Sunday, December 2, 2012

World Computer Literacy Day, Mutt Day, Walter Plinge Day, more

December 2nd, 2012, is World Computer Literacy Day, National Mutt Day, Walter Plinge Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Special Education Day, National Day (United Arab Emirates), National Day (Laos), Advent, and National Fritters Day.

World Computer Literacy Day is meant to highlight the fact that we are not yet a global village, because Internet access is not widely available on some parts of the globe. Draw attention to this fact and consider the importance of the Internet in your own life by giving up technology for the day. Can you do it?

Celebrate the lovable, loyal, one-of-a-kind dog on National Mutt Day. Even though mixed breeds tend to be healthier, they are less likely to be adopted than pure bred dogs.

The UK observes Walter Plinge Day, honoring a London pub owner. Plinge allowed actors to credit his name in theatrical programs, to conceal the fact that one actor was playing more than one role in a production. The United States observes a similar holiday, George Spelvin Day, on November 15th.

The United Nations supports International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2nd. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes, "Today, governments, civil society and the private sector must unite to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery... Together, let us do our utmost for the millions of victims throughout the world who are held in slavery and deprived of their human rights and dignity."

Special Education Day commemorates the anniversary of IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, enacted on this date in 1975.

The United Arab Emirates observes National Day on December 2nd.

Laos also observes National Day today.

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continues until Christmas Eve. The season celebrates the birth of Jesus and the anticipation of his return.

Today's foodie holiday is National Fritters Day. Fry up a batch of small cakes, sweet or savory, as a snack or a meal.

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