Holidays Calendar for September 15, 2016

The Republic of Costa Rica annually celebrates Independence Day on September 15. This is the anniversary of declaration of independence from Spain in 1821.

People of El Salvador annually celebrate Independence Day on September 15. This day marks the anniversary of declaration of independence from Spain in 1821.

Independence Day is one of the patriotic days in Guatemala. This holiday is annually observed on September 15 to celebrate the day, when Guatemala declared independence from Spain in 1821.

Independence Day is a national holiday in Nicaragua. This day celebrates the anniversary of declaration of independence from Spain in 1821.

Number of countries of Central America celebrate their Independence Day on September 15. Festive ceremonies are also held in Honduras on this day, to celebrate the day, when the country declared independence from Spain.

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is one of the important religious observances in Slovakia. This day annually falls on September 15. This is a national non-working holiday.

The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiū Jié) is a Chinese harvest festival, also celebrated in Vietnam. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar. It is an official public holiday in China, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong.


Chuseok, also known as Hangawi, is a major holiday in Korea that is observed on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The celebration lasts for three days. It is a harvest festival similar to the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated on the same day.


World Lymphoma Awareness Day is observed on September 15 since 2004. This day was was established by the Lymphoma Coalition, that is a non-profit network organization of 49 lymphoma patient groups around the world.

The Republic of Belarus annually celebrates Libraries Day on September 15. This observance was established by presidential decree in 2001 under the initiative of the Belarusian Library Association.

September 15 is Engineer's Day in India. This professional day was established to commemorate Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a prominent Indian engineer, scholar and statesman.

Knowledge Day is one of the national observances in Azerbaijan. This working holiday is annually observed on September 15.

People of Thailand annually celebrate Silpa Bhirasri Day on September 15. This day praises and commemorates Silpa Bhirasri, an outstanding sculptor, considered to be the father of modern art in Thailand.

Battle of Britain Day is one of the important memorial days, that is observed in Great Britain annually on September 15.

People of Mexico annually observe Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) on September 15 to commemorate the event that marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1810. In fact celebration of Cry of Dolores is a prelude to Independence Day.

Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day, that annually falls on September 15, is a very important memorial day in the history of Slovenia. This is an official public holiday, however, it's a working day.

September 15 is a holiday for those who like mint-flavored liqueurs as the National Crème de Menthe Day is celebrated on this day.

International Day of Democracy is observed by the countries around the world on September 15. This observance is one of the UN International Days and it was established in 2007.

Free Money Day is a global event held annually on September 15. It is a social experiment that aims to promote economics based on sharing. The event was launched in 2011 by Post Growth Institute, an international group that explores paths to global prosperity that do not rely on economic growth.


This Day in History

  • 2008 Died: Richard Wright, English musician, composer, singer, best known for his work with Pink Floyd. He wrote and sang several songs, that became Pink Floyd's distinctive characteristics.
  • 2007 Died: Colin McRae, Scottish rally driver. He holds the record of the youngest person to win the World Rally Championship, that he set in 1995.
  • 2007 A meteorite fell near the village of Carancas, Peru. The impact created a crater, that spewed out boiling water, fetid and noxious gases. People, who had come close to the crater, died of gas poisoning.
  • 2000 The Summer Olympic Games opened in Sydney. These games are known as the Millennium Olympic Games or more commonly as Sydney 2000. This multi-sport event was celebrated between September 15 and October 1.
  • 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the domain name and one year later founded Google. Originally the name of the company derived from the word "googol".
  • 1989 Died: Robert Penn Warren, American poet, novelist and critic, one of the founders of New Criticisms. In 1947 he received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the King's Men, which is his best-known work.
  • 1984 Born: Prince Harry of Wales, the youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is the fourth in line to succeed his grandmother Elizabeth II.
  • 1980 Died: Bill Evans, American jazz pianist and composer, often considered to be one of the most influential jazz pianists of post-World War II. He is remembered for recording King of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time.
  • 1978 Died: Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer and manufacturer, remembered for designing the Messerschmidt Bf 109.
  • 1974 South Vietnamese army officer Le Duc Tan hijacked Air Vietnam Flight 706, demanding the aircraft to be flown to Hanoi, North Vietnam. The aircraft crashed while attempting to land, killing all 75 people aboard.
  • 1966 President of the USA Lyndon B. Johnson wrote a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation. This step was made as a respond to Charles Whitman's sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin on August 1, 1966.
  • 1955 Born: Renzo Rosso, Italian fashion designer and businessman, co-founder of Diesel clothing company.
  • 1947 At least 1,077 people were killed and 853 left missing in Japan, when typhoon Kathleen hit the Kanto Region.
  • 1946 Born: Tommy Lee Jones, American actor, film director, receiver of four Academy Awards nominations and winner of only one for Best Supporting Actor. His notable films include The Fugitive, Men in Black series, Batman Forever, Under Siege, Captain America: The First Avenger etc.
  • 1938 Died: Thomas Wolfe, American novelist, known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. His best known works are The Web and the Rock, Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River.
  • 1937 Born: Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist, receiver of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He is called to be the most influential macroeconomist of the last quarter of the 20th century.
  • 1935 Nazi Germany adopted a new national flag. It bore swastika, the symbol of ancient cross with four legs bent at 90 degrees. The term "swastika" derives from the Sanskrit "svastika", meaning "lucky or auspicious object".
  • 1929 Born: Murray Gell-Mann, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions.
  • 1926 Died: Rudolf Christoph Eucken, German philosopher, notable for his historical and constructive work. In 1908 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of his earnest search for truth, his penetrating power of thought, wide range of vision, and the warmth and strength in presentation with which in his numerous works he has vindicated and developed an idealistic philosophy of life.
  • 1916 The tanks were used for the firs time ever. This event took place during the Battle of Somme in World War I.
  • 1907 Born: Fay Wray, Canadian-born American actress. Audience remembers her the leading female role in King Kong. She attained international renown as an actress in horror movie roles and was one of the first scream queens.
  • 1890 Born: Agatha Christie, English writer, playwright. She is best known for her detective novels and short story collection, most of which revolved around the investigations of Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.
  • 1881 Born: Ettore Bugatti, Italian-born French automobile designer and manufacturer, best remembered as the founder of the automobile manufacturing company Automobiles E. Bugatti.
  • 1842 Died: Francisco Morazán, Guatemalan general, lawyer, and politician, the second President of the Federal Republic of Guatemala, comprising the territories of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Morazán's reforms made him powerful enemies, who finally executed him in San José, the capital of Costa Rica.
  • 1835 Charles Darwin reached the Galápagos Islands on board of HMS Beagle. The ship landed at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.
  • 1830 Died: William Huskisson, British statesman, financier, best known as the first person to die in a railway casualty. He was run over by George Stephenson's locomotive engine Rocket.
  • 1700 Died: André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect, principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France. He is known for designing the park of the Palace of Versailles, his work represents the height of the French formal garden style.
  • 1616 The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe was opened in the city of Frascati, Italy.
  • 1613 Born: François de La Rochefoucauld, French author, notable for his maxims and memoirs, that became the basis of the philosophy of everyday life.
  • 1254 Born: Marco Polo, Italian merchant and explorer, famous for his travels, that are recorded in Book of the Marvels of the World (or The Travels of Marco Polo). His book introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.