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Alexander Calder’s Birthday

Thu, Jul 22, 2010

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Alexander Calder’s Birthday 2010

Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. In addition to mobile and stabile sculpture, Alexander Calder also created paintings, lithographs, toys, tapestry, jewelry, and household objects. [wiki]

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Belgian National Day 2010

Wed, Jul 21, 2010

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Belgian National Day 2010

Appeared on Google Belgium

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Nam June Paik’s Birthday 2010

Tue, Jul 20, 2010

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Nam June Paik Birthday 2010

Appeared on Google Korea

Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 – January 29, 2006) was a Korean-born American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist.[1]

Paik is credited with an early usage (1974) of the term “super highway” in application to telecommunications. [wiki]

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Doodle 4 Google Colombian Winner

Tue, Jul 20, 2010

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Doodle 4 Google Colombian Winner

Appeared on Google Colombia

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Josef Frank’s 125th Birthday

Thu, Jul 15, 2010

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Josef Frank's 125th Birthday

Josef Frank (July 15, 1885, in Baden bei Wien – January 8, 1967, in Stockholm) was an Austrian-born architect, artist, and designer who adopted Swedishcitizenship in the latter half of his life. Together with Oskar Strnad, he created the Vienna School of Architecture, and its concept of Modern houses, housing and interiors. [wiki]

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Bastille Day 2010

Wed, Jul 14, 2010

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Bastille Day 2010

Appeared on Google France

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic. [wiki]

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Naomi Shemer’s 80th Birthday

Tue, Jul 13, 2010

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Naomi Shemer's 80th Birthday

Appeared on Google Israel

Naomi Shemer (Hebrew: נעמי שמר‎; July 13, 1930 – June 26, 2004) was a leading Israeli songwriter hailed as the “first lady of Israeli song.” [wiki]

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2010 FIFA World Cup Final

Sun, Jul 11, 2010

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2010 FIFA World Cup Final

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 11 July 2010 at Soccer City in Johannesburg to determine the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Spain defeated the Netherlands 1–0 with a goal four minutes before the end of extra time. Both the Netherlands and Spain were attempting to win their first FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands were beaten in the final in 1974 and 1978, while Spain’s best performance was fourth place in 1950. It was the second consecutive all-European final, and marked the first time a European team has won the trophy outside of Europe. [wiki]

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Doodle 4 Google ‘I Love Football’ – Global winner

Sun, Jul 11, 2010

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Doodle 4 Google 'I Love Football' - Global winner

Doodle 4 Google ‘I Love Football’  Global winner

Name: Barbara Szpirglas

Age: 14

Country: France

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Frida Kahlo’s 103rd Birthday

Tue, Jul 6, 2010

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Frida Kahlo's 103rd Birthday

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

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Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!

Sun, Jul 4, 2010

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Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday Rube Goldberg!

Reuben Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was a Jewish American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons he created depicting complex devices that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways – now known as Rube Goldberg machines. Goldberg received many honors in his lifetime including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948 and the Banshees’ Silver Lady Award 1959.

Goldberg was a founding member and the first president of the National Cartoonists Society, and is the name sake of the Reuben Award which the organization awards to the Cartoonist of the Year. He is the inspiration for various international competitions, known as Rube Goldberg contests, which challenge participants to make a complex machine to perform a simple task. [wiki]

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independenceon July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States. [wiki]

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Canada Day 2010

Thu, Jul 1, 2010

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Canada Day 2010

Appeared on Google Canada

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st every year. If it falls on a Sunday, the next day is considered a legal holiday. Canada Day is a statutory holiday throughout Canada.

Canada Day was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. It is a commemoration of the day in 1867 that the first colonies of British North America entered Confederation as the Dominion of Canada. Other names used in the past for Canada Day include: First of July, July the First, Confederation Day, and Dominion Day. On October 27, 1982, July 1st, then known as “Dominion Day”, was decreed by Parliament to be known as “Canada Day”.

Canada Day is celebrated with barbeques, parades, music, and of course fireworks in the evening in most of the cities especially in Ottawa with thousands Canadian flags and Canadians singing Oh Canada.

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East Africa now a common market!

Wed, Jun 30, 2010

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East Africa now a common market!

Appeared on Google Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Five nations in East Africa implemented new economic rules Thursday to boost cross-border employment and trade.

The new steps push forward a larger plan to integrate the economies ofBurundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, which together form the East African Community.

When most African countries gained independence from European colonial powers in the 1950s and 1960s, Africa’s founding fathers wanted the entire continent to become one economy as a way of achieving self-reliance and better negotiating power in international markets.

The East African Community’s one set of regulations, called the Common Market Protocol, officially came into effect Thursday but each country still has to change a wide range of national laws including labor, taxation and immigration to conform to the protocol.

Rwanda, however, did not wait to implement some provisions of the protocol and more than a year ago eliminated work permit requirements for all citizens of the East African Community.

“The broad economic space which the services sector will unleash will trigger the expansion of economic activities and jobs in the region,” Juma Mwapachu, secretary general of the East African Community, said in a newspaper advertisement heralding the changes. “East Africans have every right to be proud of the stage of integration the EAC has reached.”

Since 2005 the East African Community has charged a uniform set of duties for any imports from outside the region. Over a five-year period it has progressively cut to nothing all duties of goods and products traded within the region under a customs union agreement. The community also has a court and a parliament.

While Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania share a common British colonial legacy, Rwanda and Burundi were colonized by Belgium.

Creating a federation is the ultimate goal of the nine-year-old East African Community. It brings together more than 125 million people.

[yahoo news]

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