Holidays Calendar for March 12, 2016

National Day in Mauritius annually falls on March 12. It celebrates the day, when the country gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968 and the Republic of Mauritius was formed in 1992.

March 12 is annual celebration of Youth Day in Zambia. Sports events, trees planting and a number of other events are organized for Zambian youth on this day.

Every year an event called World Day Against Cyber Censorship is held online. This event was organized to support a single Internet without restrictions and emphasize how governments around the world deter and censor free speech online.

The second Saturday in March is Land Surveyors Day in Ukraine. This holiday was established by Presidential Decree in 1999.


The workers of the Russian penal system celebrate their professional holiday annually on March 12. Workers of the Penal System of the Ministry of Justice of Russia Day was officially established by Presidential Decree.

Scouting movement is one of the most popular in the USA, it has got its own holidays and one of them falls on March 12. This is Girls Scout Birthday that is celebrated annually by all Girl Scouts across the nation.

The forests of Macedonia are in a very bad condition, that is why activists, environmentalists and the government of Macedonia have established Tree Day, a special tree planting event, that annually takes place on March 12 and November 13.

Many people have heard about Earth Day on March 21, but Sun-Earth Day might be rather an unknown and bizarre event for them. However, it does exist since 2000, when it was established by NASA and ESA.

Arbor Day is celebrated in China annually on March 12. This national holiday was established in 1979 in order to improve ecological situation in China.

Renovation Day is annually observed in Gabon on March 12. This holiday was established to honor the foundation anniversary of the Gabonese Democratic Party in 1968.

You might be frying eggs and bacon or spreading peanut butter on your toast, but we have something better for you. March 12 is National Baked Scallops Day, that is why we start this day with the shellfish.


This Day in History

  • 2015 Died: Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels best known for his Discworld series. He sold over 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages.
  • 2014 In East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City two apartment buildings exploded and collapsed. At least 8 people were killed and more than 70 were injured.
  • 2011 The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was hit by a tsunami triggered by an earthquake. This resulted in a meltdown of three of the plant's six nuclear reactors.
  • 2011 Died: Joe Morello, jazz drummer best known for his stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was noted for playing in the unusual meter signatures.
  • 2007 Died: Arnold Drake, American comic book writer and screenwriter who co-created the Doom Patrol, Deadman, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • 2001 Died: Robert Ludlum, American author of thriller, spy fiction and mystery novels. He is best known for The Bourne Trilogy, published from 1980 to 1990.
  • 1993 A large cyclonic storm formed over the Gulf of Mexico. It is referred to as the Storm of the Century, the '93 Superstorm, or the Great Blizzard of 1993.
  • 1993 A series of 13 bomb explosions occurred in Mumbai (then Bombay), India. The terrorist attacks were coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim, the leader of organised crime syndicate D-Company.
  • 1991 Died: Ragnar Granit, Finnish and Swedish physiologist who was awarded the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with George Wald and Haldan Keffer Hartline.
  • 1989 Died: Maurice Evans, English stage, film and television actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes and Maurice in Bewitched.
  • 1985 Born: Stromae (stage name of Paul Van Haver), Belgian singer-songwriter whose best known signles include Alors on danse and Papaoutai.
  • 1968 Born: Aaron Eckhart, American film and stage actor who rose to prominence in 2000 thanks to his role as George in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich.
  • 1956 Born: Steve Harris, English musician and songwriter who is best known as the founder, primary songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal group Iron Maiden.
  • 1955 Died: Charlie Parker, Jr., American jazz saxophonist and composer who is considered to be a leading figure in the development of bebop.
  • 1950 An Avro 689 Tudor V crashed while landing at Llandow aerodrome in South Wales. 80 people on board were killed, there were only 3 survivors.
  • 1947 United States President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the Truman Doctrine of Containment that was designed to stop Soviet expansion during the Cold War.
  • 1947 Born: Mitt Romney, American businessman and politician who was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
  • 1946 Born: Liza Minnelli, American stage and film actress, singer and dancer who won numerous awards. In 2000, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
  • 1942 Died: Robert Bosch, German engineer, inventor, and industrialist who is best known for having found Robert Bosch GmbH, often referred to as simply Bosch.
  • 1940 Finland and the Soviet Union signed the Moscow Peace Treaty that marked the end of the Winter War. The treaty was ratified on March 21.
  • 1940 Born: Al Jarreau (Alwin Lopez Jarreau), American jazz singer whose career spans almost 50 years. One of hos most successful albums is Breakin' Away.
  • 1925 Died: Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary who is considered to be the founding father of the Republic of China. He was a uniting figure in post-Imperial China.
  • 1925 Born: Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey), American science fiction author who is best known for his series of works about the Stainless Steel Rat.
  • 1922 Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan formed the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic. It was disestablished in December 1936.
  • 1914 Died: George Westinghouse, Jr., American engineer and entrepreneur who is best known for having invented the railway air brake in 1868.
  • 1868 Henry O'Farrell attempted to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh during his first royal visit to Australia. The crowd nearly lynched O'Farrell on the spot.
  • 1863 Born: Vladimir Vernadsky, Ukrainian and Soviet geochemist and mineralogist who is best known for his ideas of biosphere and noosphere.
  • 1824 Born: Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist who is best known for coining the term "black body" radiation and describing several laws that were named after him.
  • 1689 The Williamite War in Ireland, also referred to as the Jacobite War, began. It was a conflict between supporters of Protestant Prince William of Orange and supporters of Catholic King James II.
  • 1685 Born: George Berkeley, also known as Bishop Berkeley, Irish philosopher who is best known for advancing the theory he referred to as "immaterialism".
  • 1507 Died: Cesare Borgia, Italian politician, nobleman, and cardinal (although he eventually resigned cardinalcy). He was the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI.