Holidays Calendar for July 2, 2013

July 2 is a public holiday in the Country of Curaçao, National Flag and Anthem Day. Although Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it has its own flag and anthem.

An annual carnival is the most popular event in the countries of the Caribbean. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines makes no exception of the rule, that is why an annual festival is organized on the island. Carnival Monday and Tuesday are organized in the end of June - the beginning of July.


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.


World Sports Journalists Day is a global professional observance held on July 2. It was established by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994 to mark the 70th anniversary of its foundation.

World UFO Day is an annual awareness day that celebrates the alleged existence of unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrial life. The observance has two possible dates: June 24 to commemorate the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting and July 2 to commemorate the Roswell UFO incident. Both of these UFO sightings occurred in 1947.

Day of the Diplomatic Service, also known as Diplomacy Day, is an official professional holiday in Kazakhstan celebrated on July 2 each year. It was established by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2009.

July 2 is Police Day in Azerbaijan. This is an official professional observance that commemorates the creation of the country's police force in 1918. It is also referred to as Day of Azerbaijan Police Workers.

Tax Service Employee’s Day, celebrated on July 2, is one of the newest professional holidays in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky established it by his decree in July 2020. However, it is not the first professional holiday for tax service employees in the history of Ukraine.

National Wildland Firefighter Day is observed annually on July 2. It was created to celebrate the bravery of emergency responders who risk their lives battling wildland fires and pay tribute to those of them who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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.

Pasig Foundation Day, also known as Pasig City Day or simply Pasig Day (Araw ng Pasig) is a special non-working holiday celebrated in the Philippine city of Pasig on July 2 every year. It commemorates the city’s founding anniversary.

The Day of Commemoration and Remembrance of Don Andrés Guacurari (Día de la Conmemoración y Recuerdo de Don Andrés Guacurari) is observed in Argentina on July 2 every year. It honors a renowned political and military leader of Guarani origin and commemorates the Battle of Apóstoles during the Portuguese conquest of the Banda Oriental.

July 2 is National Anisette Day. People across the country celebrate the holiday with a glass of their favorite drink.

Raspberry Cheesecake Day, sometimes referred to as National Raspberry Cheesecake Day, is observed annually on July 2. It celebrates the delicious combination of rich and creamy cheesecake and juicy raspberries.

Indian Coming Out Day is observed by the Indian LGBTQ+ community and allies on July 2 every year. It commemorates the decision in the 2009 landmark case Naz Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi that decriminalized same-sex sexual activity involving consenting adults throughout the country.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist. He is best known for his work on the challenges of human-computer interaction that led to the creation of the computer mouse.
  • 2013 The fourth and fifth Pluto's moons were named by the International Astronomical Union. They received the names Kerberos and Styx, accordingly.
  • 2005 Died: Ernest Lehman, American filmmaker. His wrote the screenplays for Sabrina, North by Northwest, West Side Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hello, Dolly!, Black Sunday, The Sound of Music.
  • 2005 The Live 8 benefit concerts took place in the G8 states and in South Africa. More than 1,000 musicians performed and were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.
  • 2002 Steve Fosset became the first person to make a solo trip around the world in a balloon.
  • 1999 Died: Mario Puzo, American author and screenwriter, best known for being the author and screenwriter of The Godfather. This film brought him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • 1997 Died: James Stewart, American actor and singer, known for his distinctive drawl voice. The American Film Institute named him the third greatest male screen legend in cinema history.
  • 1990 Born: Margot Robbie, Australian actress and producer whose work includes both blockbuster and independent films. Forbes named her the world's highest-paid actress in 2023.
  • 1986 Born: Lindsay Lohan, American actress and singer. She rose to fame after two commercially successful films Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, both of which earned several MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards.
  • 1985 Born: Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer. She achieved mainstream success as Maddie Fitzpatrick in the Disney Channel teen sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
  • 1984 Born: Johnny Weir, American figure skater, U.S. national champion, 2008 World bronze medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and the 2001 World Junior Champion.
  • 1976 South Vietnam and North Vietnam unified, declaring the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1973 Died: Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer, one of the pin-up girls of World War II. She was very famous during the 1940s and 1950s and inspired Hugh Hefner to found Playboy.
  • 1966 The first ever nuclear test in the Pacific: the French military detonated a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in atoll Mururoa.
  • 1961 Died: Ernest Hemingway, American journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style".
  • 1948 Born: Saul Rubinek, Canadian actor and director. He is best known for roles in the films Against All Odds, Wall Street, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Unforgiven, and many others.
  • 1926 Died: Émile Coué, French psychologist and pharmacist, creator of a popular method of psychotherapy and self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better".
  • 1925 Born: Patrice Lumumba, Congolese politician, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (present-day the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Lumumba was a key figure in campaigning for independence from Belgium.
  • 1922 Born: Pierre Cardin, Italian-French fashion designer, the founder of The House of Cardin. He is known for his avant-garde style and space age designs.
  • 1921 U.S. President Warren G. Harding signed the Knox-Porter Resolution, formally ending the war between the United States and Imperial Germany.
  • 1904 Born: René Lacoste, French tennis player and businessman. He is best known for creating the tennis shirt and founding the Lacoste clothing company.
  • 1900 The first flight of a zeppelin took place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • 1897 Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi patented his invention, the radio, in London.
  • 1881 U.S. President James Garfield was shot and fatally wounded by Charles J. Guiteau, an American preacher, writer and lawyer. Garfield died from an infection in September of the same year; a year later Guiteau was executed by hanging.
  • 1877 Born: Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss author and poet. One of his greatest achievements was a Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to him in 1946. His best known books include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game.
  • 1862 Born: William Henry Bragg, English physicist, chemist, and mathematician. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays.
  • 1778 Died: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher and composer. His philosophy influenced the French Revolution and the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought.
  • 1714 Born: Christoph Willibald Gluck, German composer in the early classical period. His best known masterpieces are Orfeo ed Euridice, Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride.
  • 1698 The first steam engine was patented by its inventor Thomas Savery.
  • 1621 Died: Thomas Harriot, English astronomer, mathematician, and ethnographer. Harriot was the first man to draw the Moon through a telescope. He is also sometimes credited with the introduction of the potato to the British Isles.
  • 1566 Died: Michel de Nostredame, commonly known as Nostradamus, French astrologer, apothecary, physician, and reputed seer, who is best known for his book of prophesies Les Prophéties.
  • 1489 Born: Thomas Cranmer, English archbishop, a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I.