Holidays Calendar for November 13, 2014

The Georgian Orthodox Church annually venerates the feast of Hundred Thousands Martyrs of Tbilisi on November 13. The feast relates to the events, that took place in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, in 1226.

Descending Day of Lord of Buddha, or Lhabab Düchen, is one of the ancient festivals in Bhutan. It has no fixed date in the Gregorian calendar and the day of celebration may occur through November.


World Kindness Day was created by the World Kindness Movement in Singapore. This observance is annually celebrated in many countries around the world on November 13.

World Quality Day is one of the international observances, that annually falls on the second Thursday in November. This observance was introduced by the United Nations in 1990, but it didn't become one of the UN special international days.


World Usability Day is annually celebrated on the second Thursday in November. It was created to promote the values of usability and user's responsibility to ask for things that work better.


If you’re a fan of Spanish wines, don’t forget to celebrate International Tempranillo Day on the second Thursday of November. This holiday was created to raise awareness of Spain’s flagship red wine grape variety and to promote other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula.


Day of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops is an official profession day of these troops of the Russian Armed Forces. This day is annually observed on November 13, that is the anniversary of foundation of the troops.

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

December 13 is the National Indian Pudding Day. Indian pudding is a kind of hasty pudding typical for New England. This dessert is considered a cold-weather classic.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Alexander Grothendieck, German-born French mathematician who contributed to commutative algebra, homological algebra, sheaf theory and category theory.
  • 2010 Died: Allan Sandage, American astronomer. He is known for determining the first reasonably accurate values for the Hubble constant and the age of the universe.
  • 2003 Died: Kellie Waymire, American actress of stage and screen. Two of her highest-profile roles were on the TV series Six Feet Under and Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • 1996 Died: Bill Doggett, American jazz and rhythm and blues pianist and organist. He is best known for is composition "Honky Tonk" and collaboration with many musicians.
  • 1994 A non-binding referendum on membership for the European Union was held in Sweden. 52.3% of voters supported Sweden joining the European Union.
  • 1994 Died: Motoo Kimura, Japanese biologist who introduced the neutral theory of molecular evolution. He is regarded as one of the greatest revolutionary geneticists.
  • 1992 The High Court of Australia decided the case known as Dietrich v The Queen. This important case in Australian criminal law concerned the nature of the right to a fair trial.
  • 1990 A spree shooting occurred in the settlement of Aramoana, New Zealand. David Gray, a 33-year-old unemployed man, killed 13 people and was shot dead by the police.
  • 1988 Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian student in Portland, Oregon, was beaten to death by members of groups known as East Side White Pride and White Aryan Resistance.
  • 1985 The volcano Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia erupted, resulting in the Armero tragedy. Lahars caused by the eruptions killed over 20,000 citizens of the town of Armero.
  • 1979 Born: Subliminal (stage name of Ya'akov "Kobi" Shimoni), Israeli rapper and record producer. One of his best known songs is "Tikva" (Hope) released in 2002.
  • 1974 Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo, Jr. killed his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. This case inspired the book and a series of films The Amityville Horror.
  • 1974 Died: Vittorio De Sica, Italian director and actor regarded as one of the leading figures in the neorealist movement. Four of the films he directed won Academy Awards.
  • 1969 Died: Iskander Mirza, Pakistani career army officer, politician and statesman who served as the first President of Pakistan from March 1956 to October 1958.
  • 1969 Born: Gerard Butler, Scottish actor of stage and screen. He is known for his roles in the films The Phantom of the Opera, 300, P.S. I Love You, Law Abiding Citizen.
  • 1967 Born: Jimmy Kimmel, American television host, comedian, producer, musician, voice actor, writer, and radio personality best know as the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • 1963 Died: Margaret Murray, English archaeologist, Egyptologist, anthropologist, and folklorist. She was the first woman to be appointed as a lecturer in archaeology in the UK.
  • 1955 Born: Whoopi Goldberg (stage name of Caryn Elaine Johnson), American actress of stage and screen, comedian, singer, producer, television host, writer, and political activist.
  • 1954 Born: Chris Noth, American actor. He is best known for his television roles as Mike Logan on Law & Order, Big on Sex and the City, and Peter Florrick on The Good Wife.
  • 1940 Walt Disney Productions released the animated film Fantasia in theatrical roadshow engagements. The first roadshow opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York City.
  • 1934 Born: Garry Marshall, American filmmaker and actor best known for directing the films Overboard, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Princes Diaries, and Valentine's Day.
  • 1927 The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River officially opened by President Calvin Coolidge. This highway tunnel connected New York City with Jersey City.
  • 1887 In London, a march against unemployment and coercion in Ireland was attacked by the Metropolitan Police and the British Army. This events is known as Bloody Sunday.
  • 1872 Born: John M. Lyle, Irish-born Canadian architect, designer, and urban planner. He is best known for designing the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto, Ontario.
  • 1850 Born: Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. He is best known for his works Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
  • 1848 Born: Albert I, Prince of Monaco and Duke of Valentinois from 1889 until his death in 1922. Albert I devoted much of his life to the study of the science of oceanography.
  • 1838 Born: Joseph F. Smith, American religious leader. He was the sixth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1901 until his death in 1918.
  • 1619 Died: Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter, etcher, and printmaker. His best known works include Madonna and Child with Saints, Abraham and the Three Angels.
  • 1460 Died: Henry the Navigator, Duke of Viseu, son of King John I of Portugal. He is regarded as the main initiator of what would be known as the Age of Discoveries.
  • 1312 Born: Edward III of England, King of England from 1327 until his death in 1377. He is noted for restoring royal authority after the disastrous reign of his father, Edward II.
  • 1002 King Æthelred the Unready ordered to kill all Danes in the Kingdom of England. This mass killing is now known as the Saint Brice's Day Massacre.
  • 354 Born: Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine, Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity.