Holidays Calendar for September 25, 2016

The holiday named Labor Day is celebrated in many states across the world, but its date differs from country to country. For example, Labor Day in Kazakhstan is celebrated on the last Sunday in September. The holiday was officially established in late 2013.

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Revolution Day, also known as Armed Forces Day, is a public holiday in Mozambique celebrated on September 25. It commemorates the day the Mozambican War of Independence officially started in 1964.

National Youth Day in Nauru is celebrated on September 25. It is designed to honor the contributions of the Nauruan youth to the country's development and raise awareness of important youth politics issues.

Mechanical Engineer's Day is a professional holiday in Ukraine celebrated on the fourth Sunday in September. It was officially established by President Leonid Kravchuk in 1993, but the history of the holiday begins during the Soviet era.

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Mechanical Engineer's Day is an official professional holiday celebrated in some former Soviet republics (namely Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan) on the last Sunday in September. It was first celebrated in 1981.

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Rivers are valuable world's waterways, but due to human activity they are endangered. World Rivers Day, annually celebrated on the last Sunday in September, was created to improve and protect the rivers around the world.

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Gold Star Mother's Day is a United States national observance which falls on the last Sunday in September. It honors mothers who lost sons or daughters in the line of duty of the U. S. Armed Forces.

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September 25 is National Harki Day (also known as Day of National Recognition for the Harkis) in France. This observance was introduced in 2001 and it commemorates Harki, Muslim Algerian loyalists who served in French Army during the Algerian War (1954-1962).

September 25 is National Comic Book Day in the USA. This day is very important to all comic book fans, lovers and collectors.

September 25 is a holiday for all of you seafood lovers out there. It is the National Crab Meat Newburg Day.

National Blood Donor Day in Kyrgyzstan is celebrated on the last Sunday in September. It was officially established by the government of the Kyrgyz Republic in 1997 in order to honor the contribution of blood donors and promote voluntary blood donation.

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This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Andy Williams, American singer. He recorded 44 albums, 17 of which became Golden and 3 Platinum. His career peaked in 1971, when he recorded Speak Softly, Love, that was written for the Godfather film.
  • 2011 Died: Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmental and political activist. In 2004 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.
  • 2003 Died: Franco Modigliani, Italian-American economist and finance educator. In 1985 he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work on household savings and the dynamics of financial markets.
  • 2002 A bolide fell down near the town of Bodaybo in Siberia. The impact was accompanied by a series of flashes, that were similar to Tunguska event, only they were much weaker.
  • 1992 NASA launched the Mars Observer, the first U.S. mission to the planet in 17 years. The probe, that cost $511 million, would fail 11 months later.
  • 1987 Died: Mary Astor, American actress, best remembered for the role as Brigit O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon. Although she enjoyed a great success, she won only one Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 1986 Died: Nikolay Semyonov, Russian physicist, known for his outstanding work on the mechanism of chemical transformation, including analysis of the application of the chain theory to varied reactions and to combustion process. This work brought him Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1956.
  • 1983 38 prisoners armed with six handguns hijacked a prison meals truck and smashed their war out of the Maze prison in Northern Ireland. This was the largest prison escape since WWII and in British history.
  • 1979 Died: Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, singer and actor. He was one of the most beloved singers and sportsmen in Finland. In 1948 he became the Olympic Champion in the javelin.
  • 1978 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 en route from Sacramento to San Diego, California, collided in mid-air with a private Cessna 172. 144 people (including 7 on ground) were killed.
  • 1970 Died: Erich Maria Remarque, German author, one of the most-read writers of the 20th century. He is best known for novels All Quiet on the Western Front, Three Comrades, Arch of Triumph etc.
  • 1969 Born: Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, American guitarist, songwriter, one of the co-leading guitarists in Guns N' Roses from 2006 till 2014.
  • 1969 Born: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh-American actress and singer, winner of Academy Awards and BAFTA awards. She starred in musical Chicago, Intolerable Cruelty, Ocean's Twelve, The Legend of Zorro, Side Effects etc.
  • 1968 Died: Cornell Woolrich, American novelist and short story writer. He was one of the best crime writers of his days and many his stories were adapted during the 1940s for Suspense and other dramatic radio programs.
  • 1968 Born: Will Smith, American actor, producer, rapper, one of the most powerful actors in Hollywood. He rose to prominence as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince and started his acting career in the 1990s. As an actor he is known for roles in Independence Day, Men in Black, Enemy of the State, Wild Wild West, I, Robot, I Am Legend, After Earth etc.
  • 1959 A Buddhist monk Talduwe Somarama mortally wounded Solomon Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Bandaranaike died the next day and Somarama was hanged on July 7, 1962.
  • 1952 Born: Christopher Reeve, American actor, film director, author, activist, best known for portraying the comic book superhero Superman in original Superman and its sequels.
  • 1949 Born: Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, producer, screenwriter. He rose to prominence during La Movida Madrileña, a cultural renaissance that followed dictatorship of Francisco Franco, and achieved international prominence for films Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, High Heels, Live Flesh, The Skin I Live In etc.
  • 1944 Born: Michael Douglas, American actor and producer, winner of four Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and an Emmy Award. He is best known for roles in films The Streets of San Francisco, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, The War of the Roses, The American President, Wonder Boys, Solitary Man.
  • 1942 A Swiss Police Instruction closed the borders of Switzerland to Jews, who tried to escape Nazi persecution. The instruction stated that race alone couldn't be the reason to justify political refuge, thus thousands of Jews were sent away.
  • 1932 Born: Adolfo Suárez, Spanish lawyer and politician, the first democratically elected Prime Minister after the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. He was the key figure in the country's transition to democracy.
  • 1915 Born: Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg, American spy. Together with her husband Julius Rosenberg she was executed for conspiracy to commit espionage relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
  • 1906 Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres y Quevedo successfully demonstrated the use of Telekino in presence of the king and before a great crowd in Bilbao, Spain. He guided a boat from the shore, this even is considered to be the birth of the remote control.
  • 1897 Born: William Faulkner, American writer, author of novels, short stories and poetry. He is one of the most celebrated American authors, best known for novels The Reivers, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying and Light in August. In 1949 he was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1866 Born: Thomas Hunt Morgan, American biologist, geneticist and scientific author. In 1933 he was awarded Noble Prize for discoveries elucidating the role that the chromosome plays in heredity.
  • 1849 Died: Johann Strauss I, Austrian composer of Romantic music, famous for his waltzes, that were carried out by his son. His most famous piece is the Radetzky March.
  • 1790 The Four Great Anhui Troupes introduced Anhui opera to Beijing in honor of the Qianlong Emperor's eightieth birthday. This day is considered to be the birthday of Peking opera.
  • 1789 The US Congress approved twelve amendments to the U.S. Constitution. After being ratified by the states, ten amendments became known as the Bill of Rights, giving the citizens of the USA rights to freedom of speech, bear arms and practice any religion.
  • 1777 Died: Johann Heinrich Lambert, Swiss mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, remembered for his important contributions to the subjects of mathematics, physics, philosophy, astronomy and map projections. He is best known for demonstration of irrationality of Pi and as the father of Euclid's geometry.
  • 1690 The first newspaper in the Americas, Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, was published by Benjamin Harris. The newspaper was shut down by the government before a second edition could be published.