Holidays Calendar for March 15, 2017

On March 15, the Hungarians celebrate one of Hungary's national holidays. 1848 Revolution Day is the national day of Hungary which marks the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts' Birthday is a Liberian public holiday that honors the first and seventh President of Liberia. It is celebrated on March 15.

March 15 is Youth Day in Palau, a small island country in Micronesia. It is a public work-free holiday in the Republic of Palau.

Hōnen Matsuri is an annual Japanese fertility festival celebrated on March 15. “Matsuri” is the Japanese world for a holiday or festival, while “hōnen” stands for “prosperous year”.

World Consumer Rights Day has been observed on March 15 since 1983. It is an annual awareness day for solidarity within the global consumer movement and promotion of the basic rights of consumers.

International Day of Action for the Seals, sometimes referred to as International Day Against the Canadian Seal Hunting, is held on March 15.

International Day Against Police Brutality (IDAPB) is a global observance held on March 15. It is a focal day of solidarity against police brutality that first began in 1997.

World Contact Day is an annual observance held on March 15. It was established in 1953 by the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB).

Every year engineers in Belgium and the Netherlands celebrate a special day, that praises their skills and inventions. It's Engineer's Day and it's annually celebrated on the third Wednesday in March.


National Festival of Trees (or Nationale Boomfeestdag) is annually celebrated in the Netherlands on the third Wednesday in March. This festival is mostly organized for children to encourage them to plant at least one tree.


Constitution Day is an annual observance in Belarus held on March 15. Constitution Day in Belarus is not a non-working public holiday, but it is considered a commemorative day. It celebrates the adoption of the 1994 Constitution.

Americans didn't develop the same love for pears like for apples, but anyway it is the third most important crop in the U.S. So why don't we celebrate National Pears Hélène Day, that falls on March 15?

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: David Brenner, American comedian, actor, and author. Brenner was on peak of this popularity in the 1970s and 1980s and he was called a pioneer of observational comedy.
  • 2013 Died: Kallam Anji Reddy, Indian engineer and businessman, founder of Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company with a wide range of pharmaceuticals in India and overseas.
  • 2011 Arab Spring protest and nationwide protest against President Bashar al-Assad's government signed the beginning of the Syrian Civil War.
  • 2009 Died: Ron Silver, American actor, director, and producer. He is best remembered for films Enemies: A Love Story, American Tragedy, Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • 2004 Died: John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate. His research group developed the quantum chemistry composite methods such as Gaussian-1 and Gaussian-2.
  • 2004 Died: William Hayward Pickering, New Zealand-American scientist and engineer, the founding member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He also was a senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space.
  • 2003 Died: Paul Stojanovich, American television producer, creator of World's Wildest Police Videos, an American reality TV series that deals with police videos across the world.
  • 1991 The Federal Republic of Germany was granted full sovereignty after the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany came into effect.
  • 1986 The Hotel New World in Singapore collapsed resulting in death of 33 people.
  • 1985 Born: Kellan Lutz, American actor, best known for the role as Emmet Cullen in the Twilight Saga. Since then he played in many movies, including Immortals and The Legend of Hercules.
  • 1975 Died: Aristotle Onassis, Greek businessman and shipping magnate. Onassis is known as the second husband of Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
  • 1975 Born: William Adams, American rapper, producer, and actor. Adams is known by his stage name and as a founding member of The Black Eyed Peas.
  • 1962 Died: Arthur Compton, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of the Compton effect, demonstrating the particle nature of electromagnetic radiation.
  • 1956 My Fair Lady musical received its premier performance of Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theater.
  • 1943 Born: David Cronenberg, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter, one of the principle originators of body horror genre. He produced such popular films as The Fly, The Dead Zone, eXistenZ, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis.
  • 1941 Philippine Airlines took its first flight between Manila to Baguio City with a Beechcraft Model 18. This made the airline the first and the oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name.
  • 1937 Died: H. P. Lovecraft, American author of horror fiction. He died in poverty, but achieved fame posthumously. Today Lovecraft is regarded as the most significant 20th-century authors of his genre.
  • 1931 SS Viking, the ship used in the making of the film The Viking, exploded off Newfoundland, 27 of the 147 on board were killed, including the film producer Varick Frissel.
  • 1920 Born: E. Donnall Thomas, American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate for development of cell and organ transplantation. Thomas is also credited with the development of bone marrow transplantation as a treatment for leukemia.
  • 1916 4,800 U.S. troops were sent by President Woodrow Wilson over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa, one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals.
  • 1892 Liverpool F.C., one of the most successful football clubs in England, was founded, but it gained recognition only 3 months later.
  • 1877 Australia vs England: the irst ever official cricket test match was played. The event took place at the MCG Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1874 The Second Treaty of Saigon was signed by France and Viet Nam. Viet Nam recognized the full sovereignty of France over Cochinchina.
  • 1866 Born: Johan Vaaler, Norwegian inventor, best known for invention of the paper clip.
  • 1854 Born: Emil Adolf von Behring, German physician, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of a diphtheria antitoxin. As far as diphtheria formerly was a major cause of child death, von Behring became widely known as a savior of children.
  • 1842 Died: Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer, whom Beethoven regarded as the greatest of his contemporaries. His most significant works were operas and sacred music.
  • 1830 Born: Paul Heyse, German author. He received the Nobel Prize award "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories".
  • 1830 Born: Élisée Reclus, French geographer and writer. His biggest masterwork is a 19-volume masterwork Universal Geography that took about 20 years of writing.
  • 1821 Born: Johann Josef Loschmidt, Austrian physicist and chemist. He performed ground-breaking work in chemistry, physics and crystal forms. He proposed a two-dimensional representation for over 300 molecules, that is used in modern chemistry.
  • 1767 Born: Andrew Jackson, American general, judge and politician, the 7th President of the United States, whose portrait appears on the 20-dollar bill.