Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15 - Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

Turn Beauty Inside Out was created in 2000 by a group of girls aged 8-16, the Girls Editorial Board of New Moon Girls. It was created with the intention of celebrating healthy media images, and to promote critical analysis of sexism in media. Their goal is to expand the definition of what make a person beautiful.

Turn Beauty Inside Out invites people everywhere to celebrate Inner Beauty - the beauty of conviction, caring, and action. Girls and boys need a definition of beauty that focuses on who we are and what we do, rather than how we look.

Turn Beauty Inside Out serves as a counterbalance to the damaging and unhealthy messages about beauty we are bombarded with in media, film, advertising, and music every day. Funds raised allow girls worldwide to define their own Inner Beauty and honour it through healthy media, while raising awareness about the negative effects of harmful media messages.

Today is also International Day of Families, National Chocolate Chip Day, Peace Officer Memorial Day, and Straw Hat Day!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- Astronomer Johannes Kepler discovered the harmonics law in 1618.
- England declared war on France in 1702, beginning the War of the Spanish Succession; it lasted until 1713.
- The Atalante, a French frigate, was taken by the British near Cap Rouge, Québec in 1760, further solidifying the fate of the French in Canada at the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War.
- Christopher Widmer, surgeon influential in founding the Toronto General Hospital, was born in High Wycombe, England in 1780.
- The National Woman Suffrage Association formed in 1869.
- Demand for a 9-hour day began on a march in Hamilton, Ontario in 1872, and spread across Canada, the first unified labour protest in Canada.

- Las Vegas, Nevada was founded in 1905.
- The Quebec border was extended to incorporate the Ungava district in 1912.
- The Conservatives carried the Naval Aid Bill by imposing closure on debate for the first time in Canadian history in 1913.
- The Winnipeg General Strike began in 1919 when the Winnipeg Trades and Labor Council called a general strike in sympathy with the strikers of May 1. The strike exposed the bitter class divisions in Canadian society and lasted 7 weeks.

- Architect Ronald James Thom, who planned the campus and designed colleges and the main library for Trent University, Peterborough, was born in Penticton, BC in 1923. A Canada Council award for young architects bears his name.

- Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance in "Plane Crazy" in 1928.
- Fire from X-ray film stock killed 125 at the Crile Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929.
- In an attempted coup d'état in 1932, the Prime Minister of Japan, Inukai Tsuyoshi, was killed. It would become known as the "May 15 Incident".
- McDonald's opened its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California in 1940.
- The Warsaw ghetto uprising ended in its destruction in 1943.

- The International Woodworkers of America initiated a nationwide, postwar strike wave of Canadian Congress of Labour (CCL) affiliates in 1946. Twenty-seven thousand workers in both the coast and interior regions of BC went on strike until June 20th.
- The Canadian Football Players Association organized in 1965.
- Elizabeth Hoisington and Anna Mae Mays were named the 1st female US generals in 1970.
- The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverted to Japanese control in 1972.
- Mr. Justice Peter Richard was named to head an inquiry into the Westray mine disaster in 1992.

- In 2008, California became the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court ruled a previous ban unconstitutional.
- Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted, around the world solo in 2010.
- Wildfires, propelled by strong winds, swept through the town of Slave Lake, Alberta in 2011, destroying 30 percent of the town.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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