Holidays Calendar for October 1, 2016

Teachers' Day is observed in Uzbekistan annually on October 1. This professional day of all teachers and mentors was established in 1996 and the first observance took place in 1997. This is a public holiday and it's one of the most solemn Uzbek observances.

National Day is one of the major holidays in China. This holiday marks the foundation of the Peoples' Republic of China on October 1 and starts the Golden Week.

Citizens of Tuvalu annually celebrate their Independence Day on October 1. This holiday celebrates anniversary of declaration of independence from Great Britain on October 1, 1978.

Independence Day is celebrated in Nigeria on October 1. This holiday celebrates the day, when Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain in 1960. After that the First Republic was founded, that existed till 1996.

The Republic of Palau, that is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, celebrates Independence Day on October 1. This is one of the most celebrated national holidays of the year.

The islanders of Cyprus annually celebrate Independence Day on October 1. Independence Day is one of the public holidays in Cyprus, various festivals and parades are organized to celebrate the day.

Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is a fifteen-day-long Cambodian festival, considered unique to this country. It is one of Cambodia's most important holidays. The final three days of Pchum Ben were designated as a public holiday.

Unification Day is one of the national holidays in Cameroon, that is annually observed on October 1. This holiday celebrates unification of British Southern Cameroon with French Cameroun in 1961.

The Day of the Defender of Ukraine, also known as Defenders' Day, is a public holiday celebrated by Ukrainians on October 1. It was officially established by President Petro Poroshenko in 2014.

Investiture of the Captains Regents is held in San Marino annually twice, on April 1 and October 1. The Captain Regents serve as heads of state and government during a six-month term, then they are re-elected. The day of investiture is a non-working holiday.

The Intercession of the Theotokos, also known as the Feast of Intercession and the Protection of the Theotokos, is one of the great feasts celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is celebrated on October 1; churches that follow the Julian calendar observe it on October 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a very popular nine-day festival, held in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. It begins on the eve of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar.


International Music Day is annually celebrated on October 1. This observance was initiated by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, an outstanding American violinist and conductor. The first events celebrating the holiday took place on October 1, 1975 and they were organized by the International Music Council.

World Vegetarian Day is observed in many countries around the world on October 1. This day was introduced by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union n 1978.

Many countries celebrate International Coffee Day on September 29, but the official date of the holiday is in fact October 1. It was instituted by the International Coffee Organization in 2014 and has been celebrated every year since.

International Raccoon Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on October 1. It was created in honor of cute, intelligent and often misunderstood animals native to North America. The holiday aims to educate the general public about raccoons, increase their appreciation, and highlight the importance of all animals for biodiversity.

Ground Forces Day is an official professional day in the Russian Federation, that is annually observed on October 1. This observance was established to commemorate the day, when Tsar of All Russians Ivan the Terrible issued a special document, that became crucial in further development of the Russian Army.

Prosecutor's Day is one of official professional days in Azerbaijan. This observance annually falls on October 1 and it's celebrated since 1998. Then-President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliev signed presidential decree establishing Prosecutor's Day on the anniversary of the day when prosecutor's offices started functioning in Azerbaijan.

Military personnel as well as civilians celebrate Armed Forces Day in South Korea annually on October 1. This day honors the military forces of the Republic of Korea, that are responsible for maintaining sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

On the first weekend of October, Moldovans celebrate National Wine Day. This holiday was established in 2001 to recognize the significance of wine-making and viticulture. The celebration usually lasts all weekend.


Arbor Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, but on different dates. For instance, the Northern Mariana Islands annually organize a tree planting event on October 1.

National Arbor Day is celebrated in Bolivia annually on October 1. This day was established in 1995 to raise public awareness of the deforestation in Bolivia.

National Black Dog Day in the United States is celebrated annually on October 1. It is one of the many philanthropic observances conceived by Colleen Paige, a well-known animal behaviorist and pet & family lifestyle expert.

Sake Day is a Japanese observance that is spreading across the world. People have been celebrating this holiday annually on October 1 since 1978, when it was declared by the Japan Sake Brewers Association.

Ukrainian Cossacks Day is celebrated annually on October 1. It was established in 1999 to recognize the important role that the Ukrainian Cossacks and the Zaporozhian Sich played in the history of Ukraine.

Love Your Bookshop Day is observed in Australia on the first Saturday in October. It was created to celebrate bookshops around the country, highlight the benefits of local bookshops, and encourage people to read more and support brick-and-mortar bookshops.


October 1 is Pancasila Sanctity Day in Indonesia. This observance commemorates the events of 30 September Movement in 1965.

Lincolnshire Day is celebrated on October 1 in a county in the East Midlands of England. It marks the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, a Catholic uprising against the English Reformation and the dissolution of monasteries.

King Rama IV Memorial Day in Thailand is observed on October 1 every year. It is marked with remembrance ceremonies held across the country to commemorate King Mongkut the Great, the fourth monarch of Siam from the Chakri dynasty who is remembered for introducing Western innovations and modernizing the country.

Older Persons Day in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan is observed on October 1, coinciding with International Day of Older Persons that was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990. It is an official day of commemoration in both countries, but it is not a public holiday.

U.S.-ROK Alliance Day is an annual observance initiated by the Korea Defense Veterans Association. It is held on October 1 to commemorate the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Since Micronesia is a federation, its states have their own official holidays in addition to public holidays celebrated nationwide. For example, each state has a Constitution Day commemorating the adoption of the state constitution; Chuuk Constitution Day is observed on October 1.

Malaysia is a federation that consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. The actual or official birthday of the head of each state – regardless of whether he is a hereditary monarch or an appointed governor – is an official birthday in the respective state. For example, Sabah state governor’s birthday is celebrated on the first Saturday of October.


Homemade cookies with a glass of milk can be considered a typical comfort food. There even is a special holiday, National Homemade Cookies Day, celebrated on October 1.

A lot of people associate autumn with the smell of pumpkin spice and always look forward to the beginning of the pumpkin spice latte season in coffee shops. If you’re one of those people, you absolutely need to celebrate National Pumpkin Spice Day on October 1.

All member states of the United Nations Organization annually observe International Day of Older Persons on October 1. This observance was established in 1990 and the first events were organized in 1991.

Guatemala and El Salvador celebrate Children's Day on October 1, as well as in Sri Lanka. This holiday is called Día del niño and children eagerly wait for this day.

Sri Lanka celebrates Children's Day annually on October 1. Celebration of this holiday raises public awareness about rights of children.

This Day in History

  • 2018 Died: Charles Aznavour, French and Armenian-naturalised singer, lyricist, actor, public activist and diplomat. In a career spanning over 70 years, he recorded more than 1,200 songs interpreted in eight languages.
  • 1997 Died: Jerome H. Lemelson, American engineer and inventor. With his 605 patents, he is one of the most prolific inventors in American history.
  • 1994 Died: Paul Lorenzen, German philosopher and mathematician primarily remembered as the inventor of game semantics (with Kuno Lorenz).
  • 1991 The Siege of Dubrovnik began during the Croatian War of Independence. It is primarily remembered for the large-scale looting by JNA troops.
  • 1989 Born: Brie Larson, American actress known for her Oscar-winning role in Room and for playing Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • 1989 Denmark introduced the world's first legal modern same-sex civil union. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Denmark on June 15, 2012.
  • 1985 Died: E. B. White, American writer, known for his books for children, such as Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan.
  • 1982 Sony released the world's first consumer compact disc player, Sony CDP-101, in Japan. The system was launched worldwide in March 1983.
  • 1979 The Torrijos-Carter Treaty came into force, setting in motion the process of handing over the Panama Canal to Panamanian control.
  • 1974 Born: Keith Duffy, Irish singer-songwriter, musician, actor, radio and television presenter, who began his career as a member of Boyzone.
  • 1973 Born: Christian Borle, American actor and singer best known for his roles in the Broadway musicals Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Rotten!, Legally Blonde, Some Like It Hot, and more.
  • 1971 The first CT scan (computerized tomography scan), or X-ray CT, was performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
  • 1971 The Walt Disney World Resort officially opened in Bay Lake, Florida. According to Forbes, it is the most visited vacation resort in the world.
  • 1969 Born: Zach Galifianakis, American comedian and actor who is probably best known for playing the role of Alan in The Hangover film trilogy.
  • 1964 The Tōkaidō Shinkansen opened right before the 1964 Summer Olympics. The Shinkansen is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan.
  • 1959 Died: Enrico De Nicola, Italian jurist, journalist, and politician who served as the First President of Italy from January 1 to May 12, 1948.
  • 1956 Born: William Boeing, American aviation pioneer and industrialist, primarily remembered as the founder of The Boeing Company (1916).
  • 1948 Born: Dave Arneson, American game designer, who co-developed the first published role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
  • 1946 Twenty-four prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany were sentenced at Nuremberg trials.
  • 1930 Born: Richard Harris, Irish actor, singer-songwriter, theatrical producer, film director, and writer. His career spanned over four decades.
  • 1930 Born: Philippe Noiret, French film actor who won the 1990 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Cinema Paradiso.
  • 1924 Born: Jimmy Carter, American politician and author, who served as the 39th President of the United States. He won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1910 Born: Bonnie Parker, American outlaw and robber who traveled the central United States with Clyde Barrow during the Great Depression.
  • 1890 The United States Congress officially established Yosemite National Park in California. In 1984, the part was designated a World Heritage Site.
  • 1865 Born: Paul Dukas, French composer, critic, scholar, and teacher. He is best known for his orchestral piece The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  • 1832 Born: Caroline Harrison (née Scott), the wife of Benjamin Harrison and First Lady of the United States from 1889 until her death in 1892.
  • 1800 Spain and France signed the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, in which Spain returned the colonial territory of Louisiana to France.
  • 1781 Born: Richard Stockton, American lawyer, jurist, legislator, and one of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1768 Died: Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician and professor. He wrote extensive commentaries on the works of the ancient geometers.
  • 1708 Died: John Blow, English Baroque composer and organist. His best known work is his only stage composition, the opera Venus and Adonis.
  • 1684 Died: Pierre Corneille, French playwright. He is one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Racine.
  • 1499 Died: Marsilio Ficino, Italian scholar and Catholic priest, one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance.
  • 1404 Died: Pope Boniface IX (born Piero Tomacelli), Pope from 1389 until his death. He reigned during the Western Schism of 1387-1417.
  • 959 Died: Eadwig, King of the English from 955 until his death. His short reign was marked by ongoing conflicts with his family and the Church.