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Events for Monday 1st Dec 2014

in sickness & in health

in sickness & in health

Started in 1988, World AIDS Day Dec 1 is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education around AIDS and HIV.

http://www.worldaidsday.org

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Events for Wednesday 3rd Dec 2014

International Day for Disabled People


The International Day of People with Disability is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It is celebrated all around the planet. The day aims aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of disabled people. Each year the day focuses on a different issue.

http://www.un.org/disabilities/index.asp

laughter & tears


Putting Pants on Philip, the first official Laurel & Hardy film, debuted on Dec 3, 1927; on the same day in 1976, Bob Marley survived an assassination attempt.

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Events for Thursday 4th Dec 2014

no-one home


On Dec 4, 1872 the American ship Mary Celeste was found abandoned under circumstances which to this day remain unknown.

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Events for Sunday 7th Dec 2014

sat 7 & sun 8 december

sat 7 & sun 8 december

Initiated by Common Ground in 1990 and taking place during the first full weekend of December every year, Tree Dressing Day aims to celebrate trees found in all environments and highlight the importance of their role in human culture.

http://www.england-in-particular.info/cg/trees/t-dress.html

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Events for Monday 8th Dec 2014

imagine


Beatles star John Lennon was shot dead on this day in 1980.

sat 7 & sun 8 december

sat 7 & sun 8 december

Initiated by Common Ground in 1990 and taking place during the first full weekend of December every year, Tree Dressing Day aims to celebrate trees found in all environments and highlight the importance of their role in human culture.

http://www.england-in-particular.info/cg/trees/t-dress.html

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Events for Tuesday 9th Dec 2014

9 december


The 9th of December is designated by the United Nations as International Anti-Corruption Day, which aims to raise awareness of corruption and the role that the UN Convention plays in preventing it.

http://www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/

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Events for Wednesday 10th Dec 2014

righting wrongs

righting wrongs

On the anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights, on December 10th people from across the globe mark their support of its principles by celebrating Human Rights Day , raising awareness of the injustices that occur when rights are not respected and celebrating the foundations upon which peace and justice are laid.

www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday

http://www.onedayforhumanrights.com

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Events for Thursday 11th Dec 2014

a noble man


Alfred Nobel died on this day in 1896 – click below for the curious story of how his false obituary inspired the Nobel Prize, plus a rare look at his last will and testament.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/09/17/molly-oldfield-secret-museum-alfred-nobel-will/

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Events for Sunday 14th Dec 2014

have a nice day


Sing Happy Birthday to Nostradamus, born this day in 1503.

up, up and away


On Dec 14, 1782, the Montgolfier brothers conducted the first test of the world’s first hot air balloon in Avignon.

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Events for Thursday 18th Dec 2014

that’s nuts!


The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Dec 18, 1892.

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Events for Friday 19th Dec 2014

christmas past


Charles Dickens’ masterpiece A Christmas Carol first appeared in print on Dec 19, 1843.

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Events for Saturday 20th Dec 2014

pain in the neck?


December 20 is the feast day of Saint Ursicinus of Saint-Ursanne, who you pray to if you have a stiff neck.

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Events for Sunday 21st Dec 2014

winter solstice


Solstice, which during winter takes place on on December 21, does not apply to the whole day but rather to the brief moment during which the Sun’s position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes. The name of this twice-yearly astronomical event comes from the Latin word ‘sol’ (sun) and the suffix ‘stitium’ (stoppage), because at the solstices the Sun appears to stand still for a time as its path comes to a halt before reversing direction. Also marking the shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere (June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere). Many cultures around the world hold holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around the solstice, an important period signifying rebirth and renewal. Zoroastrians believe that Yalda - the longest night of the year - saw the birth of Mithra, Persian god of light and truth born from a virgin mother.

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