Holidays Calendar for February 6, 2014

Waitangi Day is a public holiday in New Zealand celebrated on February 6. It honors a significant event in the country's history, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

Try a digital detox on February 6, 7 and/or 8 by participating in World Days Without Phone & Smartphone (Journées mondiales sans téléphone portable & smartphone), an annual campaign that was launched over two decades ago.

Thais are so proud of their national martial art, Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing, that they celebrate National Muay Thai Day twice a year: on February 6 and on March 17, The second date, however, is much more popular than the first.

The annual observation of Sami National Day falls on February 6. Ths date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the first Sami Conference held in Trondheim, Norway in 1917.

On February 6, reggae fans and music lovers around the world celebrate Bob Marley Day, a holiday dedicated to arguably the most famous reggae artist. It was invented in Marley’s home country of Jamaica, but eventually went international because admirers of his talent live in many countries, from Canada to Australia.

Birthday of Princess Marie of Denmark is celebrated on February 6. Birthdays of the members of the Danish Royal Family are not public holidays, but they are considered special days in the country's calendar.

Ronald Reagan Day is an annual day of recognition observed on February 6 in California. It is dedicated to the 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan, who also served as the Governor of California from 1967 to 1975.

Asian cuisine is so popular around the world today that a lot of people in Western countries can eat with chopsticks just fine. In the United States, there’s even an unofficial National Chopsticks Day, celebrated annually on February 6.

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is an annual United Nations observance held on February 6.

Frozen yogurt is so ubiquitous these days, at least in the United States, that it’s hard to believe it was only invented in the 1970s. There’s even a special holiday dedicated to this delicious frozen treat! International Frozen Yogurt Day, formerly known as National Frozen Yogurt Day, is celebrated annually on February 6.

Every year Canadians celebrate Food Freedom Day, a special event that is organized by Canadian Federation of Agriculture. The event celebrates the efforts of those people, who ensure that Canadians have enough food to eat.


This Day in History

  • 2012 A 6.9 magnitude undersea blind thrust earthquake hit off the coast of Negros Oriental, Philippines causing at least 51 deaths. 122 people were injured and 62 were reported missing.
  • 2002 Died: Max Perutz, Austrian-born British molecular biologist who was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with John Kendrew.
  • 1998 Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport to honor former United States President Ronald Reagan.
  • 1994 Died: Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg), American comic book artist, editor and writer who co-created many of Marvel's major characters with Stan Lee.
  • 1991 Died: Salvador Luria, Italian and American microbiologist who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Alfred Hershey and Max Delbrück.
  • 1989 The Polish Round Table Talks began in Warsaw, Poland. These sessions marked the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe.
  • 1989 Chris Gueffroy was shot while trying to escape to West Berlin across the Berlin Wall. He was the second-last person to die in the attempt to cross the wall.
  • 1985 Died: James Hadley Chase, English writer who is considered one of the best known thriller writers of all time. 50 of his books have been made into films.
  • 1985 Born: Crystal Reed, American actress best known for her role as Allison Argent in the MTV television series Teen Wolf.
  • 1984 Mary Gaudron was appointed to the High Court of Australia thus becoming the first female Justice of the High Court of Australia.
  • 1982 Born: Alice Eve, English actress best known for her roles in the films Crossing Over, Sex and the City 2, Men in Black 3, Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • 1961 Born: Yury Onufriyenko, Russian cosmonaut who is a veteran of two extended spaceflights including one aboard the International Space Station.
  • 1959 Jack Kilby filed the first patent for an integrated circuit. The first customer for the new invention was the United States Air Force.
  • 1958 The Munich air disaster occurred. British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport. 23 people died.
  • 1952 Died: George VI, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.
  • 1945 Born: Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and musician who is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He also was a committed Rastafarian.
  • 1934 Far-right leagues rallied on the Place de la Concorde, near the seat of the French National Assembly, in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic.
  • 1931 Died: Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer, activist of the Indian National Movement and important leader of the Indian National Congress.
  • 1931 Born: Rip Torn (stage name of Elmore Rual Torn, Jr.), American actor of stage, television and screen whose career spans 40 years.
  • 1929 Born: Colin Murdoch, New Zealand pharmacist and veterinarian who invented the disposable hypodermic syringe and the tranquilizer gun.
  • 1919 The Seattle General Strike began. It was a five-day general work stoppage by more than 65,000 workers who wanted to gain higher wages.
  • 1918 Died: Gustav Klimt, Austrian symbolist painter. His best known works include Judith I, Judith II, The Kiss, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, The Sunflower.
  • 1917 Born: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress and socialite known for her supporting roles on Broadway, in movies, and occasionally on TV.
  • 1914 The peasant armament support march (Bondetåget) was held in Stockholm. It was a conservative response to the defence policies of the Swedish Liberal Prime Minister.
  • 1912 Born: Eva Braun, the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife.The German public was unaware of her relationship with Hitler.
  • 1908 Born: Edward Lansdale, U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Office of Strategic Services and the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 1793 Died: Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and librettist whose works include some of the Italy's most famous and best-loved plays such as Servant of Two Masters.
  • 1685 Died: Charles II, monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was popularly known as the Merry Monarch.
  • 1665 Born: Anne, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland (from 1707 to 1714), the last monarch of the House of Stuart.
  • 1612 Died: Christopher Clavius, German mathematician and astronomer who modified the proposal of the modern Gregorian calendar.