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Africa Industrialization Day

Africa Industrialization Day is celebrated on November 20 each year. It is a time when governments and other organizations in many African countries examine ways to stimulate Africa’s industrialization process. It is also an occasion to draw worldwide media attention to the problems and challenges of industrialization in Africa.

Africa Industrialization Day themes have focused on business and technology in previous times.
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What Do People Do?

Various events are held to mark Africa Industrialization Day. Many of these involve local and national leaders and representatives of national and international non-governmental organizations. A special effort is made to unite leaders or representatives of as many African countries as possible to stimulate discussion on the industrialization of Africa and assess the progress made in the past year. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) plays an important role in coordinating events on or around Africa Industrialization Day.

In addition, statements are delivered at UNIDO’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. These statements are from leaders from the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, and the UN. It is hoped that these parties will raise global consciousness of the importance of industrialization in Africa and remind the international community that more than 30 of the world’s 50 least developed countries are located in Africa

Public Life

Africa Industrialization Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.


The 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 1989. During this session, November 20 was declared to be Africa Industrialization Day. On December 22, 1989, the UN General Assembly also proclaimed this date to be Africa Industrialization Day. It was first observed on November 20, 1990.

Each year events around Africa Industrialization Day concentrate on a particular theme. In the past the themes have been: “New information and communication technologies” (2002); “Acceleration of Africa’s integration in the global economy through effective industrialization and market access” (2003); “Strengthening productive capacity for poverty reduction within the framework of NEPAD” (2004); “Generating African competitiveness for sustainable market access” (2005); “Reducing poverty through sustainable industrial development” (2006); “Technology and innovation for industry: investing in people is investing in the future” (2007); and “Business through technology” (2008).


A common symbol of Africa Industrialization Day is a geographical representation of the continent, including the island of Madagascar. Flags of international organizations in Africa, such as the African Union, or a selection of national flags may also be displayed.

Africa Industrialization Day Observances


Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sat Nov 20 2010 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2011 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2012 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2013 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2014 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2015 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2016 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Mon Nov 20 2017 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2018 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2019 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2020 Africa Industrialization Day United Nations observance

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Universal Children’s Day

The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.

Universal Children’s Day promotes the welfare of and understanding between children.

What Do People Do?

Many schools and other educational institutions make a special effort to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Teachers stimulate their pupils to think about the differences between themselves and others and explain the idea of “rights”. In countries where the rights of children are generally well-respected, teachers may draw attention to situations in countries where this is not the case.

In some areas UNICEF holds events to draw particular attention to children’s rights. These may be to stimulate interest in the media around the world or to start nationwide campaigns, for instance on the importance of immunizations or breastfeeding.

Many countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, hold Universal Children’s Day events on November 20 to mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, other countries hold events on different dates, such as the fourth Wednesday in October (Australia) and November 14 (India). Universal Children’s Day is not observed in the United States, although a similar observance, National Child’s Day, is held on the first Sunday in June.

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Universal Children’s Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.


On December 14, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children’s Day to encourage fraternity and understanding between children all over the world and promoting the welfare of children. It was recommended that individual countries should choose an appropriate date for this occasion.

At the time, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Children’s Day on an “appropriate” date. Many of the countries respected this recommendation and the Universal Children’s Day has since been annually observed on November 20. There are however, some countries, such as Australia and India, which still chose various different dates during the year to celebrate this day.

On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on November 20, 1989, it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.


Universal Children’s Day is part of the work carried out by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF’s logo consists of an image of a mother and child, a globe, olive branches and the word “UNICEF”. All parts of the logo are in UN’s blue color, although it may be presented in white on a blue background.

Universal Children’s Day Observances


Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sat Nov 20 2010 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2011 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2012 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2013 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2014 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2015 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2016 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Mon Nov 20 2017 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2018 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2019 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2020 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance

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In remembrance of all the innocent and defenseless Black Americans who lost their lives at the hands of sadistic, nasty, vicious, perverse, brutish, and monstrous White humans who gave not a damn about the sanctity of so many, many lives taken, I give to you, United States of America, the following thoughts for November 23, 2017.

So, when you sit down at your tables, remember all the abominations committed against Black Americans in the name of white power, white purity, white possessiveness, white racism, white inhumanity, and non-stop white terrorism.

Remember all the atrocities committed by the illegal aliens from Europe……….the undocumented invaders to this hemisphere……..

that Black people have suffered under for centuries.

Ever since Europeans crawled out of Lascaux, they have been a disease, a blight, a never-ending curse upon the lives and sanctity of Black people.

Lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, May 16, 1916.

When you pick up that turkey leg, or stab a knife into the turkey breast, remember all the lynching picnics and barbecues held by throngs of thousands, while Black women, Black men, and little Black children were burned, tortured, and torn apart, their body parts sold as souvenirs, by soulless, dead on the inside things that looked like humans—but were not.

Lynching of Laura Nelson and her 14-year-old son, L.D. Nelson, May 25, 1911, Okemah, Oklahoma.

Laura Nelson.

L.D. Nelson.

When you fill your mouth full of dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, salads and desserts, remember the entire all-Black towns that were burned to the ground; all the Black people destroyed because of some filthy lie that a White woman vomited out of her mouth. The Rosewoods. The Greenwoods. The Slocums.

As you cram down your throat pumpkin pie with all the trimmings, remember the coup d’états known as Wilmington, North Carolina and Colfax, Louisiana.

Yeah, that’s right.

Coup d’états.

Bet you did not know that.

As you sit back to watch football games, pause to remember all the racial pogroms.


Leave or die.

All the Black people whose hard-won homes, land, and other properties, that were stolen by some of the biggest and most venomous thieves the world has ever known.

Forsyth County, Georgia.

Harrison (Boone County), Arkansas.

Just to name a few.

As you sit around reminiscing about the good-ol’-days, take time to remember that what constitutes the good-ol’-days for you never, ever, were good-ol’-days for millions of Black people—and still are not.

When you push away from the table, stuffed, almost unable to move, realize that by remaining silent about the present atrocities that Black women, men, and children suffer through in this so-called land of the free, so-called land of the brave, makes you just as guilty (and more so) as those who raped, murdered, burned, castrated and enslaved so many Black people.

Just as guilty as the race soldiers, who shot down unarmed Black women, men and children. Just because they have a badge and a gun to be the paddyrollers of the 21ST Century.

The racist-can’t-wait-to shoot-to-death criminal citizens who have murdered Black women and girls.

Remember Eleanor Bumpers.

Sandra Bland.

Deborah Pearl.

So, while you chew on all of the aforementioned, remember that The Great Whore of Babylon has much to answer for.

And not very much to be thankful for.

Just remember, that it was Black people you came after the most and in the most vicious of ways.

Everything that has been done to Black people, you have done to yourselves.

You have sown the seeds, the harvest will come in due time.


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IN REMEMBRANCE: 11-19-2017


Earle Hyman before his induction into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997. 

Credit Ron Frehm/Associated Press

Earle Hyman, who broke racial stereotypes on Broadway and in Scandinavia in works by Shakespeare and Ibsen but was better known to millions of Americans as Bill Cosby’s father on “The Cosby Show,” died on Friday in Englewood, N.J. He was 91.

His death was confirmed by Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund.

Like many actors who love the stage, Mr. Hyman paid the bills with television work — soap operas and police dramas, “Hallmark Hall of Fame” and “The United States Steel Hour,” and made-for-TV movies. Most memorably, he played Russell Huxtable, the father of Dr. Cliff Huxtable, in 40 episodes of Mr. Cosby’s hugely popular NBC situation comedy about an upper-middle-class black family, broadcast from 1984 to 1992.

Although he was only 11 years older than Mr. Cosby, Mr. Hyman was an authoritative father figure, sometimes reciting Shakespeare at length — in scenes especially tailored to Mr. Hyman’s classical talents — when sage advice was required for his son.

But in a stage career that bridged oceans, languages and racial sensibilities, he also played the traditionally white roles of Hamlet, Macbeth and Lear in New York and London and the black roles of Othello, Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones and the chauffeur in Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. There he electrified audiences and critics performing in their native languages, albeit with an American accent.

He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in New York in 1997.

Mr. Hyman appeared on and off Broadway in a score of productions over six decades, a lifetime of Beckett, O’Neill, Pinter, Albee and lesser lights as well as Shakespeare and Ibsen. And for nearly as long, he worked part of each year on the stages of Norway, where he had homes in Oslo and the fjord country, refuges from what he called the pressures, pleasures and racial barriers of New York.

“It used to be that casting black actors in traditionally white roles seemed daring, like marching in the street, and maybe things have gotten better and maybe they haven’t,” Mr. Hyman told The New York Times in 1991. “But just the fact that people still ask that question — should we or shouldn’t we? — proves that things have not come a long way.

“In Norway, where I have performed for three decades, I have played a Norwegian archbishop and no one has raised a question,” he added. “Here I am almost 65 years old and I’m still saying that all roles should be available to all actors of talent, regardless of race. Why should I be deprived of seeing a great black actress play Hedda Gabler?”

With young contemporaries like James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Morgan Freeman, Mr. Hyman was a major influence in developing black theater in America. He appeared in black-cast productions on Broadway and in regional theaters and was a founder of the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn., which began in 1955 and often cast black actors in customarily white leading roles.

Skirting racial barriers that had long limited the opportunities for black actors in America, Mr. Hyman lived and worked in England for five years and spent parts of each year in Scandinavia, mostly in Norway, for more than a half century. He became fluent in Norwegian and Danish, spoke passable Swedish, and performed in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen and O’Neill.

After his debut at the National Theater in Bergen in “Othello” in 1963, Mr. Hyman, the first American to perform for Norwegians in their own language, was hailed by Norwegian critics, inundated with offers to stay on and besieged by fans from across a land of reserved people rarely given to emotional displays. After 50 consecutive sellouts, he was also drawing international attention.

“Even speaking Norwegian with an American accent has not diminished Mr. Hyman’s achievement for Norway’s critics and its theatrically sophisticated audiences,” a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor wrote. “Along with the eloquence, dignity and towering emotional force of his characterization, the clarity of Mr. Hyman’s diction has won him admiration.”

George Earle Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., on Oct. 11, 1926, one of four children of Zachariah and Maria Plummer Hyman, who were both teachers. The family moved to Brooklyn when he was a boy. He graduated with honors from Franklin K. Lane High School, where he studied French and Latin.

Captivated by a production of Ibsen’s “Ghosts” that he saw in Brighton Beach, he resolved to be an actor. He devoured plays by Ibsen and Shakespeare, memorized parts easily and at 16 performed on Broadway in “Run, Little Chillun.”

His first Broadway hit, in 1944, was “Anna Lucasta,” Philip Yordan’s play about a Polish family, turned into a story about blacks, with an American Negro Theater cast that also included Alice Childress, Hilda Simms and Canada Lee. It ran 957 performances and was one of Broadway’s longest-running nonmusical plays at the time. After it closed in 1946, Mr. Hyman toured with the company in America and Europe.

Finding little work on Broadway in the early ’50s, he moved to London and over several years performed 13 roles in 10 Shakespeare plays, including the lead in a televised “Hamlet.” He played Othello in 1957 with the American Shakespeare Festival in Connecticut, and that year visited Norway for the first time. He was enthralled by a nation with an almost colorblind perspective on race.

“The first time I stepped on that soil I fell in love with it,” Mr. Hyman told The Associated Press in 1988. “I felt I’d been there before.”

Mr. Hyman, who never married, lived at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood. He leaves no immediate survivors.

He appeared in a number of made-for-television films and movies, including “Macbeth” (1968), “Julius Caesar” (1979) and “Coriolanus” (1979). He also provided voices for numerous episodes of the 1980s animated TV series “ThunderCats.”

He was nominated for a Tony for his 1980 Broadway role in Edward Albee’s “The Lady From Dubuque,” and for an Emmy in 1986 for his “Cosby Show” work. He won a CableACE Award in 1983 for best actor in a drama for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”; an Outstanding Pioneer Award in 1980 from the Audience Development Committee, which recognized achievements by black theater artists; and the Medal of St. Olav from the King of Norway in 1988 for his work there.

SOURCE: The New York Times





Mel Tillis at his theater in Branson, Mo., in 1998. Credit Mel Tillis Theater

Mel Tillis, whose career as a country singer and the writer of enduring hit songs like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” earned him a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and a National Medal of Arts — but who was equally well known for the stutter he employed to humorous and self-deprecating effect onstage — died on Sunday in Ocala, Fla. He was 85.

Mr. Tillis “battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered,” his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, said in a statement. The suspected cause of death was respiratory failure, he said.

Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by using his ready smile and innate comedic timing to get his audiences to laugh along with him. He stuttered his way to regular appearances on television talk shows and to clowning bit parts in Hollywood movies.

He even went so far as to make the nickname Stutterin’ Boy, conferred upon him by the singer Webb Pierce, the title of his autobiography (written with Walter Wager and published in 1984), and to have it painted on the side of his tour bus. He also named his personal airplane Stutter One and referred to his female backup singers as the Stutterettes.

Mr. Tillis stuttered only when he spoke, not when he sang. His resonant baritone was suited to both traditional country and pop-leaning material and was the vehicle for upward of 70 Top 40 country hits. His stutter might not have figured so prominently in his career had he focused exclusively on songwriting, or had the country entertainer Minnie Pearl, for whom he played rhythm guitar in the 1950s, not asked him to perform some of his songs in her show.

Mr. Tillis was named entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association in 1976. 

Credit Associated Press

“She’d get me off to one side and say, ‘Melvin, you’re gonna at least have to announce your songs, and then thank the folks,’” Mr. Tillis said, recalling Pearl’s response to his hesitancy about speaking in public, in an interview published in the newsletter of the International Songwriters Association in 2002.

“I was so bashful and scared,” he went on, “and she said, ‘If they laugh they’ll be laughing with you, not against you.’ And I began to tell anecdotes that had happened to me, and people would laugh. And I began to like that, you know.”

Mel Tillis, Glen Campbell, & Minnie Pearl – The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1972) – Auctioneer Video by Glen Campbell – A Tribute

Even so, he said of his speech impediment in a 1976 interview with People magazine, “One of my main objectives in life has been to whip this.”

Though at times eclipsed by his fondness for drollery, Mr. Tillis’s early artistic reputation rested on the decidedly sober material he wrote for honky-tonk singers like Mr. Pierce and Ray Price. “Detroit City,” a wistful ode to homesickness written with Danny Dill, became a Top 10 country and Top 20 pop hit for Bobby Bare in 1963.

Mr. Tillis also contributed hits to the Patsy Cline catalog, including “So Wrong,” composed with Mr. Dill and the rockabilly singer and guitarist Carl Perkins. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” an anguished ballad sung from the perspective of a disabled Vietnam War veteran whose wife is cheating on him, was covered by numerous artists. The 1969 recording by Kenny Rogers and First Edition reached the pop Top 10 and the country Top 40.

Billed solo or with his band, the Statesiders, Mr. Tillis had six No. 1 country singles, including “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie, “Every Which Way but Loose.” He placed a total of 35 singles in the country Top 10, 15 in a row from 1976 to 1981, before the hits stopped coming in the mid-1980s.

He was named entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association in 1976. He was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that year and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012.

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born on Aug. 8, 1932, in Tampa, Fla. His father, Lonnie Lee, worked as a baker and played harmonica and guitar. His mother, the former Burma Rogers, came from a musical family. Together with the rousing hymns of the Baptist church, Mr. Tillis’s parents instilled in him an early love of music.

Mr. Tillis served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955. After that he briefly attended college in Florida and worked for a railroad and as a truck driver before moving to Nashville in 1957. There he landed a songwriting job with Cedarwood Publishing for $50 a week.

He signed a contract with Columbia Records in 1958 but did not enjoy success until five years later, and then only of the middling variety, when “How Come Your Dog Don’t Bite Nobody but Me,” a novelty number he sang with Mr. Pierce, reached the country Top 40.

Mr. Tillis went on to record for a number of labels and release some 60 albums, among them “Mel & Nancy” (1981), a collection of duets with the daughter of his friend Frank Sinatra. He also had minor roles in comedic action films like “Smokey and the Bandit II” (1980) and “The Cannonball Run” (1981) and appeared regularly on TV talk and variety shows including “The Tonight Show” and “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.”

A savvy entrepreneur, Mr. Tillis established a number of successful business ventures, including song publishing and film production companies, a music theater in Branson, Mo., and a 1,400-acre working farm, where he raised cattle, corn and tobacco, in Ashland City, Tenn., west of Nashville.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Kathy DeMonaco; his first wife and the mother of five of his children, Doris Tillis; a sister, Linda Crosby; a brother, Richard Tillis; six children: Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Mel Tillis Jr. (known as Sonny), Carrie April Tillis and Hannah Puryear; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

His daughter Pam, a singer and songwriter, released a tribute album to him, “It’s All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis,” in 2002.

Exploiting his speech impediment for laughs might not have been politically correct, but Mr. Tillis knew that living with a disability had its serious side.

“Stuttering brings out some very strange reactions,” he wrote in his autobiography. “It makes some folks feel nervous and uncomfortable, while others laugh because they find it funny. A lot of people think I’m putting it on. But I don’t worry about that because people who stutter know I stutter. And that’s what counts.

“Yes, I’ve made a lot of money talking this way. But I didn’t ask to be called the singer who stutters. Sometimes I feel the stutter is bigger than the song. I like to think that I have some God-given talent, too.”

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LIGO Sees Smallest Black Hole Binary Yet

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LIGO has detected another black hole merger, raising the tally to five. Read more…

Sky-sweeping Telescope Sees First Light

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The Zwicky Transient Facility has taken its first image, covering an area equivalent to 247 full Moons in a single shot. This beginning is part of an ongoing sea change in astronomy. Read more…

Planet Orbits Quiet Star 11 Light-years Away

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Astronomers have discovered a potentially rocky planet around a red dwarf star just 11 light-years away. Read more…

Orbital Path Podcast: The 11 Dimensions of Brian Greene

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In this episode of Orbital Path, we hear from Brian Greene on the coming paradigm shift in physics as current theories fail to adequately explain quantum entanglement. Read more…

NASA Completes Critical Parachute Test for Mars 2020 Rover

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A suborbital launch from Wallops Flight Facility tested a critical piece of landing hardware for the Mars 2020 rover. Read more…


This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 17 – 25

Sky & Telescope
Challenge planets, faint fuzzies naked-eye, and an explanation of why the Sun may already be setting near its earliest for you, all in this week’s Sky at a Glance! Read more…

Fishing for Double Stars in Pisces

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Pisces, that sprawling constellation of faint stars easy to ignore, holds a treasure trove of double stars for small telescopes. Read more…

Tour November’s Sky: Predawn Planets

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As you’ll hear in this month’s astronomy podcast, Venus and Jupiter are putting on quite a show low in the east before dawn. Read more…


Astrophotography: Imaging Foundations

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Astrophotographer Richard S. Wright, Jr. embarks on his imaging blog. Join him each month to learn how to get the most out of your imaging equipment. Read more…

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Hatewatch Headlines 11/17/2017

Trump’s rhetoric felt in communities hit by hate crimes; DHS appointee suddenly steps aside; Inside the fake ‘Pizzagate’ scandal; and more.


Think Progress: Communities hit by rising hate crimes say Trump’s rhetoric is having a devastating impact.

Chicago Tribune: Trump appointee resigns from DHS outreach position after reports of bigoted remarks are uncovered.

Rolling Stone: Inside the web of conspiracy theorists and operatives behind the fake ‘Pizzagate’ scandal.

Newsweek: Alt-right women asked to ‘choose submission’ in order to grow their political movement.

Raw Story: Twitter staffers accuse company of being too slow to act on white supremacists.

Crooks and Liars: Alt-righters and Nazis are throwing a tantrum over losing Twitter verification, and it’s glorious.

Washington Post: What happens when neo-Nazis hijack your brand.

The Root: ‘Anonymous’ disables more than a dozen white-supremacist sites in coordinated hacking attack.

Right Wing Watch: Alabama’s Roy Moore has a history of bigotry, extremism, and contempt for the rule of law.

Media Matters: Anti-LGBT hate group leader Mat Staver gives 13-minute defense of Roy Moore, attacks women.

Slate: Trump judicial nominee Brett Talley appears to have defended ‘the first KKK’ in message-board post.

Talking Points Memo: Lone Democrat on ‘Voter Fraud Commission’ escalates his legal battle with panel.

MLive (Ann Arbor, MI): Two minor girls charged in beating of gay teen as calls for hate-crime law grow.

Oregonian: Doc Martens boot billboard evokes classic white-supremacist symbol, activists say.

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Astronomers Decode a Black Hole Jet

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Two telescopes — one on the ground and one in space — watched a black hole’s jet turn on, enabling astronomers to probe its origin. Read more… 

Cool Dust — and More Planets? — for Proxima Centauri

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Tantalizing new observations hint that there’s a lot more going on in the Proxima Centauri system — the one that hosts the nearest exoplanet to Earth — than meets the eye. Read more…

Results from October’s Triton Cover-Up

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By watching a star disappear behind Triton, one of Neptune’s moons, astronomers learned about the state of its ultrathin atmosphere. Read more…

The Star That Wouldn’t Die

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Observations of a stellar explosion that refused to fade away have astronomers scratching their heads. What created the blast — and could it explain massive black holes? Read more…

China’s Tiangong 1 Space Station to Burn Up

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Early next year, an international team will track the uncontrolled atmospheric reentry of Tiangong 1, China’s first prototype space station. Read more…

Update on ‘Oumuamua, Our First Interstellar Object

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The arrival of an object from beyond the solar system caught astronomers by surprise – but not unprepared to study it. Read more…


This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 10 – 18

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What’s in the sky this week? Observing challenges for every day of the week. Read more…

An Exquisite Venus–Jupiter Conjunction

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Venus bids farewell at dawn, but not before a close encounter with returning Jupiter. Read more…

Tour November’s Sky: Predawn Planets

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As you’ll hear in this month’s astronomy podcast, Venus and Jupiter are putting on quite a show low in the east before dawn. Read more…

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Hatewatch Headlines 11/9/2017

Economic official decries Trump’s defense of bigots; LGBT candidates win big nationwide; Fox hires Gorka as ‘analyst’ for network; and more.


Think Progress: Trump’s top economic official denounces his defense of white supremacists.

Windy City Times: LGBT candidates win 55 percent of races nationwide, including key wins in Virginia. Racist election fliers that marred New Jersey races reflect rise in racially biased rhetoric nationwide.

Media Matters: Despite background of ties to far right, Fox News hires Sebastian Gorka as ‘analyst.’

Huffington Post: Richard Spencer bounced a $10,000 check to rent out the University of Florida’s stadium.

Right Wing Watch: After church shooting, Rhodes tells Oath Keepers to prepare for ‘full blown civil war.’

Review Journal (Las Vegas, NV): Roadway in Kingman, AZ, will be named for Oregon standoff martyr LaVoy Finicum.

New York Times: Was Iowa killing of young black man a hate crime?

The Guardian (UK): Reddit bans mysoginist ‘incel’ men’s group that blames women for their celibacy.

Newsweek: Twitter users want Nazis removed, but get 280 characters instead.

WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA): Virginia Tech students call for firing of self-professed white supremacist teaching assistant.

The Tab: Alabama college frat president dressed up as Trump and chased ‘immigrant’ at party.

Gaston Gazette (NC): Racist graffiti scrawled beneath Cramerton man’s Confederate flag display.

Herald Review (Akron, OH): Feds charge man who was arrested with pipe bomb near anti-white supremacist vigil.

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What You Need To Know About The Election Results, in 9 Tweets

Progressives of color won bigly.

5 Questions with Garland McLaurin About His New Docuseries on Black ‘Pops’

We spoke with the Peabody Award-winning filmmaker about the web series, which explores the ups and downs faced by four very different fathers.

Cop Who Drove Van in Freddie Gray’s Fatal Injury Found Not Guilty on Administrative Charges

Caesar Goodson Jr. can keep his job with the Baltimore Police Department.


Black Lives Matter Founders Awarded Sydney Peace Prize

Trump Administration Terminates Protected Status for Thousands of Nicaraguan Immigrants

Black NYPD Sergeant Says Department Demoted Him for Pointing Out Racism

Ex-Employee Says Twitter Ignored His Reports on Fake Russian Accounts

Artist Recreates Rebellion of Enslaved People for New Project

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World Science Day for Peace and Development

The World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is annually held on November 10 to raise awareness of the benefits of science worldwide. The WSDPD is also known as World Science Day.

Chemists in a lab in industrial plant
The World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) celebrates the benefits of science worldwide.

What Do People Do?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works with people, government agencies and organizations to promote the WSDPD each year. The WSDPD celebrations include:

  • Open days to highlight science’s important role in peace and development.
  • Classroom discussions to emphasize how science and technology affect daily life.
  • Distributing the WSDPD posters throughout tertiary institutions, school campuses, and public venues.
  • Arranged science museum visits to commemorate the day.
  • Visits to local schools on careers in science or scientific presentations.

Some governments have, in the past, used World Science Day to publicly affirm their commitment to increased support for scientific initiatives that help society, as well as launch new science policy programs together with scientific institutions, civil society, universities and schools.

Public Life

The WSDPD is a global observance and not a public holiday.


It was recommended at the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999 recognition was required for the need for a new compact between science and society. It was discussed at the conference that a World Science Day would help strengthen commitments to attain the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge’s goals and to pursue the Science Agenda: Framework for Action’s recommendations.

Following the World Conference on Science, UNESCO established the WSDPD through a proclamation at a general conference in 2001. The WSDPD was to be served a reminder of the organization’s mandate and commitment to science. The day was first celebrated on November 10, 2002 and has been held annually on November 10 since then.


Various images promoting science and technology are seen in World Science Day posters. The UNESCO logo is also seen on promotional material associated with the day. The logo features the words “UNESCO” pictured as part of a temple building or structure. The words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization” are presented underneath this image.

World Science Day for Peace and Development Observances


Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Wed Nov 10 2010 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Thu Nov 10 2011 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sat Nov 10 2012 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sun Nov 10 2013 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Mon Nov 10 2014 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Tue Nov 10 2015 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Thu Nov 10 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Fri Nov 10 2017 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sat Nov 10 2018 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Sun Nov 10 2019 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance
Tue Nov 10 2020 World Science Day for Peace and Development United Nations observance

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