Holidays Calendar for November 3, 2016

Culture Day is a public holiday in Japan, that is annually observed on November 3. Celebration of this holiday is aimed at promotion of Japanese culture, arts and academic endeavor.

Panama declared its independence several times, because throughout the history it was a part of different countries. On November 3 Panama celebrates Independence Day (also known as Separation Day), that is anniversary of separation from Colombia in 1903.

Independence Day is a public holiday in Dominica. It's celebrated every year on November 3, that is anniversary of declaration of independence from Great Britain.

Independence of Cuenca is a public holiday in Ecuador, celebrated on November 3. Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador and the capital of the Azuay Province. It won its independence from Spain on November 3, 1820.

Victory Day is one of the public holidays in Maldives. It's annually celebrated on November 3 to commemorate the day when the Sri Lanka terrorist group made a coup to overthrow President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The Federated States of Micronesia annually celebrate Independence Day on November 3. This is a public holiday, that is observed by all four states of Micronesia.

Liberia is the only African state that has been founded by the Africa-American immigrants. They have brought American traditions to the country, that are still observed on the national level. For instance, Liberians celebrate Thanksgiving Day, but its date falls on the first Thursday in November.


Engineering Troops Day is a professional day of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, that is observed every year on November 3. This professional day was created by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma on October 27, 1999.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces observe one of its professional days Missile Troops and Artillery Day every year on November 3. This day was established by the Presidential Decree of Leonid Kuchma in 1997 and since then it's annually observed by the personnel of these troops.

The National Sandwich Day celebrated on November 3 is an opportunity to honor one of America's most popular foods. This ultimate and original convenience food was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.

This Day in History

  • 2014 One World Trade Center officially opened in Lower Manhattan, New York City. As of May 2015, it is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 2006 Died: Paul Mauriat, French musician, composer, and orchestra leader. He is primarily remembered as the conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat.
  • 2002 Died: Jonathan Harris (born Jonathan Charasuchin), American character actor best known for playing Dr. Zachary Smith on the sci-fi series Lost in Space.
  • 1998 Died: Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn), American comic book artist best known for creating the DC Comics superhero Batman (along with the writer Bill Finger).
  • 1996 Died: Jean-Bédel Bokassa, military officer and the head of state (first president and then emperor) of the Central African Republic from 1966 until 1979.
  • 1995 Born: Kendall Jenner, American television personality and fashion model. She came to public attention for appearing in Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
  • 1982 A fire occurred in the Salang Tunnel between the Parwan and Baghlan provinces of Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. It killed over 2,000 people.
  • 1982 Born: Evgeni Plushenko, renowned Russian figure skater, four-time Olympic medalist, three-time World Champion and seven-time European champion.
  • 1975 Four Bangladeshi politicians and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman loyalists were murdered, following the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in August 1975.
  • 1973 NASA launched the robotic space probe Mariner 10. It became the first spacecraft to make use of an interplanetary gravitational slingshot maneuver.
  • 1969 US President Richard Nixon popularized the term "silent majority" in his speech, referring to those Americans who did not join in the protests against the Vietnam War.
  • 1969 Born: Robert Miles (stage name of Roberto Concina), Swiss-Italian composer, musician, DJ, and record producer best known for his song Children.
  • 1957 The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2. It was the first aircraft to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. The dog lived only a few hours and died from overheating.
  • 1957 Born: Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren), Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came when he starred in Rocky IV in 1985.
  • 1954 Ishirō Honda's science function kaiju film Godzilla was released. It was the first of many kaiju films released in Japan, paving the way for many future films.
  • 1954 Died: Henri Matisse, renowned French artist. He is considered to be one of the leading figures in modern art, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.
  • 1949 Died: Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman, art collector, and philanthropist best known for establishing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • 1949 Born: Anna Vintour, English editor-in-chief of American Vogue (since 1988) and artistic director for the mass media company Condé Nast (since 2013).
  • 1933 Born: Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins), English actor of stage and screen best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in four Granada TV series.
  • 1926 Died: Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mose), American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. The musical Annie Get Your Gun is loosely based on her life.
  • 1918 The second stage of the German Revolution began. The revolution ended in August 1919 with the establishment of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933).
  • 1911 Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Durant used it to propel himself back to the General Motors presidency.
  • 1906 A collection of Service Regulations was signed at the second International Radiotelegraphic Convention in Berlin, adopting SOS as the international standard.
  • 1900 Born: Adolf Dassler, German entrepreneur best know as the founder of the sportswear company Adidas. Interestingly, his older brother Rudolf founded Puma.
  • 1891 Died: Louis Lucien Bonaparte, French philologist and politician. He is best known for his classification of dialects of the Basque language, which is still used.
  • 1852 Born: Emperor Meiji (Mutsuhito), the 122nd Emperor of Japan who reigned from 1867 until his death in 1912. During his reign, Japan became an imperial world power.
  • 1801 Born: Karl Baedeker, German publisher whose company set standard for authoritative guidebooks for tourists. His first travel guide was published in 1828.
  • 1793 Died: Olympe de Gouges (born Marie Gouze), French playwright, political activist, and feminist. She was arrested and executed for her political views.
  • 1600 Died: Richard Hooker, English theologian and priest in the Church of England. He was one of the most important English theologians of the 16th century.
  • 1500 Born: Benvenuto Cellini, Italian goldsmith, painter, sculptor, and musician. He is known for his famous autobiography that gives a detailed account of his life.