Holidays Calendar for July 14, 2015

July 14 is annual celebration of Bastille Day in France and French dependencies. This name was given to the French National Day, while in France it's called La Fête nationale (The National Celebration) or Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July).

Republic Day in Iraq is annually observed on July 14. This is one of the Iraqi public holidays. It commemorates the day, when Abd al-Karim Qasim overthrew the Hashemite monarchy and became a new leader of the nation in 1958.

Laylat al-Qadr (Lailatul Qadr') is believed to be the night when the first verses of Quran were revealed to Muhammad the Prophet. It is thought to take place at the end of the month of Ramadan. There is no exact date, but many traditions insist on celebrating it on the night before the 27th of Ramadan.


International Non-Binary People’s Day is an LBGTQ+ awareness day observed annually on July 14. It was created in 2012 to celebrate people who identify outside the gender binary, as well as to raise awareness of the issues that affect them and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

National Tax Day (Hari Pajak Nasional) is observed in Indonesia annually on July 14. It was created to commemorate the first mention of taxes in a draft of the 1945 Constitution of Indonesia; the day when it happened is sometimes referred to as the “birthday of taxes” in Indonesia.

Shark Awareness Day is observed annually on July 14. It was created to celebrate the amazing sea creatures that are often misunderstood and to raise awareness of threatened shark species and the importance of their conservation.

July 14 is birthday of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden. This is not a public holiday in Sweden, but at the same time it's an official flag day, when the flag of Sweden is flown on all public buildings and poles.

Black Country Day is observed in the United Kingdom annually on July 14. It was created to celebrate the fascinating history and rich cultural heritage of a region in Midlands that was one of the major centers of the Industrial Revolution.

On July 14, National Grand Marnier Day is celebrated. Grand Marnier is an orange-flavored cognac liqueur which can be consumed neat as a digestif or a cordial or used in cocktails and desserts.

July 14 is National Nude Day in the USA. This unofficial holiday has been celebrated annually since 1976.

National Mac and Cheese Day celebrates one of the most popular American comfort foods. Observed every July 14, it is the perfect occasion to indulge in delicious macaroni and cheese and experiment with new recipes.

National Tape Measure Day is a fun holiday celebrated annually on July 14. It commemorates the day in 1868 when Alvin J. Fellows was granted a patent for a spring-click tape measure.

This Day in History

  • 2016 A cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, resulting in the deaths of 86 people.
  • 2014 Died: Tom Rolf (born Ernst R. Rolf), Swedish-born American film editor whose career spanned over 50 years. He worked on many famous films.
  • 2005 Died: Joe Harnell, American composer and arranger. In 1896, he won an Emmy Award for best score for his work on the miniseries V.
  • 2000 A powerful solar flare occurred, causing a geomagnetic storm. This event was later named the Bastille Day Flare or Bastille Day Event.
  • 1998 Died: Richard McDonald, American entrepreneur and fast food pioneer best known for co-founding the McDonald's Corporation.
  • 1987 Born: Dan Reynolds, American musician and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Imagine Dragons.
  • 1986 Died: Raymond Loewy, French-born American industrial designer. Among his designes were Coca-Cola vending machines and Shell logo.
  • 1977 Born: Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She is the heir apparent to the throne.
  • 1976 Canada eliminated the death penalty for murder. The last two people executed in Canada were Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas in 1962.
  • 1975 Born: Taboo (stage name of Jaime Luis Gómez), American rapper, singer and actor best known as a member of the Black Eyed Peas.
  • 1967 The Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization was signed in at Stockholm, Sweden. It came into force in 1970.
  • 1966 Born: Matthew Fox, American film and television actor best known for portraying Charlie Salinger on Party of Five and Jack Shephard on Lost.
  • 1964 Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano secretly married Claudia Mori at the church of San Francesco in Grosseto. They have three children.
  • 1960 Born: Jane Lynch, American actress of stage and screen, singer and comedian. One of her best known roles is Sue Sylvester in Glee.
  • 1954 Died: Jacinto Benavente, Spanish playwright who was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize for Literature for his contribution to the Spanish drama.
  • 1950 The Battle of Taejon began during the Korean War. It resulted in tactical North Korean victory and strategic American and South Korean victory.
  • 1946 Born: Vincent Pastore, American actor best known for his role as Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.
  • 1933 In Nazi Germany, the Nazi Party was declared to be the only legal party of the country by the Law against the establishment of political parties.
  • 1933 The first animated film featuring Popeye the Sailor was released. It was produced by Fleischer Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • 1930 Born: Polly Bergen (born Nellie Paulina Burgi), American actress of stage and screen, singer, television host, writer, and entrepreneur.
  • 1921 Born: Geoffrey Wilkinson, English inorganic chemist who was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with Ernst Otto Fischer.
  • 1918 Born: Ingmar Bergman, renowned Swedish director, producer and screenwriter remembered for his prolific work in film, television and theater.
  • 1910 Died: Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher who is widely regarded as the most influential ballet master of all time.
  • 1910 Born: William Hanna, American animator, cartoon artist, director, producer and voice actor best known as a co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions.
  • 1902 St Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy collapsed completely, also demolishing the logetta. Remarkably, no one was killed, except for a cat.
  • 1881 Died: Billy the Kid (pseudonym of William H. Bonney), American criminal who participated in the Lincoln County War and became an outlaw.
  • 1874 The Chicago Fire of 1874 burned 47 acres south of the Loop (one of Chicago's districts), destroyed 812 structures and killed 20 people.
  • 1827 Died: Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist and engineer who made a significant contribution to the development of wave optics.
  • 1817 Died: Germaine de Staël, commonly known as Madame de Staël, French author remembered for her conflict with Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • 1771 The Franciscan order established Mission San Antonio de Padua in present-day Monterey County, California, near present-day Jolon.
  • 1223 Died: Philip II (Philip Augustus), King of France who reigned 1180 to 1223. He was the first French monarch to be called by that title.