Holidays Calendar for November 15, 2016

The State of Palestine is de jure a sovereign state, that declared its independence on November 15, 1988. Anniversary of the declaration of independence is known in Palestine as Independence Day.

Republic Day is a public holiday in Brazil, that annually falls on November 15. This day celebrates the anniversary of proclamation of the Brazilian Republic on November 15, 1889.

Citizens of Ivory Coast annually celebrate National Peace Day on November 15. This public holiday was instituted by the government in order to regain Côte d’Ivoire as a peaceful nation.

November 15 is German Community Day in Belgium. This is a public holiday only for the German-speaking community.

Belgians annually celebrate King's Feast on November 15. This public holiday was established in 1866 during the rule of the first King of Belgium Leopold I.

November 15 is annual celebration of St. Leopold's Day, the patron saint of Austria. This is a public holiday in some parts of Austria, in Vienna and Lower Austria, to be exact.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an international observance held annually on November 15. It was created in 1981 by PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee to raise awareness of the persecution of writers.

National Entrepreneurs’ Day is an unofficial American holiday that honors entrepreneurs who are considered the foundation of the country. It is celebrated on the third Tuesday in November.


Conscript's Day is annually observed in Russia on November 15. This observance was created by President of the Russian Federation in 1992. The date of the observance coincides with the beginning of the autumn conscription in Russia.

National Currency Day is an official holiday in Kazakhstan. It's annually celebrated on November 15, that is anniversary of introduction of the tenge. This holiday is considered to be a professional day of the workers of the financial system of Kazakhstan.

National Tree Planting Day in Sri Lanka is celebrated on November 15. On this day, the traditional Dayata Sevana National Tree Planting Program is launched.

America Recycles Day is annually celebrated on November 15. This is the only one nationally organized day dedicated to recycling and buying recycled products in the USA.

Schichi-Go-San is a traditional festival in Japan, that annually takes place on November 15. It's not a public holiday, that is why the festival is mostly celebrated during the nearest weekend.

The National Raisin Bran Cereal Day is celebrated on November 15. It is dedicated to one of the best-known breakfast cereals.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Glafcos Clerides, Greek politician, serving as the 4th President of Cyprus. His presidency lasted from February 28, 1993 to February 28, 2003. During his presidency Cyprus prospered significantly and it became the wealthiest of the ten inductees to the EU.
  • 2007 An estimated 5,000 people were killed and parts of world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans was destroyed by Cyclone Sidr, that hit Bangladesh.
  • 2003 The first day of the Istanbul bombings: two car bombs targeting two synagogues exploded. 25 people killed and about 300 wounded.
  • 2000 A chartered Antonov An-24 crashed after takeoff from Luanda, Angola. 40 people were killed.
  • 1985 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle. The agreement aimed to help bring an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
  • 1978 A chartered Douglas DC-8 crashed near Colombo, Sri Lanka. 183 people on board were killed.
  • 1971 Intel released the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.
  • 1959 Died: Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Scottish physicist and meteorologist. He is best known for invention of the cloud chamber, that brought him the Novel Prize in Physics in 1927.
  • 1954 Born: Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Polish politician and journalist, the 3rd President of Poland, serving from December 23, 1995 to December 23, 2005.
  • 1952 Born: Rick Atkinson, American author, best known for his military history books. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and recipient of other journalist and author awards.
  • 1951 Died: Frank Weston Benson, American artist, known for his portraits, watercolors and etchings. His style was influenced by Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism.
  • 1949 The assassins of Mahatma Gandhi, Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte were executed by hanging at Ambala Jail in Ambala, Haryana, India.
  • 1945 Born: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Swedish singer of pop and jazz music. She is best remembered as a member of the Swedish group ABBA between 1972 and 1982.
  • 1943 German SS leader Heinrich Himmler ordered Gypsies to be put on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps. This event officially started the Holocaust for Gypsies.
  • 1931 Born: Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan politician, the 3rd President of Kenya, serving in office from December 30, 2002 to April 9, 2013.
  • 1931 Born: Pascal Lissouba, Congolese politician, the first democratically elected President of the Republic of the Congo. His presidency lasted from August 31, 1992 to October 15, 1997, when he was overthrown in the civil war.
  • 1920 The first assembly of the League of Nations was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1919 Died: Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist, remembered for his proposition of the octahedral configuration of transition metal complexes. This work won him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1913.
  • 1917 Died: Émile Durkheim, French sociologist and philosopher. He is considered to be the formal establisher of the academic discipline and he's commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology.
  • 1916 Died: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish journalist, novelist and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels, including With Fire and Sward, The Deluge, Fire in the Steppe and Quo Vadis. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905.
  • 1907 Born: Claus von Stauffenberg, German officer and aristocrat. He was one of the leading members of the failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944. He was also one of the central figures of the German Resistance movement within the Wehrmacht.
  • 1891 Born: Erwin Rommel, German field marshal, highly respected by his troops and enemies during World War II. He established himself as one of the most able commanders of the war and earned the appellation of the Desert Fox.
  • 1890 Born: Richmal Crompton, English writer, best known for her Just William series of books about a mischievous schoolboy and his band of friends.
  • 1862 Born: Gerhart Hauptmann, German dramatist and novelist, regarded as one of the most important promoters of literary naturalism. In 1912 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1859 The first revived modern Olympic Games were organized in Athens, Greece. The games were sponsored by Greek businessman Evangelis Zappas and called the Zappas Olympics. The last event of the games took place in 1875.
  • 1787 Died: Christoph Willibald Gluck, German composer of Italian and French opera. He gained fame for his series of works including Orfeo ed Euridice and Alceste, that are still popular even today.
  • 1738 Born: William Herschel, British astronomer, composer. He is best know for discovery of Uranus and its two moons Titania and Oberon.
  • 1706 Died: Tsangyang Gyatso, the 6th Dalai Lama. He is known for his poems and songs, that are still popular not only in Tibet, but have also gained popularity in China.
  • 1691 Died: Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter of the Dutch Golden Age. He is best known for his landscapes of the Dutch countryside in early morning or late afternoon. He was the most famous of a family of painters.
  • 1630 Died: Johannes Kepler, German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. He was a key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution and he is best known for his laws of planetary motion.