Holidays Calendar for April 5, 2014

The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a traditional Chinese festival observed on the 15th day after the Vernal Equinox, which corresponds to April 4, 5 or 6 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a public holiday in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Saint Vincent Ferrer is venerated by the Catholic Church annually on April 5. He is patron saint of builders, construction workers, plumbers, fishermen and orphanages.

South Korean Arbor Day is called Sikmogil (literally “tree planting day”). It is celebrated on April 5. The holiday was established in 1949 and has been celebrated annually ever since, despite losing its official status as a holiday in 2006.

Jagjivan Ram was a very influential Indian independence activist and politician from Bihar, the state in East India. His contributions to the foundation of the All-India Depressed Classes League is priceless, that is why Babu Jagjivan Ram's Birthday is annually observed in India.

We're sure you remember that wonderful and comforting smell of raisin and spice bar from the kitchen. Well, today, on April 5, it is National Raising and Spice Bar Day. This is a great day to make your own bars.

Chilren's Day is usually a jolly festival, dedicated to children. However, in Palestine this holiday doesn't celebrate childhood. This is rather a day highlighting the horrific treatment of Palestinian children by the occupying Israeli authorities. The event is annually observed on April 5.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Dave Hunt, Christian apologist, speaker, radio commentator, and author who wrote books on Catholicism, Calvinism, Mormonism, Islam etc.
  • 2012 Died: Gil Noble, American television reporter and interviewer best known for having been the producer and host of the public affairs program Like It Is.
  • 2010 An explosion occurred at Upper Big Branch coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, killing 29 miners. The mine was permanently closed in 2012.
  • 2008 Died: Charlton Heston, American actor and political activist whose actin career spanned 60 years. He is best known for his role as Judah Ben-Hur in the 1959 film Ben-Hur.
  • 2005 Died: Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American writer who was awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • 1997 Died: Allen Ginsberg, American poet best known for his epic poem Howl. He was one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation and the counterculture of the 1960s.
  • 1994 Died: Kurt Cobain, American musician best known as the co-founder, primary songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana. He died at age 27.
  • 1991 Died: Sonny Carter, American physician, soccer player, US Navy officer, and NASA astronaut. He was a member of the STS-33 crew.
  • 1986 A bombing took place at La Belle discothèque in West Berlin, killing 3 people and injuring 230. 2 of the dead and 79 of the injured were US soldiers.
  • 1976 Died: Howard Hughes, Jr., American business magnate, investor, aerospace engineer, inventor, aviator, filmmaker and philanthropist, founder of the Hughes Aircraft Company.
  • 1973 Born: Pharrell Williams, American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, and fashion designer. In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • 1971 Born: Krista Allen, American actress and model best known for her roles as Billi Reed on Days of Our Lives and as Jenna Avid on Baywatch Hawaii.
  • 1967 Died: Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and educator who was awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1964 Died: Douglas MacArthur, American five-star general who played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. He also served in the Philippine Army.
  • 1955 Born: Anthony Horowitz, English novelist, children's writer and screenwriter. He was the creator and principal writer for several ITV series.
  • 1951 American communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for committing espionage, relating to passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
  • 1950 Born: Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as a member of the pop group ABBA formed in 1972.
  • 1943 Chinese sailor Poon Lim was rescued by three Brazilian fishermen after surviving 133 days alone on a wooden raft in the South Atlantic.
  • 1937 Born: Colin Powell, American politician, statesman, and general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.
  • 1920 Born: Arthur Hailey, British-Canadian novelist whose works are noted for having industrial or commercial setting. His best-known novels are Hotel and Airport.
  • 1917 Born: Robert Bloch, American novelist and short-story writer best known for his suspense novel Psycho that was adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock.
  • 1916 Born: Gregory Peck, American actor who is probably best known for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • 1908 Born: Bette Davis, American stage, film and television actress who is listed second in the AFI's 1999 list of the greatest female stars of all time.
  • 1879 Chile formally declared war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific. As a result of this war, Bolivia became a landlocked country.
  • 1874 Johann Strauss II's operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) premièred at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. It took the composer only 6 weeks to write it.
  • 1862 The Battle of Yorktown, also known as the Siege of Yorktown, began during the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Its result was inconclusive.
  • 1804 A meteorite fell in a quarry near High Possil, on the outskirts of Glasgow. The High Possil meteorite is the first recorded meteorite in Scotland.
  • 1722 Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen became the first European to set foot on Easter Island in Polynesia. It is one of the most remote inhabited island in the world.
  • 1614 In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe, married tobacco planter John Rolfe. They had one child together.
  • 1588 Born: Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher who is best known for his 1651 work Leviathan that established the social contract theory.