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World Population Day

On July 11, 1987, the world population hit five billion. To mark this milestone and raise awareness of global population issues, such as the human right to plan a family, and their impact on development and the environment, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) designated July 11 as World Population Day in 1989.

Each year, World Population Day is centered around a specific theme and issue. World Population Day 2012 focuses on “Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services”:

Reproductive health is at the very heart of development and crucial to delivering the UNFPA vision – a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”

- World Population Day, unfpa.org

Celebrate World Population Day by educating yourself on population issues, particularly reproductive health and rights.

Global reproductive health and issues by the numbers:

1.8 billion: Number of adolescents reaching their reproductive years – many without the knowledge, skills, and services needed to protect themselves.
4: Number of people who contract HIV every minute and the number of people who die of AIDS every minute.
$9: Amount you can donate to UNFPA to ensure that one couple can delay pregnancy for two years via oral contraceptives. Learn more at UNFPA’s support page. 
200 million+: Number of women worldwide who want to use safe and effective family planning methods, whether to avoid or delay pregnancy, but can’t due to lack of information, services, and/or support.
50 million (out of 190 million/year): Number of pregnant women  who have an abortion due to unwanted pregnancy – many of which are unsafe. According to UNFPA, 74,000 women die each year due to complications associated with unsafe abortions.
2015: The year UNFPA hopes to make universal reproductive health a reality.

(All statistics from unfpa.org: World Population DayReproductive Health, Support)

 

Sources: unfpa.org, timeanddate.com, earthtimes.org

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Teddy Bear Picnic Day

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a small bear while on a hunting trip. The Washington Post created a cartoon in the paper about the incident, and toy store owners Morris and Rose Michtom decided to capitalize on the event. They created a stuffed bear and asked permission from the President to call the animal a Teddy Bear, and just like that an iconic toy was born.

July 10 is a day to celebrate our Teddy Bears and the fond memories they invoke by having a picnic with our furry friends. So, gather up your old collection, throw a blanket on the ground, and enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic with your Teddy Bears. The good news is you don’t even have to pack extra food!

It was raining today, but we still had a Teddy Bear Picnic in the office while listening to the classic song.

Sources: Yahoo, Holiday Insights

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National Sugar Cookie Day- July 9

Celebrate today by making a batch for friends and family, and read more about National Sugar Cookie Day!

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Frida Kahlo’s Birthday

I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

- Frida Kahlo, quoted in Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann

July 6, 2012 celebrates Frida Kahlo’s 105th birthday. Though her paintings display the fantasy and dream-like quality of surrealism, Khalo, a Mexican painter well known for her self-portraits, never considered herself a surrealist, asserting that she didn’t paint her dreams but her reality. Khalo’s work reflects the physical and psychological pain she endured through out her life – from the 32 surgeries, long periods of isolation and recovery, miscarriages, and lifetime of pain that resulted from a traffic accident in 1925 to her volatile marriage to Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In a biography of Kahlo published in Oxford University Press’s Grove Art Online, Hayden Herrera described Khalo’s self-portraits as “a kind of exorcism by which she projected her anguish on to another Frida, in order to separate herself from pain and at the same time confirm her hold on reality.”

Though undoubtedly unwanted, Kahlo’s suffering led to beautiful works of art, literally – Khalo began her painting career while immobilized and isolated for three months after her accident. Constantly examining herself through her self-portraits, Khalo was not afraid of being vulnerable and openly displaying her physical and emotional wounds. Khalo’s personal subject matter combined with bright colors, surreal and primitive style, and the influence of Mexican culture resulted in close to 200 striking and powerful paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits.

Frida Kahlo’s 2013 calendars are for sale at Calendars.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, Modern Museum of Art, The Guardian

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National Graham Cracker Day

In the early 1800s, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham devised a snack meant to curb appetite and carnal urges. He took hard whole-wheat flour known as graham flour and added bran and wheat germ to create this healthy and holy snack.

Today, graham crackers are made with bleached white flour and are typically  sweetened by adding cinnamon, sugar, or honey. We’re not sure if they suppress the urges of the flesh, but they make a great s’more!

Sources: Gone-ta-pott.com, Bits and Pieces

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Disobedience Day

Disobedience Day celebrates civil disobedience as a means of peaceful, nonviolent protest or resistance. It’s also a day to pay tribute to those who have used civil disobedience to fight injustice and make a positive change in the world. You might know these individuals as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Henry David Thoreau, to name a few.

Celebrate Disobedience Day by using peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to fight an injustice. For inspiration, check out Thoreau’s famous essay on civil disobedience.

Sources: Wikipedia, Holiday Insights,  Giftypedia

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World UFO Day

July 2 is a day to celebrate the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects!

World UFO Day is celebrated on July 2 in honor of the “Roswell Incident”.  On July 2, 1947, Mac Brazel discovered some strange metallic wreckage in Roswell, New Mexico. The military removed the wreckage, and during a press release reported recovering a “flying disk”. The next day, they said it was simply a radar-tracking balloon and the incident was forgotten. However, 30 years later, a member of the original recovery team, said it had been an alien spacecraft. Now, it is widely believed the American government and military have knowledge of extraterrestrial happenings from Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico and have simply covered it up for various reasons.

The first World UFO day was celebrated in 2001 to raise awareness about UFO’s and the presence of other intelligent beings. This day is also used to encourage governments to disclose any known information about UFO’s. You can celebrate today by keeping your eyes on the sky or organizing a watch party with your friends. You can also watch alien and UFO themed movies or, my personal favorite, relax with an X-Files marathon!

Happy UFO hunting!

Also check out this article about a group in Pic de Bugarach, a small village in France, who believe aliens will rescue them on December 21!

Sources: WorldUFODay.com, Holiday Insights, Wikipedia

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