Brazilian Days 345
Dia do Tango
(Tango). The day refers to the birth of Carlos Gardel in 1890, and of Julio de Caro (1899). Carlos was one of the major references of the tango dance, while Julio was director of an orchestra who had renewing influences upon the tango. It is not entirely clear what is the origin of the name tango. Some sources mention ‘tamgu’ (dance with the rhythm of the drum) from Nigeria. In Buenos Aires, however, it is believed that black people named their musical instrument ‘tangor’, because of their difficulties of the pronunciation of ‘tambor’. Initially, the tango was accompanied by a flute, guitar or violin. Since ealry 1900, with the arrival of German migrants, accordions were used too. At present, the bandoneon is more common as one of the accompanying instruments.
Dia do Arquiteto
Dia do Engenheiro
(Engineer). On 11 December 1933, Decreto Federal 23.569 was promulgated. This decree regulated the professions of engineer, architect, and geometer. The CONFEA (Conselho Federal de Engenharia e Agronomia; Federal Board of Engineering and Agronomy) was created on the same day.
Dia do Agrimensor
(Geometer). On 11 December 1933, Decreto Federal 23.569 was promulgated. This decree regulated the professions of engineer, architect, and geometer. Another Dia do Agrimensor is on 4 June.
Dia Internacional das Montanhas
(International Mountain Day). International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands.
“Mountains – Key to a Sustainable Future”
Death of D. Leopoldina, first Brazilian empress, in Rio de Janeiro
First show of “Opinião” in Rio de Janeiro
Birth of educator Alceu Amoroso Lima
Death of actor Dionísio de Azevedo
Fire destroyed 18 out of 22 floors of the Barão de Mauá Building in Rio de Janeiro.
Kidnapping of businessman Abílio dos Santos Diniz, vice-president of Pão de Açúcar Group
Five men were involved in the kidnapping.
By Adriano Antoine Robbesom © 2007, 2015