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Useful Dates, Anniversaries, Holidays & Commemorations
This section features numerous governmental links for emergency, non-emergency and research use. As well, we list hundreds of notable dates, anniversaries, national and religious holidays as well as commemorations and celebrations for dozens of countries around the world.

Other links that are available in this section include the following:

  • Governmental links are those sites that are produced and sponsored by various government authorities. These are useful for emergency assistance for travelers.

  • Press & Media links are those hosted by various press, media and news organizations around the world. These links can help in pre-trip safety planning as well as providing useful in-country political, environmental and social information.

  • NGO links are those hosted by non-governmental organizations. These may be helpful in emergency situations.

  • Road Conditions features links to road and highway conditions and provides emergency travel advisories for all 50 US states and 10 Canadian provinces based on information provided by their respective Departments of Transportation.

  • Calculations provides links to useful calculations relating to health, safety, medical and travel issues.

As we discuss in Living Safely: Travel, savvy travelers may wish to avoid holidays or anniversaries of a religious or political nature as they often become flash points for people around which to rally and cause riots and other dangers. Of course, many people want to travel to a particular area precisely because of the specific occasion, anniversary or festival but they should still take care and understand that these times can be very dangerous due to issues of overcrowding, political instability, security hassles and disease outbreaks.

Due to the fact that large crowds of a particular demograph or psychograph are typical at festivals, events and other occasions, they are particular attractive for terrorists and others seeking to maximize their mayhem. In general, the larger the crowd the greater the danger.

Important notes about this page:

  • Holidays and other notable dates listed in italics indicate they are movable events. Often specific events are based on non-Western date systems and calendars. Consequently they appear to move from year to year when compared to the traditional Western calendar system.

  • Other italicized holidays are fixed to a certain day in the Western week (the first Monday of the month, for example) but change their calendar date every year.

  • Some religious festivals may begin earlier or finish later than indicated owing to local interpretations, time changes, celestial variations, cultural differences among the various practicing communities around the world, and other factors. If traveling near to these dates, it is wise to verify specific dates in the destination country or area.

  • Always confirm dates in your journey. For their safety and health travelers are, at all times, urged to consult Web sites of their respective governments for travel advice and safety advisories. Links to these sites can be found on our Governmental links page.

We note the following important religious and national holidays, major events and key anniversaries around the world this year:

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in January 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
January 1
• New Year's Day (many countries)
• Anniversary of the Revolution/Liberation Day (Cuba)
• Independence Day (Cameroon, Haiti, Slovakia, Sudan)
• Anniversary of the Zapatista Rebellion (Mexico)
• Rose Bowl Parade and Game (Pasadena, California, US)
• St. Basil's/St. Vasily's Day (Orthodox Christianity)
• Gantan-sai/New Year (Shinto)
• Foundation Days - January 1 and 2 (Taiwan)
• Anniversary of 1978 Air India Flight 855 Disaster in which 213 people are killed when their plane crashes into the sea near Bombay (India)
• Anniversary of 1984 independence of the Sultanate of Brunei from Britain (Brunei, UK)
• Anniversary of 2007 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board (Indonesia)
January 2
• Ancestors' Day (Haiti)
• Anniversary of 1971 scaffolding disaster in which 66 fans are killed at a Glasgow football/soccer match (UK)
• Anniversary of 1999 Chicago snowstorm in which at least 68 deaths are blamed (US)
January 3

• Epiphany (Catholic Church in England and Wales) (Christian)
• Anniversary of 1994 Aeroflot Tupolev TU-154 crash after takeoff from Irkutsk, killing 125 people (Russia)
• Anniversary of 2004 Flash Airlines Flight 604 disaster, killing 148 people (Egypt, France)

January 4
• Independence Day (Burma/Myanmar)
• Anniversary of 1999 gun attack on Shiite Muslims at an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25 (Pakistan)
January 5

• Twelfth Night (Western Christianity)

January 6
• Epiphany (Western Christianity)
• Christmas Day (Armenian Orthodox Christianity)
Theophany (Orthodox Christianity)
Maroon Festival (Jamaica)
• Dia de los Reyes/Three Kings Day (Hispanic Christianity)
January 7
• Christmas Day (Ethiopia, Eastern Christianity, Rastafari)
• Nanakusa-no-sekku (Japan)
• Anniversary of 1950 fire at Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, in which 41 people are killed (US)
• Anniversary of the 1979 fall of Pol Pot's Cambodian government (Cambodia, Vietnam)
• Anniversary of 2015 attack of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which a total of 12 people are murdered and 11 more are wounded (France)
January 8
• Anniversary of 1976 death of Zhou En-Lai (PRC)
• Saint Gudula Feast Day (Belgium)
• Babin Den (some regions in Bulgaria)
• Anniversary of the 1989 Kegworth Air Disaster involving British Midland Flight 92 crash, killing 47 people (UK)
• Anniversary of 1996 Antonov 32 cargo plane crash into the central market in Kinshasa, killing more than 350 people (Zaire)
January 9
• Martyrs' Day (Panama)
• Feast of the Black Nazarene (Philippines)
• Anniversary of 1905 St. Petersburg Massacre, killing an estimated 1,000 people (Russia)
January 10
• Baptism of the Lord Jesus in 2016 (Christianity)
• Anniversary of 2005 California Mudslide Disaster (US)
January 11
• Coming of Age Day ("seijin no hi")/Adults' Day in 2016 (Japan)
• Independence Day (Morocco)
• National Unity Day (Nepal)
• Anniversary of the 1962 avalanche at Huascaran in Peru, killing an estimated 4,000 people (Peru)
• Anniversary of 1998 Sidi-Hamed massacre, resulting in the deaths of at least 100 people (Algeria)
January 12
• Zanzibar Revolution Day (Tanzania)
January 13
• Maghi (Sikh)
• Tyvendedagen (Norway)
• Liberation Day (Togo)
January 14
• Makar Sankranti (Hinduism)
• Revolution and Youth Day (Tunisia)
• Army Day (Uzbekistan)
January 15
• Anniversary of the 2009 ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 with no loss of life ("The Miracle on the Hudson") near Manhattan, NY (US)
• Anniversary of the 2007 execution of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein (Iraq, US)
January 16
• Birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti in 2016 (Sikhism)
• National Day of Peace (El Salvador)
• Anniversary of start of 1991 Gulf War (Iraq, Kuwait, US)
• John Chilembwe Day (Malawi)
January 17
• World Religion Day in 2016
• Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Christianity)
• Anniversary of 1995 Japanese earthquake, killing at least 5,500 people (Japan)
• Liberation Day (Poland)
January 18
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2016 (US)
• Revolution Day (Tunisia)
• Anniversary of 1977 Rail Disaster at Sydney (Australia)
January 19
• Texas state holiday (Texas, US)
• Robert E. Lee Birthday (Florida, US)
January 20
• Timkat in 2016 (Ethiopian calendar)
• Martyrs' Day (Azerbaijan)
• San Sebastian's Day (Brazil)
• National Heroes Day (Guinea-Bissau)
• Presidential Inauguration Day - Official (US)
• Army Day (Lesotho)
• Anniversary of 1981 release of US hostages held in Iran (US, Iran)
January 21
• Errol Barrow Day (Barbados)
• Babin Den (some places in Bulgaria)
• Anniversary of 1976 start of the supersonic aircraft, Concorde's commercial service (UK)
January 22
• Anniversary of 1973 Roe vs. Wade court decision (US)
• St. Vincent Feast Day (Spain)
• Ukrainian Day/Independence Day (Ukraine)
January 23
• Babin Den (Bulgaria)
• Anniversary of US President Richard Nixon's 1973 appearance on TV announcing the Vietnam peace deal (US, Vietnam)
• Anniversary of 1989 Tajikistan Earthquake, hundreds feared dead (Tajikistan)
January 24

• Mahayana New Year begins in 2016 (Buddhist)
• Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat in 2016, begins at sundown (Israel, Judaism)
• Anniversary of the 1966 Air India Boeing 707 crash, killing all 106 passengers and 11 crew members (France, Switzerland, India)

January 25
• St. Tatiana Day in 2016 (Russia and Ukraine)
• Anniversary of 2005 stampede in which at least 258 people died (India)
• Tatiana Day, a religious holiday (some parts of Russia)
• Burns Night (Scotland, Northern Ireland)
January 26
• Australia Day (Australia)
• Republic Day (India)
• Liberation Day (Uganda)
• Juan Pablo Duarte's Birthday (Dominican Republic)
• Anniversary of 2001 Indian earthquake, in which at least 15,000 people are killed (India)
January 27
• Anniversary of the 1944 liberation of Leningrad (Russia)
• Holocaust Memorial Day (UK)
January 28
• National Army Day (Armenia)
• Anniversary of 1984 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion (US)
January 29
• Constitution Day (Gibraltar)
• Anniversary of 1996 French ban on nuclear testing, a day after it exploded its sixth and largest device in the South Pacific (France, French Polynesia)
January 30
• Anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi (India)
• Birthday of King Abdullah II (Jordan)
• Anniversary of start of 1968 Tet Offensive (Vietnam, US)
January 31
• National Holiday/Independence Day (Nauru)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in February 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
February 1
• Imbolc in 2016 the Northern Hemisphere - begins at sundown (Wicca)
• Anniversary of the 1865 Passage of 13th Amendment (anti-slavery) (US)
• Anniversary of the 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion (US)
February 2
• Imbolic in 2016 continues until sundown (Wicca)
• Groundhog Day (US and Canada)
• Candlemas Day (Roman Catholic, Luxembourg)
• Dia de la Candelaria (Mexico)
February 3
• Setsubun Sai (Shinto)
• Heroes' Day (Mozambique)
• National Day (Vietnam)
February 4
• Armed Struggle Day (Angola)
• Independence Day (Sri Lanka)
February 5
• Constitution Day (Mexico)
February 6
• Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
February 7
• Independence Day (Grenada)
February 8
• Chinese New Year in 2016 (PRC, Taiwan and other countries)
• Family Day in British Columbia in 2016 (Canada)
• Lent begins in 2016 (Eastern Christianity)
• Vietnamese New Year in 2016 (Vietnam)
• Culture Day (Slovenia)
February 9
• Shrove Tuesday in 2016 (Christianity)
• Tet begins in 2016 (Vietnam)
• St. Maron's Day (Lebanon)
• Anniversary of the 1996 Canary Wharf Bombing (London)
February 10
• Ash Wednesday in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Lent begins in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Anniversary of 1981 fire disaster at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel-Casino, killing eight people and injuring 198 (US)
• Anniversary of 2013 stampede during the Kumbh Mela Festival in Allahabad in which 36 people die and dozens more are injured (India)
• Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck (Malta)
February 11
• Youth Day (Cameroon)
• Victory of Islamic Revolution (Iran)
• National Foundation Day (Japan)
• Independence Day (Vatican)
February 12
• Triodion in 2016 begins (Eastern Christianity)
• Vasant Panchami in 2016 (India, Hindu)
• Anniversary of 2002 Iran Airtour Tupolev Tu-154 crash in the mountains near Khorramabad, Iran while descending for Khorramabad airport, killing 119 people (Iran)
• Anniversary of 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International ("BUF") Airport, killing all 49 passengers and crew on board plus one on the ground for a total of 50 people (US)
• Union Day (Myanmar)
February 13
• Tet last day in 2016 (Vietnam)
• Anniversary of 2001 earthquake killing at least 400 people (El Salvador)
February 14
• Saint Valentine's Day (many Western countries, Christianity)
February 15
Family Day in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan in 2016 (Canada)
Heritage Day in Nova Scotia in 2016 (Canada)
Islander Day in Prince Edward Island in 2016 (Canada)
Louis Riel Day in Manitoba in 2016 (Canada)
• Presidents' Day in 2016 (US)
• Parinirvana/Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
• Anniversary of 1989 Soviet Troop Withdrawal (Afghanistan, USSR)
• National Day (Serbia)
February 16
• Independence Day (Lithuania)
February 17

Anniversary of 1957 nursing home fire disaster in Warrenton, Missouri, killing 72 people (US)
• Anniversary of 2006 mudslide in Southern Leyte, killing at least 1,126 (Philippines)
• Anniversary of 2008 declaration of independence by Kosovo from Serbia (Kosovo, Serbia)
• Independence Day (Serbia - not universally recognized)

February 18
• Independence Day (The Gambia)
• National Democracy Day (Nepal)
February 19

• Anniversary of 1959 Cyprus declaration of independence from United Kingdom (Cyprus, UK)
• Anniversary of 1985 crash of Iberia Airlines Flight 610 into Mount Oiz, killing all 148 passengers and crew (Spain)
• Anniversary of 1986 Akkaraipattu massacre in which at least 80 Tamil farm workers are killed, allegedly by Sri Lankan Army soldiers (Sri Lanka)

February 20

• Anniversary of 2002 on-board train fire disaster near Reqa Al-Gharbiya, killing at least 370 passengers (Egypt)

February 21
• Martyrs' Day (Bangladesh)
• Anniversary of 1960 nationalization of all privately held businesses in Cuba by Fidel Castro (Cuba, US)
• Anniversary of 1965 assassination of Malcolm X at New York City's Audubon Ballroom, allegedly by members of the Nation of Islam (US)
• Anniversary of 1970 mid-air bombing and crash of Swissair Flight 330, killing 38 passengers and 9 crew members near Zurich (Switzerland)
• Anniversary of 1973 downing of Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 by Israeli Air Force after refusing order to land, killing 108 of 113 onboard (Libya, Israel, France)
February 22
• Magha Puja Day in 2016 (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, Buddhist)
• Independence Day (Saint Lucia)
• Anniversary of 1972 IRA bombing of British Army barracks at Aldershot, killing six (UK)
February 23
• National Day (Brunei Dar es Salaam)
• Anniversary of Republic (Guyana)
• Anniversary of 1991 Start of Ground War against Iraq (Iraq, Kuwait, US)
February 24
• Independence Day (Estonia)
• Anniversary of 2004 Yelwa massacre of at least 78 Christians by Muslim fundamentalists, possibly leading to a retribution massacre on May 2 (Nigeria)
February 25
• National Day/Independence Day (Kuwait)
• Anniversary of 1994 Hebron Massacre (Israel)
February 26
• Liberation Day (Kuwait)
• Anniversary of 1993 (first) bombing of World Trade Center (US)
February 27
• Independence Day (Dominican Republic)
• Anniversary of the Caracazo riots, killing at least 275 but possibly as many as 3000 protesters (Venezuela)
February 28
• Anniversary of the 1947 "228 Incident" in which an estimated 30,000 civilians are killed during a civil disorder (Taiwan)
• Anniversary of 1953 announcement by James D. Watson and Francis Crick they have figured out the chemical structure of DNA
• Anniversary of 1958 school bus crash in Floyd County, Kentucky in which the driver and 26 children die. It is the worst school bus accident to date in American history. (US)
• Anniversary of 1975 London Tube train crash at Moorgate in which 43 people are killed (UK)
• Anniversary of the 1986 assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme (Sweden)
February 29
• Anniversary of the end of 1936's February 26 Incident (Japan)
• Anniversary of 1960 earthquake in Morocco that kills over 3,000 people and virtually destroys town of Agadir (Morocco)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in March 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
March 1
• Independence Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
• St. David's Day (Wales)
March 2
• Adwa Day (Ethiopia)
March 3
• Liberation Day/Independence Day (Bulgaria)
• Martyrs' Day (Malawi)
March 4
• Anniversary of the 2001 Hintze Ribeiro Bridge Disaster in which an estimated 70 people die (Portugal)
• Anniversary of Robert Mugabe winning sweeping 1980 election victory (Zimbabwe)
March 5
• Anniversary of the 1966 crash of BOAC Flight 911 into Mount Fuji, in which 124 are killed (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 2001 Hajj disaster in which 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death (Saudi Arabia)
• Anniversary of the 2003 Haifa bus massacre in which 17 civilians are killed by a suicide bomber (Israel)
March 6
• Independence Day (Ghana)
March 7

• Discovery Day/Magellan Day in 2016 (Guam)
• Maha Shivaratri in 2016 (Hindu)
• Day of Silence (Indonesia)
• Anniversary of the 1969 election of Golda Meir, the first female prime minister (Israel)

March 8
• International Women's Day (Earth)
• Revolution Day (Syria)
• Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappears from radar on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 people
March 9
• Baron Bliss Day (Belize)
• Commonwealth Day (UK and other commonwealth countries)
March 10
• Anniversary of the 1969 sentencing of James Earl Ray for murdering Martin Luther King, an American civil rights leader (US)
• Anniversary of the 1973 assassination of British governor and his assistant (Bermuda)
March 11
• Anniversary of 2004 Madrid Train Bombings in which 191 people are killed and over 1,800 are injured (Madrid, Spain)
• Restitution of Independence Day (Lithuania)
• Anniversary of 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami that killed an estimated 25,000 people and damaged a large nuclear facility causing radiation leakage and widespread environmental damage (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 1918 "Spanish" influenza pandemic in US (US)
• Anniversary of the 2004 Madrid train bombings ("3/11"), killing at least 191 people and wounding 1,755 (Spain)
March 12
• National Day/Independence Day (Gabon, Mauritius)
• Moshoeshoe's Day (Lesotho)
• Anniversary of Austria invasion by Nazi Germany (Germany, Austria)
• Anniversary of the 1881 birth of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Turkey)
March 13

• Daylight Saving Time in 2016 begins (US, most of Canada and some Caribbean islands) - Clocks spring forward one hour usually at 02:00 am
• Anniversary of the 1992 Erzincan earthquake in which over 500 people were killed (Turkey)
• Anniversary of the 1996 massacre in Dunblane, Scotland in which 16 children and their teacher were murdered (UK)
• Anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard's birthday (Scientology)

March 14

• Canberra Day in 2016 (Australia - ACT)
• Language day (Estonia)
• White day (Japan, Korea)

March 15
• Constitution Day (Belarus)
• JJ Roberts Day (Liberia)
• Birthday of Kuan Yin (Taiwan)
• Anniversary of the 1848 revolution (Hungary)
March 16
• Latvian Legion Day (Latvia)
• Anniversary of the 1968 My Lai massacre (Vietnam, US)
March 17
• National Day (Ireland)
• St. Patrick's Day (Northern Ireland and other Western countries)
March 18
• Flag Day (Aruba)
• Gallipoli Memorial Day (Turkey)
March 19
• St. Joseph's Day (Liechtenstein)
• National Day of Oil (Iran)
March 20
• Holy Week in 2016 begins (Western Christianity)
• Ostara in 2016 begins at sundown in Northern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Mabon in 2016 begins at sundown in Southern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Palm Sunday in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Vernal Equinox Day in 2016 (Japan)
• Independence Day (Tunisia)
• Anniversary of the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway, killing at least 12 people and injuring another 1,000 people (Japan)
March 21
• Naw Ruz/New Year in 2016 begins at sunset (Baha'i)
• Norouz/Iranian New Year in 2016 (Persian, Zoroastrian)
• National Tree Planting Day (Lesotho)
• Independence Day (Namibia)
• Human Rights Day (South Africa)
March 22
• Purim in 2016 begins at sunset (Israel, Jewish)
• Emancipation Day (Puerto Rico)
March 23
Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther) in 2016 (Israel, Judaism) - begins at dawn
• Purim continues in 2016 (Israel, Jewish)
• Republic Day (Pakistan)
March 24
• Holi begins in 2016 (Hindu, India)
• Maundy Thursday in 2016 (Western Christianity
• Purim ends in 2016 at sunset (Israel, Jewish)
• Anniversary of 2015 Germanwings 4U 9525 Flight crash in which 144 passengers and six crew members die when traveling from Barcelona's El Prat Airport (BCN) to Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) in Germany
• Anniversary of 2014 Lake Albert maritime disaster in which at least 251 people die after overcrowded boat capsizes (Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda)
• National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (Argentina)
March 25
• Hola Mohalla begins in 2016 (Sikh, India)
• Independence Day (Greece)
March 26
• Lent ends in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Independence Day (Bangladesh)
March 27
• Easter Sunday in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• British Summer Time begins in 2016 (UK) - clocks go forward by one hour
• European Saving Time begins in 2016 (most of Europe and Russia) - clocks go forward by one hour
• Anniversary of the 1964 Alaska earthquake (US)
• Anniversary of the 1977 Tenerife Islands plane disaster in which 583 people died, the deadliest disaster in commercial aviation history (Canary Islands)
• Resistance Day (Myanmar)
March 28
• Family Day in 2016 (South Africa)
• British Bases Evacuation Day (Libya)
• Anniversary of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear plant disaster (US)
March 29
• Boganda Day (Central African Republic)
• Commemoration Day (Madagascar)
• Youth Day (Taiwan)
March 30
• Lord's Evening Meal (Jehovah's Witness Christianity)
• Spiritual Baptist Liberation Shouter Day (Trinidad and Tobago)
March 31

• Freedom Day (Malta)
• César Chávez Day (California, US)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in April 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
April 1

• April Fools' Day (many Western countries)
• Utkal Divas/Orissa Day (Oriya peoples of Eastern India)
• Anniversary of Iran becoming an Islamic Republic in 1979 by overthrowing the Shah (Iran)

April 2
• Malvinas Day (Argentina)
• Anniversary of the 1982 invasion of Falkland Islands and start of the 74-day Falkands War (UK, Argentina)
April 3
• Anniversary of the Second Republic (Guinea)
April 4
• Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Independence Day (Senegal)
• Anniversary of the 1949 NATO treaty ratification (many Western countries)
• Anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, jr, a civil rights activist (US)
April 5
• Anniversary of the 1986 Berlin disco bombing (Germany)
• National Tomb-Sweeping Day (Taiwan)
April 6
• King Rama I Memorial and Chakri Day (Thailand)
• Anniversary of the 1994 assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and President Cyprian Ntayamira of Burundi, marking the start of the Rwanda Massacre (Rwanda, Burundi)
April 7

• Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day (Rwanda)
• Anniversary of the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, devastating Naples (Italy)
• Anniversary of the 1948 establishment of the UN's World Health Organization (World)

April 8

• Buddha's Birthday (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 1968 fire onboard BOAC Flight 712, killing 5 passengers (UK)

April 9

• Observation of the Nazi Occupation (Denmark)
• National Day (Iraq)
• Martyrs' Day (Tunisia)
• Day of Valor/Araw ng Kagitingan (Philippines)
• Anniversary of 1947 Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes killing at least 181 and injuring 970 people in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas (US)
• Anniversary of 1991 Georgian declaration of independence from Soviet Union (Georgia, USSR)
• Anniversary of the 1999 assassination of President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara (Niger)
• Anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US forces (Iraq, US)

April 10

• Anniversary of the 1912 start of the maiden voyage of the Titanic from Southhampton, England (UK, US)
• Anniversary of the 1968 TEV Wahine ferry disaster, killing at least 51 people and injuring hundreds (New Zealand)
• Anniversary of the 1972 earthquake centered in Ghir, killing at least 4,000 (Iran)
• Anniversary of the 1991 collision between Italian ferry Moby Prince and Agip Abruzzo, an oil tanker near Livorno, killing 140 (Italy)

April 11
• Juan Santa Maria Day (Costa Rica)
April 12
• Cosmonautics Day (Russia)
• Anniversary of the 1955 declaration of Polio vaccine safety, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk (US)
• Anniversary of the 1980 Liberian coup d'etat by Samuel Doe, ending over 130 years of democracy
• Anniversary of the 2002 Palestinian suicide bomb attack in which 7 people are killed, over 100 are injured in Jerusalem (Israel)
April 13

• Vaisakhi/Baisakhi in 2016 (Hindu, Sikh)
• Songkran Festival begins in 2016 (Cambodia, Thailand)
• Sinhala/Tamil New Year begins (Sri Lanka)
• New Year begins in Laos (celebrations end April 15)
• Anniversary of the 1975 Bus Massacre in East Beirut, marking the start of the 15-year Lebanese civil war (Lebanon, Palestinian Territories)
• Anniversary of the 1992 Great Chicago Flood (US)

April 14

• New Year festivals continue in several Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos and Thailand
• Youth Day (Angola)
• Anniversary of the 1988 pledge by USSR to leave Afghanistan (USSR, Afghanistan)
• Anniversary of the 1999 hailstorm in Sydney, the most costly natural disaster in the nation's history (Australia)

April 15
• Rama Navami/Birthday of Lord Rama in 2016 (Hindu)
• Songkran Holiday ends in 2016 (Cambodia, Thailand)
• Baisakhi, Pôhela Boishakh, Rongali Bihu (India)
• Anniversary of the 1912 sinking of British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, after hitting an iceberg (UK, US)
• Anniversary of the 1989 Football crush incident at Hillsborough, killing at least 93 football/soccer supporters (UK)
• Anniversary of the 2002 Air PRC Boeing 767-200 crash near Busan, killing 128 people (South Korea)
April 16

• Independence Day (Syria)
• Anniversary of the 1947 Texas City explosion freighter in port, killing almost 600 (US)
• Anniversary of the 1988 murder of Italian Senator Roberto Ruffilli by Red Brigades (Italy)
• Anniversary of the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre in which 32 people are murdered and 23 are injured (US)

April 17

• Republic Day (Sierra Leone)
• Independence Day (Syria)
• Anniversary of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion (Cuba, US)
• Anniversary of the 1969 Sirhan Sirhan conviction for assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy (US)
• Anniversary of the 1975 end of the Cambodian Civil War (Cambodia)
• Anniversary of the 1982 repatriation of the Canadian Constitution in Ottawa (Canada)
• Anniversary of the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre in which 33 people are killed, including the lone gunman (US)
• Anniversary of the 1984 killing of police constable Yvonne Fletcher and wounding of 10 others by unknown gunmen from the Libyan People's Bureau (UK, Libya)

April 18

• Army Day (Iran)
• Independence Day (Zimbabwe)
• Anniversary of the 1902 earthquake in which Quetzaltenango city is destroyed (Guatemala)
• Anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire in which nearly 4,000 people are killed (US)
• Anniversary of the 1983 suicide bombing destroying the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people (Lebanon, US)
• Anniversary of the 1996 murder of 17 Greek tourists by Egyptian gunmen in Cairo (Greece, Egypt)

April 19

• Mahavir Jayanti in 2016 (Jainism)
• Republic Day (Sierra Leone)
• King Mswati III's Birthday (Swaziland)
• 33 Patriots Day (Uruguay)
• Anniversary of the 1904 Toronto Fire in which much of the city is destroyed (Canada)
• Anniversary of the 1936 start of Great Uprising in Palestine (UK, Palestinian Territories, Israel)
• Anniversary of the 1961 defeat for invaders during the Bay of Pigs Invasion (Cuba, US)
• Anniversary of the 1993 end of 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas in which 81 people die from fire or suffocation (US)
• Anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing, killing 168 (US)

April 20

• Anniversary of the 1889 birth of Adolf Hitler (Austria, Germany)
• Anniversary of the 1967 Globe Air Bristol Britannia airlines crash at Nicosia, killing 126 people (Cyprus)
• Anniversary of the 1968 South African Airways crash during takeoff at Windhoek, killing 122 (South Africa)
• Anniversary of the 1974 Northern Ireland's 1,000th person killed in "The Troubles" (Northern Ireland, UK)
• Anniversary of the 1978 Korean Air Flight 902 shot down by Soviets, killing 2 (South Korea, USSR)
• Anniversary of the 1998 TAME/Air France crash into mountain near Bogotá, killing 53 people (Colombia)
• Anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in which two Colorado students kill 13 people and injure an additional 24 others (US)
• Anniversary of the 2004 Abu Ghraib Prison mortar attack, in which 22 jailed detainees are killed and an additional 92 people are wounded (Iraq)

April 21

• First day of the festival of Ridván in 2016 begins at sunset (Bahá'í)
• Tiradentes Day (Brazil)
• Anniversary of the 1967 pre-election coup d'état, which establishes a military regime that lasts for seven years (Greece)
• Anniversary of the 1987 car bomb explosion in Colombo, killing 106 people (Sri Lanka)
• Grounation Day (Rastafarian)

April 22

• Hanuman Jayanti in 2016 (Hindu)
• Pesach/Passover in 2016 begins at sunset (Israel, Judaism) - may be celebrated one day later in other areas such as the US
• Theravadin New Year in 2016 (Theravadin Buddhist)
• Discovery Day (Brazil)
• Anniversary of the 1971 death of dictator Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier (Haiti)
• Anniversary of the 1992 explosion in Guadalajara in which 206 people are killed and over 500 injured (Mexico)
• Anniversary of the 1997 Haouch Khemisti massacre, 93 villagers killed (Algeria)
• Anniversary of the 2004 collision between two fuel trains in Ryongchon, reportedly killing 150 people (North Korea)
• Anniversary of the 2006 pro-democracy protest against King Gyanendra in which 243 people are injured by security forces (Nepal)

April 23

• Lazarus Saturday in 2016 (Eastern Christianity)
• St. George Feast Day (England)
• National Sovereignty and Children's Day (Turkey)
• UNESCO International Day of the Book (World)
• Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising (Ireland)
• Anniversary of the 1987 building collapse under construction in Bridgeport, Connecticut, killing 28 people (US)
• Anniversary of the 1997 Omaria massacre in which 42 villagers are killed (Algeria)
• Anniversary of the 2003 closure of all Beijing schools for two weeks due to the SARS outbreak (PRC)

April 24

• Genocide Remembrance Day (Armenia)
• Republic Day (The Gambia)
• National Holiday (Vatican City and the Holy See)
• Anniversary of the 1967 death of Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, after crashing to Earth (USSR)
• Anniversary of the 1975 Baader-Meinhof Gang hostage taking at the West German embassy in Stockholm (West Germany, Sweden)
• Anniversary of the 1993 IRA bomb destroying the Bishopsgate area of London, killing one and injuring at least 44, resulting in the eventual installation of tens of thousands of CCTV cameras throughout London and the UK (UK, Ireland)
• Anniversary of the 2005 inauguration of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (Italy, Christianity)

April 25

• ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
• National Flag Day (Faroe Islands)
• Freedom/Liberty Day (Portugal)
• National Flag Day (Swaziland)
• Sinai Day (Egypt)
• Anniversary of the 1967 legalization of abortion (US)
• Anniversary of the 1974 Army Coup (Portugal)
• Anniversary of the 1980 failed US Embassy hostage rescue mission in Tehran (Iran, US)
• Anniversary of the 2005 Amagasaki train crash in which 107 people died (Japan)
• Anniversary of 2015 Earthquake in Nepal that killed at least 6,024 people (Nepal, Bangladesh, India and China)

April 26

• Anniversary of 2015 magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed over 9,000 people and injured thousands more, centered near Kathmandu, Nepal
• Union Day (Tanzania)
• Anniversary of the 1937 bombing of Guernica by German Luftwaffe (Spain)
• Anniversary of the 1966 magnitude 7.5 earthquake, destroying much of Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
• Anniversary of the 1982 gun attack by former police officer in Gyeongsangnam-do, killing 57 people (South Korea)
• Anniversary of the 1986 nuclear reactor accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the world's worst nuclear disaster (Ukraine)
• Anniversary of the 1994 PRC Airlines Airbus crash at Nagoya Airport, killing all 264 onboard (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 2002 gunman killing 17 in an Erfurt Gymnasium before killing himself (Germany)
• Anniversary of the 2005 Syria withdrawal of its last 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending almost 30 years of military presence (Syria, Lebanon)

April 27

• Freedom Day in 2016 (South Africa)
• Independence Day (Togo)
• National Veterans' Day (Finland)
• Republic/Independence Day (Sierra Leone)
• Insurrection Day (Slovenia)
• Independence Day (Venezuela)
• Anniversary of the 1865 explosion and sinking of the steamboat Sultana, killing 1,700 (US)
• Anniversary of the 1977 Guatemala City air disaster in which 28 people are killed (Guatemala)
• Anniversary of 1984 end of Libyan People's Bureau siege after 11 days (UK)
• Anniversary of the 1992 proclamation of The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)
• Anniversary of the 1993 plane crash near Libreville, Gabon killing all 18 members of the Zambia national football/soccer team as well as 12 others (Gabon, Zambia)

April 28

• National Heroes Day (Barbados)
• Anniversary of the 1932 first use of Yellow Fever vaccine on humans (US)
• Anniversary of the 1937 birthday of Saddam Hussein (Iraq)
• Anniversary of the 1945 execution of Benito Mussolini (Italy)
• Anniversary of the 1949 assassination of Former First Lady Aurora Quezon while en route to dedicate a hospital, 11 others are also killed (Philippines)
• Anniversary of the 1978 coup and assassination of President Mohammed Daoud Khan by pro-communist rebels (Afghanistan)
• Anniversary of the 1988 Aloha Flight 243 in which a flight attendant is killed when the plane's fuselage rips open in mid-flight over Hawaii (US)
• Anniversary of the 1996 gunman attack in which 35 people are killed and at least 37 more are wounded (Australia)

April 29

• Golden Week celebrations begin in 2016 (Japan)
• Ninth day of the Festival of Ridván in 2016 (Bahá'í)
• Anniversary of the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving over 10 million homeless (Bangladesh)
• Anniversary of the 1992 start of Los Angeles riots, continuing for three days, eventually killing 53 people, injuring thousands and destroying hundreds of buildings (US)

April 30
• Pesach/Passover in 2016 ends at sunset (Israel, Judaism) - may be celebrated one day later in other areas such as the US
• Beltane begins at sunset in the Northern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Samhain begins at sunset in the Southern Hemisphere (Wicca)
Queen's Day (Netherlands)
• Birthday of King Carl XVI Gustav (Sweden)
• Liberation Day (Vietnam)
• Children's Day (Mexico)
• Carodejnice/Witches' Night (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
• Anniversary of the 1900 Mississippi train crash in which famed engineer Casey Jones dies while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express (US)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in May 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
May 1
• Easter/Pascha in 2016 (Eastern Christianity)
• May Day (many countries)
• Labor Day (many countries)
• Constitution Day (Marshall Islands)
• Anniversary of the 1900 Scofield mine disaster, killing 200 miners (US)
• Anniversary of the 1956 Polio vaccine introduction to public by Jonas Salk (US)
• Anniversary of the 1977 disturbance during Labor Day celebrations leading to the death of 36 in Istanbul (Turkey)
May 2
• Early May Bank Holiday in 2016 (UK)
• Spring Bank Holiday in 2016 (Ireland)
• Anniversary of the 1994 Gdansk bus disaster in which 32 people die (Poland)
• Anniversary of the 2002 Marad massacre of eight Hindus in Kerala (India)
• Anniversary of the 2004 Yelwa massacre of at least 630 Muslims by Christians, possibly in retribution to an earlier massacre on February 24 (Nigeria)
• Anniversary of 2008 Cyclone Nargis strike in Burma/Myanmar, killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless (Burma/Myanmar)
• Flag Day (Poland)
• Public Holiday (Russia)
May 3

• Constitution Memorial Day (Japan)
• Constitution Day (Poland)
• Anniversary of the 1986 explosion onboard Flight UL512 in which 21 people are killed and 41 are injured (Sri Lanka)
• Anniversary of the 1999 Oklahoma City F5 tornado killing 42 people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage (US)
• Anniversary of the 2006 Armavia Flight 967 crash into the Black Sea, killing all 113 people on board (Armenia)

May 4
• Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom Hashoah in 2016 begins at sunset (Israel, Judaism)
• Greenery Day (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 1949 Superga air disaster in which a total of 31 people aboard including 18 players from the Torino A.C. football/soccer team were killed (Italy)
• Anniversary of the 1982 attack on the British destroyer HMS Sheffield by an Argentinean air force jet, killing 20 sailors (UK, Argentina)
• Anniversary of the 1990 Latvia renewal of its independence from Soviet occupation (Latvia, USSR)
• Anniversary of 2002 EAS Airlines BAC crash near Kano, killing more than 148 people (Nigeria)
• Anniversary of the 2007 EF-5 tornado that virtually destroys the town of Greensburg, Kansas, and kills at least 11 people (US)
May 5

• Coronation Day in 2016 (Thailand)
• Patriots Victory Day (Ethiopia)
• Children's Day (Japan and South Korea)
• Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
• Europe Day (Council of Europe)
• Martyrs' Day (Albania)
• Liberation Day (Denmark, Ethiopia, The Netherlands)
• Indian Arrival Day (Guyana)
• May Day (Northern Territory, Australia)
• Coronation Day of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thailand)

May 6
• Martyrs' Day (Syria)
• Anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster in which the German zeppelin catches fire and is quickly destroyed at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people (US)
• Anniversary of the 1976 earthquake in Friuli, killing 989 people and destroying many villages (Italy)
• Anniversary of the 1988 plane crash into the Torghatten mountains, killing all 36 passengers and crew (Norway)
• Anniversary of the 1994 Channel Tunnel rail link opening after seven years of construction (England, France)
May 7

• Anniversary of the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania near Ireland by German submarine, killing 1,198 people (US, UK)
• Anniversary of the 1964 crash of Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 near San RaTuesday, California, killing all 44 aboard (US)
• Anniversary of the 2002 crash of PRC Northern Airlines flight over the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people (PRC)

May 8
• Liberation Day (Slovakia)
• VE Day (UK, US, Europe)
• Parents' Day (South Korea)
• Arsenius the Great Day (Eastern Christianity)
• Anniversary of the 1945 Sétif massacre (Algeria, France)
• Anniversary of the 1980 eradication of Smallpox declared by the UN's World Health Organization (Earth)
May 9
• Saint Christopher Day (Eastern Christianity)
• Victory Day (Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and other countries in the former USSR)
• Liberation Day (Jersey, Guernsey)
• Independence Day (Romania)
• Anniversary of the 1980 Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster in which a bridge section collapses after being struck by a ship, killing 35 people (US)
• Anniversary of the 1987 Polish LOT flight crash after takeoff in Warsaw, killing 183 people (Poland)
• Anniversary of the 2001 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster in which 129 fans die when crowds stampede (Ghana)
• Anniversary of the 2002 bomb explosion during a holiday parade in Kaspiysk, killing 43 and injuring at least 130 (Russia)
• Anniversary of the 2004 assassination of Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov by bomb planted under a reviewing stand in Grozny (Chechnya)
May 10
• Constitution Day (Federated States of Micronesia)
• Anniversary of the 1993 fire at the Kader Toy Factory in which 188 workers are killed (Thailand)
• Anniversary of the 2001 stampede at a football/soccer game killing over 120 spectators (Ghana)
May 11

• Anniversary of the 1953 Waco tornado strike in downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114 people (US)
• Anniversary of the 1967 imprisonment of economist and politician Andreas Papandreou by the military junta (Greece)
• Anniversary of the 1985 football/soccer fire in which 56 fans die in Bradford (UK)
• Anniversary of the 1996 ValuJet Flight 592 crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board (US)

May 12

• Anniversary of the 1981 starvation death of Francis Hughes in a political protest for IRA prisoners (Northern Ireland, UK)
• Anniversary of the 1982 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II by an ultraconservative Spanish priest (Portugal, Holy See, Italy)
• Anniversary of the 2003 bombings of the Riyadh compounds, killing at least 35 and wounding over 160 people (Saudi Arabia, US, UK)
• Anniversary of the 2007 Karachi riots, killing over 50 people and over 100 injured in Karachi (Pakistan)
• Anniversary of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan, killing over 69,000 people (PRC)

May 13

• Rotuma Day (Fiji)
• Anniversary of the 1958 French military coup (Algieria)
• Anniversary of the 1972 fire in Playtown Cabaret in Osaka in which blocked fire exits contribute to the 118 fatalities (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 1980 F3 tornado in Kalamazoo County, Michigan (US)
• Anniversary of the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in Rome's St. Peter's Square (Italy)
• Anniversary of the 1996 thunderstorms and tornados that kill 600 people (Bangladesh)
• Anniversary of the 2000 Enschede fireworks explosion, killing 22 people and wounding another 950 (Netherlands)
• Anniversary of the 2005 Andijan Massacre (Uzbekistan)

May 14

• National Unification Day (Liberia)
• Anniversary of the 1943 sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur by a Japanese submarine (Australia, Japan)
• Anniversary of the 1948 founding of Israel, immediately precipitating the 1948 Arab-Israeli War (Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and others)
• Anniversary of the 1988 Carrollton, Kentucky bus collision in which a drunk driver hits a converted school bus and kills 27 and injures 34 people (US)

May 15

• Pentecost Sunday in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Independence Day (Paraguay)
• Armed Forces Day (Slovenia)
• Nakba Day (Palestinian Territories)
• Anniversary of the 1929 fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, killing 123 (US)
• Anniversary of the 1972 attempted assassination of presidential candidate George Wallace (US)
• Anniversary of the 1974 Ma'alot massacre in which 31 people, including hostage takers, are killed (Israel, Palestinian Territories)

May 16

• Whit Monday in 2016 (Western Christianity)
• Anniversary of the 2003 Casablanca terrorist attacks in which 33 people are killed and over 100 people are injured (Morocco)
• Anniversary of the 2005 decision to allow women voting rights (Kuwait)
• Anniversary of the 2006 earthquake registering 7.4 on the Richter scale (New Zealand)

May 17
• Ascension Day (Curacao)
• Constitution Day (Norway)
May 18

• Trinity Day (Christianity)
• Revival and Unity Day (Turkmenistan)
• Battle of Las Piedras Day (Uruguay)

May 19

• Youth and Sports Day (Turkey)
• Anniversary of the 1991 referendum vote for independence (Croatia)

May 20

• National Holiday (Cameroon)
• Independence Day (East Timor)

May 21

• Buddha Purnima Day/Birthday of Lord Buddha in 2016 (Buddhist)
• Battle of Iquique Day (Chile)
• Anniversary of 1991 assassination of Rajiv Gandhi (India)

May 22
• National Day (Yemen)
May 23

• Victoria Day in 2016 (Canada)
• Declaration of the Bab in 2016 (Baha'i)
• Labour Day (Jamaica)

May 24

• Commonwealth Day (Belize)
• Culture Day (Bulgaria)
• Battle of Pichincha (Ecuador)
• Independence Day (Eritrea)

May 25

• Lag B'Omer (Lag BaOmer) begins at sunset in 2016 (Israel, Judaism)
• African Freedom Day (Chad and Zambia)
• Independence Day (Jordan)
• Revolution Day (Argentina)

May 26

• Mother's Day (Poland)
• National Day (Georgia)
• Independence Day (Guyana)
• Anniversary of the 1917 tornado strike in Mattoon, Illinois, killing 101 people and injuring 689 (US)
• Anniversary of the 1983 earthquake causing a tsunami that kills at least 104 people and injures thousands (Japan)
• Anniversary of the 2004 decision against Terry Nichols who is found guilty in Oklahoma City bombing deaths (US)

May 27
• Mother's Day/Día de la Madre (Bolivia)
• Children's Day (Nigeria)
• Anniversary of the 1971 Dahlerau train disaster in which 46 people are killed and at least 25 are injured (West Germany)
• Anniversary of the 1975 Dibble's Bridge coach crash in which 32 people are killed (UK)
• Anniversary of the 2006 Java earthquake which kills over 5,700 people and leaves over 200,000 homeless (Indonesia)
May 28

• Ascension of Baha'u'llah in 2016 (Baha'i)
• Republic Day (Azerbaijan, Armenia)
• National Day (Ethiopia)
• National Flag Day (Philippines)
• Anniversary of 1964 formation of the Palestine Liberation Organization ("PLO")
• Anniversary of the 1977 fire in Kentucky's Beverly Hills Supper Club killing 165 people (US)
• Anniversary of the 1995 earthquake in Neftegorsk that kills at least 2,000 people (Russia)

May 29

• Democracy Day (Nigeria)
• Anniversary of the 1914 sinking of the ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland, killing 1,024 (Canada, England)
• Anniversary of the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster in which 39 football fans die and hundreds are injured (Belgium, England, Italy)
• Anniversary of the 2004 Al-Khobar massacres (Saudi Arabia)

May 30

• Memorial Day in 2016 (US)
• Indian Arrival Day (Trinidad and Tobago)
• Anniversary of the 1948 dike breach along the Columbia River destroying the town of Vanport, Oregon, killing 15 people leaving homeless tens of thousands (US)
• Anniversary of the 1961 assassination of dictator Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic)
• Anniversary of the 1972 Lod International Airport massacre in which 26 people are killed and over 80 are wounded (Israel, Japan)
• Anniversary of the 1998 earthquake strike in northern Afghanistan, killing approximately 5,000 people (Afghanistan)

May 31

• Anniversary of the 1931 earthquake strike destroying city of Quetta, leaving 40,000 dead (Pakistan)
• Anniversary of the 1970 earthquake strike causing a mudslide that buries the town of Yungay and kills more than 47,000 people (Peru)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in June 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
June 1
• Madaraka Day (Kenya)
• International Children's Day (PRC)
• Independence Day (Samoa)
• 1943 shooting down of BOAC Flight 777 over Bay of Biscay by German Junkers, kills actor Leslie Howard and attempts to kill British PM Winston Churchill (UK, Germany)
• 1974 Flixborough Disaster caused by an explosion at a chemical plant, kills 28 people. (UK)
• 2001 Dolphinarium Massacre in which a Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 people at a disco in Tel Aviv (Israel)
• 2001 assassination of the Nepal Royal Family by the heir to the throne of the Himalayan kingdom (Nepal)
• 2007 ban on public place smoking begins within the United Kingdom (UK)
June 2
• Coronation Day (Bhutan, UK)
• Hristo Botev Day (Bulgaria)
• National Day (Italy)
• Republic Day / Festa della Repubblica (Italy)
• 1984 Indian Army operation against an important Sikh temple in Amritsar injures at least 5,000 people (India)
• 1990 Lower Ohio Valley tornado system spawns 66 confirmed tornados in US Midwest, killing 12 (US)
• 1997 Timothy McVeigh convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (US)
• Anniversary of 2015 sinking of Eastern Star cruise ship in Yangtze River in which over 400 people die (PRC)
June 3

• Mabo Day (Australia)
• Children's Day (Cambodia)
• 1962 crash of a chartered Air France Boeing 707 headed for Atlanta, Georgia killing 130 people on board (US, France)
• 1973 crash of a Soviet supersonic Tupolev Tu-144 near Goussainville, France killing 14 (France, USSR)
• 1989 death of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini (Iran)
• 1998 Eschede train disaster in which a high speed "ICE" train derails in Lower Saxony, Germany, killing 101 people (Germany)

June 4
• Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day begins at sundown in 2016 (Israel)
• Flag Day of the Defence Forces (Finland)
• State Public Holiday (Malaysia)
• Emancipation Day /National Day (Tonga)
• Anniversary of 1939 Holocaust event in which the SS St. Louis, a ship carrying at least 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida and forced to return to Europe where many of its passengers are killed in Nazi death camps (Germany, US)
• Anniversary of 1967 Stockport Air Disaster in which British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Stockport, killing 72 of 84 aboard. The remaining 12 are severely injured (UK)
• Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square sit-in is violently ended in Beijing by People's Liberation Army, many killed (PRC, Hong Kong)
• Anniversary of 1989 Ufa train disaster in which a natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, kills 575 as two trains passing each other throw sparks near a leaky pipeline resulting in a conflagration (USSR)
• Anniversary of 2015 petrol explosion at a gas station in Accra in which over 90 people are killed (Ghana)
June 5
• Constitution Day (Denmark)
• Head of State's Official Birthday (Malaysia)
• Indian Arrival Day (Suriname)
• Liberation Day (Seychelles)
• 1946 fire at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago kills 61 people (US)
• 1968 American presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. Senator Kennedy dies the next day (US)
June 6
• Memorial Day (South Korea)
• Flag Day/National Holiday (Sweden)
• Queensland Day (Australia)
• 1882 cyclone kills more than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay (now Mumbai) as storm surge pushes Arabian Sea into the harbor and into the city (India)
• 1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy succumbs to his wounds after he is shot the previous evening attending a political rally (US)
• 1981 passenger train accident on the tracks between Mansi and Saharsa, India, near the Bagmati river. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing, however, it is generally believed the actual figure is closer to 1,000 killed (India)
June 7
• National Day (Malta)
• 1989 crash of Surinam Airways DC-8 Super 62 near Paramaribo Airport, kills 168 people (Suriname)
June 8
• Bounty Day (Norfolk Island)
• Anniversary of 1783 Laki Volcano Eruption in which over 10,000 people subsequently died due to famine (Iceland)
• Anniversary of 1916 birth of Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA (UK)
June 9
• Accession Day (Jordan)
• 1970 assassination attempt on King Hussein just outside of Amman and wounds the King's driver (Jordan)
June 10
• Shavuot begins at sundown in 2016 (Israel, Judaism)
• Day of Portugal (Portugal)
June 11
• King Kamehameha Day, state holiday (Hawaii, US)
• 1955 Le Mans Disaster claims 77 lives and an additional 77 others are injured when a racing car spins off the track and into the crowd. Many improvements are made in racetrack safety as a result (France)
June 12
• Peace with Bolivia Day (Paraguay, Bolivia)
• Independence Day (Philippines)
• Russia Day (Russia)
• Lover's Day/Dia dos Namorados (Brazil)
• Anniversary of 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers (US)
June 13
• Anniversary of 2007 car bomb assassination of Mr. Walid Eido, a prominent anti-Syrian legislator in Beirut (Lebanon, Syria)
June 14
• Liberation Day (Falkland Islands)
• Flag Day (Paraguay, US)
• Freedom Day (Malawi)
June 15
• National Salvation Day (Azerbaijan)
• Arbor Day (Costa Rica)
• Day of Valdemar and Reunion Day (Denmark)
• 1996 Manchester bombing injures over 200 people (UK)
June 16
• Youth Day (South Africa)
• Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikhism)
June 17
• Independence Day (Iceland)
• Anniversary of 1991 Repeal of Last Apartheid Law (South Africa)
June 18
• Evacuation Day (Egypt)
• Constitution Day (Seychelles)
June 19
• Labour Day (Trinidad and Tobago)
• Artigas Day (Uruguay)
• Anniversary of 2007 truck bomb attack against a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad that kills at least 87 people (Iraq)
June 20
• Flag Day (Argentina)
• Anniversary of 2015 bus crash in which at least 16 people are killed , many more injured in Uttarakhand (India)
June 21
• National Day (Greenland)
• Martyrs' Day (Togo)
June 22
• Antifascist Struggle Day (Croatia)
• Teachers' Day (El Salvador)
June 23
• Victory Day (Estonia)
• National Day (Luxembourg)
June 24
• Saint Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec province of Canada)
• Battle Of Carabobo Day (Venezuela)
• Countryman's Day (Peru)
June 25
• Statehood/National Day (Croatia, Slovenia)
• Independence Day (Mozambique)
• Arbor Day (Philippines)
• 2015 Heatwave kills an estimated 1,250 people (Pakistan, India)
June 26
• Independence Day (Madagascar)
• Flag Day (Romania)
• Sunthorn Phu Day (Thailand)
June 27
• Mixed Race Day (Brazil)
• Independence/National Day (Djibouti)
June 28
• Vidovdan/Saint Vitus Day (Serbian, Orthodox Christianity)
• 2004 Anniversary of power transfer back to Iraq from US control (Iraq, US)
June 29
• St. Peter's Day (Christianity)
• Independence Day (Seychelles)
June 30
• Armed Forces Day (Guatemala)
• Revolution Day (Sudan)
• Anniversary of 2015 military plane crash in Medan, Indonesia in which at least 141 people are killed (Indonesia)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in July 2016
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Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
July 1
• Sir Seretse Khama Day (Botswana)
• Independence Day (Burundi, Rwanda)
• Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day (Canada)
• Half-year Day (PRC)
• Republic Day (Ghana)
• National Day (Somalia)
• Liberation Day (Suriname)
• Unity Day (Zambia)
July 2
• Flag Day (Curaçao)
• Birthday of Vicente Fox Quesada, former president of Mexico (Mexico)
July 3
• Independence Day (Belarus)
• Anniversary of Iran Air Flight 655 disaster (Iran)
• Anniversary of Raid on Entebbe (France, Uganda, Israel)
July 4
• Independence Day (US)
July 5
• Independence Day (Algeria, Venezuela)
• Constitution Day (Armenia)
• National Day (Cape Verde)
July 6
• Day of Statehood (Lithuania)
• Republic Day (Malawi)
July 7
• Anniversary of Hawaii Annexation by United States (US)
• Anniversary of 2005 London Terrorist Bombings ("7-7") (UK)
• Birthday of His Majesty the King (Nepal)
• Independence Day (Solomon Islands)
• Running of the Bulls Festival begins (Spain)
• Heroes Day (Zambia)
July 8
• Independence Day (Malawi)
• Death Anniversary of Kim Il Sung (North Korea)
July 9
• Independence Day (Argentina)
• Anniversary of highest tsunami recorded (Alaska, US)
July 10
• Independence Day (Bahamas)
• Armed Forces Day (Mauritania)
July 11
• Anniversary of 1995 Srebrenica Massacre (Bosnia, Serbia)
• Saint Benedict Day (Catholic Christianity)
• Naadam National Holiday begins (Mongolia)
July 12
• Independence Day (Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe)
• Orangemen's Day (Northern Ireland)
July 13
• National/Statehood Day (Montenegro)
July 14
• Bastille Day/La Fête Nationale/National Day (France)
July 15
• President's Day (Botswana)
• Saint Swithin's Day (Christianity)
• Confuflux (Discordianism)
• Saint Vladimir the Great Day (Orthodox Christianity)
July 16
• La Paz Day (Bolivia)
July 17
• Anniversary of 2014 Malaysia Airlines MH Flight 17 being shot down near the Ukraine/Russian border en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 aboard the Boeing 777-200ER plane die.
• Constitution Day (Korea)
• Munoz-Rivera Day (Puerto Rico)
July 18
• Anniversary of the birthday of Nelson Mandala (South Africa)
• Constitution Day (Uruguay)
July 19
• National Liberation Day (Nicaragua)
July 20
• Independence Day (Colombia)
• Día del Amigo/Friendship Day (Argentina, Uruguay)
July 21
• National Holiday (Belgium)
• Liberation Day (Guam)
July 22
• Birthday of former King Sobhuza II (Swaziland)
July 23
• Revolution Day (Egypt, Venezuela)
• Anniversary of the 2005 Sharm El-Sheikh Bombings in which at least 88 people are killed and over 200 wounded (Egypt)
• Birthday of Haile Selassie (Rastafarian)
• Birthday of Guru Har Krishen - Nanakshahi calendar (Sikhism)
July 24
• Simón Bolívar Day (Ecuador)
• Anniversary of Nagasaki Mudslide Disaster (Japan)
• Pioneer Day (Mormonism)
July 25
• Guanacaste Day (Costa Rica)
• Constitution Day (Puerto Rico)
• Saint James Day (Spain, Christianity)
• Republic Day (Tunisia)
July 26
• National Day/Anniversary of the Revolution (Cuba)
• Independence Day (Liberia, Maldives)
• Khordad Sal/Qadimi (Zoroastrian)
July 27
• Korean War Armistice Day (North & South Korea)
July 28
• Independence Day (Peru)
• Hurricane Supplication Day (Virgin Islands)
July 29
• National Anthem Day (Romania)
• Anniversary of 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (UK)
July 30
• Independence Day (Vanuatu)
July 31
• Lughnassad/Lammas - begins at sunset in the Northern Hemisphere (Wicca)
Imbolc in the Southern Hemisphere - begins at sunset (Wicca)

• Anniversary of Kennedy International Airport ("JFK") dedication (US)
• Presidential Election Day (Zimbabwe)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in August 2016
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Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
August 1
• Civic Holiday in 2015 (Canada - most provinces)
• Armed Forces Day (Angola)
• Emancipation Day (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago)
• National Day (Benin, Switzerland)
• Confederation Day (Switzerland)
• Parents' Day (Democratic Republic of Congo)
• Fiesta Day (Nicaragua)
• Anniversary of the Liberation of Haile Selassie (Rastafarian)
• Feast of Kamál (Bahá'í)
• Army's Day/Eid al-Jaysh (Lebanon)
• Lughnasadh - Lammas (Paganism)
August 2
• Our Lady of the Angels Day (Costa Rica)
• Ilinden/St. Ilya Day (Republic of Macedonia)
• Anniversary of Iraqi invasion of Kuwait (Iraq, Kuwait, US)
August 3
• Armed Forces Day (Equatorial Guinea)
• Colonization Martyr's Day (Guinea-Bissau)
• Independence Day (Niger)
• Flag Day (Venezuela)
August 4
• Revolution Day (Burkina Faso)
• Youth Day (Zambia)
• Anniversary of Barack Obama's birthday, 44th US president (US)
August 5
• Independence Day (Burkina Faso)
• Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day (Croatia)
• Children's Day (Chile)
• Anniversary of 2015 train disaster in which at least 24 passengers die as their train carriage is washed off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh (India)
• Anniversary of 2015 boat disaster in which at least 200 migrants die after their boat capsizes near coast (Libya)
August 6
• Independence Day (Bolivia, Jamaica)
• Accession Day of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (UAE)
• Anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima (Japan, US)
• Toro Nagashi (Hiroshima, Japan)
• Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christianity)
August 7
• National Day (Cote D'Ivoire/Ivory Coast)
• Battle of Boyaca Day (Colombia)
• Anniversary of the 1998 bombing attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (Kenya, Tanzania, US)
• Anniversary of the Tonkin Resolution starting US/Vietnam war (US, Vietnam)
August 8
• Farmers' Day (Tanzania)
• Anniversary of 2015 Typhoon Soudelor in which at least 22 people are killed (PRC, Taiwan)
August 9
• Anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki (Japan, US)
• National Day (Singapore)
• National Women's Day (South Africa)
August 10
• Independence Day (Ecuador)
• Anniversary of 2015 stampede at a Hindu Temple in Deogarh in which at least 11 people die and hundreds are injured (India)
August 11
• Independence Day (Chad)
• Anniversary of 1965 Watts Riots (US)
• Heroes' Day (Zimbabwe)
August 12
• Anniversary of 2015 Heatwave in which over 100 people die (Egypt) • Anniversary of 2015 Explosion at a Tianjin chemical storage facility in which over 125 are killed at over 700 are injured (PRC)
• Birthday of the Queen (Thailand)
August 13
• Lao Issara/Day of the Free Laos (Laos)
• Independence Day (Central African Republic)
• Women's Day (Tunisia)
August 14
• Pramuka Day (Indonesia)
• Independence Day (Pakistan)
August 15
• Flooding of the Nile Day (Egypt)
• Independence Day (India)
• Gwangbokjeol/Liberation Day (Korea)
• Naadym (Tuva)
• Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christianity)
• Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary (Christianity)
August 16
• Anniversary of 2015 crash of Trigana Air ATR 42 plane in which 54 people die (Indonesia)
Restoration of the Republic (Dominican Republic)
August 17
• Anniversary of the death of San Martin (Argentina)
• Independence Day (Gabon, Indonesia)
• Birth Anniversary of Marcus Garvey (Rastafarian)
• Slovenians in Prekmurje (Slovenia)
• Anniversary of 2015 Bangkok Bombing at the Erawan Shrine in which 20 people are killed and at least 125 are injured (Thailand)
• Anniversary of the 1999 Turkish earthquake in which at least 17,217 are killed and 43,959 injured (Turkey, Greece, UK)
August 18
• Long Tan Day (Australia)
August 19
• Afghan Independence Day (Afghanistan)
• Birthday of Bill Clinton, 42nd US President (US)
• Jamshedi Noruz Shenshai (Zoroastrian)
August 20
• Revolution of the King and the People (Morocco)
• St. Stephen's Day (Hungary)
August 21
• Youth Day (Morocco)
• Ninoy Aquino Day (Philippines)
August 22
• Anniversary of the 1986 volcanic eruption, killing an estimated 2,000 people (Cameroon)
• Anniversary of start of Vietnam War (Vietnam, France, US)
August 23

• Flag Day (Ukraine)
• Anniversary of 1996 message from Saudi national Osama bin Laden titled, "A Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places" is issued (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, US)

August 24
• Independence Day (Ukraine)
• Flag Day (Liberia)
• Birth Anniversary of Yasser Arafat (Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Israel)
August 25
• Independence Day (Uruguay)
• Anniversary of the 2003 coordinated bombing attacks in Mumbai, killing at least 44 people (India)
August 26
• Namibia Day/Heroes' Day (Namibia)
• Sultan's Birthday (Zanzibar)
• Anniversary of 1883 Krakatoa Eruption, killing at least 36,417 people (Indonesia)
August 27
• Independence Day (Moldova)
• Anniversary of 1979 assassination of Lord Mountbatten (UK)
August 28
• Anniversary of 2015 boat disaster in which at least 200 migrants die after two overcrowded boats capsize off Zuwara (Libya)
• Anniversary of 2003 UK Blackout, affecting over 50,000 people and halting much of the London Underground (UK)
August 29
• Summer Bank Holiday in 2016 (Ireland, UK)
• Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Striking Gulf Coast in 2005 (US)
• National Uprising Day (Slovakia)
• Anniversary of the beheading of John the Baptist (Christianity)
August 30
• Saint Rose of Lima Day (Peru)
• Victory Day (Turkey)
August 31
• Constitution Day (Kazakhstan)
• Day of Solidarity and Freedom (Poland)
• Day of Our Language/Limba Noastra (Moldova)
• Freedom Day/Hari Merdeka (Malaysia)
• Independence Day (Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad & Tobago)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in September 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
September 1
• Anniversary of 1923 Kanto Earthquake, killing over 57,000 people (Japan)
• Revolution Day (Libya)
• Anniversary of 1983 Korean Air Lines Flight 007 Disaster in which 269 people are killed (Korea, US, former USSR)
• President's State of the Union Address (Mexico)
• Ecclesiastical Year begins (Orthodox Christianity)
• Revolution Day/Bahti Meskerem (Eritrea)
• Constitution Day (Slovakia)
• Independence Day/Mustaqillik Kuni (Uzbekistan)
September 2
• Independence Day (Vietnam)
• Anniversary of Great London Fire of 1666 (UK)
September 3
• Independence Day (Qatar)
• National Day (San Marino)
September 4
• Immigrant's Day (Argentina)
September 5
• Labor Day in 2016 (US, Canada)
Anniversary of birth of Krishna Janmashtami in 2015 (India, Hindu)
• Anniversary of the 1972 Munich Massacre during the Olympics in which 11 Israelis and one German are subsequently killed (Germany, Israel)
September 6
• Unification Day (Bulgaria)
• Defense of Pakistan Day (Pakistan)
September 7
Independence Day (Brazil)
September 8
• National Day (Andorra)
• Independence Day (Macedonia)
• Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity)
• Feast of the Birth of Mary (Christianity)
September 9
• National Day (North Korea)
• Anniversary of the Liberation Ceremony (Luxembourg)
• Independence Day (Tajikistan)
• Anniversary of First Apartment Bombing in Moscow in 1999 in which 94 people are killed (Russia)
September 10
• St. George's Caye Day (Belize)
September 11
• Anniversary of 2001 9-11 Terror Attacks in which over 3,000 people were killed (US)
• Entutatash/New Year's Day (Ethiopia)
• Anniversary of Founder's Death (Pakistan)
September 12
• Eid al Adha/Festival of Sacrifice can start in 2016 - begins at sundown (Islam)
• Defenders Day (Maryland state of US)
• National Holiday (Guinea-Bissau)
September 13
• Anniversary of Second Apartment Bombing in Moscow in 1999 in which 118 people are killed (Russia)
September 14
• Chusok (South Korea, North Korea)
• Battle of San Jacinto Day (Nicaragua)
September 15
• Independence Day (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua)
• Battle of Britain Day (UK)
September 16
• Independence Day (Mexico, Papua New Guinea)
• Anniversary of Palestinian Massacre (Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Israel)
September 17
• Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu) in 2016
• Day of the Nation Hero (Angola)
• State Constitution Commemoration Day (Arizona, Florida, US)
September 18
Paryushana-Parva begins in 2016 (Jainism)
• Independence Day (Chile)
September 19
• Anniversary of 1985 earthquake strike in Mexico City, killing over 10,000 people (Mexico)
September 20
• Hajj can start as early as today in 2015 (Islam)
• National Youth Day (Thailand)
September 21
• Navaratri ends in 2016 (Hindu)
• Independence Day (Armenia, Belize, Malta)
• Anniversary of 1989 Hurricane Hugo Destruction (US)
• World Alzheimer's Day (Earth)
September 22
• Anniversary of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation Act (US)
• Anniversary of start of 1980 Iran-Iraq War (Iran, Iraq)
• Independence Day (Mali)
September 23
• Autumnal Equinox Day in 2016 (Japan)
• Mabon in 2016 - in the Northern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Kingdom Unification Day (Saudi Arabia)
September 24
• Anniversary of 2015 Hajj Stampede in which over 2,000 pilgrims are killed, another 1,000 are hospitalized and over 1,250 listed as missing (Saudi Arabia, Islam)
• Independence Day (Guinea-Bissau)
• Constitutional Declaration Day (Cambodia)
• Heritage Day (South Africa)
September 25
• Armed Forces Day (Mozambique)
• Republic Day (Rwanda)
September 26
• Birth Anniversary of Confucius (PRC)
• European Day of Languages (EU Community)
September 27
• End of Independence War Day (Mexico)
• World Tourism Day (Earth)
True Cross Day/Meskel (Ethiopian/Eritrean Orthodox Christian)
• Anniversary of 2014 eruption of Japan's Mount Ontake Volcano that leaves at least 47 dead and many injured. It is the worst volcanic disaster in the country in almost 90 years.
September 28
• Birth Anniversary of Confucius and Teachers' Day (Taiwan)
September 29
• Boqueron Day (Paraguay)
September 30
• Independence Day (Botswana)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in October 2016
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
Saturday, October 1 • National Day (PRC, Tuvalu)
• Independence Day (Cyprus, Nigeria)
• Armed Forces Day (South Korea)
October 2
• Jewish New Year/Rosh Hashanah in 2016 - begins at sunset (Israel, Judaism)
• Independence Day (Guinea)
October 3
• Jewish New Year/Rosh Hashanah in 2016 continues (Israel, Judaism)
• Francisco Morazan Holiday (Honduras)
• National Foundation Day (South Korea)
October 4
• Saint Francis Day (Catholic Christianity)
• Independence Day (Lesotho)
October 5
• Anniversary of 1999 Paddington Train Crash near Ladbroke Grove, west London in which 31 people died and over 220 people were injured (UK)
• Anniversary of 2015 Guatemala City Mudslides in which at least 139 people died and over 300 remain missing (Guatemala)
• Republic Day (Portugal)
October 6
• Armed Forces Day (Egypt)
• Anniversary of Assassination of Anwar Sadat (Egypt)
• Anniversary of Yom Kippur War (Israel, Egypt, Syria)
October 7

• Start of the 2001 American air strikes against Taliban (Afghanistan, Iraq, US)
• Anniversary of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise liner MS Achille Lauro (Italy, US, Israel, Syria, Egypt, Palestinian Territories)

October 8
• Independence Day (Croatia)
• Anniversary of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire (US)
October 9
• Leif Erikson Day (Iceland)
• Day of National Honor (Peru)
• Independence Day (Uganda)
October 10
• Ashura in 2016 - begins at sunset (Islam)
• Columbus Day in 2016 (Belize, US)
• Health-Sports Day in 2016 (Japan)
• Thanksgiving Day in 2016 (Canada)
• Anniversary of 2015 Ankara Peace Rally Bombing in which at least 128 people are killed and over 200 injured (Turkey)
• Beginning of Independence Way Day (Cuba)
• Independence Day (Fuji)
October 11
• Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur in 2016 - begins at sunset (Israel, Judaism)
• Anniversary of 1976 "Gang of Four" Arrest (PRC)
October 12
• Discovery Day (Bahamas)
• Independence Day (Equatorial Guinea)
• Dia de la Raza (Mexico)
• National Holiday (Spain)
• Anniversary of 2000 suicide attack of USS Cole, killing 17 sailors and at least 39 more (US, Sudan, Yemen)
• Anniversary of 2002 Bali Bombings in which 202 people were killed and at least 209 people were injured (Indonesia, Australia, UK, US, German and other countries)
October 13
• Al-Hijra/Muharram can begin today at sunset in 2015 (Islam)
• Navaratri begins in 2015 (Hindu)
• St. Edward's Day (Christianity)
• Assassination of the Hero of the Nation (Burundi)
• Anniversary of 1976 Lloyd Aereo Bolivian plane disaster in Santa Cruz in which dozens die (Bolivia)
October 14

• National Education Day (Poland)
• US Capitol building evacuated in 2001 after letter sent to Senate Leader is opened and found to contain Anthrax (US)

October 15
• Anniversary of the 1973 start of oil embargo against Western nations by oil-producing nations lasting until March 1974 (US, Japan)
• Anniversary of the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash at the St. George Ferry Terminal in which 11 people are killed and at least 70 are injured (US)
• Anniversary of approval of 2005 Iraqi constitution (Iraq)
October 16
• Harvest Festival/Sukkot in 2016 begins at sunset (Judaism)
• UN World Food Day (Earth)
• US President George W. Bush signs 2002 congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq (Iraq, US)
• British police arrest former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London (Chile, UK)
October 17
• Anniversary of the 1989 earthquake strike in San Francisco in which 63 people are killed and approximately 4,000 injured (US)
October 18
• Anniversary of 2015 Puisseguin Coach/Truck Crash in which at least 42 people are killed and 9 are injured (France)
• Independence Day (Azerbaijan)
October 19

• America begins 1960 embargo on exports to Cuba (Cuba, US)
• Saddam Hussein pleads not guilty to premeditated murder and torture charges in 2005 (Iraq, US)

October 20
• Alaska Day (US)
• Revolution Day (Guatemala)
• National Heroes Day (Jamaica)
• Kenyatta Day (Kenya)
• Anniversary of the 1982 Moscow Football Tragedy in which an estimated 350 fans were killed (former USSR)
• Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (US Virgin Islands)
• Installation of Holy Scriptures as Guru Granth Sahib (Sikhism)
• Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)
October 21
• Overseas Chinese Day (Taiwan)
• Anniversary of Vietnam War Protesters storming Pentagon (US)
October 22
• Dussehra in 2015 (India, Hindu)
• Navaratri ends in 2016 (Hindu)
• Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis (Cuba, US, Russia)
October 23
• Ashura in North America in 2016 - begins at sunset (Islam)
• Anniversary of the 1983 Beirut Terrorist Attack against American forces (Lebanon, US)
• Peace Treaty Day (Cambodia)
• Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution (Hungary)
• Republic Day (Hungary)
• Chulalongkorn Day (Thailand)
October 24
• Labour Day in 2016 (New Zealand)
• Simchat Torah in 2016 - begins at sunset (Israel, Judaism)
• October Bank Holiday in 2016 (Ireland)
• Independence Day (Zambia)
October 25
• Anniversary of the 1983 US Invasion of Granada (US, Grenada)
• Retrocession Day (Taiwan)
October 26
• National Day (Austria)
October 27
• Anniversary of the 1998 strike of Hurricane Mitch, in which at least 11,000 people are killed and over 8,000 go missing (Honduras, Nicaragua, US)
• Anniversary of the 2015 Pakistan/Afghanistan Earthquake in which at least 311 people die and many more remain missing
• Independence Day (Turkmenistan)
October 28
• Independence Day (Czech Republic)
• Ochi Day (Greece)
October 29
• Republic Day (Turkey)
October 30
• British Summer Time ends in 2016 (UK) - clocks go back one hour
• Daylight Saving Time ends in 2016 (EU countries and Russia) - clocks go back one hour
• Mudslides caused by Hurricane Mitch (see October 27, above) kill an additional 2,000 people (Nicaragua)
• Anniversary of 2015 Bucharest nightclub fire in which at least 27 people die and over 150 are hospitalized (Romania)
October 31
• Samhain begins at sunset in the Northern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Beltane begins at sunset in the Southern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Anniversary of 2015 Kogalymavia Flight 7K9268 from El Salam, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia crash in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board
• Anniversary of Reformation (Protestant Christianity)
• Chiang Kai-Shek Day (Taiwan)
• Hallowe'en (Western countries)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in November 2015
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
November 1
• Daylight Saving Time ends in 2015 (US, Canada and some Caribbean islands) - clocks go back one hour
• New York 2015 Marathon (New York, US)
• Revolution Day (Algeria)
• Independence Day (Antigua & Barbuda)
• All Saints' Day (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, East Timor, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Germany (some states), Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, New Caledonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia Remembrance Day, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (some cantons), Togo, Vatican City and Wallis and Futuna)
• All Saints' Day/Hallowmas/All Hallows' (Christianity)
• Anniversary of 1755 Lisbon Earthquake (Portugal, Morocco, Spain)
• Liberty Day (US Virgin Islands)
November 2
• Anniversary of 1918 New York Subway Accident (US)
• All Souls' Day (Christianity)
• All Saints' Day (Catholic Church in England and Wales)
• Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I (Rastafarian)
• Recreation Day (Northern Tasmania - Australia)
November 3
• Election Day in 2015 (US)
• National Day (Dominica)
• Culture Day (Japan)
• Independence Day (Federated States of Micronesia, Panama)
November 4
• Victory Day (Italy)
• Flag Day (Panama)
• Anniversary of 1979 seizure of US Embassy in Tehran (Iran, US)
November 5
• Day of the First Shout for Independence (El Salvador)
• Guy Fawkes Day (UK)
November 6
• Anniversary of the Green March (Morocco)
• Gustavus Adolphus Day (Sweden)
November 7
• Solidarity Day (Bangladesh)
• Anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution (Russia, Ukraine)
• Arbor Day (Samoa)
November 8
• Remembrance Sunday in 2015 (UK)
• Saint Michael's Day (Cyprus, Greece)
November 9
• Diwali/Deepavali in 2015 begins (India, Sikhism, Jainism, Hinduism)
• Anniversary of the 1872 Great Boston Fire (US)
• Independence Day (Cambodia)
• Anniversary of the 1965 East Coast Blackout (US, Canada)
November 10
• First Shout of Independence (Panama)
November 11
• Independence Day (Angola, Poland)
• Remembrance Day (Canada)
• Armistice Day (Western world)
• Veteran's Day (US)
• Cartagena Independence Day (Columbia)
• Republic Day (Maldives)
November 12
• World Pneumonia Day (worldwide)
• Birth of Baha'u'llah (Bahai)
• Anniversary of the 1866 birth of Sun Yat-Sen - disputed (Taiwan)
November 13
• Anniversary of 2015 Paris Terror Attacks which killed 130 people and injured 368, many of them seriously (Paris, France)
• Anniversary of the 1985 volcanic eruption in which an estimated 20,000 people are killed (Columbia)
• Anniversary of the 2001 Fall of Kabul (Afghanistan)
November 14
• Readjustment Movement's Day (Guinea-Bissau)
• Children's Day (India)
• Anniversary of Birth of King Hussein (Jordan)
November 15
• Dynasty Day (Belgium)
• Republic Day (Brazil)
• Shichigosan/7-5-3 festival (Shinto)
• Volkstrauertag/National Day of Remembrance (Germany)
November 16
• National Rebirth Day (Estonia)
November 17
• Polytechneio (Greece)
• Anniversary of the 1869 opening of the Suez Canal (Egypt)
November 18
• Army Day (Haiti)
• Independence Day (Latvia)
• National Day (Morocco)
• National Holiday (Oman)
• Anniversary of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre (Guyana, US)
November 19
• Garifuna Day (Belize)
• National Day (Monaco)
• Discovery Day (Puerto Rico)
• Anniversary of the 1984 Gas Truck Explosion that killed over 300 people (Mexico)
November 20
• Day of National Sovereignty (Argentina)
• Revolution Day (Mexico)
November 21
• Armed Forces Day (Bangladesh)
November 22
• Totensonntag/Protestant Day of Remembrance in 2015 (Germany)
• Anniversary of the 1963 Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (US)
• Independence Day (Lebanon)
November 23
• Labor Thanksgiving Day (Japan)
• Niinamesei (Shinto)
November 24
Anniversary of US military leaving Philippines (Philippines, US)
• Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Nanakshahi calendar (Sikhism)
November 25
• National Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
• Anniversary of 1960 Mirabel Sisters' murder (Dominican Republic)
• Independence Day (Suriname)
November 26
• Thanksgiving Day in 2015 (US)
• Macy's New York Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2015 (US)
• Republic Day (Mongolia)
• Day of the Covenant (Bahai)
• Anniversary of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks during which at least 173 people were killed and more than 300 injured over three days (India, Pakistan)
November 27

• Heroes Day (Belarus)
• Anniversary of the 1975 assassination of Ross McWhirter (Ireland, UK)
• Anniversary of the 1978 assassination of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk (US)
• Anniversary of the 1983 Colombian plane crash near Madrid's Barajas Airport, killing 181 people (Spain, Columbia)
• Anniversary of the 1997 Souhane massacre in which 25 people are killed (Algeria)

November 28
• Independence Day (Albania, Mauritania, Panama)
• Republic Day (Chad)
• Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha (Bahai)
November 29
• First Advent Sunday in 2015 (Christianity)
• Anniversary of end of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
November 30
• Independence Day (Barbados)
• Bonifacio Day (Philippines)
• St. Andrew's Day (Christianity)

Events, Holidays and Anniversaries in December 2015
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Date Event (Significance, Country or Religion)
December 1
• National Day (Central African Republic)
• Restoration of Independence Day (Portugal)
• National Day/Union Day (Romania)
December 2
• National Day (Laos, United Arab Emirates)
December 3
• Anniversary of the 1984 Bhopal Poison Gas Disaster (India)
• Anniversary of the first successful Heart Transplant in 1967 by Dr. Christiaan Barnard (South Africa)
December 4
• Navy Day (India)
• Barbórka/Miners' Day (Poland)
December 5
• National Farmers' Day (Ghana)
• Discovery Day (Haiti)
• King's Birthday/National Day (Thailand)
December 6
• Hanukkah starts in 2015 - begins at sunset (Judaism, Israel)
• Day of Quito (Equador)
• Independence Day (Finland)
• Constitution Day (Spain)
• St. Nicholas Day (Christianity)
• Anniversary of 1917 Halifax Explosion, killing over 2,000 people and injuring over 9,000 (Canada)
• Anniversary of 1989 attack at Universite de Montreal in which 14 female engineering students are assassinated by lone male gunman (Canada)
December 7
• Anniversary of 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack in which 2,402 people were killed and an additional 1,282 wounded (US, Japan)
• Anniversary of 1988 Armenian Earthquake (Armenia)
• National Day (Central African Republic)
• Commemoration Day (Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast)
December 8
• Constitution Day (Uzbekistan)
• Anniversary of 1949 Chinese Federalist move to Formosa (Taiwan)
• Lady of Camarin Day (Guam)
• Anniversary of 1980 assassination of John Lennon (US)
• Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Nicaragua, Christianity)
• Bodhi Day/Rohatsu (Buddhism)
December 9
• Independence and Republic Day (Tanzania)
December 10
• Constitution Day (Thailand)
December 11
• Mawlid an Nabi in 2016 begins at sunset (Islam)
• National Day (Burkina Faso)
December 12
• The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday in 2016 (Islam)
• Jamhuri Day (Kenya)
• Guadalupe Day (Mexico)
• Constitution Day (Russia)
• Neutrality Day (Turkmenistan)
December 13
• Republic Day (Malta)
• St. Lucy's Day (Christianity)
December 14
• Anniversary of 1959 election of Archbishop Makarios as first president of what would become Republic of Cyprus (Cyprus, UK)
• Anniversary of 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein (Iraq)
December 15
• Kingdom Day and Antillean Flag Day (Curacao)
• Anniversary of 1989 fall of Military Dictatorship (Chile)
December 16
• Independence Day (Bahrain, Kazakhstan)
• Victory Day (Bangladesh)
• Philippine Christmas Observance begins (Philippines)
• Reconciliation Day (South Africa)
• Anniversary of 1857 Calabria Earthquake, killing over 10,000 (Italy)
December 17
• National Day (Bhutan)
• Anniversary of 1830 death of Simon Bolivar (Venezuela and several other Central American countries)
December 18
• Republic Day (Niger)
December 19
• Anniversary of 1984 British signing over Hong Kong to the PRC (Britain, Hong Kong, PRC)
December 20
• Anniversary of 1999 Macau reversion to PRC control (Macau, PRC, Portugal)
• Anniversary of 1989 US Invasion of Panama (Panama, US)
December 21
• Winter Solstice begins some places in the Northern Hemisphere
• Yule begins in the Northern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Summer Solstice begins in the Southern Hemisphere
• Litha begins in the Southern Hemisphere (Wicca)
• Anniversary of 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 Attack in which all 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground were killed (UK, US, Libya)
• Yalda (Iran)
December 22
• Mother's Day (Indonesia)
• Anniversary of discovery of 1974 Chilean plane crash site (Chile, Uruguay)
• Armed Forces Day (Vietnam)
December 23
• Birthday of the Emperor (Japan)
• Anniversary of 1948 Execution of Tojo Hideki (Japan)
December 24
• Independence Day (Libya)
• Christmas Eve (Christianity, most Western countries)
December 25
• Christmas Day (Christianity)
• Constitution Day (Taiwan)
• Anniversary of 1989 Execution of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu (Romania)
December 26
• Death of Prophet Zarathushtra/Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)
• Boxing Day (Commonwealth countries)
• Junkanoo (Bahamas)
• Kwanzaa begins and continues for seven days (African-American heritage)
• Anniversary of the 1893 Birth of Mao Tse-Tung (PRC)
• Independence Day (Slovenia)
• Day of Goodwill (South Africa)
• Saint Stephen's Day (Christianity)
December 27
• Anniversary of the 1822 birth of Louis Pasteur (France)
• Anniversary of the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan)
December 28
• Proclamation Day (Australia)
• Anniversary of the 1908 Messina Earthquake, killing over 80,000 people (Italy)
December 29
• Anniversary of the 1984 election victory of Rajiv Gandhi (India)
December 30
• Rizal Day (Philippines)
December 31
• Anniversary of Panama control over the Canal (Panama, US)
• Saint Sylvester's Day (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland)
• New Year's Eve (Western countries)
• Hogmanay (Scotland)