John W. Eyster: Why Leif Erikson and the Nobel Peace Prize are related

 

TODAY THE 2015 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WAS ANNOUNCED! TODAY is LEIF ERIKSSON DAY!

Why do I use this dual heading? I want to underscore the fact that the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE is awarded by a special parliamentary committee of the Norwegian Storting (parliament) as provided in Alfred Nobel's Will which created the Nobel Prizes. He specifically chose NORWAY to award the PEACE PRIZE. All the other Nobel prizes are awarded by SWEDEN. I would note that often the media does NOT realize this fact.

Today is also LEIF ERIKSSON DAY as proclaimed by the President of the United States under Resolution of our US Congress. LEIF ERIKSSON was the explorer who FIRST discovered NORTH AMERICA. Consider the information provided by Wikipedia's article, “Leif Erikson” and/or Wikipedia's article, “Leif Erikson Day.” NOTE: The “k” is the CORRECT letter in the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish) while the “c” is the Anglicization of the word.

ALERT TO WISCONSIN SCHOOLS! Today is LEIF ERIKSSON DAY and WI law requires that LEIF ERIKSSON DAY be "observed" today by all public schools. You can read the whole list of 21 days and get the basic description as to why each day has been made a legally required "Observance Day" by reading the WI Department of Public Instruction's “Wisconsin Public School Observance Days.”

I listened live online to the announcement of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize from the Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo, Norway. The new chair of the committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, announced that the prize was awarded to “The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia.” I confess I did not know about this quartet and its very significant work in Tunisia. I learned a great deal listening to Ms. Five's announcement.

Almost immediately after the official announcement, the New York Times issued a bulletin about the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize award, “National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia Wins Nobel Peace Prize.” I encourage you to use the link to read the whole article which will explain the rationale for the awarding of the prize to this group. Ms. Five clearly articulated the goal of the committee to encourage DIALOGUE and peaceful settlements of issues in all situations.

You will find the New York Time's interactive quiz, “Test Your Nobel Prize Knowledge”, very challenging and interesting. Take this opportunity to learn more about the awardees of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The NOBEL PEACE PRIZE will be awarded at the city hall in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, the 10th of December. The other Nobel prizes will be awarded in Stockholm, Sweden. ALL NOBEL PRIZES are awarded on the same day – it is Alfred Nobel's date of death in 1896. I suggest Wikipedia's article on Alfred Nobel if you want to learn more about him. Fascinating and gifted person who is credited with the invention of dynamite. He held 350 international patents when he died.

My wife (Marilyn) and I arrived in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2002. That was the day on which former US President Jimmy Carter received the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. There is an interesting report on that “THIS DAY IN HISTORY” by the History channel showing President Carter receiving of the prize. Forewarning: You will have to wait for the video to get to December 10, 2002 and the report on Carter. Be patient!

Celebrate and observe the specialness of TODAY—the 9th of October, 2015!

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