Holidays Calendar for September 19, 2016

Japan is known to be the country of long-living people. Elderly people are respected there and even have their own public holiday, that is known as Respect for the Aged Day. This holiday is annually observed on the third Monday in September.


In Chile, Army Day is celebrated as a public holiday on September 19. Its Spanish name is Día de las Glorias del Ejército, which literally means Day of the Glories of the Army. Army Day is considered part of the two-day celebration known as the Fiestas Patrias.

Independence Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis is celebrated on September 19. This public holiday marks the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.

Arms Designer Day is a professional holiday celebrated in Russia on September 19. It was officially established in 2011. The first celebration was held on September 19, 2012.

Civil Aviation Day, also known as Day of Civil Aviation Employees, is an official professional holiday in the Republic of Moldova. It was established in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country's civil aviation.

In Slovakia, September 19 is observed as Day of the First Public Appearance of the Slovak National Council. It is one of Slovakia's official remembrance days. Just like the rest of remembrance days, it is a working day.

September 19 is the National Butterscotch Pudding Day. This food related holiday is dedicated to a rich and creamy dessert.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLPD) is a parodic holiday celebrated on September 19. It was created by Mark Summers and John Baur in 1995 and drew international attention in 2002 thanks to the columnist Dave Barry.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Audrey Long, American actress, who appeared mainly in low-budget films in the 1940s and 1950s. She is known for roles in films Tall in the Saddle, Wanderer of the Wasteland, Born to Kill and Desperate.
  • 2013 Died: Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman, the 3rd president of Nintendo. He transformed the company from a small card-making company to a multi-billion dollar video game company.
  • 2010 The leaking oil well in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was sealed. The spill began on April 20, 2010 and it was capped only on July 15. Some reports indicate, that the well continues to leak even after the sealing.
  • 2002 Died: Robert Guéï, Ivorian politician, the 3rd President of Côte d'Ivoire. He became president on December 24, 1999 and was killed together with his wife and children at the first hours of the civil war.
  • 1991 German tourists discovered Ötzi the Iceman, a well-preserved natural mummy of a man, who lived around 3,300 BC. This man is known to be the oldest natural human mummy in Europe. The body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Tyrol, Italy.
  • 1989 A terrorist bomb exploded the French airlines UTA Flight 772 in mid-air above Niger. All 156 passengers and 14 crew members died.
  • 1987 Died: Einar Gerhardsen, Norwegian politician, Prime Minister for three periods. He was the longest serving Prime Minister in Norway (17 years) since introduction of parliamentarism. Many Norwegians refer to him as the father of the nation.
  • 1985 Mexico City was struck by a strong earthquake magnitude of 8.0. The earthquake caused death of at least 5,000 people and destroyed about 400 buildings.
  • 1976 Turkish Airlines Flight 452 hit the Taurus Mountains, outskirt of Karatepe, Osmaniye, Turkey. The accident was caused by a pilot's error made on approach to landing. All 154 passengers and crew died.
  • 1976 Two Imperial Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantom II jets flew out to investigate an unidentified flying object sighted over Tehran. Both jets independently lost instrumentation and communications as they approached, only to have them restored upon withdrawal.
  • 1974 Born: Jimmy Fallon, American television host, actor, producer, best know as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • 1972 Died: Robert Casadesus, French pianist and composer, the most prominent member of a famous musical family. He recorded several Mozart's piano concerts and composed number of orchestral, chamber music and piano works.
  • 1968 Died: Chester Carlson, American physicist, inventor, best remembered for invention of the process of electrophotography, that produced a dry copy rather then a wet copy. This process was eventually renamed xerography, that literary means "dry writing".
  • 1952 Charlie Chaplin was barred to re-enter the USA after a trip to England. Although Chaplin could re-enter the USA after application of certain papers, he decided to cut the ties with the United States and settled in Switzerland.
  • 1949 Died: Will Cuppy, American humorist and literary critic, remembered for his satirical books about nature and historical figures, including How to Get from January to December, How to Attract the Wombat, How to Become Extinct, How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes etc.
  • 1949 Born: Lesley Lawson, better known by her stage name Twiggy, English model, actress and singer. She became a prominent British teenage model of swinging sixties. She enjoyed a successful career as a screen, stage and television actress.
  • 1948 Born: Jeremy Irons, English actor, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award laureate. His most notable works are Dead Ringers, Reversal of Fortune, Elizabeth I.
  • 1946 Sir Winston Churchill delivered his famous speech, calling for a kind of United States of Europe and creation of the Council of Europe. The Council was founded only in 1949.
  • 1944 Died: Guy Gibson, Indian-English commander. He received Victoria Cross for destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area, Germany during World War II. He had completed over 170 operations before he died at the age of 26.
  • 1940 Polish soldier Witold Pilecki was voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance. He made the first intelligence report on the concentration camp, enabling the Polish government-in-exile to convince the Allies, that the Holocaust was taking place.
  • 1934 Born: Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur, best known for managing the Beatles.
  • 1926 Born: Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, in particular for detection of cosmic neutrinos.
  • 1922 Born: Damon Knight, American science fiction author and editor. He founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and became its first president. The association created Nebula Award, that is awarded annually.
  • 1911 Born: William Golding, English novelist, playwright and poet, best known for his novel Lord of the Flies, that brought him a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980. His another notable work is Rites of Passage, that is the first book of the sea trilogy To the Ends of the Earth.
  • 1881 Died: James A. Garfield, American general, lawyer, and politician, the 20th President of the United States. He served in office from March 4 till his death of assassination.
  • 1846 Two French shepherd children Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud experienced a Marian apparition on a mountaintop near La Salette, France, now known as Our Lady of La Salette. Four years later Pope Pius IX formally approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette, referring to its messages of apparition as "secrets".
  • 1843 Died: Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, French mathematician, mechanical engineer and scientist, best known for his work on the supplementary forces that are detected in a rotating frame of reference.
  • 1782 Born: Karl von Fischer, German architect, whose drafts had enormous influence on the architecture of neo-classicism in South Germany. Unfortunately, many of this works were destroyed during World War II.
  • 1759 Born: William Kirby, English entomologist, original member of the Linnean Society, remembered for studies and publications on insects. He is considered to be the founder of entomolgy.
  • 1551 Born: Henry III, King of France from 1574 till his death in 1589. He was the last French monarch of the House of Valois dynasty.