Holidays Calendar for July 10, 2016

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.

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.


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.


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 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.

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.

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.


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 novels 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.
  • 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.
  • 1976 The Seveso disaster occurred in a chemical plant near Milan, Italy. It resulted in the highest known exposure to TCDD in residential populations.
  • 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 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 was 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.
  • 1954 Born: Neil Tennant, English musician and singer-songwriter who is best known as one half of the electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.
  • 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 David Brinkley 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 his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography in 1839.
  • 1830 Born: Camille Pissarro, Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. He is known for his Boulevard Montmartre series.
  • 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.