Holidays Calendar for May 4, 2018

Restoration of Independence Day is a Latvian public holiday observed annually on May 4. It commemorates the declaration “On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia” adopted in 1990, shortly before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The incumbent King of Thailand Rama X (Vajiralongkorn) was crowned on May 4, 2019. The anniversary of this event is a Thai public holiday named Coronation Day. It is marked with a military parade, fireworks display, and other festive events.

Greenery Day is a public holiday in Japan that occurs during the Golden Week. It is celebrated each year on May 4. From 1989 to 2006, it was observed on April 29.

Cassinga Day is a public holiday in Namibia that commemorates the Battle of Cassinga, also known as Cassinga Massacre or Cassinga Raid, that occurred on May 4, 1978, during the South Africa Border War.

Saint Florian is the patron of Upper Austria, where an entire town of Sankt Florian was named in his honor. Saint Florian Day, celebrated on May 4, is an official holiday and a day off for government workers and school students in this Austrian state.

International Firefighters' Day (IFFD) is observed annually on May 4. It was created in 1999 to honor the memory of five firefighters who died in a wildfire in Australia.

Every May 4 many people around the world put on pink shirts to show their support for Anti-Bullying Day. This event was started in 2012 and has since become known in more than 25 countries around the world.

Sauvignon blanc is one of the most iconic wine grape varieties, so it is not surprising that winemakers and wine lovers celebrate a holiday dedicated to it. International Sauvignon Blanc Day is observed annually on the first Friday of May.


Civil Aviation Worker’s Day is a Turkmen professional holiday celebrated on May 4. On this day in 1992, President Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree on the creation of a modern civil aviation infrastructure in Turkmenistan.

Firefighter’s Day (Dzień Strażaka) is an official professional holiday in Poland. It is celebrated on May 4, coinciding with International Firefighters’ Day.

Coal Miners Day in India is celebrated on May 4. It is the professional holiday of all workers engaged in the country’s coal industry.

Tax Authority Employees Day is a professional holiday celebrated in Tajikistan on May 4 every year. Like all official professional observances in Tajikistan, it was established by the law “On Holidays” adopted in 2011.

There are several ecological observances to honor birds. Bird Day in the USA, that falls on May 4, is one of the oldest observances.

Youth Day is a Chinese holiday celebrated annually on May 4. It commemorates the May Fourth Movement. A similar holiday is observed in Taiwan, where it is called Literary Day.

On May 4, jazz lovers all over the United States and abroad celebrate Dave Brubeck Day. This informal holiday is dedicated to a famous jazz composer, pianist and bandleader, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz.

Remembrance of the Dead is an official memorial day in the Netherlands held annually on May 4. It commemorates all those who have died in wars or peacekeeping operations since the involvement of the Netherlands in the Second World War.

Anniversary of the decease of Milan Rastislav Štefánik is an official remembrance day in Slovakia observed on May 4. It honors one of the leading members of the Czechoslovak National Council.

May 4 is National Candied Orange Peel Day. You might not be familiar with this type of candy, unless you're a baker or confectioner. Today is a perfect day to find out what candied orange peel is.

Star Wars Day is an informal observance celebrated by fans of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. It is held annually on May 4.

Orange juice is one of the most popular beverages in the United States, so it is not surprising that it has its own holiday, albeit an unofficial one. National Orange Juice Day is celebrated annually on May 4.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Christian de Duve, English-Belgian cytologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate for the discovery concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell.
  • 2007 The city of Greensburg, Kansas, was almost completely destroyed by a 1,7 mi wide EF5 tornado. This tornado was the first ever tornado to be rated as sun within the Enhanced Fujita Scale. According to the scale, EF5 rate has the highest degree of damage.
  • 2002 An EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashed in a suburb of Kano, Nigeria, shortly after takeoff. 64 of 69 passengers, 7 of 8 crew members on board and 78 civilians on the ground died.
  • 1994 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat signed a peace accord regarding Palestinian autonomy granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
  • 1988 Tons of space shuttle fuel detonated during a fire at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada (PEPCORN) plant. The fire caused an estimated US$100 million of damage. Several agencies had to activate disaster plans.
  • 1983 Born: Trisha, Indian actress and model, primary works in the South Indian film industries. She has established herself as a leading actress of the Indian film industry and enjoys great success.
  • 1979 Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1972 Died: Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for work with the hormones of the adrenal gland.
  • 1959 The first Grammy Awards were held to recognize musical accomplishments by performers for the year.
  • 1953 Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1940 Born: Robin Cook, American physician and author. He is best known for combining medical writing with the thriller genre. This technique brought Cook an immense success making his books bestsellers. His books have sold nearly 100 million copies.
  • 1939 Born: Amos Oz, Israeli journalist and author, whose works were published in 42 languages. He received many honors and awards, among them Legion of Honour of France, Prince of Austrians Award in Literature, the Goethe Prize, the Heinrich Heine Prize and the Israel Prize.
  • 1938 Died: Carl von Ossietzky, German journalist and activist, Nobel Prize laureate for his work in exposing the clandestine German re-armament. He was convicted of high treason and espionage after publishing details of Germany's alleged violation of the Treaty of Versailles by rebuilding an air force, the predecessor of the Luftwaffe, and training pilots in the Soviet Union
  • 1929 Born: Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-English actress and singer, a film and fashion icon. Hepburn is ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. Her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's became and iconic character in American cinema.
  • 1924 Died: Edith Nesbit, English author and poet. She wrote and collaborated over 60 book of fiction for children during her career. Some of her books were adapted for film and television.
  • 1916 Born: Richard Proenneke, American meteorologist, who lived alone for almost 30 years in the mountains of Alaska near the shore of Twin Lakes. Proenneke documented his life in solitude in journals and on film, also recorded valuable meteorological and natural data.
  • 1903 Died: Gotse Delchev, Bulgarian activist, a very important revolutionary figure in Ottoman-ruled Macedonia and Thrace. He was one of the leaders of Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
  • 1886 A bomb was thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally at Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois. 8 were killed, 60 injured.
  • 1858 Died: Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, known for exploration of South America. Many animals and plants are called in his honor.
  • 1852 Born: Alice Liddell, English model, who as a girl inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • 1825 Born: Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist, known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for advocacy of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Huxley's famous debate with Samuel Wilberforce became a key moment in the wider acceptance of evolution theory by the scientists.
  • 1772 Born: Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German publisher, best known for publishing the Conversations-Lexikon, the encyclopedia, that laid basis for many editions of the Brockhaus encyclopedia.
  • 1767 Born: Kakarla Tyagabrahmam, also known as Tyagaraja, one of the greatest Indian composers of Carnatic music, or Indian classical music. Many of his works are still popular today.
  • 1734 Died: James Thornhill, English painter, working in the Italian baroque tradition. He was responsible for some large-scale schemes of murals, the painting on the inside of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral and works at Chatsworth House and Wimpole Hall.
  • 1677 Died: Isaac Barrow, English mathematician and theologian, generally credited for role in the development of infinitesimal calculus, in particular, for the discovery of the fundamental theorem of calculus. His student was Isaac Newton, who went on to develop calculus in a modern form.
  • 1655 Born: Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker, who is generally regarded as the inventor of the piano
  • 1556 Died: Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist, notable creator of the first recorded herbarium and the first botanical garden in Europe.
  • 1493 The New World was divided between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation by Pope Alexander VI.
  • 1471 Wars of Roses: Edward IV defeated a Lancastrian Army during the Battle of Tewkesbury and killed heir to the throne Edward, Prince of Wales. The political stability of England was restored until the death of Edward IV in 1483.
  • 1436 Died: Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, Swedish rebel leader and national hero. Engelbrektsson was the leader of the Engelbrekt rebellion against Eric of Pomerania, king of the Kalmar Union.