Holidays Calendar for November 5, 2016

Health Day in Turkmenistan is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in November. It was established in 2000 by President Saparmurat Niyazov.


All Saints' Day (Feast of All Saints) in Europe is celebrated on November 1, but Sweden and Finland have chosen another date to celebrate the holiday. All Saints' Day in Sweden and Finland is celebrated on Saturday between October 31 and November 6.


November is the most joyful month of the year in Panama, because its first days open the Independence Month. There are plenty of reasons for celebration, including Colon Day, that annually falls on November 5.

Volunteer managers make great contributions around the world. They work for free and their actions are often unnoticed by the public. Celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day is an opportunity to recognize the hard work they do every day.

November 5 might be one of Homer Simpson's favorite days of the year because the National Doughnut Day is celebrated on this date. It is one of the two National Doughnut Days (the other is observed in June), so it is sometimes referred to as the National Doughnut Appreciation Day.

Guy Fawkes Night is observed in Great Britain every year on November 5. This commemoration (also known as Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night) celebrates the arrest of Guy Fawkes, a member of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

The problem of child abuse is very acute in South Africa and the government has to do its best to eliminate it. Celebration of National Children's Day on the first Saturday in November should raise public awareness of rights of every child.


This Day in History

  • 2009 Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot thirteen people and injured more than thirty others at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas.
  • 2007 Google unveiled Android, a mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel. The first version of Android was released on September 23, 2008.
  • 2006 Deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging for his role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'a Muslims in Dujail in 1982.
  • 1997 Died: Isaiah Berlin, Russo-British Jewish social and political theorist, philosopher, historian of ideas, translator. He is best known for his work in liberal theory.
  • 1995 André Dallaire attempted to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He was found guilty of attempted murder, but not criminally responsible.
  • 1990 American-Israeli rabbi and ultra-Zionist politician Meir Kahane was killed in New York City. El Sayyid Nosair was initially charged and then acquitted of the murder.
  • 1989 Died: Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-born American classical pianist and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time.
  • 1987 Born: Kevin Jonas, American musician, actor, and television personality. He is the oldest member the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock group founded in 2005.
  • 1979 Died: Al Capp (pseudonym of Alfred Gerald Caplin), American cartoonist and humorist best known for his satirical comic strip Li'l Abner created in 1934.
  • 1975 Died: Edward Lawrie Tatum, American geneticist who was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, sharing it with George Wells Beadle.
  • 1964 Born: Famke Janssen, Dutch actress and former fashion model known for her roles in the X-Men franchise, Taken, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters etc.
  • 1960 Died: Ward Bond, American film actor primarily remembered for playing the roles of Bert in It's a Wonderful Life and Captain Clayton in The Searchers.
  • 1959 Born: Bryan Adams, Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, photographer, and social activist. He rose to international fame in 1984.
  • 1958 Born: Sam Rockwell, American actor of stage and screen known for his roles in such films as Lawn Dogs, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Choke etc.
  • 1944 Died: Alexis Carrel, French surgeon and biologist who was awarded the 1912 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his worn on vascular suturing techniques.
  • 1943 The first bombing of Vatican City occurred during the Second World War. A plane dropped at least 4 bombs on the Vatican Gardens near Saint Peter's Basilica.
  • 1941 Born: Art Garfunkel, American singer and actor best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. He has won six Grammys.
  • 1938 Born: Joe Dassin, American-born French singer-songwriter. His best known songs include Les Champs-Élysées, Et si tu n’existais pas, Taka takata and many more.
  • 1930 Died: Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and physiologist who won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the antineuritic vitamin.
  • 1923 Born: Rudolf Augstein, influential German journalist best known as a co-founder and part-owner of the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel (The Mirror).
  • 1916 Emperors Wilhelm II of Germany and Franz Joseph of Austria issued the Act of 5th November, creating the Kingdom of Poland, a German puppet state during WWI.
  • 1914 The British Empire and France declared war on the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The next day, Britain launched the Mesopotamian campaign.
  • 1913 Born: Vivien Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley), English actress for stage and screen. She is best known for her roles in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • 1879 Died: James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist and mathematician best known for Maxwell's equations that form the foundation of classical electrodynamics.
  • 1872 Died: Thomas Sully, British-born American painter. His best known works include Passage of the Delaware, Mother and Son, Portia and Shylock, The Student.
  • 1857 Born: Ida Tarbell, American teacher, writer, and journalist. She is best known for her book The History of the Standard Oil Company published in 1904.
  • 1854 The Battle of Inkerman was fought during the Crimean War between the Imperial Russian Army and the allied armies of Britain, France and Ottoman Empire.
  • 1854 Born: Paul Sabatier, French chemist who won the 1912 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the hydrogenation of organic compounds in the presence of metals.
  • 1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested for planning the failed Gunpowder Plot. On January 31, 1606 he was executed (hanged, drawn and quartered) for high treason.
  • 1515 Died: Mariotto Albertinelli, Italian High Renaissance painter of the Florentine school. His best known works include The Visitation and Virgin and Child.