Holidays Calendar for September 9, 2016

The Republic of Tajikistan celebrates its Independence Day on September 9. This public holiday commemorates the independence of Tajikistan from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, celebrates its Independence Day on September 9. This public holiday commemorates the official establishment of the DPRK in 1948.

Chrysanthemum Day (Kiku no Sekku) is a Japanese holiday celebrated on September 9. This festival is dedicated to the symbol of the Imperial House of Japan.

Memorial Day for the Victims of the Crimean War is observed in Russia and Ukraine on September 9. It commemorates the Siege of Sevastopol that lasted from October 17, 1854 until September 9, 1855 and resulted in a defeat of the Russian Empire.

İzmir Independence Day is a remembrance day celebrated in Turkey on September 9. It commemorates liberation of Smyrna (now İzmir) from the Greek occupation by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1922.

September 9 is marked as Day of the Victims of Holocaust and of Racial Violence in the Slovak Republic. The date of this remembrance day was chosen to commemorate the issuance of the Jews Code during the Second World War.

September 9 is the National Wiener Schnitzel Day. This food-related holiday is dedicated to a traditional Austrian dish which belongs to the best known specialties of Viennese cuisine.

White Balloon Day is an annual nationwide campaign held in Australia on the Friday during Child Protection Week, which is typically observed in early September. This event aims to raise awareness of child sexual abuse and help children affected by sexual assault.


Costa Rica celebrates Children's Day (Día del Niño) on September 9. It was established in 1946 to recognize and guarantee the rights of children and to celebrate childhood.


This Day in History

  • 2012 A series of coordinated shootings and bombings occurred across Baghdad and several major cities of Iraq. At least 108 people were killed.
  • 2009 The Dubai Metro was ceremonially inaugurated by the emir of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It currently has two lines.
  • 2003 Died: Edward Teller, Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who is widely referred to as "the father of the hydrogen bomb".
  • 1990 Died: Alexander Men, Russian Orthodox priest, theologian, Biblical scholar and writer. He was assassinated on his way to church.
  • 1985 Died: Paul Flory, American chemist who won the 1974 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in the physical chemistry of macromolecules.
  • 1978 Died: Jack Warner, Canadian-born American film executive who is best known as one of the co-founders and the president of Warner Bros.
  • 1976 Died: Mao Zedong, Chinese communist revolutionary, the founding father of the People's Republic of China. He ruled China for 30 years.
  • 1975 Born: Michael Bublé, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor who won four Grammy Awards (as of April 2015) and multiple Juno Awards.
  • 1969 In Canada, the Official Languages Act came into force, giving the English and French languages equal status in the government of Canada.
  • 1960 Born: Hugh Grant, English actor and producer best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually.
  • 1952 Born: David A. Stewart, English musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his work with the music duo Eurythmics.
  • 1945 The Second Sino-Japanese War officially ended, when the Japanese troops in China formally surrendered after the Allied victory in the Pacific.
  • 1941 Died: Hans Spemann, German embryologist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of organizers.
  • 1941 Born: Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist best known for creating the C programming language and the Unix operating system.
  • 1936 The crews of the Portuguese ships NRP Afonso de Albuquerque and Dão mutinied against the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar.
  • 1923 Born: Cliff Robertson, American actor whose prolific career spanned over six decades. He received the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • 1913 Russian pilot and aerobatics pioneer Pyotr Nesterov became the first pilot to perform the dead loop. This was done in a Nieuport IV monoplane.
  • 1911 Born: Paul Goodman, American novelist, dramatist, poet, psychotherapist, social critic, anarchist philosopher, and public intellectual.
  • 1901 Died: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, illustrator, printmaker and draughtsman. Many of his famous paintings depict Moulin Rouge.
  • 1898 Died: Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet and citric whose work inspired several artistic schools of the early 20th century, such as Surrealism.
  • 1886 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was signed. It is an international agreement governing copyright.
  • 1828 Born: Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, and philosopher. His best known works are War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
  • 1794 The future capital of the United States was officially named in honor of President George Washington. The federal district was named Columbia.
  • 1737 Born: Luigi Galvani, Italian physician, physicist, and philosopher best known for first recording the phenomenon of bioelectromagnetics.
  • 1721 Born: Fredrik Henrik af Chapman, Swedish shipbuilder, scientist and officer in the Swedish navy known for his Treatise on Shipbuilding.
  • 1596 Died: Anna Jagiellon, Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania from 1575 to 1586. She was the last member of the Jagiellon dynasty.
  • 1585 Born: Armand Jean du Plessis, also known as Cardinal Richelieu, French clergyman and statesman who was King Louis XIII's chief minister.
  • 1543 Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scots. As she was only nine months old, the country was ruled by James Hamilton as her regent.
  • 1513 The Battle of Flodden, also known as the Battle of Branxton, was fought between England and Scotland. It resulted in an English victory.
  • 1087 Died: William I, also known as William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England who reigned from 1066 (the Battle of Hastings) until his death.