Holidays Calendar for March 3, 2016

Flag Day is a public holiday in Kyrgyzstan. This holiday was adopted relatively recently and it is celebrated annually on March 3 since 2010.

March 3 is Liberation Day in Bulgaria. This holiday celebrates the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire in 1878.

March 3 is Martyr's Day in Malawi. This holiday was created to honor the political heroes who gave their lives in the struggle against British colonialism.

World Health Organization (WHO) has established a number of observances, aimed to raise awareness about different health problems and their prevention. International Ear Care Day, that annually falls on March 3, is one of such campaigns.

The Egyptian sportsmen have their own professional holiday – Sportsmen's Day, that annually falls on March 3. This is not a public holiday in Egypt, but it's celebrated by the sportsmen and sports enthusiast.

On the first Thursday in March, the United Kingdom and Ireland hold their own World Book Day. It is the local manifestation of World Book and Copyright Day celebrated annually on April 23.


Cold cuts can refer to any kind of meat, that is precooked, sliced or cured. This is a great filling for sandwiches, but you can enjoy it right out of vacuum pack. Celebrate National Cold Cuts Day that falls on March 3.

Hinamatsuri is a special holiday in Japan, that is celebrated on March 3. This holiday is sometimes called Doll's Day of Girls' Day.

World Wildlife Day was established by the UN in 2013. This day is annually observed on March 3, and it's a great opportunity to celebrate multiple forms of wild flora and fauna.

Mother's Day is celebrated in every country. Although this is an international observance, every country chooses it's own date, that would be significant for the nation. For instance, Georgia celebrates Mother's Day on March 3.

This Day in History

  • 2009 Historical Archive of the City of Cologne collapsed. The collapse buried around 90% of archival records, the rest were evacuated from the debris.
  • 2005 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly a plane solo, non-stop around the globe without refueling. His flight lasted 67 hours, 1 minute, and 10 seconds.
  • 2003 Died: Luis Marden, American photographer, filmmaker, explorer, and author who worked National Geographic Magazine. He was a pioneer in the use of color photography.
  • 1999 Died: Gerhard Herzberg, German-Canadian physicist and physical chemist who was awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
  • 1991 Died: Arthur Murray, American dance instructor and entrepreneur whose name is most often associated with his internationally acclaimed dance studio.
  • 1987 Died: Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminsky), American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer who starred in the 1947 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
  • 1985 The Algarrobo earthquake took place in Valparaíso Region, Chile. It had a magnitude of 8.0. 177 people were killed and more than 2,500 were injured.
  • 1977 Born: Ronan Keating, Irish musician, singer-songwriter, actor, television and radio personality who is best known as the lead singer of the boy band Boyzone.
  • 1974 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashed near Paris, France due to explosive decompression. All 346 people on board died. This crash is known as the Ermenonville air disaster.
  • 1969 NASA launched Apollo 9, the third manned mission in the U.S. Apollo space program. The crew consisted of James McDivitt, David Scott, and Rusty Schweickart.
  • 1961 Died: Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian and American concert pianist who devised numerous novel techniques following the amputation of his right arm in 1914.
  • 1959 Died: Lou Costello, American actor comedian who is best remembered as the banana man of the double act of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott.
  • 1958 Born: Miranda Richardson, English actress who has won a BAFTA award and two Golden Globe Awards. She played the role of Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter film series.
  • 1937 Born: Bobby Driscoll, American child actor who starred in many The Walt Disney Company's live-action pictures in the period from 1943 to 1953.
  • 1931 The Star-Spangled Banner was adopted as the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key and set to tune by John Stafford Smith.
  • 1929 Died: Katharine Wright, American educator. She was the only sister of aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright and accompanied them in Europe.
  • 1923 The first issue of Time magazine was published. Since then it has acquired the world's largest circulation for a weekly news magazine.
  • 1920 Born: James Doohan, Canadian actor who is best known for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the science fiction franchise Star Trek.
  • 1918 Born: Arthur Kornberg, American biochemist who was award the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together with Severo Ochoa.
  • 1911 Born: Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter), American actress and sex symbol of the 1930s who was often nicknamed "blonde bombshell".
  • 1895 Born: Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist who is best known for having founded econometrics. He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • 1875 The première of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen was given at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. It was conducted by Louis Michel Adolphe Deloffre.
  • 1873 The United States Congress passed the Comstock Law that made it illegal to use the U.S. Postal Service to send erotica, contraceptives, abortifacients, sex toys.
  • 1847 Born: Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, engineer, and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
  • 1845 Born: Georg Cantor, German mathematician who is best known for his invention of set theory, which has become one of the fundamental theories in mathematics.
  • 1831 Born: George Pullman, American engineer and industrialist who is best known for having designed and manufactured the Pullman sleeping car.
  • 1765 Died: William Stukeley, English archaeologist who pioneered the investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury in England.
  • 1706 Died: Johann Pachelbel, German composer and organist who is credited with bringing the south German organ tradition to its peak.
  • 1703 Died: Robert Hooke, English natural philosopher, architect and polymath who is known for having discovered the law of elasticity which was named after him.
  • 1585 The Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theater) was inaugurated in Vicenza, Italy. It was designed by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.