Holidays Calendar for August 1, 2016

The first Monday in August is Civic Holiday in most Canadian provinces. This holiday is known under different names in many provinces and municipalities.


The People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China was founded on August 1, 1927. This day is an important holiday for the Chinese, that is known in the country as Army Day.

Warsaw Uprising Memorial Day is a new national holiday, that is observed in Poland since 2010. This day commemorates the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising, that began on August 1, 1944.

National Day in Switzerland is celebrated annually on August 1. This is the only one federal holiday, and it was created to commemorated the anniversary of foundation of Switzerland.

Labor Day is one of the public holidays in Samoa. It's annually observed on the first Monday in August.


Many countries, that are former colonies, celebrate Emancipation Day on August 1. This public holiday celebrates the day, when slavery was abolished in 1833.

Independence Day is the major national day in Benin. It annually falls on August 1 to celebrate the day, when Benin gained independence from France in 1960.

Parents' Day, that annually falls on August 1, is one of the public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Unlike other counties, DR Congo doesn't celebrate Father's Day and Mother's Day as separate holidays, but has one holiday, that is dedicated to both parents.

Emancipation Day is a common holiday for the former colonies of Great Britain and Guyana. This day is celebrated on the first Monday in August. At some point the holiday became the first day of the traditional Carnival and adopted the name of August Monday.


People across Zambia celebrate Farmers' Day on the first Monday in August. Zambians depend on farming very much, that is why this holiday praises their work.


The first Monday in August is National Childrens' Day in Tuvalu. This public holiday is called in Tuvalu Aso Tamaliki.


Youth Day is a public holiday in Kiribati. Celebration of this holiday is aimed to promote healthy lifestyle among youth and children of Kiribati.


Iceland annually celebrates Commerce Day on the first Monday in August. This holiday appeared in 1894, and the first observation took place in Reykjavik.


Day of the Rear Services of the Armed Forces is one of the professional holidays of Russian military and civilian personnel. This holiday is annually observed on August 1.

Lebanese servicemen annually observe their professional holiday, Armed Forces Day, on August 1. This date is considered to be the birthday of the Lebanese Armed Forces in 1945.

President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliev established a new cultural observance, known as Day of Azerbaijani Language and Alphabet in 2001. This holiday is celebrated annually on August 1.

August 1 is Memorial Day for the Victims of World War I in Russia. This memorial day was established by Presidential Decree in 2012, and first celebration took place on August 1, 2013.

August 1 is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day in the United States. This food holiday celebrates a delicious summer dessert.

Lughnasadh was one of the most important festivals for Celts. Many other names stand for the name of this festival – Lughnasa, Lúnasa, Lùnastal and Luanistyn, but they mean the same. This summer festival is still observed in Ireland.

Scouts have several holidays, that help them promote scouting in different countries around the world. World Scout Scarf Day is one of these holidays, that is annually celebrated on August 1.

This Day in History

  • 2009 A shooting occurred at the Tel Aviv branch of the Israeli LGBT Association. Two people were killed, and at least fifteen were injured.
  • 2009 Died: Corazon Aquino, Philippine politician who served as the 11th President of the Philippines. She was the first female president in Asia.
  • 2008 Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died while ascending K2, the world's second-highest mountain, after Mount Everest.
  • 2004 A disastrous fire occurred at the Ycuá Bolaños V supermarket in Asunción, Paraguay. The final death toll was 394, including nine missing.
  • 1997 Died: Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist known for his virtuoso technique. He considered to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
  • 1996 Died: Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish chemist residing in Switzerland who was awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1988 Born: Max Carver, American actor best known for his role as Aiden on Teen Wolf. His twin brother Charlie Carver was born on July 31.
  • 1981 The American television channel MTV was launched. The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star".
  • 1977 Died: Francis Gary Powers, American pilot whose CIA U-2 spy plane was shot down during a reconnaissance mission over USSR airspace.
  • 1976 Born: Don Hertzfeldt, American author, animator and independent filmmaker whose animated films have received over 200 awards.
  • 1975 The Helsinki Accords (also known as Helsinki Declaration) was signed at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe.
  • 1970 Died: Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physiologist and physician who was awarded the 1931 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1967 Died: Richard Kuhn, Austrian-German biochemist who was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on carotenoids and vitamins.
  • 1966 American student Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 32 others in a spree shooting at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • 1965 Born: Sam Mendes, English film and stage director. In 1999, he became the sixth director to earn the Academy Award for his feature film debut.
  • 1945 Born: Douglas Osheroff, American physicist who was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Robert C. Richardson and David Lee.
  • 1944 During the Second World War, the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation began. It was organized by the Polish resistance Home Army.
  • 1943 Died: Lydia Litvyak, fighter pilot of the Soviet Air Force during the Second World War. She was the first female pilot to earn fighter ace.
  • 1936 Born: Yves Saint Laurent, Algerian-born French fashion designer who is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion history.
  • 1914 The German Empire declared war on the Russian Empire at the opening of the First World War. The Swiss Army began to mobilize.
  • 1885 Born: George de Hevesy, German and Hungarian radiochemist who was awarded the 1943 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on tracers.
  • 1834 The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force, abolishing slavery in the British Empire. In practical terms, only slaves below the age of 6 were freed.
  • 1819 Born: Herman Melville, American novelist, short story writer and poet best known for his novel Moby-Dick which was first published in 1851.
  • 1818 Born: Maria Mitchell, American astronomer who discovered the comet C/1847 T1 which was named after her (Miss Mitchell's Comet).
  • 1779 Born: Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and poet best known for writing the lyrics to the U.S. anthem The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • 1774 English chemist Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state. He called the new substance "dephlogisticated air".
  • 1774 Born: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French naturalist. He is best known as the developer of the first full-fledged evolutionary scheme.
  • 1714 Died: Anne, Queen of Great Britain. During her reign, the kingdoms of England and Scotland united as a single sovereign state (1707).
  • 1464 Died: Cosimo de' Medici, the first of the famous Medici political dynasty, de facto rulers of Florence during much of the Italian Renaissance.
  • 1137 Died: Louis VI of France, called the Fat, King of the Franks from 1108 until his death. He was the fifth monarch of the Capetian dynasty.