Holidays Calendar for June 18, 2012

Cambodia annually celebrates Queen Mother's Birthday on June 18. This national holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Mother Norodom Monineath.

Constitution Day is an important public holiday in the Republic of Seychelles celebrated on June 18 every year. It was established to commemorate the adoption of a new constitution and the return to multiparty democracy in 1993.

The King’s Official Birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in some Commonwealth realms and British Overseas Territories that have King Charles III as the reigning constitutional monarch. In most overseas territories, it is observed on the third Monday in June.


National Heroes Day is annually celebrated in Bermuda on the third Monday in June. This holiday was established in 2008.


Every year sushi lovers enjoy their favorite holiday, International Sushi Day, that is celebrated on June 18. Although this is unofficial holiday, it attracts millions of people around the world!

International Panic Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated annually on June 18. Although it may seem humorous, the holiday actually raises awareness of a very serious issue that affects most people at least once in their lifetime.

June 18 is a perfect day for a delicious outdoor meal because it is International Picnic Day. So pack a picnic basket, invite your friends to join you, and spend the day enjoying good weather and an even better company!

Historian's Day is annually observed in Moldova on June 18. This is a new holiday, that was established in 2011, that is why it didn't gain much popularity, however, historians in Moldova never forget about their professional holiday.

Police Inspector's Day is a professional holiday of Ukrainian police inspectors, that is annually observed on June 18. This holiday was established under order of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in 2004.

Justice Institution Employees Day, celebrated on June 18, is one of the official public holidays in Turkmenistan. It was established by the Assembly (Mejilis) of Turkmenistan in 2016.

Waterloo Day is celebrated by some regiments of the British Army on June 18. It commemorates the Battle of Waterloo in which the armies of the Seventh Coalition defeated Napoleon's troops.

Egypt annually celebrates Evacuation Day on June 18. This is one of the widely celebrated national holidays, however, public institutions, ministries and offices remain open.

Naga City Charter Anniversary (Anibersaryo ng Pribilehiyo ng Lungsod ng Naga) is celebrated in the Philippine city of Naga on June 18 every year. It is a special non-working holiday commemorating the day when Naga was granted cityhood.

Bacolod City Charter Day (Araw ng Pribilehiyo ng Lungsod ng Bacolod) is a special non-working holiday celebrated in the Philippine city of Bacolod to commemorate the day it was granted cityhood. It is observed annually on June 18.

June 18 is National Cherry Tart Day. Although cherries grow on almost all continents, they have short season. That is why bake cherry tart with fresh cherries, while they are available.

Sustainable Gastronomy Day is a United Nations observance held annually on June 18. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of gastronomy for sustainable development.

The International Day for Countering Hate Speech is a United Nations observance marked annually on June 18. It was established by the UN General Assembly in 2021 in order to stop the spread of hate speech and promote intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev established Human Rights Day in Azerbaijan in 2007. This day is annually observed on June 18 since 2008.

June 18 is Autistic Pride Day. This observance celebrates neurodiversity of people and recognizes, that autistic people have a unique set of characteristics.


This Day in History

  • 2023 Titan, a submersible operated by the American tourism and expeditions company OceanGate, imploded during an expedition to view the wreck of the Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean.
  • 2010 Died: José Saramago, Portuguese journalist, author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate. His works have been translated into 25 languages.
  • 2006 Kazakhstan launched its first space satellite KazSat.
  • 2003 Born: Bailey Bass, American actress. She is known for her roles as Tsireya, a free diver, in the Avatar franchise and Claudia in the first season of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.
  • 1990 Born: Jacob Anderson, English actor and musician known for his roles as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones and Louis de Pointe du Lac in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.
  • 1986 Born: Richard Madden, Scottish actor. He rose to fame with his portrayal of Robb Stark in the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2013.
  • 1985 Born: Alex Hirsch, American animator, writer, producer, and voice actor. He is best known as the creator of the Disney Channel/Disney XD animated series Gravity Falls.
  • 1983 STS-7 space shuttle mission: astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
  • 1980 Born: David Giuntoli, American actor best known for his roles as Nick Burkhardt on Grimm and as Eddie Saville on A Million Little Things.
  • 1979 The United States and the Soviet Union signed the SALT II (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) agreement seeking to curtail the manufacture of strategic nuclear weapons.
  • 1974 Died: Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian mathematician and author, known for his books on recreational mathematics, most of them published under the pen names of Malba Tahan and Breno de Alencar Bianco.
  • 1972 British European Airways Flight 548 en route from London to Brussels crashed two minutes after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport. 118 people were killed.
  • 1971 Died: Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, best known for his research on vitamins.
  • 1967 Died: Geki (racing pseudonym of Giacomo Russo), Italian race car driver. He participated in three Formula One Italian Grand Prix and was a 4-time Italian Formula Three series champion, winning from 1961 to 1964.
  • 1966 Born: Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater, choreographer and commentator. He is the first skater to land a ratified quadruple jump in competition.
  • 1965 The United States used B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.
  • 1959 Died: Ethel Barrymore, American actress, a member of the Barrymore family of actors. She won an Academy Award for role in the film None but the Lonely Heart.
  • 1952 Born: Carol Kane, American actress. She gained recognition for her role in Hester Street, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
  • 1952 Born: Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, model and filmmaker, best known for her roles in the films Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her and for her successful tenure as a Lancôme model.
  • 1949 Born: Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, the 4th President of Poland. During his presidency Poland strengthened ties with the USA and continued to develop relations with the EU.
  • 1942 Born: Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known as a member of the Beatles. Nowadays McCartney is one of the most influential and popular figures in the history of rock music.
  • 1937 Died: Gaston Doumergue, French politician, the 13th President of France. He was widely regarded as one of the most popular presidents of France.
  • 1936 Born: Barack Obama, Sr., Kenyan economist, the father of U.S. President Barack Obama. He was a central figure of his son's memoir Dreams from My Father.
  • 1932 Born: Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for his contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes.
  • 1932 Born: Geoffrey Hill, English poet and educator. He is considered to be among the most distinguished poets of his generation and was called the greatest living poet in the English language.
  • 1928 Died: Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He was the first man to reach the South Pole, and his expedition was the first one to reach the North Pole.
  • 1928 Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. She was a passenger, while Wilmer Stultz was the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic.
  • 1918 Born: Jerome Karle, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for the direct analysis of crystal structures using X-ray scattering techniques.
  • 1918 Born: Franco Modigliani, Italian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on household savings and the dynamics of financial markets.
  • 1913 Born: Robert Mondavi, American winemaker. His technical improvements and marketing strategies made the wines of Napa Valley in California well-known around the world.
  • 1902 Died: Samuel Butler, English author and critic, best remembered for his satirical utopian novel Erewhon and semi-autobiographical novel The Way of All Flesh.
  • 1900 Boxer Rebellion: Empress Dowager Longyu of China ordered all foreigners in Beijing to be killed, including foreign diplomats and their families. About 100 people died.
  • 1845 Born: Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician and parasitologist, Nobel Prize laureate for his discoveries of parasitic protozoans as causative agents of infectious diseases, like malaria and trypanosomiasis.
  • 1815 The Battle of Waterloo: Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. He was forced to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time.
  • 1812 The U.S. Congress declared war on Great Britain, Canada and Ireland.
  • 1767 English captain Samuel Wallis sighted Tahiti. He is considered to be the first European to reach the island.
  • 1726 Died: Michel Richard Delalande, French organist and composer, one of the most important composers of grand motets. He was in service of King Louis XIV.
  • 1464 Died: Rogier van der Weyden, Flemish painter. His surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits.