Holidays Calendar for October 15, 2014

Mothers and motherhood are respected in every country around the world, that is why it's hard to find a place, where Mother's Day wouldn't be celebrated. Malawi annually celebrates this holiday on October 15.

People of Cambodia annually observe Commemoration Day of King Father on October 15. This public holiday was created after the death of Norodom Sihanouk, the father of the incumbent King of Cambodia.

Evacuation Day is one of the public holidays in Tunisia. It's observed on October 15 every year on the anniversary of the retreat of the last French troops from Bizerte in 1963.

Sukkot is a seven-day Jewish holiday. Its celebration starts on the 15th day of Tishrei. Along with Pesach and Shavuot, it belongs to Shalosh Regalim (the Three Pilgrimage Festivals), on which the Israelites were required to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple.


Global Handwashing Day is observed in many countries around the world on October 15. This observances promotes the importance of washing hands with soap in critical moments, as the most inexpensive and effective way of prevention of diarrhea and acute respiratory infections.

Breast Health Day is an annual awareness campaign held on October 15. It was created by Europa Donna – The European Breast Cancel Coalition, an independent non-profit organization that unites affiliated groups from 47 European countries.

On the third Wednesday of October, transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals around the world, as well as their allies, observe International Pronouns Day. It is an annual awareness event that seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.


Teachers' Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. This holiday praises the work of teachers and their contribution to the development of the nation. Brazil, as every other country, chooses its own date to celebrate the holiday.

Students’ Day in India is celebrated on October 15. Such a date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, a prominent Indian aerospace scientist and politician who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

On October 15, White Cane Safety Day is observed around the world. In the United States, it is a national observance, which was first celebrated in 1964, after the proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) is an annual remembrance day that is observed in the United States and Canada on October 15. In recent years, it has also been observed in the United Kingdom, Italy, and some states in Australia.

The National Mushroom Day is celebrated on October 15. Mushrooms are fleshy fruiting bodies of several species of fungi. Some mushrooms are edible and are used extensively in cooking. They are particularly valued by vegetarians due to their high nutritional value.

October 15 is International Day of Rural Women. This observance was established by the UN General Assembly in 2007 and the first relating events were held in the countries around the world in 2008.

The threat of HIV/AIDS is paid much attention to around the world, and many countries celebrate National AIDS Day. The government of the USA is aware of the problem HIV/AIDS among Latino people living in the United States and its unincorporated territories, that's why it has established National Latino AIDS Awareness Day observed every year on October 15.

Idic15 Awareness Day is annually observed on October 15. This global movement was started by Idic15 Canada in order to raise public awareness of people living with Chromosome 15q11.2-13.1 Duplication Syndrome.

National Fossil Day is a special observance, that was established to promote the educational and scientific values of fossils. This national event is annually organized on Wednesday in October.


This Day in History

  • 2013 A 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Bohol, Philippines. According to official reports, 222 people were reported dead, 8 people were missing.
  • 2011 Global protests against economic inequality and corruption broke out in over 950 cities in 82 countries under the slogan "United for #GlobalChange".
  • 2008 Died: Edie Adams, American actress of stage and screen, singer, comedienne, and businesswoman. She was an Emmy and Tony Award winner.
  • 2003 China launched its first human spaceflight mission, Shenzhou 5, becoming the third country to have independent human spaceflight capability.
  • 2000 Died: Konrad Emil Bloch, German American biochemist who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Feodor Lynen.
  • 1987 Died: Thomas Sankara, Burkinabé military captain, revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.
  • 1968 Died: Virginia Lee Burton, American illustrator and author of children's books. One of her best known books is The Little House (1943).
  • 1964 Died: Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter. His most successful musical is Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.
  • 1956 The first manual for Fortran was published. Fortran (originally FORTRAN) is an imperative programming language developed by IBM.
  • 1951 The first episode of the sitcom I Love Lucy aired on CBS. I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the most infuential sitcoms in history.
  • 1948 Born: Chris de Burgh (born Christopher John Davison), British-Irish singer-songwriter and musician best known for his song The Lady in Red.
  • 1946 Died: Hermann Göring, German politician, military leader, and leading member of the Nazi Party. He was executed after the Nuremberg trials.
  • 1943 Born: Penny Marshall, American actress, director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on Laverne & Shirley.
  • 1940 Charlie Chaplin's film The Great Dictator was released in New York. It was Chaplin's first talking picture and his most commercially successful film.
  • 1940 Born: Peter C. Doherty, Austrian veterinary surgeon and immunologist who was co-awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1928 The German airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin completed its first transcontinental flight, landing at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in the U.S.
  • 1926 Born: Michel Foucault, French philosopher, philologist, social theorist, and literary critic. His first major book was titled The History of Madness.
  • 1925 Born: MacHouston Baker, known as Mickey "Guitar" Baker, American guitarist. He is remembered as one half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia.
  • 1920 Born: Mario Puzo, American novelist and screenwriter, best known for his novels about mafia, including his famous crime novel The Godfather.
  • 1917 Died: Mata Hari (born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle), Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed in France.
  • 1910 Died: Stanley Ketchel (born Stanisław Kiecal), Polish American professional boxer, one of the greatest World Middleweight Champions in history.
  • 1888 George Lusk received the "From Hell" letter sent by a person who claimed to be Jack the Ripper. The letter contained half a human kidney.
  • 1881 Born: P. G. Wodehouse, English humorist, novelist, playwright, and lyricist who is best known for his Jeeves and Wooster short stories and novels.
  • 1844 Born: Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, poet, cultural critic, and composer. His key ideas include perspectivism, the death of God, the Übermensch.
  • 1817 Died: Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish military engineer and a military leader who became a national hero in Poland, Belarus, and the United States.
  • 1814 Born: Mikhail Lermontov, Russian Romantic poet, novelist, and artist. He is considered to be one of the most influential poets in Russian history.
  • 1608 Born: Evangelista Torricelli, Italian mathematician and physicist. He is primarily remembered for having invented the barometer in 1643.
  • 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar. In some European countries, October 4 of this year was followed directly by October 15.
  • 1389 Died: Pope Urban VI (born Bartolomeo Prignano), Pope from 1378 until his death, the last Pope to be elected from outside the College of Cardinals.