21 June

June 21

International Day of Yoga
World Music Day
National Epilepsy Day in India

June 21 : International Day of Yoga
Recalling its resolutions 66/2 of 19 September 2011 on the Political
Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention
and Control of Non-communicable Diseases and 68/98 of 11 December 2013 on
global health and foreign policy,
Reaffirming General Assembly resolutions 53/199 of 15 December 1998 and
61/185 of 20 December 2006 on the proclamation of international years, and
Economic and Social Council resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980 on international
years and anniversaries,
Noting the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices
and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health,
Underscoring the fact that global health is a long-term development objective
that requires closer international cooperation through the exchange of best practices
aimed at building better individual lifestyles devoid of excesses of all kinds,
Recognizing that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being,
Recognizing also that wider dissemination of information about the benefits of
practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population,
1. Decides to proclaim 21 June the International Day of Yoga;
2. Invites all Member and observer States, the organizations of the United
Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil
society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the
International Day of Yoga, in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national
priorities, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of practising yoga;
3. Stresses that the cost of all activities that may arise from the
implementation of the present resolution should be met from voluntary contributions;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the
attention of all Member and observer States and the organizations of the United
Nations system.
69th plenary meeting
11 December 2014


June 21 : National Epilepsy Day

Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition. About one in every 100 people has epilepsy. A single seizure does not necessarily mean you have epilepsy.

Epilepsy can affect anyone at any age. 75% of people with epilepsy have had their first seizure before the age of 20.

Up to 80% of people will have their epilepsy controlled by medication. Many children with epilepsy will outgrow it. Epilepsy is not a mental illness or psychiatric disorder. Epilepsy is not infectious or contagious. One in 20 people have a seizure at some time in their lives.

June 21 : World Music Day

June 21 has been designated as World Music Day, a day the world celebrates the magical gift of music. It’s origins lie in France when, in 1976, American musician Joel Cohen, proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice and since then, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way, regardless of the season.

It is a day of free music, where musicians - local and amateur - are allowed and encouraged to perform their music in public spaces without any restriction.


217 BC – The Romans, led by Gaius Flaminius, are ambushed and defeated by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.
524 – Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce.
1307 – Külüg Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan.
1529 – French forces were driven out of northern Italy by Spain at the Battle of Landriano during the War of the League of Cognac.
1582 – Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga is forced to commit suicide in Honnō-ji, Kyoto.
1621 – Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.
1734 – In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of setting the fire that destroyed much of the city.
1749 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded.
1768 – James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
1788 – New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution of the United States and is admitted as the 9th state in the United States.
1791 – King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during the French Revolution.
1798 – Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
1813 – Peninsular War: Battle of Vitoria.
1824 – Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea.
1826 – Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas.
1848 – In the Wallachian Revolution, Ion Heliade Rădulescu and Christian Tell issue the Proclamation of Islaz and create a new republican government.
1854 – The first Victoria Cross is awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands.
1864 – New Zealand Land Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends.
1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted of murder, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons.
1898 – The United States captures Guam from Spain.
1900 – Boxer Rebellion. China formally declared war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi.
1900 – Baron Eduard Toll, leader of the Russian Polar Expedition of 1900, departed Saint Petersburg in Russia on the explorer ship Zarya, never to return.
1915 – The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
1919 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike.
1919 – Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed are the last casualties of World War I.
1929 – An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
1930 – One-year conscription comes into force in France.
1940 – France signs an armistice with Germany at Compiègne.
1940 – The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1942 – World War II: Tobruk falls to Italian and German forces.
1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland.
1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.
1952 – The Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce, later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
1957 – Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister.
1964 – Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
1970 – Penn Central declares Section 77 bankruptcy, largest ever US corporate bankruptcy up to this date.
1973 – In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller Test for obscenity in U.S. law.
1977 – Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey.
1982 – John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
2000 – Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
2001 – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
2004 – SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
2006 – Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.
2009 – Greenland assumes self-rule.

Holidays and observances

Christian Feast Day:
Alban of Mainz
Aloysius Gonzaga
Engelmund of Velsen
Martin of Tongres
June 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Day of the Martyrs (Togo)
Father's Day (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Uganda)
Go Skateboarding Day
National Aboriginal Day (Canada)
Solstice-related observances (also see June 20):
Day of Private Reflection
National Day (Greenland)
International Surfing Day
We Tripantu, a winter solstice festival in the southern hemisphere. (Mapuche in southern Chile)
World Music Day
World Humanist Day (Humanism)







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