Holidays Calendar for September 5, 2016

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States which falls on the first Monday in September. It was officially established in 1894 by U.S. President Grover Cleveland. It is also celebrated in Canada.


Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hundu festival that honors the deity Ganesha, the god of wisdom and intellect. Ganesha is revered as the patron of arts and sciences and the remover of obstacles.


The Gaura Festival (Gaura Parva) is a Nepalese holiday that honors the Hindu goddess Gauri. Gauri is one of the aspects of Parvati, the wife of the Hindu deity Shiva. She is worshiped as the protectress of women and goddess of harvest.

Egyptian Engineering Day is a special day of all young engineers and one of the main programs of Young Professionals in Egypt. This is an annual two-day event, that is organized as an expo for engineering graduation projects.

National Teachers’ Day is celebrated in many countries as a special holiday dedicated to honoring teachers for their contributions. The date of the holiday varies from country to country. For example, Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated on September 5 to commemorate Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a renowned Indian philosopher and statesman.

September 5 is the National Cheese Pizza Day. It is the perfect occasion to indulge yourself with a slice or two of delicious cheese pizza.

Be Late for Something Day is an informal observance celebrated on September 5. On this day, you can stop rushing everywhere, forget about punctuality and be fashionably late for anything and everything.

International Day of Charity is an official United Nations observance held on September 5 every year. It was declared by the UN General Assembly in 2012 to commemorate the death anniversary of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.

This Day in History

  • 1998 Died: Verner Panton, Danish interior designer, one of the most influential furniture and interior designers of the 20th century. He is best known for creation of innovative and futuristic designs in variety of materials, especially in plastics in vibrant and exotic colors.
  • 1997 Died: Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian missionary, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. In 1979 she was awarded Nobel Peace Prize for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace. She was beatified in 2003 as Blessed Theresa of Calcutta.
  • 1996 Hurricane Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, USA. The hurricane killed 27 people and caused over $3 billion damage.
  • 1986 Pan Am Flight 73 with 358 people on board was hijacked at Karachi International Airport by four armed Palestinian men of the Abu Nidal Organization.
  • 1984 Died: Adam Malik, Indonesian politician, the third Vice President of Indonesia, national hero and one of the pioneers of Indonesian journalism.
  • 1980 The longest highway tunnel in the world the Gotthard Road Tunnel opened in Switzerland. The tunnel is stretching from Göschenen to Airolo for 10.14 mi (16.32 km).
  • 1976 Born: Carice van Houten, Dutch actress and singer, best known for role as Rachel Stein in Black Book and for role as Melisandre in the TV series Game of Thrones.
  • 1975 American Lynette Fromme attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and was released on parole after serving 34 years.
  • 1973 Born: Rose McGowan, American actress, best known for playing the character Paige Matthews in drama series Charmed. She also appeared in films Scream, The Black Dahlia, Grindhouse etc.
  • 1972 A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attacked and took hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two hostages died in the attack and nine others died the following day.
  • 1951 Born: Michael Keaton, American actor, producer, director, best known for his comedic roles in films Night Shift, Johnny Dangerously and Beetlejuiice. He starred in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns playing the leading role, and in Need for Speed, Birdman and Live from Baghdad.
  • 1946 Born: Freddie Mercury, British singer, songwriter, producer, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. He composed many hits for Queen, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and We Are the Champions.
  • 1944 Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg constituted Benelux.
  • 1921 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle party in San Francisco ended with the death of the young actress Virginia Rappe. This accident became one of the first scandals of the Hollywood community.
  • 1906 Died: Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist and philosopher, remembered for development of statistical mechanics, explaining and predicting how the properties of atoms (such as mass, charge, and structure) determine the physical properties of matter (such as viscosity, thermal conductivity, and diffusion).
  • 1905 The Russian and Japanese delegations signed the Treaty of Portsmouth in New Hampshire. The treaty was initiated by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and it officially ended the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1888 Born: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and politician, the second President of India serving from 1962 to 1967. He was one of the most outstanding and influential persons, earned several high awards.
  • 1887 186 people were killed in a fire, that broke out at Theater Royal in Exeter, England.
  • 1877 Died: Crazy Horse, Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota people. He fought against federal government over the territories and way of life of the Lakota people and lead a war party at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876.
  • 1876 Died: Manuel Blanco Encalada, Chilean admiral and politician, the first President of Chile. Since he was the head of provisional government, his presidency lasted only for two months in 1826, from July 9 to September 9.
  • 1857 Died: Auguste Comte, French philosopher, the founder of the discipline of sociology and the doctrine of positivism. Sometimes he is regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term.
  • 1849 Born: Jack Daniel, American businessman and distiller, the founder of the Jack Daniel's brand of Tennessee whiskey, the highest selling American whiskey in the world.
  • 1812 Born: John Cage, American composer, writer, artist, pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments. He was one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century and the leading figure of the post-war avant-garde.
  • 1803 Died: Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French writer, general, best known as the author of the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons). He was considered for long time as a scandalous writer, but subsequently his Dangerous Liaisons inspired a large number of critical and analytic analytic commentaries, plays, and films.
  • 1791 Born: Giacomo Meyerbeer, German composer, often described as one of the most successful stage composer of the 19th century. He was the father of the genre of grand opera and he's best known for operas Dinorah, Le prophète (The Prophet) etc.
  • 1666 Great Fire of London ended. The fire lasted for three days, over 10,000 buildings were destroyed, while only six people were reported to have died.
  • 1638 Born: Louis XIV, King of France, known as Louis the Great and the Sun King. He ruled France from 1643 till his death in 1715 (72 years and 110 days), thus becoming the longest reigning monarch of any major country in European history.
  • 1629 Died: Domenico Allegri, Italian composer, the younger brother of famous Gregorio Allegri. Domenico is known to be the first to include specific instrumental accompaniments to sacred vocal music on a small scale. Much of his music is lost and only one piece has survived.
  • 1568 Born: Tommaso Campanella, Italian philosopher, theologian, poet, one of the earliest representatives of the Utopian socialism. His most famous work is City of the Sun.
  • 1548 Died: Catherine Parr, Queen of England from 1543 to 1547, the last of six wives of King Henry VIII. She is known as the most-married English queen with four husbands and the first English queen to be titled Queen of Ireland.