Holidays Calendar for July 10, 2016

Gospel Day is a public holiday in Kiribati. It's annually appointed to the nearest day to National Day, celebrated in July.

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas celebrates its Independence Day on July 10. On that day in 1973, the Bahamas gained independence from the United Kingdom.

The National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving, also referred to as National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving, is a public holiday celebrated in the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is observed every July to honor the victims of the catastrophic Soufrière Hills volcano eruption.

Global Energy Independence Day is observed every July 10 to promote renewable energy sources in order to make the global economy less dependent on fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas).

July 10 is Armed Forces Day in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. This holiday honors the country's military that comprises above 15,000 active personnel and 5,000 paramilitary.

Day of the Russian Post is an annual professional holiday of Russian postal workers celebrated on the second Sunday in July. It was officially established by President Boris Yeltsin in 1994 to recognize the contribution of the postal service to the development of the Russian state.


Fisherman’s Day is a holiday celebrated in Russia and Ukraine on the second Sunday in July. If was officially established during the Soviet era, but after the dissolution of the Soviet Union only Ukraine and Russia continued to celebrate it officially.


The Day of Tax Office Workers is a professional holiday in Belarus celebrated on the second Sunday in July each year. It was officially established in 1998 by President Alexander Lukashenko.


Fish farm workers of Tajikistan celebrate their professional holiday on the second Sunday of July. The government of Tajikistan established Fish Farmers Day to highlight the important contribution of fish farms to the country’s economy.


Capybara Appreciation Day is a fun holiday celebrated annually on July 10. It was created to pay tribute to the world’s largest rodent known for its love for water and cute appearance.

Day of Military Honor in the Russian Armed Forces are memorable dates dedicated to the country's most outstanding military victories. For example, July 10 is Battle of Poltava Day. It celebrates the victory of Russia over Sweden in 1709.

Wyoming Statehood Day is celebrated annually on July 10. On this day in 1890, Wyoming joined the Union as the 44th state. Although Statehood Day isn’t a legal holiday in Wyoming, some state offices close for the afternoon.

Every July, Mongolians celebrate Naadam, a three-day midsummer festival that is regarded as the national holiday of Mongolia. Naadam is celebrated from July 11 to July 13, and the eve of the festival has been designated as State Flag Day.

The nearest Sunday to July 11 is National Day of Commemoration in Ireland. All Irish soldiers, who died in past wars or the United Nations peacekeeping missions, are commemorated on this day.


July 10 is National Piña Colada Day in Puerto Rico and the United States. This sweet fruity cocktail is a perfect drink for a hot summer day. By the way, did you know that piña colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico?

On July 10, some organizations throughout the world informally celebrate Nikola Tesla Day, also known as World Tesla Day. It commemorates the birthday of Nikola Tesla, renowned Serbian-American inventor and engineer.

Natto Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated by Japanese cuisine lovers around the world. It is dedicated to a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans that is especially popular in the eastern regions of Japan.

National Kitten Day is celebrated annually on July 10 to celebrate adorable kittens and encourage people to adopt them from shelters. It was created by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert known for coming up with and promoting a bunch of animal-related holidays.

Father's Day in Uruguay is celebrated on the second Sunday in July. On this day, Uruguayans congratulate their fathers and express their love and gratitude.


Chronic Disease Day is an annual awareness campaign held on July 10. It was created to raise awareness of the impact of chronic diseases on people’s lives and economy, advocate to lower the number of preventable chronic illnesses, and improve access to care for patients with chronic conditions.

This Day in History

  • 2011 Died: Roland Petit, French dancer, choreographer, and ballet company director. He is primarily remembered for his creative ballets.
  • 2007 Turkish adventurer Erden Eruç began the first entirely solo and entirely human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth. It lasted for 5 years.
  • 2006 Died: Shamil Basayev, Chechen terrorist and a leader of the Chechen movement. He was killed by the Russian Federal Security Service.
  • 2003 Died: Winston Graham, English novelist best know for his Poldark series of historical novels. There are a total of twelve novels.
  • 2002 Massacre of the Innocents, a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, was sold at auction at Sotheby's for £49.5 million to Kenneth Thomson.
  • 1993 Died: Sam Rolfe, American screenwriter best known for co-creating the Western television series Have Gun - Will Travel that aired on CBS.
  • 1991 Boris Yeltsin was inaugurated as the first elected President of Russia. He remained in office for two consecutive terms, from 1991 to 1999.
  • 1989 Died: Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality. He voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, and many other characters.
  • 1986 Born: Wyatt Russell, American actor and former ice hockey player, the son of Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn. He portrayed John Walker / U.S. Agent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • 1985 The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk by the French foreign intelligence services in the port of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1980 Born: Jessica Simpson, American singer, songwriter, actress, reality television personality, businesswoman and fashion designer.
  • 1978 President of Mauritania Moktar Ould Daddah was deposed in a military coup d'etat. Mustafa Ould Salek established a military junta.
  • 1977 Born: Chiwetel Ejiofor, British actor. His film credits include Love Actually, Kinky Boots, Salt, 12 Years a Slave, The Martian, Doctor Strange, The Old Guard, The Lion King, and more.
  • 1976 The Seveso disaster occurred at a chemical plant near Milan, Italy. It resulted in the highest known exposure to TCDD in residential populations.
  • 1972 Born: Peter Serafinowicz, British actor, comedian, and filmmaker. His film credits include Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Shaun of the Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more.
  • 1972 Born: Sofía Vergara, Colombian-American television and film actress, comedienne, producer, television host, model and businesswoman.
  • 1970 Born: John Simm, English actor best known for his roles as Sam Tyler in Life on Mars and The Master in the cult science fiction series Doctor Who.
  • 1962 Telstar 1, the world's first communications satellite, was launched on top of a Thor-Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral LC-17, Florida.
  • 1962 The third studio album by the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, was released in the UK. Its American version had been released two weeks earlier.
  • 1962 Died: Yehuda Leib Maimon, Israeli rabbi and leader of the religious Zionism movement who helped draft the declaration of independence.
  • 1958 Born: Fiona Shaw, Irish actress of stage and screen. She was made an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.
  • 1954 Born: Neil Tennant, English musician and singer-songwriter who is best known as one half of the electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.
  • 1949 Born: Phyllis Smith, American actress. She is best known for playing Phyllis Vance in the television series The Office and voicing Sadness in Pixar's animated franchise Inside Out.
  • 1943 Born: Arthur Ashe, American World number 1 professional tennis player, journalist and activist. Ashe won three Grand Slam titles.
  • 1925 Indian spiritual master Meher Baba began his silence of 44 years that lasted until his death. His followers celebrated July 10 as Silence Day.
  • 1920 Born: Owen Chamberlain, American physicist who was awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with Emilio Gino Segrè.
  • 1920 Born: David Brinkley, American newscaster for NBC and ABC whose career spanned over five decades. He also wrote three books.
  • 1884 Died: Paul Morphy, American chess player who is widely regarded as the greatest chess master of the second half of the 19th century.
  • 1873 French poet Paul Verlaine fired two shots at his lover Arthur Rimbaud, wounding his left wrist. He was subsequently arrested and imprisoned.
  • 1856 Born: Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American engineer and inventor best known for developing the alternating current electricity supply system.
  • 1851 Died: Louis Daguerre, French artist and photographer best known for inventing the daguerreotype process of photography in 1839.
  • 1830 Born: Camille Pissarro, Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. He is known for his series Boulevard Montmartre.
  • 1806 Died: George Stubbs, English artist primarily remembered for his paintings of horses. One of his best known works is Whistlejacket.
  • 1584 Died: William I, Prince of Orange, also known as William the Silent, the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs.
  • 1509 Born: John Calvin, influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. Calvinism was later named in his honor.