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International Men's Day

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

International Men's Day

When : Always November 19th

International Men’s Day is a time for many people to reflect on the contributions, sacrifices and progress made by men in society. Such progress includes that of men working together with women to make educational, economic, social, and technological advances in society. Topics that may be discussed or showcased through various media, activities and events on the day may include:

Men’s and boys’ health.
The importance of gender equality.
Improvements towards gender relations in all societies.
Positive male role models for younger generations.
Men’s roles in community, family, relationships and childcare.
Healing and forgiveness.

Origin of International Men's Day:

The inaugural International Men’s Day was held in Trinidad and Tobago on November 19 in 1999. Representatives from organizations such as the UN expressed support for the event, although it is not an official UN observance. A petition has called for the UN to make International Men’s Day an official UN observance in the interest of equality. International Women’s Day is also celebrated on March 8 each year.

This Day in History November 19th

The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins. (1095)

Christopher Columbus goes ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He names it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico). (1493)

The United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign Jay's Treaty, which attempts to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War. (1794)

American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (1863)

A meteorite lands near the village of Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine. (1881)

The Doom Bar in Cornwall claimed two ships, Island Maid and Angele, the latter killing the entire crew except the captain. (1911)

Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures.(1916)

World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sink each other off the coast of Western Australia, with the loss of 645 Australians and about 77 German seamen. (1941)

World War II: Battle of Stalingrad – Soviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launch the Operation Uranus counterattacks at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR's favor. (1942)

Holocaust: Nazis liquidate Janowska concentration camp in Lemberg (Lviv), western Ukraine, murdering at least 6,000 Jews after a failed uprising and mass escape attempt. (1943)

World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling US$14 billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort. (1944)

Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations. (1946)

US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of NATO-Europe. (1950)

Télé Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, is launched by Prince Rainier III. (1954)

National Review publishes its first issue. (1955)

The Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel. (1959)

Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon. (1969)

Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran. (1979)

Cold War: In Geneva, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time. (1985)

Pennzoil wins a US$10.53 billion judgment against Texaco, in the largest civil verdict in the history of the United States, stemming from Texaco executing a contract to buy Getty Oil after Pennzoil had entered into an unsigned, yet still binding, buyout contract with Getty. (1985)

Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals. (1990)

In the United Kingdom, the first National Lottery draw is held. A £1 ticket gave a one-in-14-million chance of correctly guessing the winning six out of 49 numbers. (1994)

Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton. (1998)

Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells at auction for US$71.5 million. (1998)

The first of four explosions takes place at the Pike River Mine in New Zealand; 29 people are killed in the nation's worst mining disaster since 1914. (2010)
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    I needed to get beyond the headline to read about the goals that this day is advocating.

    thanks for the history tidbits.
    1582 days ago
    New to me, but I definitely support the goals of promoting equality, speaking out against violence, and adult men role-modelling for youth. I like that International Men's Day is in the middle of Movember--a month of promotion of awareness of men's health/mental health issues.
    emoticon for the heads-up on this day!
    1582 days ago
    first I've heard of it
    1582 days ago
  • PMAY0313
    1582 days ago
    I would hope it would be, say no to violence against men, women and children every day!
    1582 days ago
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