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International Day for the Elderly

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

International Day for the Elderly

When: Always on October 1st

International Day for the Elderly is dedicated to honor, respect and care for the world's elderly. Remember, someday you hope to be included among this group!

In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the International Day for the Elderly, also known as the "International Day for Older Persons". The holiday is the result of the UN World Assembly on Aging which was formed in 1982 to explore and tend to the needs of the elderly in the world.

Did you Know? According to the United Nations, "one of every 10 persons is now 60 years or older. By the year 2050, one of five will be 60 years or older; by 2150, it will be one of three persons".

More Information:

United Nations on Aging

This Day in History October 1st

The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orléans, Louisiana. (1811)

South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; it will later separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools. (1829)

Texian political delegates convened at San Felipe de Austin to petition for changes in the governance of Mexican Texas. (1832)

The News of the World tabloid begins publication in London. (1843)

German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens AG & Halske. (1847)

The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American system of watch manufacturing. (1854)

John Philip Sousa becomes leader of the United States Marine Band. (1880)

First electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison. (1880)

Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress. (1890)

In the U.S. state of California, Stanford University opens its doors. (1891)

Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series. (1903)

Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of $825. (1908)

Los Angeles Times bombing: A large bomb destroys the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, California, killing 21. (1910)

World War I: Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia" capture Damascus. (1918)

The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opens. (1931)

After a one-month Siege of Warsaw, hostile Nazi forces enter the city. (1939)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike, often considered the first superhighway in the United States, opens to traffic. (1940)

USS Grouper torpedoes Lisbon Maru not knowing she is carrying British PoWs from Hong Kong (1942)

First flight of the Bell XP-59 "Aircomet". (1942)

World War II: Naples falls to Allied soldiers. (1943)

Nazi leaders are sentenced at Nuremberg Trials. (1946)

The North American F-86 Sabre flies for the first time. (1947)

The People's Republic of China is established and declared by Mao Zedong. (1949)

First appearance of In God We Trust on U.S. paper currency. (1957)

NASA is created to replace NACA. (1958)

The Television series "The Twilight Zone" premiered (1959)

Nigeria gains independence from the United Kingdom. (1960)

First broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. (1962)

The Free Speech Movement is launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. (1964)

West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatalities and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9. (1966)

Concorde breaks the sound barrier for the first time. (1969)

Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States (1971)

The first brain-scan using x-ray computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London. (1971)

Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines. (1975)

The United States returns sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama. (1979)

EPCOT Center opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States. (1982)

Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101). (1982)

Denmark introduces the world's first legal modern same-sex civil union called "registered partnership". (1989)

Cartoon Network begins broadcasting. (1992)

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