Holidays Calendar for April 3, 2021

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

Holy Saturday, also known as Holy and Great Saturday, the Great Sabbath, Joyous Saturday, Black Saturday, or Easter Even, is the day after Good Friday and before Easter. It commemorates the day when Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb and when Christ’s soul triumphantly descended into the underworld.


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.

World Aquatic Animal Day is an annual awareness campaign organized by the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and the Animal Law Clinic at the Center for Animal Law Studies of Lewis & Clark Law School. Its main goal is to raise awareness of the plight of aquatic animals and their crucial role in ecosystems.

International Firewalk Day is observed annually on the first Saturday of April. It was created to raise awareness of the ancient practice of firewalking and have as many firewalks as possible taking place all over the world on the same day.


Albay Day (Araw ng Albay) is a special non-working holiday in the Philippine province of Albay that commemorates its founding anniversary. It is celebrated annually on April 3.

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.

If you’re a fan of light, airy desserts and chocolate, you absolutely need to celebrate National Chocolate Mousse Day on April 3. Chocolate mousse is such a fabulous treat that it definitely deserves its own holiday.

This Day in History

  • 2018 A shooting occurred at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. A 38-year-old Iranian-American women wounded three people, one of them critically, before killing herself.
  • 2016 The first news stories on the Panama Papers, along with 150 of the documents themselves, were published. The papers detail financial and attorney–client information for more than 214,488 offshore entities.
  • 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.
  • 1987 Born: Rachel Bloom, American actress, singer, writer, comedian, and producer. She is best known for co-creating and starring as Rebecca Bunch on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
  • 1986 Born: Amanda Bynes, American actress and fashion designer who rose to prominence due to the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show.
  • 1982 Born: Cobie Smulders, Canadian-American actress best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother and as Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • 1982 Born: Sophia Boutella, Algerian-French actress, dancer and model. She is know for her roles as Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, and many others.
  • 1981 Died: Juan Trippe, American airline entrepreneur and pioneer best known for having founded Pan American World Airways in 1927.
  • 1978 Born: Matthew Goode, English actor. His film credits include Chasing Liberty, Watchmen, The Imitation Game, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The King's Man, and many more.
  • 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.
  • 1972 Born: Jennie Garth, American actress best known for her roles as Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Val Tyler on What I Like About You.
  • 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 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.
  • 1922 Born: Doris Day, American actress and singer. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939 and was one of the leading Hollywood film stars of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • 1897 Died: Johannes Brahms, German composer and pianist. He created numerous works but is best remembered 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 unsolved 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 Wild 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 primarily 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.