Holidays Calendar for April 7, 2018

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.

People’s April Revolution Day is a public holiday in the Kyrgyz Republic celebrated on April 7. It commemorates the anniversary of the Kyrgyz Revolution of 2010.

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.

Holy Saturday, also known as Great Saturday and Holy and Great Saturday, is the Saturday before Easter and the last day of Holy Week which commemorates the last days of Jesus’s life. In Orthodox Christianity, it is the last day of Great Lent.


International Beaver Day is celebrated annually on April 7 to highlight the importance of beavers for ecosystems. Although beavers aren’t classified as threatened species, they nearly went extinct once so it is important to raise awareness of the threats beavers face.

International Firewalk Day is observed annually on the first Saturday of April. It was created to raise awareness of the ancient practice of firewalking and have as many firewalks as possible taking place all over the world on the same day.


National Flag Day in Slovenia is celebrated on April 7. It commemorates the anniversary of the day the Slovenian flag was first exposed in 1848.

Deceased Submariners Remembrance Day is observed in Russia every April 7. It was established to honor the memory of those who died as a result of the sinking of the K-278 Komsomolets submarine in 1989, as well as other Russian submariners who perished in the line of duty.

Many countries have a remembrance day to honor their veterans. For example, Belgian Veterans Day (Journée des Vétérans / Veteranendag) is observed on April 7 to honor the memory of Belgian soldiers who have died participating in UN peacekeeping missions since 1945.

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 in the United States. It is the perfect occasion to indulge in a slice or two of delicious cake, which is not flavored by coffee, contrary to a popular misconception. But if coffee cake does not contain any coffee, why is it named so?

Runet Day, also referred to as the birthday of Runet, is an unofficial holiday celebrated on April 7. It commemorates the introduction of the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) .ru on April 7, 1994.

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.

International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, also known as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide 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.

Green Shirt Day is a Canadian awareness campaign held annually on April 7. It was created to honor the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash and their families, and to support organ donor awareness / registration across Canada.

This Day in History

  • 2017 The United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria, aimed at Shayrat Airbase controlled by the Syrian government. It was a response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.
  • 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.
  • 1976 Born: Kevin Alejandro, American actor and film director known for his in the television series Southland, Parenthood, True Blood, Arrow, and Lucifer.
  • 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.