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International Students Day

Among its many memorable dates and celebrations, November is also notable for International Students Day, an international observance of student activism across the world on this date, each November 17.

The date for International Students Day was originally chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the day the Nazis stormed the University of Prague, which occurred on November 17, 1939, after massive student demonstrations against the occupation of Czechoslovakia and the killing of medical student Jan Opletal. The storming of the University resulted in the execution of nine student leaders without trial, over 1200 students were sent to concentration camps, and all Czech colleges and universities were closed.

As a result, this date was chosen as International Students Day and has continued to promote student activism worldwide while also honoring such important student demonstration milestones as Kent State, Soweto, Tiananmen Square, the Velvet Revolution, the Umbrella Protests, and more.

Learn more about International Students Day by visiting this in-depth feature article at https://ischoolconnect.com/blog/international-students-day-know-the-reason-behind-celebrating-this-day/.



The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

Observed each March 21 after the tragic day in 1960 when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination remains an important one in the attempt to fight racism and racial discrimination worldwide.

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Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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