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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – December 10


Human Rights Day on December 10th annually seeks to honor the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Representatives from different cultural backgrounds from all over the world drafted the UDHR. Once the United Nations formed, it was one of its first significant achievements. The UDHR contains a preamble along with 30 articles that discuss specific human rights. The entire document discusses universal values for all peoples and all nations.

Some of the rights discussed include:

Right to:

  • equality
  • life, liberty, personal security
  • be considered innocent until proven guilty
  • marriage and family
  • own property
  • rest and leisure
  • education

Freedom from:

  • discrimination
  • slavery
  • torture
  • arbitrary arrest and exile

Freedom to:

  • belief and religion
  • opinion and information

Another right, freedom from the state or personal interference, protects all the other rights.

Many of the promises included in the UDHR have yet to be realized. However, the document has stood the test of time. The document’s importance empowers every human being in the world. Along with empowering individuals to stand up for their own human rights, it seeks to enable them to stand up for the rights of others.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HumanRightsDay

Traditionally, the five-yearly United Nations Prizes in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded on Human Rights Day. High-level political conferences and meetings meet on this day. Additionally, organizations host cultural events and exhibitions focusing on human rights issues. Around the world, many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day. 

To participate:

  • Think about a time your human rights were violated or taken away
  • Discuss with someone or write about the importance of protecting human rights
  • Watch a movie that focuses on human rights, including Selma; Dukhtar; I am Slave; and Beasts of No Nation.
  • Learn about the history of human rights
  • Ask your children or other youth what human rights mean to them
  • Read a copy of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Use #HumanRightsDay to post on social media.


On December 10th, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaimed the inalienable rights that every human being is entitled to. These human rights exist regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, opinion, origin, or another status. The UDHR is the most translated document in the world. It has been translated in over 500 languages.



Dewey Decimal System Day December 10th celebrates a system of classification and the man who invented it. December 10, 1851, is the birthday of Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification.

As the most widely used library classification system, the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Dewey Decimal System has been in use since 1876. That was the year when American Librarian Melvil Dewey developed and established it. Divided into ten main categories, the numerical system arranges mostly non-fiction publications.

Since its inception, the system has been maintained and kept pace with modern technologies. A schedule of expansions and revisions helps keep the system current and progressive. The DDC is the most widely used classification system in the world. Found in 135 countries around the world, the DDC has been translated into 30 different languages.

It is currently published by the Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and its editorial offices are located within the Decimal Classification Division of the Library of Congress.

Melvil Dewey

Dewey’s interest in simplification led him to create a system that revolutionized library science. Born Melville Louis Kosuth Dewey in update New York, he was only 21 when he invented the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

He established library standards and advanced library education. Dewey went on to help develop the American Library Association and founded and edited the Library Journal. As an entrepreneur, he sold library supplies. Dewey paved the way for new librarians by establishing the first library school at Columbia College in New York City and later became the director of the New York State Library in Albany.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DeweyDecimalSystemDay

Visit a library and explore using the Dewey Decimal System. Use #DeweyDecimalSystemDay to post on social media.


While the observance commemorates the anniversary of Melvil Dewey’s birth, National Day Calendar® continues searching for the introduction of the first celebration. 

NOBEL PRIZE DAY – December 10


Nobel Prize Day is observed annually on December 10.

On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize. His family opposed the creation of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. It was five years before the first Nobel Prize could be awarded in 1901.

Where does the money for the Nobel Prizes come from?

At the age of 17, Swedish Alfred Nobel spoke five languages fluently. Nobel became an inventor and businessman, and at the time of his death on 10 December 1896; he had 355 patents worldwide – one of them was the patent on dynamite. Furthermore, he had started 87 companies all over the world. According to his will, Alfred Nobel’s enormous fortune was to be used to establish prizes to award those who had done their best to benefit mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, five years after Nobel’s death. In 1969, another prize was added “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.”

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies

The Nobel Laureates are announced at the beginning of October each year. A couple of months later, on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, they receive their prizes from the Swedish King – a Nobel diploma, a medal, and 10 million Swedish crowns per prize. All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is awarded in Oslo, Norway. (When Alfred Nobel was alive, Norway and Sweden were united under one monarch, until 1905 when Norway became an independent kingdom with its own king.)

This information was obtained from www.NobelPrize.org.  For more information or to watch the Nobel Awards, go to www.NobelPrize.org.


Watch the Nobel Prize ceremonies live online.  Use #NobelPrizeDay to post on social media.


Since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually on December 10. 



National Lager Day on December 10th raises a glass to the third most popular beverage after water and tea. While lager is typically characterized as a light, summer beer we believe that every season deserves to be celebrated with a few of your favorite things.

Lagers are distinguished from other beers by using a cold-conditioning process. The types of yeast used are referred to as “bottom-fermenting” yeast or yeast that can develop at colder temperatures. Before the advent of refrigeration, brewers perfected this process in cellars dug into the ground and filled with ice. Those who taste the delicious results described the lager as “crisp” and “refreshing.” It is no wonder that this method caught on and produced a wide variety of brews synonymous with regional and national brands.

With so many choices from pale, amber or dark, not to mention the many craft varieties there is are endless possibilities for your enjoyment. So, grab some friends and celebrate this midwinter season with the taste of Summer.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLagerDay

Order a flight and discover a variety of delicious lagers. Invite friends to join you. Learn about the brewing process, too. Tour a brewery or find out more from a brewmaster.

While enjoying your favorite lager, order a pair of beer socks for you and your friends. Be sure to use #NationalLagerDay to post a photo of you wearing them on social media.

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National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this fermented holiday.

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Recipe of the Day

Fresh Cranberry Salad
Recipe submitted by Ellen W. of North Dakota





Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 Cook time


1 Bag of Fresh Cranberries
2 Whole Oranges
2 Whole Apples
Sugar (or another sweetener of your preference)


Fill a large bowl with water.

Add cranberries to water. Let sit in water bath for about 10 mins.
(FOOD TIP: Once cranberries are in water, dispose of any that sink. Sinking cranberries are an indication they are bad).

While cranberries are bathing, wash apples and oranges.

Dice both apples and oranges into cubes. Set aside.

Drain cranberries.

Add cranberries, apples and oranges to food processor or chopper.

Process until thick and chunky. Consistency will be similar to a relish

Add sugar/sweetener to taste.

Cover put in fridge until chill.

Serve and ENJOY!

This dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until served.

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