Holidays Calendar for March 6, 2017

On the first Monday in March, the citizens of the British Virgin Islands celebrate H. Lavity Stoutt's birthday. It is a public holiday that commemorates the first and longest serving Chief Minister of this British Overseas Territory.

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The Republic of Ghana celebrates its Independence Day on March 6. On this day in 1957, Ghana proclaimed its independence from the United Kingdom.

On March 6, the citizens of Norfolk Island celebrate a public holiday known as Foundation Day. On this day in 1788, the first settlers arrived on the island.

Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day, formerly known as Guam Discovery Day, is a national public holiday in Guam celebrated on the first Monday in March.

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Dentist's Day is an annual professional holiday celebrated on March 6. It is the perfect occasion to express your appreciation and gratitude to the people who help you keep your tooth healthy.

March 6 is European Day of the Righteous, a remembrance day established by the European Parliament to commemorate the people who have stood up against totalitarianism and crimes against humanity. It has been observed since 2013.

National Frozen Food Day is celebrated annually on March 6. This holiday was introduced by proclamation 5157 signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

 

This Day in History

  • 2008 Palestinian gunman killed eight students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, a religious school in Jerusalem, Israel. Eleven students were injured.
  • 2007 Died: Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher, sociologist, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer whose work is associated with post-structuralism.
  • 2005 Died: Hans Bethe, German an American nuclear physicist who was awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physics for his theory of stellar nucleosynthesis.
  • 2005 Died: Teresa Wright, American actress who is remembered for her performances in The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, Pride of the Yankees, Shadow of a Doubt.
  • 1990 Ed Yielding and Joseph T. Vida set the transcontinental speed record. They flew a SR-71 Blackbird from Los Angeles to Virginia's coast in 64 minutes.
  • 1988 Three members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army were shot dead by the British Special Air Service during Operation Flavius in Gibraltar.
  • 1986 Died: Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist who has been recognized as the "Mother of American Modernism". One of her best known works is Blue and Green Music.
  • 1982 Died: Ayn Rand, Russian-American novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, and philosopher who is best known for her novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.
  • 1975 Iran and Iraq signed the Algiers Accord, an agreement to settle their disputes and conflicts on their borers in Khuzestan and Shatt al-Arab.
  • 1972 Born: Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player, actor, and rapper whose NBA career spanned almost 20 years. He was one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA.
  • 1970 Let It Be, a famous song by The Beatles, was released as a single. It was the band's final single before Paul McCartney announced he was leaving.
  • 1965 Died: Margaret Dumont, American stage and film actress who starred in seven of the Marx Brothers films, being the comic foil to Groucho Marx.
  • 1948 Born: David Gilmour, English musician, singer, songwriter, and producer who is best known as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Pink Floyd.
  • 1941 Died: Gutzon Borglum, American artist and sculptor who is famous for creating the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
  • 1937 Born: Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet astronaut and engineer. In 1963, she became the first woman to have flown in space. She also was the first civilian to fly in space.
  • 1936 Born: Sylvia Robinson, American musician, singer, record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records). She was part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia.
  • 1932 Died: John Philip Sousa, American composer and conductor who is known mainly for his patriotic marches. He is referred to as the "American March King".
  • 1927 Born: Gordon Cooper, American U.S. Air Force Pilot, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury.
  • 1927 Born: Gabriel García Márquez, influential Colombian short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and journalist who was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1923 Born: Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist and composer considered one of the most influential jazz guitarists along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and others.
  • 1909 Born: Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Polish poet and aphorist who is known for his lyrical poetry and skeptical aphorisms many of which have a political subtext.
  • 1902 Madrid Football Club was officially founded. In 1920, it was renamed Real Madrid after King Alfonso XIII granted the title of Real (Royal) to the club.
  • 1900 Died: Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer, industrial designer, and industrialist who is known for his invention of the high-speed petrol engine.
  • 1888 Died: Louisa May Alcott, American author who is best known for her novel Little Women and its sequels Good Wives, Little Men, and Jo's Boys.
  • 1853 Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata was first performed at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. The first performance was a failure.
  • 1849 Born: Georg Luger, Austrian firearms designer who is best known for having designed the Luger pistol and the 9 x 19 mm Parabellum cartridge.
  • 1836 Mexican troops defeated the Texians in the Battle of the Alamo after a 13-day siege. This battle is considered a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution.
  • 1820 President James Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise, a federals statute regulating slavery in the United States western territories.
  • 1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan arrived at Guam. He was the first European to set foot on the Mariana Islands archipelago.
  • 1475 Born: Michelangelo (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni), Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and poet of the period of High Renaissance.