INTERNATIONAL KISSING DAY

 

The idea behind the International Kissing Day is that many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing’s sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. International Kissing Day is not as commercialized as Valentine’s Day.

 

Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. A kiss may be used to express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck, among many others. The act of kissing has become a common expression of affection among many cultures worldwide. (from: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

 

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Bikini debut

A bikini, an abbreviated two-piece swimsuit for women, debuted this date in 1946. The basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the woman’s breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the buttocks in back. The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.

The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Reard, the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini ATOLL where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Heim, also from Paris, re-released a similar design earlier that same year, the Atome. Due to its controversial and revealing design, the bikini was slow to be adopted. In many countries it was banned from beaches and public places. While still considered risqué, the bikini gradually became a part of popular culture when film stars—Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress and others—began wearing them on public beaches and in film.

The bikini design became common in most Western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear and swimwear. By the late 20th century it had become common as sportswear in sports such as beach volleyball and bodybuilding. The bikini has gradually grown to gain wide acceptance in Western society. By the early 2000s, bikinis had become a $811 million business annually in the U.S. and boosted spin-off services such as bikini waxing and sun tanning.

Archaeologist James Mellart described the earliest bikini-like costume in Catalhoyuk, Anatolia in the Chalcolithic era (around 5600 BC), where a mother goddess is depicted astride two leopards wearing a costume somewhat like a bikini. The two-piece swimsuit can be traced back to the Greco-Roman world, where bikini-like garments worn by women athletes are depicted on urns and paintings dating back to 1400 BC.  (from Wikipedia)

July 4th Celebration

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This national day is commonly known as the Fourth of July (or July Fourth or Independence Day). It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was responsible for its independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is a huge celebration all over the country, including fireworks, concerts, parades, baseball games, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, political speeches, and various other public and private events.
4th of July celebrates the history, government, and traditions of the United States and is an opportunity for a reunion of family and friends as schools are closed, and the day is a holiday for almost everyone. All non-essential federal institutions are closed on Independence Day, too, as in 1938 the US Congress changed the day to be a paid federal holiday. The celebrations are also marked by patriotic displays: both decorations and clothing are colored white, red, and blue – like the colors of the American flag.
On July 2nd, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. On July 4th its 56 delegates finally adopted the Declaration of Independence and thirteen colonies (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, South Carolina, and Virginia) became the United States of America. (from www.cute-calendar.com)

World UFO Day

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World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to get together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. July 2nd commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the Roswell Incident in 1947. The goal of the July 2nd celebration is to raise awareness of the Roswell findings and to gain support in forcing governments to “tell the truth about earthly visits from outer space aliens”.

An unidentified flying object, or UFO, in its most general definition, is any apparent anomaly in the sky that is not readily identifiable as any known object or phenomenon by visual observation and/or use of associated instrumentation such as radar. These anomalies were referred to popularly as “flying saucers” during the late 1940s and early 1950s.  (material from: Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

This Day in History….Meteor Day!

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Meteor Day commemorates the powerful Tunguska explosion on June 30, 1908 that occurred in Russia and knocked down an estimated 80 million trees over an area covering 2,150 square kilometers (830 sq mi). The explosion is believed to have been caused by the air burst of a small asteroid or comet at an altitude of 5–10 kilometers (3–6 mi) above the Earth’s surface. Different studies have yielded widely varying estimates of the object’s size, on the order of 100 metrsr (330 ft). It is the largest impact event on or near Earth in recorded history.

Although the asteroid or comet appears to have burst in the air rather than hitting the surface, this event still is referred to as an impact. Estimates of the energy of the blast range from 3 to as high as 30 megatons of TNT with 10–15 megatons of TNT. This is about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan; and about two-fifths the power of the later Soviet Union’s own Tsar Bomba (the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated).

It is estimated that the shock wave from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area. This possibility has helped to spark discussion of asteroid deflection strategies. (material from: Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

Hug Someone Today

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Hug Holiday is celebrated today (always on June 29th), a day to encourage people to hug those who need attention. The elderly, sick, injured and lonely people would be thankful for some good feelings provided by a caring hug. It has been scientifically proven that hugs have positive effects on health. Studies have shown that hugging can result in reduced blood pressure and has a preventive effect against depression. So on Hug Holiday, go out and hug your loved ones!  (from www.cute-calendar.com)