Holidays Calendar for September 3, 2013

Republic Day is a major national holiday in San Marino (the full name of the holiday is Feast of San Marino and the Republic). This holiday is annually observed on September 3 to celebrate anniversary of foundation of the republic of San Marino in 301.

Tokehega Day is one of the public holidays in Tokelau (the dependent territory of New Zealand). It's annually celebrated on September 3 on the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tokehega between the USA and New Zealand.

The Republic of Moldova annually observes a holiday of National Army Day. This national holiday was established to celebrate the anniversary of establishment of the Armed Forces of Moldova in 1991.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) annually celebrates Armed Forces Day on September 3. This day celebrates victory over Japan in World War II. At the same time this holiday is known as Victory over Japan Day in the People's Republic of China.

Solidarity Against Terrorism Day is one of the memorial days in Russia. This day is observed every year on September 3 to commemorate the tragic events, that took place in the city of Beslan in 2004.

Victory over Japan Day, also known as V-J Day, is an observance celebrated in some countries to commemorate the surrender of Imperial Japan in World War II. It can be held on different days depending on which exactly event is commemorated, as well as on the time zone. For example, Victory over Japan Day in mainland China and Hong Kong is celebrated on September 15.

September 3 is Australian National Flag Day. This day commemorates the day when the Australian National Flag was flown for the first time in 1901.

Qatar declared independence from the United Kingdom on September 1, 1971 however, it was officially recognized only on September 3, 1971. This day marks a very important event in the history of Qatar, and its people never forget celebrate Independence Day.

September 3 is a memorial day in Great Britain and Canada. This is Merchant Navy Day (in GB) or Merchant Navy Remembrance Day (in Canada).

On September 3, Zambians celebrate Levy Mwanawasa Day. This memorial day was established in honor of the third president of Zambia who is credited for having initiated a campaign to combat corruption in Zambia during his presidential term.

On the 12th day of the Iranian month of shahrivar, which corresponds to September 3 in the Gregorian calendar, Iranians celebrate the Day of Combat Against British Colonialism. This memorial day was established to honor the sacrifice of Rais Ali Delvari, an independence activist and a national hero of Iran.

September 3 is the National Welsh Rarebit Day. This food holiday is dedicated to a savory dish made with melted cheese which is traditionally served as the final course of a traditional British formal meal.

This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Sun Myung Moon, Korean religious leader, businessman, media mogul and political activist who founded the Unification Church.
  • 2010 Died: Robert Schimmel, American stand-up comedian who was best known for his frequent appearances on The Howard Stern Show.
  • 2004 The Beslan school hostage crisis in North Ossetia ended on its 3rd day with the storming by Russian forces and the deaths of over 300 people.
  • 2003 Died: Alan Dugan, American poet whose first volume Poems won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award for Poetry.
  • 1994 Died: Major Lance, American rhythm and blues singer whose best known hits include "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um".
  • 1991 Died: Frank Capra, Italian-born American film director, film producer and author whose life story is referred to as "American dream personified".
  • 1987 President of Burundi Jean-Baptiste Bagaza was overthrown in a bloodless military coup d'état. He was succeeded by Pierre Buyoya.
  • 1986 Died: Beryl Markham, British-born Kenyan aviator and adventurer. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.
  • 1976 The American Viking 2 spacecraft landed on Mars. It operated on the surface of the planet until April 11, 1980 when its batteries failed.
  • 1975 Born: Redfoo (stage name of Stefan Kendal Gordy), American singer, DJ, dancer and record producer best known as part of the duo LMFAO.
  • 1967 Dagen H (H day) in Sweden: traffic in the country switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right overnight.
  • 1965 Born: Charlie Sheen (stage name of Carlos Irwin Estévez), American film and television actor who rose to prominence during the mid-1980s.
  • 1962 Died: E. E. Cummings, American poet, dramatist, author, essayist, and painter. He was one of key authors of modernist poetry in English.
  • 1955 Born: Steve Jones, English rock guitarist, singer and actor best known as the founding member and guitarist of the punk rock band Sex Pistols.
  • 1953 Born: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, French film director, film producer and screenwriter whose best known films include Alien: Resurrection and Amélie.
  • 1951 The first episode of the soap opera Search for Tomorrow aired on CBS. It aired on CBS from 1951 to 1982 and on NBC from 1982 to 1986.
  • 1948 Died: Edvard Beneš, leader of the Czechoslovak independence movement who served as the second President of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1939 The Battle of the Atlantic began during World War II. It was the longest continuous military campaign on the war, ending on May 8, 1945.
  • 1938 Born: Ryōji Noyori, Japanese chemist who was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with William S. Knowles.
  • 1923 Born: Glen Bell, American businessman primarily remembered as the founder of the American chain of fast-food restaurants Taco Bell.
  • 1914 William, Prince of Albania left the country for exile. His reign officially ended on January 31, 1925, when the Albanian Republic was declared.
  • 1883 Died: Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist, short story writer, and dramatist whose best known works include Fathers and Sons and On the Eve.
  • 1879 The Siege of the British Residency in Kabul took place during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. It resulted in a victory of Afghan troops.
  • 1875 Born: Ferdinand Porsche, German automotive engineer, who is primarily remembered as the founder of the Porsche car company.
  • 1869 Born: Fritz Pregl, Austrian physician and chemist who won the 1923 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to quantitative organic microanalysis.
  • 1856 Born: Louis Sullivan, American architect who is often referred to as the "father of modernism" and "father of modern skyscrapers".
  • 1783 Representatives of Great Britain and the United States of America signed the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1658 Died: Oliver Cromwell, English political and military leader who was the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • 1499 Born: Diane de Poitiers, French noblewoman who was the chief mistress of Henry II of France. She wielded much influence at the court.
  • 1189 Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was crowned in Westminster Abbey. He ruled England until his death in 1199.