Dec. 10: Human Rights Day, Nobel Prize Day, National Lager Day

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Human Rights Day

When you think about "human rights," your thoughts may turn to the atrocities that continue to occur in faraway lands. But it wasn't that long ago, relatively speaking, that the U.S. was guilty of major offenses in the human rights arena.

On Dec. 10, 1948, The United Nations General Assembly adopted "Human Rights Day." At the center of this significant day lies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which contains a Preamble and 30 Articles. Article 1 states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

You can celebrate this day by becoming involved in one or more worldwide organizations that work to end human rights infringements and ensure equality for all. You can check them out on the Yahoo! Directory of Human Rights Organizations.

Nobel Prize Day

The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. The first Prizes were awarded in 1901, and with few exceptions, every year since they have bestowed awards for exemplary achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace.

Today is "Nobel Prize Day," the day on which these distinguished Prizes are awarded. Here are some interesting quick facts about these coveted Prizes:

* Since 1901, a total of 50 Nobel Prizes have not been awarded, most of them during WWI and WWII.

* In the history of the Nobel Prize, only 44 Prizes have been awarded to women.

* The average age of Prize recipients is 59.

* The youngest Prize recipient was Lawrence Bragg, who was awarded the Prize in Physics at the tender young age of just 25!

National Lager Day

In the last couple of decades, craft beers have been encroaching on the popularity and sophistication of fine wine. It's not unusual to find restaurants and pubs that stock extensive varieties of beers from all over the world, as well as those handcrafted at their own microbrewery.

Lagers and ales are the two major types of beer. Lagers are bottom-fermented at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and stored for long periods before they are served.

Today is "National Lager Day," and a great time to taste test some of the finest lagers your area has to offer. Check here for craft beer breweries near you.

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