July 12, 2019
National Simplicity Day
National Simplicity Day, celebrated annually on Henry David Thoreau's birthday, is the perfect time to simplify your life. Henry David Thoreau, born on July 12, 1817, was an author, philosopher, naturalist, abolitionist, historian, tax resister, surveyor, development critic, and pioneering transcendentalist. Primarily remembered for his book Walden, a reflection on simple living in natural surroundings, Thoreau asserted that, "as you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."
Malala Yousafzai, born on July 12, 1997, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.