Holidays Calendar for July 1, 2014

July 1 is a very important holiday for the Canadians. This is Canada Day, that is often regarded as Canada's birthday.

The Communist Party of China is the ruling political party in China. The day of its foundation is a public holiday. On July 1, the Chinese celebrate Communist Party of China Founding Day (or CPC Founding Day).

Rwanda Independence Day is celebrated on July 1 every year. It was established to commemorate the independence of Rwanda from Belgium in 1962.

The people of Burundi celebrate Independence Day on July 1. On this day in 1962, Burundi became fully independent from Belgium, splitting from its colony of Ruanda-Urundi.

July 1 is Republic Day in Ghana. This holiday celebrates the day, when Prime Minister of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah proclaimed a republic and became its first president.

Suriname celebrates Emancipation Day on July 1 every year. This holiday is called Keti Koti, that can be translated as “the chains are cut”, meaning the end of the era of slavery in Suriname.

People of Somalia annually celebrate Republic Day on July 1. This holiday celebrates the day of unification of two parts of Somalia.

The British Virgin Islands annually celebrate Territory Day on July 1. Unlike the other islands of British overseas territory, the Virgin Islands do not celebrate the day of attainment of political freedom from Britain. They celebrate the day, when the Virgin Islands became a self-governing colony.

July 1 is Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana. This holiday celebrates the birthday of the first president of Botswana. His presidency lasted from 1966 till 1980. He made significant contribution to the development of his country.

July 1 is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (or HKSAR Establishment Day). This holiday is celebrated since 1997.

Emancipation Day is annually observed in Sint Maarten on July 1. This holiday celebrates the day, when the Netherlands abolished slavery on the island in 1863.

Contribution of physicians to the well-being of the Indian nation is annually recognized on July 1, when the country celebrates Doctor's Day. This holiday is observed on the birthday of the legendary Indian physician and second Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

The Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius, also known affectionately to the locals as Statia, is part of the Caribbean Netherlands, alongside the islands of Bonaire and Saba. Most public holidays of Sint Eustatius coincide with that of the Netherlands, but the island also has some holidays of is own. For example, Emancipation Day on Sint Eustatius is celebrated on July 1.

RONPhos Handover Day is a Nauruan public holiday celebrated on July 1. It is dedicated to the country’s leading enterprise, the Republic of Nauru Phosphate Corporation (RONPhos).

Unity Day is a public holiday in Zambia. It is celebrated on the Tuesday following Heroes' Day, which is usually (but not necessarily) the first Tuesday in July.


The First Sermon of Lord Buddha is a public holiday in Bhutan. This holiday falls on the fourth day of the sixth month of the Lunar calendar. Thousands of Buddhists visit sacred places to pray to Buddha and be blessed by him.


Architecture Day is a professional holiday of Ukrainian architects. The holiday is annually observed on July 1 and it was established by Presidential Decree in 1995.

Mexican engineers annually celebrate their professional holiday on July 1, that is known as Engineer's Day. This holiday was established in 1973.

July 1 is Tax Service Worker's Day in Kyrgyzstan. This professional holiday was established by Governmental Decree of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2006.

Armed Forces Day in Singapore is celebrated on July 1 every year. The first celebration was held in 1969, and the holiday has been observed annually ever since.

Day of Civil Servants and Government Officials (A köztisztviselők és kormánytisztviselők napja) is an official professional holiday celebrated in Hungary on July 1. It was established in 1997 as Day of Civil Servants.

Millions of trees are annually planted across India during the National Festival of Trees Planting (Van Mahotsav) in India. The festival lasts for one week and it corresponds to the well-known tradition of Arbor Day in other countries.

Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage in some English-speaking countries. In Australia and New Zealand, it is held annually on July 1 and is sometimes referred to as International Tartan Day.

July Morning is a unique Bulgarian observance, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It's annually observed on July 1 on the coast of the Black Sea.

July 1 is National Gingersnap Day. The small round cookies will be the best treat for today.

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 The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali was officially deployed to stabilize the country after the Tuareg Rebellion.
  • 2010 Died: Ilene Woods, American singer and voice actress best known for being the voice of Cinderella in the eponymous Walt Disney animated film.
  • 2007 A smoking ban in England came into effect as a consequence of the Health Act 2006. It made it illegal to smoke in all enclosed work places.
  • 2004 Died: Marlon Brando, American actor and film director who is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time. He won two Academy Awards.
  • 2002 Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and DHL Flight 611 collided mid-air over the towns of Überlingen and Owingen in southern Germany.
  • 2001 Died: Nikolay Basov, Soviet and Russian physicist and educator who was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with two scientists.
  • 1999 Died: Forrest Mars, American businessman best known for introducing the Mars bar and M&M's. He was the son of Mars, Inc. founder.
  • 1991 The 1955 Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation, and Mutual Assistance was officially dissolved by the Czechoslovak President Václav Havel.
  • 1980 "O Canada" officially became the national anthem of Canada. It was written by Adolphe-Basile Routhier, Robert Stanley Weir and Calixa Lavallé.
  • 1977 Born: Liv Tyler (born Liv Rundgren), American actress and former model. She is the daughter of Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith.
  • 1976 Died: Anneliese Michel, German women who was believed to be possessed by demons and therefore underwent Catholic exorcism.
  • 1974 Died: Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and politician who served as 29th and 40th President of Argentina from 1940 to 1955 and then from 1973 until his death.
  • 1971 Died: William Lawrence Bragg, Australian-born British physicist who was awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with his father.
  • 1963 The British government confirmed that Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent and had been a member of the so-called Cambridge Five.
  • 1961 Born: Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Spencer), the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. They got married in 1981 and divorced in 1996.
  • 1934 Born: Jamie Farr (born Jameel Joseph Farah), American actor best known for his role as Max Klinger on the CBS television series M*A*S*H.
  • 1934 Born: Sydney Pollack, American film director, producer and actor. His best known works include Tootsie, Out of Africa, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • 1926 Born: Robert Fogel, American economic historian and scientist who was awarded the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • 1916 The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, began during the First World War. It was one of largest battles of the war.
  • 1916 Born: Olivia de Havilland, English-American actress whose career spanned over seven decades. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress.
  • 1906 Born: Estée Lauder, American businesswoman primarily remembered as co-founder (along with her husband) of Estée Lauder Companies.
  • 1903 The first Tour de France cycling race began. It was launched to boost the circulation of the newspaper L'Auto, which sponsored the race.
  • 1903 Born: Amy Johnson, pioneering English aviator. In 1930, Johnson became the first female pilot to fly solo from England to Australia.
  • 1896 Died: Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author primarily remembered for her 1852 novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly".
  • 1884 Died: Allan Pinkerton, Scottish American detective and spy best known as the creator of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
  • 1863 The Battle of Gettysburg began during the American Civil War. It involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is regarded as the war's turning point.
  • 1860 Died: Charles Goodyear, American self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer primarily remembered for developing vulcanized rubber.
  • 1804 Born: George Sand (pen name of Aurore Dupin), French novelist, playwright and memoirist. One of her best known works is the novel Consuelo.
  • 1646 Born: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German polymath and philosopher who occupies a prominent place in the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics.
  • 1569 The Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania signed the Union of Lublin, creating the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.