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Fed up residents say they can hear Rihanna’s Old Trafford cricket ground gig up to TEN miles away – Rihanna might have wowed fan at Old Trafford cricket club – but she also made an impression on people living TEN MILES away due to the noise of the show. Many took to Twitter and Facebook to compla…


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mickflieg – National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30th.  Also known as National Meteor Day, on a cloudless night, people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a fal…

Scientists in Manchester to play key role in Obama’s $1m cancer research plan – Scientists in Manchester will play a key part in US President Barack Obama’s “moonshot” initiative to revolutionise cancer diagnosis and treatment. Working alongside their American colleagues, a te…

Scandal of kids in care: Council make pledge to charity after figures show half of places are away from friends and family – A charity has won a pledge from the region’s councils to improve support for hundreds of children in care, some of whom are moved up to 30 miles away from their local communities. Of 5,200 young pe…

How safe is your holiday destination from a terror attack? – Most people planning a summer holidays have rarely had to worry about their safey. However, the tragic terror attacks in Turkey, Belgium and France have been hugely unsettling and brought home the …

Man who had benefits stopped illegally gets DWP refund – and now others could make a claim – A man whose benefits were stopped illegally by the Department of Work and Pensions has won a refund – three years later. The case could trigger a flood of similar claims. Simon Milne received a let…

Andy Burnham condemns Manchester tram race attack during Commons address – Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has condemned Manchester’s tram race attack during a speech in the Commons – warning Britain is turning into a place ‘we’ve never been’. But the Leigh MP, who is …

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Bury hospital ward evacuated after potentially hazardous chemical spill – A hospital ward was evacuated after emergency services were called in to deal with a chemical spillage. Fire crews and paramedics were called to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury at around 12.15pm…

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Dean Trust bosses make ‘U-turn’ on plans to bus special needs kids to different high school – An academy trust accused of discriminating against children with special needs has made a U-turn. The Dean Trust was blasted by parents over plans to bus pupils with special needs from the ‘outstan…

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NATIONAL HANDSHAKE DAY – Last Thursday in June

National Handshake Day Last Thursday in June


The last Thursday of each June, people across the nation observe National Handshake Day.

Of all the various forms of greeting, the handshake is perhaps one of the most ancient.

The origin of the handshake is hard to pinpoint. As it is a non-verbal mode of communication, it may have existed before written records. Theories suggest it was a way for medieval knights, Roman soldiers and other weapon carrying men to check for hidden daggers by grasping each other’s forearms in greeting.

Archaeological ruins in ancient Greece support this theory. The funerary stele depicts two soldiers shaking hands and dates back to 5th century BC.

An even older record in Egypt suggests the handshake held a different sort of power, the power of giving. According to Babylonian custom, kings would grasp the hand of the statue of the god Marduk before taking the throne. This act was repeated annually during the festival of Zagmuk to carry his power over into the next year. Even conquering Assyria continued the tradition.

As during ancient times, modern day handshakes have different customs around the world. Women didn’t usually didn’t carry weapons, and therefore didn’t shake hands as a form of greeting. In the United States, Russia, Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom handshakes tend to be firm, but even those with firm greetings have lingering differences.  However, in most Asian countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea the grip is light, and there should be no direct eye contact. However, in the Philippines make the eye contact while keeping the hold light.

Then there are the secret handshakes, those elaborate greetings signaling membership in a group, club or society. One of the more famous societies known to use secret handshakes is fremasons.


Shake the hand of at least one person that you would not have on any other day.  You may just want to wish them a good day while doing so.  Use #NationalHandshakeDay on social media.


NATIONAL BOMB POP DAY – Last Thursday in June


National Bomb Pop Day Last Thursday in June







The Thursday of June is reserved for enjoying a summertime favorite.  It’s National Bomb Pop Day!   Invented in 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri, Bomb Pops are known to people as the red, white and blue Popsicle.  Having one of these frozen treats is a great way to kick off the upcoming 4th of July celebrations in your community!


Enjoy one of these frozen treats and use #NationalBombPopDay to share on social media.

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY – June 30th 2016

Social Media Day June 30



Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th.  In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate and share with family, friends and the world.

With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media had become mainstream.  Then 2004 brought the founding of the king of social media, Facebook.  Twitter encouraged us to be succinct by posting our thoughts with fewer than 140 characters. We can be social through Instagram and Flickr by sharing all the pictures and videos you love.  And speaking of video, YouTube is the social place for everything from how-to to pop culture to what not to do with your fireworks on the 4th of July.

Social media has made it possible to stay connected and informed about with those important people in our lives.   Reconnecting with classmates, past work associates and more is also a valuable part of social media.  It has also made it possible to connect with ancestors and find relatives you never even knew existed.  Yes, the family tree has become a social media platform as well. and and many others all supply a social platform where distant family members have the potential to meet and built their family trees.

The internet has long loved food, and social media is no different. Pinterest, Tumblr, and WordPress all make sharing and socializing about the latest food trends accessible and exciting.  This may be the most addicting part of social media.  One moment a picture of a decadent, perfectly golden roast duck comes across your news feed.  In an instant, the complete video detailing how to execute this delicacy in 17 easy steps is provided for you.  One tweet later and you are off to the butcher.  In a Snapchat -Instagram -Tumblr hour you destroy your kitchen and end up with a Pinterest board titled “They Lied.”


Post something on your favorite social media platform.  Find a social media meetup in your area.  Use #SMDay when posting and to remind others of this day.



National Meteor Watch Day June 30







National Meteor Watch Day is observed every year on June 30th.  Also known as National Meteor Day, on a cloudless night, people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.

Daily there are millions of meteors that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere.

When space debris, such as pieces of rock, enter the earth’s atmosphere the friction causes the surrounding air to become scorching hot. This “shooting star” streaking through the sky surrounded by flaming hot air is a meteor.

The majority of the meteoroids that cause meteors are only the size of a pebble.

Meteors sometimes occur in showers. National Meteor Watch Day is an excellent time to plan for a meteor watching party. Whether it is to catch a few stray falling stars or to watch an entire meteor shower, gathering the kids or a few friends to map the constellations while waiting to make a wish or two is sure to be a fun time.

In the Northern Hemisphere, one of the most active meteor showers is the Perseids. Named after the constellation Perseus where the majority of the activity takes place, the meteors are caused by particles released by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Active from mid-July to late August, the Perseids are known to put on a dazzling display at its peak, especially when the skies are clear and the moon is new.

Meteors are usually observed at night and are visible when they are about 34 to 70 miles above the Earth, and they often disintegrated at about 31 to 51 miles above.  Their glow time is usually about a second.

A small percent of meteoroids hit the Earth’s atmosphere and then skip back into space. 

The chemical composition and the speed of the meteoroid will cause different hues to the light.  Possible colors and elements producing them include:

  • Orange/yellow (sodium)
  • Yellow (iron)
  • Blue/green (copper)
  • Purple (potassium)
  • Red (silicate)

A list of meteor shower dates as well as a guide to successful watching can be found on theEarthSky website.


Plan your night.  Gather some friends together, a blanket and find a place far from the city lights on a cloudless night.  Use #NationalMeteorWatchDay to share on social media.

This Day in History

  • 2009 Died: Pina Bausch, German dancer, choreographer, and director. Her unique style, a blend of movement, sound and prominent stage sets made her a leading influence in the field of modern dance. Her Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch performs internationally.
  • 2002 Died: Chico Xavier, Brazilian medium and author, known for his 450 books, most of which were written using a psychography.
  • 2001 Died: Chet Atkins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, believed to be a creator of a smoother country music style, known as the Nashville sound.
  • 1985 Born: Michael Phelps, American swimmer, the most decorated Olympian of all time. He won with a total of 22 medals, 18 of them are gold medals, that is the all-time record for Olympic gold medals.
  • 1985 39 American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 en route from Cairo to San Diego were freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
  • 1975 Born: Ralf Schumacher, German race car driver, the younger brother of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher.
  • 1971 The entire crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft was killed when when the crew capsule depressurized during preparations for reentry into the Earth atmosphere.
  • 1968 Born: Phil Anselmo, American singer-songwriter and producer, best knows as the former lead singer of the heavy metal band Pantera.
  • 1966 Died: Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver, the first ever Formula One World Champion. He also stands out in the history of Grand Prix motor racing for his much-copied “straight-arm” driving style.
  • 1966 Born: Mike Tyson, American boxer and actor. He is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
  • 1963 Born: Rupert Graves, English actor, best known for role as Inspector Lestrade in the BBC television series Sherlock.
  • 1963 7 police officers new Palermo were killed in a explosion of a car bomb, intended for mafia boss Salvatore Greco.
  • 1961 Died: Lee de Forest, American inventor. He patented over 180 inventions, among them was the audion tube, the fist electrical device, that could amplify a weak electrical signal and make it stronger.
  • 1956 A Trans World Airlines Super Constellation collided with a United Airlines DC-7 above the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The planes crashed, killing all 128 people on board of both airliners.
  • 1950 Born: Leonard Whiting, English actor, a Golden Globe Award of New Star of the Year winner. He’s best known for role as Romeo in the 1968 Zeffirelli film version of Romeo and Juliet. This role brought him the award.
  • 1949 Born: Andy Scott, Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is best known for being the lead guitarist and vocalist of British rock band Sweet.
  • 1942 Born: Robert Ballard, American lieutenant and oceanographer, most noted for his work in underwater archeology. He discovered the wrecks of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.
  • 1937 The very first emergency telephone number in the world was introduced in London, it was 999. Today the same number is used in many countries around the world.
  • 1934 Adolf Hitler’s political rivals in Germany were murdered. This event became known as the Night of the Long Knives, sometimes called Operation Hummingbird. After the operation Hitler was established as the supreme judge of the German people.
  • 1926 Born: Paul Berg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate for fundamental studies of the biochemistry of nucleic acids, with particular regard to recombinant DNA.
  • 1922 U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes and Dominican Ambassador Francisco J. Peynado signed the Hughes-Peynado agreement, thus ending the United States occupation of the Dominican Republic.
  • 1919 Died: John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of argon. His another great achievement was discovery of the phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering, that can be used to explain why the sky is blue.
  • 1917 Died: Antonio de La Gándara, French painter, one of the most talented artists of the Belle Epoque. He was one of the favorite artists of the Paris elite and he portrayed poet Charles Leconte de Lisle, Paul Verlaine, Sarah Bernhardt, Romaine Brooks, Jean Moreas, Winnaretta Singer, and Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau.
  • 1911 Born: Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet and author. He was awarded with Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980, that was one of the major achievements in his career.
  • 1908 The Tunugska event occurred in Siberia, Russia. The event was caused by an asteroid or comet, that exploded at altitude of 5-10 kilometers. Although no traces of space body were found, it’s still believed that the explosion was caused by a comet.
  • 1905 Albert Einstein published the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduced the special theory of relativity.
  • 1882 Died: Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman, known for making pictorial representations of Rio de Janeiro as a landscaper photographer. He was allowed to make pictures of every-day life of the Brazilian monarchy during the reign of Pedro II.
  • 1859 Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker, crossed the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope 1,100 ft long, 3.25 inch in diameter and 160 ft above water near location of modern Rainbow Bridge.
  • 1857 Died: Alcide d’Orbigny, French zoologist and paleontologist, remembered today for this major contributions in many areas, including palaeontology, zoology, geology, archeology and anthropology.
  • 1660 Died: William Oughtred, English minister and mathematician, inventor of the slide rule. He is also credited with introduction of symbol × for multiplication and the abbreviations of sin and cos.

Holidays Calendar for June 30, 2016

Army Day in Guatemala

Guatemala annually celebrates Army Day on June 30. This holiday commemorates the events of 1871, when the Conservadora administration was put to an end.

Revolution Day in Sudan

Revolution Day in Sudan is a national holiday, that commemorates the bloodless coup of 1989. The holiday is annually observed on its anniversary, June 30.

Independence Day in DR Congo

June 30 is Independence Day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This holiday celebrates the day, when the country gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

General Prayer Day in the Central African Republic

Inhabitants of the Central African Republic observe General Prayer Day every year on June 30. This holiday unites all people of CAR regardless their religion and political views.

Economist's Day in Belarus

Belarusian economists annually observe their professional holiday,Economist’s Day, on June 30 since 2000. This holiday was established in February, 2000 by Presidential Decree. Economist’s Day is a holiday of all experts in the field of economics.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti share one island and they are bound by one history. But they don’t shareTeachers’ Day, that is celebrated in the Dominican Republic every June 30.

Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day in the Philippines

The Republic of Philippines annually celebrates Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 30. Establishment of this holiday is connected with the events of 1898-1899, when a group of Spanish soldiers was defending Spanish flag in the town of Baler, Philippines.

Honor America Days

Annually 21 days from Flag Day areHonor America Days. This observance was created with the aim that all Americans could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.

Almond Buttercrunch Day June 29th 2016

Almond Buttercrunch Day

Delicious, delicious almond buttercrunch, is there anything that’s better than this crunchy buttery caramelized candy?Almond Buttercrunch Day is a great day to indulge in this rich flavorful treat, and maybe even to learn a little bit about its history. This delicious treat is the foundation of some of the most mouthwatering confections out there, and is generally agreed to be best accompanied by any sort of chocolate you care to name!

This treat was particularly popular back in the days of World War II, it’s ease of shipment making it the perfect taste of home to wrap up and send along in care packages. One of the most recognizable forms of this candy is that produced by the company ‘Brown & Haley’ out of Seattle, WA. They started the tradition of wrapping them in their signature gold wrappers and storing them in tins to help keep them delicious and ready to consume on arrival.

Toffee is made by mixing together the base ingredients, which is quite simply caramelized sugar and butter, and boiled until it reaches the hard crack stage (roughly 149-154 Celsius, or 300 to 310 Fareneight) . Just before it reaches this stage, the almonds are added, making the simply toffee crunch into Almond Buttercrunch! The Almond Roca brand is cooled, dipped in chocolate, and then rolled in crumbled almonds to create it’s signature look and taste.

The best way to celebrate Almond Buttercrunch Day is to share the wonderful taste and joy that is this delicious candy. You can buy candies that are based on this wonderful base and hand them out to friends, family, and co-workers. If you’re in the Seattle area you can go on a tour of their factory, or for that home-made authentic taste, stop by a local candymaker in your town. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, you can even use the below recipe and make it yourself!

You’ll be needing:

  • 4 ounces (1 full stick) butter (not margarine!)
  • 3/4c firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups chopped and toasted whole almonds
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

The recipe is about as simple and straight forward as it gets. You’ll want to prepare ahead of time by spraying coating non-stick foil with butter or a non-stick cooking spray, and lining an 8×4 breadpan. Then, using a small sauce pan, melt the butter, corn syrup, salt, and brown sugar together, stirring slowly on medium-high heat until the brown sugar has dissolved. Start a timer once the brown sugar is melted, and cook it for approximately 6 minutes, a candy thermometer can help this, and should reach 143c or 290f before you remove it from the heat.

Stir in the almonds, and pour/scrape it into the bread pan in a layer approximately ½ in thick, allowing it to cool for 3 minutes after doing so. Proceed to pour the melted chocolate over the top and sprinkle with more nuts, and then cut into bars of your preferred size. After this, put them into the fridge to let the chocolate set, and then put them in an airtight container. They should be able to store for about two weeks in the fridge. These are best served at room temperature however.

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National Waffle Iron Day June 29


Waffle lovers finally have their day of recognition on June 29, which is the day National Waffle Iron Day is observed.  Some people enjoy their waffles plain with syrup, but we like ours topped with berries, whipped cream, and syrup.  Who knew a simple machine would make such a big impact on our lives!

The waffle iron is usually two honeycomb-patterned metal plates hinged together.  A person pours or places the dough between the heated plates and then closes it to bake the waffle.  Other patterns are also currently on the market in modern time to reflect pop culture as the waffles are baked into famous animated characters and other shapes.

Waffle irons got their start in the 14th century in the Low Countries.  Even the earliest designs that were used over an open fire would have elaborate designs such as coats of arms and religious symbols.

The first patent in the USA for a waffle iron was in 1869, submitted by Cornelius Swarthout.  In 1911, General Electric produced a prototype electric waffle iron.  The first electric waffle iron was available to the general public in 1918.

Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, an Oregon Track Coach at the time, used his wife’s waffle iron to create a sole for footwear that would be light weight but also grip a surface.  This design would soon be called the “Moon Shoe” in 1972 and the “Waffle Trainer” in 1974.  His waffle iron shoe helped spur the growth of Blue Ribbon Sports / Nike.

Waffle iron makers today offer a large variety of choices from waffle irons that make very thin waffles to those that can make waffle cones.


Break out your waffle iron and give it a good work out.  Use #NationalWaffleIronDay to share your masterpieces on social media.

NATIONAL CAMERA DAY – June 29th 2016

National Camera Day June 29


National Camera Day is observed each year on June 29th.  This day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention.  A camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events, and people/places.  Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting.  There are very few who can perfectly capture the image of a person or a place in a drawing. The power of a camera provided many with a simple, inexpensive and fast solution.

George Eastman, also known as “The Father of Photography,” brought the camera to the masses.  While he did not invent the camera, he did invent many additions that improved the use, ease, and production of the camera, making it widely available to homes around the world.

The original camera was large and bulky but has now evolved into something that can be as small as a pen.  Cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to men and women of all ages for personal and professional use.


To celebrate National Camera Day, snap a picture of something or someone you enjoy and cherish the memory.  Post photos on social media using #NationalCameraDay.

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