Holidays Calendar for November 19, 2016

National Day, that is also known as Sovereign Prince's Day, is observed in Monaco on November 19. People of Monaco celebrate the anniversary of ascension of the reigning Prince of Monaco to the throne.

Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, that falls every year on November 19. This holiday was created by Belizean civil rights activists in 1941, but it's celebrated on the national level only from 1977.

People of Puerto Rico celebrate the US public holidays as wells as their own traditional feasts and events. Puetro Rico Discovery Day is one of the own Puerto Rican public holidays, that is celebrated on November 19.

Magal de Touba is an annual grand pilgrimage to the city of Touba in Senegal. This religious festival became one of the most important in Senegal and millions of people come to Touba to commemorate the exile of Ahmadou Bamba to Gabon.


Women's Entrepreneurship Day is annually observed on November 19 since 2014. This international observance was inaugurated in New York City at the United Nations and additional events were held in 144 countries around the world.

Annually men around the world celebrate International Men's Day on November 19. This holiday was created in 1992 by Prof. Thomas Oaster and it was reinitialized in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. Since then it spread to other countries.

International Survivors of Suicide Day is annually observed on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in the USA. This event was established by the United States Congress in 1999.


Hydrometeorological Service Workers' Day is listed as one of the professional days in Ukraine. It's annually observed on November 19 since 2003, when it was established by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma.

Missile Troops and Artillery Day is a professional and memorial day in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. It's annually observed on November 19.

Glass Industry Workers' Day is observed in Ukraine every year on November 19. This professional day was created by the presidential decree in 2003.

The Brazilians are proud of their homeland and flag, that was officially adopted in 1889. The anniversary of adoption of the flag is celebrated in present-day Brazil as Flag Day annually on November 19.

There is nothing better than a plate of hot and nutritious soup on a cold day or night. This dish is known everywhere in the world and in Germany it even has its own holiday – Soup Day, which is annually celebrated on November 19.

The National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day is observed on December 19. Surely, caffeinated soda is not the healthiest drink, but everyone is allowed to indulge themselves every now and them.

A global non-profit organization the World Toilet Organization declared November 19 to be World Toilet Day. Celebration of this unusual holiday draws public attention to the problems of sanitation around the world and helps improve it.

National Adoption Day is observed annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This event is focused on raising awareness of children in foster care waiting to be adopted.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Frederick Sanger, British biochemist, a two-time winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was awarded the first prize in 1958 for his work on the structure of proteins, especially that of insulin. The second prize was presented to him in 1980 for development of the dideoxy chain-termination method for sequencing DNA molecules.
  • 2010 The first of four explosions took place at the Pike River Mine in New Zealand. 29 miners were killed in the worst mining disaster in New Zealand since 1914.
  • 2004 Died: John Vane, English pharmacologist and academic. He is best known for his Nobel-winning discovery concerning prostaglandins and related biologically active substances.
  • 2002 The Greek oil tanker Prestige split in half and sank off the coast of Galicia. Over 20 million US gallons of oil were spilled. It became the largest environmental disaster in the history of Spain and Portugal.
  • 1998 Portrait of the Artist Without Beard by Vincent van Gogh was sold at auction for US $71.5 million.
  • 1985 American oil company Pennzoil won a US $10.53 billion judgment against Texaco in the largest civil verdict in the history of the USA.
  • 1984 About 500 people were killed in a series of explosions at the Pemex petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City.
  • 1976 Died: Scottish architect. He is best known for designing Coventry Cathedral (St. Michael's Cathedral) in Coventry, England.
  • 1976 Born: Jack Dorsey, American programmer and businessman. He is widely known as one of the co-founders of Twitter.
  • 1967 Died: Charles J. Watters, American officer. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery exhibited while rescuing wounded men in the Vietnam War. He was killed in a friendly fire incident, when a 500-pound bomb was dropped on American paratroopers.
  • 1961 Born: Meg Ryan, American actress and film producer. She rose to prominence in 1989 with the lead role in When Harry Met Sally... and over next years she played leading roles in several successful romantic comedies, including Sleepless in Seattle, Addicted to Love, City of Angels, Kate & Leopold etc.
  • 1954 Prince Rainier III of Monaco launched Télé Monte Carlo, the oldest private television channel in Europe.
  • 1946 Iceland, Sweden and Afghanistan joined the United Nations.
  • 1943 The Nazis liquidated Janowska concentration camp in Lemberg, Ukraine, murdering at least 6,000 Jews after a failed uprising and mass escape attempt.
  • 1942 Born: Calvin Klein, American fashion designer. In 1968 he launched his own company, that later became known as Calvin Klein Inc. In addition to clothes, Klein also gave his name to a range of perfumes, jewelry and watches.
  • 1936 Born: Yuan T. Lee, Taiwanese chemist. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the dynamics of chemical elementary process.
  • 1917 Born: Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, the 4th Prime Minister of India. She served in office from January 14, 1980 to the day of her assassination on October 31, 1984. She was the only woman to hold the office in India.
  • 1916 Goldwyn Pictures Corporation was established by Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn.
  • 1912 Born: George Emil Palade, Romanian-born American cell biologist. He is often described as the most influential cell biologist ever. In 1974 he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his innovations in electron microscopy and cell fractionation.
  • 1912 The Serbian army captured the city of Bitola, thus ending a five-century-long Ottoman rule of Macedonia.
  • 1900 Born: Anna Seghers, German writer. She is famous for depicting the moral experience of the Second World War in her novels, including Transit Visa, The Dead Stay Young, The Seventh Cross.
  • 1888 Born: José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban chess player. He was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927 and considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.
  • 1887 Died: Emma Lazarus, American poet. She is best known for her sonnet The New Colossus, which lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
  • 1883 Died: Carl Wilhelm Siemens, German engineer. He spent most of his life in Britain and later became a British subject. His most important invention was the regenerative furnace.
  • 1839 Born: Emil Škoda, Czech engineer and industrialist. In 1859 he founded Škoda Works, that later became the parent company of Škoda Auto.
  • 1831 Born: James A. Garfield, American politician, the 20th President of the USA. He served as president from March 4, 1881 to his death on September 19, 1881.
  • 1828 Died: Franz Schubert, Austrian composer, author of 7 complete symphonies, over 6000 secular vocal works, operas, piano and chamber music. He is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical era and early Romantic era.
  • 1703 Died: Man in the Iron Mask, a mysterious prisoner arrested as Eustache Dauger, allegedly Louis de Bourbon, comte de Vermandois, a illegitimate son of Louis XIV of France. He was held in a number of jails for 34 years. His possible identity was a subject of many books, because no one ever saw his face, that was hidden by a mask of black velvet cloth.
  • 1665 Died: Nicolas Poussin, French painter of the classical Baroque style. He is well known for the works, characterized by logic, clarity and order. His most famous pictures include The Judgment of Solomon, series of The Four Seasons, Landscape with Orpheus and Eurydice etc.
  • 1557 Died: Bona Sforza, member of the powerful House of Sforza, that ruled the Duchy of Milan since 1447. She married Sigismund I the Old, becoming Queen of Poland.