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World Book and Copyright Day
4/23/2013 9:00:00 AM
World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. The Day was first celebrated in 1995 and in 2012 the UK World Book day was celebrated on March 1, 2012.
World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on April 23. The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.
Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 22 April and was buried on 23 April according the Gregorian calendar; however, at this time England still used the Julian calendar. Whilst Shakespeare died on 23 April by the Julian calendar in use in his own country at the time, he actually died eleven days after Cervantes because of the discrepancy between the two date systems. The apparent correspondence of the two dates was a fortunate coincidence for UNESCO.
The first winners of the ?Town of Chirpan and the Nikola Manev Gallery? Award
9/23/2003 12:00:00 AM
There are quite a few persons the town of Chirpan is so proud of. Here, in 1940, the famous artist Nikola Manev was born. Ever since 1964 he has been working in France, where he graduated from the ...
KEO - the project of the 21st century
9/20/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on publication in the ?24 Hours? Newspaper:Messages from all over the world are going to be sent on a satellite to the space, and after a period of 50,000 years they will get back to Eart...
?Techno polis? in Plovdiv
9/19/2003 12:00:00 AM
Today, September 19th 2003, the largest hypermarket specialized for electric appliances, ?Techno polis?, opened in Plovdiv. Situated at 7,700 sq.m., right next to the ?Metro? hypermarket, it is the...
Plovdiv ? a leading bodybuilding power in the last few years
9/17/2003 12:00:00 AM
(Based on a publication in the Maritsa newspaper)The Plovdiv Bodybuilding and Fitness Club called ?Muscle Art?, with the president Kim Merdzhanov, became the champion of the republic for the fi...
European mobility week (September 16th ? 22nd)
9/16/2003 12:00:00 AM
The news from the Environmental Ministry:A Green cell phone number is introduced: 048 1222. People can get in touch in case of any kind of ecological contamination that calls for emergent inter...
Will Plovdiv ever be connected into a direct gas supply system?
9/15/2003 12:00:00 AM
Today is the first school day for all the students in Bulgaria. Therefore, today is a good day to draw a conclusion about what we all have done or intend to do for the young people, so that they wi...
Mayor elections in Plovdiv
9/12/2003 12:00:00 AM
The today?s issue of the Maritsa Newspaper presents the eleven candidates that will compete in the local elections for a mayor of Plovdiv. They are:1. Dr Ivan Chomakov ? Union of the Democ...
The town of Zlatograd and the Rhodope people
9/11/2003 12:00:00 AM
The information is based on the regional page of the Maritza newspaper (Sept.11th, 2003):?Bulgaria starts, and does not end, where the town of Zlatograd lies?That is what the residents of t...
Armenia?s President on a visit to Plovdiv
9/10/2003 12:00:00 AM
The Armenian president, Mr. Robert Kocharian, arrived on a friendly visit to Plovdiv yesterday. Based on the interview with him in the Maritsa newspaper today, taken by Valentina Yeremieva, we lear...
Reminiscence of the writer Nikolay Haitov
9/9/2003 12:00:00 AM
Based on a publication in the Maritsa Newspaper:A new fountain with a bas-relief monument of the eminent Bulgarian writer Nikolay Haitov were unveiled by his fellow villagers in his home village o...