Holidays Calendar for February 15, 2016

Afghanistan annually celebrates Liberation Day on February 15. This holiday commemorates the end of the withdrawal of Soviet combatant forces from Afghanistan.

Washington's Birthday is a federal holiday in the U.S., that falls on the third Monday of February. This holiday has got another colloquial name – Presidents Day.


February 15 is National Day in Serbia. This public holiday commemorates the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 and adoption of the first Serbian Constitution in 1835.

Candlemas, or the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, is one of the Twelve Great Feasts, celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox Church. It's celebrated annually on February 15 according to the Gregorian calendar.

Parinirvana Day, also referred to as Nirvana Day, is a Buddhist holiday celebrated in East Asia on February 8 or February 15. Most Mahāyāna Buddhists celebrate it on February 15.

The followers of cargo cult celebrate John Frum Day in Vanuatu annually on February 15. Celebration, as well as the cult, has a long history.

International Childhood Cancer Day is observed annually on February 15. This observance was established in 2003 and about 40 countries participate the events organized under the auspices of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).

February 15 is annual observance of Memorial Day of Warriors-Internationalists. This day honors warriors, who performed their duty outside their motherland.

February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day. Although this holiday doesn't have a status of a statuary holiday, the day that commemorates the flag of Canada has been celebrated for decades.

Total Defense Day in Singapore is observed annually on February 15, the anniversary of the surrender of the British to the Japanese in 1942. This holiday is very important for the Singaporeans, as they remember, what they might lose, if they are not able to defend themselves.

Susan B. Anthony Day is observed annually on February 15 in the USA. This day commemorates the birth of Susan Brownell Anthony, an American social reformer who played a leading role in women's suffrage movement.

Singles Awareness Day, also known as Singles Appreciation Day, is a humorous holiday that serves as an alternative to Valentine's Day for people who are not involved in a romantic relationship. It is celebrated on February 14 or 15.

February 15 is National Gumdrops Day. These chewy candies have fallen out of fashion in favor of gummy worms and bears, but they are still popular with bakers.


This Day in History

  • 2014 French pole vault jumper Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergey Bubka's world record in pole vault with a mark of 6.16 m.
  • 2013 Meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Over 1,500 were injured as a shock wave blew out windows and rock buildings. The explosion wasn't expected and it happened only hours before the expected approach of the larger and unrelated to it asteroid 2012 DA14.
  • 2001 Scientific journal Nature published the first draft of the complete human genome.
  • 1996 Died: McLean Stevenson, American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H.
  • 1996 A Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, a telecommunications satellite, crashed into a Chinese rural village after liftoff.
  • 1988 Died: Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics.
  • 1982 The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sank during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland. All 84 crew members on board killed, no one survived.
  • 1981 Died: Karl Richter, German organist and conductor, remembered as an excellent organists whose performances of Bach's organ works were known for their imposing registrations and favorable pace.
  • 1973 Died: Wally Cox, American actor and comedian, best known as the voice of the popular animated canine superhero Underdog.
  • 1971 Born: Renee O'Connor, American actress, director, and producer, best known for her role as Gabrielle on successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • 1965 Died: Nat King Cole, American singer and leading jazz pianist, noted for his soft baritone voice. Cole was the first African American to host a television variety show.
  • 1965 A new red-and-white maple leaf design of Canadian flag was adopted. This flag replaced the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.
  • 1961 Sabena Flight 548 crashed in Belgium en route to Brussels from New York. All 72 people aboard and 1 person on the ground were killed, including the entire U.S. figure skating team heading to the World Championships in Prague.
  • 1959 Died: Owen Willans Richardson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on thermionic emission, that led to the discovery of Richardson's Law.
  • 1957 Born: Gul Mohammed, Indian dwarf, the shortest adult human being of his time, whose existence and height have been independently verified.
  • 1946 The first Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC) was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering.
  • 1934 Born: Niklaus Wirth, Swiss computer scientist, creator of several programing languages, including Pascal.
  • 1933 Died: Pat Sullivan, Australian animator and producer, best known for producing the first silent cartoons Felix the Cat.
  • 1933 Giuseppe Zangara failed an attempted to assassinate Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami, Florida. He shot Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who died of his wounds on March 6, 1933.
  • 1909 250 people burned in fire that started in Flores Theater in Acapulco, Mexico.
  • 1898 The battleship USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor in Cuba. 274 were killed.
  • 1883 Born: Sax Rohmer, English author, best known for the series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu. This character is extensively featured in cinema, television, radio, comic strips and books.
  • 1873 Born: Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for investigations on the fermentation of sugar and enzymes.
  • 1835 Died: Henry Hunt, influential English politician of his time, a pioneer of working-class radicalism. He advocated parliamentary reform and the repeal of the Corn Laws (tariffs on the imported grain, that kept high prices to favor produces in GB).
  • 1812 Born: Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler, founder of Tiffany & Co, known for his jewelry expertise and creation of country's first retail catalog. He introduced the English standard of sterling silver.
  • 1781 Died: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German author and philosopher, one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era, widely considered as the first dramaturg.
  • 1739 Born: Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, prominent French architect of his time, designer of Paris Bourse, the historical Paris stock exchange.
  • 1710 Born: Louis XV of France, also known as Louis the Beloved, King of France from September 1, 1715, till his death in 1774. During his reign power of France was damaged, treasury weakened and the absolute monarchy discredited.
  • 1637 Died: Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia and King of Hungary, whose rule coincided with the Thirty Years' War.
  • 1612 Born: Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, French military officer the founder and first governor of Montreal, Canada (then New France).
  • 1564 Born: Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist, a major figure in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance. Among his achievements are improvements to the telescope consequent astronomical observations.