Holidays Calendar for March 5, 2016

Custom Chiefs' Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Vanuatu. It is celebrated annually on March 5.

On March 5, the citizens of French Polynesia celebrate Gospel Day, also referred to as Missionary Day. It is a public holiday in this overseas collectivity of France.

On March 5, Azerbaijan celebrates a national observance known as Day of Physical Culture and Sport. It was proclaimed in 2005 by President Ilham Aliyev.

March 5 is Judiciary Employee Day in Kyrgyzstan. It is an official professional holiday in the Kyrgyz Republic that was established on May 26, 2004, and has been celebrated annually since 2005.

Iran, as well as many other countries around the world, celebrates National Tree Planting Day. This observance annually falls on March 5.

On March 5, the Chinese celebrate Learn from Lei Feng Day. It is a propagandist holiday whose importance has been gradually declining over the recent years.

They are crunchy, orange and tasty. They can come in many different shapes. They are cheese doodles, that we love. Celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day on March 5.


This Day in History

  • 2013 17 people were killed and 53 were injured in a suicide bombing carried out on an Egged bus in Haifa, Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • 2013 Died: Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan politician who served as the President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death. He also was the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement.
  • 2012 A shooting attack occurred in a hair salon in Bucharest, Romania. Two people were killed and six were severely injured.
  • 1982 Died: John Belushi, American comedian, actor, and musician who was one of the original cast members of the NBC live television sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
  • 1974 Born: Matt Lucas, English comedian, actor, singer, and screenwriter. He is known for portraying Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
  • 1974 Born: Eva Mendes, American actress, model, and singer who is known for her roles in the films Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, Ghost Rider.
  • 1970 The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons entered into force. As of 2014, the Non-Proliferation Treaty has been ratified by 189 countries.
  • 1966 BOAC Flight 911 (Speedbird 911) disintegrat and crashed near Mount Fuji, Japan. All 124 people on board were killed in the crash.
  • 1960 Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took the iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara which is known as Guerrillero Heroico.
  • 1953 Died: Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter. His best known work is the screenplay for Citizen Kane which he wrote with Orson Welles.
  • 1953 Died: Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th century.
  • 1953 Died: Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death. After his death, the process of the so-called de-Stalinization was initiated.
  • 1950 Died: Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, playwright, biographer, and lawyer. He is best known for his 1915 work Spoon River Anthology.
  • 1943 The prototype of the Gloster Meteor took off on its first flight. It was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet aircraft during World War II.
  • 1936 The prototype of the Supermarine Spitfire took off on its first flight. This British single-seat fighter aircraft was used by the Royal Air Force during World War II.
  • 1936 Born: Dean Stockwell, American actor whose career spans over 65 years. He is widely known for his role as Al Calavicci on the sci-fi series Quantum Leap.
  • 1929 Died: David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-born American inventor who founded the Buick Motor Company which is now a division of General Motors.
  • 1922 Born: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian film director, writer, poet, journalist, philosopher, and intellectual who demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility.
  • 1918 Born: James Tobin, American economist who was awarded with the 1981 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of financial markets.
  • 1871 Born: Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist theorist, economist, philosopher and revolutionary socialist who co-founded the anti-war Spartacus League with Karl Liebknecht.
  • 1868 American engineer and entrepreneur George Westinghouse patented the railway air brake. In various forms, the Westinghouse system has been nearly universally adopted.
  • 1862 Born: Siegbert Tarrasch, one of the strongest chess players of the late 19th century and early 20th century. He also was an author and an influential chess teacher.
  • 1853 Born: Howard Pyle, American illustrator and author best known for his 1882 novel The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire.
  • 1827 Died: Pierre-Simon Laplace, French scholar who made a significant contribution to the development of physics, astronomy, mathematics, and statistics.
  • 1827 Died: Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and chemist who invented the battery. The unit for electric potential and electromotive force was named after him.
  • 1817 Born: Austen Henry Layard, English archaeologist, traveler, collector, author, and diplomat best known for having uncovered the library of Ashurbanipal.
  • 1815 Died: Franz Mesmer, German physician who is best known for his theory of animal magnetism which is still practiced as a form of alternative medicine.
  • 1770 The Boston Massacre, also known as the Incident on King Street, occurred. Five male civilians were killed by British Army soldiers in Boston, capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
  • 1616 Nicolaus Copernicus's work De revolutionibus orbium coelestium was placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by a decree of the Sacred Congregation.
  • 1512 Born: Gerardus Mercator, philosopher, cartographer, and mathematician who is known as the creator of the world map that was named after him.