Holidays Calendar for July 15, 2016

July is the month of holidays in Kiribati. All national holidays are appointed to be near July 12, which is Independence Day, and one of them is National Culture Day.

July 15 is Sultan's Birthday in Brunei. This holiday celebrates the day of birth of current Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th representative of the ruling dynasty in Brunei.

Ukrainian Peacekeepers' Day is a new holiday, that was established by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (the supreme council) in 2003. It's annually observed on July 15.

Sabantuy is an annual summer festival of the Tatar, Bashkir and Idel-Uralian nationalities. It's annually observed on July 5. Over the centuries this festival has became the visit card of the named nationalities.

Lithuania and Poland annually observe Battle of Grunwald Day. This battle was fought on July 15, 1410 between the alliance of Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the German-Prussian Teutonic Knights.

July 15 is National Tapioca Pudding Day. Tapioca pudding is a sweet dessert made with tapioca and milk, cream, or coconut milk.

World Youth Skills Day, that annually falls on July 15, is one of new UN International Days of observance. It was established by the UN General Assembly on November 11, 2014.

Social Media Giving Day is an online holiday celebrated on July 15. It was inaugurated by, a platform dedicated to fundraising via Twitter, in 2013.

This Day in History

  • 2006 Twitter was officially launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world.
  • 2002 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan haded down the death sentence to Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and killed in February 2002.
  • 1997 Died: Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founder of Versace fashion house. He was murdered outside his Miami Beach home by Andrew Cunanan.
  • 1990 Died: Margaret Lockwood, English actress and singer, famous for performances in the 1940s Gainsborough melodramas such as The Man in Grey, Love Story and The Wicked Lady.
  • 1983 The Armenian terrorist organization ASALA launched bombing attack on a Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Orly Airport in Paris, France. 8 people were killed and 55 injured by the explosion.
  • 1976 Born: Diane Kruger, German-American actress and model, best known for roles as Helen in Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in National Treasure and Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds.
  • 1975 An Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft were launched on the first joint Soviet-United States human-crewed flight.
  • 1974 Greek Junta-sponsored nationalists launched a riot in Nicosa, Cyprus, deposing President Makarios and installing Nikos Sampson as Cypriot President.
  • 1967 Born: Adam Savage, American actor and special effects designer, best known as one of two co-hosts of the Discovery Channel series MythBusters and Unchained Reaction.
  • 1955 The Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons was signed by 18 Nobel Prize laureates. Later the declaration was co-signed by 34 other laureates.
  • 1946 Born: Linda Ronstadt, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. She earned 11 Grammy Awards, 3 American Music Awards, 2 Academy of Country Music awards, 1 Emmy and 1 ALMA Award. She also won a Tony Award and a Golden Globe for her achievements in film industry.
  • 1940 Died: Robert Wadlow, American giant, known as Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois. He was the tallest person in recorded history. He reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg). He continued to grow even at the time of his death.
  • 1939 Died: Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist and eugenicist, notable for contributions to the understanding of mental illness. He coined the terms schizophrenia, autism, schizoid and ambivalence.
  • 1926 Born: Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentinian general and politician, 44th President of Argentina. He was the last military dictatorship, deposed soon after he assumed the office. His presidency lasted from December 22, 1981 to June 18, 1982.
  • 1922 Born: Leon M. Lederman, American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate for contribution to research on neutrinos, concerning the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino.
  • 1921 Born: Robert Bruce Merrifield, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for invention of solid phase peptide synthesis.
  • 1919 Died: Hermann Emil Fischer, German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on sugar and purine synthesis.
  • 1918 Born: Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. He received the prize for contributions to the development of neutron spectroscopy.
  • 1916 William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products, that later was named Boeing. Nowadays The Boeing Company is one of the largest global aircraft manufacturers.
  • 1910 Emil Kraepelin gave a name to Alzheimer's disease in his book Clinical Psychiatry. He named the disease after his colleague Alois Alzheimer, suffering it.
  • 1904 Died: Anton Chekhov, Russian physician and author, considered to be one of the greatest writers of short stories in history. His most famous works The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya are staged around the world.
  • 1890 Died: Gottfried Keller, Swiss author, poet, and playwright, best remembered for novel Green Henry. He was one of the most popular narrators of literary realism in the late 19th century.
  • 1888 The volcano Mount Bandai erupted in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. About 500 were killed.
  • 1868 Died: William T. G. Morton, American dentist. Morton became the first to use inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic. Promotion anesthesia after its discovery became an obsession for the rest of his life.
  • 1867 Born: Jean-Baptiste Charcot, French physician and explorer. He headed the French Antarctic expedition in 1903, that lasted for almost 2 years. During that time he explored and described about 1,000 km of the sealine.
  • 1848 Born: Vilfredo Pareto, Italian economist and sociologist, known for several important contributions to economics, particularly in the study of income distribution and the analysis of individuals' choices.
  • 1834 The Spanish Inquisition was officially disbanded after nearly 356 years of existence. During this time Inquisition processed about 150,000 trials, only 2% were charged to death sentence (that makes between 3,000-5,000 executed).
  • 1765 Died: Charles-André van Loo, French painter, the most famous member of dynasty of painters of Dutch origin. His worked in every category: allegory, genre scenes, portraiture, history painting, religion. One of his most famous paintings is Marriage of the Virgin, that is presented in the Louvre.
  • 1609 Died: Annibale Carracci, Italian painter of Baroque era. Carracci's paintings were inspired by mature Renaissance artists like Raphael, Michelangelo, Correggio, Titian and Veronese and nowadays he is considered to have laid the foundations for the birth of Baroque painting.
  • 1606 Born: Rembrandt, Dutch painter and etcher, considered to be one of the greatest painters and printmakers in Dutch history.