Important Days to Remember - August

Important Days of August

Important Days are a must to remember for Banking, Insurance and SSC exams. These important days are asked in the general awareness section of almost all competitive examination and their knowledge can be also very useful for preparing for interviews. Here we provide you with a list of all Important Days that you must Remember of this month-August. This will come handy for a smooth preparation for upcoming IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I, Office Assistant, SSC CGL and IBPS 2017 Examination.

6th August - Hiroshima Day
On August 6, 1945 the US dropped an atomic bomb ("Little Boy") on Hiroshima in Japan.

9th August - Quit India Movement Day and Nagasaki Day
On 8 August 1942 at the All-India Congress Committee session in Bombay, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi launched the 'Quit India' movement. The next day, Gandhi, Nehru and many other leaders of the Indian National Congress were arrested by the British Government.

Three days later to Hiroshima bombing, on 9th August 1945 a second atomic bomb ("Fat Man") was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

10th August - World Bio-Fuel Day
Every year 10th August is observed as World Bio-Fuel Day in a bid to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (Green Fuels). On this day in 1893, Sir Rudalph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine) for the first time successfully ran mechanical engine with Peanut Oil. His research experiment had predicted that vegetable oil is going to replace the fossil fuels in the next century to fuel different mechanical engines. Thus to mark this extraordinary achievement, World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August.

12th August - International Youth Day
International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

14th August - Pakistan's Independence Day
Pakistan's Independence Day is observed annually on 14 August, following its first observance on that day in 1947 (the day before the partition of India officially took effect).Pakistan came into existence as a result of the Pakistan Movement which aimed for the creation of a separate Muslim state by the partition of the north-western and north-eastern regions of undivided India.

15th August - Indian Independence Day
Independence Day is annually observed on 15 August as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation's independence from the British Empire on 15 August 1947. India attained independence following an Independence Movement noted for largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress (INC). Independence coincided with the partition of India, in which the British Indian Empire was divided along religious lines into the Dominions of India and Pakistan.

18th August - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. The theme for the day in 2017 is '10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples'.

19th August - World Humanitarian Day and World Photography Day
Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to those who need it most. World Humanitarian Day (WHD), which takes place every year on 19 August, recognizes the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

August 19 is also observed as World Photography Day, which aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world. 

20th August - Sadbhavna Divas
Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated on the 20th of August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of the erstwhile Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was the grandson of the first Prime Minister of India, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru and son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi assumed the office of the Prime Minister upon the assassination of his mother,  and was the sixth Prime Minister of India serving from a period between 1984- 1989. Rajiv Gandhi held the honour of being the youngest Prime Minister at an age of 40.

23rd August - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. 

29th August - National Sports Day and International Day Against Nuclear Tests

National Sports is celebrated throughout India on August 29. This celebration of this day marks the tribute to the legendary hockey players of India. The day also involves the celebration of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand.

On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The resolution was initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan, together with a large number of sponsors and cosponsors with a view to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site on 29 August 1991.

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