Holidays Calendar for June 12, 2020

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.

Democracy Day is a public holiday in the Federal Republic of Nigeria celebrated on June 12. It commemorates the country’s first democratic elections that took place on that day in 1993.

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 country’s independence from Spain in 1898, which led to the establishment of the First Philippine Republic in 1889. It is celebrated on June 12.

In many British Overseas Territories, the official birthday of the monarch of the United Kingdom is a public holiday. However, their dates of celebration may differ from the date in the UK. For example, in the British Virgin Islands, the King’s Official Birthday is typically observed on the Friday before the second Saturday of June.


International Shia Day is an annual observance dedicated to one of the two major branches of Islam. Its main goal is to combat the marginalization of and violence against Shia Muslims who are an underrepresented minority in most countries.

International Falafel Day, observed annually on June 12, celebrates one of the most popular dishes of Middle Eastern cuisine. The origins of the holiday are unclear, but does it really matter? What matters is that it is the perfect occasion to indulge in some delicious falafel.

International Cachaça Day is celebrated annually on June 12. It was created to honor a Brazilian distilled spirit that is used to make the country’s signature cocktail caipirinha.

Wine lovers around the globe celebrate World Verdejo Day on the second Friday of June every year. This holiday was created to celebrate a wine grape variety that is primarily grown in the Rueda region of Spain.


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.

State Protection Service Day in Poland is an official professional holiday celebrated on June 12. It was established by the Sejm in 2001 and received its current name in 2018, following the replacement of the Government Protection Bureau by the State Protection Service.

Stock Market Employees Day is a Ukrainian professional holiday celebrated annually on June 12. It was officially established by the country’s third president Viktor Yushchenko in 2008 and has been observed every year since then.

The second Friday of June is a perfect day to pop some corn, put away all gadgets, curl up on the couch and watch your favorite movies because it is National Movie Night. This amazing holiday was created to encourage people to revive old movie night traditions and create new ones.


Pulse Night of Remembrance is observed annually by members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the United States and abroad to honor the memory of 49 people who were killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.

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.

If you’re a fan of meat, don’t forget to celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12. This food holiday was created in honor of a delicious dried meat snack that was originally invented as a way to preserve the meat for a long period of time without refrigeration.

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.

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

  • 2023 Died: Silvio Berlusconi, Italian media tycoon and politician who served as the prime minister of Italy in four governments from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011.
  • 2016 Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 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. Until 2019, she was the only woman to win the Prize in Economics.
  • 2003 Died: Gregory Peck, American actor, one of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. He is best remembered for his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • 1997 Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London. 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 first 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 known for his roles in the films 21 Jump Street, Fright Night, Now You See Me and its sequel, Neighbors, Nerve, and others.
  • 1985 Born: Blake Ross, American software developer, best known for creating of the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
  • 1983 Died: Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress who was active on film from 1919 through 1942. She often played spunky, sexually liberated women and appeared in adaptations of Noël Coward, Eugene O'Neill, and William Shakespeare.
  • 1982 Died: Karl von Frisch, Austrian ethologist, Nobel Prize laureate for his achievements in comparative behavioral physiology and pioneering work in communication between insects.
  • 1981 Born: Adriana Lima, Brazilian model and actress who was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1999 to 2018. The longest-running model, she was named "the most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017.
  • 1978 Died: Guo Moruo, Chinese historian, author, and poet, a highly regarded figure in the Chinese contemporary literature. He is 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.
  • 1963 Born: Tim DeKay, American actor, director and producer, best known for his co-starring role as FBI Agent Peter Burke on the television series White Collar.
  • 1957 Died: Jimmy Dorsey, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, best known for composing 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 his work on the 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 the 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 from 1989 to 1993, the father of former President George W. Bush.
  • 1915 Born: David Rockefeller, American economist and investment banker. He was the oldest living member of the third generation of the Rockefeller family, and family patriarch from 2004 until his death in 2017.
  • 1912 Died: Frédéric Passy, French economist, founder of the Peace League, Nobel Prize laureate for his role in founding the International Red Cross Movement and initiating the Geneva Convention.
  • 1899 Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate for the 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. Her notable works include Household Education, Society in America, and other.
  • 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 a Maori tribe.
  • 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.