Holidays Calendar for April 3, 2016

A Drop of Water Is a Grain of Gold is a national holiday in Turkmenistan. It is annually observed on the first Sunday in April. The holiday was established by Saparmurat Türkmenbaşy 's Presidential Decree in 1995.


On April 3, Guineans celebrate Second Republic Day. This public holiday commemorates the 1984 bloodless coup that established the so-called Second Republic.

World Party Day, also referred to as P-Day, is an annual global celebration that occurs on April 3. This event focuses on creating a better reality for all the people in the world.

The first Sunday in April is traditional celebration of Geologist Day. This professional holiday was established in the Soviet Union in 1980, but after its collapse the tradition to celebrate Geologist Day wasn't forgotten. Nowadays it's a professional holiday of geologist in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.


On April 3, an informal holiday known as Tweed Day is observed. Not only the origins of this non-traditional holiday are unknown, it is also unclear what exactly this particular event celebrates.

There is nothing sweeter and lighter than mousse. And if you add some chocolate, then you get a fabulous treat, that deserves its own day. Celebrate National Chocolate Mousse Day on April 3.

This Day in History

  • 2009 Jiverly Antares Wong, a naturalized American citizen from Vietnam, opened fire at the ACA immigration center in Binghamton, killing 13 people.
  • 2004 Islamic terrorists involved in the 2004 Madrid train bombings were trapped by the police inside their apartment and committed suicide.
  • 1998 Died: Mary Cartwright, British mathematician who was the first to analyze a dynamical system with chaos (together with John Edensor Littlewood).
  • 1991 Died: Graham Greene, English writer who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. One of his best known works is The Quiet American.
  • 1990 Died: Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer who is considered one of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th century, along with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
  • 1986 Born: Amanda Bynes, American actress and fashion designer who rose to prominence due to Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show.
  • 1981 Died: Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur and pioneer best known for having founded Pan American World Airways in 1927.
  • 1975 American grandmaster Bobby Fischer lost his title of World Chess Champion by refusing to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov.
  • 1974 The second biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history (after the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak) occurred in North America, killing 319 people.
  • 1973 Born: Adam Scott, American film and television actor who is best known for playing Ben Wyatt on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
  • 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop", at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. He was assassinated on the next day.
  • 1968 Born: Charlotte Coleman, English actress best known for her role as Scarlett in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. She died at age 33.
  • 1961 Born: Eddie Murphy, American actor, comedian, director, writer, and singer who is one of the highest-grossing actors in the United States.
  • 1958 Born: Alec Baldwin, American stage, film and television actor, comedian, and film producer. He is a member of the Baldwin family that includes seven professional performers.
  • 1950 Died: Kurt Weill, German composer who is best known for having composed music for Bertolt Brecht's plays, including The Threepenny Opera.
  • 1948 The Jeju Uprising against the US Army Military Government began on the island of Jeju, South Korea. It was brutally suppressed by the South Korean army.
  • 1948 US President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan, the initiative to help European countries rebuild their economies after the Second World War.
  • 1930 Born: Helmut Kohl, German politician and statesman who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1990 and of the reunited Germany from 1990 to 1998.
  • 1924 Born: Marlon Brando, American actor and activist who is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of all the time and a cultural icon.
  • 1897 Died: Johannes Brahms, German composer and pianist. He created numerous works but is remembered foremost for his symphonies.
  • 1893 Born: Leslie Howard, English stage and film actor, director, and producer best known for his role of Ashley Wilkes in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.
  • 1888 The first of the so-called Whitechapel murders occurred. At various points these unresolved murders of women have been ascribed to Jack the Ripper.
  • 1885 Born: Bud Fisher, American cartoonist who is best known for having created Mutt and Jeff, the first successful daily comic strip in the US.
  • 1882 Died: Jesse James, American outlaw, bank robber, train robber, gang leader, and murderer, one of the legendary figures of the Wold West.
  • 1860 The first successful United States Pony Express run began. The route started at St. Joseph, Missouri and ended in Sacramento, California.
  • 1849 Died: Juliusz Słowacki, Polish Romantic poet who is considered one of the Three Bards of Polish literature, along with Adam Mickiewicz and Zygmunt Krasiński.
  • 1738 Born: Washington Irving, American short story writer, essayist, historian, biographer, and diplomat best known for his short story Rip Van Winkle.
  • 1682 Died: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque painter who is remembered foremost for his religious works such as Saint Peter in Tears.
  • 1680 Died: Shivaji, Indian warrior king who founded the Maratha Empire. He is sometimes considered a proto-nationalist and hero of the Hindus.
  • 1043 The coronation of Edward the Confessor took place at Winchester Cathedral. Edward the Confessor is considered the last king of the House of Wessex.