World Diabetes Day was first introduced in 1991, and founded by both the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. In reaction to the rise in cases of Diabetes worldwide, it was decided to choose a day of the year to raise awareness of Diabetes and related causes. The day chosen was the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, a medical scientist who co-discovered Insulin and was the first person to use it on humans.
The theme of World Diabetes Day regularly changes. For example, the theme for the day between 2009 and 2013 was education and prevention, and in the past such themes have been used such as human rights, lifestyle, obesity, the disadvantaged and vulnerable, and children/teenagers. Various events around the world mark the day including raising awareness in the media, lectures and conferences, sporting events, and leaflet/poster campaigning. “Going blue” is another global event to mark the day, where people wear blue and landmark buildings and monuments around the world are lit up in blue, to help spread awareness of the day.
Word of the Day
Sentient adj. Characterized by sensation and consciousness. Able to perceive or feel things: “Sentient life forms.”
Idiom of the Day
Meaning: You can say something is virgin territory if it's never been explored before or never been done before.
Aaron Copland (1900)
Famously public-spirited and generous, Copland came to be unofficially regarded as the US's national composer. Although his earliest works show European influences, the American character of the greater part of his compositions is evident in his use of jazz and American folk tunes. He is best known for his three ballets based on American folk material: Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
Loi Krathong, an ancient festival held under a full moon throughout Thailand, is considered to be the loveliest of the country's festivals. After sunset, people make their way to the water to launch small lotus-shaped banana-leaf or paper boats, each holding a lighted candle, a flower, joss sticks, and a small coin. Loi means "to float" and Krathong is a "leaf cup" or "bowl." One legend linked to the origins of this festival holds that it celebrates the lotus blossoms that sprang up when the Buddha took his first baby steps.
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1863 famous Gettysburg Address delivered by President Lincoln
1926 NBC launches
1928 Mickey Mouse appears for the first time in Steamboat Willie
1950 15-year-old Tenzin Gyatso, is enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama at age 15.
1956 Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley's first movie, opens in New York.
1969 Apollo 12 lands on the Moon
1985 Microsoft's launches Windows 1.01
2004 Fox Hunting Ends In England
If You Were Born Today, November 14
mark your calendars for November 14th (TONIGHT)
Pictures of the day
Our English Coasts is an oil-on-canvas painting completed by the British Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt in 1852. The painting was commissioned by Charles Theobald Maud and depicts a flock of sheep on the coast of Sussex, at a scenic location on the cliffs at Fairlight Glen. In 1946 Our English Coasts was acquired by the Tate Gallery through the Art Fund.
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