Dia Olímpico Brasileiro
(Brazilian Olympic Athlete) Despite the size of the Brazilian population – about 200 million – only few Olympic medals were won by Brazilian athletes. They only won gold in 1920 (shooting), 1952 and 1956 (track and field), 1980 (2 medals, sailing), 1984 (track and field), 1988 (judo), 1992 (judo, volleyball), 1996 (volleyball, and 2 medals in sailing), 2004 (volleyball, beach volleyball, equestrian, and 2 in sailing), and 2008 (volleyball, track and field, swimming). In total 20 gold, 25 silver, and 46 bronze. Sailing athletes Robert Scheidt (2 gold, 2 silver) and Thorben Grael (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) are the most successful athletes.
Dia do Atleta Olímpico
(International Day of the Olympic Athlete). Since 1948, the day is commemorated as the foundation day of the International Olympic Committee, founded by French baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1894.
Dia Internacional das Aldeias SOS
(International Day of SOS Children’s Villages). In 1949, Austrian Hermann Gmeiner (23 juni 1919-1986) founded the first SOS village in Imst. In 1960, the SOS Kinderdorf International was founded in Strasbourg, France.
Gmeiner’s motto was:
“Every big thing in our world only comes true, when somebody does more than he has to do.”
Hermann Gmeiner in Brazil
Initially, such projects were created in Europe, for war children, and abandoned children. Later, more villages were opened in countries as Korea, Vietnam, and a number of Latin American countries. In 2006, a joint campaign with the FIFA was organized, during the World Cup in Germany. In 2102, the organization runs projects in 133 countries.
Dia das Nações Unidas para o Serviço Público
(UN Day of Public Administration). The UNPAN (United Nations Online Network of Public Administration and Finance) selects and collects public services that should be publicly accessible to everyone. The day was introduced in 2003, after the acceptance of resolution 57/277 by the UN General Assembly.
Start of the construction of the metro network in Rio de Janeiro.
The metro network in Rio has a length of 41 km and counts 35 metro stations. Other Brazilian cities with metro networks are São Paulo, Brasília, Belo Horizonte, and Recife.
Death of singer Leandro (1961-1998), who formed a duo with his brother Leonardo.
Both were raised in a poor family in Goianópolis (GO). The sertanejo (Brazilian country music) duo gained national recognition in the eighties, and reached the superstar status in the nineties, ranking high in the Brazilian charts, and appearing in TV shows. Leandro was diagnosed with lung cancer, and died only two months later. His brother continued, with a solo career.
First soccer match played at night, illuminated by spotlights, as realized by employees of Light, in São Paulo.
The match between S. E. Linhas e Cabos and. A. A. República was played at Várzea do Glicério. Linhas lost the match, which was illuminated with the headlights of 20 electric trams of the city, with 1 to 2.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom © 2007, 2015