Holidays Calendar for June 14, 2014

June 14 is Liberation Day in the Falkland Islands. This public holiday commemorates the end of the occupation of the archipelago by Argentina in 1982.

Tuvalu is a small Polynesian island country. It is one of the Commonwealth realms – members of the Commonwealth of Nations that have King Charles III as the reigning constitutional monarch. Like some other realms, Tuvalu celebrates the King’s Official Birthday. Here it is observed on the second Saturday in June, generally coinciding with the official birthday of the sovereign in the UK.


Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdi is a public holiday in Iran observed on the 15th day of the Islamic month of Sha'ban. Mahdi is believed by Shias to be the final Imam of the Twelve Imams.


The King’s Official Birthday (known as the Queen’s Official Birthday during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) is observed in most Commonwealth countries. In the United Kingdom, the sovereign’s birthday is officially celebrated on the first, second, or third Saturday in June, although King Charles III was born on November 14. Other Commonwealth realms may celebrate it on other days.


Mid-Shab'an is observed by Muslims on the 15th day of the month of Shab'an. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara'ah (Lailat al-Baraa) or Shab-e-barat. It is commemorated with a festive vigil with prayers which lasts all night long.


World Gin Day is observed annually on the second Saturday of June. It was created to celebrate one of the world’s most popular distilled alcoholic beverages that is instantly recognizable due to its signature juniper flavor.


Dragonfly Day, sometimes referred to as National Dragonfly Day, is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June. It was created to celebrate fascinating insects that play an important role in ecosystems around the globe.


June 14 is Flag Day in the USA. This holiday commemorates the adoption of the flag of the U.S. by the Continental Congress in 1777.

June 14 is Memorial Day for the Victims of Repression in Armenia. This remembrance day was proposed by the Armenian Revolutionary Front (Dashnaktsutyun), an Armenia socialist and nationalist political party.

June 14 is an official day of mourning in the Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia). This day was set aside for remembrance of those who were exiled to Siberia as part of Soviet repressions in the Baltic states.

National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Nazi German Concentration and Death Camps (Narodowy Dzień Pamięci Ofiar Niemieckich Nazistowskich Obozów Koncentracyjnych i Obozów Zagłady) is a solemn remembrance day in Poland observed on June 14. It is normally a working day unless it falls on a weekend or coincides with Corpus Christi, which is a public holiday.

The United States Army celebrates its birthday on June 14. Although it is not an official observance, the U.S. Army’s birthday is marked with various events, such as Army Balls, picnics, sporting events, etc.

June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Traditionally, a strawberry shortcake is a sweet biscuit paired with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. This is one of the easiest and most delicious summer treats.

International Weblogger’s Day, also known as InWeDay, is celebrated on June 14 every year. This unofficial holiday was created to bring together bloggers from around the world and to promote blogging as a way to express yourself and engage in dialogue with people from different countries and backgrounds.

If you’re a fan of fine liquor, don’t forget to celebrate National Bourbon Day on June 14. This unofficial holiday is dedicated to the drink that is immediately associated with the United States just like Scotch whisky is associated with Scotland, cognac with France or sake with Japan.

On the second Saturday in June, knitting enthusiasts can get together and enjoy each other's company, as it is World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP Day). The first knit in public event was organized in 2005 by Danielle Landes.


National Rosé Day is a fun unofficial holiday celebrated on the second Saturday of June. It was initiated by the rosé wine house Bodvár to promote this glorious summertime drink and celebrate all things pink.


World Blood Donor Day is an official global public health campaign marked by the World Health Organization on June 14 each year. It focuses on expressing gratitude to blood donors for their donations and raising awareness of the need for blood and blood products.

This Day in History

  • 1995 Died: Roger Zelazny, American author of fantasy and science fiction novels, winner of 3 Nebula awards and 6 Hugo awards. He is best known for The Chronicles of Amber series.
  • 1994 Died: Henry Mancini, American composer and conductor, best remembered for film and television scores. He's is the winner of 4 Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and 20 Grammy Awards.
  • 1986 Died: Alan Jay Lerner, American composer, author of some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theater. He is a three-time winner of Academy Award, a two-time Golden Globe Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner.
  • 1983 Born: Louis Garrel, French actor, best remembered for role in The Dreamers and Regular Lovers. He is the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy and grandson of Maurice Garrel, all French notable actors.
  • 1969 Born: Steffi Graf, German tennis player, former world No. 1 tennis player. She won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, that made her one of two best tennis players of the 20th century.
  • 1968 Died: Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian author and poet, Nobel Prize Laureate for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times.
  • 1967 The People's Republic of China tested its first hydrogen bomb.
  • 1966 The Vatican abolished the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of prohibited books) that was originally instituted in 1557. The index contained anti-clerical or lascivious books, therefore banned by the Catholic Church.
  • 1962 The European Space Research Organisation was established in Paris. This organization later became the European Space Agency.
  • 1961 Born: Boy George, English singer-songwriter and producer. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, that is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae and it influenced on David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
  • 1949 A rhesus macaque Albert II rode a V2 rocket to an altitude of 83 mi (134 km). He became the first monkey in space.
  • 1946 Born: Donald Trump, American businessman, investor and television personality. His extravagant lifestyle and role in NBC reality show the Apprentice made him a well-known celebrity.
  • 1941 The first major wave of Soviet mas deportations and murder of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians began.
  • 1936 Died: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English author, poet, and playwright. Chesterton is often referred to as the prince of paradox. His unique writing style is characterized by turning inside out popular proverbs, allegories and sayings.
  • 1928 Born: Ernesto Che Guevara, Argentinian-Cuban physician, author, and guerrilla leader. Che was the major figure in the Cuban Revolution and his stylized visage became a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.
  • 1927 Died: Jerome Klapka Jerome, English author, best known fro the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat
  • 1924 Born: James Black, Scottish pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize for Medicine laureate for his work leading to the development of drugs propranolol and cimetidine.
  • 1922 Born: Kevin Roche, Irish-American architect, winner of Pritzker Prize. He is best known for designing Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta) and the Central Park Zoo (New York).
  • 1920 Died: Max Weber, German sociologist and economist. His ideas widely influenced social theory, social research and the entire discipline of sociology.
  • 1883 Died: Edward FitzGerald, English poet and author, most famous of English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
  • 1868 Born: Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of polio virus.
  • 1837 Died: Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet and philosopher. He lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, but he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment and created remarkable and renowned poetic work, related to the Romantic era.
  • 1830 France began colonization of Algeria. 34,000 French soldiers began their invasion of Algerians, landing 27 km west at Sidi Fredj.
  • 1825 Died: Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-American architect and engineer, best known for designing the layout of the streets of Washington, D.C.
  • 1811 Born: Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and activist, best known for novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which is a depiction of life of African Americans under slavery. Her book became very influential in the USA and the UK, and also energized anti-slavery forces in the American North.
  • 1807 Emperor Napoleon's French Grande Armée defeated the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Poland (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast), thus marking the end of the War of the Fourth Coalition.
  • 1798 An American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig invented bourbon whiskey, distilled from maize. The product was named bourbon because Rev Craig lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • 1775 The Continental Congress established the Continental Army, thus marking the birth of the United States Army.
  • 1736 Born: Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist, best known for development of Coulomb's Law, that is the definition of the electrostatic force of attraction and repulsion. The SI unit of electric charge, the coulomb, was named after him.
  • 1645 12,000 Royalist forces were beaten by 15,000 Parliamentarian soldiers in the Battle of Naseby. This battle became decisive in the course of the English Civil War.