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Friday, October 20, 2017

BANNERS: International Day of the AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER | October 20

Where would be without them? Thank you for your continuous dedication Air Traffic Controllers!...

International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) unites the professional associations of air traffic controllers from around the world. In total, it represents over 130 of such organisations, with a combined membership of over 50,000 air traffic controllers.


On October 20th, IFATCA celebrates the International Day of The Air Controller. The day coincides with the constitutional meeting of their Federation, held in Amsterdam in 1961. Member Associations around the world organize events for their members and/or a wider audience. It puts their profession, which is still relatively unknown to the general public, in the spotlight.



The Federation is registered in Switzerland, but maintains a permanent office in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The goals of the Federation include promoting safety, efficiency, and regularity of international air navigation, aid in the development of air traffic control systems, procedures and facilities and promote knowledge and professional efficiency among air traffic controllers.

Source(s): wikipedia | ifatca

Monday, October 16, 2017

BANNERS: World FOOD Day | October 16

Each year, on October 16th, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) celebrates World Food Day to commemorate the founding of the organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.


World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.




Source(s): fao.org

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BANNERS: International TOP SPINNING Day!

When was the last time you spun a top? Did you know the Earth is a spinning top? Celebrate by spinning a top today!


The spinning top toy have existed since antiquity.
International Top Spinning Day is usually observed on the second Wednesday of October.


Happy International Top Spinning Day!


Source(s): wikipedia | topmuseum

Monday, October 9, 2017

BANNERS: International BEER and PIZZA Day! | October 9

What a combo! This fairly new official food holiday was recently added to the calendar. ( #BeerandPizzaday)



International Beer and Pizza Day started in 2016 and is celebrated each year on October 9th, paying homage to one of the most iconic food and drink combinations on planet Earth. Need we say more?





Source(s): beerandpizzaday

Friday, October 6, 2017

BANNERS: World SMILE Day

The most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer around the world - the smiley face, was created in 1963 by commercial artist, Harvey Ball from Worcester, Massachusetts.
The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion, so Harvey declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day® (#WorldSmileDay)



The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since.


The World Smile Corporation was founded by Ball in 1999. The Corporation licenses Smileys and organizes World Smile Day. World Smile Day raises money for the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust that supports children's causes. World Smile Day is held on the first Friday of October each year and is a day dedicated to "good cheer and good works". The catch phrase for the day is "Do an act of kindness - help one person smile".




Happy World Smile Day!

Source(s): worldsmileday | wikipedia | wikipedia

Thursday, October 5, 2017

BANNERS: World TEACHERS' Day | October 5

World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teacher organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.



World Teachers’ Day is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. The real point is to provide a time to look at and address issues pertaining to teachers. Strangely one of the most central, vital professionals to society does not receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world.


Happy World Teachers' Day!

Source(s): wikipedia | unesco

Thursday, September 28, 2017

BANNERS: World MARITIME Day

International shipping transports more than 80 per cent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world. Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods; it provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.



The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of September.



World Maritime Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Many maritime organizations and unions hold special events and activities to celebrate this day.



Happy World Maritime Day!

Source(s): un.org | timeanddate

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BANNERS: World SCHOOL MILK Day

Celebrated on the last Wednesday of September, World School Milk Day (WSMD) is a fun-filled day of activities that highlight the health benefits of school milk programs. Since its inception in September 2000, the event has grown to become an annual celebration in more than 40 countries around the world.







World School Milk Day is a fun and engaging way to teach students about the importance of drinking milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet.



Source(s): dairyfarmers

Monday, September 25, 2017

BANNERS: National ONE-HIT WONDER Day | September 25

Today is the day to praise all those artists and their one-hit wonders by replaying and remembering their songs!

A one-hit wonder is any entity that achieves mainstream popularity and success for a very short period of time, often for only one piece of work, and becomes known among the general public solely for that momentary success. The term is most commonly used in regard to music performers with only one top-40 hit single that overshadows their other work. Sometimes, artists dubbed "one-hit wonders" in a particular country have had great success in others.



What's your favourite one-hit wonders? More than likely you have more than one!




Source(s): wikipedia | daysoftheyear

Friday, September 22, 2017

BANNERS: World CARFREE Day | September 22

World Car Free Day, which is celebrated on September 22, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. Organized events are held in some cities and countries. According to The Washington Post, the event "promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance". Studies showed that for short trips in cities, one can reach more quickly using a bicycle rather than using a car.



The events, which vary by location, give motorists and commuterists an idea of their locality with fewer cars. While projects along these lines had taken place from time to time on an ad hoc basis starting with the 1973 oil crisis, it was only in October 1994 that a structured call for such projects was issued in a keynote speech by Eric Britton at the International Ciudades Accessibles (Accessible Cities) Conference held in Toledo (Spain).



Within two years the first Days were organized in Reykjavík (Iceland), Bath (United Kingdom) and La Rochelle (France), and the informal World Car Free Days Consortium was organized in 1995 to support Car-Free Days worldwide. The first national campaign was inaugurated in Britain by the Environmental Transport Association in 1997, the French followed suit in 1998 as In town, without my car! and was established as a Europe-wide initiative by the European Commission in 2000.



Source(s): wikipedia

BANNERS: First Day of Fall | September 22

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season, as it is common in other West Germanic languages to this day.  However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns, the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and autumn, as well as fall, began to replace it as a reference to the season.




Source(s): wikipedia

BANNERS: National WHITE CHOCOLATE Day! | September 22

Although not technically chocolate, white chocolate wasn't part of the chocolate family until 2004 when the FDA finally eased up on its definition of “chocolate” and accepted it into the family. The first white chocolate, Milkybar, was launched in Europe by Swiss company Nestlé in the 1930s.



Regulations govern what may be marketed as "white chocolate": In the United States, since 2004, white chocolate must be (by weight) at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% total milk solids, and 3.5% milk fat, and no more than 55% sugar or other sweeteners.  Before this date, American firms required temporary marketing permits to sell white chocolate.




The European Union has adopted the same standards, except that there is no limit on sugar or sweeteners.

Happy National White Chocolate Day!

Source(s): punchbowl | wikipedia

Thursday, September 21, 2017

BANNERS: International Day of Peace | September 21

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.


Source(s): un.org

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BANNERS: National PUNCH Day | September 20

Punch is a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice. The drink was introduced from India to the United Kingdom in the early seventeenth century, and from there its use spread to other countries. Punch is typically served at parties in large, wide bowls, known as punch bowls.

The word punch is a loanword from Sanskrit, meaning "five", as the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.


The drink was brought to England from India by sailors and employees of the British East India Company in the early 17th century. From there it was introduced into other European countries. When served communally, the drink is expected to be of a lower alcohol content than a typical cocktail.

The term punch was first recorded in British documents in 1632. At the time, most punches were of the wassail type made with a wine or brandy base. But around 1655, Jamaican rum came into use, and the "modern" punch emerged. By 1671, documents make references to punch houses.



Today, soft drink manufacturers distribute many types of "fruit punch" beverages. These are usually red-colored drinks. Despite the name, most brands contain only a small fraction of actual fruit juice, the major constituents being sugar or corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors.

Source(s): wikipedia | punchbowl

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BANNERS: TALK LIKE A PIRATE Day | September 19

Want to add a bit o' swagger to your everyday conversation? Well today's the day to do it! Aarrr!!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD, September 19) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with "Hello," but with "Ahoy, matey!" The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy.



According to Summers, the day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. During a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of the Normandy landings, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.


At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when Baur and Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry's column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts related to the theme on their website. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or non-trademarking, in effect opening the holiday to creativity and "viral" growth.
"Cap'n Slappy" and "Ol' Chumbucket",
the founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day
Source

The association of pirates with peglegs, parrots, and treasure maps, popularized in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island (1883), has had a significant influence on parody pirate culture. Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated with hidden easter egg features in many games and websites, with Facebook introducing a pirate-translated version of its website on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2008 and publisher O'Reilly discounting books on the R programming language to celebrate. Minecraft also features this language (en_PT) since January 5, 2012. In September 2014, Reddit added a pirate theme to their website.

Happy Talk Like a Pirate day!

Source(s): wikipedia | talklikeapirate

Monday, September 18, 2017

BANNERS: National CHEESEBURGER Day! | September 18

Now you can enjoy a juicy cheeseburger for lunch because today is National CHEESEBURGER Day, yeah!!

Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father's Pasadena, California sandwich shop, "The Rite Spot", and "experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger."

An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O'Dell's which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili for 25 cents.


Other restaurants also claim to have invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name "cheeseburger" was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado. According to Steak 'n Shake archives, the restaurant's founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s.

Currently, the most expensive cheeseburger in America belongs to New York City food truck 666 Burger. It's a $666 burger that is wrapped in gold leaf and topped with lobster, caviar, truffles, foie gras, and aged gruyere cheese melted with steam from champagne poured on the hot griddle.

The largest cheeseburger ever made in the world weighed 2,014 pounds (914 kg), "60 pounds [27 kg] of bacon, 50 pounds [22.5 kg] of lettuce, 50 pounds [22.5 kg] of sliced onions, 40 pounds [18 kg] of pickles, and 40 pounds [18 kg] of cheese." The record was broken by Minnesota's Black Bear Casino breaking the previous Cheeseburger record 881 pounds (400 kg).




Happy National CHEESEBURGER Day!

Source(s): wikipedia | wincalendar

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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