Holidays Calendar for August 8, 2016

The annual Augsburg Peace Festival (Augsburger Hohes Friedenfest) takes place on August 8 in the German city of Augsburg, Bavaria. It is a legal holiday in this city. This makes Augsburg the only city in Germany with its own legal holiday.

Tanzania annually celebrates Farmer's Day on August 8. The local name of this holiday is Nane Nane, that in Swahili, the national language in Tanzania, means “eight eight”.

The second Monday in August is Heroes' Day in Zimbabwe. This day commemorates sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, who died, protecting their country in the liberation war against British rule.


The second Monday in August is Carnival Monday in Grenada. This public holiday is a part of widely known Spicemas, Granada's Carnival, that includes various concerts and other activities.


Signal Troops Day is a professional holiday, that is observed in Ukraine on August 8. This professional holiday was established by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma in 2000. Nowadays this day is a professional holiday for all soldiers, serving in the Signal Troops of the Ukrainian Army.

Sweden has its own days, when the flag is flown on all public buildings and flagpoles. One of such days is Namesdsay of the Queen Silvia, that falls on August 8.

National Frozen Custard Day is celebrated on August 8 across the United States. Frozen custard is a type of frozen dessert that was invented by ice cream vendors Elton and Archie Kohr from Coney Island, New-York.

Taiwan celebrates Father's Day twice a year. Officially this holiday falls on the third Sunday in June, but unofficial celebration is on August 8.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler), American film actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter who won two Golden Globe Awards.
  • 2010 A mudslide occurred in Gansu, China, killing over 1,470 people. It was caused by heavy rainfall and flooding that began in early May 2010.
  • 2008 The 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony was held at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, China. It was directed by Zhang Yimou.
  • 2007 Died: Melville Shavelson, American film director, producer and screenwriter. He worked with some of Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars.
  • 2005 Died: Ahmed Deedat, South African writer and Muslim missionary of Indian descent noted for his debates with evangelical Christians.
  • 2004 Died: Fay Wray (born Vina Fay Wray), Canadian-American actress primarily remembered for her role as Ann Darrow in the 1933 film King Kong.
  • 1996 Died: Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist who was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with two fellow scientists from the US.
  • 1981 Born: Rorger Federer, Swiss professional tennis player. As of April 2015, he is ranked World No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
  • 1976 Born: JC Chasez, American singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and actor. He was one of the lead vocalist of the boy band NSYNC.
  • 1967 The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
  • 1963 The Great Train Robbery occurred at Bridego Railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire, England. A gang consisting of 15 robbers stole over £2.6 million.
  • 1962 Died: Elizabeth Ann Duncan, also known as Ma Duncan, American murderer. She was the last woman to be executed in California.
  • 1961 Died: Mei Lanfang, Chinese artist. He was one of the most famous Peking opera artists in modern history, known for his dan (female) roles.
  • 1948 Born: Svetlana Savitskaya, Soviet aviator and cosmonaut. In 1984, she became the second woman in space and the first woman to perform a space walk.
  • 1947 Died: Anton Denikin, Lieutenant General of the Imperial Russian Army and leading general of the White movement in the Russian Civil War.
  • 1937 Born: Dustin Hoffman, American actor of stage and screen, whose career spans over six decades. He has been nominated for and won numerous awards.
  • 1929 German-built and -operated rigid airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin began its round-the-world flight at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.
  • 1925 Born: Alija Izetbegović, Bosnian politician, lawyer, author and activist, 1st Chairman of the Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 1922 Born: Rudi Gernreich, Austrian-born American fashion designer best known for introducing the single-piece topless monokini in 1962.
  • 1918 The Battle of Amiens, also known as the Third Battle of Picardy, began during the First World War. It resulted in decisive Allied victory.
  • 1908 Wilbur Wright made the first official public flight at the Hunaudières horse racing track at Le Mans, France. It lasted 1 minute 45 seconds.
  • 1907 Born: Benny Carter, American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer an arranger. He won the 1986 NEA Jazz Masters Award.
  • 1902 Born: Paul Dirac, English theoretical physicist who was awarded the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with Erwin Schrödinger.
  • 1901 Born: Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear physicist who was awarded the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics for ins invention of the cyclotron.
  • 1897 Died: Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss historian of art and culture. Burckhardt is considered to be one of the major progenitors of cultural history.
  • 1879 Died: Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher. In his philosophy, he was a theist and strongly opposed to the Hegelian School.
  • 1879 Born: Bob Smith, also known as Dr. Bob, American physician and surgeon primarily remembered as the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • 1870 The short-lived Republic of Ploiești was proclaimed by the Radical-Liberals in the city of Ploiești, Romania. It ceased to exist the next day.
  • 1786 Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard became the first to ascend Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range.
  • 1588 The Spanish Armada was defeated in the Battle of Gravelines. It was the largest engagement of the undeclared Anglo-Spanish War.