Holidays Calendar for July 5, 2016

Saints Cyril and Methodius Day is celebrated as a public holiday in the Czech Republic and Slovakia because they are considered co-patron saints of these countries. The commemoration is held on July 5.

Constitution Day is a public holiday in Armenia celebrated on July 5. It commemorates the adoption of the first Constitution of Armenia in 1995.

Unity Day is a public holiday in Zambia. It is celebrated on the Tuesday following Heroes' Day, which is usually (but not necessarily) the first Tuesday in July.


Independence Day of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria is celebrated on July 5. It commemorates the independence of Algeria from France in 1962.

July 5 is Independence Day in Cape Verde. This public holiday commemorates the independence of Cape Verde from Portugal in 1975.

The national day of the Isle of Man is Tynwald Day. It is typically observed on July 5, but when this day falls on a weekend, it is moved to the following Monday. Tynwald is the legislature of the Isle of Man.

Venezuela celebrates its Independence Day on July 5. On that day the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence was adopted by a congress of Venezuelan provinces. Venezuela was the first independent state in South America.

An annual carnival is the most popular event in the countries of the Caribbean. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines makes no exception of the rule, that is why an annual festival is organized on the island. Carnival Monday and Tuesday are organized in the end of June - the beginning of July.


Millions of trees are annually planted across India during the National Festival of Trees Planting (Van Mahotsav) in India. The festival lasts for one week and it corresponds to the well-known tradition of Arbor Day in other countries.

Apple turnovers are a type of pastry made with a puff pastry or shortcrust pastry dough and apple filling. They are usually served for breakfast or as a dessert. There even is National Apple Turnover Day celebrated on July 5.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Rosemary Murphy, American actress of stage film and television who won an Emmy Award for her performance in Eleanor and Franklin.
  • 2012 In London, the Shard was inaugurated inaugurated as the tallest building in Europe. Three months later, this title passed to Mercury City Tower in Moscow.
  • 2007 Died: Kerwin Mathews, American actor best known for playing the titular heroes in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jack the Giant Killer.
  • 2006 North Korea conducted two rounds of missile tests. At least seven separate missiles were launched from the Musudan-ri Missile Test Facility.
  • 1996 Dolly the sheep became the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. She was named after Dolly Parton.
  • 1983 Died: Harry James, American trumpet player best known as a band leader. He led his big band from 1939 to 1946 and from 1947 to 1983.
  • 1966 Died: George de Hevesy, Hungarian radiochemist who was awarded the 1943 for his contribution to the development of radioactive tracers.
  • 1954 Elvis Presley recorded his first single, That's All Right. The song was written and originally performed by blues singer Arthur Crudup.
  • 1950 The Knesset, Israel's Parliament, passed the Law of Return that gives Jews the right of return and the right to gain Israeli citizenship.
  • 1948 Died: Carole Landis, American actress of stage and screen who is best known for portraying Loana in the 1940 film One Million B. C.
  • 1946 Louis Réard introduced his design of the bikini to the media and public. The bikini was modeled by nude dancer Micheline Bernardini.
  • 1943 The Battle of Kursk began during the World War II. It was fought between German and Soviet forces. The victory gave the Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.
  • 1936 Born: Shirley Knight, American actress best known for her roles in the films The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and Sweet Bird of Youth.
  • 1934 During the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike, the police shot tear gas canisters into the picketers. These events are now known as Bloody Thursday.
  • 1927 Died: Albrecht Kossel, German biochemist who was awarded the 1910 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his study of nucleic acids.
  • 1920 Died: Max Klinger, German Symbolist painter, printmaker, sculptor and author. His best known work is Paraphrases about the Finding of a Glove.
  • 1911 Born: Georges Pompidou, French politician who served as Prime Minister of France from 1962 to 1968 and as President of France from 1969 to 1974.
  • 1908 Died: Jonas Lie, Norwegian novelist, poet, playwright and journalist regraded as one of the four greatest Norwegian writers of the 19th century.
  • 1891 Born: John Howard Northrop, American biochemist who was awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1889 Born: Jean Cocteau, French novelist, poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker best known for his 1929 novel Les Enfants Terribles (The Holy Terrors).
  • 1888 Born: Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist who was awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with J. Erlanger.
  • 1879 Born: Dwight F. Davis, American tennis player and politician who is best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition.
  • 1857 Born: Clara Zetkin (née Eissner), German Marxist theorist, activist and advocate for women's rights who created International Women's Day.
  • 1826 Died: Stamford Raffles, British statesman best known for founding the city of Singapore (now the Republic of Singapore) and the London Zoo.
  • 1810 Born: Phineas Taylor Barnum, American showman and entrepreneur primarily remembered as the co-founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
  • 1802 Born: Pavel Nakhimov, Russian admiral best known as the commander of naval and land forces during the Siege of Sevastopol in 1854-55.
  • 1801 Born: David Farragut, flag officer of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the U.S. Navy.
  • 1755 The Second Continental Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition in a final attempt to avoid a war between the Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain.
  • 1687 Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. It is considered to be one of the most important works in the history of science.
  • 1676 Died: Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish noble, statesman and military commander who participated in many wars, including the Thirty Years' War.