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Polar Bear Day


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Polar Bear Day



When : Always February 27th

Polar Bear Day celebrates the world's largest carnivore. A polar bear can grow up to nine feet tall(when standing) and 1400 pounds. They are a favorite at zoos around the country. Polar bears live at the North Pole region, and are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.



Need some ideas on how to celebrate today? Tops on my list is visiting the local zoo to see live polar bears. Teachers like to use this day to teach about polar bears and other bears, as kids are fascinated with all kinds of bears. Also, check the nature channels on cable Tv. The networks often pick up on holidays like today, and run documentaries.



Did you Know? It is believed that all polar bears are left handed.



Origin of Polar Bear Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.

There is some reference to this day as a "National" or "International" day. We found no documentation to support it......so far.

More Information:
The Bear Facts about Polar Bears
www.polarbearsinternatio
nal.org/about-polar-bears/
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This Day in History February 27th

Edict of Thessalonica: Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II, declare their wish that all Roman citizens convert to trinitarian Christianity. (380)

The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Lords of the Congregation of Scotland. (1560)

The island of New Britain is discovered. (1700)

American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina breaks up a Loyalist militia. (1776)

American Revolutionary War: the House of Commons of Great Britain votes against further war in America. (1782)

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. (1801)

Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. (1860)

American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. (1864)
A prisoner described his entry into the prison camp:
As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us. Before us were forms that had once been active and erect;—stalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin. Many of our men, in the heat and intensity of their feeling, exclaimed with earnestness. "Can this be hell?" "God protect us!" and all thought that He alone could bring them out alive from so terrible a place. In the center of the whole was a swamp, occupying about three or four acres of the narrowed limits, and a part of this marshy place had been used by the prisoners as a sink, and excrement covered the ground, the scent arising from which was suffocating. The ground allotted to our ninety was near the edge of this plague-spot, and how we were to live through the warm summer weather in the midst of such fearful surroundings, was more than we cared to think of just then.

The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships. (1870)

A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Leser v. Garnett. (1922)

United States labor law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. (1939)

Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (1940)

World War II: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies (1942)

The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified. (1951)

The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over. (1964)

Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati. (1971)

The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota. (1973)

The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis. (1986)

Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated". (1991)

The initial version of the John Jay Report, with details about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States, is released. (2004)

An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after. (2010)
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PMAY0313 2/27/2014 9:02PM

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PATRICIAAK 2/27/2014 8:03PM

    feels cold enough here for them to be right at home

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HANSBRINK 2/27/2014 11:50AM

  I enjoyed watching the Polar Bears at the San Diego Zoo. Of course, their time frame for doing things was much different than mine. They had an oversized ball which they'd throw into the water and then jump on. 900 lbs of belly flop made quite a splash.

thanks for the history tidbits.

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LOSER05 2/27/2014 10:08AM

    awwww

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