Holidays Calendar for September 17, 2016

National Heroes' Day is one of the public holidays in Angola. It is celebrated on September 17 to commemorate the birthday of Agostinho Neto, a prominent leader in the Angolan War of Independence and the first President of Angola.

On September 17, Tongans celebrate the birthday of Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala. It is one of the country's official public holidays.

Software Freedom Day is one of the worldwide celebrations held by Digital Freedom Foundation (DFF), an NPO that focuses on promoting free software, open hardware, and access to knowledge via technology. It is observed on the third Saturday in September.


Day of Inventors and Innovators, also known as Inventor's Day, is celebrated in Ukraine on the third Saturday in September. This professional holiday was officially established in 1994.


Pharmaceutical Worker's Day is an official professional holiday in Ukraine celebrated on the third Saturday in September. It was established in 1999 and has been celebrated each year ever since.


Rescuer's Day is an official professional holiday in Ukraine celebrated every year on September 17. On this day, all the employees of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine receive congratulations and appreciation for their work.

Every year teachers of Honduras celebrate Teachers' Day on September 17. This is a very important holiday, and students prepare special activities and greeting cards for their teachers to express their gratitude.

Von Steuben Day is considered to be one of the major German-American events in the United States. It is celebrated in many cities across the country on a weekend in mid-September. The largest parade is held on the third Saturday of September in New York.


Australian Citizenship Day is observed annually on September 17. It was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. This day is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate their citizenship and reflect on its importance.

Constitution Day (also referred to as Citizenship Day) is a United States federal observance that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution and honors those who have become U.S. citizens by coming of age or naturalization. It is observed annually on September 17.

September 17 is the anniversary of Operation Marked Garden. Although it is not an official remembrance day in the Netherlands, special memorial ceremonies are held across the country to commemorate the anniversary.

The National Apple Dumpling Day is celebrated on September 17. It is dedicated to pastry which is believed to have originated in northeastern United States.

This Day in History

  • 2011 The protest movement Occupy Wall Street began in Zuccotti Park, New York City. Its main issues were social and economic inequality.
  • 1994 Died: Karl Popper, Austrian-British philosopher and professor considered to be one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century.
  • 1991 The first version of the Linux kernel was released. It was initially conceived and developed by Finnish computer science student Linus Torvalds.
  • 1988 Died: Hilde Gueden, Austrian soprano who is regarded as one of the most appreciated Mozartian and Straussian sopranos of her day.
  • 1985 Died: Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer and businesswoman best known for founding the textile design company Laura Ashley plc.
  • 1983 Vanessa Lynn Williams became the first African American to be crowned Miss America. Ten months into her reign, she was forced to resign.
  • 1980 A Sardinista commando team ambushed and assassinated Anastasio Somoza Debayle, former President of Nicaragua (Operation Reptile).
  • 1978 Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords. Anwar El Sadat (Egypt) and Menachem Begin (Israel) won a Nobel Peace Prize for this.
  • 1968 Born: Anastacia Lyn Newkirk, best known as simply Anastacia, American singer-songwriter and producer noted for her powerful voice.
  • 1965 Born: Bryan Singer, American film and television director, producer, writer, and actor. He became widely known for directing X-Men in 2000.
  • 1962 Born: Baz Luhrmann, Australian film director, producer, and screenwriter best known for Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.
  • 1939 Born: Vladimir Menshov, Soviet and Russian actor and film director who won an Oscar for his film Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears in 1979.
  • 1935 The German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft Junkers Ju 87, also known as Stuka, made its first flight. It was widely used by Luftwaffe.
  • 1935 Born: Ken Kesey, American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964).
  • 1922 Born: António Agostinho Neto, Angolan revolutionary and politician who led the country to independence and served as its first President.
  • 1918 Born: Chaim Herzog, Irish-born Israeli lawyer, general, politician, and author who served as the sixth President of Israel from 1983 to 1993.
  • 1908 Died: Henri Julien, French Canadian cartoonist and artist primarily remembered for his work for the magazine Canadian Illustrated News.
  • 1904 Died: Raden Ajeng Kartini, renowned Indonesian (Javanese) women's rights advocate. She is regarded as a national heroine of Indonesia.
  • 1899 Died: Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American flour industrialist best known for co-founding the Pillsbury Company based in Minneapolis.
  • 1877 Died: Henry Fox Talbot, British inventor and photography pioneer best known for his invention of the calotype (or talbotype) process.
  • 1857 Born: Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian and Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory, one of the "fathers of astronautics".
  • 1854 Born: David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-born American inventor best known as the founder of the Buick Motor Company based in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1849 African-American abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery with her brothers, Henry and Ben. It was her first escape.
  • 1836 Died: Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist who is best known for developing the first natural classification of flowering plants.
  • 1809 The Russian Empire and Sweden signed the Treaty of Fredrikshamn, also known as the Treaty of Hamina, which ended the Finnish War.
  • 1797 Died: Alfred de Vigny, French poet, playwright, and novelist whose best known works include Éloa, ou La sœur des anges and Cinq-Mars.
  • 1789 British astronomer William Herschel discovered Mimas, a moon of Saturn. It was named after one of the Giants in Greek mythology.
  • 1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia. The document was ratified in 1788 and finally came into force a year later.
  • 1730 Born: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-born American military officer who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
  • 1676 Died: Sabbatai Zevi, Sephardic Rabbi and kabbalist who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah. He founded the Sabbatean movement.