Wyoming first state to allow women the vote

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Wyoming, a territory of the U.S., allowed women to vote and hold office this date in 1869. The Territorial Governor extended the right to vote to women, making Wyoming the first territory and then United States state to grant suffrage to women. In addition, Wyoming was also a pioneer in welcoming women into politics. Women first served on juries in Wyoming, had the first female court bailiff  and the first female justice of the peace in the country—all in 1870. Congress admitted Wyoming into the Union as the 44th state in 1890. Due to its civil rights history, Wyoming’s state nickname is “The Equality State” and the official state motto is “Equal Rights.” (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

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Christmas Card Day

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Christmas Card Day honors Sir Henry Cole of England, who commissioned the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. Christmas cards are usually exchanged during the weeks preceding Christmas Day by many people in Western society and in Asia.

The production of Christmas cards was, throughout the 20th century, a profitable business for many stationery manufacturers, with the design of cards continually evolving with changing tastes and printing techniques. The now widely recognized brand Hallmark Cards was established in 1913 by Joyce Hall with the help of brother Rollie Hall to market their self-produced Christmas cards. The Hall brothers capitalized on a growing desire for more personalized greeting cards and reached critical success when the outbreak of World War I increased demand for cards to send to soldiers.

In recent decades, changes in technology have been responsible for the decline of the Christmas card to a fraction of what it once had been, a casualty of the Internet and young people’s tendency to stay in touch on social media…thus avoiding licking envelopes. The estimated number of cards received by American households dropped from 31 in 1987 to 15 in 2012.  Email and telephones allow for more frequent contact and are easier for generations raised without handwritten letters—especially given the availability of websites offering free email Christmas cards. Despite the decline, 1.9 billion cards were sent in the U.S. in 2005 alone. (from Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)

John Lennon assassinated

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John Lennon was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced numerous number one hits, including Imagine. He was assassinated in 1980.

By 2012, Lennon’s solo album sales in the U.S. exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number one singles. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994.

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Imagine is the best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career. Its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality, and to consider the possibility that the focus of humanity should be living a life unattached to material possessions. Imagine is one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th Century, ranking number 30 on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the “365 Songs of the Century bearing the most historical significance.”  It earned a Grammy, Hall of Fame Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

Pearl Harbor

 

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Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu. Much of the harbor and surrounding lands is a United States Navy deep-water naval base. It is also the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. The U.S. government first obtained exclusive use of the inlet and the right to maintain a repair and coaling station for ships here in 1887. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on this day in 1941 was the immediate cause of the United States’ entry into World War II. (from Wikipedia)

A twofer: Prohibition ends and the U.N. celebrates Volunteer Day

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On this day in 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition. I’ll drink to that! (from http://www.cute-calendar.com)

 

 

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As an appreciation for voluntary engagement, the United Nations (UN) has proclaimed December  5th as International Volunteer Day. Since 1986 the International Volunteer Day compliments people who do work without payment and supports this habit. Organizations use this day to solicit their work and inform the public about their efforts, goals and work.

The International Volunteer Day supports a unique topic each year but the aim is always to win more people for voluntary work. These people’s work is valuable for every society because people grow together as a community and skills shortage can be balanced. Community services especially depend on volunteers, and such services are a valuable experience also for the volunteers as they learn about things they maybe don’t get in touch with during their actual career.  (from www.cute-calendar.com)