Holidays Calendar for June 9, 2016

National Heroes' Day is annually observed in Uganda on June 9. This holiday honors those people, who played major role in well-being of Uganda and payed their lives for better future of the Ugandans.

The Dragon Boat Festival, often referred to as the Tuen Ng Festival, the Duanwu Festival or the Double Fifth Festival, is a traditional holiday that originates in China. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar.


Citizens of the Åland Islands annually observe Autonomy Day on June 9. This is a public holiday in the islands and it's a non-working day.

June 9 is Anniversary of the Ascension of King Abdullah II in Jordan. This is a public holiday, but the offices remain open.

Eastern Christianity celebrates Ascension Day on the 40th day after Easter. The holiday celebrates the ascension of Jesus Christ.


International Archives Day is an annual celebration held on June 9. It was inaugurated by the International Council on Archives (ICA) to commemorate the foundation of the Council in 1948. This day can be considered the professional holiday of archivists from around the world.

World Accreditation Day is annually observed on June 9. Different events take place in over 90 countries around the world and they are aimed to raise awareness of value of accreditation.

June 9 is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. Combination of rhubarb and strawberry is the best spring treat.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Gustave Tassell, American fashion designer whose refined clothes appealed to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco.
  • 2013 Died: Iain Banks, Scottish science fiction author whose best known works include The Wasp Factory, The Culture series, Feersum Endjinn.
  • 2004 Died: Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay rights activist best known for co-founding the Jamaican LGBT rights organization J-Flag in 1998.
  • 1994 Died: Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, sharing it with Ragnar Frisch.
  • 1989 Died: George Wells Beadle, American geneticist who was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with other scientists.
  • 1985 American academic Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad members in Lebanon. He was held hostage for 2353 days.
  • 1981 Born: Natalie Portman, Israeli-born American actress known for her roles in Léon: The Professional, the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Black Swan etc.
  • 1979 A fire completely destroyed the ghost train amusement ride at Luna Park Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 7 people were killed.
  • 1978 Born: Matthew Bellamy, English musician, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer best known as the lead vocalist of Muse.
  • 1974 Died: Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan poet, novelist, journalist and playwright who was awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1965 The Battle of Dong Xoai began. It was a major battle of the Vietnam War. The battle ended on June 13, resulting in the Viet Cong victory.
  • 1963 Born: Johnny Depp, renowned American actor, film producer, and musician best known for his roles in the films by Tim Burton and Gore Verbinski.
  • 1961 Born: Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist best known for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • 1959 USS George Washington (SSBN-598) was officially launched. She was lead ship of her class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines.
  • 1959 Died: Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, German chemist who was awarded the 1928 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research of sterols.
  • 1958 Gatwick Airport officially opened. Queen Elizabeth II flew into Gatwick in a de Havilland Hero of the Queen's Flight for the opening.
  • 1952 Born: Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer-songwriter, composer and television personality. His best known songs include Todah (Thank You) and Kan (There).
  • 1946 Died: Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand from 1936 until his death. He was 9 years old when he became a king and 20 years old when he died.
  • 1934 Donald Duck made his first appearance in Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoon "The Wise Little Hen" based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen.
  • 1928 Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith completed his Trans-Pacific flight from Oakland, California, United States to Brisbane, Qeensland, Australia.
  • 1891 Born: Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter who is widely considered to be one of the most successful Broadway composers.
  • 1875 Born: Henry Hallett Dale, English pharmacologist and physiologist who was co-awarded the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1870 Died: Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic who is considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian era and the literary colossus of his age.
  • 1863 The Battle of Brandy Station (also known as the Battle of Fleetwood Hill) was fought during the American Civil War. Its result was inconclusive.
  • 1862 The Battle of Port Republic was fought in Virginia during the American Civil War. It resulted in the decisive victory of the Confederate Army.
  • 1843 Born: Bertha von Suttner, Austrian author and pacifist who was awarded the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the second female Nobel laureate.
  • 1781 Born: George Stephenson, English mechanical engineer and civil engineer who built the world's first public inter-city railway to use steam locomotives.
  • 1672 Born: Peter the Great (Peter I), Tsar of All Russia and later Emperor of All Russia. He led a cultural revolution that made Russia a major European power.
  • 746 Abu Muslim initiated an open revolt that resulted in the Abbasid Revolution. The Umayyad Caliphate was overthrown and replaced by the Abbasid Caliphate.
  • 68 Died: Nero, Roman Emperor from 54 to 68. He was the last emperor in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. During his reign, the Great Fire of Rome occurred.