Holidays Calendar for October 11, 2016

On October 11, Macedonians celebrate a public holiday known as People's Uprising against Fascism Day or Revolution Day. It commemorates the beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia against the Axis occupants.

Dashain is one of the most important festivals in Nepal. It is also celebrated by many Hindus across the globe. It lasts for fifteen days, and some days of the festival are observed as a public holiday in Nepal, Bhutan, and some parts of India.


Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Durga. It is an official public holiday in Bangladesh. Besides, the festival is widely celebrated in Nepal (where it is known as Dashain) and several states of India.


The second Tuesday in October is Arbor Day in Guam. Celebration of this day is similar to the American tradition, that is why many trees are planted across Guam on this day.


General Pulaski Memorial Day is a United States observance held annually on October 11. This holiday honors General Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski, a Polish hero of the American Revolutionary War, who is referred to as the father of the American cavalry.

Pizza is one of America's favorite foods. It can be made with various toppings some of which even have their own national day. For example, the National Sausage Pizza Day is celebrated on October 11.

International Day of the Girl Child, also known as International Day of the Girl, is a United Nations observance held on October 11 every year. It was officially inaugurated by UN General Assembly in December 2011 to recognize girls' rights and raise awareness of the challenges girls have to face.

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual observance which aims to recognize members of LGBTQ+ community. It started as a national civil awareness day in the United States, but now NCOD is celebrated in many countries throughout the world.

This Day in History

  • 2009 Died: Angelo DiGeorge, Italian American physician and pediatric endocrinologist, known for his research on 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
  • 2007 Died: Werner von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives inspired The Sound of Music.
  • 2002 A bomb exploded at the Myyrmanni shopping mall in Myyrmäki, Finland, killing 7 people, including two teenagers and a 7-year-old child.
  • 2000 NASA launched STS-92, the 100th mission of the Space Shuttle. Space Shuttle Discovery was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  • 2000 Died: Donald Dewar, Scottish politician and statesman who served as the 1st First Minister of Scotland from May 17, 1999 until his death.
  • 1998 Died: Richard Denning, American actor known for his roles in sci-fi films, such as Unknown Island and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • 1986 U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • 1985 Born: Michelle Trachtenberg, American film and television actress known for her role as Dawn Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • 1984 NASA astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk during Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-41-G.
  • 1982 The Mary Rose, a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy, was salvaged by the Mary Rose Trust from the sea bed of the Solent.
  • 1977 Born: Matt Bomer, American actor best known for his roles as the con artist Neal Caffrey on White Collar and Felix Turner in The Normal Heart.
  • 1966 NASA launched Apollo 7, the first mission in the United States' Apollo program to carry a crew into space. It was launched from Cape Canaveral.
  • 1966 Born: Luke Perry, American actor primarily known for portraying the character of Dylan McKay on the popular series Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • 1965 Died: Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the FSA.
  • 1963 Died: Jean Cocteau, French novelist, poet, playwright, artist, and filmmaker. One of hist most famous works is the novel Les Enfants Terribles.
  • 1946 Born: Sawao Kato, renowned Japanese gymnast. Kato is regarded as one of the most successful athletes of all time at the Olympic Games.
  • 1918 A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Puerto Rico, killing approximately 116 people. It is known as the San Fermín earthquake.
  • 1899 The Second Boer War began. It was fought between the UK and the South African Republic and Orange Free State. The war ended in British victory.
  • 1896 Born: Roman Jakobson, Russian-American linguist and literary theorist. Jakobson was a pioneer of the structural analysis of language.
  • 1889 Died: James Prescott Joule, English physicist and brewer who studied the nature of heat and discovered its relationship to mechanical work.
  • 1885 Born: François Mauriac, French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, critic and journalist who was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1884 Born: Friedrich Bergius, German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1931, sharing it with his colleague Carl Bosch.
  • 1884 Born: Eleanor Roosevelt, American politician, diplomat and activist, First Lady of the USA. She was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1852 The University of Sydney was officially inaugurated. It is Australia's first university and is also regarded as one of its most prestigious.
  • 1844 Born: Henry J. Heinz, American businessman primarily known as the founder of the H. J. Heinz Company (1869), a food processing company.
  • 1821 Born: George Williams, English philanthropist primarily remembered as the founder of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
  • 1708 Died: Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German physicist, mathematician, physician, and philosopher credited with inventing European porcelain.
  • 1303 Died: Pope Boniface VIII (born Benedetto Caetan), Pope from 1294 until his death. He is remembered for his feds with Dante Alighieri.
  • 1138 The 1138 Aleppo earthquake occurred in northern Syria. With about 230,000 casualties, it is one of the deadliest earthquakes in history.