Holidays Calendar for December 11, 2016

Republic Day is celebrated in Burkina Faso every year on December 11. This is the most important national holiday in the state, that is why many festive events are organized in the capital of Burkina Faso.

Fourth Republic Day is being celebrated in Madagascar for a relatively short period of time. This holiday marks the outcome of the 2010 national referendum and the promulgation of constitution, that officially started the Fourth Republic of Madagascar.

Many Western Christian churches observe Advent, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday.


Charity Day in Ukraine is celebrated on the second Sunday in December. It was officially established by President Viktor Yushchenko in December 2007 and has been observed every year ever since.


National Tango Day is celebrated in Argentina on December 11. This date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of two men: Carlos Gardel, a prominent figure in the history of tango, and Julio de Caro, the orchestra conductor in the tango genre.

On December 11 is the National Noodle Ring Day. A noodle ring is a ring-shaped casserole made with pasta, cheese, and eggs.

International Mountain Day is one of he UN international observances, that is annually celebrated on December 11. This observance was created in 2003.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Detroit, Michigan successfully left Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. The city of Detroit had filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history in July 2013.
  • 2012 Aqrab massacre took place during the Syrian civil war. The bombings occurred in the village of Aqrab, Hama Governorate, Syria, killing and wounding at least 125 people.
  • 2012 Died: Galina Vishnevskaya (née Ivanova), Russian soprano opera singer and recitalist. She was also the wife of the world-famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
  • 2008 American stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with one count of securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • 2008 Died: Bettie Page, American model who rose to prominence in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Bettie Page was often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups".
  • 2006 The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust opened in Tehran, Iran. It was widely described as a "Holocaust denial conference".
  • 2000 Amtrak's Acela Express made its first revenue run, a few months past the intended date. Acela is a high-speed rail service along the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
  • 2000 Died: N. Richard Nash (born Nathan Richard Nusbaum), American writer and playwright remembered for his Broadway shows. His best known play is The Rainmaker.
  • 1997 Died: Eddie Chapman, English criminal and wartime spy. During World War II he offered his services to Nazi German and subsequently became a British double agent.
  • 1994 The First Chechen War, also known as the War in Chechnya, began. Russian forces launched a three-pronged ground attack towards the city of Grozny.
  • 1991 Died: Pat Walshe, American dwarf actor and animal impersonator best known for playing Nikko, the head of the Winged Monkeys in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
  • 1978 Died: Vincent du Vigneaud, American biochemist who was awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on biochemically important sulphur compounds.
  • 1972 Apollo 17 became the sixth and the last mission of the United States' Apollo program to land on the Moon. It also broke several records set by previous flights.
  • 1971 Died: Maurice McDonald, American fast food pioneer who established the first McDonald's restaurant together with his younger brother Richard McDonald.
  • 1968 The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed in Wembley, London. The event comprised two concerts on a circus stage, featuring many renowned musicians.
  • 1946 The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly. In 1953, the fund became a permanent part of the UN system.
  • 1940 Born: Donna Mills (born Donna Jean Miller), American actress and television producer. She is known for her role as Abby Cunningham on Knots Landing.
  • 1938 Died: Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian historian, teacher, and political scientist, who was awarded the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with Hjalmar Branting.
  • 1936 The abdication of Edward VIII as King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India took effect. He was succeeded by his younger brother who ascended the throne as George VI.
  • 1920 Died: Olive Schreiner, South African author, anti-war campaigner and intellectual best known for her novel The Story of an African Farm published in 1883.
  • 1918 Died: Ivan Cankar, Slovene novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. He is regarded as the beginner of modernism in Slovene literature.
  • 1918 Born: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian author, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism, known for his book The Gulag Archipelago. He won the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1913 Born: Jean Marais, French actor, director, and scupltor. He is probably best known for playing both the famed villain and the hero of the Fantômas trilogy in the 1960s.
  • 1912 Born: Carlo Ponti, Sr., Italian film producer and the husband of the movie star Sophia Loren. He had his greatest artistic success with the production of Fellini's La strada.
  • 1911 Born: Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include the Cairo Trilogy, The Thief and the Dogs, and others.
  • 1908 Born: Amon Göth, Austrian SS-Hauptsturmführer and the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in Płaszów in German-occupied Poland.
  • 1890 Born: Carlos Gardel (born Charles Romuald Gardes), French Argentine singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. He is the most prominent figure in the history of tango.
  • 1882 Born: Max Born, German and later British physicist and mathematician who was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics.
  • 1843 Born: Robert Koch, German physician and microbiologist who was awarded the 1905 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his investigations and discoveries in relation to tuberculosis.
  • 1803 Born: Hector Berlioz, French Romantic composer and author, who is best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem).