Holidays Calendar for June 15, 2019

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

The King’s Official Birthday (known as the Queen’s Official Birthday during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) is observed in most Commonwealth countries. In the United Kingdom, the sovereign’s birthday is officially celebrated on the first, second, or third Saturday in June, although King Charles III was born on November 14. Other Commonwealth realms may celebrate it on other days.


International Surfing Day is an unofficial observance that celebrates the sport of surging, surfing lifestyle, and sustainability of ocean resources. It is usually observed on the third Saturday of June, falling close to the summer solstice.


The martini is one of the most iconic cocktails in the world, so it is not surprising that there is a holiday dedicated to it. World Martini Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of June.


World Juggling Day is observed annually on the Saturday closest to June 17. It was established by the International Jugglers’ Association to celebrate its founding anniversary and popularize juggling across the globe.


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.

National Megalodon Day is observed annually on June 15 to celebrate one of the largest predators to have ever lived whose tooth is the state fossil of North Carolina. It was created by the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, North Carolina in 2021 to commemorate its opening anniversary.

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.

Young Mizo Association Day (YMA Day) is a public holiday in the Indian state of Mizoram. It is celebrated on June 15 to commemorate the founding anniversary of the largest non-profit, secular, non-governmental organization of the Mizo people.

Cagayan de Oro City Charter Day (Araw ng Pribilehiyo ng Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro) is a special non-working holiday in the Philippine city of Cagayan de Oro that commemorates the day when it was converted from a municipality into a city. It is observed annually on June 15.

Opol Day (Araw ng Opol) is a special non-working holiday celebrated in the Philippine municipality of Opol on June 15 every year. It commemorates the official founding of Opol on this day in 1950.

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.

National Lobster Day is celebrated more than once a year: some observe it on June 15, others prefer the date of September 25. Although the most popular way to eat lobster is boiled and dipped in melted butter, National Lobster Day is a perfect occasion for you to try something new.

National Prune Day is celebrated annually on June 15. This amazing holiday was created to raise awareness of the health benefits and culinary uses of dried plums, commonly known as prunes.

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

National Bug Busting Day is observed in the United Kingdom three times a year: on January 31, June 15, and October 31. It is a school campaign that aims to reduce the incidence of lice and prevent their spread across classrooms.


This Day in History

  • 2022 Microsoft ended support for its web browser Internet Explorer in favor of its successor, Microsoft Edge.
  • 2019 Died: Franco Zeffirelli, Italian stage and film director, producer, production designer and politician. His notable films include The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.
  • 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 Organization.
  • 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 best 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.
  • 1963 Born: Helen Hunt, American actress and director. Her accolades, as of 2024, include an Academy Award, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.
  • 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.
  • 1953 Born: Xi Jinping, Chinese politician who has been the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission, and thus the paramount leader of China, since 2012.
  • 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 artist 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 of psychosocial development.
  • 1896 One of the most destructive seismic events 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 Magna Carta, a charter that became part of English political life and was typically renewed by each monarch in turn.