great american eclipse 2017

date: august 21, 2017 skywatchers on the american continent today are in for a special astronomical treat: front row seats to a total solar eclipse. an eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the light of

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children's day 2017 (argentina, peru)

date: august 20, 2017 location: argentina, peru tags:

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cora coralina's 128th birthday

date: august 20, 2017 anna lins dos guimarães peixoto bretas led a simple life selling sweets to the townsfolk in rural goiás, brazil, the same place where she was born in 1889. at the age of 76, she had her first book of poet

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indonesia independence day 2017

date: august 17, 2017 today we celebrate indonesia’s independence day, known locally as hari kemerdekaan.  in the country’s capital of jakarta and other large cities throughout the archipelago, this historically significan

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tina modotti’s 121st birthday

date: august 16, 2017 in a fraction of a second, a camera shutter blinks, rendering the world, unchanging, in soft sepia tones. but the photographer herself was never still. tina modotti refused to be a silent observer behind her camera len

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mother's day 2017 (costa rica)

date: august 15, 2017 location: costa rica tags:

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india's independence day 2017

date: august 15, 2017 on august 15th, 1947, the front page of the times of india jubilantly proclaimed “nation wakes to new life!” jawaharlal nehru, the first prime minister of the dominion of india, raised the national flag abo

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south korea national day 2017

date: august 15, 2017 national liberation day, also called gwangbokjeol (“the day the light returned”), marks south korea’s independence following the end of wwii.  today, south koreans embrace their hard-earned natio

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pakistan national day 2017

date: august 14, 2017 seventy years ago on the night of august 13th, india was partitioned into two and scores of men, women and children boarded trains to cross a brand new border and enter pakistan. after months of protests and negotiatio

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father's day 2017 (brazil)

date: august 13, 2017 location: brazil tags:

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mother's day 2017 (thailand)

date: august 12, 2017 location: thailand tags:

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44th anniversary of the birth of hip hop

date: august 11, 2017 on august 11, 1973, an 18-year-old, jamaican-american dj who went by the name of kool herc threw a back-to-school jam at 1520 sedgwick avenue in the bronx, new york. during his set, he decided to do something different

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mountain day 2017

date: august 11, 2017 mountain climbing as a means of peacekeeping? it’s what japanese lawmakers envisioned as they made mountain day the country’s 16th national holiday.  while japan is known partly for its hardworking cu

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ecuador national day 2017

date: august 10, 2017 the people of quito, ecuador declared independence from spain 208 years ago today. while the city of quito was relatively small at the time, this declaration laid the foundation for sovereignty for the entire country.

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singapore national day 2017

date: august 9, 2017 location: singapore tags: national holiday, animation

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kenya elections 2017

date: august 8, 2017 location: kenya tags:

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father's day 2017 (taiwan)

date: august 8, 2017 location: taiwan tags:

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tu be'av 2017

date: august 7, 2017 location: israel tags: national holiday, love

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children's day 2017 (chile)

date: august 6, 2017 location: chile tags:

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luang pradit phairoh’s 136th birthday

date: august 6, 2017 136 years ago, luang pradit phairoh was born sorn silapabanleng to a musician's family in the amphawa district of thailand. as a young boy, he accompanied his father and performed as part of a traditional thai pipha

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