Holidays Calendar for February 1, 2016

Abolition Day is one of the public holidays in the Republic of Mauritius. It celebrates an important event in the country's history that occurred on February 1, 1835.

Federal Territory Day (Hari Wilayah Persekutuan) is a state holiday celebrated on February 1 in the federal territories of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan).

National Heroes' Day is one of Rwanda's public holidays. It is observed annually on February 1. On this day, people who gave their lives for their country are remembered.

Constitution Day is a public holiday in Mexico. Unlike the most countries, that have a set date of the holiday, the Mexicans celebrate it on the first Monday in February.


Saint Brigid of Kildare is one of the three patron saints of Ireland, along with Saint Patrick and Saint Columba. Her feast day falls on February 1 and is strongly associated with the Gaelic pagan festival of Imbolc.

World Hijab Day is an annual awareness campaign held to foster religious tolerance and understanding. It was launched in 2013 by Nazma Khan, a New York resident.

On February 1, Nicaragua honors the service-members of its air force. Nicaraguan Air Force Day is not a public holiday.

February 1 is the annual observance of National Freedom Day in the USA. This day honors the signing of resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Memorial Day of the Republic is an official remembrance day in Hungary observed on February 1. However, it does not have the status of the public holiday therefore it is a working day.

February 1 is National Baked Alaska Day. Although many claim that they invented this divine dessert, we know its exact origin.

Imbolc (Imbolg) is an ancient Gaelic festival that marks the beginning of spring. It is typically held on February 1 and is often associated with the feast of Saint Brigit of Kildare.


This Day in History

  • 2013 The tallest building in the European Union, the Shard, was opened to the public. The Shard is a 87-story skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development.
  • 2012 Died: Robert B. Cohen, American businessman, founder of Hudson News, world's largest retail chain of newsstands in airport and train stations.
  • 2004 251 were tramped to death and 244 injured in a stampede during the stoning ritual at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
  • 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the atmosphere of Earth. All 7 astronauts aboard killed.
  • 2002 Died: Daniel Pearl, American journalist. He was decapitated by his captor during his investigations into the alleged links between the terrorist Richard Reid and Al-Qaeda.
  • 1994 Born: Harry Styles, English singer, known as a member of the boy band One Direction.
  • 1991 A runway collision between USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport resulted in deaths of 34 people and injures of 30 others.
  • 1988 Died: Heather O'Rourke, American child actress. She was discovered at the age of 5 by Steven Spielberg, who later casted her as Carol Anne Freeling in Poltergeist.
  • 1986 Died: Alva Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and politician, Noble Peace Prize laureate for vocal support of disarmament.
  • 1978 Roman Polanski fled the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
  • 1976 Died: George Whipple, American physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discoveries concerning liver therapy in cases of anemia.
  • 1976 Died: Werner Heisenberg, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics.
  • 1974 189 were killed and 293 injured in a fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 1969 Born: Gabriel Batistuta, Argentinian footballer, one of the best strikers of the 20th century.
  • 1965 Born: Brandon Lee, American actor and martial artist, son of martial arts and film star Bruce Lee.
  • 1964 I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles became their first number one hit in the United States.
  • 1959 Died: Madame Sul-Te-Wan, American actress, the first African-American actor to sign a film contract and be a featured performer.
  • 1958 Died: Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of electron diffraction in Davisson-Germer experiment. It's is interesting that Gorge Paget Thomson independently discovered this electron diffraction at about the same time as Davisson, that is why he shared his Prize.
  • 1944 Died: Piet Mondrian, Dutch painter. Best known for evolving non-representational form that he called neoplasticism.
  • 1942 Voice of America began broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.
  • 1924 Born: Richard Hooker, American author and surgeon, best known for his novel MASH, based on his experience during the Korean War. The novel was later used as the basis for successful television series M*A*S*H and movie MASH.
  • 1923 Born: Ben Weider, Canadian businessman, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness, the international governing body for amateur sports of bodybuilding and fitness.
  • 1922 Born: Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, who was immensely popular in the post-war period. Her voice is considered as one of the most uniquely beautiful voices of the 20th century.
  • 1905 Born: Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle, and new elements technetium and astatine.
  • 1901 Born: Clark Gable, American actor, who is often regarded as The King of Hollywood. Best known for roles in Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, It Happened One Night, Saragota, Red Dust.
  • 1894 Born: James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer, a pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano. He was one of the two most important pianists in the evolution of ragtime piano into jazz.
  • 1893 Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the Black Maria, the first motion picture studio, in West Orange, New Jersey.
  • 1851 Died: Mary Shelley, English author, best known for her novel Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus.
  • 1841 Born: William Davenport, American magician, one of two Davenport brothers. The brothers presented illusions that they and others claimed to be supernatural.
  • 1814 Mayon Volcano eruption in the Philippines caused death of about 1,200 people. This eruption was the most devastating one of the volcano.