Holidays Calendar for February 11, 2017

The anniversary of the Islamic Revolution is a public holiday in Iran. Celebrated on February 11, it commemorates the end of Iranian Revolution that resulted in the downfall of the Pahlavi dynasty and the creation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Youth Day in Cameroon is celebrated annually on February 11. The celebration of the holiday reflects awareness and recognition of youth significance for the country.

The Japanese celebrate National Foundation Day on February 11 to commemorate the foundation of Japan and the accession of Emperor Jimmu, its first Emperor.

February 11 is Armed Forces Day in Liberia. This day is observed by the soldiers, who serve in the Armed Forces of Liberia to protect sovereignty and peace in the country.

Vatican City doesn’t have many public holidays that are not religious feasts. In fact, as of 2018, there are two such holidays: Lateran Treaty Day (February 11) and anniversary of the election of Pope Francis (March 13).

Tu Bishvat, also known as New Year for Trees and Festival of Trees, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.


Saint Sarkis the Warrior is one of the most venerated Armenian saints. He is considered the patron saint of love and youth. His feast day is celebrated in late January or early February.


World Day of the Sick is celebrated annually on February 11. This observance is very important for people suffering from diseases.

The second Saturday of February is the perfect day to get a closer look at this year’s Academy Awards nominees or simply rewatch your favorite movies because it is Global Movie Day. This amazing holiday was created by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


February 11 is Day of Revenue Service in Azerbaijan. This professional day was instituted in 2005 to highlight the important role that workers of the revenue service play in the well-being of the country.

February 11 is National Inventor's Day in the USA. This holiday was proclaimed by Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the USA, in 1983.

Civil Registration Office Employees Day is one of the official professional holidays in Ukraine. Celebrated annually on February 11, it was established in 2022 by President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

White Shirt Day, also known as National White Shirt Day and National White T-Shirt Day, is observed annually on February 11. It was created to commemorate a historic automobile worker strike that made General Motors recognize the United Auto Workers and improve working conditions for the company’s employees.

Forest Animal Feeding Day (Dzień Dokarmiania Zwierzyny Leśnej) is an unofficial nature-related observance in Poland celebrated on February 11. Its main task is to help the inhabitants of the Polish forests to survive the hungry times during winter.

Governor Evelio B. Javier Day is observed in the Philippines on February 11. It is a special non-working public holiday in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo. This day commemorates the death anniversary of Evelio Javier, a politician who was assassinated by allies of President Ferdinand Marcos.

In Denmark, the state flag is raised on national and religious holidays, the birthdays of the members of the Royal Family, and the anniversaries of important battles in the country’s military history. One of Denmark’s military flag-flying days commemorates the assault on Copenhagen that took place on February 11, 1659.

February 11 is National Peppermint Patty Day. It's a good reason to taste a great combo of chocolate and peppermint again.

Some people like their coffee black, and some think that a little (or a lot of) milk makes it better. If you belong to the latter category, you should celebrate National Latte Day on February 11.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an official United Nations observance held annually on February 11. It was established to contribute to ensuring gender equality and empowering women and girls in the sphere of science and education.

European 112 Day is an annual observance established by a tripartite convention signed by the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission. It was created to promote the appropriate use of the European Union emergency number.

This Day in History

  • 2024 Kenyan long-distance runner and the marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizimana were killed in a road traffic accident between Kaptagat and Eldoret, Kenya.
  • 2014 A military transport plane crushed in a mountainous area of Oum El Bouaghi Province in eastern Algeria. 77 people were killed.
  • 2013 Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy. He became the first pope to resign in more than half a millennium.
  • 2012 Died: Whitney Houston, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, the most awarded female act of all time.
  • 2010 Died: Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, the founder of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen.
  • 2009 Died: Estelle Bennett, American singer, member of the girl group The Ronettes, one of the most popular groups of the 1960s.
  • 2001 A Dutch programmer launched the Anna Kournikova virus infecting millions of emails via a trick photo of the Russian tennis star. The virus didn't corrupt data in the infected computer, and was only sending itself to all people listed in the address book of the Microsoft Outlook.
  • 1993 Died: Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate for describing the structure of alanine transfer RNA, linking DNA and protein synthesis.
  • 1992 Born: Taylor Lautner, American actor. He is best known for playing werewolf Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series.
  • 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1990 The then-undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson lost by knockout to the 42:1 underdog Douglas in a professional boxing match at the Tokyo Dome.
  • 1986 Died: Frank Herbert, American author, best known for his cult science fiction novel Dune and its 5 sequels.
  • 1985 Died: Ben Abruzzo, American balloonist, known as a member of the first team to cross the Pacific Ocean in a gas balloon in November 1981. This flight also set a record for longest trip by a team in a balloon.
  • 1982 Born: Natalie Dormer, English actress. She earned international attention and acclaim for playing Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones and Cressida in The Hunger Games franchise.
  • 1981 Born: Kelly Rowland, American singer, actress, and television personality. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups.
  • 1981 100,000 gallons (380 m3) of radioactive coolant leaked into the containment building of the TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee. 8 workers were contaminated.
  • 1977 Born: Mike Shinoda, American musician, singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer, co-founder of Linkin Park, where he is the co-lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, primary songwriter and producer.
  • 1973 Died: J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for his proposal of the nuclear shell model, also known for his contributions to the separation of uranium isotopes.
  • 1971 Born: Damian Lewis, British actor, musician and producer. He rose to prominence portraying U.S. Army Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
  • 1971 87 countries (including the United States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union) signed the Seabed Arms Control Treaty that outlawed nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 1969 Born: Jennifer Aniston, American actress, director, and producer, best known for role as Rachel Green on the TV sitcom Friends.
  • 1958 Died: Ernest Jones, Welsh neurologist and psychoanalyst, an official biographer of Sigmund Freud, the first English-speaking practitioner of psychoanalysis and its leading exponent in the English-speaking world.
  • 1942 Died: Jamnalal Bajaj, Indian businessman and philanthropist, the founder of Bajaj Group, the world's fourth largest 2- and 3-wheeler manufacturer.
  • 1938 BBC Television produced the world's first ever science fiction TV program, which was an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R.
  • 1936 Born: Burt Reynolds, American actor, considered a sex symbol and icon of 1970s American popular culture. He was voted the world's number one box-office star for five consecutive years (1978–1982) in the annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll.
  • 1931 Died: Charles Algernon Parsons, English-Irish engineer, the inventor of the steam turbine.
  • 1926 Born: Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor and comedian. With a career spanning 60 years, he appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television series.
  • 1921 Born: Ottavio Missoni, Italian hurdler and fashion designer, the founder of Missoni, an Italian fashion house known for its colorful knitwear designs.
  • 1917 Born: Sidney Sheldon, American author, best known for the novels Mater of the Game and Rage of Angels.
  • 1889 The Meiji Constitution of Japan was adopted. The Constitution declared imperial sovereignty in Japan and laid the foundation for the first parliament in Asia.
  • 1858 Bernadette Soubirous had her first vision of the Blessed Virgin May in Lourdes, France. She was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1933.
  • 1847 Born: Thomas Edison, American businessman and inventor. He invented many devices that greatly influenced the world, including the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.
  • 1800 Born: Henry Fox Talbot, English scientist and photography pioneer, best known as the inventor of the salted paper and calotype processes.
  • 1657 Born: Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, French author, named the most civilized man of his time. The lunar crater Fontenelle was named after him in 1935.