Holidays Calendar for June 15, 2016

Heydar Aliyev rose to power in Azerbaijan on June 15, 1993. This important day is annually commemorated in Azerbaijan as National Salvation Day.

Armenia annually celebrates National Flag Day on June 15. This holiday was established by the National Assembly of Armenia on June 15, 2006.

Denmark annually celebrates Day of Valdemar and Reunion Day on June 15. This holiday commemorates two important events in the history of Denmark, that occurred on the same day but in different centuries.

Birthday of Guru Rinpoche is one of the public holidays in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the sixth lunar month, which typically falls in June or July in the Gregorian calendar.


June 15 is annual date for celebration of Fire Service Workers' Day in Kyrgyzstan. This professional holiday was established in October 1994.

Costa Ricans annually celebrate Arbor Day (Día del Árbol) on June 15. Many trees planting related events are organized across the country. All adults and children are encouraged to participate.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) annually organize celebration of Global Wind Day on June 15. This is a day, when wind energy is celebrated and information over wind capabilities is exchanged.

Beer Day Britain is an unofficial National Beer Day in the United Kingdom celebrated on June 15. It was inaugurated in 2015 by Jane Peyton, a British author, beer sommelier and evange-ale-ist.

June 15 is National Lobster Day. Although the most popular way to eat it boiled and dipped in melted butter, today you can make something new.

The United General Assembly designated World Elder Abuse Day on June 15 by resolution 66/127. This day raises public awareness of abuse, that some of our older generations suffer at home.

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

  • 2013 Died: Kenneth G. Wilson, American theoretical physicist who was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on phase transitions.
  • 2012 American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil and high wire artist Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.
  • 2003 Died: Hume Cronyn, Canadian-American actor of stage and screen whose career spanned over 50 years. He won a Tony Award in 1964.
  • 2001 Leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan signed the Declaration of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 1996 Died: Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz vocalist who was noted for her impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, purity of tone and extraordinary improvisational ability.
  • 1991 Died: W. Arthur Lewis, Saint Lucian economist who was awarded the 1979 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, sharing it with Theodore Schultz.
  • 1985 Rembrandt's painting Danaë was attacked by a man who threw sulfuric acid on the canvas and cut it with a knife. The man was later judged insane.
  • 1984 Died: Meredith Willson, American composer, conductor, songwriter, flutist and playwright. He is best known as the creator of the musical The Music Man.
  • 1973 Born: Neil Patrick Harris, American actor, singer, comedian, director, producer, writer and magician. He is known for his role as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother.
  • 1971 Died: Wendell Meredith Stanley, American biochemist and virologist who was awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with two scientists.
  • 1970 A group of Soviet refuseniks made an unsuccessful attempt to steal a civilian aircraft in order to fly to Sweden. Their final goal was to arrive in Israel.
  • 1969 Born: Ice Cube (stage name of O'Shea Jackson, Sr.), American rapper known for his brutal honesty, actor, record producer, and filmmaker.
  • 1964 Born: Courteney Cox, American actress, director and producer best known for her roles as Monica Geller in Friends and Jules Cobb in Cougar Town.
  • 1954 UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) was founded in Basel, Switzerland. Initially, in consisted of 25 member associations.
  • 1954 Born: Jim Belushi, American actor, comedian, and musician. He is best known for playing the title role on the sitcom According to Jim.
  • 1946 Born: Demis Roussos, Greek singer who sold over 60 million albums worldwide. His best known song is From Souvenirs to Souvenirs.
  • 1938 Died: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German expressionist painter known as one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke (The Bridge).
  • 1921 Born: Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist and composer. His best known composition is the ballad Misty, which has become a jazz standard.
  • 1920 Three African American circus workers were attacked and lynched by a mob in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. No one was ever convicted for the murder.
  • 1902 Born: Erik Erikson, German-born american psychologist and psychoanalyst primarily known for his theory on psychosocial development.
  • 1896 One of the most destructive seismic event in the history of Japan, the 1896 Sanriku earthquake, occurred. It caused more than 22,000 deaths.
  • 1889 Died: Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet, novelist and journalist who is considered to be the most famous and influential Romanian poet.
  • 1849 Died: James K. Polk, American lawyer and politician who served as the 11th President of the USA. He is noted for his foreign policy successes.
  • 1844 Died: Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet primarily remembered for his sentimental poetry. He is known for the didactic poem The Pleasures of Hope.
  • 1843 Born: Edvard Grieg, Norwegian Romantic composer and pianist. One of his best known works is Peer Gynt, incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play of the same name.
  • 1785 French aviation pioneer Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier became the first known fatality in an air crash when his Montgolfier balloon exploded during an attempt to cross the English channel.
  • 1763 Born: Kobayashi Issa, Japanese poet known for his haiku poems. He is regarded as one of the four greatest haiku masters in Japan.
  • 1667 French physician Jean-Baptiste Denys administered the first fully documented human blood transfusion. He transfused sheep blood into a 15-year old boy.
  • 1479 Born: Lisa del Giocondo, Italian noblewoman who is believed to be the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting Mona Lisa.
  • 1215 King John of England put his seal to the Magna Carta, a charter that became part of English political life and was typically renewed by each monarch in turn.