Holidays Calendar for October 6, 2016

Tishren Liberation Day is a national holiday in Syria. This holiday is annually observed on October 6 to commemorate the beginning of October War in 1973, when Syrian and Egyptian armed forces united against Israel.

Day of Commemoration and National Mourning is annually observed in Turkmenistan on October 6. This is a public holiday, that is observed to commemorate the earthquake in 1948. The earthquake stroke and destroyed the largest city in Turkmenistan, Ashgabat.

People of Egypt annually celebrate Armed Forces Day on October 6. Celebration of this public holiday is connected with the events of October War in 1973, when Egyptian and Syrian armies united and launched joint attack against Israel to recapture their territories.

Many nations across the world celebrate Teachers' Day. The date is chosen to coincide with World Teachers' Day, that is the UN observance falling on October 5, or the government of the country chooses another date, that is significant for the nation. For instance, Teacher's Day in Sri Lanka is observed on October 6.

October 6 is Archivist's Day in Belarus. This is an official professional observance of Belarusian archivists. This observance was created to celebrate anniversary of establishment of the first central state archive on the territory of the present-day Belarus.

German-American Day is a United States holiday which celebrated German American heritage. It is observed every year on October 6.

National Poetry Day is an annual event that takes place in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first or second Thursday in October. It was founded in 1994 by British philanthropist, publisher and entrepreneur William Sieghart.


The Slovaks annually observe a very important memorial day for their nation Dukla Pass Victims Day on October 6. Observation of this day is connected with the events during World War II, when the Soviet and Czechoslovakian troops managed to capture the Dukla Pass from Nazi Germany.

Memorial Day for the Martyrs of Arad is a remembrance day in Hungary. It annually takes place on October 6 to commemorate anniversary of the execution of Hungarian rebels generals in 1849 after the defeat of the Hungarian Revolution.

The people of Cuba annually observe the Anniversary of the Cubana Bombing on October 6. This observance commemorates the victims of state terrorism conducted against Cuba.

October 6 is the National Noodle Day in the United States. The noodle is a type of staple food that is extensively used in many cuisines.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian politician, the 3rd President of Algeria, serving in office from 1979 to 1992.
  • 2002 The French oil tanker Limburg was bombed in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen. The tanker carried 397,000 barrels of crude oil from Iran to Malasia. Bombing resulted in leakage of approximately 90,000 barrels of oil into the gulf.
  • 1995 The Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz announced the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting 51 Pegasi, a Sun-like star located 50.9 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.
  • 1981 Died: Anwar Sadat, Egyptian politician, the 3rd President of Egypt from 1970 till his death. In 1979 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty.
  • 1979 Pope John Paul II visited the White House in the USA. He became the first pontiff to do so.
  • 1976 Students and adults gathered on the campus of Thammasat University and at Sanam Luang in Bangkok demonstrating against the return of former military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn to Thailand. A coalition of right-wing parlimanetary and government forces started massacre, resulting in over 100 deaths (unofficial, 46 - official) and return of the military to government.
  • 1951 Died: Will Keith Kellogg, American industrialists, best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, that is nowadays produces a wide variety of breakfast cereals.
  • 1951 Died: Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German physician, biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate for this work on muscle metabolism. He received the prize in 1922.
  • 1931 Born: Riccardo Giacconi, American astrophysicist, referred to as the father of X-ray astronomy. In 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources.
  • 1930 Born: Hafez al-Assad, Syrian politician, genera, the 20th President of Syria, serving in Office from 1971 to 2000.
  • 1927 The first prominent talking movie The Jazz Singer premiered in New York City. The date of premier was chosen to coincide with Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday, around which much of the movie's plot revolves.
  • 1914 Born: Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer, notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, when he sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands.
  • 1912 Died: Auguste Beernaert, Belgian politician, the 14th Prime Minister of Belgium. In 1909 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • 1903 Born: Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, known for his atom-smashing experiments leading to artificial splitting of the atoms. This work brought him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951.
  • 1892 Died: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet during much of Queen Victoria's reign. He is known and beloved for short lyrics, including Break, Break, Break, Tears, Idle Tears, Crossing the Bar. Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes.
  • 1887 Born: Le Corbusier, Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, one of the pioneers of modern architecture. He was an influential person in urban planing, one of his greatest works is planning the city of Chandigarh in India.
  • 1866 Born: Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor, pioneering experiments in radio, including the use of continuous waves. He received hundreds of patents for his inventions in the fields of high-powered transmitting, sonar, and television.
  • 1854 The Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead started shortly after midnight in England. The fire caused the death of 53 people and injuries of hundreds.
  • 1819 Died: Charles Emmanuel IV, King of Sardinia from 1792 to 1802. He abdicated the throne in favor of his younger brother Victor Emmanuel I.
  • 1773 Born: Louis Philippe I, King of France from 1830 to 1848. He was the 69th and the last King of France. He was forced to abdicate in 1848 and the rest of life he lived in exile in England.
  • 1767 Born: Henri Christophe, Grenadian slave, key leader in the Haitian Revolution, that succeeded in gaining independence from France in 1804. In 1807 he became the 1st President of the State of Haiti and in 1811 he proclaimed himself Henry I, King of Haiti.
  • 1762 The Battle of Manila during Seven Year's War between Britain and Spain concluded, resulting in the British occupation of Manila for the rest of the war.
  • 1683 German immigrant families founded Germantown in the colony of Pennsylvania, marking the first major immigration of Germans to America.
  • 1661 Died: Guru Har Rai, Indian 7th Sikh guru. He became Guru in 1644 following the footsteps of this grandfather.
  • 1660 Died: Paul Scarron, French poet, dramatist, novelist. He married Françoise d'Aubigné, who later became Madame de Maintenon and secretly married King Louis XIV of France. Scarron is best known for his work Virgile travesti, that is a parody of the Aeneid.
  • 1644 Died. Elisabeth, the eldest daughter of King Henry IV of France and his second spouse Marie de' Medici. Elizabeth was Queen consort of Spain from 1621 to 1644 and Queen of Portugal from 1621 to 1640.
  • 1600 The earliest surviving opera Euridice by Jacopo Peri received its premiere performance in Florence, signifying the beginning of the Baroque Period.
  • 1582 This day was skipped in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain due to implementation of the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1459 Born: Martin Behaim, German navigator and geographer, the creator of Erdapfel, the world's oldest surviving globe, that he produced for the Imperial City of Nuremberg in 1492.