Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, declaring in December of 2002 that May 21 be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

This day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. In 2011, a grassroots campaign, "Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion", celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

So, what is one thing YOU can do for diversity and inclusion?

Today is also I Need a Patch for That Day, National Wait Staff Day, and Sister Maria Hummel Day!

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

- The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I in 1725. It was later discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

- Rioting erupted during a by-election in Montreal in 1832, when the Patriote candidate began to take the lead. British soldiers fired on the crowd, killing 3.
- The siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana began in 1863.
- The American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton in 1881.

- James Gladstone, Canada's first aboriginal senator, was born in Mountain Hill, NWT in 1887.
- The new National Gallery of Canada, designed by Moshe Safdie, officially opened in Ottawa in 1988.

- Louis H. Perlman patented a demountable tire carrying rim for cars in 1906.
- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde premiered in Chicago in 1908.
- Amelia Earhart landed in Ireland in 1932.
- "Empire Strikes Back" premiered in 1980.
- Lucien Bouchard abruptly resigned from the Cabinet and the Conservative Party in 1990, over what he perceived as the willingness of Mulroney to compromise the Meech Lake deal to secure its passage.
- Five abortion clinics in Miami, Florida were hit by a butyric acid attacker in 1998.

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

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