Holidays Calendar for May 6, 2016

Martyrs' Day is an official remembrance day and public holiday in Syria and Lebanon. It is observed annually on May 6 to commemorate the Lebanese and Syrian nationalists executed in Beirut and Damascus on this day in 1916.

The Eastern Orthodox Church, which uses the Julian calendar, celebrates Saint George's Day on May 6. In Bulgaria, this festival is a public holiday also known as the Day of Bravery.

Saint George is the patron saint of England, but also Palestinians regard him as a hero. They annually celebrate the Feast of Saint George on May 6.

International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual event that focuses on body acceptance and healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on health at any size. It was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1992. INDD is observed on May 6.

Teachers' Day in Jamaica is celebrated annually on May 6, although sometimes it is moved to the first Wednesday in May. On the occasion of the holiday, most schools are closed early to give teachers an opportunity to have well-deserved rest.

May 6 is National Nurses Day in the USA. This holiday is also known as National RN Recognition Day and it begins the National Nurses Week.

National Public Gardens Day is an annual observance that is held on the Friday before Mother's Day (the second Sunday in May). It was inaugurated by the Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association in collaboration with Rain Bird Corporation.


May 6 is National Crepe Suzette Day. This is a typical French dessert, that was invented for the Brits!

Hıdırellez (Hıdrellez) is a traditional spring festival celebrated in Turkey on May 6. It marks the day on which Prophets Al-Khidr (Hizir) and Elijah (Ilyas) met on the earth. The word “Hıdırellez” is a fusion of the prophets' names.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (also Military Spouse Day) is an annual observance, honoring military spouses and their importance for all American servicemen. This observance is held annually on Friday before Mother's Day.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Three women that had been kidnapped between 2002 and 2004 were rescued by the police. Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was arrested.
  • 2004 The series finale of the television sitcom Friends was aired on NBC. As of January 2015, it is the sixth most watched TV series finale in history.
  • 1997 Following the United Kingdom general election of 1997, the Bank of England was granted operational independence over monetary policy.
  • 1994 The Channel Tunnel beneath the English Channel was officially opened by French President François Mitterrand and Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1992 Died: Marlene Dietrich, German and American actress and singer who is considered one of the greatest female stars of all time. Her breakout role was Lola-Lola in the 1930 film The Blue Angel.
  • 1984 The Korean Martyrs were canonized by Pope John Paul II. They were the victims of religious persecution against Catholics during the 19th century in Korea.
  • 1973 Died: Ernest MacMillan, renowned Canadian composer and orchestral conductor who made significant contributions to the development of music in Canada.
  • 1963 Died: Ted Weems, American musician and bandleader whose work in music was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1961 Born: George Clooney, American actor, film director, producer, writer, and activist who was received three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards (as of January 2015).
  • 1953 Born: Tony Blair, British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He was Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007.
  • 1952 Died: Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator who is best known for having developed an educational approach that was named after her.
  • 1949 Died: Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet, playwright, essayist, and translator who was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote in French.
  • 1945 The Prague Offensive began. It was the last major operation of the Soviet army during WWII in Europe. It was fought concurrently with the Prague Uprising.
  • 1945 Born: Bob Seger, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. His iconic song Old Time Rock and Roll was named one of the Songs of the Century.
  • 1941 The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt made its first flight. This aircraft was one of the main United States Army Air Forces fighters of the Second World War.
  • 1937 The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire while attempting to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey.
  • 1931 Born: Willie Mays, nicknamed The Say Hey Kid, American professional baseball player who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
  • 1919 Died: L. Frank Baum, American author primarily remembered for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels.
  • 1910 Died: Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India. He was the eldest son of Queen Victoria.
  • 1904 Born: Harry Martinson, Swedish writer and poet who was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Literature, sharing it with Eyvind Johnson.
  • 1895 Born: Rudolph Valentino, Italian-born American film actor. His best known works include The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, The Son of the Sheik.
  • 1877 Died: Johan Ludvig Runeberg, renowned Finnish poet who wrote in the Swedish language. He is considered the national poet of Finland.
  • 1874 Born: Victor Grignard, French chemist who was awarded the 1912 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of the Grignard reagent.
  • 1865 Born: Robert Peary, American explorer who claimed to have reached the geographic North Pole in 1909. His claim was widely debated.
  • 1865 Born: Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist who is primarily remembered as the father of psychoanalysis. One of his best known works is The Ego and the Id.
  • 1859 Died: Alexander von Humboldt, Prussian naturalist, geographer, and explorer who laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.
  • 1840 The world's first adhesive postage stamp Penny Black became valid for use in the UK. The stamp featured a profile of Queen Victoria.
  • 1758 Born: Maximilien de Robespierre, French lawyer and politician who is primarily remembered as one of the most influential figures of the French Revolution.
  • 1757 The Battle of Prague was fought during the Seven Years' War. It resulted in Austrian strategic victory and Prussian tactical victory.
  • 1631 Died: Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Baronet, of Connington, English antiquarian and member of parliament best known for founding the Cotton library.