Wednesday 15 August 2012
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of August people in US were listening to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Sparkle, directed by Salim Akil, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012
while Fifty Shades Freed by E L James was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Hawaii ? Toro Nagashi (Floating Lantern Ceremony) to commemorate the end of the second world war
- Poland ? Polish Armed Forces Day
- Eastern Orthodoxy ? Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, the commemoration of the death of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
- RC Saints ? Feast day of the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Holy Day of Obligation. Public Holiday in: Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Chile, C(te d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, East Timor, France, Greece, India, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovenia and Spain.
- Acadie ? National Day
- Egypt ? Flooding of the Nile Day
- India ? Independence Day (from the United Kingdom, 1947)
- Korea ? Liberation Day
- Italy ? "Ferragosto", remembrance of an ancient Roman holiday in honor of Augustus (Feriae Augusti)
- Liechtenstein ? Liechtenstein Day
- Tuva ? Tuva Republic Day, Naadym
- Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least 3 saints: St. Alipius
- St. Arnoul/Arnulphus
- St. MacCartin/Ard/Aed
- The Assumption of Mary - a holy day of obligation
- Ancient Latvia ? M?ras
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- Mexican Drug War:
- Mexican authorities confirm that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is responsible for murdering five journalists in the state of Veracruz. This information was confirmed after the arrest of some of the members in the criminal organization. (''Milenio'' via Google)
- Syrian civil war:
- In Damascus, an explosion at a military compound near a hotel where UN observers are staying is claimed by a Free Syrian Army brigade. (Al-Jazeera)
- In response to the Syrian Civil War, the Fourth Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit organized by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation begins in Makkah Al Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia, for two days. (CNN)
- According to a UN investigation report by Commissioners Pinheiro and Abuzayd, both Syrian government troops and, to a lesser extent, anti-government groups are responsible for war crimes. Government forces and shabbiha fighters are responsible for the Houla massacre. (UNHCR)
- Activists say at least 30 people are killed in the town of Azaz, Aleppo province, after the Syrian government launches airstrikes on homes in the area. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates urge their citizens to leave Lebanon over a series of recent kidnappings involving nationals from Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. (''Daily Star Lebanon'')
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is taken to hospital as a ampquotprecautionary measureampquot after a recurrence of a bladder infection that affected him earlier in the year. (BBC)
- Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is taken to hospital in grave condition due to complications of pneumonia and respiratory problems. (''Korea Times'')
- The tour bus of American heavy metal band Baroness falls off a 30-foot viaduct in Monkton Combe, near Bath. All nine passengers on board are injured, two seriously. (BBC)
- Two Japanese cabinet ministers, Jin Matsubara and Yuichiro Hata, visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine amid territorial disputes with both the People's Republic of China and South Korea. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
- The High Court of Australia upholds legislation providing for plain packaging of cigarettes. (ITV News)
- Four suspects are arrested in Germany for their alleged involvement in illegally providing Iran with necessary technical parts to build a nuclear reactor. (BBC)
- Rafael Nadal is not to take part in the US Open due to knee injury. (''The New York Times'')
- Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba announces his retirement from football following medical advice he was given by doctors after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match earlier in the year. (BBC Sport)
- Félix Hernández pitches the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history for the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (''Seattle Times'')
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