Holidays Calendar for June 12, 2016

Russia Day is the national holiday of the Russian Federation established in 1992. It is celebrated on June 12 to commemorate the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic adopted in 1990.

Chaco Armistice Day is a Paraguayan public holiday that commemorates the end of the Chaco War that resulted in Paraguayan victory. The ceasefire agreement between Bolivia and Paraguay was signed on June 12, 1935.

Independence Day is a national holiday in the Philippines that commemorates the establishment of the First Philippine Republic in 1889. It is celebrated on June 12.

Shavuot is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals (shalosh regalim) in Judaism. It is observed on the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, seven weeks after the Passover.


Light Industry Workers Day is an official professional holiday celebrated in a number of former Soviet republics on the second Sunday in June. It is observed in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


Science Day is an official professional holiday in Turkmenistan celebrated on June 12 each year. It was officially established in 2008 to commemorate the laws that marked the beginning of the reform of the scientific sphere in Turkmenistan.

Canadian Rivers Day is an annual observance held on the second Sunday in June. It aims to raise public awareness of the importance of preserving Canada's river heritage.


June 12 is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Today it's America's favorite cookie, but would it exist without George Washington Carver?

Lovers' Day (Dia dos Namorados) is a holiday for lovers in Brazil celebrated on June 12. It is similar to Valentine's Day celebrated in other parts of the world on February 14.

World Day Against Child Labor is an official United Nations observance launched by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2002. It is held annually on June 12.

The second Sunday in June is Father's Day in Austria and Belgium. This holiday can not boast a long history, but at the same time is celebrated worldwide.


Mother's Day in Luxembourg (Mammendag) is celebrated on the second Sunday in June. Although it is not a public holiday, it is widely celebrated across the nation.


Helsinki Day is celebrated in Finland on June 12 each year. This holiday celebrates the country's capital.

June 12 is Loving Day in the USA. This day celebrates the anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Jimmy Scott, American jazz vocalist, famous for his unusual high contralto voice and sensitivity on ballads and love songs.
  • 2012 Died: Elinor Ostrom, American political economist, Nobel Prize laureate for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons. She remains the only woman to win the Prize in Economics.
  • 2003 Died: Gregory Peck, American actor, one of the world's most popular film start from the 1940s to the 1960s. He's best remembered for roles as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and roles in The Keys of the Kingdom, The Yearling, Gentleman's Agreement and Twelve O'Clock High.
  • 1997 Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London. The original Globe Theatre was build in 1599 and destroyed by fire in 1613, the second Globe Theatre was opened in 1614 and closed in 1642. The current Shakespeare's Globe is about 750 feet from the site of the original theatre.
  • 1994 The Boeing 777, the world's largest twinjet, made its first flight.
  • 1990 The parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty. A year later Russia elected its president Boris Yeltsin.
  • 1987 U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. The event took place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
  • 1985 Born: Dave Franco, American actor, best remembered for roles in films 21 Jump Street, Warm Bodies, Now You See Me, Neighbors.
  • 1985 Born: Blake Ross, American software developer, best known for creation of the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
  • 1983 Died: Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress and singer, one of the most popular actresses in North America, an Academy Award winner for Best Actress. Shearer is best remembered for roles in The Women, Marie Antoinette, Romeo and Juliet.
  • 1982 Died: Karl von Frisch, Austrian ethologist, Nobel Prize laureate for achievements in comparative behavioral physiology and pioneering work in communication between insects.
  • 1981 Born: Adriana Lima, Brazilian model and actress, Victoria's Secret Angel and spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics. The secant top-earning model on the Forbes list in 2014.
  • 1978 Died: Guo Moruo, Chinese historian, author, and poet, highly regarded figure in the Chinese contemporary literature and often referred to as the Chinese Goethe.
  • 1967 The Soviet probe Venera 4 was launched. It became the first space probe to enter another planet's atmosphere and successfully return data.
  • 1964 Anti-apartheid activist and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.
  • 1957 Died: Jimmy Dorsey, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, best known for composing of the jazz and pop standards I'm Glad There Is You and It's the Dreamer In Me.
  • 1942 Born: Bert Sakmann, German physiologist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate for work on function of single ion channels in cells.
  • 1940 13,000 British and French troops surrendered to Major General Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France.
  • 1939 Paramount Pictures began shooting of Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
  • 1924 Born: George H. W. Bush, American lieutenant and politician, the 41st President of the United States, who served from 1989 to 1993, the father of former President George W. Bush.
  • 1915 Born: David Rockefeller, American banker and businessman, the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and its current head.
  • 1912 Died: Frédéric Passy, French economist, founder of the Peace League, Nobel Prize laureate for role in founding the International Red Cross Movement and initiating the Geneva Convention.
  • 1899 Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of coenzyme A.
  • 1864 Overland Campaign, American Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant gave the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee a victory when he pulled his Union troops from their positions at Cold Harbor, Virginia and moved south.
  • 1806 Born: John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer, most famous for his rope suspension bridge designs, in particular, the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • 1802 Born: Harriet Martineau, English sociologist and author, often regarded to be the first female sociologist. Among her notable works are Household Education, Illustrations of Political Economy, Society in America, How to Observe Morals and Manners.
  • 1778 Died: Philip Livingston, American merchant and politician, delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778 and one of the statesmen who signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • 1772 Died: Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer. He made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, Tasmania and New Zealand. He and 26 men of his crew were killed by Maori tribe and eaten.
  • 1577 Born: Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician. He discovered the Guldinus theorem to determine the surface and the volume of a solid of revolution.
  • 1550 King Gustav I of Sweden founded the city of Helsinki, Finland. At that time the city belonged to Sweden.