Holidays Calendar for June 24, 2017

Summer solstice falls annually between 20-26 June, but the Swedes and the Finns have a tradition to celebrate Midsummer Day on the first Saturday after June 19.

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Battle of Carabobo Day is a Venezuelan public holiday celebrated on June 24. It honors both the key battle in the Venezuelan War of Independence and the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. It is also referred to as Army Day.

The Nativity of St John the Baptist is a Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of a major religious figure in Christianity, John the Baptist. It is celebrated on June 24.

Day of Inventors and Innovators (also known as Day of Inventors and Rationalizers) is a professional holiday celebrated in Russia and Belarus on the last Saturday in June. It was first established in the Soviet Union in 1957.

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Armed Forces Day in the UK is an annual observance that honors the men and women who serve or used to serve in the British Armed Forces. It is held in late June, typically on the last Saturday of June.

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Inti Raymi is a traditional winter solstice celebration in Peru. It was originally held on the actual day of the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere (June 21), but the celebration was eventually moved to the feast day of Saint John the Baptist, June 24.

On June 24, Brazilians celebrate Caboclo Day (Dia do Caboclo). This is an annual observance that honors one of the country’s ethnic groups. This date is an official public holiday in the state of Amazonas.

Day of the Finnish Flag has been observed annually since 1934. It is held on the Saturday between June 20 and June 26, on the same day when the Finns and the Swedes officially celebrate Midsummer Day.

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Veterans' Day is an official remembrance day in the Netherlands held on the last Saturday in June. It was established to honor all Dutch veterans who served in wars or international peacekeeping operations.

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June 24 is National Pralines Day. Praline, perhaps, is the most complex term in confectionery, because it may refer to anything.

St John's Day is the feast day of Saint John the Baptist observed by the Catholics and some Protestants in many countries on June 24. This religious holiday is strongly connected with the pre-Christian Midsummer celebrations.

Annually 21 days from Flag Day are Honor America Days. This observance was created with the aim that all Americans could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.



This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Emilio Colombo, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy from 1970 to 1972 and active in European politics. He was appointed in 2003 to bean Italian senator for life, this seat he held till his death.
  • 2013 Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of power abuse and having sex with an underage prostitute. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
  • 2012 Died Lonesome George, the last known individual of Pinta giant tortoise. Most of the tortoise of this species were wiped out due to hunting by the mid of the 20th century. The last single male Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1971.
  • 2010 Julia Gillard assumed office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.
  • 1987 Died: Jackie Gleason, American actor and singer, best known for his visual and verbal comedy style. His most notable works were The Hustler, Smokey and the Bandit series, The Honeymooners.
  • 1967 Born: Richard Z. Kruspe, German guitarist, best known as a co-founding member and guitarist of German band Rammstein and founder of an alternative metal band Emigrate.
  • 1953 Born: William E. Moerner, American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of method in which fluorescence in individual molecules is steered by light.
  • 1950 Born: Nancy Allen, American actress, cancer activist. She began acting in the mid-1970 and gained world recognition in the 1980s for roles in Strange Invaders, The Philadelphia Experiment, Poltergeist, Limit Up, and the RoboCop trilogy.
  • 1948 The Soviet Union started Berlin blockade, making overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impassible.
  • 1947 Born: Peter Weller, American actor and director, best known as the title character in blockbuster hits RoboCop and RoboCop 2. He also appeared in Mighty Aphrodite, The New Age, Naked Lunch etc.
  • 1935 Died: Carlos Gardel, Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor, the most prominent figure in the history of tango. He died in an airplane crash on the top of his career, becoming an archetypal tragic hero mourned throughout Latin America.
  • 1932 The People's Party of Thailand (then-Siam) instigated a bloodless revolution. It ended the absolute power of King Prajadhipok and changed the system of the country to constitutional monarchy.
  • 1927 Born: Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for discovery of the tau lepton, an elementary particle similar to the electron.
  • 1922 Died: Walther Rathenau, German businessman and politician, served as Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. Rathenau's assassination strengthened the republic and his death was perceived by many as a martyr-like sacrifice for democracy.
  • 1916 Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.
  • 1909 Died: Sarah Orne Jewett, American author and poet, best remembered for her local color works set along or near the southern seacoast of Maine. She is recognized as an important practitioner of American literary regionalism.
  • 1908 Died: Grover Cleveland, American politician, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, the only one politician to become President of the USA twice.
  • 1893 Born: Roy O. Disney, American businessman, together with his younger brother Walt Disney he co-founded Walt Disney Productions, now known as The Walt Disney Company.
  • 1883 Born: Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of cosmic rays.
  • 1842 Born: Ambrose Bierce, American journalist and author, best known for compiling a satirical lexicon dictionary, The Devil's Dictionary.
  • 1835 Born: Johannes Wislicenus, German chemist, best known for his work in early stereochemistry. He was the first to discover substances with different physical properties but with an identical chemical structure.
  • 1821 The Battle of Carabobo, the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain, was won by Venezuelan General Simón Bolívar. The victory in the battle eventually led to the independence of Venezuela.
  • 1812 Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman River beginning the invasion of Russia.
  • 1795 Died: William Smellie, Scottish master printer, naturalist and encyclopedist, known as the first editor of the the Encyclopædia Britannica.
  • 1795 Born: Ernst Heinrich Weber, German physician and psychologist, one of the founders of experimental psychology. His studies on sensation and touch along with his emphasis on good experimental techniques gave way to new directions and areas of study for future psychologists, physiologists, and anatomists.
  • 1793 France adopted its first Republican Constitution.
  • 1637 Died: Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer. He maintained a wide correspondence with scientists and was a successful organizer of scientific inquiry. He researched, among other issues, a determination of the difference in longitude of various locations in Europe, around the Mediterranean, and in North Africa.
  • 1571 Spanish navigator Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
  • 1519 Died: Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Italian wife of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. She was often cast as a femme fatale, a tole she portrayed in many artworks and novels.
  • 1398 Died: Hongwu Emperor of China, the founder and the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, that ruled China for 276 years.