child abuse, natural disasters, or acts of terrorism. In the US, 6.8% of adults will experience PTSD in their lifetime.

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Helen Keller Day
Celebrate human resilience and achievement on Helen Keller Day. Celebrated annually on June 27, the day commemorates the life and achievements of Helen Keller, American activist, author, and suffragist. The unofficial holiday is also a celebration of human grit and hard work. It promotes the idea that people can overcome challenges and achieve anything they want if they put their hearts and souls ... read more

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June 28th, 2018

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Tau Day
Tau Day, an anti-Pi Day holiday, is an unofficial observance held every year since 2010 on June 28, or 06/28 as written in the American date format. Celebrate the Tau, a mathematical constant on Tau Day.Celebrate the Tau, a mathematical constant on Tau Day. The day began as a way to recognize tau, τ, a ratio constant describing the relationship between the circumference and the radius of a circle... read more

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June 29th, 2018

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June 30th, 2018

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July 1st, 2018

Start of Australian National Redress Scheme
The National Redress Scheme provides support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The schemes was recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme is one way Australian governments are working to acknowledge and help people who experienced child sexual abuse. The Scheme started on 1 July 2018, and will run for 10 years.

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First Battle of the Somme WW1
(July 1–November 13, 1916), costly and largely unsuccessful Allied offensive on the Western Front during World War I. The horrific bloodshed on the first day of the battle became a metaphor for valueless, large scale loss of life. Approximately 30,000 men were killed on the first day - more than one third of the total allied troops involved. ... read more

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July 2nd, 2018

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Birthday of Medgar Evers, civil rights activist
Medgar Evers' lengthy list of civil rights fights and victories made him a target for militant white supremacists. In the early morning hours of June 12, 1963, a gunman hid near the Evers' driveway and shot him in the back as he walked to his car. Killing him in front of his children. The suspect in his murder, white supremacist Byron De la Beckwith, was quickly apprehended. The gun used to kill ... read more

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July 3rd, 2018

International Plastic Bag Free Day
On July 3, when you go to the grocery store take a cloth or paper bag with you because it is International Plastic Bag Free Day. Created by Bag Free World, a “global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags,” International Bag Free Day is an unofficial holiday that promotes environmental conservation by encouraging people to reject plastic bags. The holiday also raises awareness of the harm that plastic bags do to nature and to animals and marine life. How to Celebrate? Say no to single-use plastic bags. Take your own cloth or paper bag when you go shopping. Not only will you be saving money – several grocery stores give discounts for patrons bringing in their own bags, you will also be helping to save the environment. If you are crafty, make your own bag

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July 4th, 2018

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Birthday of Stephen Foster, American Composer
Stephen Foster, an American composer Has an important place in the history of American music. He is primarily known for his sentimental songs and ballads including "Oh! Susanna", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer".... read more

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July 5th, 2018

Workaholics Day
July 5 is Workaholics Day, a day dedicated to people who spend all their time working and tend to ignore other pursuits in life. The unofficial holiday raises awareness about the fact that all work and no play can be harmful to the mental and physical health of workers. The day encourages workaholics to make lifestyle changes so that they give other aspects of their lives as much importance as their work. How to Celebrate? If there is a workaholic in your life, ask them to take the day off and take them out to do something fun. Perhaps a trip to a theme park or a hike? Make a nice meal for the workaholic in your life and tell them about the problems associated with working all the time. If you are a workaholic, take the day off to reevaluate your life and take some time off for yourself.

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July 6th, 2018

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Successful Anti-rabies Innoculation
Louis Pasteur a French chemist and biologist (but not a medical doctor) developed his rabies vaccine by infecting rabbits with this virus. He then harvested their nerve tissue and dried it to weaken (attenuate)the virus. On July 6, 1885, Pasteur administered his first anti-rabies inoculation to a young boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog. This was successful with the boy not contracting the the... read more

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July 7th, 2018

The March of the Mill Children
Made up of roughly three hundred children and supporting workers, the "Children's Crusade" began marching on July 7, 1903 from Philadelphia to New York. Organised and lead by social activist Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones) it made frequent stops to give speeches and to show the public the effects of child labor exploitation. Many of the children marching showed evidence of past injuries (missing fingers and scars) which provided real proof of the dangers of their employment. Their banner said “we want to go to school, not mines!” After several weeks the 125-mile trek ended in Teddy Roosevelt’s hometown, to show the millionaires in New York the faces of child labor. It paved the way to the end of child labor. Public outcry to media reports of the march prompted states to look int

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The first British DJ: Christopher Stone
In 1927 Christopher Stone convinced the BBC to let him broadcast a program consisting of American and American-influenced jazz records interspersed with his ad libbed introductions. He persuaded the, at that time, more than a little straight-laced BBC to let him create a programme consisting of playing records. Once Stones program went to air it was very well received by the listening public. His... read more

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July 8th, 2018

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Birth of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Author of "On Death and Dying" a ground-breaking book on grief. It arose out of her interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this book Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduce her five , now famous stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.... read more

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July 9th, 2018

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New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Act
The New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 is a law that legalised consensual sex between men aged 16 and older. It removed the provisions of the Crimes Act 1961 that criminalised this behaviour. Male homosexual sex became illegal in New Zealand when the country became part of the British Empire in 1840 and adopted English law making male homosexual acts punishable by death. The Offences Aga... read more

Birth of Oliver Wolf Sacks
Oliver Wolf Sacks British author was born in London. He studied medicine at Oxford. Sacks later became interested in a group of patients who were suspended in a frozen state. He diagnosed that their symptoms as being due to them having contracted encephalitis lethargica He treated them with the drug L-DOPA. Sacks went on to write a book The 'Awakening' which became a successful movie,... read more

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July 10th, 2018

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July 11th, 2018

Cheer Up the Lonely Day
Make someone smile on Cheer up the Lonely Day. Annually celebrated on July 11, the unofficial holiday aims to encourage people to give some of their time to make people who are lonely smile. Bence Loneliness is an inevitable part of life. For some people, it can be temporary, and for others it may be a daily struggle. Loneliness can affect the young and the old, and people from all walks of life. It can be harmful to the mental, physical, and social health of those suffering from it. Bringing Cheer Cheer Up the Lonely Day aims to spread awareness about the damaging effects of loneliness and asks for people to give some of their time to bring happiness and cheer into the lives of those who may be lonely. How to Celebrate? This is one holiday that is easy to celebrate. All you need to do is

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July 12th, 2018

Simplicity Day
Simplicity Day is celebrated every year on July 12. The unofficial holiday commemorates the life, times and work of American philosopher and proponent of simple living, Henry David Thoreau. Born on July 12, 1817, Thoreau was against slavery, a supporter of small government, an environmentalist, and an author. He was also involved in the early transcendentalist movement in the United States. Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that emerged in the U.S. in the mid-1800s. The main idea of the movement was that humans by nature are inherently good and that knowledge can only be gained through looking inwards as well as outwards. Embrace Simple Living Simplicity Day was created by the Emily Fund an organization created in memory of Emily Rachel Silverstein. The unofficial holiday encou

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Ireland Approves Abortion
Ireland's lower house in parliament voted in favor of legalizing abortion in cases where it would save the life of the mother. This is the first time the Irish government has voted in favor of any type of abortion. ... read more

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July 13th, 2018

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Live Aid Concert
The Live Aid Concert was a series of concerts held to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia around the world in cites including London, Philadelphia, Sydney and Moscow. These rock concerts were attended by nearly 200,000 people. As well satellite link-ups and television broadcasts to link enabled an estimated 1.5 viewers in 100 countries to watch the concert performances live. Live Aid was org... read more

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July 14th, 2018

Passage of UK Mines and Collieries Bill
This Bill was passed in response to the 1842 Report by a Royal Commission on the employment of women and children in mines which caused widespread public dismay. It was common for children aged eight and sometimes younger to be employed. In parts of Scotland girls as well as boys were put to work. The new Bill, prohibited underground work for all women, girls, and boys under 10.

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George Washington Carver National Monument
On this day the George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri became the first national park to honor an African American. George Washington Carver was a prominent American scientist and inventor in the early 1900s. Carver developed hundreds of products using the peanut, sweet potatoes and soybeans. He also was a champion of crop rotation and agricultural education. ... read more

Birth of Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was born in England. She founded the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903, which used civil disobedient tatics to agitate for women's suffrage. She was imprisoned many times. Parliament granted British women limited suffrage in 1918. Pankhurst died in 1928, shortly before women were given full voting rights.... read more

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July 15th, 2018

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Birthday of Francis Xavier Cabrini
Francis Xavier Cabrini, was the first American (although not American born)canonized saint. Here's how TIME (July 15, 1946) described her upon her canonization: "On March 31, 1889, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, a tiny, frail nun, daughter of a Lombard farmer, arrived in New York with six' members of the order she had formed, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pope Leo XIII had ... read more

School Bus Kidnapped Chowchilla, California
On July 15, 1976, 26 children and their bus driver were kidnapped in Chowchilla, California, by armed men who blocked the road around 4 p.m. The kidnappers hid the bus in the Berenda Slough and drove the children and bus driver around in two vans for 11 hours, eventually taking them to a quarry in Livermore, California. There, the kidnappers imprisoned the victims inside a buried van with a small ... read more

JFK accepts Democratic Nomination for President
John F. Kennedy, commonly referred to as 'JFK' became the 35th President in 1960 - the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic to beelected to this office. ... read more

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July 16th, 2018

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Apollo 11 blast off
Apollo 11 blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon.This historic space mission carried three astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin toward the moon. Two of them would set foot on the lunar surface for the first time in human history as millions of people around the world followed their steps on television. ... read more

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July 17th, 2018

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Enactment: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
The MSSC Act 2013 enacted on 17th July 2013, enables same sex marriages in the United Kingdom and Wales. This Act serves the purpose of giving the green light to same sex couples who have been waiting to marry for a number of years. The Act came into force on 29th March 2014. The Same Sex Marriage bill was labelled 'historic' when granted royal assent in July 2013. The general view on the bill wa... read more

Execution of Tsar Nicholas 11 and his family
On this day Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his immediate family and retainers were executed by Bolshevik "White" Russian forces at Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia. They were brutally killed in the cellar of the house where they had been confined. The bodies were burned and thrown into an abandoned mine shaft before being moved and buried. A team of Russian scientists located the remains in 197... read more

Yellow Pig Day
July 17 is Yellow Pig Day. Despite its name, the day is not a celebration of the porcine world, but a celebration of the number 17. The unofficial holiday was created in the early 1960s by Princeton mathematics students, David Kelly and Michael Spivak, while working on the special properties of the number 17. It is unclear why the day was called Yellow Pig Day or what a yellow pig has to do with t... read more

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July 18th, 2018

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Birthday of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a black South African anti-apartheid activist and later politician who became the first black President of South Africa (1994-1999). In 1962 he was convicted of the conspiracy to overthrow the state and sentenced to 27 yrs in prison. He served this sentence in Robbin Island and then later in Polismoor prison and Victor Verster prison. After an international campaign he was relea... read more

Edison makes his first sound recordings
Thomas Edison among his many other inventions and achievements made the first sound recordings on sheets of tinfoil in 1877. The next year he created a solid wax cylinder record. However, it was not 1896 - 1897 that Edison returned to his interest in sound recording. At this time he established the National Phonograph Company and began mass-producing cylinder recordings of music and entertainment.... read more

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July 19th, 2018

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Fist Womens Rights Convention Convened
The American Women's Rights Movement held its first convention attended by over 200 women in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. It was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two abolitionists who met at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. An important product of this first convention was the historic document, the 'Declaration of Sentiments,' which demanded equal social... read more

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July 20th, 2018

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Jane "Jennie" Collins
Jennie Collins was an American labor reformer, humanitarian, and suffragist. Orphaned as a child, she supported herself at 14 by working in the cotton mills, and later as a domestic and a seamstress. She was active in the abolitionist and labor movements, volunteered in military hospitals during the Civil War, and founded a charity for poor working women in Boston. In 1870, she addressed the Natio... read more

Space Exploration Day
On July 20, look up at the sky and think back on all the advances humankind has made in exploring and understanding space because it is Space Exploration Day. The annual holiday commemorates the anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon. On July 20, 1969, Americans astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the surface of the Moon. In 1984, the day ... read more

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July 21st, 2018

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National Association of Colored Women NACWC
"The National Association of Colored Women (later National Association of Colored Women's Clubs) was established in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 1896... The organizations attending this convention included the National Federation of Afro-American Women, the Women's Era Club of Boston, and the National League of Colored Women of Washington, DC, the Women's Loyal Union as well as smaller organizati... read more

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July 22nd, 2018

Introduction of Rape Survivor Child Custody Act
Prior to passage of this Act, termination of parental rights involving a child conceived in rape required a felony rape conviction. Felony rape convictions are often difficult to obtain. This Act makes it easier to terminate an accused sexual attacker's parental rights by lowering the evidentiary standard for child custody hearings to "clear and convincing evidence"

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Birthday of Janusz Korczak
Janusz Korczak was a Polish-Jewish educator, children's author, and pediatrician, who ran an orphanage in Warsaw called "Dom Sierot". When Dom Sierot was sent from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp during WWII, Korczak refused freedom and stayed with the kids. Him, his staff, and 200 children (aged between 2 and 13yo) were killed in gas chambers on August 7, 1942, immediately u... read more

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July 23rd, 2018

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Sale of first Ford car
The first car manufactured by Ford was called Model A (not to be confused by a later Ford model also called Model A). This two-cylinder vehicle formed the base of the Ford Motor Company and was sold as either a two seater runabout or a four seater tonneau and. It was priced at about US$750 (about NZ$35,000 today!). Although Ford advertised it as the "most reliable machine in the world", the car su... read more

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July 24th, 2018

Successful Appeal of 'Same-Roof' Rule
In a woman who suffered serious abuse at the hands of her stepfather has won a legal challenge against a policy which denies some victims the right to compensation. The Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that the so-called "same-roof" rule, which denies compensation to domestic abuse victims who lived in the same home as their attacker before 1979, was "incompatible" with human rights laws.

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Amelia Earhart Pioneer American Aviator
Amelia Earhart an American aviator set many flying records. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. During attempting to fly around the world Amelia disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in July 1937. Her plane was never found, and she was officially declared lost at sea. Her disappearance has... read more

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July 25th, 2018

Culinarians Day
July 25 is Culinarians Day, an unofficial holiday that honors all cooks and chefs who bring good taste and great food in people's lives. Culinarians are experts in the art and science of cooking and serving food. They can be chefs, cooks, home cooks, bakers, and anyone else who is involved in the process of preparing and serving meals. Professional culinarians tend to work in restaurants and commercial kitchens. While the origins of Culinarians Day are unknown, we can all safely assume that the holiday was invented as a way to thank all the culinarians who make our experience of eating out fun and special. How to Celebrate? If you personally know a chef or a cook, send them a thank you note and a thoughtful gift. Make a special dinner for the person who cooks for you every day. Go out to e

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Britain Motability Scheme Launched
Motability is a charity in the United Kingdom. It oversees the Motability Scheme which is intended to enable disabled people, their families and their carers to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair, using their disability benefit. Currently, the Motability scheme has more than 650,000 customers. Motability was founded in 1977 by Lord Sterling of Plaistow and the late Lord Goodman and th... read more

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July 26th, 2018

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Americans With Disabilities Act (1990) enacted
The ‘Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990' (ADA) was signed By President George Bush. It was based on the lines of Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ‘Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990', also aimed at preventing the discrimination of American citizens based on disabilities was passed. On this day in 1990, President George Bush signed the act, thus formally converting it into legislation to... read more

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July 27th, 2018

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International Workers of the World founded
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was founded in Chicago. It opposed the American Federation of Labor's acceptance of capitalism and its refusal to include unskilled workers in craft unions. Among its founders were William Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners, Daniel De Leon of the Socialist Labor Party. The IWW gained a reputation as a revolutionary organization dedicated to controllin... read more

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July 28th, 2018

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Discovery of the Kennewick Man
The saga of the Kennewick Man, a prehistoric man who researchers have established had the closest DNA match to Native American tribes, began when his remains were found in, 1996, on the banks of the Columbia River, in Kennewick, Washington. Officials who first examined the skeletal remains proposed that they could be of a European, perhaps an early settler, whose life was taken by a Native America... read more

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July 29th, 2018

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Dag Hammarskjöld
Dag Hammarskjöld, (1905-1961) Prize winner, secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-1961). "As secretary-general, Hammarskjöld is generally thought to have combined great moral force with subtlety in meeting international challenges. He insisted on the freedom of the secretary-general to take emergency action without prior approval by the Security Council or the General Assembly. He also ... read more

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July 30th, 2018

World Day Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a crime where the perpetrator holds the victim against their will and exploits them (usually for sex, labor, or domestic servitude). It's the third largest international crime industry (after drugs and weapons trafficking), generating $32 billion annual profit. There are about 20-30 million slaves in the world. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.

American Medicare Bill enacted
On July 30th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill that lead to the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid. Over time Congress has made changes that has given more Americans access to Medicare. In 2015 it celebrated its 50th anniversary.... read more

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Volkswagen Beetles: the end of an Icon
The last of the uniquely shaped "old style" Volkswagen Beetles rolled off the assembly line in Mexico 0n July 30th 2003. The VW Beetle had a singular history and is regarded by some to be one of the best engineered cars of the century. It had its origins Germany in the 1930s and was designed mainly by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche who set out to create an economical car affordable to the masses.... read more

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July 31st, 2018

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Birthday ofJ.K. Rowling: author Harry Potter series
Well known for writing the 'Harry Potter' books multi-talented English born Joanne Rowling, CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, is a successful novelist, philanthropist, producer, screenwriter and social commentator.... read more

The Trans-Siberian Railroad - Completed
In 1904 The Trans-Siberian railroad The world's longest single railway journey, 5,772 miles (9289 km) from Moscow to Vladivostok was completed.... read more

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August 1st, 2018

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University of Texas Tower Shooting
Charles Whitman, a student and ex-Marine, fired from the clock tower on the campus of the University of Texas. After taking rifles and other weapons to the tower Whitman indiscriminately opened fire and over the next 90 minutes he shot and killed 16 people (including an unborn child). Earlier, the same day Whitman had killed his wife and mother. His post mortem showed a tumour on his brain. It h... read more

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August 2nd, 2018

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James Baldwin
"James Baldwin was an American writer and social critic, best known for his debut novel, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain'. A highly insightful writer, he explored themes like race, sexuality, spirituality, and humanity in his works. Born in Harlem, New York, U.S. as the eldest son of his mother, he never knew the identity of his biological father. His mother married again and even though his step-fa... read more

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August 3rd, 2018

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August 4th, 2018

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August 5th, 2018

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Birthday of Abbe Pierre
Abbe Pierre born in 1912 Lyon, France was a humanitarian known for his work with the homeless. He set up the charity Emmanus in 1949. its goal was to help the homeless to find shelter. Ahead of his time he viewed the traditional view of charity with some scepticism, believing that to be effective charity needed to focus on helping its recipients help themselves. That charity delivered as 'a gift... read more

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August 6th, 2018

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August 7th, 2018

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August 8th, 2018

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International Cat Day
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August 9th, 2018

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August 10th, 2018

Prisoners Justice Day
Prisoners' Justice Day was first observed by Canadian prisoners in 1974 in response to inhumane conditions, on the death anniversary of an inmate who committed suicide in segregation. Canada has drastically improved its prisons since then, but to this day prisoners refuse to eat or leave their cells on August 10th, in memory of those who died to bring public attention to institutional abuse in Canadian prisons. The Prisoners' Justice Day is now unofficially observed in many countries, and focuses on ensuring humane conditions in prisons across the world, as well as elimination of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse of inmates by both staff and other inmates.

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August 11th, 2018

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August 12th, 2018

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August 13th, 2018

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August 14th, 2018

Birth of Bryce Courtnay renown author/survivor
Bryce Courtenay was one of Australia's best-selling authors. Born as an illegitimate child he had a difficult childhood and spent several years in an orphanage where he was a victim of bullying. He started telling stories in order to distract the bullies and developed great story-telling skills. He embarked on his writing career after his 50th birthday, and quickly became a successful author.

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August 15th, 2018

Relaxation Day
On August 15, take a day off from your daily routine, put your feet up and relax because it is Relaxation Day. The origins of this holiday are unknown, though it is thought that the holiday began as National Slacker Day in Britain. In the hustle bustle of their daily lives, most people often forget to slow down and take some time for themselves. This can create stress and other stress-related health issues like high blood pressure and heart problems. Take a Deep Breath Relaxation Day is a reminder that sometimes it is okay to take a deep breath, slow down and take it easy - not only does relaxation make you feel better about yourself, it can have long-term health benefits too! So on this day, do things that help you relax and de-stress. Kick back and enjoy a cold beverage in your backyard,

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August 16th, 2018

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August 17th, 2018

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August 18th, 2018

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First womens' Cycling Club in Australasia
…"On the night of 18 August 1892, cycling enthusiasts gathered in Christchurch to discuss the formation of a cycling club for women. The male president of the Bicycle Touring Club presided over the meeting, but it was Alice Burn who put forward the motion that a women’s club should be formed under the name ‘The Atalanta Cycling Club’. It was hoped the club would make cycling popular with w... read more

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August 19th, 2018

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World Photography Day
August 19 is World Photo Day. The unofficial holiday, which is also sometimes known as Photo Day or World Photography Day, is an annual celebration of the art and science of photography. Created in 2009 by Australian photographer Korske Ara, the day encourages people to pick up their camera and be inspired by other fellow photographers to take pictures and share them with the world. A Modern Innov... read more

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August 20th, 2018

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August 21st, 2018

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August 22nd, 2018

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August 23rd, 2018

Escape of Natascha Kampusch
Natascha was 10yo when she was kidnapped on her way to school in Vienna, Austria. The man who did it held Natascha captive for eight years in a 54 sq ft soundproof cellar with a concrete/steel door and no windows. The cellar was only a half an hour away from Natasha's home. For the first half a year she couldn't leave the cellar at any time, and later on he gradually allowed Natascha more and more time upstairs, mainly to do housework. She still had to go to the cellar at night and when he left to work. Natasha had books, radio, and TV, and said later, "I tried to educate myself, to teach myself skills. I have learned to knit for example." In eight years spent in the cellar, Natasha had grown only 6in and 7lbs.

On August 23rd, 2006, after more than ten years of captivity, 18yo N

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August 24th, 2018

Enactment of Matts' Law
This Californian law allows for felony prosecutions when serious injuries or deaths result from hazing. It amended the California Education Code and California Penal Code to change charges for some hazing rituals from misdemeanors to felonies. It was named in memory of Matt Carrington, a 21-year-old university student who died from hazing related water intoxication

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August 25th, 2018

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August 26th, 2018

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Dog Appreciation Day
August 26 is Dog Day or Dog Appreciation Day, a day to appreciate your best friend on four legs. Founded in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige, the day honors dogs for all that they do to enrich our lives and communities. The holiday also aims to raise awareness about dog adoption and the importance of providing rescue dogs with a safe and loving environme... read more

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August 27th, 2018

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First edition: Guinness World Records
In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Brewery, went on a shooting party and became involved in an argument. Which was the fastest game bird in Europe – the golden plover or the grouse? He realized then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove popular. He was right! Sir Hugh's idea became reality when Norris and Ross McWhirter, who had... read more

QWERTY keyboard patented
The first practical typewriter was patented in the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His machine was known as the type-writer. The letters on its keyboard were arranged alphabetically. However its inventor had a problem. the "ABC" key layout of the keys caused them to jam when the machine was operated quickly. Initially Sholes solution was to keep the typist from typing too fast.... read more

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August 28th, 2018

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August 29th, 2018

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August 30th, 2018

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August 31st, 2018

International Overdose Awareness Day


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September 1st, 2018

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Beslan Massacre
Beslan is a small town in Russia. On September 1st terrorists took one of the public schools hostage (777 children and about 300 adults), demanding independence of Chechnya (part of Russia located nearby). After a three-day-long siege, the school was stormed by Russian special forces (using flamethrowers), and more than 330 of the children were killed. Exact number is unknown because no investigat... read more

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September 2nd, 2018

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September 3rd, 2018

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Discovery of Penicillin - first Antibiotic
On September 3, 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist noticed something unusual about the bacterial growth in a petri dish; it was covered with colonies of bacteria except in one area where a patch of mold was growing. He identified that this mold was a rare strain of Penicillium notatum. It was as though the mold was secreting something that inhibited bacterial growth. Fleming conduc... read more

Birth of Dr Richard Asher: Father of Munchausens
Munchausen's Syndrome named for Baron von Munchausen, who was known for his elaborate stories) has bowed to the pressure of name police and is now known by the less colourful title of Factitious Disorder. A person People suffering from this condition repeatedly and deliberately feigns the symptoms of a physical or mental illness.... read more

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September 4th, 2018

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September 5th, 2018

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September 6th, 2018

Fight Procrastination Day
September 6 is Fight Procrastination Day. It is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to take charge of their procrastination problem and to find ways to combat the never-ending urge to put off important tasks for another day. Images Every once in a while we come across a task we rather not do. It could be something as simple as cleaning up our desk or ordering a birthday present or as complex as writing a paper for class or finish cleaning out the garage. When it comes to daunting, boring or important tasks we have all procrastinated by doing something else. Perfectionists Procrastination does not always have disastrous consequences. Most people who procrastinate tend to finish the task at hand at the last moment. Some psychologists believe that sometimes procrastination can be a sign of a perfectionist personality. Sometimes however procrastination can become a problem. Studies have shown that habitual procrastination increases stress and anxiety, reduces productivity and can

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September 7th, 2018

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September 8th, 2018

Pardon Day
September 8 is Pardon Day, a day to seek and give forgiveness. On Pardon Day put aside all your grudges, be kind to everyone and forgive those who may have hurt you. It is thought that the day owes its existence to the pardon granted by United States President Gerald Ford to former President Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate Scandal on September 8, 1974. Giving Pardon While the word pardon can be commonly used as a synonym of forgiveness, the word has a very specific legal implication. It is used to refer to an official or legal act that releases an individual or a group from the punishment for a crime. In its legal form a pardon is usually given by the head of a government, state or a religious authority. In many countries the rules of a pardon are coded in law or in the constitu

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September 9th, 2018

Teddy Bear Day
September 9 is Teddy Bear Day, a day to bring out all your teddy bears and thank them for their company, the fun times you have had with them, and for all the days and nights they comforted you. Girl with teddy bear lying on wooden floor at home.Give you teddy a big hug today. Also, don't forget to give your teddy a big hug and apologize for all the rough housing your poor teddy bear may have had to go through in your childhood. Teddy Roosevelt Thought to have been created in the early 20th century, this iconic toy owes its name to American President Theodore Roosevelt, who was lovingly called Teddy by his family and friends. The story of why the toy came to be named after him dates back to a hunting trip in 1902 when Roosevelt refused to shoot an injured bear. Rumor has it that in respons

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September 10th, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day
As of 2011, an estimated one million people per year die by suicide or "a death every 40 seconds or about 3,000 every day." Suicide is the "most common cause of death for people aged 15-24." Brian Mishara, IASP president, noted that, "more people kill themselves than die in all wars, terrorist acts and interpersonal violence combined." The number of people who die by suicide is expected to reach 1.5 million per year by 2020.

Today's trivia:
Production of first DNA fingerprint
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys discovered the technique of genetic fingerprinting in a laboratory in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester. Discussing this breakthrough Robin McKie, science editor of the Observer wrote in an article on Sun 24 May 2009: "On 10 September 1984, geneticist Alec Jeffreys wrote three words - "33 autorad off" - in his red desk diary. The phrase marked t... read more

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September 11th, 2018

Make Your Bed Day
W This unofficial holiday with unknown origins encourages people to make and tidy up their beds in the mornings. Making up the bed or making the bed are expressions used to refer to the act of fixing the bed to look like it hasn't been slept in. This is usually done in the morning. Sleep Better Studies show that inculcating the habit of making beds every morning can increase productivity during the day and can make people happier. The idea is that the organization that goes into making beds can spill over to the tasks a person does during the rest of the day. The act also gives people some time before they start their day to meditate over about what they want to achieve during the day. A clean and made up bed also helps people sleep faster and better. How to Celebrate? Make your bed – it

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September 12th, 2018

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September 13th, 2018

Positive Thinking Day
Positive thinking is more complicated and a lot more effective than simply thinking positive thoughts. It involves learning CBT skills (or un-learning bad habits inherited from abuse) to change the way we approach stressful events. Instead of ruminating on our misfortune or bashing ourselves, it's a lot more productive (and pleasurable) to think of it as an opportunity for improvement, a chance to do something differently and get a better outcome. Celebrate the day by learning a new positive thinking technique.

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September 14th, 2018

Creation of NZ Child Sex Offender Register
A register of child sex offenders will be made available to government agencies for the first time after Parliament overwhelmingly backed the measure. But the Government has resisted making it a public register, saying such a move could encourage vigilante behaviour.

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September 15th, 2018

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Birmingham Massacre
16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was a nerve center for the city's African-American community. Due to its spacious basement auditorium it also served as an organizational headquarters for the civil rights movement in the South. The reverends Fred Shuttlesworth, who was the chief local organizer, James Bevel, SCLC leader who initiated the Children's Crusade and taught the students... read more

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September 16th, 2018

Collect Rocks Day
On September 16 take a walk to the park, the beach, or to the jewelers, and collect some pretty looking rocks. Why, you ask? Because it is Collect Rocks Day. While the origins of this obviously made up holiday are unknown, we can safely assume that the day encourages people to learn more about geology. Geology is the study of the Earth, its materials and the processes through which these materials are created. Three Major Types Rocks are tightly compacted formations of minerals and are found all over the lithosphere, the top solid layer of the Earth. Geologists classify rocks into three major types based on texture, composition, and size. These types are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Almost 65% of the Earth is made up of igneous rocks, though over time one type of rock can t

Release: Australian Violence/Homelessness Report
this Australian government 'Domestic and family violence and homelessness 2011–12 to 2013–14 report' provides insights into the relationship between domestic and family violence and homelessness, by using data on clients who access homelessness services, their reasons for seeking assistance, and their circumstances. To access further details from this report click on the further info link belo... read more

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September 17th, 2018

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September 18th, 2018

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Hairdryer patented by Alexander F. Godefroy
Blow Dryers were invented around the end of the 19th century. The first model was created by Alexander F. "Beau" in France in 1890. He set up in his salon a seat with a hood connected to a gas stove. The client would sit underneath the hood while a hand cranked device blew hot air from the stove over her hair. Sounds kind of scary!... read more

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September 19th, 2018

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September 20th, 2018

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Publication ot the Mazengarb 'Morals' Report'
In 1954 New Zealand high school students were discovered to be having sex in darkened movie theatres and on the banks of river and congregating in milk bars. Public concern led to a commission of inquiry into the moral delinquency of New Zealand's youth, led by Oswald Mazengarb. The resulting 'morals report' was published 20th September 1954 and distributed free to all New Zealand's 300,000 famili... read more

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September 21st, 2018

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September 22nd, 2018

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September 23rd, 2018

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September 24th, 2018

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Punctuation Day
Do you find yourself correcting punctuation while reading a restaurant menu? Do you see red anytime you see an incorrect usage of the apostrophe? Then, Punctuation Day on September 24 is your kind of holiday. Punctuation Day is the brainchild of the American professional speaker Jeff Rubin who launched it in 2004, and is also known as National Punctuation Day in the United States. The unofficial h... read more

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September 25th, 2018

Court Grants 12yo Boy's Wish to Select His Parents
On September 25, 1992, after a televised two‑day trial, the Judge ruled that "by clear and convincing evidence, almost beyond a reasonable doubt, the child plaintiff had been abandoned and neglected by his mother and that it [would be] in his manifest best interest" to terminate the mother's parental rights. Full custody was awarded to his foster parents. This was the first successful case where an American minor's ties to their parent were legally severed...where a child successfully exercised his right to choose to be raised and parented by a non-abusive family.

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September 26th, 2018

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Birth of Ugo Cerletti: developer of ECT
Ugo Cerletti was born in in the region of Veneto, Italy. He studied Medicine at Rome and Turin, later specializing in neurology and neuropsychiatry. After his studies, in 1935, he became the Chair of the Department of Mental and Neurological Diseases at the University of Rome, where he developed electroconvulsive shock for the treatment of several kinds of mental disorder. Cerletti first used ECT ... read more

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September 27th, 2018

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September 28th, 2018

Ask a Stupid Question Day
September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day, a day that is devoted to all stupid and silly questions out there. Students raising hands in a classroom.Ask a Stupid Question Day encourages everyone to ask that silly question. Media Ltd Originally an unofficial American holiday, the date coincides with the last day of school in September. The day encourages students to ask more questions in classrooms. How to Celebrate? They say that there are no stupid questions. So, don't hesitate, ask stupid questions and if someone asks you a stupid question, have a stupid answer ready.

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September 29th, 2018

World Heart Day


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September 30th, 2018

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October 1st, 2018

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October 2nd, 2018

International Day of Non-Violence
This day was established by the UN on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. Resorting to vigilante justice can be tempting for abuse survivors, especially if their perpetrator will never face legal consequences of their actions (e.g. due to expired statutes of limitations). However, violence only breeds violence, and stopping this cycle is a lot more important than seeking revenge.

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October 3rd, 2018

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October 4th, 2018

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October 5th, 2018

National Depression Screening Day


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October 6th, 2018

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October 7th, 2018

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October 8th, 2018

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October 9th, 2018

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October 10th, 2018

World Mental Health Day
Established by World Federation of Mental Health, and supported by the United Nations, this is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

- More than 450 million across the globe suffer from mental illnesses.
- In the United States, people with severe mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population on average.
- In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide.
- In the UK, 70% of people affected by mental illness experience discrimination, and discrimination is believed to be worse in developing countries.

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October 11th, 2018

Ruling on Marital Rape - Underage Wife
India's Supreme Court ruled that sex with an underage wife is rape. Marital rape is not recognized as a crime in India, but sex with a child under 18 is. Under the new ruling, girls who are raped by their husbands can bring charges within one year of the offense. This ruling was delivered on the International Day of the Girl Child - on October 11th.

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October 12th, 2018

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Birthday of Elizabeth Fry
Elizabeth Fry (1780 -1845) was a pioneering campaigner for better conditions in prisons during the Victorian Period. She sought to highlight the squalid and unsanitary conditions in British prisons and provide practical solutions to help improve conditions and reform prisoners. She gained the support of prominence members of society, such as Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale and played an im... read more

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October 13th, 2018

International Skeptics Day
Are you one of those people who takes everything they hear with a grain of salt? Do you question everything and never accept things at their face value? Then, International Skeptics Day on October 13 is the holiday for you. This unofficial holiday is sometimes also celebrated on January 13. Or is it? Whether you are skeptical of when the holiday is celebrated or not, we can all agree that the day encourages people to be skeptical and to never accept anything without questioning its veracity. Attitude of Doubt According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, skepticism is an attitude of doubt towards a particular object or a piece of knowledge, whether it is philosophical, religious or scientific. It is only with this attitude that human society and its understanding of the world around it has

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October 14th, 2018

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October 15th, 2018

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October 16th, 2018

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Dictionary Day
Dictionary Day is on October 16. The unofficial holiday celebrates the birth anniversary of American lexicographer, Noah Webster. Born on October 16, 1758, Webster is best known for publishing An American Dictionary of the English Language, the precursor of the now famous and widely used Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Reference Book A dictionary is a reference book that lists words in a language and ... read more

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October 17th, 2018

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October 18th, 2018

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Bread Toaster patented
Charles Perkins Strite (February 27, 1878 – October 18, 1956) was an American inventor known for inventing the pop-up toaster. Strite received U.S. patent #1,394,450 on October 18, 1921 for his really useful invention. Thanks Charles - breakfast would just not be the same without a slice or two of toast and marmalade... read more

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October 19th, 2018

Legal definition of rape changed
This is the date the crime of rape was redefined in the USA to include male victims and victims of non-vaginal rape. Since 1929, in the Summary Reporting System (SRS), forcible rape has been defined as "the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will," (UCR Handbook, 2004, p. 19). The 2011 fall meeting of FBI CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) APB (Advisory Policy Board) changed this definition, and, beginning with the 2013 data collection, the SRS definition for the violent crime of forcible rape was modified to: "Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim." Prior to this change, oral and anal rapes weren't counted as rapes but as as

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October 20th, 2018

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International Sloth Day
October 20 is International Sloth Day, a day to honor the adorable slow-moving, tree-dwelling, and leaf-eating mammals. International Sloth Day was created in 2010 by the AIUNAU Foundation, a non-profit conservation and wildlife organization based in Colombia. The unofficial holiday raises awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of the Sloth. The day also calls on people to learn more a... read more

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October 21st, 2018

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October 22nd, 2018

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October 23rd, 2018

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Mole Day
Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated by chemists and chemistry students on October 23 in honor of the mole, a measuring unit in Chemistry. The mole measures chemical entities such as atoms or molecules and is formally defined as the amount of any substance that contains as many entities as there are atoms in 12 grams of carbon-12. Associated with Avogadro’s number, a dimensionless measur... read more

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October 24th, 2018

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October 25th, 2018

Passing: The Hague Convention (1980)
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a multilateral treaty, between signatory countries, which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return.

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October 26th, 2018

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October 27th, 2018

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October 28th, 2018

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International Animation Day
October 28 is International Animation Day. It's a day to recognize and celebrate the artists, the scientists and the technicians behind animated art including animated movies. Created by the International Animated Film Association (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) in 2002, the unofficial holiday commemorates the day in 1892 when Charles-Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique made its fir... read more

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October 29th, 2018

Internet Day
Today is the anniversary of the first APRANET transmission - the first time an electronic message was successfully sent from one computer to another, i.e. the birthday of the Internet. For abuse survivors Internet means ability to talk to and support each other across the globe, and without the need to disclose our identities. Victims of domestic violence, children/teens abused at home, seniors abused by their caretakers - can now google what is happening to them and whom can they reach for help. Survivors who struggle with PTSD or other aftermath of the trauma can now talk to each other about what we're going through, what helps, what doesn't, and how it all makes us feel. Internet is what broke the isolation and silence - the most damaging aspects of abuse.

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October 30th, 2018

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October 31st, 2018

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November 1st, 2018

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November 2nd, 2018

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Establishment of Samaritans Organization
Reverend Chad Varah set up Samaritans in 1953. Samaritans in the UK now have 21,200 volunteers, 201 branches and receives around 5,100,000 calls for help per year. In 1974 Chad founded Befrienders International (now Befrienders Worldwide), the worldwide body of Samaritans branches. "It had been 18 years since I made my debut in the ministry by burying a 14 year old girl who'd killed herself when h... read more

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November 3rd, 2018

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November 4th, 2018

Common Sense Day
Are you familiar with the saying “common sense is not that common”? Celebrate this rarely used quality on November 4, Common Sense Day. Woman having a conversation with a friend. The date coincides with the birth date of actor Will Rogers who was thought to have coined this phrase. How to Celebrate? Well, what can we say? Use your common sense to celebrate this unofficial holiday.

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November 5th, 2018

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November 6th, 2018

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November 7th, 2018

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November 8th, 2018

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Tongue Twister Day
S Wikkerink A tongue twister is a phrase that is very hard for people to articulate, especially when spoken in a sequence really fast. Finger Fumblers Most languages, including sign language have their own versions of tongue twisters. In sign language, they are known as finger fumblers. In many cultures, children usually use them as word games. Tongue twisters tend to rely on using similar soundin... read more

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November 9th, 2018

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November 10th, 2018

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November 11th, 2018

Origami Day
November 11 is Origami Day. First observed in Japan, the unofficial holiday honors the ancient Japanese art of creating intricate objects and complex shapes out of square pieces of paper. Origami, which comes from the Japanese words, ori meaning folding, and kami meaning paper, originated in Japan in the 6 century, though for a long period of time the art was preserved for religious ceremonies. By the 17th century, origami had become mainstream in Japanese society and was being used for decorative and ceremonial purposes. In recent years, origami has become popular with origami societies and competitions springing up all around the world. No Instruments While traditionally origami only involves folding paper and cannot include the use of any scissors or knives, modern-day origami artists d

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November 12th, 2018

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November 13th, 2018

World Kindness Day
Oh, hello dear reader! Thank you so much for visiting this page! Will you please keep coming back? November 13 is World Kindness Day, a day to be kind and do acts of kindness. Created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a conglomeration of kindness organizations around the world, this unofficial holiday encourages people to be kind to each other and spread happiness, joy and peace through kindness. Considered to be a virtue, and valued in most societies and religions as an important quality, kindness is the act of being considerate, compassionate and empathetic towards other people and living beings. How to Celebrate? Be kind and do random acts of kindness. Smile at strangers and do kind things for them. Give up your seat on the bus to someone else. Buy someone’s coffee for them. Vol

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November 14th, 2018

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November 15th, 2018

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
November 15 is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, a day to clear out your fridge of all the suspicious looking, probably living and now procreating foods. The refrigerator is possibly one of the most neglected equipment in many households. Food items just seem to find their way to its inner recesses never to see the light to the day again. Spills are never properly cleaned and jars and jars of grandma's pickles compete for space with months of take out boxes. If that is your fridge, do you notice an odd smell every time you open its door? Then that is your fridge crying out for you to clean it! Wear your cleaning clothes, put on kitchen gloves, collect all your cleaning supplies and do your fridge and your health a favor - take this day to scrub your fridge clean. How to Celebrate? Clean you

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November 16th, 2018

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November 17th, 2018

Take A Hike Day
On November 17, wear your most comfortable hiking shoes and take a hike because it is Take A Hike Day. A hike is a long walk in the countryside, away from populated urban areas. Hiking can be done for pleasure or for exercise and is usually done on unpaved paths known as trails. The length and duration of a hike can vary from a few hours to multiple days. Healthy and Social In many parts of the world, hiking is a social pastime, where people get together to walk through forests, parks, riversides and mountains in order to commune with nature and to bond with their fellow hikers. Many cities and countries have professional hiking associations that organize hiking trips around the year. Research has shown that hiking can have many health and social benefits. Considered to be a good way to ex

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November 18th, 2018

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November 19th, 2018

International Men's Day
Objectives of International Men's Day include promoting positive male role models (not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives); celebrating men's positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment; focusing on men's health and well being, highlighting discrimination against men (in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law), improving gender relations and promoting gender equality, and creating a safer, better world.

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'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Film Released
As well as being regarded as a classic novel and film, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is generally considered to have had a significant impact on the field of psychiatry. The movie contributed to a backlash against the entire psychiatric treatment system in the US. The film was based on a book by the same name which was ten years ealier (in 1962) This book was a catalyst for change in the way p... read more

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November 20th, 2018

International Children's Rights Day
The Children's Rights Day was first established in 1989 with the unanimous adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly. The Convention sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of all children. Currently, 196 countries are party to it (i.e. are bound to it by international law), including every member of the United Nations except the United States. Click on the link to read the full text of the Convention.

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November 21st, 2018

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November 22nd, 2018

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November 23rd, 2018

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Fibonacci Day
November 23 is Fibonacci Day, an annual holiday that honors one of the most influential mathematicians of the Middle Ages - Leonardo Bonacci. Also known as Leonardo of Pisa, he is popularly known as Leonardo Fibonacci. Fibonacci is a contraction of filo Bonacci, meaning the son of Bonaccio. Date Sequence November 23 is celebrated as Fibonacci day because when the date is written in the mm/dd forma... read more

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November 24th, 2018

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November 25th, 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November an international day in honor of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic. The Mirabal sisters were four sisters known commonly as Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Dedé, who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo (El Jefe) who was the country's official president between 1930 and 1952, but ruled behind the scenes as a dictator from 1930 until his assassination in 1961. Trujillo and his regime were responsible for many thousands of deaths, civil liberties were non-existent and human rights violations were routine. No matter how many times Trujillo jailed them, no matter how much of their property and possessions he seized, Minerva, Patria and María Teresa refused to give up on their mission to restore democracy and civil liberties to the island nation. Three of the four sisters (Patria, Minerva, Maria Teresa) were assassinated on 25 November 1960. After the assassinations, the surviving sister, Dedé, devoted

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First Zipper (Zip Fastener) Patented
The invention of the modern zipper was a prolong process. In 1851 Elias Howe (The inventor of the sewing machine), gained a patent for an "Automatic, ContinuousClothing Closure." However he did not market his idea because he was too busy promoting the sewing machine. More than 40 years later, Whitcomb Judson improved upon Howe's idea and began to market what he called a "Clasp Locker" a new way to... read more

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November 26th, 2018

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November 27th, 2018

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November 28th, 2018

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November 29th, 2018

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November 30th, 2018

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December 1st, 2018

World AIDS Day


Publication: First Research-based Data on DV
Richard James Gelles an American writer and sociologist is the author of the book, "The Violent Home A study of physical aggression between husbands and wives" which was the first systematic investigation to provide empirical data on domestic violence... read more

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December 2nd, 2018

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December 3rd, 2018

Make a Gift Day
Take out the glitter, the yarn and your glue gun because it is Make A Gift Day. The unofficial holiday is annually celebrated on December 3. It encourages people to lovingly hand craft gifts for all their loved ones. The holidays are just around the corner. And if you are panicking about all the gifts you still have to buy and worrying about how your wallet is feeling lighter by the day, then Make a Gift Day is the unofficial holiday for you! Show Your Love Gifts are a way for people to show love and concern for the recipients. They may also be presented as a token of respect or as a sign of forgiveness. In many cultures, gifts are given out during festivals, weddings and other major life events like birthdays, retirements and housewarmings. How to Celebrate This is an easy one! Make handm

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December 4th, 2018

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December 5th, 2018

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Day of the Ninja
December 5 is the Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the sneaky and stealthy masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan. Ninja getting out a sword.Day of the Ninja is celebrated by Ninja movie fans around the world. Legend has it that this unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai. Professional Spies Ninjas were pr... read more

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December 6th, 2018

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December 7th, 2018

Letter Writing Day
O While it is unclear who created Letter Writing Day, it is apparent that the creators of this unofficial holiday wanted to revive the art and tradition of letter writing and for people to show off their penmanship. As Old As Written Language Letter writing is as old as written language - people in ancient civilizations communicated with each other through letters written on a variety of different surfaces. Archaeologists have discovered letters written on wood, metal and ceramic plaques, leather, and fabric. Preserved letters are great historical resources - they are treated by historians as first hand accounts of the social, economic and political conditions prevailing at the time. The mass production of paper and innovations in transportation made letter writing into an effective way to

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December 8th, 2018

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December 9th, 2018

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December 10th, 2018

Human Rights Day
On December 10th, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being. It consists of 30 articles which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws. The UDHR is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

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Jane Addams Day
December 10 is Jane Addams Day, an unofficial holiday that celebrates the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Created in 2007, the holiday is held annually on December 10 to commemorate the date in 1931 when Addams was awarded the world's most prestigious award for those who work to spread peace and prosperity in the world and their communities - the Nobel Peace Prize. Five Priz... read more

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December 11th, 2018

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December 12th, 2018

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December 13th, 2018

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December 14th, 2018

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December 15th, 2018

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December 16th, 2018

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December 17th, 2018

 Today's trivia:
Wright Brothers Day
Wright Brothers Day on December 17 recognizes the first time Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled aircraft in 1903. In the United States, the day has been observed nationally since 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation declaring December 17 as Wright Brothers Day. Read more about the holiday How to Celebrate? Read more ... read more

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December 18th, 2018

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December 19th, 2018

Birth of Edith Piaf - renown singer/survivor
Édith Piaf was born in Paris. She had a tumultuous early life . Her mother abandoned her with her maternal grand mother, who neglected her. Her father then placed with his brothel owning mother. She later separated from her father, who allegedly abused her and set out on her own as a street singer. Despite her early deprivation she became renowned as a singer and songwriter.

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December 20th, 2018

Gillick competence ruling
The initial case was on whether doctors can prescribe contraceptives to youth under 16 without parental consent, initiated by Mrs. Victoria Gillick who was against it. The final ruling is broader in scope than merely medical consent. It lays down that the authority of parents to make decisions for their minor children is not absolute, but diminishes with the child's evolving maturity; except in situations that are regulated otherwise by statute, the right to make a decision on any particular matter concerning the child shifts from the parent to the child when the child reaches sufficient maturity to be capable of making up his or her own mind on the matter requiring decision. The case is binding in England and Wales, and has been approved in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

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December 21st, 2018

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December 22nd, 2018

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December 23rd, 2018

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December 24th, 2018

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December 25th, 2018

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December 26th, 2018

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December 27th, 2018

No Interruptions Day
Put up a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door and ban all interruptions on December 27 because it is No Interruptions Day. Holiday season tire you out? Ready to recharge your batteries before the New Year? While the creator of this unofficial holiday is unknown, it is very clear that they intended to create this holiday as a way to encourage people to take some time off for themselves and get ready for New Year's Eve festivities and the New Year. Disconnect In a world where there are plenty of distractions both at work and at home, it is sometimes important to disconnect and concentrate on the tasks at hand. These tasks could be as mundane as catching up on sleep, getting some me-time at the spa, or as important as putting some time in strengthening your relationships with family and friends

Verdict delivered in first us spousal rape case
The case believed to be the first-ever US conviction for spousal rape resulted when an inebriated man burst into the home of his estranged wife and raped her. Although the man was acquitted the case made the possibility of rape between a married couple clear to the public. The couple were in the middle of a divorce, and the crime involved home invasion and violence.... read more

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December 28th, 2018

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December 29th, 2018

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December 30th, 2018

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December 31st, 2018

Make Up Your Mind Day
Are you indecisive? Then, Make Up Your Mind Day is the unofficial holiday you should choose to close out the year with. The name of this unofficial holiday comes from the English language phrase make up your mind, which means to make a decision. The day encourages people to take charge of their lives and make decisions that they can stand by and be proud of, in the upcoming year. Important Quality Being decisive can be challenging especially in today's fast-paced, uncertainty-ridden world. People have more information and resources available to assist them in their decision-making process, but have fewer controls over the outcomes and the consequences of their choices. Despite this, decisiveness is more and more being viewed as an important quality for people to have both in their professi

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A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
~ Jonathan Swift