Holidays Calendar for October 14, 2013

On October 14, the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates the Day of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Living Pillar, is one of the most venerated places of worship in Georgia.

Liberation Day is an important national holiday in Yemen celebrated on October 14. It commemorates the revolts against the British in South Yemen that eventually led to the independence of South Yemen.

Day of the Defender of Ukraine, also known as Defenders' Day, is a public holiday celebrated by Ukrainians on October 14. It was officially established by President Petro Poroshenko in 2014.

October 14 is Julius Nyerere Day in Tanzania. This public holiday commemorates the death anniversary of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania who is referred to as the Father of the Nation.

Columbus Day is one of the federal holidays in the United States. It is observed on the second Monday in October. Columbus Day celebrates Christopher Columbus's first arrival to the Americas in 1492.


Thanksgiving Day is mostly known as an American holiday, but it is also celebrated in Canada, where it falls on the second Monday in October.


The Day of Arafah (also referred to as the Day of Repentance) is an Islamic festival celebrated on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. It is the second day of the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca.


Health and Sports Day (Taiiku no Hi) is a Japanese public holiday celebrated on the second Monday in October. It was established in 1966 to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle. The original date of the holiday was October 10, but in 2000 it was moved to create a long weekend.


Norfolk Island Agricultural Show is an annual event held in October. The culmination of the show falls in the second Monday in October, it is an official public holiday in the Territory of Norfolk Island.


Dashain is one of the most important festivals in Nepal. It is also celebrated by many Hindus across the globe. It lasts for fifteen days, and some days of the festival are observed as a public holiday in Nepal, Bhutan, and some parts of India.


On the second Monday of October, the citizens of Sint Maarten, a small island country in the Caribbean, celebrate Constitution Day. This public holiday was established to commemorate the day when the current Constitution of Sint Maarten entered into force.


The Intercession of the Theotokos, also known as the Feast of Intercession and the Protection of the Theotokos, is one of the Twelve Great Feasts celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church. It falls on October 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava, is an annual Hindu festival dedicated to the goddess Durga. It is an official public holiday in Bangladesh. Besides, the festival is widely celebrated in Nepal (where it is known as Dashain) and several states of India.


World Standards Day is a global observance held annually on October 14. It was officially established in 1970 by Faruk Sünter, President of the International Organization for Standardization at the time.

National Education Day is a Polish holiday celebrated on October 14. It commemorates the establishment of the Commission of National Education in 1773. It is one of the national holidays which are not non-working days.

Chișinău Day is an official municipal holiday celebrated in the Moldovan capital on October 14 every year. Unlike in many cities in the former Soviet Republics, it doesn’t commemorate Chișinău’s foundation or liberation from the Nazi occupation during WWII. Instead, it honors the city’s oldest church and its patron saint.

Even if you try to avoid eating too much sugar, you can make an exception and indulge yourself on October 14 when the National Dessert Day is celebrated. This food holiday is the perfect excuse to eat a piece of cake, a sundae, a cupcake, or any other type of dessert you like.

Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries of the world, although its date varies from country to country. For example, Belarusians celebrate the holiday dedicated to mothers on October 14. This day was officially designated as Mother's Day in Belarus in 1996.

Indigenous Peoples' Day is celebrated in some localities in the United States on the second Monday in October. This observance was originally designed as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, a federal holiday which celebrates Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.


This Day in History

  • 2014 A snowstorm disaster occurred in central Nepal. Unusually severe snowstorms and avalanches killed at least 43 people and injured 175.
  • 2014 The Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier outside a vehicle.
  • 2002 Died: Norbert Schultze, German composer of film music. He is best known for writing the melody of the popular love song "Lili Marleen".
  • 1994 Quentin Tarantino's black comedy crime film Pulp Fiction was released in the United States. The film was nominated for seven Oscars and won one.
  • 1989 Born: Mia Wasikowska, Australian actress who gained worldwide prominence after playing the role of Alice in Alice in Wonderland (2010).
  • 1985 Died: Emil Gilels, Soviet pianist who is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He has a very extensive repertoire.
  • 1984 Died: Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer who was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering research in radio astrophysics.
  • 1980 Died: Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor, pianist, and music lecturer. He is one of the most successful musicians in American history.
  • 1980 Born: Ben Whishaw, English actor of stage and screen known for his roles in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Cloud Atlas, and Skyfall (James Bond film).
  • 1979 The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place in Washington, D.C. It drew between 75,000 and 125,000 participants.
  • 1978 Born: Usher (Usher Terry Raymond IV), American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He is one of the best-selling singers of the 2000s decade.
  • 1977 Died: Bing Crosby, American singer and actor, noted for his warm bass-baritone voice, one of the best selling recording artists of the 20th century.
  • 1965 Died: Randall Jarrell, American poet, novelist, essayist, and literary critic. One of his best known works is Pictures from an Institution (1954).
  • 1964 Leonid Brezhnev became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR, succeeding Nikita Khrushchev.
  • 1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis began, when a U-2 flight piloted by Major Richard Heyser took photos of Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba.
  • 1960 Died: Abram Ioffe, Soviet physicist who is widely regarded as the "Father of Soviet physics". He established a number of research laboratories.
  • 1959 Died: Errol Flynn, Australian-American actor known for his roles in Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, That Forsyte Woman.
  • 1947 Captain Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in level flight. He flew a Bell X-1 aircraft.
  • 1944 Died: Erwin Rommel, renowned German field marshal of the Second World War. Hitler forced Rommel to commit suicide with a cyanide pill.
  • 1940 Born: Cliff Richard (born Harry Rodger Webb), British singer, musician, actor, and philanthropist. He has sold over 21 million singles in the United Kingdom.
  • 1939 Born: Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz), American fashion designer, business executive, and philanthropist who founded Ralph Lauren Corporation.
  • 1927 Born: Roger Moore, English actor. He is best known for playing James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985. He is the oldest actor to portray Bond.
  • 1926 The children's novel Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne was firs published. Portions of the book were adapted from previously published stories.
  • 1893 Born: Lillian Gish, American actress, director, and writer whose prolific career spanned 75 years. She was called The First Lady of American Cinema.
  • 1890 Born: Dwight D. Eisenhower, prominent American general and statesman. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.
  • 1888 Born: Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand and British short story writer. She is considered to be one of the most prominent modernist authors.
  • 1884 The American innovator and entrepreneur George Eastman (founder of Eastman Kodak) received a United States patent on his photographic film.
  • 1644 Born: William Penn, English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, and early Quaker. He is primarily remembered as the founder of Pennsylvania.
  • 1066 The Battle of Hastings was fought between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under King Harold II.