Holidays Calendar for September 1, 2016

Knowledge Day is an iconic cultural holiday in many post-Soviet countries. This holiday is observed on September 1, marking the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.

Constitution Day is a public holiday in Slovakia. This holiday celebrates the day, when Slovakia adopted constitution in Bratislava on September 1, 1992.

People of State of Eritrea annually celebrate Revolution Day on September 1. This public holiday commemorates the day, when the Eritrean Liberation Front led the revolution, that marked the beginning of the Eritrean War of Independence.

The Republic of Uzbekistan, as other former Soviet countries, celebrates its Independence Day. This holiday annually falls on September 1.

Engineers of Tanzania annually participate in a two-day celebration of Engineer's Day, held on the first Thursday and Friday in September. This is the biggest annual event for all engineers from all fields.


Journalist Day is annually observed in Taiwan on September 1. This isn't one of the public holidays in China, that is why it is not widely celebrated in the Republic of China. However, the holiday is widespread among local journalists.

Arbor Day in Peru is celebrated on September 1. This special day was established to raise awareness of the important of trees for the ecosystem and to promote the need to plant trees in order to contribute to reforestation.

People of Honduras annually observe Flag Day on September 1. This holiday opens celebration of independence month.

Since 1960 people of Japan annually observe Disaster Prevention Day on September 1. This observance commemorates the anniversary of the Great Kantō earthquake, that struck the Japanese main island of Honshu on September 1, 1923. Every year schools across Japan take a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of the earthquake.

September 1 is the National Cherry Popover Day. Popovers are the American variation of Yorkshire pudding. They are light, hollow rolls made from an egg batter. Popovers are baked in special popover pans or in muffin tins.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Zvonko Bušić, Croatian emigrant, who was one of the hijackers of TWA Flight 355 in September 1976. He spent 32 years in prison.
  • 2008 Died: Jerry Reed, American country music singer, songwriter, musician and actor whose prolific career spanned over five decades.
  • 2008 Died: Don LaFontaine, American voice actor who recorded thousands of television advertisements and over 5,000 movie trailers.
  • 2004 A group of armed Islamic separatist militants occupied School No 1 in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia, taking over 1,100 people hostage.
  • 1989 Born: Bill and Tom Kaulitz, German musicians best known as the founding members of the pop rock band Tokio Hotel created in 2001.
  • 1988 Died: Luis Walter Alvarez, American experimental physicist, inventor, and professor who was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • 1985 A Franco-American expedition led by Robert Ballard discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic 370 miles south-southeast of Newfoundland.
  • 1983 Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor near Moneron Island in the Sea of Japan. All 269 people on board died.
  • 1981 Died: Albert Speer, German architect who served as Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich during World War II.
  • 1980 Canadian cancer research activist Terry Fox was forced to end his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope due to the spread of his cancer.
  • 1980 Born: Lara Pulver, English actress of stage and screen best known for her role as Irene Adler in the British television crime drama Sherlock.
  • 1979 The American robotic space probe Pioneer 11 (also known as Pioneer G) launched in 1973 became the first spacecraft to fly past Saturn.
  • 1970 Died: François Mauriac, French novelist, dramatist, poet, critic, and journalist who was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1970 Born: Padma Lakshmi, Indian-born American actress, former model, cookbook author, and host of the American reality TV show Top Chef.
  • 1969 King Idris I of Libya was overthrown by a group of army officers led by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The Kingdom of Libya ceased to exist.
  • 1967 Died: Ilse Koch (née Köhler), the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald and Majdanek.
  • 1961 The Eritrean War for Independence began when a group of Eritrean rebels led by Hamid Idris Awat attacked Ethiopian police posts.
  • 1957 Born: Gloria Estefan, Cuban American singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. She is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.
  • 1953 Died: Jacques Thibaud, French violinist who co-established the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition in 1943.
  • 1952 Ernest Hemingway's famous novel The Old Man and the Sea was first published. In 1953, the novel was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1946 Born: Barry Gibb, British musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, best known as the co-founder of the pop music group Bee Gees.
  • 1939 The Second World War began, when Germany invaded Poland. Two days later, the United Kingdom and France declared war on Germany.
  • 1939 Born: Lily Tomlin, American actress, stand-up comedian, producer, and writer who has been a major force in American comedy for decades.
  • 1935 Born: Seiji Ozawa, outstanding Japanese conductor who was the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1973 to 2002.
  • 1902 The world's first science fiction film, A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune), was released in Paris. It was directed by Georges Méliès.
  • 1877 Born: Francis William Aston, British chemist and physicist who was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of isotopes.
  • 1875 Born: Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist best known for his Tarzan series that comprise over 25 novels, although he wrote in many genres.
  • 1715 Died: Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King or Louis the Great, King of France who ruled for 72 years and 110 days, from 1643 until his death.
  • 1678 Died: Jan Brueghel the Younger, Flemish Baroque painter, the son of Jan Brueghel the Elder. His best works are his landscapes.
  • 1653 Born: Johann Pachelbel, German composer, organist and teacher who is credited with bringing the south German organ tradition to its peak.