Holidays Calendar for December 11, 2020

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 has been 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.

Hanukkah, also transliterated as Chanukah, is a Jewish eight-day festival of lights that starts on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. It commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt, following Judah Maccabee’s victory over the Seleucids.


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) celebrates its founding anniversary on December 11 every year. The birthday of UNICEF is a great occasion to support its cause and do what you can to help children in need.

National Salesperson Day is celebrated across the United States on the second Friday of December every year. It was created to recognize the hardworking people who are essential to the retail industry.


National Tango Day is celebrated in Argentina on December 11. This date was chosen to commemorate the birthdays of two men known for their contribution to promoting Argentine tango: Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro.

Malaysia is a federal state consisting of thirteen states and three federal territories. Nine of these states are monarchies, and seven of these monarchies are sultanates where the birthday of the incumbent sultan is a public holiday. For example, Sultan of Selangor’s birthday is celebrated annually on December 11.

The Establishment Anniversary of the Kurdish Women Union is an annual observance celebrated on December 11 in Iraqi Kurdistan (an autonomous region in northern Iraq mostly populated by Kurds). It celebrates a women’s rights organization that was founded in 1952 within the Kurdish Democratic Party.

On December 11 every year, the Russian Navy celebrates St. Andrew’s Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the Saint Andrew’s flag as the naval ensign of the Imperial Russian Navy.

Krymchaks and Crimean Jews Remembrance Day is observed in Crimea on December 11 to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in the Crimean Peninsula. It was inaugurated in 2004 by the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and has been observed annually ever since.

Indiana Day, also known as Indiana Statehood Day, is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Indiana. It is celebrated annually on December 11 to commemorate the state’s admission to the Union in 1816. Indiana Day is not a paid holiday, so government employees work on the day unless it falls on a weekend.

The anniversary of the Statute of Westminster is a Canadian observance celebrated annually on December 11 to commemorate the day when the self-governing Dominions of the British Empire, including Canada, became largely sovereign nations in their own right.

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

December 11 is the perfect day to give a shout out to the talented people who have developed your favorite applications because it is National App Day. This holiday was launched to emphasize the role that numerous apps play in our everyday lives.

National Stretching Day is celebrated annually on December 11. It was created to raise awareness of the many benefits of stretching and encourage people to give practitioner-assisted stretching a try.

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

Purple Friday (Paarse Vrijdag) is observed in the Netherlands on the second Friday of December. On this day, students in Dutch schools are encouraged to wear purple to show their solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and take a stand against bullying.


This Day in History

  • 2023 Died: Andre Braugher, American actor best known for his roles as Detective Frank Pembleton in the police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Captain Raymond Holt in the police comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • 2021 Died: Anne Rice, American author of gothic fiction, erotic literature, and Christian literature. She was best known for her series of novels The Vampire Chronicles.
  • 2020 Died: Kim Ki-duk, South Korean filmmaker noted for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works. His films have received many distinctions in the festival circuit, making him one of the most important contemporary Asian film directors.
  • 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 The 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.
  • 1996 Born: Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer. She is known for portraying Emily Dickinson in the comedy-drama series Dickinson and Kate Bishop in the MCU.
  • 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.
  • 1931 Born: Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. She is one of a few performers to have been awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award (EGOT).
  • 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).