4 February

February 4

Independence Day
Sri Lanka : February 4 1948

February 4
World Cancer Day
Day of the Armed Struggle (Angola)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom in 1948.
Rosa Parks Day (United States)

February 4 : World Cancer Day

Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. WHO estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.

Each year on 4 February, WHO supports International Union Against Cancer to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. Preventing cancer and raising quality of life for cancer patients are recurring themes.

WHO guide on cancer
In 2005, 7.6 million people died of cancer. More than 70% of those deaths occured in low and middle income countries. WHO has developed a series of six modules that provides practical advice for programme managers and policy-makers on how to advocate, plan and implement effective cancer control programmes, particularly in low and middle income countries.

The WHO guide is a response to the World Health Assembly resolution on cancer prevention and control (WHA58.22), adopted in May 2005, which calls on Member States to intensify action against cancer by developing and reinforcing cancer control programmes.
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69 - A strong earthquake struck the Ionian coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of victims, especially in Catania.
1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
1794 – The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.
1797 – The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties.
1936 – Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
1948 – Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
1966 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
1967 – Lunar Orbiter program: Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft.
1975 – Haicheng earthquake (magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale) occurs in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.
1976 – In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.
1998 – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
2002 – Cancer Research UK, the world's largest independent cancer research charity, is founded.
2003 – The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
2004 – Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.






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