Holidays Calendar for April 7, 2016

On April 7, Tanzanians celebrate Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day. This public holiday commemorates the assassination of the first President of Zanzibar and first Vice President of Tanzania.

On April 7 each year, Rwandans observe Genocide Memorial Day. This solemn observance commemorates the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide that took the lives of 20% of the country's population.

National Women's Day is a public holiday in Mozambique celebrated annually on April 7. It marks the anniversary of Josina Machel's death in 1971. Josina Machel is remembered for her struggle for the emancipation of African women.

The feast of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church. It falls on March 25 in the Julian calendar, which corresponds to April 7 in the Gregorian calendar.

National Beer Day is an annual unofficial holiday celebrated by American beer enthusiasts. It is observed on April 7 to commemorate the Cullen-Harrison Act of 1933.

April 7 is National Coffee Cake Day. If you want to have a coffee break, don't forget about a piece of cake.

World Health Day is an annual awareness day observed on April 7. It was proclaimed by the World Health Organization to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of the WHO in 1948.

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide (also known as International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda) is an annual United Nations observance held on April 7. It is the start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

In Armenia, there are two holidays on which mothers accept congratulations. The first is International Women's Day observed on March 8, and the second is Maternity and Beauty Day (also known as Motherhood and Beauty Day) celebrated on April 7.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Mike Wallace, American journalist, actor, game show host and media personality whose professional honors included 21 Emmy Awards.
  • 2009 Mass protests began in major cities of Moldova after the parliamentary election. The demonstrators claimed that the elections were fraudulent.
  • 2009 Died: Dave Arneson, American game designer who is best known for having co-developed Dungeons & Dragons, the first published tabletop RPG.
  • 2007 Died: Barry Nelson, American actor who is remembered as the first actor to portray James Bond (the 1954 television film Casino Royale).
  • 2001 The NASA robotic spacecraft Mars Odyssey was launched. The mission was named as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • 1994 FedEx flight engineer Auburn Calloway attempted to hijack FedEx Express Flight 705 and crash it so that his family would benefit from his life insurance policy.
  • 1989 Soviet nuclear-powered attack submarine K-278 Komsomolets sank in the Barents Sea about 180 kilometers southwest of Norway, killing 42 people.
  • 1978 United States President Jimmy Carter postponed the development of the neutron bomb. Production was restarted in 1981 by Ronald Reagan.
  • 1964 IBM announced the System/360, a mainframe computer system family that turned out to be extremely successful on the market.
  • 1964 Born: Russell Crowe, New Zealand actor, film producer, and musician who came to international attention due to his role as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 film Gladiator.
  • 1955 Died: Theda Bara (born Theodosia Burr Goodman), American stage and silent film actress whose femme fatale roles earned her the nickname The Vamp.
  • 1954 Born: Jackie Chan (born Chan Kong-sang), Hong Kong martial artist, actor, director, producer, and singer known for his acrobatic fighting style and innovative stunts.
  • 1947 Died: Henry Ford, American industrialist who is best known as the founder of the Ford Motor Company that made his one of the reaches men in the world.
  • 1945 The Japanese battleship Yamato was sunk by American planes during Operation Ten-Go in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War.
  • 1944 Born: Gerhard Schröder, German politician (social democrat) and statesman who served as the 7th Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005.
  • 1943 Died: Alexandre Millerand, French socialist politician who served as Prime Minister of France in 1920 and as President of France from 1920 to 1924.
  • 1939 Born: Francis Ford Coppola, American film director, screenwriter, and producer who is probably best known for the Godfather film trilogy that won numerous awards.
  • 1933 Born: Wayne Rogers, American film and television actor, screenwriter, and director best known for his role as Trapper John McIntyre on the series M*A*S*H.
  • 1930 Born: Yves Rocher, French businessman who founded the cosmetics company that bears his name. He wanted to democratize the access to beauty products.
  • 1926 Benito Mussolini, the leader of fascist Italy survived a first assassination attempt. Violet Gibson shot him three times while he sat in his car.
  • 1915 Born: Billie Holiday, American jazz singer, songwriter and actress who is considered one of the greatest female jazz vocalists along with Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
  • 1906 Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing over 100 people and devastating the city of Naples. The eruption prevented Italy from hosting the 1908 Summer Olympics.
  • 1906 The final act of the Algeciras Conference was signed, giving Spain and France control over Morocco. It was aimed at solving the First Moroccan Crisis.
  • 1891 Died: P. T. Barnum, American showman and businessmen best known for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus billed as The Greatest Show on Earth.
  • 1889 Born: Gabriela Mistral (pen name of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga), Chilean poet and educator who was awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • 1882 Born: Kurt von Schleicher, German general and statesman who served as the 14th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic in 1932-1933.
  • 1833 Died: Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish nobleman, aristocrat, politician, and musician. He was Duke-Governor of the Grand Duchy of Posen from 1815 to 1830.
  • 1770 Born: William Wordsworth, English poet who is considered the founder of the Romantic Movement in England along with his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • 1761 Died: Thomas Bayes, English statistician, philosopher, and Presbyterian minister whose most famous accomplishment is Bayes' theorem.
  • 1614 Died: El Greco (born Doménikos Theotokópoulos) Spanish painter, sculptor and architect of Greek origin. One of his best known works is Dormition of the Virgin.