Holidays Calendar for September 16, 2016

Independence Day in Papua New Guinea is celebrated on September 16. This public holiday commemorates the country's independence from Australia in 1975.

Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16. It commemorates the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) of 1810, which sparked the Mexican War of Independence. Independence Day is one of the five patriotic holidays (Fiestas Patrias) in Mexico.

Malaysia Day (Hari Malaysia) is one of the national holidays in Malaysia. It celebrates the establishment of the Malaysian federation on September 16, 1963. It should not be confused with Malaysia's Independence Day, which is observed on August 31.

National Heroes' Day is a public holidays in Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrated on September 16 each year. Such a date of chosen was chosen to commemorate the birth anniversary of Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, the country's first Premier.

Martyrs' Day is a Libyan public holiday observed on September 16. It was designated to honor the memory of Libyans who were killed or exiled under Italian rule and those who died during the so-called Day of Revolt (February 17, 2011) and the Libyan Civil War.

Armed Forces Day in Malaysia is celebrated annually on September 16. It is marked with an official ceremony and military parade.

Clean Up the World is a global campaign that is annually held on the third weekend in September. The campaign lasts for three days, starting on Friday, and it involves an estimated 35 million people in 130 countries around the world.


National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an observance that honors whose who were prisoners of war (POW) as well as those who are still missing in action (MIA). It is observed in the United States on the third Friday in September.


If you like Mexican food and/or avocados, you'll be glad to learn that September 16 is the National Guacamole Day in the United States. Guacamole is a dip made of avocado that has been around since at least the 16th century.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is an annual United Nations observance held on September 16. It was established in December 1994 to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on the Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer that took place on September 16, 1987.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Aaron Alexis fatally shot twelve people and injured three others in a mass shooting at the NAVSEA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • 2011 The Galloping Ghost, a P-51D Mustang flown by Jimmy Leeward, crashed into spectators at the Reno Air Races near Reno, Nevada.
  • 2007 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 crashed into a non-frangible embankment beside runway at Phuket International Airport, Thailand.
  • 1992 The British government had to withdraw the pound sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (the so-called Black Wednesday).
  • 1988 The French and Québécois musical Notre-Dame de Paris premiered in Paris. It had the most successful first year of any musical ever.
  • 1981 Born: Alexis Bledel, American actress, model and producer. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the dramedy series Gilmore Girls.
  • 1981 Born: Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress, singer and television producer. She appeared in many foreign-language films and is a fashion icon.
  • 1980 Died: Jean Piaget, Swiss philosopher and developmental psychologist primarily remembered as the creator of genetic epistemology.
  • 1979 Born: Flo Rida (stage name of Tramar Lacel Dillard), American rapper whose best known hits include Low, Right Round and Whistle.
  • 1977 Died: Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld), English musician, singer-songwriter and poet best known as the frontman of the rock band T.Rex.
  • 1977 Died: Maria Callas, American-born Greek soprano. She is considered to be one of the most influential opera singers of the 20th century.
  • 1971 Born: Amy Poehler, American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, prouder and writer. Poehler is a 15-time Emmy Award nominee.
  • 1968 Born: Marc Anthony, American actor, singer, record producer and television producer. He is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time.
  • 1965 Died: Fred Quimby, American animation producer best known as a producer of Tom and Jerry cartoons, for which he won 7 Academy Awards.
  • 1959 The world's first successful commercial plain paper copier, Xerox 914, was introduced to the public at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in New York.
  • 1956 Born: David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin), American illusionist who is regarded as the most commercially successful magician in history.
  • 1952 Born: Mickey Rourke, American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer. He is known for his roles in 9½ Weeks, Barfly, Sin City, The Wrestler etc.
  • 1936 Died: Jean-Baptiste Charcot, French scientist, medical doctor, and polar explorer. He died when his ship was wrecked in a storm near Iceland.
  • 1932 Died: Ronald Ross, Indian-born British medical doctor who was awarded the 1902 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on malaria.
  • 1927 Born: Peter Falk, American actor of stage and screen best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the American television series Columbo.
  • 1926 Died: Alexander Friedmann, Russian and Soviet mathematician and physicist. He is best known for developing the Friedmann equations.
  • 1919 American Legion was granted a national charter by the United States Congress. It was formed by veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces.
  • 1908 William C. Durant, Charles Stewart Mott, and Frederic L. Smith founded General Motors in Flint, Michigan. In 2009, GM filed for bankruptcy.
  • 1893 Born: Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist who was awarded the 1937 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering vitamin C.
  • 1880 The first issue of The Cornell Daily Sun was released in Ithaca, New York by students at Cornell University and hired employees.
  • 1824 Died: Louis XVIII of France, King of France and Navarre from 1814 to 1824 except for a period in 1815 known as the Hundred Days.
  • 1782 The Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson became the first person to use the Great Seal of the United States. He was its keeper until 1789.
  • 1745 Born: Mikhail Kutuzov, Field Marshal of the Russian Empire. He took part in three of the Russo-Turkish Wars and in the Napoleonic War.
  • 1736 Died: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, German physicist, engineer, and glass blower, primarily remembered for developing a temperature scale.
  • 1498 Died: Tomás de Torquemada, Spanish Dominican friar primarily remembered as the first Grand Inquisitor (the lead official of the inquisition).