Holidays Calendar for June 14, 2016

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.

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.

June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcakes Day. Traditionally it's a sweet biscuit paired with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. This is one of the most delicious and easiest summer treats.

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.

Annually 21 days from Flag Day are Honor America Days. This observance was created with the aim that all Americans could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.


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.