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Earth Day

April, 20 2015 admin

Earth Day April 22nd may just seem like any old day to many people. To others, this is better known as Earth Day. It is one of the few environmental holidays around that celebrates our planet across all countries. The holiday has activism in its roots, although it is a widely peaceful holiday. Earth Day serves as an important reminder that not doing anything impacts the environment just the same as harming it. History In the late 1960s, people were becoming more aware of their surroundings along with many of the atrocities that were taking place. This was also the...

Civil Rights Day

December, 23 2013 admin

When is Civil Rights Day? Civil Rights Day is an alternative name for the national holiday named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Certain states have chosen to celebrate the same holiday under both names in order to celebrate civil rights as a whole, including all of the contributions made by activists during the 1960s and beyond. Like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Civil Rights Day occurs every third Monday in January. A Day Dedicated to Human Rights Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most notable figures in the history of human rights. He is recognized as the...

Native Americans’ Day

October, 21 2013 admin

When is Native Americans’ Day? Native Americans’ Day is an alternative holiday celebrated in opposition to Columbus Day. It is held every second Monday in October—the same day as Columbus Day. While not recognized as a government holiday, Native Americans’ Day is considered a city and state public holiday in many regions in the United States. As the controversies of Columbus Day grow, celebrations of Native Americans’ Day has increased in prominence. History South Dakota is the birthplace of Native Americans’ Day. It officially started in 1989 when the state legislature took steps to replace Columbus Day. The new law...

American Indian Heritage Day

October, 21 2013 admin

When is American Indian Heritage Day? American Indian Heritage Day is recognized on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. Also called Native American Heritage Day, this is a relatively new holiday that has gained popularity in many communities and institutions across the country. The purpose is to recognize all of the important contributions Native Americans have made to culture and society. History and Founding The idea for American Indian Heritage Day was started by former California Congressman Joe Baca through the introduction of the Native American Heritage Day Bill in 2007. It called for the national designation of...

Columbus Day

September, 17 2013 admin

When is Columbus Day? Columbus Day, held every second Monday in October, commemorates the discovering of the American continents by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Columbus first arrived to the region on October 12, 1492. The world changed forever upon his discovery. While created out of good spirit, Columbus Day is one of the most controversial modern-day holidays. Sailing the Ocean Blue In 1492, Christopher Columbus became known as the first European to find the American continents. While later historical accounts have proven this claim to be false in many aspects, Columbus has long carried this credit throughout the centuries. Before...

All Saints’ Day

September, 17 2013 admin

When is All Saints' Day All Saints’ Day is an annual religious holiday. It is celebrated every November 1st within nearly all Christian churches to celebrate all of their religious saints. The initial concept of All Saints’ Day is universal, but many churches and regions have slightly different takes on this holiday. Holiday for the Saints The history of All Saints’ Day is complex in its beginnings. While it’s a centuries-old concept, historians have found some of the earliest recording of the holiday to date back to 270 CE. In 835 CE, Pope Gregory IV authorized All Saints’ Day as...

World Maritime Day

August, 19 2013 admin

When is World Maritime Day? World Maritime Day is an annual holiday held the last week of every September to celebrate the economic benefits of the shipping industry. Created by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, this holiday is also designed to increase awareness on how shipping can be made safer for people and the environment. Specific themes and events are held every year to recognize the maritime industry and its impacts on nations across the globe. History The world would arguably be a much different place without shipping practices. Not only would there be an isolation in cultures, but...

Patriot Day

August, 19 2013 admin

When is Patriot Day? September 11, 2001 was named the day “we will never forget.” After the terrorist attacks on the occurred on that day, Americans have regarded every September 11th as Patriot Day. This holiday is often referred to as 9/11. History The events of September 11th caught the world by surprise. The United States, arguably the most powerful country in the world, was attacked on its own soil by Islamic extremists who hijacked commercial aircraft. These terrorists simultaneously took over four airplanes. The first crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. local...

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

August, 19 2013 admin

When is National POW/MIA Recognition Day? National POW/MIA Recognition Day his an American holiday that recognizes prisoners of war (POW), as well as those form the armed services that are missing in action (MIA). The holiday came about after the Vietnam War, and is currently celebrated every third Friday in September. This is a special time that all Americans can recognize the sacrifices made by the armed forces, especially those who never made it home. History The first National POW/MIA Recognition Day was held on July 18, 1979. It was observed on a few different dates until September 1986, when...

Emancipation Day

August, 19 2013 admin

When is Emancipation Day? Emancipation Day is a holiday that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary proclamation to abolish slavery on September 22, 1862. While the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t officially ordered until January 1st of the following year, this was the first step towards officially freeing slaves. History Slavery was widespread in the United States prior to the Civil War. This was especially the case in southern states, where slaves worked on plantations. One of the leading causes of the Civil War was over slavery – the majority of people in the south felt it was their right to keep slaves,...

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