Holidays Calendar for March 11, 2017

Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania is a Lithuanian public holiday celebrated on March 11. It commemorates the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania adopted in 1990.

King Moshoeshoe I's Anniversary (Moshoeshoe Day) is a public holiday in the Kingdom of Lesotho. It is celebrated on March 11 each year. The holiday honors King Moshoeshoe I who consolidated various Basotho peoples and created the foundation of the present Lesotho.

Labour Day (spelled Labor Day in the United States) is an annual holiday that celebrates the achievements of the labor union movement, including the eight-hour working day. In most countries, it coincides with International Workers’ Day (May 1), but some have their own dates for Labour Day. In Australia, for example, it is celebrated on several dates depending on the state or territory.


The Fast of Esther (Ta'anit Ester) is observed by Jews on Purim eve on the 13th day of the month of Adar (or Adar II in the Hebrew leap years).


World Plumbing Day is observed annually on March 11. It was established to raise awareness of the important role of plumbing in community health and highlight the contribution of plumbers to preventing public health hazards.

March 11 is Day of Drug Control Authorities in Russia. It is the professional holiday of all the employees of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation (FKSN). This professional day was established by President Vladimir Putin in 2008.

Tajik Press Day is the official professional holiday of all the journalists, editors, and other print media employees in the Republic of Tajikistan. It has been celebrated annually on March 11 since 1993.

Land Management Day is a professional holiday celebrated in Ukraine and Kazakhstan on the second Saturday of March. Its official names are Land Managers’ Day in Ukraine and Land Management, Surveying and Mapping Employees’ Day in Kazakhstan.


National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day is observed annually on March 11. It was created to recognize the professionals who help people during the darkest time in their lives and often don’t get enough credit for what they do.

Johnny Appleseed Day is an unofficial holiday in the United States dedicated to a Christian missionary and gardener who is credited with introducing apple trees to large parts of the American Midwest. It is celebrated on March 11 or September 26.

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film is an annual observance held on March 11. It was created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, a writer and producer from California.

The COVID-19 pandemic had caused more than 6.8 million confirmed deaths as of March 2023, making it one of the deadliest epidemics and pandemics in history. National COVID-19 Day is observed in the United States and Canada on March 11 to honor the lives lost during the pandemic and express gratitude to frontline workers.

March 11 is National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day. It's hard to imagine heartier or more specific breakfast, than the oatmeal nut waffles. Even if you never tried these waffles, we're sure you will love them.

National Sofrito Day is one of the many unofficial food days celebrated in the United States. It is observed annually on March 11 in honor of a popular condiment and cooking base found in Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine.

National 311 Day is observed annually on March 11 (obviously) to raise awareness of a non-emergency telephone number that provides access to variety of municipal city services.


This Day in History

  • 2023 Myanmar Army troops killed at least 30 civilians, including 3 Buddhist monks, during the Pinlaung massacre in the village of Namneng, Shan State.
  • 2020 The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, following extensive criticism that its response to the health emergency had been weak.
  • 2012 Died: Ian Turpie, Australian actor, best known for hosting the Australia version of game show The New Price is Right.
  • 2011 An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude struck east of Sendai, Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed thousands of people. This event also caused a large nuclear accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 2009 16 students were killed and 9 injured in a secondary school shooting in Winnenden, Germany, carried out by 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer, who later shot himself.
  • 2006 Died: Slobodan Milošević, Serbian politician, the 3rd President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 2004 193 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured in a series of coordinated, nearly simultaneous bombings against the Cercanías commuter train system of Madrid, Spain.
  • 2002 Died: James Tobin, American economist, teacher at Harvard and Yale Universities, and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics laureate in 1981. He proposed an economic model for censored endogenous variables.
  • 1993 Born: Jodie Comer, English actress best known for her role as sociopathic assassin Villanelle in the BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve.
  • 1992 Died: Richard Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for his outstanding works Blackboard Jungle, Can on a Hot Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, In Cold Blood, and Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
  • 1989 Born: Anton Yelchin, American actor who began his career as a child actor and is best known for portraying Pavel Chekov in the Star Trek reboot films.
  • 1978 At least 37 people were killed and more than 70 were wounded when an Israeli bus was hijacked by Al Fatah, a leading secular Palestinian political party. This incident prompted Israel's Operation Litani.
  • 1970 Died: Erle Stanley Gardner, American author, best known for his detective stories about Perry Mason. He was one of the best-selling American authors of the 20th century at the time of death.
  • 1969 Born: Terrence Howard, American actor known for his roles in Hustle & Flow, Winnie Mandela, Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Four Brothers, Iron Man, and many other films.
  • 1967 Born: John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, and dancer, best known for the role as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood.
  • 1963 Born: David LaChapelle, American photographer, music video director and film director. His work often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages.
  • 1963 Born: Alex Kingston, English actress, best known for her roles as Dr. Elizabeth Corday in medical drama ER and as River Song in Doctor Who.
  • 1958 Died: Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish businessman, founder of The Lego Group, Lego toys manufacturer.
  • 1957 Died: Richard E. Byrd, American admiral and explorer. Byrd claimed that his expeditions were the first to reach the North Pole and the South Pole by air.
  • 1955 Died: Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate for the discovery of penicillin. Fleming also discovered lysozyme, an enzyme that damages bacterial cell walls.
  • 1952 Born: Douglas Adams, English-American author and playwright best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that became the basis for TV series, stage plays, comics, computer games, and a feature film.
  • 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act that allowed American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
  • 1937 Died: Joseph S. Cullinan, American businessman, co-founder of Texaco, the largest oil retail brand, known in the USA, Latin America, West Africa, and the UK.
  • 1927 Roxy Theater was opened in New York City by Samuel Roxy Rothafel.
  • 1921 Born: Astor Piazzolla, Argentinian bandoneón player and tango composer. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style called nuevo tango, incorporating elements of jazz and classical music.
  • 1921 Born: Frank Harary, American mathematician who specialized in graph theory and standardized the terminology of graphs.
  • 1918 The first case of Spanish flu occurred, marking the beginning of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
  • 1916 Born: Ezra Jack Keats, American author and illustrator. The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Keats, is considered one of the most important American books of the 20th century.
  • 1915 Died: Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian author. Browne is best known for this novel Robbery Under Arms that was published under the pen name Rolf Boldrewood.
  • 1907 Born: Jessie Matthews, English actress, singer, and dancer. Matthews was a much-loved personality of British theater and film audiences for her warbling voice and round cheeks.
  • 1888 More then 400 people were killed during the Great Blizzard that hit the eastern seaboard of the United States.
  • 1873 Born: David Horsley, English-American director and producer, co-founder of Universal Studios in Hollywood.
  • 1864 238 people were killed during the Great Sheffield Flood in Sheffield, England.
  • 1818 Born: Marius Petipa, French-Russian dancer and choreographer. Today Petipa is considered one the most influential ballet masters and choreographers.
  • 1811 Born: Urbain Le Verrier, French mathematician and astronomer, best known for predicting the existence of Neptune using only mathematics.
  • 1784 The Treaty of Mangalore was signed, bringing the Second Anglo-Mysore War (1780-1784) to an end.