Holidays Calendar for May 11, 2012

The Day of Military Police of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, also known as simply Military Police Day, is an official professional observance in Indonesia celebrated on May 11.

National Public Gardens Day is an annual observance that is held on the Friday before Mother's Day (the second Sunday in May). It was inaugurated by the Pennsylvania-based American Public Gardens Association in collaboration with Rain Bird Corporation.


National Mills Weekend is an annual festival in the United Kingdom that falls on the second weekend in May. It is held by the Wind and Watermills section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).


Vietnam Human Rights Day is an annual observance held in the United States on May 11. It was designated by a Joint Resolution passed by the United States Congress in 1994.

Minnesota Statehood Day is celebrated annually on May 11. On this day in 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state admitted into the Union.

Everyday is a food holiday, and we celebrate some special dish, beverage or ingredient. But May 11 is special, because today you can eat whatever you want. It's National Eat What You Want Day!

May 11 is National Twilight Zone Day in the USA. It may sound mysterious and a little bit scary, but we think you get the picture of the holiday.

Chocolate Ball Day (Chokladbollens dag) is a fun food holiday celebrated in Sweden on May 11. It was created in honor of a beloved confectionery item that is popular in Sweden and Denmark.

National Technology Day is an annual observance in India celebrated on May 11. It commemorates the series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted on May 11, 1998 and known as Operation Shakti or Pokhran-II.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (also Military Spouse Day) is an annual observance, honoring military spouses and their importance for all American servicemen. This observance is held annually on Friday before Mother's Day.


Working Mothers Day is observed annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. It was created to celebrate the 70% of women with minor children who work, be it full-time or part time, in an office, from home or in another setting.


This Day in History

  • 2022 Burmese military forces executed at least 37 civilians during the Mon Taing Pin massacre in the village of Mondaingbin, Sagaing Region, Myanmar.
  • 2013 Two car bombs exploded in the town of Reyhanli, Hatay Province, Turkey. At least 51 people were killed and 140 were injured. This was the deadliest terrorism attack to occur in Turkey.
  • 2011 Died: Leo Kahn, American businessman, co-founder of Staples Inc, a large office supply chain store with over 2,000 stores worldwide. Kahn is also considered a pioneer of the natural and health food supermarket industry.
  • 2011 Died: Elisabeth Svendsen, English activist, founder of The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth, Devon, England. Nowadays it is one of the largest equine charities in the world.
  • 2010 Died: Richard LaMotta, American chef and businessman. He is credited with the creation and promotion of the Chipwich ice cream sandwich made of ice cream between two chocolate cookies.
  • 2001 Died: Douglas Adams, English author and screenwriter, best known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • 1998 India initiated nuclear testing at the Pokhran Test Range, detonating one fusion and two fission bombs. It was the second instance of nuclear testing conducted by India.
  • 1997 Chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in the last game of the match. It became the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
  • 1985 56 spectators died and more than 200 were injured in a flash fire that started at Valley Parade, a football stadium in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, during a football match.
  • 1982 Born: Cory Monteith, Canadian actor and musician who rose to prominence with his portrayal of Finn Hudson on the Fox musical dramedy series Glee.
  • 1981 Died: Bob Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist, who is recognized for his distinctive songwriting and vocal style. Marley became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with the sales of more than 75 million records.
  • 1981 Died: Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for his discovery that the molecules could not exist on only one plane.
  • 1978 Born: Laetitia Casta, French model and actress. She gained recognition as a Victoria's Secret Angel and a spokesperson for L'Oreal. She appeared on more than 100 covers of popular magazines.
  • 1976 Died: Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect and designer. Finlandia Hall (a congress and event venue in the center of Helsinki) and Paimio Sanatorium are his most prominent works.
  • 1966 Born: Christoph Schneider, German musician, best known as the drummer of the German rock band Rammstein.
  • 1963 Born: Natasha Richardson, English actress known for her roles in the films The Handmaid's Tale, Nell, The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, and The White Countess.
  • 1963 Died: Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate for the discovery of high differentiation of the functions of various nerve fibers.
  • 1949 The United Nations Organization was officially joined by Israel.
  • 1949 Siam officially changed its name to Thailand for the second time. The name had been in use since 1939 but reverted back to Siam in 1945.
  • 1946 Born: Robert Jarvik, American cardiologist and scientist, best known for the development of the artificial heart Jarvik-7.
  • 1932 Born: Valentino Garavani, Italian fashion designer, founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company.
  • 1928 Born: Marco Ferreri, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter, known for shocking films that combined social and political criticism, black humor and sex.
  • 1927 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. As of April 2020, the organization was estimated to consist of around 9,921 motion picture professionals.
  • 1924 Born: Antony Hewish, English astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars.
  • 1918 Born: Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for important contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics.
  • 1904 Born: Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship, and the striking and bizarre images in his work. He is considered the most prominent representative of the surrealism movement.
  • 1889 Died: John Cadbury, English businessman and philanthropist, founder of the Cadbury Company, one of the largest chocolate producers in the world.
  • 1864 Born: Ethel Lilian Voynich, Irish novelist and musician, most famous for her novel The Gadfly.
  • 1857 The city of Delhi was seized from the British by Indian rebels. This rebellion posed a considerable threat to the East India Company's power in the region; it became known as India's First War of Independence.
  • 1813 William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth led an expedition to cross the Blue Mountains in Australia. Their expedition opened up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1720 Born: Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen, German nobleman and storyteller. He became a minor celebrity during his lifetime for telling outrageous tall tales based on his military service in the Russo-Turkish War.
  • 1708 Died: Jules Hardouin-Mansart, French architect, the most influential and prominent representative of the French Baroque architecture, whose work was designed to glorify the power and grandeur of Louis XIV.
  • 868 The oldest known dated printed book was printed in China. This was a copy of the Diamond Sutra.